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Old January 31st, 2005, 07:32 AM   #141
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Old February 1st, 2005, 07:02 PM   #142
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Air China says Taiwan flights faster than expected, denies short-cut

BEIJING, Feb 1 (AFP) - Planes from flag carrier Air China arrived up to one hour early on the first non-stop flights to Taiwan over the weekend, but the company denied Tuesday it had taken a short-cut violating agreements.

Addressing concern in Taiwan that the planes might have breached agreements between the two sides, he said they had indeed travelled via Hong Kong airspace, as had been arranged.

"We did pass through Hong Kong airspace," Air China spokesman Wang Yongsheng told AFP.

All Air China planes on Saturday made their flights faster than expected, but one flight in particular, linking Beijing with the southern Taiwan port city of Kaohsiung, was far ahead of schedule, he said.

"It landed one hour earlier than expected," Wang said. "We had never flown from Beijing to Taiwan, so before we estimated that it would take four and a half hours, but actually it took one hour less."

Saturday marked the historic first non-stop flights between China and Taiwan in nearly 56 years, taking home Taiwan businesspeople and their families for the traditional Lunar New Year festival.

The early arrivals of the planes triggered speculation that the planes had made "a short-cut," according to Taiwan media.

Previously, all legal civilian flights between the two sides have had to make an expensive stop-over in a third area, usually Hong Kong, and in most cases passengers have even had to change planes.

Although the weekend's flight were non-stop, they still passed through Hong Kong airspace, making for a lengthy detour.

Taiwan is likely to insist any future permanent non-stop flights will have to take a similar route, due to concerns that military airplanes from China could use civilian flight paths in a future surprise attack, observers say.
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Old February 1st, 2005, 11:46 PM   #143
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Old February 1st, 2005, 11:47 PM   #144
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Old February 2nd, 2005, 07:14 AM   #146
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Lunar New Year Charter Flights Popular: Carriers

TAIPEI, Feb 2 Asia Pulse - With the special Lunar New Year holiday charter flights kicking off between Taiwan and mainland China last Saturday, Taiwan-bound flights from Shanghai have been extremely popular, aviation companies said Tuesday.

Tickets on flights from Shanghai to Taiwan offered by Taiwan's China Airlines (CAL) (TAIEX:2610), Far East Air Transport Corp., Trans Asia Airways and the mainland's Xiamen Airlines have all been fully booked by mainland-based Taiwan businessmen and their families wishing to spend the Feb. 9 Chinese New Year holiday at home, they said.

For instance, more than 300 seats on a CAL A330-300 flight slated to take off from Shanghai for Taipei Saturday have all been reserved, with a large number of passengers on a waiting list.

Xiamen Airlines will provide the next charter flight Wednesday from Guangzhou to Kaohsiung, with about 80 percent of its tickets booked. However, only a few tickets on the return trip have been sold.

On Friday, Trans Asia Airways will inaugurate its maiden charter flight from Taipei to Guangzhou. Only some 20 percent of the tickets on the Guangzhou-bound flight have been sold, while nearly 80 percent of the tickets on the Taipei-bound flight have been booked.

On Saturday, Far East Air Transport Corp. will also launch its maiden charter service between Taipei and Guangzhou, with the Guangzhou-Taipei flight fully loaded. Seats on its Feb. 7 round-trip flights connecting Taipei and Shanghai have also all been booked.

The special charter flights were designed exclusively for mainland-based Taiwan businessmen and their dependents flying between the two sides -- Taipei and Kaohsiung in Taiwan and Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing in mainland China -- from Jan. 29 - Feb. 20.

A total of nine flights were provided by eight aviation companies from the two sides of the Taiwan Strait on the first day of the service, which marked the historic landings of mainland carriers on Taiwan soil in more than 55 years.

Direct transport, trade and postal links across the strait have been banned since 1949, when Taiwan and the mainland separated in the wake of a civil war.

