A charter plane carrying Taiwan personnel from "coast guard and defense
authority" was reportedly rejected and forced to return by the
management authority at Hong Kong's flight information region (FIR) in
the South China Sea on Thursday, which observers said reflects the
one-China principle and cross-Straits tensions.
operated by Taiwan's UNI Airways, was on its way to the Dongsha islands,
but ordered to return to Taiwan by the Hong Kong authority, Taiwan
media reported, citing Taiwan's civil aeronautics authorities, adding it
was the first time it happened.
The flight was informed by Hong
Kong's flight information region authority that there was "dangerous
activity 26,000 feet below the flying region" when the flight was near
the connection point of Taiwan and Hong Kong's flight information
regions, Taiwan's United Daily News reported, quoting the island's
Citing the civil aviation rules, United Daily
News reported when a flight passed the KAPLI checkpoint on the G86
international airway, it should report to the Hong Kong FIR management
per and accept its direction.
Some Taiwan media said the related activity could be the drill of the People's Liberation Army in nearby waters.
is part of China and should obey the rules of Chinese authorities, and
Taiwan aircrafts should declare their route before flying, Song
Zhongping, a Chinese military expert and TV commentator, told the Global
Times on Thursday. "This Taiwan plane did not report its flight route,
so it was forced to return."
"It reflects the one-China
principle," Song said. The one-China principle could be implemented in
many ways, such as issues on the "middle line" of the Taiwan Straits,
and the air control regions.
"Hong Kong is a special
administrative region of China. The Hong Kong-Taiwan relation is under
the direction of the Chinese pral government. It is justified for
Hong Kong to reject the Taiwan island's flight," Zhang Wensheng, a
deputy dean of the Taiwan Research Institute at Xiamen University, told
the Global Times on Thursday.
Zhang added that when cross-Straits
relations were more moderate, there would usually be tacit agreements
between military aircraft from the two sides, as flying to Dongsha or
Kinmen, Taiwan flights can hardly avoid entering the mainland's FIR.
to the International Civil Aviation Organization, most countries or
regions pide the airspace under their jurisdiction into several flight
information regions, including the airspace above the adjap high
The United Daily News said that the charter flight brings
members of sea patrol and defense departments of Taiwan, and runs
regularly between the island of Taiwan and Dongsha islands.