Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Wednesday that an offer to hold talks with its Chinese counterpart on providing additional flights between Taiwan and China during the Chinese New Year holiday next year has not received a response from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
The CAA and the CAAC have held regular meetings on the issue every year since direct flights across the Taiwan Strait were launched in 2008, but no such meeting has been arranged this year, which has seen cooling relations between the two sides, according to the CAA.
Beijing suspended official contact and negotiations with Taipei after President Tsai Ing-wen (???) took office in May because of Tsai's refusal to recognize the "1992 consensus."
The "1992 consensus" as perceived by the previous Ma Ying-jeou (???) administration refers to a tacit understanding between the two sides of the strait that there is only one China, with both sides free to interpret what that means.
The annual talks are usually held in late October or early November, the CAA said.
Adding extra cross-strait flights to meet the increased demand during the Chinese New Year holiday has become a routine measure, and there is precedent to follow, the CAA said, adding that even if the two civil aviation authorities do not hold a meeting, they can also find out each other's demands by telephone.
Saying that it will continue its efforts to set up a meeting, the CAA expressed hope that talks with its Chinese counterpart on additional cross-strait flights and other aviation development issues can be held, in either Taiwan or China.
If the talks are held in keeping with precedent, they will take place in Taiwan, since they were held in China last year, according to the CAA.
However, as time is pressing, the CAA will not exclude the possibility of negotiations with the CAAC on the matter in a non-face-to-face communication format, it said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel