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Japanese airlines briefly tag Taiwan with China label

ANA and JAL quickly amend map, but feel pressure from Beijing

Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways briefly labeled Taiwan as a part of China on their websites Friday.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Japan's top two airlines temporarily labeled Taiwan and China together on their online route maps Friday, raising speculation that the companies had bowed to Beijing's demand to do so.

Taiwan's Liberty Times first reported the change, in which the island was labeled "Taiwan (China)." The websites of Japan Airlines and ANA Holdings' All Nippon Airways were quickly amended. Both companies said the change was unintentional, placing responsibility on a third-party map site created overseas. Links to that site from the airlines' websites were suspended Friday.

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