A good compromise leaves both sides mildly discontent, but when one side has a stronger 剑 (sword), compromises do not hold up long.
Mainland China is angry at United Airlines. It views the carrier’s “compromise” on the sticky Taiwan issue as a diplomatic insult. China told U.S. airlines that Taiwan (as well as Hong Kong and Macau) could not be referred to as separate nations.
In response, United, American, and Delta stopped referring to Taiwan as a country at all, just referring to cities like Taipei without a country next to it. United began using currency codes like NT$ (New Taiwan Dollar) to represent Taiwan, HKD (Hong Kong Dollar) to represent Hong Kong, and CNY (Chinese Yuan) to represent China. Meanwhile, other countries are referred to by name. And that has angered China.
Hua Chunying, a China Foreign Ministry spokesperson told Bloomberg:
However flexible they may try to get, there’s simply no way to sidestep the one-China principle. here’s only one China in the world and Taiwan is part of China. This is the objective fact, common sense and international consensus.
That laughable bit of Orwellianism aside, United may soon find itself facing more than just verbal rebuke. How long will United maintain its principled compromise?
United refuses to comment.
I don’t envy the position United is in. Will the almighty dollar outweigh the more ethical path? Time will tell. I hope United will not cave in.
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