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: Fu Kun-chi, KMT caucus convener in the Legislative Yuan, leads a delegation of KMT legislators at the invitation of China.

: President-elect Lai Ching-te announces ministerial level appointments to his national security and cross-Strait team. Almost all are holdovers from President Tsai’s team, signaling again Lai’s stated commitment to continue Tsai’s policies.

: China’s Ministry of Commerce imposes anti-dumping duties on polycarbonate imported from Taiwan for a period of five years.

: In a 385-34 vote, the US House of Representatives passes H.R. 8036, The Indo-Pacific Security Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2024, containing $1.9 billion in weapons funding for Taiwan.

: China unilaterally moves its offshore civilian air route M503 eastward closer to the median line of the Taiwan Strait provoking protests from Taiwan.

: Meeting in Washington, G7 foreign ministers call peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait “indispensable to security and prosperity for the whole international community,” and call for peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues. They add, “We support Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organizations, including in the World Health Assembly and WHO technical meetings.”

:   The spokesperson for the PRC’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the US-Japan-Philippines trilateral, calling it “an attack against China” and criticized statements by the three leaders on Taiwan as interference in China’s internal affairs.

: China bans senior executives from two US defense contractors, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems, in retaliation for US sales of their systems to Taiwan.

: Former Taiwan president and KMT elder Ma Ying-jeou meets President Xi in Beijing, their first meeting since November 2015, when they met in Singapore as Ma’s presidency drew to a close.

: US Department of Commerce announces a $6.6 billion subsidy and up to $5 billion in loans to support TSMC’s new fab facility in Arizona.

: US Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, in public remarks at the Center for a New American Security, says that additional nuclear-powered submarines in the Indo-Pacific under the AUKUS trilateral security partnership will help strengthen regional deterrence generally and especially with respect to the cross-Strait circumstance.

: Taiwan Navy Commander Tang Hua attends US Pacific Fleet change of command ceremony.

: KMT Vice-Chair Andrew Hsia begins a trip to the US during which he meets with AIT Chair Laura Rosenberger.

: President Biden and President Xi speak by phone. Xi Jinping stresses that the Taiwan question is the first red line that must not be crossed in China-US relations. In the face of “Taiwan independence” separatist activities and external encouragement and support for them, China is not going to sit on its hands. Biden emphasizes the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. 

: Ma Ying-jeou visits China. He meets Chinese President XI and visits the temple of the Yellow Emperor, the mythical founder of China. During his visit he tells TAO Director Song Tao that he seeks to advance the “overarching interests of the Chinese nation.”

: Taiwan inaugurates new wharf on Taiping island (also known at Itu Aba), which it controls in the South China Sea. President Tsai does not attend despite calls for her to do so.

:  Taiwan’s Vice President-elect Bi-khim Hsiao concludes a visit to the European Parliament, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Lithuania. While en route to Europe, Hsiao stops over in Washington to collect personal belongings and to meet with US government officials.

: President Biden signs into law the US federal government’s Fiscal Year 2024 spending bill, which includes $300 million in Foreign Military Financing loans for Taiwan under the State Department.

: Adm. John Aquilino, outgoing commander of US Indo-Pacific Command, denies press reports that US military special forces are “permanently stationed” on Kinmen. 

: Taiwan Coast Guard searches for a missing PRC fisherman near Matsu Island at the request of Chinese authorities.

: US State Department requests $100 million for “a historic investment” in Taiwan security. Defense Department requests $500 million to replenish US munitions stockpiles drawn down to aid Taiwan through Presidential Drawdown Authority.

: In his State of the Union address, President Biden proclaims that the US is “standing up for peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

:   Media reports US Special Forces Green Berets will deploy to Kinmen island near Xiamen on the Chinese mainland to train Taiwan Forces.

: KMT Vice Chairman Andrew Hsia travels to China meeting with Taiwan businesses and the Director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), saying he will offer his condolences to the families of the two fishermen killed off Kinmen in an effort to de-escalate cross-Strait tensions.

:  US Representative Mike Gallagher leads a bi-partisan delegation to Taiwan composed of members of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party.

: Biden administration approves a $75 million arms sale to upgrade a data communications system employed by Taiwan’s military.

: Two Chinese fishermen die when their boat illegally fishing in Taiwan-controlled waters near Kinmen Island collides with a Taiwanese Coast Guard vessel trying to apprehend them.

: In her annual Chinese New Year address, President Tsai Ing-wen says, “Taiwan will keep working with our democratic partners to maintain peace and stability. We will pursue cooperation and prosperity, and make Taiwan one with the world.”

: KMT legislator and 2020 presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu is elected speaker of the Legislative Yuan.

: US House of Representatives approves legislation with a provision that would prevent citizens and corporations from the US and Taiwan from being taxed twice.

:   US navy destroyer USS John Finn transits the Taiwan Strait.

: At Davos, US Secretary of State Blinken congratulates Taiwan and says that the Chinese approach to Taiwan is “totally counterproductive to their interests” by trying to exert economic, military, and diplomatic pressure. 

: White House dispatches former US National Security Advisor Steven Hadley and Former Deputy Secretary of James Steinberg to Taiwan to meet President Tsai Ing-wen, President-elect Lai, and leaders of opposition parties in a show of US support for Taiwan after the election.

: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Mao Ning comments on the Taiwan election results: “Whatever the results of the election, the basic fact that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is part of China will not change; and the international community’s prevailing consensus on upholding the one-China principle will not change. Both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one and the same China.” 

:  South Pacific island nation of Nauru decides to sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favor of official ties with Beijing. 

: China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) publishes a social media post saying the Anti-Secession Law of 2005 “has become a veritable sword hanging over the heads of the “Taiwan independence” separatist forces.” It warns Taiwan that “Riding on this “chariot of doom,” willing to be the “pawn” and “vanguard” of the “Taiwan independence” separatist forces, committing unjust acts and practicing disobedience, there is only one ending, which is to be shattered and ruined.”

: Lai Ching-te and Hsiao Bi-khim are elected president and vice president of the Republic of China with 40% of the votes cast.

: Victorious DPP candidate for president Lai Ching-te tells his supporters and international media, “As President, I have an important responsibility to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. I will act in accordance with the Republic of China constitutional order, in a manner that is balanced and maintains the cross-strait status quo. Under the principles of dignity and parity, we will use exchanges to replace obstructionism, dialogue to replace confrontation, and confidently pursue exchanges and cooperation with China.” 

: President Joseph Biden says, “We do not support independence” when asked to comment on the results of Taiwan’s election.

: China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) responds to the Taiwan election results: “The results of the two elections in Taiwan this time show that the Democratic Progressive Party does not represent the mainstream public opinion on the island. Taiwan is China’s Taiwan. This election cannot change the basic pattern and development direction of cross-Strait relations, nor can it change the common desire of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait to get closer and closer, nor can it stop the general trend that the motherland will eventually be reunified and will inevitably be reunified.”

: Former KMT President, Ma Ying-jeou, says that “as far as cross-Strait relations [go], you have to” trust Chinese leader Xi Jinping. KMT vice presidential candidate Jaw Shao-kong stresses that he and presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih do not agree with Ma’s positions on cross-Strait relations.

: Taiwan’s one-year compulsory military service for men goes into effect.

: Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) extends COVID-related exclusions on the Section 301 tariffs on certain Chinese imports through May 31, 2024 to “enable the[ir] orderly review,” and effectively thereby pushing out further the date of conclusion of its ongoing four-year review of the Section 301 tariffs that began in May 2022. 

: China’s foreign ministry spokesperson announces Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law-based countermeasures against a US intelligence data company Kharon and two researchers for providing “so-called evidence for America’s illegal sanctions related to Xinjiang,” during her regular press conference.   Dec. 29, 2023: China opens the door to a conversation among defense chiefs by appointing a non-US sanctioned former Navy commander, Adm. Dong Jun, as its new defense minister, two months after his predecessor Gen. Li Shangfu was officially sacked.

: MND estimates that as a result of its high alert around Jan. 13, around 5,000 military officials and soldiers will not be able to vote and that the number is similar to that in the 2020 presidential election.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense promises the military will be on high alert around the Jan. 13 presidential and legislative elections to respond to any potential PLA activity.

: US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns tells a Brookings Institution event that the United States has warned China not to interfere in Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections on Jan. 13, urging “responsible behavior on all sides.”

: China’s TAO confirms that China-based Taiwanese writer Liao Meng-yen is being investigated. Liao’s family has been unable to contact him for over a year, and recent online posts have claimed he has been imprisoned. The TAO did not confirm online posts claiming that Liao has already been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison.

: Taiwan People’s Party presidential candidate Ko Wen-je emphasizes to CTS TV that he is “deep green” in his heart, and he “has a chance” to make Taiwan a normal country. Asked whether he will also continue Tsai’s policy on national defense and whether Taiwan should develop its self-defense capabilities, Ko replies “Yes.”

: G7 nations reaffirm at the end of their summit the “importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait” to “security and prosperity in the international community.”

: AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk tells an audience at Taiwan National University that supporting Taiwan is one of the strongest consensuses in the United States. “I cannot think of a single other policy in Washington that is as strongly supported by both parties, both the administration and the Congress, and is popular with the American people.”

: Google’s threat analysis division, which monitors government-sponsored hacking campaigns, warns it has observed a “massive increase” in Chinese cyberattacks on Taiwan in the last six months or so.

: “Taiwan and the True Sources of Deterrence,” an article written by Bonnie Glaser, Jessica Weiss, and Thomas Christensen is published by Foreign Affairs, and provokes a debate in Taiwan over how and whether Taiwan should offer assurances to China as part of effective deterrence.

: Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis says Beijing has dropped most of its “illegal” trade measures following a diplomatic spat. In 2021, the Lithuanian government permitted the opening of a “Taiwan Trade Office” in Vilnius. Beijing’s economic retaliation against Lithuania provoked a rebuke by the EU and a WTO challenge.

: Taiwan High Prosecutors Office indicts 10 people, including several active-duty military personnel, for allegedly spying for China.

: Nationalist Party Presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih tells supporters: “Our whole generation will surely lose everything we have fought for during our lifetime [if Lai wins the presidency].”

: Japanese Prime Minister Kishida stresses the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait during a meeting with President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the APEC summit.

: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says that President Xi Jinping told President Biden that the Taiwan question remains the most important and most sensitive issue in China-US relations. Wang says that China urges the US to honor the one-China principle, oppose “Taiwan independence,” stop arming Taiwan, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, and support China’s peaceful reunification.

: After meeting President Xi, Biden tells the media: “I reiterate what I’ve said since I’ve become president and what every previous president of late has said—that we—we maintain an agreement that there is a one-China policy and that—and I’m not going to change that. That’s not going to change. And so, that’s about the extent to which we discussed it.”

: Morris Chang, founder of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and Taiwan’s envoy to the Asia Pacific Economic Forum, says President Tsai Ing-wen asked him to tell APEC that (i) Taiwan is committed to the peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region; (ii) Taiwan wants to work with its partners on energy transition for climate change mitigation; (iii) Taiwan wants to create partnerships to build a supply chain that is more resilient and flexible; and (iv) Taiwan is working with its partners to reduce the digital divide in the region.

:  Taiwan and the United Kingdom sign a roadmap, the Enhanced Trade Partnership, to bolster trade and investment ties.

: China’s defense ministry warns that Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party authorities are pushing the island towards a “dangerous situation of war and peril.”

: Lai Ching-te tells a diplomatic reception he will do his best to maintain the status quo across the Taiwan Strait.

: Taiwan and Canada conclude negotiations on a bilateral investment agreement.

: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy leads a business delegation to Taiwan and meets President Tsai.

: China announces tax and real estate investigations in Foxconn. The Taiwan Affairs Office says that Taiwanese businesses with investments in China should clearly understand the importance of not supporting “stubborn advocates of Taiwan independence.”

: Ma Ying-jeou tells an audience at New York University that: “The US should play the role of peacemaker by encouraging the two sides to talk.”

: Taiwan’s Ministry of Finance reports Taiwan exported $112.01 billion to China and Hong Kong in the first nine months of the year, 35.3% of Taiwan’s total exports, marking a new low over the past 20 years. By contrast, the proportion of exports to the United States rose to 16.6%, a record over the past 20 years.

: China’s Ministry of Commerce announces that it is extending its “trade barrier” investigation into Taipei’s alleged trade restrictions toward China to Jan. 12, 2024, one day before Taiwan’s 2024 presidential and legislative elections.

: Taiwan’s National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Tsai Ming-yen tells the Legislative Yuan that China intends to influence Taiwan’s elections by publicizing manipulated poll data through polling organizations and by packaging disinformation.

: Former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou says he will boycott official celebrations for the island’s national day this year, he announces, after accusing the government of proclaiming it “Taiwan” rather than “Republic of China” national day and turning it into an overt attempt at pushing independence ahead of an election.

: China’s TAO says its recent series of drills near Taiwan is aimed at combating the “arrogance” of separatist forces, but Lai Ching-te, Taiwan’s vice president and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate to be Taiwan’s next president, says China is trying to “annex” the island.

: Members of the Australian Parliament meet with Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei.

: Taiwan launches its first indigenous submarine, named “Hai Kun” (Narwhal).

: Ely Ratner, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, and Mira Resnick, deputy assistant secretary of state for regional security, brief the Armed Services Committee of the US House of Representatives on US weapons transfers to Taiwan.

: Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs meets President Tsai Ing-wen and Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua in Taipei.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense says it detected a “recent new high” of 103 People’s Liberation Army aircraft, including more than 30 fighter jets, and nine vessels in the areas surrounding the island in the 24 hours up to September 18.

: Laurie Locascio, under secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and director of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) within the US Commerce Department, leads a delegation to Taiwan of 13 US cybersecurity companies.

: China announces sanctions on Northrop Grumman and a Lockheed Martin subsidiary for supplying arms to Taiwan.

: Hou Yu-ih, mayor of New Taipei City and Nationalist Party candidate for president of the Republic of China, departs for the trip to the US that has become obligatory for all ROC candidates for president.

: Wall Street Journal reports that the US plans to redirect approximately $55 million in foreign military financing allocated for Egypt to Taiwan.

: China’s Taiwan Affairs Office announces that China’s Ministry of Commerce would launch an investigation into preferential tariffs granted to Taiwanese goods under the cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement signed by KMT President Ma Ying-jeou in 2010.

: Taiwan Ministry of National Defense issues its 2023 National Defense Report. One focus of the report was the lessons to be learned from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

: China introduces 21 measures to encourage Taiwan investment in Fujian Province, including incentives for Taiwanese to buy houses.

: Taiwan government announces that investments approved for the 18 countries under the New Southbound Policy increased to $5.3 billion in 2022, up 90% from US$2.8 billion in 2019.

: Taiwan’s Central Election Commission announces legislation to ban foreigners or people from China, Hong Kong, or Macau from funding election advertisements in Taiwan.

: National Day Preparation Committee unveils the logo for this year’s Double Ten National Day celebrations, dubbing it “Taiwan National Day.”

: KMT Taipei City Mayor Chiang wan-an visits Shanghai to participate in the Taipei-Shanghai City Forum

: Terry Gou (Guo Tai-ming), founder of the iPhone manufacturer Foxconn, declares he is a candidate for president of Taiwan.

: Chinese customs suspends the import of mangoes from Taiwan, saying it had detected pests on the fruit. Taiwan announces it will challenge the ban at the World Trade Organization Phytosanitary Measures Committee.

: Central American parliament expels Taiwan, replacing it with China at the behest of Nicaragua, which switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in December 2021.

: Lai Ching-te lands in San Francisco, transiting en route from Paraguay back to Taipei.

: Taiwan Vice President Lai Ching-te lands in New York transiting en route to Paraguay.

: Lloyds of London is reported to be tightening coverage requirements for insurance on trade with Taiwan.

: Taiwan’s TSMC approves an investment of up to $3.83 billion to establish a semiconductor fabrication plant in Dresden, Germany.

: Taiwan businessman Lee Meng-chu leaves China after completing a prison term for “activities endangering national security.”

: Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Officer (TECRO) in Washington responds to the PRC Embassy’s criticism of Taiwan Vice President Lai Ching-te’s opinion column in the Wall Street Journal, saying “Beijing’s diplomats, who have never voted in a free and fair election, have no grounds to criticize the democratic system that the Taiwanese people cherish.”

: Liu Pengyu, spokesman for the PRC embassy in Washington responds to Lai Ching-te’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, saying “The DPP’s attempt to sell out Taiwan is despicable. Seeking independence is doomed to fail.”

: A group of 37 Chinese university students and faculty arrive in Taiwan for a nine-day exchange program hosted by former President Ma Ying-jeou’s foundation.

: President Tsai Ing-wen makes a very unusual appearance at the US July 4 celebration hosted by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). All three of the then declared presidential candidates—Lai Ching-te, Hou Yu-ih, and Ko Wen-je—also attended.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announces it will open a new representative office in Mumbai, India.

: Taiwan Vice President and Democratic Progressive Party candidate for president Lai Ching-te, publishes an opinion column in the Wall Street Journal promising to defend Taiwan’s democracy against Chinese coercion.

: A spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) welcomes Hou Yu-ih’s statement the previous day that he will support the 1992 Consensus.

: Taiwan’s unemployment rate fell to 3.46% in May, the lowest in the month of May since 2000 according to data released by Taiwan’s Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

: Taiwan’s KMT party announces that Vice Chair Andrew Hsia will lead a delegation to the China-organized Straits Forum in Fujian.

: Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Wednesday that Taiwanese exports fell for the ninth consecutive month in May, down 14.1% from a year earlier to $36.13 billion.

: Financial Times reports that the US to link up with Taiwan and Japan drones to share real-time data.

: Taiwan and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) sign the first agreement under the US-Taiwan Initiative on 21st Century Trade.

: US House of Representatives Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party issues “Ten for Taiwan: Policy Recommendations to Preserve Peace and Stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

: KMT nominates Hou Yu-ih, second-term mayor of New Taipei City, as its candidate for president.

: Taiwan People’s Party nominates its founder and former Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je as its candidate for president.

: Taiwan MND announces it will begin receiving US High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) M142 launchers in 2026, a year earlier than originally scheduled.

: Head of the Communist Party’s Taiwan Work Office Song Tao met Sean Lien, vice chair of Taiwan’s Nationalist (Kuomintang, KMT) party in Xi’an.

: Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio says peace in the Taiwan Strait concerns both Japan and the entire international community.

: Warren Buffet says the threat of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan makes him prefer investment in Japan.

: Multinational companies add China-Taiwan risk clauses to contracts as tensions rise.

: China’s Global Times announces that People’s Liberation Army (PLA) drones have circled Taiwan.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) announces it will receive the first delivery of F-16Vs almost a year later than scheduled.

: Paraguay President-elect Santiago Pena pledges to strengthen ties with Taiwan.

: US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announces sale of two MQ-9B unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and associated equipment with a value of $217.6 million.

: Beijing announces that Taiwanese activist Yang Chih-yuan, who was detained in mainland China eight months earlier, will face “secession” charges. This would be the first time someone from Taiwan will face such charges on the mainland.

:  Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei arrives in Taiwan for a four-day visit.

: Friends report that Fucha, editor-in-chief of Taiwan-based publisher Gūsa, has been arrested in Shanghai.

: Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party nominates Vice President William Lai Ching-te as its presidential candidate in the 2024 election.

: Taiwan’s Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics reports the number of Taiwanese working in China dropped by nearly two-thirds over the past decade.

: China announces it has concluded three days of military activities around Taiwan in retaliation for Tsai’s visit to the US and her meeting with Speaker McCarthy. Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense reports 232 PLA aircraft and 12 ships participated. A record-breaking 91 Chinese military aircraft and 12 naval ships are detected around Taiwan on April 10.

: Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) Chairman and and former Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je embarks on a three-week tour of the US in advance of his anticipated 2024 run for Taiwan president.

: During her transit of Los Angeles, President Tsai meets with Speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy and 19 members of Congress. During a joint press conference with Tsai, McCarthy stresses that US support for Taiwan “is a matter of profound importance to the free world.”

: Taiwan President Tsai arrives in New York on the first leg of her transit of the US enroute to Guatemala and Belize. Tsai meets with Senators Dan Sullivan, Joni Ernst, and Mark Kelly, as well as Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

: Former President Ma Ying-jeou arrives in China leading a delegation of Taiwan students.

: Founder and former CEO of Foxconn Terry Gou arrives in the US for a visit after signaling his intention to seek the KMT nomination for president of Taiwan.

:  Germany’s education minister visits Taiwan, the first visit to the island by a German Cabinet official in a quarter century.

: Honduras President Xiomara Castro announces the country will switch its diplomatic relations from the Republic of China to the People’s Republic of China.

: Director of North American Affairs at Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Douglas Hsu You-tien, says that China is spreading misinformation to denigrate US support for Taiwan.

: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, in his final work report to the National People’s Congress, says that Chinese on both sides of the Taiwan Strait “are one family bound by blood.”

: AIT announces the retirement of James Moriarty as chairman and the appointment of Laura Rosenberger as new chair. Rosenberger was previously special assistant to the President and senior director for China and Taiwan on the National Security Council (NSC).

: A Washington Post article highlights Taiwan’s shortage of air force pilots and  Taiwan’s broader military personnel crisis.

: American Institute in Taiwan publishes a letter from the US Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, and State saying that they “encourage cooperation with Taiwan and stand ready to help state and local governments navigate questions of nomenclature and protocol.”

: Longtime Taiwan Independence advocate Koo Kwang-ming dies. President Tsai expresses gratitude for his support for Taiwan’s democratic values and its localization  movement.

: Chinese authorities capture and return two Taiwanese criminal suspects to Taiwan. The two were accused of a shooting in Tainan in November.

: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Chase arrives in Taiwan. He is the most senior Defense Department visitor to Taiwan since 2019.

: China’s Ministry of Commerce sanctions Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for arms sales to Taiwan, blocking visits by executives and investments and imposing fines.

: Paraguay President Mario Abdo Benítez arrives in Taiwan for a five-day state visit.

: Unnamed senior Taiwan official says Chinese military balloons have entered Taiwan airspace very frequently over the past few years.

: Taiwan and China exchange accusations over Taiwan’s refusal to issue visas to a delegation of 12 mainland officials seeking to attend the funeral of Buddhist monk and founder of the Fo Guang Shan organization Hsing Yun.

: TAO Director Song Tao tells visiting KMT Vice Chair Hsia that the mainland is willing to enhance exchanges and build mutual trust and work with the KMT to promote relations between the two parties and two sides of the Taiwan Strait, on the basis of the common political foundation of upholding the 1992 Consensus and opposing “Taiwan independence.”

: KMT Vice Chair Andrew Hsia leads a delegation to China, saying his purpose is to promote the interests of Taiwanese working, studying, or living in China.

: The Taiwan American Chamber of Commerce releases its annual survey of American companies in Taiwan on the economic outlook. 33% of surveyed companies say that their operations had been “significantly disrupted” by cross-Strait tension while 47% have revised or plan to revise business continuity plans in Taiwan to address new geopolitical conditions.

: Kinmen County Legislators urge that the island be made into a demilitarized zone.

: US and Japanese representatives to the annual meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA) call for the participation of Taiwan in the work of the World Health Organization (WHO).

:  Tsai Ing-wen and the president-elect of Czechia, Petr Pavel, speak by telephone for 15 minutes. Beijing delivers a diplomatic demarche to Prague.

: President Tsai announces that former Vice President Chen Chien-jen will replace Premier Su Tseng-chang.

: Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passes a central government budget for fiscal 2023. It includes US$19.1 billion defense spending.

: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken states that “China [has made] a decision that it was no longer comfortable with the status quo.”

: Vice President William Lai Ching-te is elected chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after President Tsai resigned to accept responsibility for the DPP’s poor showing in November’s nine-in-one local elections.

: United States Trade Representative (USTR) and Taiwan’s Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN) open four-day in-person negotiating round for the US-Taiwan Initiative on 21st Century Trade in Taipei.

: Papua New Guinea Foreign Affairs Minister Justin Tkatchenk announces that PNG will close its trade office in Taiwan because of financial difficulties.

: Kaohsiung Customs commissions two new radiation portal monitors provided by the US.

: First ferry crosses from Kinmen to Xiamen since the mini-three links were suspended by COVID three years earlier.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) says that its capacity will be sufficient to train conscripts once mandatory military service in Taiwan is extended to one year in 2024.

: USS Chung-Hoon conducts first US Navy transit of 2023 through the Taiwan Strait.

: Former Danish Prime Minister and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrives in Taiwan for a three-day visit. He says NATO should consider holding joint exercises with Taiwan on “European soil.”

: In her New Year speech, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen offers to help China deal with a recent surge of COVID infections. Tsai also said that she is looking forward to resuming regular cross-Strait exchanges when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

: Chinese President Xi Jinping says during his televised New Year speech that he sincerely hopes that “our compatriots on both sides of the Strait will work together with a unity of purpose to jointly foster the lasting prosperity of the Chinese nation.”

: Song Tao, newly appointed Director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), says in a published New Year’s message that China will “carry out extensive and in-depth discussions on cross-Strait ties and national reunification with people of foresight from various sectors of Taiwan society” on the basis of the one-China principle and the 1992 Consensus. To many in Taiwan that sounded like a call to reinvigorate China’s united-front tactics against Taiwan.

: Song Tao is appointed head of the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office, replacing Liu Jieyi. Song served as head of CCP’s International Liaison Department since 2015.

: US authorizes the sale to Taiwan of Volcano (vehicle-launched) antitank mine-laying systems, valued at $180 million.

: President Tsai announces that conscription for all young men born after 2005 will be extended from 4 to 12 months beginning in 2024. This reform will strengthen Taiwan’s reserve and civil defense units.

: Seventy-one Chinese military aircraft and seven Chinese naval vessels conduct maneuvers around Taiwan in the second largest ever single-day Chinese military display of intimidation against Taiwan and US support for Taiwan.

: President Biden signs the FY 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes the Taiwan Enhanced Resilience Act (TERA), which provides $10 billion in grants to Taiwan for purchasing US military equipment. This is then reduced to $2 billion in loans in the Department of Defense appropriation.

: Taiwan’s Cabinet decides to resume the “mini-three links” ferry services between China and Taiwan’s offshore islands of Kinmen and Matsu from Jan. 7 to Feb. 6, 2023. Passengers will be limited to Kinmen and Matsu residents and spouses from mainland China.

: Rhodium Group estimates that a blockade of Taiwan could lead to $2 trillion in global economic losses. The US State Department previously shared Rhodium’s findings with EU officials as Washington and Brussels discuss ramifications of a possible attack on Taiwan, according to Financial Times.

: Kinmen County Magistrate-elect Chen Fu-hai, Lienchiang County Magistrate-elect Wang Chung-ming, and KMT Legislator Jessica Chen visit Chinese officials in Xiamen to discuss Beijing’s recent ban on Taiwan liquor and the future development of “mini-three links” travel.

: US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Tony Fernandes arrives in Taiwan to participate in third annual US-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue (EPPD).

: China suspends beer, liquor, beverage imports from Taiwan after customs authorities earlier banned Taiwanese seafood imports.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense reports that AGM-88 high-speed anti-radiation missiles purchased in 2017 and scheduled to be delivered in 2023 have already arrived.

: Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) has convened seven workshops in 2022, according to a joint statement issued by Taiwan’s MOFA, AIT, and the diplomatic offices of Japan and Australia in Taipei. The GCTF, established in 2015, is a platform for Taiwan to address global challenges and share expertise alongside the US, Japan, Australia, and other likeminded partners.

: TSMC holds the “tool-in” ceremony for its new plant in Phoenix, Arizona, to produce 4nm chips. President Biden, TSMC founder Morris Chang, and Apple CEO Tim Cook are in attendance. TSMC announces it will build a second plant in Arizona to produce 3nm chips. The expected total investment for the two plants is $40 billion.

: US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announces two arms sales approvals for Taiwan, with a total value of $428 billion, which includes spare parts for the F-16 Fighting Falcon, Indigenous Defense Fighter, and C-130 military transport aircraft. China’s Taiwan Affairs Office warns that the decision “represents conniving and supporting the ‘Taiwan independence’ forces, as well as undermining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

: US and Australia reiterate, at the conclusion of their annual foreign and defense ministerial talks, that they strongly oppose China’s “destabilizing” actions in the region and support upholding peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The two describe Taiwan as a leading democracy, an important regional economy, and a key contributor to critical supply chains, adding that they are committed to working together to support Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organizations.

: Director of the Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan announces that the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will build a plant at the park to produce 1-nanometer (nm) semiconductors.

: Taiwan company Global Wafers, the world’s third-largest silicon wafer manufacturer, breaks ground on a new $5 billion facility in Sherman, Texas, the first silicon wafer factory to be built in the United States in more than 20 years.

: Congressional and other sources claim that weapons deliveries to Taiwan amount to $18.7 billion, up from more than $14 billion a year earlier. Nonetheless, they express concern that the Ukraine conflict has delayed deliveries of 208 Javelin antitank weapons and 215 surface-to-air Stinger missiles, both ordered in 2015.

: Taiwan’s opposition Nationalist (Kuomintang or KMT) Party scores a major victory over President Tsai Ing-wen’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in island-wide local elections. These elections mark the unofficial beginning of the presidential election campaign with the election scheduled for January 2024.

: Taiwan’s MOEA bans Chinese-funded companies from operating research and development (R&D) offices in Taiwan, either directly or via a third-party.

: Presidents Biden and Xi Jinping meet ahead of the G20 summit in Indonesia. Biden asserts US opposition to any unilateral change in the status quo between Taiwan and China, and Xi calls the Taiwan question “the core of the core interests of China.”

: United States and Taiwan conclude first round of negotiations under the US-Taiwan Initiative on the 21st-Century Trade Initiative. China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang criticizes the negotiations as a step toward Taiwan independence.

: Foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain, and the US include Taiwan in their G7 meeting statement, saying they “reaffirm the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and call for the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues.”

: US Department of Defense releases its National Defense Strategy, which says (p. 15) “[t]he Department will support Taiwan’s asymmetric self-defense commensurate with the evolving PRC threat and consistent with our one China policy.”

: Secretary of State Blinken says that China has abandoned a decades-old understanding with the US and decided that the cross-Strait status quo is no longer acceptable.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs approves Taiwanese chipmaker United Microelectronics Corporation to procure 30% of shares in United Semiconductor Xiamen. After the sale, USCXM will become a fully owned subsidiary of UMC.

: Taiwan media outlets report that TSMC has obtained a waiver from new US export controls targeting China’s semiconductor industry. TSMC can continue to import chip manufacturing equipment for its foundry in Nanjing producing 16 nm nodes for 12 months.

: White House releases its National Security Strategy, which says (p. 24) “We oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo from either side, and do not support Taiwan independence. We remain committed to our one China policy … And we will support Taiwan’s self-defense and … maintain our capacity to resist any resort to force or coercion against Taiwan.”

: Taiwan’s Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua leads a business delegation to the US for the first in-person meeting of the Technology Trade and Investment Collaboration (TTIC) framework. US and Taiwan companies sign agreements spanning the renewable energy, 5G, and healthcare sectors.

: US Commerce Department imposes sweeping export controls against China’s semiconductor industry, affecting both US chip design firms and Taiwan suppliers using American technology like TSMC.

: Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang announces the 2023 defense budget will increase by 12.9% ($1.5 billion) over 2022. Including anticipated special budgets, the 2023 defense budget will be 13.9% ($2.25 billion) more than that of 2022.

: US Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink tells the Institute for Korean-American Studies that the US disputes China’s claim over the Taiwan Strait and opposes any attempt to change the fact that the Taiwan Strait is international waters.

: In Taipei, the US government convenes a preliminary meeting of “Chips 4,” a new working group of the US, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan intended to strengthen semiconductor supply chain resiliency and cooperation.

: Paraguay President Mario Abdo Benítez calls on Taiwan to invest $1 billion in his country to justify diplomatic relations between Asunción and Taipei. Paraguay, a major exporter of soybeans and other agricultural products, remains cut off from the lucrative China market.

: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the margins of the UN General Assembly. Blinken called for cross-Strait peace and stability, while Wang warned the US to stop supporting Taiwan independence.

: In response to a question, US President Joseph Biden says “We’re not encouraging their being independent. … that’s their decision.” When asked “Would US forces defend the island?” Biden responds “Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack.”

: Two Chinese military drones, the CH-4 and the WZ-7, are reported to have flown near Taiwan for the first time.

: China’s Foreign Ministry announces sanctions against the CEOs of Raytheon Technologies and Boeing Defense, Space, and Security in apparent retaliation for the US sale of the two companies’ weapons systems to Taiwan on September 2.

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: US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announces three arms sales approval for Taiwan with a total value of $1.1 billion. Included are equipment for surveillance radar, Harpoon air-to-ground missiles, and Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.

: Taiwan troops on Kinmen, an island near the Chinese coast, fire live rounds at a Chinese drone flying over one of the Kinmen islands.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense indicates in its 2023 budget that it plans to build eight light frigates instead of eight larger frigates as originally planned.

: Vice President of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party Aso Taro warns Japan is likely to become involved in any military clash between Taiwan and China.

: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey arrives in Taiwan for a three-day visit during which he touts the progress of the $12 billion TSMC fab being erected in Phoenix.

: Taiwan’s military publishes a four-step process for responding to Chinese drones flying over offshore islands Taiwan controls: “firing warning flares, reporting the incursion, expelling the drone, and ultimately shooting it down.”

: US Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) arrives in Taiwan for a three-day visit.

: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb arrives in Taipei and signs two MOUs to strengthen Indiana’s economic and trade ties with Taiwan.

: 40th anniversary of the third Joint Communique between China and the US on arms sales to Taiwan goes virtually unmentioned. This is a stark contrast to most anniversaries of major cross-Strait events and documents, which are celebrated by one side or another.

: China’s Taiwan Affairs Office issues China’s third White Paper on Taiwan, titled “The Taiwan Question and China’s Reunification in the New Era.”

: China’s Eastern Theater Command announces that the People Liberation Army has achieved all its objectives and concluded its exercises near Taiwan.

: President Biden signs the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. It provides $52.7 billion in subsidies for semiconductor manufacturing within the United States, with TSMC seeking to receive a slice of the funding.

: Lithuania’s Vice Minister of Transportation and Communications Agne Vaiciukeviciute leads a delegation to Taiwan to exchange views on 5G communications and electric buses. Beijing sanctions Vaiciukeviciute on Aug. 12 for “bad and provocative behavior.”

: White House spokesman John Kirby says that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin had directed that the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group remain on station to monitor the situation as Speaker Pelosi visits Taiwan.

: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan for a two-day visit.

: European Parliament Vice President Nicola Beer arrives in Taiwan.

: A spokesperson for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office states “the so-called median line of the Taiwan Strait” does not exist.

: Taiwan’s Council on Agriculture publishes data showing that China has remained Taiwan’s largest market for agricultural exports since 2016 when Tsai Ing-wen became president.

: Macao bans mangoes imported from Taiwan, claiming that inspectors found COVID virus traces on the fruit.

: Taiwan sends its largest ever delegation of 265 participants to the SelectUSA investment summit in Maryland.

: China expands its ban on fish imported from Taiwan, claiming the imported fish had traces of COVID virus.

: US Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) introduce the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022, which they billed as the “most comprehensive restructuring of US policy towards Taiwan since the Taiwan Relations Act.” The bill would, inter alia, provide Taiwan $4.5 billion in arms sales financing, fast-track deliveries of arms to the island, designate Taipei as a major non-NATO ally, and impose sanctions on PRC individuals and entities that coerce the island’s government and citizens.

: PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Wang Wenbin asserts that China has “sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the Taiwan Strait.”

: US secretary of Defense together with Japanese and South Korean defense ministers addresses cross-Strait stability in a joint statement after they meet in Singapore: “They expressed strong opposition to any unilateral actions that seek to alter the status quo and increase tensions in the region. They emphasized the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

: Japan announces that for the first time it will send an active-duty military officer to serve as Japan’s defense attaché in Taipei.

: Secretary Blinken delivers a long-awaited speech on US China policy, reiterating the US commitment to the US One-China Policy based on the Three Joint Communiques, the Taiwan Relations Act, and the Six Assurances.

: President Biden and 12 Asian leaders officially launch the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework in Tokyo without Taiwan.

: US Trade Representative Katherine Tai meets Taiwan’s Minister without Portfolio and chief trade negotiator James Deng during APEC trade ministerial meetings in Bangkok.

: President Biden signs a law directing the US government to develop a strategy to help Taiwan regain observer status in the World Health Organization and the World Health Assembly.

: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Milley tells the Senate Appropriations Committee that China aims to be capable of invading Taiwan by 2027.

: Secretary of State Antony Blinken says on Press Freedom Day that Taiwan is “quite literally on the front lines of the PRC’s hybrid warfare, including disinformation and cyberattacks.”

: Taiwan media report that the US has informed Taiwan it cannot supply M109A6 howitzers as planned because of the need to supply the artillery to Ukraine.

: Taiwan MND informs the Legislative Yuan that it expects to take delivery of five new Tuo Chiang-class stealth multi-mission corvettes by the end of 2023.

: Taiwanese democracy activist Lee Ming-che is released from prison in China after serving a five-year sentence for “subversion of state power.”

: Bipartisan delegation of US senators arrives in Taiwan. The visit comes shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cancels a planned visit after contracting COVID-19.

: Taiwan MND issues civil defense handbook. The handbook details how to find bomb shelters, water, and food supplies via smartphone apps, as well as tips for preparing emergency first aid kits. Critics have wondered whether smartphone apps will work if the power grid and Internet are knocked out.

: State Department’s Human Rights Report expresses concern that the PRC influences Taiwan media companies with business ties to China and puts pressure on other companies with business in China not to advertise in media outlets critical of China.

: Peng Ming-min dies. Peng was a Taiwanese democracy activist and the DPP candidate for president in Taiwan’s first freely contested popular election in 1996.

: Nationalist (KMT) Party Chairman Eric Chu announces that Alexander Huang will head the party’s representative office in Washington. Eric Huang will be the deputy representative and will be resident in Washington.

: US approves $95 million sale of equipment and services to support Taiwan’s Patriot anti-air missile batteries.

: US State Department’s Hong Kong Policy Act Report cites reports that Hong Kong acted on behalf of China to prevent Taiwan from participating meaningfully in the WTO, in which it is a member, and from assuming leadership positions.

: Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan approves a constitutional amendment to lower the voting age in Taiwan from 20 to 18. Next, the amendment must be affirmed by at least half of all eligible votes in a national referendum.

: Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chiu Tai-shan calls for “safeguarding the sovereignty of the Republic of China” and for “mutual recognition of sovereignty between both sides of the Strait.” China’s Taiwan Affairs Office rejects this as another form of the pro-independence “two state theory.”

: Taiwan’s Minister-without-Portfolio John Deng reiterates that Taiwan wants to participate in the United States’ forthcoming Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), stressing that Taipei is a reliable partner and crucial part of the global supply chain.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense launches a more intensive reservist training regimen to improve combat readiness.

: Premier Li Keqiang’s Government Work Report assures China’s National People’s Congress that China will oppose any Taiwan separatist activities or any foreign interference in cross-Strait issues in line with “the Party’s overall policy for resolving the Taiwan question in the new era, the one China principle, and the 1992 Consensus.”

: Three Chinese naval vessels are spotted off Taiwan’s southeast coast, near Taiwan’s Orchid Island.

: At the direction of President Biden, former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen arrives with a delegation of four other former senior US security officials.

: Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo suggests the US renounce “strategic ambiguity” toward a cross-Strait conflict, saying also in unusually direct language that a Taiwan contingency is a Japan contingency.

: US Seventh Fleet announces a Taiwan Strait transit by an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the USS Ralph Johnson. In apparently new wording, it says that is conducting a transit in the Taiwan Strait “through international waters in accordance with international law. The ship is transiting through a corridor in the Strait that is beyond the territorial sea of any coastal State.”

: Taiwan announces it will join international sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

: Taiwan announces it has lifted the ban on food imports from Japan’s five prefectures affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

: China announces sanctions against Raytheon and Lockheed Martin because equipment they produce was included in the US sale of Patriot missile related arms and services to Taiwan.

: For the first time a Chinese KA-28 anti-submarine helicopter is spotted entering Taiwan’s ADIZ.

: Chinese state-run newspaper People’s Political Consultative Daily names Taiwan Nationalist Party (Kuomintang/KMT) Legislators Lin Wei-chou and Charles Chen as members of a “secret” faction of independence advocates.

: Taiwan is ranked as one of three “full democracies” in Asia, together with South Korea and Japan.

: Taiwan purchases a military communication system from the US for $246.39 million that will update a system in use in Taiwan for nearly two decades.

: US announces it will join the UK, the EU, Australia, and Taiwan at the World Trade Organization to challenge China’s trade curbs on Lithuania.

: 39 Chinese combat aircraft enter Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), the largest number since Oct. 4, 2021.

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Jan. 22, 2022: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen gives keynote speech at the opening of the Chiang Ching-kuo Presidential Library and praises Chiang for his defense of Taiwan.

: US Navy bans officers from attending events of the Washington Naval Attaché Association after the NAA invites three Taiwan officers to attend an event and China complains. The NAA subsequently bans participation by Taiwan officers.

: Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan approved a NT$236.95 billion ($8.55 billion) special budget, which will be used to buy anti-ship missiles, air defense systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, air-to-ground and surface-to-surface cruise missile systems, submarines, and weapons systems for Taiwan’s Coast Guard.

: China is reported to have started to quarantine live fish imports from Taiwan.

: Beijing fines 7-Eleven for labeling Taiwan a country on its website.

: Taiwan begins repatriating 21 illegal Chinese migrants back to China.

: Secretary of State Antony Blinken and German Foreign Minister Annalen Baerbock express concernover “China’s attempts to bully Lithuania…all because Lithuania chose to expand their cooperation with Taiwan.”

: Taiwan announces the launch of its All-Out Defense Mobilization Agency to boost capabilities of Taiwan’s reservists.

: US suggests that Taiwan be included in State Partnership program so that Taiwan military and reservists can participate in training with National Guard.

: All four referendums supported by the Nationalist (KMT) party fail, including one that would have blocked President Tsai’s initiative to open Taiwan’s market to US pork with the additive ractopamine in an effort to jumpstart negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement.

:  Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang briefs the US Summit for Democracy on Taiwan’s digital democracy. Her video is cut off momentarily while Tang is showing a map that marks Taiwan and China in different colors, contravening the US “one China” policy. The Department of State stated that the interruption of Tang’s video was unintentional.

: Nicaragua and the PRC announce they have established diplomatic relations and that Nicaragua has severed ties with Taiwan.

: In Congressional testimony Assistant Secretary of Defense Ely Ratner positions Taiwan within the US Indo-Pacific defense posture in new and direct ways, calling the island a “critical node… anchoring a network of US allies and partners.”

: China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) confirms that it will repatriate the suspect in a deadly Nov. 22 shooting in New Taipei back to Taiwan from Xiamen. This comes less than a week after international nongovernmental organization Safeguard Defenders reported that about 610 Taiwanese nationals accused of crimes in other countries were extradited to China from 2016 to 2019.

: Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Taiwan’s Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua announce the Technology Trade and Investment Collaboration (TTIC) dialogue framework.

:  Former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo states that Japan cannot tolerate a military invasion of Taiwan.

: Shanghai-Taipei City Forum debuts. Mayor Ko Wen-je of Taipei calls for both sides to promote meaningful dialogue.

:  Tsai meets with US Congressional delegation led by Rep. Mark Takano (D-California), chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and announces that starting from January next year, Taiwan’s Veterans Affairs Council will open an office in Washington.

: Legislative Yuan passes a special budget for procuring naval and air combat capabilities, set for a total of NT$237.3 billion (about US$8 billion). The most expensive item is the shore-based anti-submarine missile system project, which costs NT$79.7 billion (about US$2.8 billion).

: US Pacific Fleet announces that the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) passed through the Taiwan Strait.

: Subsidiaries of Taiwan’s Far Eastern Group in Shanghai and four provinces are punished over violations ranging from environmental protection to staff and fire safety rules. Analysts infer that the conglomerate is being sanctioned for election contributions to Taiwan officials on Beijing’s “separatist” blacklist.

:  Taiwan’s Air Force inaugurates the first squadron of 141 F-16A/B aircraft that had been converted to F-16V BLK20.

: “Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania” officially opens. This is the first representative office in Europe that uses the name “Taiwanese.”

: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman meets Korean and Japanese deputy foreign ministers. Among other topics, they express shared concern about peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

: President Biden says of Taiwan: “It’s independent. It makes its own decisions.” White House officials later insist that the president was not changing US policy.

: Taiwan Economic Minister Wang Mei-hua announces that Taiwan investments in “New Southbound” countries reached US$5.35 billion in the first eight months of 2021, an increase of nearly 200% compared to the same period last year

: President Biden tells President Xi during their virtual summit that the US opposes any unilateral change in the cross-Strait status quo, according to a White House readout. White House officials subsequently confirm a Chinese readout that Biden said the US opposes Taiwan independence, noting that is a longstanding US position.

: EU postpones a confidential plan to upgrade its trade ties with Taiwan, in a sign of internal uncertainty over how to balance ties with Taipei and Beijing.

: Dalai Lama says that he wants to avoid getting involved in the “complicated politics” between Taiwan and mainland China, implying he is not planning to visit Taiwan.

: Six-member Congressional delegation led by Sen. John Cornyn arrives in Taipei on a US Navy C-40 plane.

:  Delegation representing the EU Parliament Committee on Foreign Interference in Democratic Processes arrives in Taiwan, the first time that the European Parliament has sent an official delegation to Taiwan.

: US Department of Defense releases 2021 China Military Power Report assessing that the mainland is rapidly promoting military modernization with a goal of being able to compete with the US military in the Indo-Pacific region by 2027 and forcing Taiwan’s leaders to negotiate on terms set by Beijing.

: Taiwanese-American Michelle Wu is elected mayor of Boston, the first mayor of that city who is not a white male.

: Taiwan’s MoD announces that starting in 2022, educational mobilization of reserved military men will increase to 14 days per year and that shooting training and combat training will both be increased.

: President Tsai confirms the presence of US military trainers in Taiwan during a CNN interview.

: EU officials acknowledge that Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu will meet EU officials during a visit to Brussels.

: Taiwanese delegation visiting Europe signs five memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Czech officials to bolster ties in the cyber security, space, catalyst technology, green energy, and smart machinery fields.

:  Italy’s Corriere della Sera reports that China is putting pressure on the Vatican to sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan and establish diplomatic ties with the PRC.

:  Rick Waters, deputy assistant secretary of state for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia, tells a seminar hosted by the German Marshall Foundation that China is “misusing” UN Resolution No. 2758 of the United Nations to block Taiwan’s participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization and the World Health Assembly.

: Harvard Crimson student newspaper reports that the school will move its summer Chinese learning program from Beijing to Taipei starting 2022.

:  In her National Day address, President Tsai proposes cross-Strait dialogue be based on four commitments, including that the Republic of China and the People’s Republic of China are not subordinate to each other.

:  At a ceremony honoring the 110th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution, CCP General Secretary Xi emphasizes that Beijing will adhere to the basic principles of peaceful unification and “one country, two systems,” as well as the “One-China” principle and “1992 Consensus,” to promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

: Wall Street Journal quotes an unnamed US official on Oct. 7 saying that more than 20 US special operations and marine contingent personnel have been secretly stationed in Taiwan for at least a year to assist in training Taiwan’s land and sea forces to strengthen Taiwan’s defense capabilities.

: AIT Taipei Director Sandra Oudkirk assures Taiwan’s Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua that the US government request for chipmakers, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), to submit data on chip inventory and sales records is not targeting Taiwan but is intended to understand the root causes of the global chip shortage.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense states that from Oct. 1-4, PLA aircraft intruded Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) 149 times. The incursion of 56 military aircraft on Oct. 4 was the highest number ever in a single day.

: Council of Agriculture (COA) Minister Chen Chi-chung announces that Taiwan plans to appeal China’s ban on the import of wax apples and custard apples from Taiwan to the WTO Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures. China claimed it repeatedly detected Planococcus minor—an insect pest—on sugar-apple and java apple from Taiwan since the beginning of 2021.

: Xi Jinping congratulates Eric Chu on his election as KMT chairman and welcoming the KMT’s commitment to the 1992 Consensus. Chu responds, attacking President Tsai Ing-wen’s Democratic Progressive Party for destabilizing cross-Strait relations and assuring Xi of the KMT’s commitment to the 1992 Consensus. Chu also announces plans to reopen a representative office in Washington D.C.

: Taiwan formally applies to join the CPTPP as “the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu,” the same name it uses in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

: US Navy missile destroyer USS Barry conducts a “routine” transit through the Taiwan Strait on the same day. It is the ninth time a US military vessel transited the strait since President Biden took office in January.

:  China formally applies to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) the day after the groundbreaking Australia-United Kingdom-United States defense alliance (AUKUS) was announced.

:  Taiwan’s Executive Yuan approves a special budget of NT$240 billion (about $8.6 billion) to procure domestically produced missile systems, air defense systems, and high-efficiency ships over the next five years. The procurement is expected to include the Hsiung Sheng cruise missile system, which has a range of about 600 km and can reach military targets in mainland China.

:  In a joint statement at the conclusion of their annual AUSMIN meeting, foreign and defense ministers of the US and Australia emphasize that Taiwan plays an important role in the Indo-Pacific region and that they will strengthen relations with Taiwan and support its international participation. They also call for peaceful resolution of cross-strait disputes.

: European Parliament adopts a resolution urging the EU to negotiate a bilateral investment agreement (BIA) with Taiwan. The Parliament also calls for “concrete proposals and action” by the European Commission to facilitate Taiwan’s full participation as an observer in United Nations agencies, such as the World Health Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization.

: Czech Republic hosts a meeting under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF), a Taiwan-US-Japan platform for like-minded partners. The event takes place at the Czech Senate and is opened by Senate President Milos Vystrcil, who led an 89-member delegation to Taiwan in 2020.

: Taiwan’s National Security Council Secretary General Wellington Koo and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu attend the regular US-Taiwan Monterey Talks, which discuss military plans and acquisitions.

: Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo tells Mainichi Shimbun that, since Taiwan is an important ally and is geographically close by, Japan cannot stand aside when events occur in Taiwan.

: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that backing US leadership is “the only way forward” to address Taiwan Strait challenges.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) annual report to the Legislative Yuan on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) warns that China’s combat effectiveness is a growing threat to Taiwan’s air defense, sea control, and counter-warfare systems and poses a huge threat to the country’s military.

: Lawmakers from Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party pledge to support Taiwan’s addition to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership during first-of-their-kind security talks with parliamentarians from Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

: A US Navy destroyer and a US Coast Guard vessel sail through the Taiwan Strait, marking the eighth transit by the US military this year.

: Annual survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs reports that “just over half of Americans (52%) favor using US troops to defend if China were to invade the island. This is the highest level ever recorded in the Council’s surveys dating back to 1982, when the question was first asked.”

: Taiwan Ministry of Defense confirms that a French warship has anchored off Taiwan’s west coast in the Taiwan Strait.

: White House announces that the US will hold a democracy summit on Dec. 9-10, to which Secretary of State Antony Blinken indicated Taiwan would be invited. An editorial in China’s hyper-nationalist Global Times warns that Chinese combat aircraft will fly over Taiwan if President Tsai attends.

: US Department of State notifies Congress of its intention to sell Taiwan 40 M109 self-propelled howitzers and precision guided munitions kits.

: Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin win the Olympic Gold Medal in men’s doubles badminton for Taiwan, competing under the name Chinese Taipei.

: Taiwan Navy official takes delivery of its second Tuo Chiang-class stealth corvette.

: Taiwan Ministry of National Defense announces it has signed a $340.4 million contract for the MS-110 Mulitspectral Airborne Reconnaissance System to be deployed on its F-16s.

: US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin says during a speech in Singapore that China’s claims over the Taiwan Strait have no basis in international law, and that the US will enhance its capabilities to deter China, consistent with its commitments under the Taiwan Relations Act and the US one-China policy.

: Annual Investment Climate Statements issued by the Department of State praises Taiwan’s research and development capabilities.

: Morris Chang represents Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen at the annual summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC). He calls for international assistance in acquiring COVID vaccines for Taiwan and warns that “on-shoring semiconductor production will raise costs and slow innovation.

: Carlos Del Toro, President Biden’s nominee to be secretary of the navy, states during confirmation hearings that “It’s incredibly important to defend Taiwan in every way possible.”

: A US Air Force transport plane lands in Taiwan, reportedly in support of resupply for the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).

: Japan issues its defense white paper containing an unprecedented emphasis on Taiwan.

: Sandra Oudkirk is announced as director of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan. Most recently, Oudkirk served as US Senior Official for APEC and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. She succeeds Brent Christensen.

: Taiwan’s Central Election Commission announces that referendum balloting, originally scheduled for Aug. 28, will be delayed until Dec. 18 because of COVID concerns.

: During a speech in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, Party General Secretary Xi Jinping reiterates the party’s commitment to peaceful reunification with Taiwan but also its readiness to use force to oppose Taiwan independence.

: Taiwan-US Trade and Investment Framework Agreement talks convene after five-year hiatus. Both sides express satisfaction while emphasizing the need for more progress.

: In its annual white paper, the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan praises the Taiwan government for resolving a record number of challenges facing US companies during the past 12 months. Taiwan, AMCHAM says, is becoming a more attractive and easier market for American companies to do business.

: The US donates 2.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan, triple its previous pledged amount.

: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley downplays any immediate threat of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan in testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

: Ely Ratner, nominee for assistant secretary of Defense, promises that the US can deter and defeat China. He says that the US will continue to ensure that US defense cooperation with Taiwan is “commensurate with the threat” posed by China.

: A statement at the end of the European Union summit with President Biden says that the leaders “underscore the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues.”

: China flies 28 warplanes into Taiwan-controlled airspace, the biggest sortie of its kind since the Taiwanese government began publishing information about incursions last year.

: G7 summit communiqué calls for support for “peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait” and opposition to “any unilateral attempts to change the status quo and increase tensions.”

: Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois), Chris Coons (D-Delaware), and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), visit Taiwan arriving aboard a US Air Force transport plane.

: Japanese and Australian foreign and defense ministers meet and issue a joint statement expressing concern over Chinese threats against Taiwan.

: Annual meeting of the World Health Assembly convenes without Taiwan as observer or participant despite widespread public objections by officials of the US and other countries.

: Hong Kong authority suspends operation of its representative office in Taiwan.

: Strategic Competition Act of 2021 is approved by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The bill that seeks to boost the United States’ capability to counter China’s aggression, including its belligerence against Taiwan.

: A court in Beijing sentences 46 Taiwan nationals, who were deported from Spain in 2016, to up to 13 years in jail for their alleged involvement in telecom fraud.

: President Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Suga issue a joint statement after their summit, including: “We underscore the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues.

: President Biden dispatches to Taipei former Sen. Chris Dodd and former Deputy Secretaries of State Richard Armitage and James Steinberg to reaffirm US support.

: Canada’s Parliament endorses Halifax Security Forum’s decision to award Tsai Ing-wen a prestigious leadership award after the Trudeau government threatened to pull funding from the organization.

: Twenty-five PLA aircraft, including 18 fighters and 4 bombers, enter Taiwan’s ADIZ, exceeding the previous record of 20 aircraft set on March 26.

: US Department of State issues new more permissive Taiwan Contact Guidelines.

: US Navy destroyer transits the Taiwan Strait, the fourth such passage under the Biden administration.

: US industry group reports that all of the world’s most advanced semiconductor manufacturing capacity—nodes below 10 nanometers—is located in South Korea (8%) and Taiwan (92%).

: Office of the US Trade Representative issues its Trade Policy Agenda and 2020 Annual Report and expresses serious concerns about Taiwan’s agricultural policies that are not based on science and create barriers to market access for US pork and beef products.

: Palau’s President Surangel Whipps Jr visits Taiwan accompanied by US Ambassador to Palau John Hennessey-Niland, who is reported to be the first US ambassador to visit Taiwan in an official capacity since 1978. China’s Foreign Ministry cautions against steps that might “damage Sino-US relations and the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait.”

: US and Taiwan sign MOU to establish a Coast Guard Working Group.

: Twenty Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), in the largest incursion yet reported by the island’s defense ministry.

: Xi Jinping, during an inspection tour of Fujian province, instructs officials there “to be bold in exploring new paths for integrated cross-Strait development.”

: Incoming commander of US Pacific Command Adm. John Aquilino tells Senate Armed Services Committee that China might attack Taiwan much sooner than most think. If China is allowed to take over Taiwan, it would be a severe blow to the credibility of the United States as a strong and trusted partner in the region.

: Taiwan’s newly appointed Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chiu Tai-san calls on mainland China to take an attitude of “constructive ambiguity” toward the 1992 Consensus as he announces rules to allow business travelers from China to visit amid the COVID-19 pandemic. China immediately rejects the idea.

: China announces “22 Measures on Agriculture and Forestry,” which it says would offer more “equitable treatment” to Taiwan enterprises operating there.

: Taiwan’s Minister of National Defense Chiu Kuo-cheng tells reporters that Taiwan has received approval from the US to acquire critical components for the submarines it is building.

: Secretary of State Blinken stresses the importance of Taiwan ties to Paraguay’s president in a phone call.

: KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang announces the party has submitted 528,000 signatures to the Central Election Commission to initiate a referendum opposing the government’s decision to lift a ban on pork imports containing ractopamine. This would be well above the 289,667 required.

: Washington Post reports that the Chinese company Phytium is using chips from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) in a supercomputer developing China’s hypersonic glide vehicle.

: Premier Li Keqiang in the Government Work Report before the National People’s Congress repeats language from previous work reports emphasizing the one China principle, the 1992 Consensus, and promoting the peaceful growth of relations across the Taiwan Strait and China s reunification.

: Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga expresses his government’s support for Taiwan’s participation at the WHO and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

: Taiwan announces it has received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines, 117,000 doses, from the COVAX allocation program of the World Health Organization.

: Biden administration issues “Interim National Security Strategic Guidance,” saying “We will support Taiwan, a leading democracy and a critical economic and security partner, in line with longstanding American commitments.”

: Secretary Blinken says he is committed to beginning talks on free trade agreement negotiations with Taiwan, and to inviting Taiwan to the Summit for Democracy, which the US plans to host later this year.

: US national security commission on artificial intelligence says (p.214) that the dependency of the United States on semiconductor imports, particularly from Taiwan, creates a strategic vulnerability for both its economy and military.

: China’s TAO announces that Chinese customs has banned import of Taiwanese pineapples over biosafety concerns.

: Taiwan’s Cabinet approves over NT$10 billion (US$357.1 million) to assist the domestic pork industry.

: Taiwan’s Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua receives a letter from US National Economic Council (NEC) Director Brian Deese asking for help to resolve the shortage of automobile chips faced by American automobile manufacturers.

: Secretary of State Blinken tells Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi in a telephone call that the US and its allies will hold Beijing accountable for its efforts to threaten stability in the Indo-Pacific, including across the Taiwan Strait. Chinese media report Blinken committed to abide by the three Sino-US joint communiques and the US “one-China Policy.”

: Guyana abruptly terminates an agreement with Taiwan to open an office in the South American country, hours after China urged Georgetown to “correct their mistake.”

: China’s new Coast Guard Law goes into effect after being passed by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress on Jan. 22.

: US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan says that US must “impose costs” for China’s threats to Taiwan as well its actions in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

: Lowy Institute of Australia ranks Taiwan 3rd worldwide for COVID-19 performance behind New Zealand and Vietnam.

: China’s TAO announces that China has banned meat products from Taiwan to prevent the spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza and consumption of meat with ractopamine.

: Fifteen Chinese military planes enter into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) but do not cross the median line that divides the Taiwan Strait.

: US State Department spokesman expresses concern at China’s “attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan.” He urges Beijing to “engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives.”

: Vietnamese government approves Taiwan-based Foxconn’s investment of $270 million to build a new factory.

: Antony Blinken expresses at his confirmation hearing to be secretary of State “a strong and long bipartisan commitment to Taiwan” based on the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the US-China joint communiques; he promises to ensure Taiwan’s self-defense capability. US secretary of Defense nominee Lloyd J. Austin echoes the same position.

: At a World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board meeting, the United States voiced support for Taiwan’s inclusion in the global body as an observer state.

: Taoyuan voters recall Taoyuan City Councilor Wang Hao-yu of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), making him the first councilor in a special municipality ever to be recalled. A KMT spokesman calls it “the first domino effect resulting from the import of pork containing ractopamine.”

: New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei (NZCIO) announces that New Zealand and Taiwan have signed a mutual customs arrangement.

: President Tsai Ing-wen holds a videoconference with US Ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft, whose trip to Taiwan was canceled at the last minute.

: Edward McMullen, US ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, officially meets Taiwan’s representative to Switzerland David Huang.

: US Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra and his Taiwan counterpart Chen Hsing-hsing meet at the US embassy.

: Transition official states that Biden is committed to the “strong, principled, and bipartisan” support for Taiwan and will support “a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues consistent with the wishes and best interests of the people of Taiwan.”

: Two medical groups in Taiwan protest the decision of the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) to list “Taiwan” as “Chinese Taipei.”

: Secretary Pompeo announces that Washington will no longer enforce Taiwan Contact Guidance that had restricted contacts between US officials and Taiwan counterparts since 1979.

: US and Taiwan hold a virtual political-military dialogue. US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper participates.

: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces that US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft will visit Taiwan because “Taiwan shows what a free China could achieve” as the US supports the Hong Kong people.

: Premier Su Tseng-chang calls on China to adhere to its promise to uphold Hong Kong’s autonomy until 2047. KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang called on Beijing and the Hong Kong government to be prudent and tolerant and not to harm or restrict the development of freedom and democracy in the territory.

: US National Security Council declassifies East Asia Pacific Security Policy. It states that the US seeks to enable Taiwan to develop an effective asymmetric defense. It also states that the US will implement a strategy capable of defending the first-island-chain, including Taiwan.

: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen calls for a meaningful dialogue with Beijing on an equal basis Friday in her New Year’s speech.

: New Year Message from China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) warns that “the situation across the Taiwan Strait is severe and complex.

: China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Spokesperson Zhu Fenglian reiterates that it was infeasible to launch any cross-Strait dialogues without the 1992 consensus.

: Two US destroyers sail through the Taiwan Strait, bringing the number of such transits in 2020 to 13.

: President Trump signs COVID-19 relief and government funding bill into law, which included the Taiwan Assurance Act.

: Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan approves a series of government measures implementing the government’s decision to lift restrictions on imports of pork containing the controversial feed additive ractopamine and US beef from cattle aged over 30 months.

: Taiwan reports first community spread of COVID-19 after 253 days without infections.

: Taiwan’s Central Election Commission approves two referendum proposals aimed at banning the import of US pork with ractopamine and requiring a binding referendum with island-wide election. Organizers must collect 289,667 valid signatures on petitions. If they do, the referendum banning US pork imports would take place on Aug. 24, 2021.

: US includes Taiwan on the watchlist for currency manipulation for the first time since 2017.

: Taiwan’s first Tuo-Chiang guided missile corvette is launched. The Coast Guard’s variant of the corvette was launched on Dec. 11.

: John Deng, Taiwan’s de-facto chief trade negotiator, says that a requirement to label US pork containing ractopamine could be challenged as a nontariff trade barrier unless Taiwan could provide scientific evidence to support it.

:   New Taipei Mayor Hou You-yi announces regulations in the city that stipulate that pork importers in the city must disclose ractopamine inspection results.

: Taiwan military announces that 18 F-16A/Bs originally sold to Taiwan in 1994 had completed scheduled upgrades to F-16Vs.

: US approves the possible sale to Taiwan of a Field Information Communications System (FICS) and related equipment to Taiwan at an estimated cost of $280 million.

: Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office indicts Ho Jianghua, head of the China Unification Promotion Party’s (CUPP) women’s department, and aide Pao Ke-ming over alleged involvement in setting up a spy network for Beijing.

: Taiwan and Saudi Arabia sign an agreement on avoiding double taxation.

: Japan’s representative in Taiwan, Izumi Hiroyasu, says that his main task is to assist the island in joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

: In its annual report, the US–China Economic and Security Review Commission recommends that the position of director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Taipei be made a presidential nomination comparable to ambassador and subject to Senate confirmation.

: Yuan T. Lee, Taiwan’s only Nobel laureate, endorses plan to open Taiwan to US pork. He said that it was safe to consume pork with ractopamine so long as the drug was within the safety limit.

: KMT legislators throw pig skin and entrails at Premier Su Tseng-chang when he tries to address the Legislative Yuan on the issue of US pork imports.

: Several Taiwanese media report that Rear Adm. Michael Studeman, director of intelligence of US Indo-Pacific Command, arrived in Taiwan for a visit. Both AIT and Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry refused comment.

: For the fourth time, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) founder Morris Chang represents Taiwan’s president at the annual leaders meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC).

: Inaugural meeting of US–Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue is held in Washington.

: Taiwan’s National Communications Commission announces it would not renew the license of CTiTV, which had been accused of being a mouthpiece for Chinese propaganda.

: China and 14 other Asia-Pacific nations sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Taiwan immediately announces it would seek to join the trade bloc.

: Pro-Beijing Dagongbao newspaper reports that Beijing plans to punish Taiwan “separatists” and their foreign backers with measures, including “severe sanctions” and giving them up to life sentences in their absence. Global Times suggested that Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang would be among the first targeted by the measure.

: Taiwan representative to the US Bi-Khim Hsiao speaks with Biden foreign policy advisor Tony Blinken by phone to congratulate Biden on his election victory.

: Secretary of State Pompeo tells a syndicated radio show that “Taiwan has not been a part of China.” On Nov. 14, the State Department clarified that the US takes no position on Taiwan sovereignty.

: Taiwan Navy confirms that US Marine Corps personnel had arrived in Taiwan to provide training on assault boats and infiltration operations. The US Defense Department and Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense subsequently denied the report.

: US Mission to the UN in Geneva urges WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to invite Taiwan to its upcoming meeting on COVID-19.

: US announces a possible sale to Taiwan of four Weapons-Ready MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $600 million.

: Taiwan’s Department of Cyber Security reports that Taiwan’s central and local governments had been hacked 1,709 times since 2018, attributing the hacks to China.

: US announces a possible sale to Taiwan of up to 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS) and related equipment for approximately $2.37 billion.

: US approves arms sales to Taiwan worth a total of $1.81 billion including: standoff land attack missiles, HIMARS rocket launchers, MS-110 Recce Pods, various vehicles, light arms, and communication equipment. China’s Foreign Ministry announces sanctions on Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense, and Raytheon over the companies’ involvement in arms sales to Taiwan.

: Taobao Taiwan decides to shut down after it was ordered to register as a mainland-based company.

: A Taiwan civilian air aircraft carrying supplies to Taiwanese coast guard officers stationed on the disputed Dongsha Islands is advised by Hong Kong air traffic controllers not to enter the airspace over the islands because “dangerous activities” were in progress in the area. A second flight completed the resupply on Oct. 26.

: Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington publishes a survey reporting that US “thought leaders” expressed strong support for defending Taiwan.

: Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) warns Taiwan of the risks of traveling to China after CCTV broadcasts supposed confessions of four accused of spying for Taiwan.

: President Tsai Ing-wen’s National Day address focuses on plans to support Taiwan’s economic development. She also urged China to move on cross-Strait dialogue.

: Chinese diplomats interrupt Republic of China National Day reception hosted by the Taiwan office in Suva, Fiji. The clash injured Taiwan diplomats, but Taiwan chose not to acknowledge the incident until it had made the news in Fiji. China claims that its diplomats were provoked.

: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticizes Chinese military maneuvers in the Pacific and reiterated US assurances to help Taiwan defend itself at a meeting of the quadrilateral security dialogue meeting of the US, Australia, Japan, and India. Separately, US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien warned China against any attempt to retake Taiwan by force, reiterating that the US stood by its posture of “strategic ambiguity.”

: Legislative Yuan passes KMT motion calling for formal diplomatic relations with the US. Taiwan Foreign Minister Wu had earlier insisted that Taiwan was not pursuing formal diplomatic relations with the US.

: The US classifies fish caught by Taiwan boats as products of forced labor, based on conditions under which the crews worked, according to the US Department of Labor’s annual List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor report.

: Taiwan and the US hold a virtual Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) webinar on using public-private partnerships to improve infrastructure. They announce the signing of “The Framework to Strengthen Infrastructure Finance and Market Building Cooperation” to support such projects in the Indo-Pacific region.

: China blocks observer status for the San Francisco-based Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia’s parent, at the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on the grounds that it had a Taiwan subsidiary.

: Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu criticizes Beijing for breaking the status after it claimed that the median line of the Taiwan Strait did not exist.

: The European Union hosts its first-ever investment forum in Taiwan.

: US Under Secretary of State Keith Krach begins three-day visit Taiwan to attend memorial services for former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui. No economic dialogue talks were held, but Krach met with Hong Kong and China democracy activists.

: US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft, meets James K.J. Lee, director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York, the first time such a public meeting occurred.

: KMT announces that it would not send a delegation headed by former speaker of the Legislative Yuan Wang Jin-pyng to the annual Cross-Strait Forum sponsored by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) after China Television said Wang would be coming “to sue for peace.”

: KMT caucus whip in Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan, Lin Yi-hua, announces the party would introduce amendments to Article 15 of the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation to ban ractopamine and other beta agonists in domestic and imported pork.

: Somaliland opens a representative office in Taiwan.

: Taipei-based Chinese Wild Bird Federation (CWBF) says that it has been removed from its partnership with BirdLife International after the British-based conservation group insisted the CWBF commit to not promoting the legitimacy of the Republic of China or the independence of Taiwan from China.

: KMT national convention reiterates the party’s cross-Strait narrative, which is “1992 Consensus based on the ROC Constitution.” The KMT said it opposes Taiwan independence and China’s “one country, two systems.”

: The Dalai Lama expresses hope to visit Taiwan in 2021 “if Beijing allows.”

: An amendment to Taiwan’s Audio-Visual Management Act banned PRC companies providing “Over the Top (OTT)” services in Taiwan (OTT services provide cable TV access over the internet).

: Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduces a new design for Republic of China passports, making the word “Taiwan” more prominent.

: Nationalist Party (Kuomintang/KMT) Chairman Johnny Chiang Chi-chen announces that the KMT will start a signature campaign seeking a referendum on the government’s decision to allow the import of US pork containing ractopamine.

: Visiting Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil praises Taiwan’s democracy and freedom in a speech at the Legislative Yuan, ending his remarks with “I am a Taiwanese” in Mandarin.

: US Department of Defense releases its annual report on China’s military power, assessing that Beijing’s military modernization has eroded Taiwan’s potential advantages should a cross-Taiwan Strait conflict occur, even though Taiwan is taking steps to compensate for the growing disparities.

: State Department Assistant Secretary Stillwell announces establishment of a new economic dialogue with Taiwan during an address to the Heritage Foundation.

: AIT releases two declassified cables from 1982 on the Six Assurances, one instructing James Lilley to provide the assurances to Taiwan President Chiang Ching-kuo, and the other approving Taiwan’s public use of the Six Assurances so long as they were not linked to then-President Ronald Reagan.

: Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praise Tsai’s announcement on US pork and beef.

: Tsai announces Taiwan will allow the import of US pork and beef next year.

: AIT posts on its Facebook page photos of US Air Force tanker planes refueling Taiwan F-16s during exercises at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

: Tsai says, in response to a question during a virtual talk to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, that she is concerned about the possibility that a military accident involving China might lead to international conflict.

: Chinese combat aircraft enters Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) as President Tsai flies to Taipei from Kinmen.

: Taiwan opens its representative office in Somaliland.

: Taiwan’s former Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai of the Democratic Progressive Party wins the by-election to replace Han Kuo-yu as mayor of Kaohsiung.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of Education announces, at the direction of the MAC, that Mainland Chinese students will not be allowed to return to Taiwan universities with other foreign students. The MAC says it is acting in response to China blocking students returning to Taiwan.

: Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui dies. He is mourned as a hero of Taiwan’s democracy.

: Newly arrived TECRO Representative Bi-khim Hsiao pays introductory call on Assistant Secretary of State Stilwell in his State Department offices, and TECRO posts a photo of their meeting.

: US Democratic Party platform endorses Taiwan Relations Act, which supports “a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues consistent with the wishes and best interests of the people of Taiwan.”

: Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je defends his “pragmatic” approach to relations with China, saying that “family harmony is better than family hostility” during an annual forum between the cities of Taipei and Shanghai.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense says that the Air Force did not have authorization to commit to the PAC-3 recertification announced by the US State Department.

: Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan launches new cross-party USA Caucus with Director of AIT Taipei Brent Christensen and new TECRO Representative to Washington Bi-khim Hsiao in attendance.

: Departing TECRO Representative to the United States Stanley Kao pays farewell call on State Department Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell. Breaking precedent they meet in Stilwell’s State Department Offices, and TECRO posts a photo of their meeting.

: Taiwan MAC complains that Hong Kong is imposing political conditions for employees of the Taiwan representative office to renew their visas, reportedly including acceptance of “one country, two systems.”

: China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman announces China will sanction Lockheed Martin over its support for Patriot recertification for Taiwan.

: US State Department approves a request from Taiwan to recertify its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles for an estimated cost of $620 million.

: Hong Kong announces implementation rules for article 43 of the National Security Law, threatening criminal sanctions against Taiwan organizations.

: Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) opens Taiwan-Hong Kong Services and Exchanges Office to assist those fleeing Hong Kong.

: Taiwan allows the first business travelers from designated COVID-19 safe areas, including Hong Kong and Macao, to enter Taiwan.

: Taiwan’s first indigenous advanced jet trainer, the “Brave Eagle,” has its inaugural test flight.

: KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang Chi-chen introduces a draft proposal to reform the KMT, calling the 1992 Consensus a “historical description” no longer useful in pursuing cross-Strait interaction.

: Nationalist (KMT) Party Mayor of Kaohsiung, Han Kuo-yu, loses recall vote. Of the 42% of the electorate voting, 97% approved his removal.

: Chinese Premier Li holds traditional press conference at the end of the NPC. When asked about Taiwan reunification he says that it should be peaceful and based on the 1992 Consensus.

: Li Zhanshu, third-ranking member of the Chinese Communist Party Politburo, gives the keynote address to a forum celebrating the 15th anniversary of China’s Anti-Secession Law, warning that China will take “necessary actions” if Taiwan moves toward independence.

: Tsai posts on her Facebook page her promise that Taiwan will take “necessary emergency measures” to help those fleeing Hong Kong.

: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers the government Work Report to the National People’s Congress. It included the standard commitment to work toward Taiwan’s reunification, though without including the standard language that reunification would be “peaceful” and on the basis of the “1992 Consensus.

: President Tsai Ing-wen is inaugurated for her second term as the president of the Republic of China. Her inaugural address calls for cross-Strait relations to be conducted on the basis of “peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue.”

: China’s Taiwan Affairs Office and Ministry of Foreign Affairs separately issue statements criticizing Tsai’s inaugural address as fomenting “Taiwan independence.”

: US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notifies Congress of the proposed sale of 18 MK-48 Mod6 Advanced Technology (AT) Heavy Weight Torpedoes (HWT) and related equipment to Taiwan.

: Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu announces Taiwan will not pursue its effort to participate in the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization.

: China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) announces 11 new measures to assist Taiwan businesses in China in recovering from the effects of Covid-19 shutdowns.

: Ingrid Larson appointed managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan’s Washington office.

: The Dutch government changes its office name in Taipei from the Netherlands Trade and Investment Office to “Netherlands Office Taipei.”

: US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar holds teleconference with Health Minister Chen Shih-chung.

: Former Hong Kong publisher Lam Wing-kee opens Causeway Bay bookstore in Taipei.

: Liaoning carrier group sails east thru Bashi Strait.

: 231 Taiwanese from Hubei fly home on designated CAL flight from Shanghai.

: Hong Kong government arrests 14 prominent democracy activists.

: Liaoning carrier group sails east of Taiwan toward South China Sea.

: Tsai rejects Tedros’ allegations and invites him to visit Taiwan.

: WHO Secretary General Tedros Adhanom accuses Taiwan of organizing a campaign against him and making racists slurs.

: Taiwan citizens in Hubei return on a designated CAL flight from Shanghai.

: US President Donald Trump signs TAIPEI Act.

: People’s Liberation Army KJ-500 AEW aircraft and fighters conduct first night exercise south of Taiwan.

: China Eastern Airlines evacuates Taiwan citizens from Wuhan.

: Taiwan’s China Airlines (CAL) evacuates Taiwan citizens from Wuhan.

: Kuomintang (KMT) elects Johnny Chiang Chi-chen as its chairman.

: AIT Chairman James Moriarty visits Taiwan; meets President Tsai.

: LY issues nonpartisan resolution concerning Taiwan’s exclusion from WHA.

: Taiwan experts join two-day WHO coronavirus research meeting via online.

: Lai attends National Prayer Breakfast

: WHO Executive Board meets; US and 14 others urge including Taiwan in COVID-19 response

: China sends first flight of Taiwanese from Wuhan to Taipei without coordination.

: Vice President-elect Lai Ching-te begins visit to Washington.

: Taipei asks Beijing to permit evacuation of citizens from Wuhan.

: Taiwan is excluded from WHO experts meeting on novel coronavirus.

: Two Taiwan CDC experts visit Wuhan to investigate new virus.

: Tsai wins reelection; DPP retains majority in Legislative Yuan (LY).

: Taiwan CDC: Eight passengers on flights from Wuhan have developed fevers.

: Chief of General Staff Gen. Shen Yi-ming dies in Black Hawk helicopter crash.

: President Tsai Ing-wen defends Anti-Infiltration Law (AIL) in New Year’s Address.

:     The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) pushes the Anti-Infiltration Bill through the LY.

: Rumors on WeChat of a SARS-like pneumonia in Wuhan.

:    Vice President Chen Chien-jen visits Palau.

:    The People’s Liberation Army Navy Carrier Shandong sails back up Taiwan Strait after its December 17 commissioning.

:     US President Donald Trump Signs the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes provisions favorable to Taiwan.

:    Taiwan signs an updated investment agreement with Vietnam.

:     Lockheed Martin and AIDC sign an F-16 aircraft maintenance agreement.

:    Facebook removes numerous websites for violating guidelines regarding the Taiwan election.

:     The Taiwan-US Digital Economic Forum opens in Taipei.

:     Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing at the US Department of Commerce Ian Steff visits Taipei and meets Tsai.

:      British Navy vessels transit the Taiwan Strait.

:      UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 opens with Taiwan again barred from participation.

: US Congressmen Bill Flores and Guy Reschenthaler meet Tsai.

: Two PRC citizens are detained as part of an election interference investigation.

: The Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards ceremony takes place in Taipei despite a PRC boycott.

: US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia Heino Klinck pays an undisclosed visit to Taiwan.

: Tsai formally announces that former Premier Lai Ching-de will be her running mate.

: New People’s Liberation Army Navy aircraft carrier and escorts transit the Taiwan Strait.

:     The State Department releases its Indo-Pacific strategy report, which includes several mentions of Taiwan.

:     Beijing bars Chinese participants from the International Air Safety Summit in Taipei.

:     The TAO announces 26 new measures to promote cross-strait economic integration.

:    The Legislative Yuan (LY) passes a NT$250 billion (US$8 billion) special budget for the F-16 purchase program.

:     Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine meets Tsai in Taipei.

:      Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei visits Taipei.

:     Moriarty of the AIT meets Kuomintang presidential nominee and Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu.

:     American Institute of Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty meets Tsai in Taipei.

:     The Interpol assembly opens with Taipei’s participation again blocked.

: US Sen. Ted Cruz attends ROC national Day ceremony in Taipei.

: Secretary Sandra Oudkirk, US Department of State senior official for APEC and deputy assistant secretary for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands attends the inaugural US-Taiwan Pacific Islands Dialogue in Taipei.

:       US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference opens in Ellicott City, Maryland.

: The International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly opens with Taipei’s participation again blocked.

: Taipei severs diplomatic relations with Kiribati following its decision to switch relations to Beijing.

: The government of the Solomon Islands votes to switch relations from Taipei to Beijing; Taipei severs diplomatic relations.

: Scott Busby, the deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the US Department of State, launches US and Taiwan Consultations on Democratic Governance in Indo-Pacific.

: The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council in Beijing spokesman urges the Democratic Progressive Party to stop interfering in Hong Kong.

: Taipei releases the 2019 National Defense Report.

: A Canadian naval vessel transits the Taiwan Strait.

: GCTF hosts forum on media literacy and disinformation.

: Mainland Affairs Council asks for Beijing’s help in locating democracy activist Lee Meng-chu, who has been missing since leaving Hong Kong for Shenzhen.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Liu Jieyi addresses cross-strait legal studies forum in Tianjin.

: US Navy research vessel R/V Sally Ride docks in Keelung.

: Retired Taiwan generals participate in Cross-Strait Anti-Japanese War Symposium held in Nanning.

: KMT’s Eric Chu visits Washington.

: State Department sends Congress pre-notification on foreign military sale to Taiwan of 66 F-16V aircraft for $8 billion.

: DPP expresses concern about police violence in Hong Kong and calls for supporting Hong Kong and defending Taiwan.

: Taipei Mayor Ko registers new Taiwan People’s Party.

: Beijing announces ban on individual tourist travel to Taiwan.

: KMT Congress nominates Han as presidential candidate.

: China issues defense white paper with strong language on Taiwan.

: President Tsai transits Denver.

: Kaohsiung Mayor Han Guo-yu wins Kuomintang (KMT) primary.

: President Tsai transits New York.

: State Department announces foreign military sale to Taiwan of M1A2T Abrams tanks and Stinger missiles totaling $2.2 billion

: Taipei-Shanghai Twin City Forum held in Shanghai.

: Hong Kong demonstrators ransack Legco on Hong Kong Retrocession Day.

: Liaoning carrier group transits Taiwan Strait.

: LY adopts resolution supporting democracy and freedom in Hong Kong.

: PBSC member Wang Yang addresses opening session of Straits Forum.

: President Tsai wins Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primary.

: Massive anti-extradition bill demonstration is held in Hong Kong.

: President Tsai criticizes Beijing for covering up Tiananmen.

: Sen. Cory Gardner tours Taipei with President Tsai Ing-wen.

: US Defense Department releases Indo-Pacific Strategy Report.

: Legislative Yuan (LY) adopts stringent provisions for cross-strait political agreements.

: State Department Special Advisor for Children Suzanne Lawrence visits Taipei.

: In Taipei, the Coordination Council for North American Affairs (CCNAA) Headquarters name is changed to Taiwan Council for US Affairs (TCUSA).

: Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je visits Japan.

: Health Minister Chen Shih-chung promotes Taiwan on the margins of the WHA meeting in Geneva.

: On a discreet visit to Washington, National Security Council Secretary General David Lee meets National Security Adviser John Bolton.

:  Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) member Wang Yang addresses a Cross-Strait Media Summit in Beijing.

: Taipei announces it has not been invited to the World Health Assembly (WHA).

:   Senators Chris Coons and Maggie Hassan visit Taipei.

: USS William P. Lawrence and USS Stethem sail the Taiwan Strait, demonstrating “the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

: China protests the Vendemiaire’s April 7 transit through the Taiwan Strait, claiming that the French warship had “illegally entered China’s territorial waters.”

