China slams U.S. criticism of its Taiwan demand

Exclusive White House criticises Chinese pressure on foreign airlines

Exclusive White House criticises Chinese pressure on foreign airlines

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

Earlier this year British Airways released a public apology for listing Taiwan and Hong Kong as independent countries on its site.

The White House on Saturday condemned Chinese efforts to control how USA airlines refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao as "Orwellian nonsense". Beijing considers the self-ruled, democratic island a wayward province.

Also in January, China suspended Marriott International's Chinese website for a week, punishing the world's biggest hotel chain for listing Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as separate countries in a customer questionnaire.

U.S. airlines were among several that received letters from China's Civil Aviation Administration calling for strict guidelines for any references to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, according to the White House.

According to a statement delivered by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, US President Donald Trump would "stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens".

Press secretary Sarah Sanders on Saturday said Donald Trump "ran against political correctness" in the United States and as president he will "stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens". The latest squabble comes amid high-level trade talks between the two countries last week.

Trump tweeted on Friday that he would meet with USA trade officials once they returned from their meetings in China.

The spat comes in the wake of a separate row that saw the U.S. heavily criticising China over accusations they blasted American pilots with lasers in a sinister campaign of harassment. While in OH on Saturday, the Guardian reports that Trump alluded to the negotiations, saying, "My group just got back from China".

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.

"Whatever the United States said will never change the objective fact that there is only one China in the world".

According to reports, Qantas made changes to its website in January when the issue first arose.

"Trump ran against political correctness in the United States", it said.

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