Air India changes 'Taiwan' to 'Chinese Taipei' on its website

Prodded by Beijing Air India joins others Taiwan is now Chinese Taipei

Prodded by Beijing Air India joins others Taiwan is now Chinese Taipei

Earlier on Saturday, Taiwan's Defense Ministry said the ships were moving in a northeastern direction, adding that the situation was in accordance with regulations.

Taiwan has lodged a protest with Air India over its recent decision to change the country's designation to Chinese Taipei and has requested that its proper name be restored, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the move was consistent with worldwide norms and India's own position of "One-China" policy.

Air India operates flights to two destinations in China - Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Responding to Air India's decision, Lu said Beijing welcomes the move.

The Ministry of External Affairs defended Air India's move. Bowing ahead of China 's demand, Air India has made a decision to name the Taiwanese Chinese Taipei on its website. Code sharing allows an airline to book its passengers on its partner carriers and provide seamless travel to destinations where it has no presence. On April 25, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) asked 34 airlines to describe Taiwan as part of China on their websites.

Like most other nations, India does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan but has trade and cultural ties with Taiwan including a representative office there and vice versa.

The passage through the Taiwan Strait, the first such one by a U.S. Navy ship in about a year, follows a series of Chinese military drills around the island that have stoked tensions between Taipei and Beijing.

The TECC representative, ambassador Chung Kwang Tien, urged Air India to restore the name "Taiwan" on its website.

As of press time, India's Ministry of External Affairs had not commented on the matter. These airlines were sent a warning letter send from The Civil Aviation Authority Of China on April 25, 2018.

The United States and Australia have also slammed China's pressure on companies. In this connection, the MEA spokesperson also noted that a People's Liberation Army (PLA) delegation, led by Lt Gen Liu Xiaowu, was now visiting India.

China wants global companies to drop references to Taiwan as an independent entity.

China and Taiwan - officially the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China, respectively - separated in 1949 following the Communist victory on the mainland after a civil war.