Airlines cancel, reroute flights during Chinese military drills near Taiwan

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By Joyce Lee and Jamie Freed SEOUL (Reuters) – Some airlines have cancelled flights to Taipei and rerouted others using nearby airspace that has been closed to civilian traffic during Chinese military exercises sparked by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. China deployed scores of planes and fired live missiles near Taiwan on Thursday in its biggest-ever drills in the Taiwan Strait, set to run until noon local time (0400 GMT) on Sunday in six zones encircling much of the island. The airspace involved is comparatively small, but the disruption is hampering tra…

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