'One China,' explained

Taiwan is usually calling out global brands which have bowed to Chinese pressure to treat the item as just another part of China.

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday berated Air Canada (ACDVF) as well as Gap (GPS) on Twitter, accusing the airline of buckling under pressure as well as the clothing retailer of sending the wrong message to the globe.

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The public scoldings follow recent efforts by the Chinese government to get international companies to adopt its stance on Taiwan on their websites as well as apps.

China considers self-governed Taiwan to be an integral part of its territory, as well as comes down hard on any suggestions to the contrary. however Taiwan’s government, which is usually currently controlled by a pro-independence party, doesn’t recognize Beijing’s claims.

Related: Gap apologizes for China T-shirt which didn’t include Taiwan

the item’s upset with Air Canada for appearing to describe Taiwan as part of China on its global website.

Air Canada’s site right now lists destinations in Taiwan under the designation “CN,” which is usually shorthand for China. The change appeared to have been made inside the past few days, based on archived versions of the carrier’s website. the item previously referred to the destinations as being in “TW,” short for Taiwan.

A spokesman for the ministry told Taiwan’s main news agency, CNA, on Tuesday which the item had asked Canada’s biggest airline to rectify the issue.

Air Canada did not respond to requests for comment outside of regular office hours. Canadian broadcaster CBC reported which a spokeswoman for the airline said its “policy is usually to comply with all requirements in all worldwide jurisdictions to which we fly.”

Related: Why US companies are changing their websites to please China

The Chinese government recently wrote to more than 30 international airlines, including some US carriers, demanding which they change their websites to remove any information which could suggest which Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau are not part of China.

The Air Canada spokeswoman didn’t say whether the company had received a specific request via China, according to CBC.

The White House has slammed China’s demands as “Orwellian nonsense,” calling them “part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens as well as private companies.”

In January, Delta (DAL) was publicly scolded by China’s aviation administrator for listing Taiwan as well as Tibet as countries on its Chinese website. The company quickly apologized as well as fixed the issue, drawing criticism via Taiwan.

some other big brands including Marriott (MAR) as well as Zara have apologized for similar missteps.

Related: How China gets what the item wants via American companies

Taiwan’s government is usually unhappy with Gap for its response to an outcry in China over one of its T-shirts. Chinese social media users complained which the map of China on the T-shirt left out Taiwan as well as islands claimed by Beijing inside the South China Sea.

Gap on Monday apologized for failing “to reflect the correct map of China” as well as said the item would likely withdraw the T-shirt via the Chinese market.

“Disappointing to see @Gap engaged in self-criticism,” Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry tweeted Wednesday. “Such acts send the wrong message to the globe.”

China as well as Taiwan — officially the People’s Republic of China as well as the Republic of China, respectively — separated in 1949 following the Communist victory on the mainland after a civil war.

They have been governed separately since, though a shared cultural as well as linguistic heritage mostly endures — with Mandarin spoken as the official language in both places.

sy88pgw (Hong Kong) First published May 16, 2018: 7:06 AM ET