U.S. slams China over 'Orwellian' bid to police airline websites

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U.S. slams China over 'Orwellian' bid to police airline websites

Sanders also vowed that "China's efforts to export its censorship and political correctness to Americans and the rest of the free world will be resisted".

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".

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

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".

Hong Kong and Macau are former European colonies that are now part of China but run largely autonomously.

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The spat comes shortly after a high-level United States delegation returned from two days in Beijing with little to show for talks aimed at averting a trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

They added: "We are continuing to work with USA government officials as we determine next steps".

The US and China are competing against each other, and Taiwan could easily become the US' chess piece, the lawmaker said.

"We can't go on that way", he said, although he also said he has a lot respect for Chinese president Xi Jinping.

China has said its own retaliatory tariffs on USA goods, including soybeans and aircraft, will go into effect if the US duties are imposed.

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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.

The dispute over how airlines refer to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau is another area of tension in U.S.

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".

"Whatever the US says will never change the objective fact that there is only one China in the world and the Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan regions are an inalienable part of China's territory", Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement on Sunday posted online.

"Take back the mainland" was one of the slogans coined by late ROC President Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) as a show of determination to reconquer China following the defeat of the Nationalist forces in China's civil war.

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Qantas Airways said in January it had amended its website to no longer refer to Taiwan and Hong Kong as countries, rather than Chinese territories after China issued a similar warning.

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