Direct cross-strait shipping, flights
BEIJING, Dec. 14 -- Direct flights and ocean shipments
begin on Monday between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, saving a lot of time
and money. Beginning on Dec. 15, ships can sail directly to Taiwan from six
mainland ports including Shanghai, Fuzhou and Xiamen. And airlines offering
direct cross-strait charter flights will be able to cut flying time
On Dec. 15, there will be four cargo ships leaving Fuzhou
Port for Taichung and Keelung in Taiwan. Shipping costs will be much lower
because the vessels no longer have to be routed via Hong Kong or Japan.
Chen Weiren, chairman of Huarong Marine, said, "The
shipping route between Fuzhou and Keelung used to be 470 nautical miles, now the
direct route will cut it to 150 nautical miles. The cost will be lowered by 50
Eventually 63 ports on the mainland and 11 in Taiwan
opened for direct shipments.
As for the airlines, the direct cross-strait flights will
save a lot of time. For example, the a flight from Beijng to Taipei will be two
hours and 50 minutes, a reduction of one hour and 20 minutes for the original
trip. Flying from Shenzhen to Taipei will be one hour and 40 minutes, three
Chinese mainland says ready for cross-Straits post
BEIJING, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese mainland official
said on Friday that the mainland is ready to launch a direct postal service
across the Taiwan Straits slated for next Monday.
The direct postal service would end a situation that has
prevailed since 1949, under which air, sea and postal movements between the
Chinese mainland and Taiwan have gone through a third place.
Wang Yuci, deputy head of the State Post Bureau of China,
said Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Xi'an, Nanjing and Chengdu in
the Chinese mainland, and Taipei, Kaohsiung, Keelung, Kinmen and Matsu of Taiwan
were selected as regional distribution centers for the service. Full story