China and Taiwan will establish direct flights across the Taiwan Strait and agreed on shipping and postal links, following the highest-level talks between the two sides on the island in almost 60 years. Envoys from the mainland and Taiwan agreed on 108 weekly flights that no longer have to go through Hong Kong airspace. The two sides also agreed to direct shipping links between 63 Chinese ports and 11 Taiwanese ports. The transport links will take effect within 40 days, according to the Web site of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation. (Bloomberg)

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