Some 20 International airlines, including British Airways and Lufthansa have started referring to Taiwan as a part of China following a Beijing Diktat to penalize carries which do not follow its whip.
Flight booking websites of these airlines throw up the following: "Taipei, Taiwan - China, TPE, Taipei" when booking flights to and from from Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. While Beijing considers Taiwan a part of China, Taiwan has fiercely asserted its independence even threatening to wage war against the mainland if its dares to invade.
On April 25, the Civil Aviation Administration of China sent a letter to 36 foreign airlines ordering them to explicitly refer to Taiwan as a part of China.Airlines have till this weekend to comply with China's orders or risk being banned from flying to and over China, a risk they would rather avoid given the huge market that China is.
The meek compliance to Beijing's orders without using the diplomatic good offices of their respective countries of origin, is seen as a victory for China's President Xi Jinping who has aggressively pushed "unification" with Taiwan as a cornerstone of his policy towards the tiny island state.
"We strongly object to China's efforts to bully, coerce, and threaten their way to achieving their political objectives," Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement quoted by Associated Press. "We call on all countries around the world to stand together to uphold the freedom of speech and freedom to do business. We also call on private firms to collectively reject China's unreasonable demands to change their designation of 'Taiwan' to 'Taiwan, China."
The United States which has been a vocal supporter of Taiwan helping it with weapons and diplomatic support has been unusually silent to Beijing's recent aggressive moves other than calling it an "Orwellian nonsense."
Under pressure from China, U S clothing retailer, 'Gap' was forced to withdraw selling T-shirts with a map of China that omitted Taiwan. In January, Delta Airlines, Marriott Hotels, Zara and medical equipment maker Medtronic apologized for referring to Taiwan as a country.
The day after Delta apologized for "emotional damage caused to the Chinese people," the Civil Aviation Administration of China published a notice saying it requires foreign airlines operating in China to avoid referring to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as countries.
Taiwan will test mobile passive radar units this year to detect growing flight operations by China around the island. Two sets of mobile passive radar systems by National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) are going to be deployed for field testing at some point this year, a Ministry of National Defense official told Liberty Times Monday
Chinas Su-35 fighter jets along with H-6K bombers participated in Bashi Channel patrol in combat training and testing toprovide a deterrence to ‘Taiwan independence forces, a Chinese military expert said. "The island patrol revealed that China's Su-35 fighter jets are combat-ready
Taiwans state-funded National Chung-Shan Institute of Science & Technology (NCSIST) is set to prepare for mass production of two types of missiles with extended range capable of travelling more than 1,000 and 2,000 kilometers to counter Chinas provocative actions. The NCSIST was looking for procurement of more than 600 sets of ring laser gyroscopes (RLG) and control panel components from the US, which is believed to be preparing for mass production of the domestically developed extended-range version of the Hsiung Feng IIE, a surface-to-surface cruise missile, and of the Cloud Peak medium-range missile,
US defense contractors will help Taiwan to construct its own submarines by providing Taipei with conventional technology to counter threats from China. Taiwan last year launched a plan to manufacture its own submarines amid deteriorating relations with China after its hopes of buying them from the US came to nothing
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Cyber attacks from Beijing have intensified even as Taiwan seeks to maintain independence from China. Hackers from China are increasingly using online platforms such as search engines and blogs to break into Taiwans government computers
The US has agreed to transfer new military technologies to Taiwan, according to the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense (MND). According to reports, Lockheed Martin will transfer technology and training for Taiwans defense industry to product its own aerospace and military grade titanium, as part of a deal that will also include six sets of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles and upgrade kits for PAC-2 missiles, Taiwan News reported last Friday
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