Taiwan name change is airline’s matter: Canada

‘COMMERCIAL DECISION’: Ottawa neither endorses nor opposes China’s claims on Taiwan, the country’s representative said, but Air Canada is listed and answers only to its shareholders

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 08, 2018
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The Canadian government would not intervene in a “commercial” decision by Air Canada

Canadian Trade Office in Taipei Executive Director Mario Ste-Marie speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday, as Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan chairman Jean-Christophe Guedon looks on.  Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

to list Taiwanese cities as part of China, Canadian Trade Office in Taipei Executive Director Mario Ste-Marie said yesterday, but added that “we are of course opposed to [the] government of China putting pressure on Canadian companies to take a position on the issue.”

Speaking on the sidelines of a news conference about this year’s Canada Day celebrations in Taipei, Ste-Marie told reporters that the airline’s move was “strictly a commercial decision.”

Although Canada adheres to a “one China” policy under which it recognizes the People’s Republic of China as the sole government of China, it takes no stance on China’s views toward Taiwan, Ste-Marie said.    [FULL  STORY]

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