Livid China asserts right over Taiwan as United States allows diplomatic visits there

Livid China asserts right over Taiwan as United States allows diplomatic visits there

"Regardless of what the U.S. side may say or do, it will not change the fact that there is only one China in the world", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular briefing Monday.

The White House on Saturday issued a statement denouncing China's demand that U.S. and foreign airlines change how they identify Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau on their Web sites.

"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.

China will stick to the One-China principle when dealing its external relations, Geng said, urging foreign enterprises operating business in China to respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, abide by Chinese law, and respect the Chinese peoples' feelings.

The report indicated that Blues To (杜祖業), a Taiwan national and editor-in-chief of GQ Taiwan, who had been originally given the position of GQ China managing editor, had the offer withdrawn for "personal reasons".

It is understood that the name change was probably due to pressure from China; however, there has been no reply from the airline's management.

China is threatening foreign airlines with a version of the social credit system that is being implemented domestically, where more than seven million Chinese citizens have been deemed "untrustworthy".

Delta Air Lines apologized in January for making "an inadvertent error" by listing Taiwan and Tibet, about which China is also sensitive, as separate countries.

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"President Donald Trump ran against political correctness in the United States", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Calling Beijing's coercive practices pure "Orwellian nonsense" and "part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies", the administration warned, "China's efforts to export its censorship and political correctness to Americans and the rest of the free world will be resisted".

The spat comes shortly after a high-level United States delegation returned from two days in Beijing with little to show for talks aimed at averting a trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

China's Civil Aviation Administration has demanded the change from 36 foreign airlines, including some American carriers, according to the White House.

In all, almost 40 worldwide airlines have been targeted for running afoul of Beijing's dictates on areas it claims as part of Mainland China's holdings. Most of these companies have said that it is a matter to be resolved by governments and that they should not be dragged into the controversy.

On May 5 Trump emphasized that the United States must fix its trade inequality with China "because that's been a one-way street for decades".

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