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Authorities warn against civil aviation violations in Taiwan Strait

Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) Taiwan said Thursday that it will deploy military aircraft to warn any passenger planes that cross the halfway line in the Taiwan Strait in violation of civil aviation regulations. The warning was issued by Deputy Transportation Minister Tseng Dar-jen (???) as China prepares to begin using four new civil flight routes near the line of the Taipei Flight Information Region with effect from March 5. Tseng said China's unilateral declaration of new flight routes was against civil aviation convention and his ministry would not accept such a move, in the interest of flight safety. Taiwan authorities will be paying attention to whether any passenger aircraft cross the line in the Taiwan Strait and if necessary, will send military planes to warn them, he said. In January, Beijing announced that it will start using four new flight paths on March 5 - a south-north route coded M503 that runs close to the median line of the Taiwan Strait, and three east-west routes coded W121, W122 and W123, respectively, that intersect the M503 enroute to cities on China's southeastern coast. Beijing has said the actual flight paths will be four nautical miles west of the drawn routes, but that assurance has not dispelled Taipei's concerns, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said earlier this month. The head of the MAC and his Chinese counterpart were scheduled to meet Feb. 7 to discuss the issue and other relevant matters but the meeting was postponed after a TransAsia Airways (????) flight crashed in a Taipei river Feb. 4. (By Angela Tsai and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-18 07:26 GMT+08:00