Orwellian nonsense: United States warns China, says stop threatening American citizens

Elias Hubbard
May 6, 2018

The Pentagon said in the statement: "The United States strongly objects to China's attempts to compel private firms to use specific language of a political nature in their publicly available content".

China considers self-governed Taiwan to be an integral part of its territory, and comes down hard on any suggestions to the contrary.

Noting that President Donald Trump ran against political correctness in the US, Sanders said he will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens.

The White House released a blistering statement attacking China's government for a recent demand that USA and other airlines change the way they refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau in promotional materials.

The agency did not elaborate, but the letters are believed to insist that the references conform to China's official stance.

The letter from China's Civil Aviation Administration is the latest in a series of similar actions Beijing has taken to force foreign companies to advance its questionable interests.

Hong Kong and Macau are special administrative regions of China, and have a certain level of autonomy apart from Beijing.

In trade talks this week, the Trump administration demanded a $200bn cut in China's trade surplus with the United States by 2020, sharply lower tariffs and a halt to subsidies for advanced technology, people familiar with the talks said on Friday. We will be meeting tomorrow to determine the results, but it is hard for China in that they have become very spoiled with USA trade wins!

"This respect is essential for a robust global marketplace", she said. "It is hard for China in that they have become very spoiled with United States trade wins!"

The allegations, including a claim that two pilots suffered eye injuries in one attack over the east African base, triggered swift denials with China's defence ministry which said the States have been "in complete contradiction of the facts".

A spokesman for Airlines for America, a trade group representing United Airlines, American Airlines and other major carriers, said on Saturday it was working with the US government to determine "next steps" in the dispute.

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

It has demanded corrections and apologies from foreign companies that referred to Taiwan as a country.

In January, Australia's Qantas Airways changed its website classification of Taiwan and Hong Kong from separate countries to Chinese territories, blaming its earlier approach on an "oversight".

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