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International relations

Air carriers dodge China-Taiwan spat with city name only

JAL, ANA, Korean Air avoid 'country' categorization

Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways are navigating a course to evade turbulence on the Taiwan-China issue.   © Reuters

TOKYO/TAIPEI -- Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have removed country labels from all East Asian destinations on their websites to avoid taking a position on the relationship between Taiwan and mainland China.

The carriers previously distinguished among destinations in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Now, only city names are listed under the heading of "East Asia," which also includes South Korea. This is true of all versions of the websites, including those geared toward customers in Taiwan and mainland China.

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