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Old February 11th, 2005, 08:04 AM   #147
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Air China Makes Last Cross-Strait Charter Flight Before Spring Festival

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

Beijing, 5 February: Air China's CA1087, carrying 136 Taiwan businessmen and their families to Taipei Saturday (5 February), fulfilled the company's last charter flight before the Spring Festival, which falls on 9 February.

The plane took off here at 10.00 a.m. (all times local)and landed in Taipei at around 1.30 p.m. It is expected to return to Beijing at 7.30 p.m. Saturday.

The flight offered its passengers festival gifts and delicate dishes with traditional dumplings specially prepared for the Chinese lunar new year, said officials with Air China.

On 29 January, CA1087 became the first charter plane in 56 years from the Chinese mainland carrying some 242 Taiwan business people and their families that landed in Taipei.

Air China has run three round-trip non-stop charter flights before the Spring Festival. It will carry another round-trip cross-strait flight on 13 February.
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Old February 17th, 2005, 03:39 PM   #148
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Chen calls for direct cargo charter flights with mainland
Jacky Hsu in Taipei
17 February 2005
South China Morning Post

Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian yesterday called on the mainland to discuss launching direct cargo charter flights with the island.

He said the historic, two-way passenger charter flights during the Lunar New Year had opened a window of opportunity for the two sides to move towards reconciliation.

Mr Chen was speaking to more than 400 guests, including leading Taiwanese businessmen based on the mainland, at a party in Taipei. He told them the success of the direct cross-strait charter flights had established a model for further co-operation between the two sides.

The next step would be for both sides to operate cargo charter flights, which had long been desired by mainland-based Taiwanese businessmen, he said.

"The success of the passenger charters indicates that if there is sincerity, nothing is impossible," he said, adding Taiwan was ready to hold talks with the mainland on the cargo flights and any other issues.

This year, for the first time since 1949, Taipei allowed mainland planes to fly to the island to take Taiwanese businessmen home for the Lunar New Year holiday.

The flights were the result of a landmark deal struck by the two sides at talks in Macau in mid-January. They started on January 29 and will end on Sunday.

Mr Chen said he had been sincere about mending fences with the mainland since becoming president in 2000 and had demonstrated his goodwill time and again. Those gestures included his pledges not to change the status quo of Taiwan, in the hope of creating an opportunity to improve cross-strait ties.

"In the past four years or so, we have extended at least 30 olive branches [to the mainland]," he said.

This indicated his "firm position and pragmatic approach" to seeking dialogue and reconciliation.

Taiwan proposed charter cargo flights in 2003, and in May last year announced regulations governing such flights. But without approval from the mainland, the proposal did not fly.

The announcement was ignored by Beijing on the grounds that it was a unilateral proposal from Taipei rather than a reciprocal scheme.

Direct charter cargo operations would save Taiwanese businessmen time and money but would increase the competitive pressure on foreign firms currently in the cargo business, such as UPS and Federal Express.

A spokeswoman for UPS urged the Taiwanese government yesterday to allow foreign firms to join in direct cargo flights, if they were launched.

But even if the foreign firms were left out, the impact on their balance sheets might not be as bad as some expected, she said. That was because companies such as UPS were able to promise next-day delivery even without direct flights.
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Old February 20th, 2005, 09:31 AM   #149
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Flights give hope to better Taiwan-China ties

TAIPEI, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The smooth exchange of non-stop charter flights between arch-foes Taiwan and China has raised hopes for permanent air links and better ties, but a long dispute over Taiwan independence can quickly destroy any goodwill.

More than 10,000 China-based Taiwan businesspeople and their families took the special charters to return home for the Lunar New Year, officials said, flying directly across the narrow Taiwan Strait for the first time in more than 55 years.

The temporary service, which began on Jan. 29, ends on Sunday with a plane of China's Hainan Airlines the last to take off from Taipei at 5.30 p.m. (0930 GMT) for Beijing.

"Direct flights are so convenient. In the future, I hope we can have direct charters not only for the three major holidays, but for weekends as well," said businessman Ke Hung-chi, who owns a electric wire and cable factory in China's Guangdong Province.

The New Year, Dragon Boat Festival in June, and Mid-Autumn Festival in September are the main holidays.

