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The Trump administration is again throwing down with Beijing, this time after China's aviation bureau sent letters to 36 foreign airlines demanding that references to the sovereignty of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau be zapped from their websites.

"Whatever the U.S. said will never change the objective fact that there is only one China in the world and that the Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan regions are an inalienable part of China's territory", Geng noted.

But he mentioned that it is worth noting that 30.5 percent of the people surveyed agree that Taiwan should accept the "1992 consensus" under Beijing's "one China principle", while 29 percent blame the Taiwan government for undermining ties between the two sides.

The Chinese government sent a threatening letter on April 25 to dozens of global airlines warning that they would face severe consequences if they failed to identify Taiwan as a part of China, according to The Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the letter.

The White House has sharply criticised China's efforts to force foreign airlines to change how they refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, labelling China's latest effort to police language describing the politically sensitive territories as "Orwellian nonsense".

A report by The Sydney Morning Herald on Monday said Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had warned Beijing against using threats to pressure Qantas to adopt the Communist Party's political line by referring to Taiwan as part of mainland China rather than a separate country. Hong Kong and Macau are former European colonies that are now part of China but run largely autonomously.

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Koji Nagata, United Airlines' director for Asia-Pacific corporate communications, told the Post, however, that the company had passed the letter on to the White House. "We call on China to stop threatening and coercing American carriers and citizens".

Saturday's White House statement is the strongest official USA response to the Chinese Communist Party's imposition of speech standards on foreign firms. The trade delegation was not received by Chinese President Xi Jinping or Vice President Wang Qishan, echoing Trump's decision to not meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He during his visit to Washington, DC, in March.

"Go away if you are not willing to do business, or abide by our laws", said one, while another called for independence for the USA states of Hawaii, Alaska, California, Texas and New Mexico.

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United Airlines and Delta have adopted a similar approach.