Taiwan holds live-fire drills as tensions with China mount

Taiwan protests China's new air routes over Strait

Two Chinese airlines have been "forced to cancel" plans to operate extra cross-Taiwan Strait flights during the Lunar New Year holiday that were still pending approval from Taiwan to avoid inconveniencing travelers, the airlines said Tuesday.

Both airlines are in the process of reimbursing or rescheduling flights for those who booked tickets with them.

They included a northbound route known as M503, which travels up the Taiwan Strait that divides China from the self-ruling island.

Earlier in January, the Chinese government began operating new routes along the Taiwan Strait, which officials in Taiwan said were done without its consent.

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Despite the spat, air traffic controllers from both China and Taiwan continue to communicate and coordinate as normal, Wang Zhiqing, a deputy head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China told a separate briefing. The island would have three military planes ready to pick up 840 passengers a day, according to the report.

China considers Taiwan a wayward province, and relations have cooled since Ms Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party took office as Taiwan's president in 2016.

According to their statements, China Eastern's cancellation of its 106 additional flights has affected almost 40,000 travelers, while Xiamen Air's cancellation of 70 flights has affected over 10,000 people. Moreover, of 70 flights had been cancelled by Xiamen Airlines which blamed Taiwan for the hitch and labelling them as heartless. "All along we said we hope that the situation can meet the needs of travellers and that we can all discuss an appropriate arrangement for the added flights", Ho said. The flights had been scheduled in addition to the airlines' regular Taiwan services in order to cope with the high demand for travel around the Lunar New Year holiday, which starts next month.

The Global Times, a news outlet frequently used to informally express Beijing's views, echoed Li's sentiments: "The Chinese mainland has never given up the option of Taiwan mainland reunification by force, which is clear to people across the Taiwan Strait", a December editorial reads.

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