A NEW BEGINNING" was how Chinese Minister of Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council Wang Yi characterized the July 4 launch of weekend (Friday through Monday) flights between the mainland and Taiwan. Although cross-straits flights had occurred infrequently since 2003-typically during peak leisure travel periods such as the Spring Festival and Chinese New Year-this is the first time that such flights have been conducted on anything like a regular basis. It also marked the first time that ...

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