ICAO describes Taiwan as province of China in coronavirus news release

Organization discusses impact of Wuhan coronavirus outbreak on airline sector

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Screenshot of ICAO page.

Screenshot of ICAO page.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), whose membership Taiwan is seeking, described the island nation as a province of China in a news release about the impact of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) Wednesday (Feb. 13).

In the document, titled “Economic impact estimates due to COVID-19 travel bans,” the body went on to mention “international traffic with respect to the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions of China, or its Taiwan Province.”

The ICAO recently gained notoriety by blocking Twitter users who voiced support for Taiwan and for its efforts to join the aviation body.

The text noted that 70 airlines canceled all flights to and from China and 50 others curtailed such services. Foreign airline capacity for travelers to and from the country was cut by 80 percent, while the reduction for Chinese airlines amounted to 40 percent, according to the United Nations special body.