Taiwan has blocked a Chinese request to use its airspace for an oceanographic survey - because it applied through the wrong channel, a government representative said yesterday.
The China Geological Survey applied through a Taipei-based non-governmental organization to allow two civilian aircraft into restricted airspace, so Taiwan could not grant permission, a government representative said yesterday. The request eventually filtered up to government level.
"Mainland China should go through formal cross-Straits channels and normal procedures to notify our side so our departments can handle the matter appropriately," the island's semi-governmental Straits Exchange Foundation said in a statement.
Political tension restricts air travel in the heavily militarized 160-kilometer stretch of water between the two sides.
China had carried out surveys in Taiwan-controlled airspace before, the government representative said, though not often.