thomacf
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Why Is China Airlines Based In Taiwan?

Sun Jan 13, 2002 6:14 pm

Why is this? Wouldn't it make more sense for it to be Taiwan Airlines. I thought Taiwan was anti-China.
 
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RE: Why Is China Airlines Based In Taiwan?

Sun Jan 13, 2002 6:18 pm

Taiwan considered itself the real legitimate goverment of China.
The 'nation' was founded in 1949 when the Nationalist regime fled to the island after the communist victory on the mainland.
 
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RE: Why Is China Airlines Based In Taiwan?

Sun Jan 13, 2002 6:21 pm

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.
 
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RE: Why Is China Airlines Based In Taiwan?

Sun Jan 13, 2002 6:53 pm

Why is there no apple in a pineapple !!
 
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RE: Why Is China Airlines Based In Taiwan?

Sun Jan 13, 2002 7:03 pm

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.
 
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RE: Why Is China Airlines Based In Taiwan?

Sun Jan 13, 2002 7:12 pm

Hello,

I will confirm that Taiwan is anti China as I had a friend going to school over here.
He hated anything to do with China especially if it had anything to do with Taiwan.

Regards
JSC_23
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RE: Why Is China Airlines Based In Taiwan?

Sun Jan 13, 2002 8:17 pm

Taiwan's official name is the Republic of China. Both Taiwan and the People's Republic of China consider each other to be rebels and themselves as the official China.
 
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RE: Why Is China Airlines Based In Taiwan?

Sun Jan 13, 2002 11:59 pm

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.
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The (somewhat) Detailed Explination

Mon Jan 14, 2002 12:21 am

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.

cheers

Jimmy

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.
 
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RE: Why Is China Airlines Based In Taiwan?

Mon Jan 14, 2002 12:28 am

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.)

Daniel Smile


 
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DPP's Point Of View...

Mon Jan 14, 2002 12:55 am

Airsicknessbag, you're right, but since there's 2 main political parties, you'll have to look at what Chen, Shui-Bian thinks (Current president of Taiwan ROC, member of DPP)

DPP's point of view. There's only One China, and that is the PRC; Taiwan is Taiwan, different to China...

cheers
Jimmy