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Jul 4, 2008

CNN article on direct flights

This one is full of inaccuracies and vague statements.

The first regular charter flights between China's mainland and Taiwan began Friday in a sign of warming relations between Beijing and Taipei.

The flight took off at 6:31 a.m. from Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province in southern China, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported, and it arrived in Taiwan at 8:10 am. after a 1,124-km (700-mile) journey.

Previously, the only chartered flights across the 100-mile Taiwan Strait took place during major holidays. They will now run on weekends from Friday through Monday.

So far, so good.
About 760 mainland Chinese plan to make the trip this weekend, but that number is expected to increase to 3,000 by mid-July.
Expected by the Taiwanese authorities, yes, but nothing has been formally signed on this and Beijing has indicated that China has their own considerations in the speed of expanding the number of tourists.
The charter service eventually could lead to regular commercial service.

Chinese and Taiwanese officials agreed last month to set up permanent offices in each other's territories, in the first formal talks between the two sides in almost a decade. The Beijing talks also resulted in the agreement for weekend charter flights.
Cross-straits talks between the two delegations began in 1993, a year after China and Taiwan informally agreed that the two sides belonged to "one China." They did not, however, specify what that meant, and both sides were free to use differing interpretations.

After that, the dialogue was delayed for five years over cross-strait tensions.

A second meeting in 1998 was held in Shanghai, but Beijing canceled a 1999 meeting when then-Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui proposed that Taiwan and China treat each other as separate states.

But they are separate states.

Taiwan's new president, Ma Ying-jeou, has rejected the push for independence.

Although Ma opposes unification with China, he campaigned on promises of seeking closer ties to the mainland, particularly seeking for Taiwan some of the benefits of China's robust economy.

The DPP also sought those benefits, but China denied them to Taiwan because of a refusal to accept "One China."

Taiwan separated from China after the communists victory in the Chinese civil war in 1949 -- about 2 million Nationalists Chinese fled to Taiwan and set up a government there.

Beijing has always considered it a part of China and has threatened to go to war should Taiwan declare formal independence.

Also false:

History teaches that in 1949 Taiwan was owned by Japan as it had been since 1895, not China, and would be until 1951. What split in 1949 were the KMT and the CCP.

1 comment:

Chuanfen said...

Hi A-gu,

I am curious about the point you made that Taiwan belonged to Japan in 1949.I clicked on the link you gave but it directed me to a comment page and I didn't read further information on that part of history. The common knowledge we have is that Taiwan belonged to ROC starting from 1945, so I wonder if you can provide some more details? If this is repetitive--I am sure it is--I hope that I didn't trouble you too much. Thanks!