TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Netizens were outraged by how close a Chinese airport being constructed is to the coast of Taiwan’s outlying county of Kinmen after a photo of it was recently posted on social media.
The photo was taken by a Kinmen resident in the island county's Guan'ao area and posted to Facebook, Liberty Times reported Wednesday (May 20). The photo was quickly reposted by another netizen to Taiwanese social media site PTT, along with an article titled “The new Xiamen airport is being built at the door of Kinmen!”
This second netizen wrote that the construction site of Xiamen Xiang'an International Airport (翔安國際機場) is only about six kilometers from Kinmen’s coastline, labeling the project as trespassing.
The post on PTT touched off a wave of heated debate, with some users lamenting that Taiwan cannot do anything about it because the construction did not extend beyond China’s border, while others were calling the construction an overreach and intrusion.
In 2017, the Kinmen County Government held a discussion on the issue of the new airport in Xiamen, during which aviation expert Lee Mi (李彌) said that it will greatly affect Taiwan in many areas, including environment, ecology, and economic development.