The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday instructed the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India to lobby New Delhi to remove “Chinese Taipei” from the destination airport name of Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei from Air India’s flight booking website.
Expressing deep concern over Air India becoming the latest international airline to ‘abandon Taiwan as a nation’ by adding “Chinese Taipei” for flights to its capital, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanded that the relevant Indian government agencies support corporations facing pressure from Beijing, ministry spokesman Andrew Lee said at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
“The ministry once again calls on the international 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,” Lee said, Taipei Times reported.
Air India is the flag carrier of India and operates a flight to Taipei made possible through a code-share agreement with EVA Airways Corp.
The Times of India yesterday quoted an Air India spokesperson as saying that the carrier was following instructions from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs to change Taiwan to “Chinese Taipei” on its Web site.
The Chinese Civil Aviation Administration on April 25 sent a letter to 44 international airlines requesting that they change references to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau on their Web sites and in other company materials within 30 days, or suffer repercussions for “serious discreditable conduct.”
More than 20 airlines have since changed their listings of Taiwan to “Chinese Taipei” or “Taipei, CN,” including British Airways, Lufthansa, Japan Airlines, Delta Airlines, Qantas and Air Canada, while others have requested an extension until July 25.
China has slapped fines on global retailers for recognizing Taiwan as a nation, including a 200,000 yuan (US$30,147) penalty on Japanese retailer Muji in April.
Taiwan successfully carried out a preliminary test of domestically built Sky Sword II missiles over the weekend, local media reports. Domestically produced by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCIST), the new missile system was tested on June 24 resulting in over 100 seconds of successful flight for the missile systems
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 Pentagon has approved the sale to Taiwan of additional Javelin anti-missiles, seen here being fired by British paratroopers in Afghanistan. (UK MoD photo)WASHINGTON --- The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Taiwan of 182 JAVELIN guided missile rounds and 20 JAVELIN command launch units, as well as associated equipment and services
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China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) began a six-day, large-scale, live-fire military drill in an area of the East China Sea on Wednesday, according to a Chinese media. Taiwans Defense Ministry said that the military has a firm grasp of the activities and was monitoring the Chinese movements closely
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