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Old 6th Jun 2018, 03:16
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Beer Baron
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It’s not being sensitive it’s being accurate. This is the Australian government’s stance on Taiwan from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website:
The Australian Government continued to recognise Taipei until the establishment of diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1972. Australia’s Joint Communiqué with the PRC recognised the Government of the PRC as China’s sole legal government, and acknowledged the position of the PRC that Taiwan was a province of the PRC.

The terms of our Joint Communiqué dictate the fundamental basis of Australia’s one China policy - the Australian Government does not recognise the Republic of China (ROC) as a sovereign state and does not regard the authorities in Taiwan as having the status of a national government.
So if you have a problem with how an Australian company refers to Taiwan then you should probably direct your malice toward Julie Bishop and DFAT as it is precisely in line with the Australian government’s guidance.

Comments refering to the CEO as a “gutless, feckless, fcukwit” or “two faced little queen” over this decision are naive of the diplomatic reality, naive of the commercial and demographic reality, crude and bigoted.

Past decisions by Qantas senior management have trashed the company and caused significant damage to my own career but these attacks are unjustified.
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