Taiwan prohibits direct air links with China for security reasons. Beijing views the self-ruled island as Chinese territory and threatens to invade if it declares formal independence.

Travellers must usually fly through a third destination like Hong Kong, lengthening their journeys by about 4 hours.

"Not only Taiwan businessmen should be allowed on direct charter flights, there should be more exchanges, more openings across the Taiwan Strait," Ke said.

Last week, Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian offered to open talks with China on direct cargo flights as the next step.

A government report says direct air links will cut transportation costs by 15-30 percent.

"The Lunar New Year charter flights offer a good model and show it's possible for the two sides to set politics aside," said Chao Chun-shan, a China watcher at Chengchi University.

However, tensions are expected to rise as China's parliament prepares to ratify in March a proposed anti-secession law that aipei officials say will give Beijing a legal basis to attack the democratic island of 23 million people.

Beijing may also view a Taiwan government probe into whether a leading Taiwan semiconductor firm, United Microelectronics Corp., illegally invested in China as unfriendly.

"Cross-Strait relations are too fragile and sensitive ... Things can easily go wrong," Chao said.

A setback would be a major disappointment to Taiwan companies that have poured an estimated $100 billion into China since the 1980s, lured by lower costs and a common culture.

Analysts say direct flights are essential for Taiwan to remain competitive in the region. Taiwan airlines also want to be able to expand into China's market and such hopes were behind their willingness to operate the latest charters at a loss.

A few of the flights were full, but many of the 48 planes flew half empty as only Taiwan businesspeople and their families were allowed to buy tickets. One Shanghai-Kaohsiung return flight had no passenger on one leg.

"We don't really care if we make money this year. The losses are nothing compared with the vast market potential in the long run," a Taiwan airline official said on condition of anonymity.
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Old February 20th, 2005, 06:20 PM   #150
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China, Taiwan Complete 3 Wks Of Direct Holiday Flights
20 February 2005

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP)--A Chinese jetliner flew Taiwanese passengers back to Beijing Sunday, ending three weeks of special air travel between Taiwan and China for the Lunar New Year holiday.

About 200 Taiwanese boarded the Hainan Airlines plane for the four-hour flight to Beijing, cutting normal travel time by several hours.

"We should have direct flights every day," an unidentified passenger told the TVBS Cable News.

Taiwan temporarily ended a 56-year-old ban on direct passenger links with China to allow Taiwanese working on the mainland back for the Lunar New Year holiday.

Direct links were severed after the communists took over the mainland in 1949. Passengers have to stop at a third point, usually Hong Kong, before flying into Taiwan from the mainland.

Since Jan. 29, six Chinese and six Taiwanese airlines flew 48 direct flights, carrying more than 10,000 Taiwanese in total, officials said.
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China Airlines Posts 5.6% Profit From Cross-Strait Flights

TAIPEI, Feb. 21 Asia Pulse - China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest carrier, has posted a 5.6 per cent profit from the four round-trip passenger charter flights it provided across the Taiwan Strait during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, a CAL executive said Friday.

Speaking at a public hearing on cross-strait transportation issues organized by a group of ruling Democratic Progressive Party legislators, CAL Chairman Chiang Yao-chung said that even though the unprecedented two-way, non-stop cross-strait passenger charter flights were launched hastily and the occupancy rate fell short of expectations, his company still managed to turn a profit.

"This means that cross-strait flight services could be profitable," Chiang said.

He added that the average passenger occupancy rate for CAL's four round-trip Lunar New Year cross-strait charter flights was 60 per cent.

Under a landmark cross-strait deal, six mainland Chinese airlines and six Taiwanese carriers have been allowed to operate a total of 48 round-trip passenger charter flights between Jan. 29 and Feb. 20 for homebound Taiwan businessmen operating in mainland China - commonly known as "taishang" - for Lunar New Year celebrations.

While recognizing the significance of the flights, Chiang also presented his views on the opening of the much-anticipated cross-strait cargo charter flights.

Chiang said mainland China's three commercial airline groups had only 13 all-cargo planes, while CAL alone had 17 all-cargo aircraft and ranked seventh in the world in terms of annual cargo transportation volume.

