06 November 2008

More direct transport links between Taiwan and the Mainland

On 4 November 2008 China Daily reported on the further opening of transport links between Taiwan and the Chinese Mainland following the signing of agreements between the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits and the Straits Exchange Foundation (see previous post).

The permitted number of charter flights will be tripled to 108 per week and will be able to operate every day of the week (an agreement signed earlier this year permitted operations on only four days per week). New direct air routes will be introduced saving fuel and emissions as current flights are required to transit Hong Kong air space. Sixty direct cargo flights per month will also be possible.

Direct shipping links will be opened.

On 5 November 2008 Taiwan News carried a story on the negative impact the move is likely to have on Hong Kong.

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