Chronologies

China - Taiwan

Chronology from Jan 2004 to Mar 2004


: President Chen gives interview to Washington Post.

: President Chen gives interview to Washington Post.

: Beijing announces that Dominica has recognized PRC; Taipei breaks relations with Dominica.

: Beijing announces that Dominica has recognized PRC; Taipei breaks relations with Dominica.

:  TAO warns that China cannot sit idly if there is instability in Taiwan:

:  White House statement on Chen’s reelection.

:  Xinhua announces that NPC will issue interpretation of Basic Law.

:   TAO warns that China cannot sit idly if there is instability in Taiwan:

:   White House statement on Chen’s reelection.

:   Xinhua announces that NPC will issue interpretation of Basic Law.

: TAO statement says referendum was a failure.

: TAO statement says referendum was a failure.

: President Chen wins reelection; referenda fail to pass.

: In victory speech, Chen calls for negotiations on basis of equality.

: Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing calls Secretary Powell regarding Chen’s election.

: President Chen wins reelection; referenda fail to pass.

: In victory speech, Chen calls for negotiations on basis of equality.

: Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing calls Secretary Powell regarding Chen’s election.

: President Chen and Vice President Lu shot in Taiwan.

:   President Chen and Vice President Lu shot in Taiwan.

: Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi tells Vice Minister Dai Japan does not support moves toward Taiwan independence.

: Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi tells Vice Minister Dai Japan does not support moves toward Taiwan independence.

: At NPC press conference, Premier Wen takes moderate line on Taiwan.

: At NPC press conference, Premier Wen takes moderate line on Taiwan.

:  PRC Vice Foreign Minister Dai in Washington to discuss Taiwan.

:   PRC Vice Foreign Minister Dai in Washington to discuss Taiwan.

: KMT’s Lien Chan says talks will be difficult if Beijing insists on “one China” precondition.

: KMT’s Lien Chan says talks will be difficult if Beijing insists on “one China” precondition.

: Premier Wen’s NPC report uses moderate, nonthreatening language on Taiwan.

:  PRC Vice Minister of Commerce An calls Martin Lee a traitor.

:   Premier Wen’s NPC report uses moderate, nonthreatening language on Taiwan.

:   PRC Vice Minister of Commerce An calls Martin Lee a traitor.

: In U.S., Martin Lee says Hong Kong Democrats oppose independence for Taiwan.

: In U.S., Martin Lee says Hong Kong Democrats oppose independence for Taiwan.

:  Xinhua declares Hong Kong Alliance for Democracy is “unpatriotic.”

:   Xinhua declares Hong Kong Alliance for Democracy is “unpatriotic.”

: Lee Teng-hui leads the Taiwan Solidarity Union and the Democratic Progressive Party in a national collaborative “228 hand-to-hand” campaign rally in Taiwan. Two million Chen supporters form human chain along the length of the island.

:   Lee Teng-hui leads the Taiwan Solidarity Union and the Democratic Progressive Party in a national collaborative “228 hand-to-hand” campaign rally in Taiwan. Two million Chen supporters form human chain along the length of the island.

: Foreign Minister Li calls Secretary Powell for reassurances on referendum.

: Foreign Minister Li calls Secretary Powell for reassurances on referendum.

: In second presidential debate, Chen rejects “one China,” Lien is equivocal about “one country, separate interpretations.”

: In second presidential debate, Chen rejects “one China,” Lien is equivocal about “one country, separate interpretations.”

:  Xinhua republishes 1984 Deng Xiaoping talk on “one country, two systems.”

:   Xinhua republishes 1984 Deng Xiaoping talk on “one country, two systems.”

: Secretary Powell tells Congress U.S. sees no need for referendum.

:   Secretary Powell tells Congress U.S. sees no need for referendum.

: Xinhua states that “patriots” must lead Hong Kong.

: Xinhua states that “patriots” must lead Hong Kong.

: Vice Foreign Minister Zhou urges firmer U.S. opposition to referendum.

:   Vice Foreign Minister Zhou urges firmer U.S. opposition to referendum.

:  On eve of visit by Hong Kong Chief secretary, Beijing asserts sovereign right to determine pace of democratization in Hong Kong.

:   On eve of visit by Hong Kong Chief secretary, Beijing asserts sovereign right to determine pace of democratization in Hong Kong.

: Deputy Assistant Secretaries Schriver and Lawless testify to Congress.

:   Deputy Assistant Secretaries Schriver and Lawless testify to Congress.

: Taiwan Legislative Yuan delegation in Washington to assess U.S. position on referendum.

: Taiwan Legislative Yuan delegation in Washington to assess U.S. position on referendum.

: TAO’s Chen Yunlin in Washington; urges U.S. to take strong position against referendum.

: TAO’s Chen Yunlin in Washington; urges U.S. to take strong position against referendum.

: Deputy Secretary Armitage in Beijing; expresses reservations about referendum.

:   President Hu visits France, President Chirac criticizes referendum.

: Vice Premier Tang Jiaxuan sharply criticizes Chen’s referendum.

: Vice Premier Tang Jiaxuan sharply criticizes Chen’s referendum.

: TAO criticizes Chen’s plan for referendum.

: Chen announces referendum questions.

: PRC presents accused Taiwan spies to press; has them criticize Chen.

:   Secretary Colin Powell says President Chen appears to have shown some flexibility.

: Chen announces referendum questions.

: PRC presents accused Taiwan spies to press; has them criticize Chen.

:   Secretary Colin Powell says President Chen appears to have shown some flexibility.

:   Chen says he will go ahead with referendum even if it hurts his reelection.

: PRC Gen. Guo Boxiong says U.S. should do more to oppose referendum.

:   Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait sends Straits Exchange Federation a message concerning arrest of Taiwan spies.

: PRC Gen. Guo Boxiong says U.S. should do more to oppose referendum.

:   Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait sends Straits Exchange Federation a message concerning arrest of Taiwan spies.

:   China Daily analysis expresses worries about pan-blue policies.

:   China Daily analysis expresses worries about pan-blue policies.

: Beijing instructs Hong Kong to delay consideration of constitutional development.

:   President Chen tells American group he will abide by “five noes.”

: Beijing instructs Hong Kong to delay consideration of constitutional development.

:   President Chen tells American group he will abide by “five noes.”

:   Chen’s campaign manager, Chiou I-jen, says referendum may become campaign liability.

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