China-Taiwan flight makes history

July 4, 2008 at 7:46 AM

BEIJING, July 4 (UPI) -- The inaugural cross-Taiwan Strait charter flight from mainland China to Taiwan made history when it landed at at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Friday.

More than 100 mainland tourists were on board the first flight allowed to Taiwan that departed from Guangzhou, capital of China's Guangdon province, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reported.

Another four chartered flights also took off Friday from Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Xiamen. A total of 760 mainland tourists traveled to Taiwan on a 10-day sightseeing trip, Xinhua said.

The flights marked a new phase in the history of cross-Strait exchanges, said Wang Yi, director of the Taiwan Work Office for China's Communist Party and the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office. The venture enhances development opportunities and provides an chance to increase understanding of people living on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, he said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Topics: Wang Yi
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
North Korea on missile cruiser deployment to Japan: U.S. 'will burn'
North Korea blasts South's idea of unified system
Finland orders anti-tank weapon from Saab
Puerto Rico not able to pay more than $72 billion in debts
North Korea calls U.N. human rights commissioner 'mediocre peddler'