Emirates flag bar criticised

DUBAI: Emirates, Middle East’s largest airline, faced fierce criticism in Taiwan on Wednesday after it reportedly banned cabin crew from wearing the island’s flag on their uniforms due to pressure from China.

China still sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified and tensions between the two rivals have rapidly worsened since Beijing-sceptic president Tsai Ing-wen took office last year. Beijing has stopped all official communication with Taipei and sought to isolate it internationally. Cabin crew traditionally wear their national flag pin on their uniforms.