China slams USA criticism of its Taiwan demand

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Amid escalating pressure for renegotiations regarding the U.S.

The Chinese government continues to insist that foreign airlines operating in the country should not refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as entities independent from China, even though the White House has labeled this move "Orwellian nonsense".

The White House on Saturday condemned China's efforts to control how US airlines refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, saying the push to make them comply with Chinese standards is "Orwellian nonsense".

The White House said in a statement that President Donald Trump "will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens".

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Press secretary Sarah Sanders on Saturday said Donald Trump "ran against political correctness" in the USA and as president he will "stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens".

The White House statement shows that Trump might be taking a tougher line after companies from Marriott International Inc to Qantas Airways Ltd have scrambled recently to meet China's demands regarding the territories or risk losing business. Beijing considers the self-ruled island a wayward province.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong, a British colony until 1997, and Macau, a Portuguese colony until 1999, are now "special administrative regions" of China.

"Trump ran against political correctness in the United States", it said.

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The move came after the U.S. and China held high-stakes trade talks in Beijing aimed at forestalling a looming conflict between the world's two largest economies. No previous administration has pushed back this hard on this particular issue.

They added: "We are continuing to work with USA government officials as we determine next steps".

In trade talks this week, the Trump administration demanded a $200bn cut in China's trade surplus with the United States by 2020, sharply lower tariffs and a halt to subsidies for advanced technology, people familiar with the talks said on Friday. While in OH on Saturday, the Guardian reports that Trump alluded to the negotiations, saying, "My group just got back from China. We're going to have to rework China because that's been a one-way street for decades,".

"In the meantime, we have to point out that foreign enterprises operating in China should respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, abide by China's law and respect the national sentiment of the Chinese people".

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Trump has already proposed tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods which could go into effect next month.

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