White House to China: Cut the 'Orwellian Nonsense'

Squabble brewing over Beijing's demand that airlines zap Taiwan references on websites
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2018 8:11 AM CDT
President Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on tax reform at Cleveland Public Auditorium and Conference Center in Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday, May 5, 2018.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – The Trump administration is again throwing down with Beijing, this time after China's aviation bureau sent letters to 36 foreign airlines demanding that references to the sovereignty of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau be zapped from their websites. Those airlines included American carriers, and the White House response on Saturday was swift, reports Reuters. "This is Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies," it said in a statement. Further, President Trump "will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens."

China's response on Sunday was to essentially say that foreign companies who want to operate within its borders need to play by its rules. "No matter what the United States says, it cannot change the objective fact that there is only one China in the world and that Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are indivisible parts of Chinese territory," it said in a statement. The latest squabble comes amid high-level trade talks between the two countries last week. While in Ohio on Saturday, the Guardian reports that Trump alluded to the negotiations, saying, "My group just got back from China. We’re going to have to rework China because that’s been a one-way street for decades."

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