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Taiwan, Hong Kong set to sign landmark aviation pact: MAC

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) Taiwan and Hong Kong are set to sign a new civil aviation pact that will mark a milestone in the relations between the two sides, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday. The agreement is significant because it is the first to be signed by official representatives from both sides, said MAC Deputy Minister Liu Te-shun.
The existing agreement, which regulates the routes and number of flights between Hong Kong and Taiwan, was signed in 2002 by the head of the Taipei Airlines Association and representatives of three Hong Kong carriers -- Cathay Pacific Airways, Dragonair and Air Hong Kong -- as the Hong Kong government was then reluctant to have any official contact with Taiwan, Liu said. The agreement replaced the first one signed in 1996 when Hong Kong was still a British colony, Liu said, adding that the first pact was signed by Taiwan's China Airlines and EVA Airways and Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair.
The new pact will be signed in Hong Kong Friday by James Chu -- director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong -- and his Hong Kong counterpart, media reports said. "The agreement signifies a fundamental improvement in Taiwan-Hong Kong relations over the past three years," Liu noted. It will allow larger cargo shipments and additional destinations for passenger flights, he said. More details will be revealed later by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, which is responsible for implementing the pact, Liu added. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-07-27 14:04 GMT+08:00