AI changes Taiwan name to Chinese Taipei on website


Responding to Air India's decision to change the name of Taiwan on its website, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said Beijing welcome the move.

Questioned, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "The decision of Air India is consistent with worldwide norms and our own position on Taiwan since 1949". Kumar was referring to the "One China" policy of India.

MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said the ministry has asked its representative office in New Delhi to file a protest with Air India, following the name change on the airline's official website in late June.

Now, while Air India does not service Taiwan directly, it does have a code-sharing agreement with Air China, which means that Air India can sell seats in Air China under its own airline designator.

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Air India has caved to China's attempts to strong-arm countries and companies into recognising Taiwan as a part of "One China".

The TECC said Air India's decision "can be seen as a gesture of succumbing to the unreasonable and absurd pressure from China".

Taiwan, present in India as the Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre in India (TECC) also lodged a formal complaint with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi. Neither Japan Airlines nor ANA has heard a protest from Taiwan, but Japan's broadcaster, NHK, reported that Taiwan's Foreign Ministery Affairs had filed a complaint as a diplomatic mission in Taipei. "Air India's action shows its respect for this and deserves to be recognized". The Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) directed several global airlines on 25 April to stop referring to Taiwan as a separate country.

Taiwan is a democratic island to which then ruling Nationalists fled after they were defeated by the Communists in the civil war in China in 1949. Not all countries are happy with the request, as the United States has called it "Orwellian nonsense".

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"The article further added that the Chinese mainland and Taiwan have been ruled apart for a long time and foreign companies probably do not have the intention to support Taiwan independence", but the article went on to warn that refusal to accept corrections when "reminded" might earn them "consequences or could even be thrown out of the Chinese market".

"The ministry once again calls on the worldwide community to stand up to the Chinese government's abuse of political power and its peremptory measures with inappropriate intentions to meddle in the independent operations of enterprises in various countries", he said.

Taiwan has criticized companies for giving in to China's pressure, saying in May that "such acts send a wrong message to the world".

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