China snubs Taiwan over talks on extra Lunar New Year flights

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/11/02
By: Wang Shu-fen and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Nov. 2 (CNA) Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Wednesday that an offer to

CNA file photo

CNA file photo

hold talks with its Chinese counterpart on providing additional flights between Taiwan and China during the Chinese New Year holiday next year has not received a response from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

The CAA and the CAAC have held regular meetings on the issue every year since direct flights across the Taiwan Strait were launched in 2008, but no such meeting has been arranged this year, which has seen cooling relations between the two sides, according to the CAA.

Beijing suspended official contact and negotiations with Taipei after President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office in May because of Tsai’s refusal to recognize the “1992 consensus.”

The “1992 consensus” as perceived by the previous Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) administration refers to a tacit understanding between the two sides of the strait that there is only one China, with both sides free to interpret what that means.    [FULL  STORY]

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