Taiwan wants Cathay Pacific to correct wording on documents

Hong Kong airline lists Taiwan as part of 'China area' on pandemic-related travel formTaiwan News
Date: 2020/12/18
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

​Taiwan wants Cathay Pacific to correct the wording of a form (Facebook, Cathay Pacific photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After a passenger was forced to sign a document listing Taiwan as part of China on his travel history, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) demanded Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific correct the wording, reports said Friday (Dec. 18).

Chinese bullying linked to its territorial claims over Taiwan has led to repeated incidents of international companies listing the self-ruled island nation on websites as part of the communist country.

A traveler wrote on Facebook that when he wanted to board a Cathay Pacific flight out of Taiwan, he was presented with a document where he had to mark which area he had been visiting before arriving in Hong Kong, CNA reported.

The choice was between a high-risk area, a country outside China, or “the China area (including the interior, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan),” he said. The form, registered as 599H, was supposed to provide information related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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