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  1. Pacts offer businesses better prospects, but financial woes may slow cross-strait trade

    Posted Nov 08th 2008, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... looked forward to this day for a long time,' said Yang Guanghua, general manager of Xiamen Airlines. The mainland first publicly floated the idea of the 'three links'- mail, air ... flights, shipping and postal links. But the full potential unleashed by the deals may not be realised quickly because of the global financial crisis, company officials said. Some in Taiwan fear ...

  2. Xiamen Airlines increases direct flights, cuts fares

    Posted Jul 06th 2010, 12:00am by Charlotte So

    ... not need to walk half an hour from one terminal to another to catch the transiting flights as in the three busiest mainland airports.' Flight times between Fujian and Taiwan could be halved ...

  3. Taiwan to let mainlanders visit island via mini-links

    Posted Sep 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... exchanges. 'If everything goes smoothly, Taiwan will be ready for mainlanders to visit through the mini-link channel as soon as the beginning of next month,' Mainland Affairs Council chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan said. The measure is part of a programme by Ma Ying-jeou's government to expand the so-called three mini-links of limited direct trade, transport and communications ...

  4. 80-minute journey ends a 59-year wait

    Posted Dec 16th 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... The mainland and Taiwan officially launch the 'three direct links': direct air, sea transport and postal services, formally ending a near-60-year absence of such ties. ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Fanfare in Taiwan at arrival of first daily direct flights and maritime cargo Taiwan marked the historic start of direct transport links across the Taiwan Strait ...

  5. Chen sets conditions for transport links

    Posted Aug 18th 2004, 12:00am by Jacky Hsu

    ... and postal links- commonly known as the 'three links'- with the mainland. Mr Chen said Beijing wanted to define the routes as 'domestic', which he said was unacceptable to him ... its political insistence. 'Regarding the three links, the two sides have already forged 21/2 links over the years,' said Mr Chen, referring to ongoing investment, postal and other ...

  6. Tax cuts on cross-strait shipping should not hurt HK, experts say

    Posted Feb 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... to the Taiwan-China shipping trade, he estimated. After a freeze that started in 1949, cross-strait shipping revived in January 2001, when the Taiwan government authorised limited direct shipping links with the mainland. Since then, restrictions have been loosened and shipping volumes have grown. 'The global trade slowdown has a bigger impact than direct cross-strait links now. With the poor figures ...

  7. Taiwan treated to carrot and stick

    Posted Dec 18th 2003, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... should be independent of politics. Mr He blamed the current impasse on the 'three links'- direct links for mail, transport and trade- on Taiwan, which he said had politicised what ... on promoting the three links, the Taiwan Affairs Office said the mainland opposed any attempt to describe the links as 'between nations' or as 'quasi-international' links. Targeting ...

  8. Board in bid to boost visits from Taiwan

    Posted Sep 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Adrian Wan adrian.wan@scmp.com The Hong Kong Tourism Board opened an office in Taipei yesterday, to attract more family and overnight travellers from Taiwan. Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So Kam-leung said at the opening ceremony ...

  9. Xiamen Air seizes on direct links with hourly Taiwan flights plan

    Posted Jun 04th 2008, 12:00am by Charlotte So

    ... Charlotte So in Istanbul China Southern Airlines' 60 per cent-owned subsidiary Xiamen Airlines will be among the first to take advantage of direct links between the mainland ... is our main focus as Xiamen is the nearest point between the mainland and the island,' said Mr Hu, who believes that direct links between the two could be established by next month. He ...

  10. Three links likely within three years

    Posted Jul 01st 2003, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... 'San-tong [the three links] will be implemented in two to three years, whoever is president,' he said. The three are direct postal, air and shipping links which governments in Taiwan, of both ... the transport costs for the 500,000 Taiwanese who live on the mainland and their families.' In meetings with President Chen Shui-bian, Mr Su has advised him to allow the three links. ...




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