China has rejected an attempt at compromise over the thorny Taiwan issue by the three U.S. legacy carriers.
Earlier this week, I wrote that U.S. airlines agreed to Chinese demands that Taiwan not be listed as an independent nation (Hong Kong and Macau too).
American, Delta, and United now refer to Taipei without a country after it. Korean Air took a similar approach and “got away with it” so U.S. airlines thought they could too. During an investor conference call, American Airlines’ CEO Doug Parker stated, “We complied within the deadline with what we thought was a nice solution for everyone.” But that’s not good enough for China, which now wants Taiwan listed as Taiwan, China.
While noting some changes, the Civil Aviation Administration of China added:
Rectification of the content still is incomplete.
The threat for non-compliance is real, even if China is China is using bully-tactics to have its way. To punish the island nation of Palau for having diplomatic relations with Taiwan, China ordered travel agencies to stop booking trips to Palau. As a result, tourism has plummeted and Palau Pacific Airways just went under.
I’m not going to simplify the Taiwan debate here to a few sentences. This is not the place. But I’m not surprised China was unamused by the attempted compromise by U.S. carriers. Now let’s see if U.S. airlines kowtow further to Chinese demands.
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