China’s demands to American airlines “Orwellian nonsense” — US

WASHINGTON, The White House has stressed that President Donald Trump “ran against political correctness” in the U.S. and that he will “stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens.” According to a White House statement, the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration sent on April 25 a letter to 36 foreign air carriers, including a number of American carriers.

This notice “demanded that carriers change how “Taiwan,” “Hong Kong,” and “Macao” are identified on their websites and in their promotional material so that the references fall in line with the Communist Party’s standards.” The White House considered this “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 noted that “China’s internal Internet repression is world-famous,” and that China’s efforts “to export its censorship and political correctness to Americans and the rest of the free world will be resisted.” “The United States respects the broad freedom private companies have in their interactions with their customers, both in the United States and abroad. This respect is essential for a robust global marketplace,” it affirmed. It stressed that the U.S. “strongly objects to China’s attempts to compel private firms to use specific language of a political nature in their publicly available content.” “We call on China to stop threatening and coercing American carriers and citizens,” it remarked.

Source: Kuwait News Agency