United States lashes out at China over 'THREATENING' letters - 'It is ORWELLIAN nonsense!'

White House says China’s efforts to export its censorship and political correctness to Americans and the rest of the free world will be resisted

Hong Kong and Macau answer to Beijing despite having different currencies and local governments, while Taiwan is a democracy that has resisted rule by the mainland.

Taiwan, which sees itself as a sovereign state with its own government, is considered by China as a rogue province and an inseparable part of its territory.

Alexander Huang (黃介正), an associate professor at Tamkang University's Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, said that for the US, China asking US-based airlines to remove "Taiwan" from lists of countries is considered interference in its internal affairs.

On the business website, Garuda Indonesia was found to have identified Taoyuan Airport with the designation "Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport, China", thereby implying that Taiwan's airport is a part of China.

"Foreign enterprises operating in China should respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, abide by China's law and respect the national sentiment of the Chinese people", Mr. Geng said.

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

President Donald Trump, who ran against political correctness at home, "will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens", a White House statement released Saturday read.

The White House on Saturday condemned Chinese efforts to control how U.S. airlines refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao as "Orwellian nonsense".

No extensive details about the 36 foreign companies appointed by Reuters have been released in its report, although the agency revealed that a spokesperson for Airlines for America - a trade group representing United Airlines, American Airlines, and other major carriers - said yesterday it was working with the usa government to determine "next steps" regarding the matter, while Delta Airlines has removed reference to Taiwan and Tibet as "countries" on its website on January. "We're going to have to rework China because that's been a one-way street for decades,".

It was unclear if the call came after, or was a response to, the White House statement - or if the two had even discussed the issue of how Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are referred to by USA companies.

The harshly worded statement comes as a high-level trade delegation led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin returned from negotiations in China.

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

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