China reiterates foreign enterprises' respect for its sovereignty, territorial integrity

  • China reiterates foreign enterprises' respect for its sovereignty, territorial integrity

China reiterates foreign enterprises' respect for its sovereignty, territorial integrity

Beijing wants all references to the three territories to identify that they are part of China. Hong Kong and Macau are former European colonies that are now part of China but run largely autonomously.

The attack mainly refers to a letter written by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), which demands that 36 foreign carriers, including American airlines, list the global status of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as "region" instead of "country".

The Chinese government sent a threatening letter on April 25 to dozens of worldwide airlines warning that they would face severe consequences if they failed to identify Taiwan as a part of China, according to The Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the letter.

This comes after Beijing ordered three dozen global airlines to list Taiwan as part of Mainland China, which is a move criticized by the "Orwellian nonsense".

Bishop said she hoped the current understanding with China could continue and that her department would continue to liaise closely with Qantas.

Washington has maintained a delicate diplomatic balance since 1979, recognising Beijing's sovereignty as part of its "One China" policy, while remaining Taiwan's most powerful unofficial ally and main weapons supplier.

The U.S. State Department responded to China's demands and strong-arm tactics, saying in a prepared statement: "We object to Beijing dictating how U.S. firms, including airlines, organize their websites for ease of consumer use.

While we seek a mutually beneficial commercial aviation relationship with China, we will consider taking appropriate action if necessary in response to unfair Chinese actions".

The White House said President Donald Trump "will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens. The US government is not going to agree that Taiwan is part of the People's Republic of China, and neither should American companies", Rogin wrote.

"No matter what the United States says, it can not change the objective fact that there is only one China in the world and that Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are indivisible parts of Chinese territory", spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement on the ministry website.

The harshly worded statement came as a high-level trade delegation led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin returned from negotiations in China and as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with a member of the Chinese Communist Party leadership.

Qantas believes its material complies with Australia's One China policy.

The US condemned China's Civil Aviation Administration on Sunday for sending letters to 36 foreign air carriers demanding the changes, describing the request "Orwellian nonsense".