"We are confident of offering the best cargo transport services should the ban on direct cross-strait cargo charter flights be lifted," Chiang said, adding that CAL had long been prepared to launch such services and could begin operations soon after the two sides of the Taiwan Strait came to terms on the issue.

As to the formula for the proposed cross-strait cargo charter flights, Chiang said he hoped the flights could be direct and non-stop.

In the initial stage, Chiang said, the destinations could include Taipei on the Taiwan side and Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou on the mainland side.

In the second stage, the mainland's Xiamen, Kunming, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Nanjing could be included and carriers could be allowed to extend cross-strait charter flights to major European destinations.

In the first stage, Chiang said, cross-strait charter flights could focus on transporting products produced by "taishang" but he said that products manufactured in the United States and European countries should also be included in the second stage to maximize the economic effects of the operations.

Direct cross-strait air and shipping links have been banned since 1949, when the Chinese communists took control of the mainland.

President Chen Shui-bian said earlier this week he hoped the two sides could discuss the opening of cross-strait cargo charter flights based on the successful Lunar New Year passenger charter flights.

Speaking at Friday's public hearing, a spokesman for EVA Airways, Taiwan's second-largest carrier, said that if direct cross-strait cargo charter flights did not open soon, local carriers would lose opportunities to enter the vast mainland airborne cargo market.

The spokesman said that EVA planned to cooperate with Shanghai Airlines in setting up a joint venture air cargo company, but he would not elaborate.

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Taiwan calls for talks on direct cargo flights with China

TAIPEI, Feb 21 (AFP) - Taiwan on Monday urged rival China to open talks on direct cargo flights between the island and the Chinese mainland following the first non-stop passenger services between them since 1949.

Taiwan's China policy decision-maker Joseph Wu, head of the Mainland Affairs Council, said Taipei was prepared to talk with Beijing over the issue and urged it to set aside differences.

"As cargo flights would be on a regular basis, negotiations would definitely be more important," Wu said at a luncheon with a group of executives from Taiwan's passenger airlines.

Temporary non-stop direct passenger flights which ended Sunday were introduced three weeks ago for the first time since the two sides split in 1949 to transport Taiwanese businesspeople home over the Chinese Lunar New Year period.

Taipei had previously banned direct transport links with the mainland, only allowing exchanges with stops in third ports, conscious of Beijing's threat to invade if the island moves towards independence.

At the center of the Taipei-Beijing dispute is Beijing's "one China" policy, which regards the island as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.

"We hope the mainland side would react positively to our call and not limit itself," Wu said.

He hinted that Taipei would show flexibility in any talks with Beijing on the issue the way it did for the direct passenger flights.

The council's previous proposal was for one-way indirect charter cargo flights to a specified number of airports, but now it could accept the proposal of two-way non-stop charter services to multiple airports, Wu said.

"I hope very much the experience of successful direct passenger flights would persist... to usher in a new era for the cross-strait ties," Wu said.

China on Monday also called on Taiwan's government to allow permanent direct air links between the two sides.

"Realizing direct transport links, including by air, has long been a common aspiration of people on both sides of the (Taiwan) Straits," the state-run China Daily said in an editorial.

In another positive sign for air links, six local carriers said their executives had been invited by the Civil Aviation Administration of China to a gathering in Beijing.

Six mainland and six Taiwanese carriers were authorized to operate non-stop charter flights across the strait between January 29 and February 20 to bring Taiwan businesspeople and their families home for the Lunar New Year holidays.
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China calls for permanent direct air links with Taiwan

BEIJING, Feb 21 (AFP) - China Monday told Taiwan's government to put its people's interests ahead of its "own narrow-minded political calculations" and allow permanent direct air links between the two sides, state media said.

Three weeks of direct flights between the bitter rivals ended Sunday after the non-stop links were introduced for the first time in 55 years to transport Taiwanese businesspeople home over the Chinese Lunar New Year period.

