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The attack mainly refers to a letter written by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), which demands that 36 foreign carriers, including American airlines, list the worldwide status of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as "region" instead of "country".

The US embassy posted on its official Weibo account the Mandarin translation of a White House statement that dismissed China's request to foreign air carriers as "Orwellian nonsense".

"No matter what the United States says, it can not change the objective fact that there is only one China in the world and that Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are indivisible parts of Chinese territory", it said in a statement.

The White House called Beijing's demand to the airlines an attempt by the Chinese Communist Party to "export its censorship and political correctness to Americans". "We call on China to stop threatening and coercing American carriers and citizens".

China and the US are battling it out over airline websites as Beijing attempts to force foreign companies to bend to its will on issues of territorial sovereignty. Hong Kong and Macau are former European colonies that are now part of China but run largely autonomously.

Chinese Foreign Ministry on Sunday reiterated that foreign-funded enterprises should respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

China views the democratic island as a renegade part of its territory and has not ruled out the use of force to bring it back into the fold if necessary.

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The White House says it will resist Chinese efforts to make the world bend to its will. While in OH on Saturday, the Guardian reports that Trump alluded to the negotiations, saying, "My group just got back from China".

The White House was quick to respond. The trade delegation was not received by Chinese President Xi Jinping or Vice President Wang Qishan, echoing Trump's decision to not meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He during his visit to Washington, DC, in March.

Beijing wants all references to the three territories to identify that they are part of China.

According to a Chinese foreign ministry statement late on Saturday, Mr Yang told Mr Pompeo that the two countries should strengthen exchanges, maintain close communication over economic and trade issues and respect each other's "core interests and major concerns".

The article included a copy of a letter, written in Mandarin, which the newspaper said it had obtained from United Airlines, one of the original recipients.

In a letter to United cited by The Washington Post, the CAAC demanded the USA carrier change its website to label Taiwan "Chinese Taiwan" or "Taiwan: province/ region of China".