China - Taiwan
Chronology from Apr 2002 to Jul 2002
: Taipei and Hong Kong sign aviation agreement extension.
: TAO Vice Minister Zhou Minghui holds talks with officials in Washington.
: MAC rejects TAO’s premise that cross-Strait routes are “internal.”
: TAO’s Li Bingcai gives visiting Taiwan delegation ideas on private talks.
: PRC Trade Minister Shi Guangsheng warns countries not to enter FTAs with Taiwan.
: Chen advisor Lee Yuan-tseh visits Beijing for academic conference.
: Former Taiwanese President Lee Deng-hui expresses opposition to direct trade with China.
: PRC provides radar monitoring information to assist CAL 611 investigation.
: In radio address to China, Chen reiterates desire for new framework for cross-Strait relations that can lead to political integration.
: Secretary Wolfowitz states that the U.S. “opposes” Taiwan independence.
: President Jiang expresses condolences on crash of CAL 611.
: Chen describes U.S. and Taiwan as “inseparable democratic allies.”
: TAO invites two prominent Taiwan business leaders to China for talks.
: MAC says Taipei will chose Taiwan’s private representatives.
: TAO say Beijing ready to conduct “three links” talks with Taiwan business leaders.
: In CNN interview, Chen says unification impossible under PRC military threat.
: China Petroleum Corp. and China National Offshore Oil Company affilliates sign joint venture oil exploration agreement in Taipei.
: PRC MFA spokesman notes Chen’s concession on role of private sector.
: World Health Assembly decides against considering Taiwn’s application.
: U.S. International Trade Commission holds hearing on Taiwan-U.S. FTA.
: U.S. House of Representatives passes Defense Appropriations Bill with provisions calling for report concerning joint military activities with Taiwan.
: Chen indicates publicly that private-sector representatives could play a role in negotiating “three links”; separately proposes sending DPP official to China.
: TAO says DPP officials cannot visit as party representatives until DPP changes party’s independence plank and accepts “one China” principle.
: Taiwan liberalizes terms for tourist visits by PRC citizens.
: Taiwan Central Bank of China Gov. Perng Fai-nan participates in Asian Development Bank meeting, joins group call on Chinese President Jiang Zemin.
: FM Chien states Taiwan seeks formal visit to U.S. for President Chen.
: Foreign Minister Eugene Chien says Taipei to apply for World Health Organization (WHO) observer status as the “health entity” of “Taiwan.”
: PRC transports drinking water to offshore islands.
: Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao meets President Bush; Hu’s speech in Washington takes low key, nonconfrontational approach on Taiwan issues.
: A China Daily article criticizes Chen by name.
: On anniversary of 1993 Wang-Koo talks, Chen calls for resumption of cross-Strait dialogue.
: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) reports more Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members visiting China.
: Executive Yuan decides to press for Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) membership.
: USCINCPAC Adm. Blair expresses confidence Taiwan and U.S. can maintain military balance in Taiwan Strait, but says solution is political, not military.
: MAC approves cross-Strait joint venture deal for oil exploration in Taiwan Strait.
: Taipei’s SEF sends ARATS condolence message on PRC plane crash in Korea.
: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) expresses concern over PRC violations of 1993 Documents Agreement.
: President Chen Shui-bian calls for free trade agreements (FTA) with U.S. and Japan.
: U.S. Congressional Taiwan Caucus is inaugurated by Co-Founders and Co-Chairs: Representatives Robert Wexler, Steve Chabot, Sherrod Brown, and Dana Rohrabacher. Ambassador C.J. Chen, Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, and a 14-member delegation from the Legislative Yuan, led by the Honorable Trong R. Chai, also attend.
: PRC Foreign Ministry (MFA) spokesman says Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz’s March speech in Florida seriously violates U.S. commitments on Taiwan.
: Legislative Yuan (LY) adopts bill authorizing PRC investments in Taiwan real estate.
: PRC repatriates important Taiwan criminal through Macau.