Taiwan name-change by Air India unrelated to one China policy: report

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New Delhi, July 7 (CNA) Air India's recent decision to change Taiwan's designation to Chinese Taipei has nothing to do with the country's one China policy, a major Indian news outlet reported Saturday.

The name change "neither negates nor reaffirms any policy on China," a source familiar with the issue was quoted as saying in the Times of India report.

The Indian foreign ministry only "advised" the country's national carrier to follow the "international nomenclature" and that the final call was left to Air India, the report said.

On Wednesday, the carrier changed the name of Taiwan to Chinese Taipei on its website, following advice from India's government.

The name change came in the wake of letters sent by China's Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) in late April, asking the carrier to designate Taiwan as part of China within 30 days. Although the deadline was extended to July 25, the CAA has threatened to take "further measures" to deal with those airlines that fail to comply with the demand.

Under such pressure, many international airlines, including Air Canada, Turkish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Scoot, have made the change.

On Thursday, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) asked its representative office in New Delhi to file a protest with Air India, requesting that Taiwan's name be restored.

MOFA also urged other countries to resist such intervention by China, which it said is aimed at disrupting the independent operations of foreign companies to achieve its political objectives.

(By Charles Kang and Ko Lin)
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