China urges airlines to avoid ‘danger zones’ around Taiwan – Bloomberg

China urged airlines operating in Asia to avoid flying in areas around Taiwan where China conducts military exercises in response to the visit of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, writes Bloomberg.

According to the official announcement, six areas of airspace are defined as “danger zones”. Flights will be restricted from 12:00. August 4 to 12:00 August 7 (local time).

China condemned Pelosi’s visit and announced a series of economic and military measures. Beijing considers Taiwan to be part of the PRC. The island remains the most sensitive issue between the US and China, which could one day spark a military conflict.

Chinese airline Xiamen Airlines announced the adjustment of several flights through the Taiwan Strait. Pilots of Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. advised to have a reserve of fuel for 30 minutes for a possible re-routing near the island.

Korean Air plans to divert some of its flights to South Asia to avoid Taiwanese airspace during Chinese military exercises. The representative of the Japanese air carrier ANA Holdings Inc. said the company has received notice and is changing flight routes to Taiwan. ANA and Japan Airlines Co. reported that flights to and from Taiwan would continue to operate.

The island is in talks with Japan and the Philippines over alternative air routes. The media also reported that the Taiwan Seaport Bureau warned the ships to avoid the area where the exercises would take place.

Local branches of China’s Maritime Security Administration have also issued numerous warnings to ships crossing certain areas, citing military exercises, according to government statements.

The disruption to the airliners comes amid escalating tensions between the US and China as companies grapple with global supply chain issues caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It is unclear whether the three-day flight ban will continue, raising concerns about soaring commodity prices and risks to supply chains.

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Previously it was reported that Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in Taiwan met with its president, Tsai Ing-wen. Before the talks, Tsai presented Pelosi with Taiwan’s highest honor, the Order of Benevolent Clouds. This is how the President of Taiwan honored the speaker of the lower house of the US Congress for his contribution to the development of US-Taiwan relations.

Nancy Pelosi said the US delegation came to Taiwan to make it clear that the US will not give up solidarity with it.

Leader of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping criticized the visit of the representative of the US Congress to Taiwan. He believes that such actions are another provocation by the United States. In turn, the Chinese Foreign Ministry summoned US Ambassador to Beijing Nicholas Burns in protest against the arrival of Nancy Pelosi.

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