Taiwan To Change The Name Of China Airlines To Avoid Confusion With China
The Taiwanese authorities decided to change the name of the island's leading airline, China Airlines, to avoid confusion with mainland Chinese carriers, according to Taiwan International Radio.
The corresponding rebranding bill was passed by the Legislative yuan (the island's Parliament) on Wednesday at the suggestion of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.
According to the radio, in recent months, Taiwan has actively supplied shipments of protective masks and medical products to various countries as an aid in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Since such assistance was delivered by China Airlines, it was often perceived as coming from mainland China.
Now lawmakers intend to put an end to the confusion with the airline's name. It is assumed that this can be achieved either by changing the name itself or by updating the aircraft livery to highlight the additional word "Taiwan," or by applying a Taiwanese theme.
Taiwan has been governed by its administration since 1949, when the remnants of the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975), who was defeated in the Chinese civil war, fled to the island. Since then, Taiwan has kept the flag and some other attributes of the former Republic of China, which existed on the mainland before the Communists came to power. According to the official position of the PRC, supported by most countries, the island is considered one of the Chinese provinces.