Date
13 December 2017
Taipei has misgivings about Beijing's decision to open new domestic commercial air routes over the Taiwan Strait. Photo: Bloomberg
Taipei has misgivings about Beijing's decision to open new domestic commercial air routes over the Taiwan Strait. Photo: Bloomberg

Taiwan must shed its suspicions over new air routes: China

China urged Taiwan to be “less suspicious” about the former’s intentions behind the decision to open new domestic commercial air routes over the Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan must be “more understanding and less suspicious” of the four routes, the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said on Wednesday, according to a Reuters report.

The comment came after Taiwan said the previous day that it will step up air surveillance patrols in the Taiwan Strait in response to the new air routes “if necessary”.

Taiwan’s transport ministry said on Tuesday that Beijing’s decision to open the new routes, which go into effect on March 5, was “unilateral” and “not acceptable” and could increase flight-safety risks, particularly around Taiwan’s outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu.

The routes are between eastern Shanghai and the southern Pearl River Delta.

The two sides had been discussing a new north-south air route on the west side of the median line dividing the Taiwan Strait, but talks had not yet finished, the ministry was quoted as saying.

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