The Taipei government had previously banned direct transport links with the mainland, only allowing exchanges with stops in third ports, conscious of Beijing's threat to invade if the island moves towards independence.

Chinese media Monday said the flights had been welcomed by both travellers and airlines and should become a more permanent arrangement.

"Realizing direct transport links, including by air, has long been a common aspiration of people on both sides of the (Taiwan) Straits," the state-run China Daily, often used by the government to get its views across, said in an editorial.

"And booming cross-Straits economic and personal exchanges have also highlighted the real need to start such services.

"However, the common will of the people across the Straits has been constantly brushed aside by the authorities in Taiwan, who fear that direct transport links could undermine their 'Taiwan independence' bid.

"Clearly, it is high time for the authorities in Taiwan to build on the success of the non-stop flights scheme and reverse its ban on direct air links. "In so doing, they would put people's interests ahead of their own narrow-minded political calculations."

China views Taiwan as a renegade province waiting to be reunified, by force if necessary, and bilateral relations have plunged to new lows since independence-leaning Chen Shui-bian was elected president in 2000.

Such threats and a buildup of China's military arsenal prompted the United States and Japan to jointly issue a statement over the weekend declaring that easing tensions in the Straits was part of their "common strategic objectives".

They also urged China to "improve transparency of its military affairs".

Beijing responded by expressing "serious concern" about the statement.

"Any irresponsible comments on China's building of national defence for the sake of safeguarding its state security and territorial integrity are unsupportable," said foreign ministry spokesman Kong Quan.

It was the first time during their half-century-old alliance that the US and Japan have expressed shared anxiety over tensions in the Taiwan Straits.
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Non-stop flights should herald direct links across Straits
21 February 2005
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With the landing of a Hainan Airlines flight from Taipei at Beijing Capital International Airport last night, non-stop charter flights between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan over the holiday period came to a successful conclusion.

The much-applauded cross-Straits charter flights, which started on January 29, are a giant step towards hopefully ending the indirect air link between the mainland and Taiwan, ongoing since 1949.

Without direct flights, travellers between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan have to fly via a third place, usually Hong Kong or Macao, making what should be a journey of a couple of hours into a 10-hour ordeal, on average, if going through Hong Kong.

This time, the non-stop charter flights were not really direct because the planes still had to fly over Hong Kong airspace. But the journey time was still reduced to four hours.

However, the benefit this time was limited to Taiwanese business people and their relatives based on the mainland.

And due to the limited capacity -- only 48 round-trip charter flights were arranged under this one-off cross-Straits charter flights agreement -- only a fraction of the estimated 1 million mainland-based Taiwanese business people were able to fly.

Realizing direct transport links, including by air, has long been a common aspiration of people on both sides of the Straits.

And booming cross-Straits economic and personal exchanges have also highlighted the real need to start such services.

The cross-Strait indirect trade volume reached US$63.48 billion last year.

By last September, 32.91 million Taiwanese had visited the mainland since 1987.

The overwhelming backing the non-stop charter flight scheme received from people across the Straits has once again demonstrated the public's desire to see direct transport links restored after a half-century ban.

The booming economic and personal exchanges also show that a case-by-case solution to meet special needs at a special time is by and large unsuitable.

A roundabout trip through a third destination is a huge waste of both time and money.

A one-off style agreement falls far short of people's expectations of a regular direct air service.

Clearly, it is high time for the authorities in Taiwan to build on the success of the non-stop flights scheme and reverse its ban on direct air links. It is hoped that yesterday's successful conclusion of the 2005 cross-Straits charter flights is not the ending but the beginning of a new chapter in our pursuit of regular direct links.
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New Policy For Nonstop Taiwan Cargo Charters
23 February 2005

BEIJING (Dow Jones)--Beijing will Friday announce a new policy on cross-Straits cargo charter flights in an effort to push direct air links with Taiwan, China Daily reports.

The announcement comes after the nonstop flights between China and Taiwan for the Chinese New Year holidays.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China's Office of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau Affairs Director Pu Zhaozhou said the mainland would take steps to facilitate the implementation of direct air links to Taiwan, including chartered cargo services, the newspaper says.

