Groups accuse government of M503 route deal

PROFIT OVER SECURITY?Protesters called for the resignations of Premier Mao Chi-kuo and Mainland Affairs Council Minister Andrew Hsia over a ‘deal with the devil’

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 31, 2015
By: Lii Wen  /  Staff reporter

Several groups yesterday rallied outside the Executive Yuan in Taipei, accusing the

Protesters rally outside the Executive Yuan in Taipei yesterday to call for the abolishment of China’s M503 flight route and for Premier Mao Chi-kuo and Mainland Affairs Council Minister Andrew Hsia to resign.  Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

Protesters rally outside the Executive Yuan in Taipei yesterday to call for the abolishment of China’s M503 flight route and for Premier Mao Chi-kuo and Mainland Affairs Council Minister Andrew Hsia to resign. Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

government of conceding to Beijing on the controversial M503 flight route in exchange for easing regulations on Chinese air passengers making transit stops in Taiwan.

Beijing launched its first flights using the new M503 route — which runs close to the median line of the Taiwan Strait — on Sunday.

Led by Economic Democracy Union convener Lai Chung-chiang (賴中強), the protesters accused the government of engaging in a “deal with the devil,” saying that the M503 route would threaten Taiwan’s national security.     [FULL  STORY]

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