Taipei, Taiwan has lodged a protest with Air India over its recent decision to change the country's designation to Chinese Taipei and has requested that its proper name be restored, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.
MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (???) said the ministry has asked its representative office in New Delhi to file a protest with Air India, following the name change on the airline's official website in late June.
The Taiwan representative office has also urged the ministries of external affairs and civil aviation in India not to allow "political meddling by foreign governments in the independent operations of Indian enterprises," Lee said.
MOFA will continue to closely follow the developments on the issue in order to safeguard "the independent sovereignty and dignity of our country," he said.
Lee also urged other countries to guard against and resist such intervention by China, which he said was aimed at disrupting the independent operations of foreign companies to achieve its political objectives.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Air India declined to comment on the issue, saying only that the name change from Taiwan to Chinese Taipei was approved by India's foreign ministry.
As of press time, India's Ministry of External Affairs had not commented on the matter.
Since April 25, China has written to 44 foreign air carriers, asking them to designate Taiwan as part of China within 30 days. Although the deadline has been extended to July 25, China's Civil Aviation Administration has threatened to take "further measures" to deal with those airlines that fail to comply with the request.
Under such pressure, many international airlines, including Air Canada, Turkish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Scoot, have made the change.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel