Spokesperson Geng Shuang noted that no matter what the USA side says, it will not change the fact that there is only one China and that Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are inalienable parts of China. "We're going to have to rework China because that's been a one-way street for decades,".
Taiwan, which sees itself as a sovereign state with its own government, is considered by China as a rogue province and an inseparable part of its territory.
This development comes in the wake of a visit by a high-level US delegation led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to China, in a bid settle the ongoing trade disputes that emerged in the wake of US President Donald Trump's recently-introduced tariffs targeting China, which were met with retaliatory moves from the Asian country and have sent stock markets across the globe still lower.
In addition to the two USA airlines, 34 another foreign airlines also received a letter on April 25 from China's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) demanding that carriers change how Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao are identified on their websites and in their promotional material, according to the White House statement.
"China's efforts to export its censorship and political correctness to Americans and the rest of the free world will be resisted".
"This is Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies", Sanders said.More news: Heavy rains expected in 20 states; Haryana schools shut today
China's foreign ministry said China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had discussed bilateral ties by phone, with Yang saying relations were at "an important stage". Nobody has pushed back on this so far.
"We can't go on that way", he said, although he also said he has a lot respect for Chinese president Xi Jinping.
China has said its own retaliatory tariffs on USA goods, including soybeans and aircraft, will go into effect if the US duties are imposed.
In related news, Josh Rogin, a columnist who covers foreign policy and national security for the Washington Post, Bloomberg and Foreign Policy magazine, in an online article on Saturday on the Post " s Web site said the Civil Aviation Administration's letter "mischaracterizes United States government policy by saying "the one-China policy of your government'".
In January, China demanded an apology from major American airline Delta for listing Taiwan and Tibet as countries on its website. The letter from China's Civil Aviation Administration is the latest in a series of similar actions Beijing has taken to force foreign companies to advance its questionable interests.