White House to China: Cut the 'Orwellian Nonsense'

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in Beijing

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in Beijing

Taiwan's Presidential Office on Sunday (Taiwan Time) expressed gratitude to the United States for its concern over a request issued by China to 36 USA and global airlines to change how they reference Taiwan.

The White House condemned China's efforts to control how USA airlines refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, calling the push to make them comply with Chinese standards "Orwellian nonsense".

A spokesman for Airlines for America, a trade group representing United Airlines, American Airlines and other major carriers, said the group was "continuing to work with U.S. government officials as we determine next steps".

Meanwhile, Hong Kong, a British colony until 1997, and Macau, a Portuguese colony until 1999, are now "special administrative regions" of China.

She called the effort "part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies".

The carriers were ordered to remove references on websites or in other material that suggests Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are part of countries independent from China, according to United States officials.

In a statement in January, Delta apologized for making "an inadvertent error with no business or political intention", saying it recognized the seriousness of the issue and had taken steps to resolve it. Tibet is also considered by Beijing to be an autonomous region of China, though worldwide tensions remain over its political status.




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".

The sharp criticism comes on the heels of contentious trade talks with China earlier this week.

On Friday, Pentagon officials slapped the Chinese with a formal complaint, demanding Beijing stamp out supposed military-grade laser attacks on U.S. forces in the skies above Djibouti. "It is hard for China in that they have become very spoiled with USA trade wins!"

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) yesterday said China's efforts to control private firms in other countries was "arbitrary and ill-intentioned". While in OH on Saturday, the Guardian reports that Trump alluded to the negotiations, saying, "My group just got back from China".

The US document demanded China "work with Chinese importers to engage in trade transactions to achieve targets", and cut the trade surplus by $US200 billion by 2020.

Also on Saturday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with a member of the Communist Party leadership.

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

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