CHINA SAYS DOES NOT NEED TAIWAN'S PERMISSION TO OPEN NEW AIR ROUTE

BEIJING HAS TAKEN AN INCREASINGLY HOSTILE STANCE TOWARD TAIPEI SINCE THE ELECTION TWO YEARS AGO OF TAIWAN PRESIDENT TSAI ING-WEN FROM THE PRO-INDEPENDENCE DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY.

BUT THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT OPENING AIR ROUTES NEEDS TAIWAN'S AGREEMENT, MA SAID.

China has in recent months stepped up its military drills around Taiwan, alarming Taipei.
"But this does not mean that opening air routes needs Taiwan's agreement," Ma said.
China considers Taiwan a wayward province, and broke off official communication with the Taiwan government after Tsai took office in 2016.

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese government said on Wednesday that it does not need Taiwan’s permission to open new air routes, after Taipei complained that a new route over the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the two...

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