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Taiwan lodges protest against ANA, JAL for referring to Taiwan as part of China

  • June 19, 2018
  • , NHK
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NHK reported this morning that Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs lodged a protest against JAL and ANA for referring to Taiwan as “Taiwan, China” on some of their official Chinese language websites. According to the network, the two carriers changed “Taiwan” to “Taiwan, China” on their websites for customers from mainland China and Hong Kong while calling the island simply “Taiwan” for customers from Taiwan on their Japanese and English language sites. According to the Taiwanese media, the Chinese authorities have asked 44 foreign airlines not to treat Taiwan as a state, and JAL and ANA apparently followed that instruction. The two carriers reportedly released a comment saying: “We changed the description of Taiwan on our websites for Chinese customers on June 12 in order to make it easier for them to understand. As for the protest by the Taiwanese authority, we are confirming the facts.”

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