The festive atmosphere across the Taiwan Strait gets frosty with Taiwan’s rejection of the application for extra flights across the Strait. Taiwan authorities cited a lack of consultation over the flight routes as a reason for their veto of direct flights between Taiwan and the mainland for Spring Festival. These flight routes, however, have been practiced for a number of years during the Kuomintang (KMT) leadership. Does a green Taiwan still accept the Chinese Lunar New Year? Is Taiwan’s decision connected to the US House of Representatives passing of the Taiwan Travel Act? And will the defense authorization act legally label China as a strategic competitor by the US, along with Russia?
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