Airlines are concluding preparations for the launch of commercial charter flights across the Taiwan Strait, which are expected to start July 4, after an agreement between the Strait Exchange Foundation (Taipei) and the Assn. for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (Beijing) was signed Friday in Beijing. The deal allows for 18 direct flights across the strait each weekend (including Fridays). Taiwan will have access to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen and Nanjing, with future flights to ...

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