Thomacf From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4855 times:
I understand that, but why wouldn't the government and the people want their own airline under their name now? It is my understanding that this airline doesn't even fly into China except for Hong Kong which was not part of China until 1997.
Aviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4830 times:
They keep the name "China Airlines" to try to give Taipei some sort of legitimacy in the international community. The Kuomintang (KMT) still seems to think that they are the only China, although they seem to be losing a hell of support in recent years.
When China one again include the island of Formosa, I would expect that China Airlines would probably me merged into one of the existing Chinese airlines. Or at the very least, renamed.
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16525 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4773 times:
Taiwan was considered the legitimate China by much of the world thru the '50s and '60s. Hence it made sense in a way for Taiwan's 'national' carrier to call itself China Airlines even though it flew out of only Taiwan and not the mainland.
I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
Air Taiwan From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 1519 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4765 times:
Actually, it was the "People's Republic of China" that was formed in 1949, not "Republic of China" ie Taiwan (founded in Nanking -- now Nanjing in SE China, in 1911).
From my understanding China Airlines (CI) has wanted to change their name to Taiwan Airlines many times when KMT (the Nationalist Party) ruled, but as others pointed out, KMT thinks the legitimate China is "on Taiwan", and the PRC is the "Communist China" (all news broadcasting refers the mainland as "Communist China" or "The Mainland Area"), so CI kept their name.
Now that the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party), widely percieved as the "pro-independence party", is in power, China Airlines wanted to change their name to "Taiwan Airlines" but faced strong opposition from the mainland. Yes the "Commmunist China". Why? Because they see it as a move to separate Taiwan from the mainland and so they will not accept it...
No Politics, just facts.
PS. When EVA Air started, they were seen as the Taiwanese Airline (using the colour green and was the first airline in the world to include the Taiwanese dialect in their onboard announcements.
PPS. Also all Taiwanese registrated aircraft start with "B-" (same with the mainland China) and does not have the Taiwanese national flag on it anymore since CI adopted the "plum blossom" colours and Great China Airlines was merged by Uni Air in 1997.
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4761 times:
Taiwan´s point of view:
Part of the Republic of China is illegally occupied by the entity which refers to herself as "People´s Republic of China". The Republic of China is the only legitimate representative of the Chinese people as a whole.
Mainland China´s point of view:
Part of the People´s Republic of China is illegally occupied by the entity which refers to herself as "Republic of China". The People´s Republic of China is the only legitimate representative of the Chinese people as a whole.
Both "Taiwan" and "Mainland China" are geographical terms; so is "China". The two used to be called "Black China" and "Red China", I´ll leave it to you to figure out which is which.
The situation is very similar to the one of Germany pre 1973 (Hallstein doctrine etc.)