Taiwan negotiates with Japan, Philippines to find alternative aviation routes —official media

August 3, 2022 - 6:51 PM
A Japan Airlines Boeing 767-300ER plane takes off as a Philippine Airlines Airbus A330-300 plane taxis on the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 1 in Pasay city, metro Manila, Philippines January 11, 2018. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco/File Photo)

Taiwan is negotiating with neighboring Japan and the Philippines to find alternative aviation routes, the official Central News Agency (CNA) reported on Wednesday, after China announced drills that the trade-reliant island said amounted to a “blockade”.

CNA reported, citing transport minister Wang Kwo-tsai, that there is no need for global chip manufacturing hub Taiwan to find alternatives for sea transport because ships can avoid Chinese drill zones.

—Reporting by Yimou Lee; Editing by Christopher Cushing