China will soon allow flight transit stops between Taiwan and the mainland, in a move that continues to strengthen cross-strait ties at a very critical and opportune time.
It was announced yesterday by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office that the plan is to begin with the Chinese cities of Nanchang, Kunming, and Chongqing — passengers from any of these three will be allowed to transit through Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport, and then onwards to their next destination.
No additional documents will be required for Taiwan transits; however, passengers will be expected to stay in the airport. Absolutely no sneaking out for some highly-illegal pebble poaching.
Previously, passengers from China were allowed to travel only directly to Taiwan.
“It’s a joint effort by governments across the strait. We’re happy to see it happening.,” stated K.W. Nieth, vice-president of popular Taiwanese airline EVA Airways. “We hope more cities will be added to really implement it.”
With the Taiwanese presidential elections a little more than a week away, and the KMT almost certainly expected to lose, some politicians can’t help but wonder about the timing of the announcement.
“China for sure is doing this to give the KMT a boost in the elections,” said DPP lawmaker Chen Chi-mai. “It seems China is trying to dominate future Taiwan-China ties.”
By Pinky Latt