In the ongoing battle over the sovereignty of China and Taiwan, Taiwan is now fighting back. The island nation is mulling punitive “countermeasures” for airlines who caved into Mainland demands to label Taiwan as part of China.
These “countermeasures” are decidedly consumer unfriendly and include barring airlines from using jet bridges and re-allocating takeoff and landing slots to less competitive times.
But U.S. and South Korean carriers, who took a more neutral stance by simply dropping the country name from Taiwan, may soon be showered with increased benefits like reduced or eliminated landing fees and passenger facility charges.
Right now, these countermeasures are only at the planning stages. The Taiwanese government and opposition parties have both cautioned that any policy changes must carefully consider consumer convenience. Some fear that new Taiwanese penalties could result in another round of countermeasures, hurting everyone involved.
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Technically, Taiwan is part of China…the Republic of China, not the People’s Republic of China. The issue is not calling Taiwan part of China per se, but not listing Taiwan as an independent nation. Beijing is insisting that Taiwan and the Mainland be the same color on the map. While I think placing airlines in the middle of a long-standing dispute is counterproductive, I understand Taiwan’s disappointment. Still, these labeling changes are just a “wink, wink, nudge, nudge” more than than a reflection of fact or belief.
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