Radio Taiwan International
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday that it has attempted without
success to seek consultation with China over new flight paths in the Taiwan Strait. The MAC is the government’s main agency charting China policy.
MAC spokesperson Chiu Chui-cheng said Taiwan has urged the Chinese side to consult with Taiwan in line with a March 2015 consensus on matters relating to civil aviation. He said Beijing’s only response was a fax sent on January 6 stating that its new flight paths are in international airspace. It did not address Taiwan’s stated concerns over the move.
Beijing recently announced four new flight paths that approach the median line of the Taiwan Strait. Chiu said the move was unilateral and presented concerns for aviation safety for which the Chinese side should bear responsibility. [FULL STORY]