China’s rapid economic growth is changing the way businesses, academics, and politicians around the world talk
In April of 2018, China’s aviation regulator set a deadline for more than 40 airlines around the world to make changes to the contents of their websites. These companies’ supposed mistake: failing to describe the self-ruled democratic island of Taiwan as “part of China.” Never mind that Beijing has never exercised sovereignty over Taiwan: many companies yielded immediately to China’s whims.
Others, such as Qantas, did not respond immediately. But on Monday, the 29th anniversary of China’s violent suppression of protests in its capital, news broke that Qantas would also be editing its website to re-label “Taiwan” as “Taiwan, China.”