Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

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Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Taiwan Opens Up/A Historical Day For the Chinese People

On November 3rd, Chen Yunlin, Head of Mainland Affair Council, arrived in Taiwan, becoming the first Chinese high official to visit the island. Chen and Chiang Pin-kun, Head of the Straits Exchange Foundation, signed an agreement by stopping “3 NOs” from Taiwan. The major items in the agreement are:

a. A daily direct flight will expand from current 36 flights to 108 flights (the flight time will be reduced from 3.5 hours to 1.5 hours).

b. The direct cargo flights will be expanded to 60 cargo flights a month.

c. The mainland China airports with access to Taiwan will increase from the current 5 airports to 21 airports.

d. And the direct shipping fleet between both sides will be opened to 11 ports in Taiwan and 63 ports in mainland China.

Even though a huge demonstration organized by the opposition party on November 6th, Ma Ying-jeou made history when he became the island’s first leader to hold talks with a senior Chinese official Chen Yunlin at a government guesthouse in Taipei since the end of the civil war in 1949. Lien Chan, Chairman Emeritus of KMT (Kuomintang), attended the 2008 Peru APEC Summit, making the compromise from the mainland China to allow Taiwan’s international participation. As a result of this move Chan will be the highest official from Taiwan to join any international organization including APEC meetings since 1970s when Taiwan was ousted out from the UN.

On December 15th, both Taiwan and mainland China finally opened the direct daily flights, postal, and shipping services, the historical day for the Chinese people. In total, 12 airlines from both the mainland China and Taiwan will fly more than 100 flights a week, providing links between 4 cities in Taiwan and 12 cities in the mainland China.
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