China called on foreign companies to respect its sovereignty and territorial integrity, after it rejected US requests to negotiate how US airlines companies should refer to the island of Taiwan.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" />
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang reiterated Beijing's position at a press conference Thursday that the one-China principle is a precondition for China to develop relations and cooperation with other countries.
China's aviation administration has demanded that foreign airline companies refer to Taiwan island as part of China on their websites.
A number of foreign airlines, including Air Canada, Lufthansa and British Airways have already made changes to their websites, although several US companies, including Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, sought extensions to the deadline to make the changes, Reuters reported.
The final deadline is July 25.