The White House has condemned the Chinese government for demanding that foreign airlines change the way they refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement on China’s demand on Saturday. It says that China’s Civil Aviation Administration sent letters last month to 36 foreign airlines, including some US carriers.
The Chinese agency pressed them to refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau on their websites in accordance with the standards of the Chinese Communist Party.
The agency did not elaborate, but the letters are believed to insist that the references conform to China’s official stance.
China maintains that Taiwan is an inseparable part of the nation’s territory.
Sanders called the Chinese demand “Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies.”
She said the Trump administration is calling on China to stop threatening and coercing American carriers and citizens.
The criticism comes amid growing concern that Beijing is increasing pressure on foreign firms to respect its political stance in their business activities.
It has demanded corrections and apologies from foreign companies that referred to Taiwan as a country.