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e White House slammed China over the weekend for what it called Orwellian nonsense. That came after Beijing's official aviation agency sent out a warning to 36 foreign airlines including US carriers demanding they no longer suggest that Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macau are separate from mainland China on their websites or else face punishment.
On Saturday, the White House chimed in, calling it an attempt by China's communist party to impose quote Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens. Beijing hit back the next day, saying companies must, quote, respect China's sovereignty. Translation, too bad, that's the cost of doing business. As Reuters John Ruwitch reports from Shanghai, it's the latest increasingly bold move from China.
>> And you've got a confluence of factors here. China is turning up the heat on Taiwan, and it's more confident in projecting itself and standing up for its interests on the global stage. Along with that is the rise of Xi Jinping who's been in office as president for a little more than five years now who is seen as China's strongest president since Mao Zedong.
>> And you know we did a thing called tariffs.>> The tough talk from the White House comes amid rising tension over trade with Beijing. Last week talks in the issue ended with few breakthroughs.>> My group just got back from China. We're gonna have to rework trade with China because that's been a one way street for decades.
>> Saturday marks the toughest talk yet from the United States over pressure on foreign companies to step in line with Beijing. In January, Delta followed a demand from China to take down website listings for Taiwan and Tibet as countries. That same month, Beijing punished Marriott Hotels. The company had listed Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau as countries in a customer questionnaire, and its Chinese website was suspended for a week.