New Delhi, Jul 5: Taiwan expressed disappointment after national carrier Air India changed “Taiwan” into “Chinese Taipei” on its official website. On Wednesday, Air India had changed the name on its website, following instructions from the government. Also Read - International Flights: Air India Closes 5 Stations in Europe Over Losses Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
“Deeply disappointed with Air India changing “Taiwan” into “Chinese Taipei” on its website. Regret this move by Air India, a state-owned airline, can be seen as a gesture of succumbing to unreasonable and absurd pressure from China,” said TECC. Also Read - Indian-Americans Protest in Washington DC Against China's Encroachment, Human Rights Violation
TECC Representative Ambassador Chung Kwang Tien calls on Air India to stand up against the unreasonable demand from the government of People’s Republic of China and promptly restore the name of “Taiwan” on its official website.
Amb Tien stresses the need of consultation with TECC if Air India would choose to change the name of “Taiwan” on its website and hopes the Indian government can provide firm support to its public services and private businesses to defend themselves from a foreign country’s bully actions. The TECC has lodged a formal note concerning against the change to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, and is currently waiting for the MEA’s official response. It is afraid that if such politically motivated bully actions are let prevail, people’s freedom in doing business and in their expression of opinion may be undermined; therefore, free and democratic nations should work together to protect their common values and interests,” the statement said.
The spokesperson had said that Air India followed the procedure as advised by the Ministry of External Affairs in updating the airline’s website with respect to changing name of Taiwan.
Air India operates flights to two destinations in China region — Shanghai and Hong Kong. While Air India does not have flights to ‘Chinese Taipei’, it has a codeshare with Air China. This is the reason that this destination is listed on the Air India website.