The move is the latest after Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian offered to discuss the issue with Beijing last Wednesday, the report says.

Taipei Airlines Association Chairman Lo Ta-hsin declined to give a date for chartered cargo flights to begin, but said the direct passenger charters this year provided a 'sound basis' for future chartered cargo flights to Taiwan, the newspaper reports.

Chartered cargo flights reduce airline operating costs and improve competition, the newspaper says, citing Far Eastern Air Transport Corp. Chairman Stephen Tsuei.
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Taiwan DPP, PFP Political Parties Reach Agreements
24 February 2005

TAIPEI (Dow Jones)--Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian and the leader of a major opposition party, the People First Party's James Soong, Thursday agreed to work toward charter cargo flights with political rival China, as well as full-scale direct China links.

Reading from a prepared statement after a meeting between Chen and Soong, a spokesman also said Chen, of the Democratic Progressive Party, pledged not to change the status quo with China, including making any change to Taiwan's name, nor will Taiwan hold any public referendums on China during his term in office.

Chen was re-elected to a new four-year term last March. [ 24-02-05 0546GMT ]

"I will not declare Taiwan independence or change Taiwan's name (from the Republic of China) during my term," said Chen, in a speech after the meeting.

The name issue is important because China has said it opposes any changes that could move the island toward formal independence.

Chen has proposed a new constitution that some political watchers say could include the removal of "China" from Taiwan's official name, the Republic of China.

Taiwan and China separated in 1949 amid civil war, and China has vowed to take the democratic island by force if it moves toward formal independence.

Chen and Soong also agreed to work toward peace with China.

"Our goal is to pursue peaceful development on the two sides (of the Taiwan Strait)," said Chen.

Chen added Taiwan's political parties will join forces in bringing forth a legal mechanism for the normalization of relations between Taipei and Beijing.

The political leaders didn't discuss broader interparty cooperation beyond cross-Strait peace and Taiwan's national defense.

Chen said he and Soong agreed to resolve cross-Strait problems pragmatically and buttress Taiwan's defense capabilities.

Stock market dealers said the most important aspect of the Chen-Soong meeting was that the two political leaders appear to be mending their relationship after a tough 2004, which included a hard fought presidential election in March and legislative vote in December.

"At least they're talking. That's the first step toward cooperation," said a dealer at Taiwan Securities. He called the series of small agreements made by the two a slight positive for the market.

- By Katy Chang and Dan Nystedt, Dow Jones Newswires
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Old February 27th, 2005, 06:07 PM   #157
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Taiwan rejects China call on charter flights
By KATHRIN HILLE and ANDREW YEH
26 February 2005
Financial Times

Taiwan rejected calls from China for negotiations on further non-stop charter flights across the Taiwan Strait yesterday, highlighting the fragility of its recent detente with the mainland.

Tang Yi, deputy director of the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing, said China hoped the two sides could "follow the routine" of the arrangements for charter flights over the Chinese New Year earlier this month.

"We hope to start to discuss the arrangement of charter flights for the Tomb Sweeping festival and other Chinese festivals as soon as possible," he said.

The offer represented China's first specific proposal of how the two sides should build on the new year deal, which allowed the first non- stop flights between Taiwan and the mainland in more than 50 years.

It came a day after Chen Shui-bian, Taiwan's president, and James Soong, leader of a China-friendly opposition party, agreed to co-operate on a more open and pragmatic cross-Strait policy.

However, Taipei responded cautiously, saying it wanted first to discuss cargo flights - a reaction that highlights the suspicions the island's pro-independence government harbours about China.

Beijing's recent "selective goodwill gestures" were tactics to conceal its move to pass an "anti-secession law", said the Mainland Affairs Council, Taipei's China policy body, in a statement.

The National People's Congress, China's rubber-stamp legislative body, is expected to pass an anti-secession law early next month aimed at enshrining its claim of sovereignty over the island.

Beijing claims it has been forced to take this step by Taiwan's moves towards independence over the past decade. But Taiwan is concerned such a law could legitimise the use of force against the island, and it claims it would be a unilateral change of status quo.

