The flight path from Taipei, Taiwan, to Tianjin, China, does not go directly to Tianjin in a straight line.
Instead, it heads directly north, then banks left (west) before heading north again.
Does anyone know why this is?
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It's because China manages its air traffic by routing flights along relatively narrow air corridors. For a discussion, see https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/explained-flight-delays-china-todd-siena.