China Aviation Authority reports 4 US airlines miss deadline to change naming of Taiwan

Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has announced four US airlines have failed to satisfy China´s aviation regulator over their website descriptions of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, the organization said.

China is asking foreign companies to avoid referring to Taiwan as a country in its own right. Beijing policy dictates that China will refuse diplomatic relations with any country that recognizes the island as a sovereign state.

At present most sovereign states only hold official diplomatic recognition with the mainland People´s Republic of China (PRC). Only 17 of 163 United Nations formally hold diplomatic relations with Taiwan, also referred to as the Republic of China (ROC).

CAAC said 40 of 44 international carriers had satisfactorily amended their website references to Taiwan, as well as the former British colony of Hong Kong and the former Portuguese colony of Macau.

CAAC identifies the four outstanding airlines as United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Hawaiian Airlines.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China, formerly the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China, is the aviation authority under the Ministry of Transport of the People´s Republic of China.