Taiwan government officials said that against this background, Taipei needed more time to observe Beijing's next moves. "We want to expand links with China but our priority is the facilitation of cargo transport," said a senior MAC official.

Since a cargo deal would be different from the charter flights, negotiations would take longer, giving Taipei more time to assess the anti-secession law once passed.
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More charter flights urged for holidays
Nailene Chou Wiest in Beijing and Jacky Hsu in Taipei
26 February 2005
South China Morning Post

Beijing wants charter flights across the Taiwan Strait to become a regular feature during holiday periods and also plans to help the island's farmers sell their products on the mainland, officials said yesterday.

But Tang Yi of the Taiwan Affairs Office said that a proposal from Taipei for direct cargo flights had been put on the back-burner.

Mr Tang said that the two sides should instead launch regular passenger flights to serve those cities on the mainland that have significant Taiwanese business communities.

With Qingming tomb-sweeping day falling on April 5, the details should be worked out soon, he added.

On the prospect of direct cargo flights, Mr Tang said his office had suggested that further discussions be held through non-governmental groups.

Meanwhile, commerce and agricultural ministry officials spelled out measures aimed at helping Taiwanese farmers break into the mainland market, including assisting them in market research and simplifying customs procedures.

Taipei meanwhile branded Beijing's proposed charter flights and agricultural exchanges as "selective goodwill to cover up its planned enactment of the anti-secession law".

"It is their usual stick-and-carrot approach in dealing with Taiwan," said Chiu Tai-san, of Taipei's Mainland Affairs Council.

"On our proposal to launch the cargo charter flights, which is beneficial to the cross-strait economy, the mainland has stopped short of making any concrete response to us."

The mainland plans to enact the anti-secession law next month. Its purpose is to prevent Taiwan becoming independent.
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Taiwan EVA Air to form JV with Shanghai Air-paper

TAIPEI, March 23 (Reuters) - Taiwan's second-largest airline, EVA Airways Corp., plans to form a joint venture air cargo company with China's Shanghai Airlines Co. Ltd., a newspaper said on Wednesday.

The United Daily News quoted Evergreen Group Chairman Chang Kuo-cheng as saying the move was part of his company's push into China's cargo market. The group also aims to offer marine cargo services to between 30 and 50 cities within 3 years, from 14 now.

A spokesperson for Shanghai Airlines said a deal may be in the works, but declined to give details.

"There probably is this matter you mentioned, but because there has not yet been any final agreement and it still requires approval by the civil aviation authority, the process is very complicated and I can't disclose it," said the spokesperson.

A spokeswoman for EVA Airways said: "We have always had a cooperative relationship with Shanghai Air, but it's only just discussions. Whether or not it's been finalised, we only heard of it when we saw it in the papers today."

The Evergreen Group owns EVA Airways and Evergreen Marine Corp., the world's third-largest container shipper.

Chang said details of the joint venture, including the shareholding structure, would become more clear by the end of the year, the newspaper reported.

Chang told Reuters in January that local governments in China had approached Evergreen to invest there. The group clinched a deal in January to take a 50 percent stake worth US$125 million in China's second-busiest port, Ningbo.

In 2001, EVA invested in a cargo terminal in Xiamen with other Taiwan airlines.

EVA's shares fell 0.35 percent to T$14.35 by 0125 GMT, against a 0.27 percent dip in the Taiwan market Shanghai Air's shares closed at 4.42 yuan on Tuesday.

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Additional reporting by Helen Ding in Shanghai
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EVA, Shanghai Airlines to decide cargo JV details
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Taiwan EVA Airways Corp and Shanghai Airlines Co Ltd will decide before the end of the year the details of a cargo transport joint venture (JV) between the two carriers, revealed Evergreen group vice chairman KC Chang.

The joint venture will be based in the Chinese mainland.

Separately, Chang said in the report that Evergreen Marine Corp expects to increase its service spots in mainland to 30-50 within three years from current 14 spots.

EVA Airways and Evergreen Marine are members of the Evergreen group.
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