Posted On: Friday - August 3rd 2018 7:00PM MST
In Topics:   China  Big-Biz Stupidity
Like that post title, do ya? Ha, this was supposed to be an update to Tuesday's post Western airlines bow down to China Commies' petty whims. Peak Stupidity was reasonably timely on that one, as our post was only 1 measly week behind the story. I'd thought that I'd found some more heartening information on how the American airline companies (in particular) were reacting to the Chinese Gov's demand. After getting ready to write the post, however, I realized that this Breitbart story, U.S. Airlines Resist ‘Orwellian Nonsense’ of Chinese Speech Controls, was written on May 9th. Why not write a prequel post then? I mean, they do it for movies.
This Breitbart article gives a slightly better view of the America-based airline companies, as it seemed they weren't going to cotton to this "Orwellian nonsense". That term was from President Trump's press secretary, one Sarah Huckabee, who stated:
This is Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies.As much as China has been both bad-mouthed and praised here (oh, and here) there's no doubt that the Chinese government has just as bad a case of control-freakiness as America's. The Chinese just have a big headstart in the control-freak culture, if not in the infrastructure yet. BTW, one can view gunowners and gun rights sites in China just fine (going back < 5 years anyway). I guess that's not what their government is worried about.
China’s internal Internet repression is world-famous. China’s efforts to export its censorship and political correctness to Americans and the rest of the free world will be resisted.
There IS (but, this is a prequel remember) a difference in the pushback between the Euro vs. American companies.
In response to Chinese pressure, British Airways and Deutsche Lufthansa AG now refer to “Taiwan, China” and “Hong Kong, China” on their websites.Yeah, but per original feature, not any more. One really can see how much Big-Biz is tied in with Big-Feral-Gov, from this one line off the Bloomberg article linked-to in the now-sequel: Carriers had hoped Trump administration would negotiate a deal. Excuse me? Why do you need the US government involved? This is a Chinese request or Chinese law. Do you, Delta Airlines (the one who apologized for their political-boundary-incorrect maps) have to obey Chinese law? The IACO has the aviation rules down, but you can make the maps and schedules however you want. Can you imagine the Trump administration caring whether China Eastern had NY City as a separate country on their maps (not exactly correct), or Seattle located in California? Everyone has GPS now anyway when they travel, so they don't ever know or care where the hell they really are.
In contrast, U.S. airlines are among those that still make no link between Taiwan and China. United Airlines, for example, refers to “Taipei, TW” while Delta offers “Taiwan, TW.”
The Chinese foreign minister speaks:
"No matter what the U.S. side says, nothing will alter the objective fact that there is only one China in the world and that the Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan regions are inseparable parts of Chinese territory,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry shot back on Saturday.It's an objective fact that nothing will alter? Yeah, why do you care what the maps say then?
“It must be pointed out that foreign firms doing business in China should respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, abide by Chinese laws and respect the national feelings of the Chinese people,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang added.
I'll tell you, they have a lot of damn gall. Then again, so do the Mexican politicians. It's nice to have a guy in high office that, while probably still advised not to say "Fuck you!' too often, at least doesn't do heavy bowing.
PS - I guess this ended up being transportation stupidity week, with a touch of economic stupidity thrown in. I don't foresee posts over the weekend, but next week there'll be more on the econ and some stuff an nature vs. nurture. Have a great weekend, readers.