Taiwan and the mainland plan to hold a new round of talks within the next two months aimed at establishing the first daily flights between the two sides, Taiwan’s top negotiator with Beijing said.
Chiang Pin-Kung, chairman of Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation, said the talks will focus on expanding the frequency and number of destinations of weekend charter flights across the Taiwan Strait that began in July.
The negotiations, which Taiwan expects to take place in late October or early November, also will cover the possible establishment of direct ocean-shipping links between Taiwan and the mainland and the launch of charter flights for cargo, Mr. Chiang said.
The comments indicate Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou aims to press ahead with expanding ties to China.
Mr. Chiang said the two sides have yet to finalize the date for the new negotiations, which are to be held in Taipei. China’s government didn’t comment specifically on the new talks, but at a routine press conference Wednesday, a spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing said that both sides have reached ‘some fundamental agreements’ over the direct-air-traffic links.