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Australia raises concerns as Qantas bows to Chinese pressure over Taiwan
5 June 2018 10:55 AFP

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/06/05/australia-raises-concerns-qantas-bows-chinese-pressure-taiwan/

Qantas is poised to list Taiwan as part of China on its websites, sparking concern Tuesday from Australia’s foreign minister who said private firms must be able to conduct business “free from political pressure”.

The Chinese Civil Aviation Administration sent a notice to 36 foreign airlines in April, asking them to comply with Beijing’s standards of referring to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as Chinese territories.

Despite Taiwan’s having been governed separately for around seven decades, with its own government and own military, China considers the democratic island a renegade part of its territory to be brought back into the fold, by force if necessary.

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