American Express Live the World website kowtows to Beijing by listing Taiwan as part of China
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
On its Live the World discounts website for card-holding international travelers, American Express suddenly and inexplicably changed its listing for Taiwan to "Taiwan, China" on its homepage. The change appears to have taken place over the weekend (Nov. 2-3), according to a regular user of the site, who spoke to Taiwan News on condition of anonymity.
The American Express card-holder said he has used the website for over two years, and this was the first time Taiwan was erroneously listed as being part of China. The change appears to be deliberate and systematic as "China" now appears next to all "Taiwan" entries on the Live the World website.
The main corporate website for American Express still lists Taiwan as a country at the bottom right-hand corner of the homepage. However, once one clicks on the "Change Country" link, it lists Taiwan under "Greater China," with "China" again placed next to Taiwan after a comma.