: US officials report that the French frigate Vendemiaire was “shadowed” by Chinese military when it transited the Taiwan Strait on April 7.

: Minister Audrey Tang visits Washington for consultations on cyber and misinformation issues.

: US Agricultural Trade Mission visits Taiwan.

: PRC dissident in US Wang Xizhe is banned from Taiwan for advocating forceful unification.

: Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou enters race for KMT presidential nomination.

: AIT Chairman James Moriarty meets President Tsai.

: State Department notifies $500 million foreign military sales case for continued F-16 pilot training.

: Former Speaker Paul Ryan leads US delegation to American Institute in Taiwan’s TRA anniversary events.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense and Japan’s Ministry of Defense separately report PLAAF jets and planes flying over the Bashi Channel to conduct exercises in the Western Pacific.

: Visiting PRC scholar Li Yi is deported from Taiwan for violating terms by giving a speech advocating one country, two systems.

: President Tsai gives video address to Washington conference commemorating 40th anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act.

: Taipei is excluded from Organization for Animal Health (OIE) meeting in Beijing concerning ASF.

:   French Navy French frigate Vendemiaire transits Taiwan Strait.

: Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu visits the US with stops in Boston, Los Angeles, and San Jose.

: Two PLAAF J-11 fighter jets cross the median line in the Taiwan Strait, prompting Taiwan to dispatch its own planes to warn off the Chinese aircraft. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs declares the action “provocative” and a violation of “the long-held tacit agreement” of cross-straits relations.

: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Affairs Nerissa Cook in Taipei for consultations

:   President Tsai transits Hawaii.

:   President Tsai visits Marshall Islands.

: Mayor Han meets Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Director Liu Jieyi in Shenzhen.

: President Tsai visits Nauru.

: USS Curtis Wilbur and USCG Bertholf conduct “a routine Taiwan Strait transit.” It is the first FOIP mission to involve a US Coast Guard vessel.

: Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu visits Hong Kong.

: President Tsai visits Palau.

:   AIT and Taipei announce new “Indo-Pacific Democratic Governance Consultations” Forum.

: Former Premier Lai Ching-te registers for DPP primary.

: Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je visits the US.

: Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-tang visits Washington.

: Taipei announces $1million donation to fund for persecuted religious minorities.

:   Ambassador Sam Brownback attends Civil Society Dialogue on Securing Religious Freedom in Taipei.

: Taiwan’s deputy defense minister announces that Taiwan has submitted an official request to purchase new fighter jets from the United States.

: Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan visits Washington.

: Taipei submits request to buy 66 F-16V for estimated $13 billion.

: USS Stethem and USNS Cesar Chavez transit the Taiwan Strait to demonstrate “the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

: Taipei is excluded from WHO biannual flu vaccine meeting in Beijing.

: Secretary Mike Pompeo holds video conference with Micronesian President’s Summit and expresses support for Taiwan.

: KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih says party will promote peace agreement.

: Former KMT Party Chairman and presidential candidate Eric Chu Li-lun visits the US.

: Premier Su hosts web video on African Swine Fever (ASF) measures.

: USS McCampbell and the USNS Walter S. Diehl, transit the Taiwan Strait to demonstrate “US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

: Lai Ching-de says Taiwan needs a new constitution.

: Taiwan’s Defense Ministry tells its citizens not to panic after PLA aircraft fly over the Bashi Channel within close-range of the island.

: Taiwan’s military holds its first large-scale drills of the year on the island’s west coast, aimed at honing its combat readiness and “thwarting an amphibious invasion.”

:      Premier Lai Ching-te and Cabinet resign; Su Tseng-chang appointed premier.

:      Cho Jung-tai elected Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman.

Jan. 8, 2019:       Nauruan President Baron Divavesi Waqa visits Taipei.

: President Xi gives major address on the 40th anniversary of Deng Xiaoping’s “address to Taiwan Compatriots.”

:        General Secretary Xi Jinping’s 40th anniversary address; President Tsai responds.

: President Tsai’s New Year address broaches cross-strait issues.

: President Tsai Ing-wen’s New Year address announces a new “four musts” framework for cross-strait relations with mainland China, as well as her administration’s “three shields” security strategy to protect Taiwan’s democratic values, enhance cyber security, and ensure people’s livelihoods.

: President Trump signs Asia Reassurance Initiative Act. 

: Taiwan-Japan maritime cooperation meeting concludes in Taipei.

: Former ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin visits Taipei to pay respects to deceased former SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kun.

: Shanghai-Taipei Twin City Forum convenes in Taipei.

: TAO says Taiwanese residents will receive special treatment under new Personal Income Tax Law.

: President Tsai calls for China to provide comprehensive real-time information on African Swine Fever (ASF).

: Four PLA aircraft fly through Bashi Strait.

: Taiwan and India sign new Bilateral Investment Agreement.

: Kaohsiung master baker Wu Bao-chun pressured into making pro-China statements after netizens attack him as pro-Taiwan independence.

: Cross-Strait CEO summit held in Xian.

:   Department of Commerce Acting DAS Ian Steff visits Taipei.

: Two US navy ships transit Taiwan Strait.

: DPP suffers serious defeat in local elections; Chairperson Tsai resigns.

: Foreign Minister Wu visits the Marshall Islands.

: Taiwan representative Morris Chang meets briefly with Vice President Pence at the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Papua New Guinea.

: Palau President Tommy Remengesau visits Taipei.

:   AIT Chairman James Moriarty visits Taiwan; meets President Tsai.

: TAO Director Liu Jieyi receives Vincent Chang Hsien-yao delegation.

: US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference convenes in Annapolis.

: Two US Navy ships transit Taiwan Strait.

: State Department DAS Scott Busby attends forum in Taipei. 

: INTERPOL informs Taipei that it cannot participate in the November General Assembly meeting.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman criticizes Olympic team name change referendum as a Taiwan independence plot.

: Taiwan’s Vice President Chen Chien-jen visits Vatican for canonization of pope Paul VI.

: US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Principal DAS Jan Nishida visits Taipei.

: President Tsai’s National Day speech describes her strategy for resisting PRC pressures on Taiwan.

: Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benitez visits Taipei.

: Vice President Mike Pence gives major speech on US-China relations.                                          

: State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) Matt Mathews visits Taiwan.

: US State Department approves $330 million aircraft spare parts sale to Taiwan. 

: The Vatican and Beijing announce a provisional accord on the appointment of bishops in China.

: Chinese netizen asserts China helped stranded Taiwan tourists in Osaka.

: Acting Assistant US Trade Representative Terry McCartin visits Taipei for informal discussions.

:   Washington recalls its diplomats from Panama, the Dominican Republic, and El Salvador for consultations.

: President Tsai Ing-wen meets Guatemalan Congress President Alvaro Arzu Escobar in Taiwan.

: Foreign Minister Joseph Wu Jau-shieh attends Pacific Island Forum in Nauru.

: Taipei hosts an Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue conference.

: White House issues statement on El Salvador severing ties with Taiwan.

: International panel reviews Taiwan’s first report related to the UN Convention Against Corruption.

: Taipei severs diplomatic relations with El Salvador.

: KMT holds national congress, vowing to “hit a home run” in local elections.

: President Tsai visits Johnson Space Center during transit of Houston.

: President Tsai meets Prime Minister Dean Barrow in Belize.

: Beijing announces program to issue residence cards to residents from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

: President Tsai attends inauguration of President Mario Abdo Bernitez in Paraguay.

:   President Tsai transits Los Angeles.

: Taiwan Curriculum Review Commission decides to include Chinese history in East Asia history curriculum.

: New AIT Director Brent Christensen arrives in Taipei.

:   Kinmen marks start of Fujian-Kinmen water supply project.

: Beijing blocks Vienna performance by Taiwan youth choir.

: Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine visits Taiwan.

: East Asia Olympic Committee (EAOC) revokes the right of Taichung to host 2019 East Asia Youth games.

: Six-day PLA live-fire exercise begins off Zhejiang coast.

:   Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong speaks at Heritage Foundation in Washington.

: President Tsai presides at commissioning of Apache helicopters.

:   DPP holds annual congress.

: Xi Jinping receives Lien Chan and reiterates current cross-strait policy.

: Foreign Minister Joseph Wu visits El Salvador, meets President Salvador Sanchez Ceren.

: US Environmental Protection Agency Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary Jane Nishida visits Taiwan.

: Taipei announces donation of $1 million to Global Anti-ISIS coalition for demining.

: Two US Navy Aegis destroyers transit Taiwan Strait.

: Phased pension reductions for civil servants and military personnel take effect in Taiwan.

: In AFP interview, President Tsai calls for democratic countries to unite in resisting China.

:   AIT dedicates new office building in Taipei.

:   King Mswati III of eSwatini visits Taipei.

:   PRC convenes Tenth Straits Forum in Fujian.

:   President Tsai issues strong statement on Tiananmen anniversary.

:   Sen. David Perdue makes brief stop in Taipei.

: Haitian President Jovenel Moise meets President Tsai in Taipei.

: President Tsai announces $1 million donation to WHO to fight Ebola virus.

: Sen. Cory Gardner visits Taipei and meets President Tsai.

: Burkino Faso terminates diplomatic relations with Taipei.

: The proposal concerning Taiwan as an observer is rejected at WHA.

: Taiwan Health Minister Chen Shih-chung holds press conference in Geneva during WHA.

: Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela visits Taiwan.

: PLA aircraft encircle Taiwan in both directions with first SU-35 participation.

:   US-Taiwan Defense Business Forum is held in Kaohsiung.

: Beijing states Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is responsible for Taipei not being invited to World Health Assembly (WHA).

: White House criticizes Beijing’s pressure on airlines as “Orwellian nonsense.”

: China and Dominican Republic establish diplomatic relations.

: China and Dominican Republic establish diplomatic relations.

: Bipartisan Congressional group introduces Asia Reassurance Initiative Act.

: US Commerce Department announces sanctions against China’s ZTE.

: PLA conducts routine artillery drill near Fujian coast.

: President Tsai arrives in Swaziland and holds talks with King Mswati III.

: Cross-Strait Entrepreneurs Summit held in Zhengzhou, Henan.

: Premier Lai clarifies his views on Taiwan independence.

: President Tsai boards destroyer to observe a naval exercise off Taiwan’s east coast.

: Fujian MSA announces live-fire exercise off Quanzhou in Taiwan Strait.

: Former President Ma Ying-jeou visits San Francisco.

: President Tsai reiterates policy to maintain stability in Taiwan Strait.

: President Xi meets former Vice President Vincent Siew at Boao Forum.

: Former Presidents Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian launch Formosa Alliance.

: State Department issues marketing licenses for US firms to assist Taiwan’s indigenous submarine program.

: TAO spokesman criticizes Premier Lai Ching-te by name.

: Delegation led by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl) visits Taiwan.

: Delegation led by Rep. Ed Royce visits Taiwan.

: Department of Commerce DAS Ian Steff visits Taiwan.

: Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Alex Wong speaks at American Chamber of Commerce banquet in Taipei.

: Liu Jieyi becomes TAO minister.

:   President Xi Jinping addresses NPC.

: Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu visits Washington.

: President Trump signs Taiwan Travel Act (TTA).

: National People’s Congress (NPC) eliminates term limit on president.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) announces 31 measures to benefit Taiwanese youth and businesses.

: President Tsai rearranges her national security team.

: Delegation led by Sen. James Inhofe visits Taipei.

: PLAAF aircraft, including H-6K bombers, J-11 fighters, and Y-8 transport aircraft, transit Bashi Strait south of Taiwan.

: State Councilor Yang Jiechi meets Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; raises concerns about US policy toward Taiwan.

: Earthquake damages Hualien; deaths include six mainland tourists.

: Annual Taiwan Affairs Work Conference convenes in Beijing.

: Taipei protests removal of Taiwan flag from US government websites.

: Cardinal Zen criticizes Vatican handling of Chinese bishops.

: President Tsai Ing-wen calls for talks to resolve M503 air route issue.

: Activist Lee Ming-che transferred to prison in Hunan.

: Liaoning group sails south through Taiwan Strait, returns north on Jan. 17.

: Beijing unilaterally activates new M503 route flights in Taiwan Strait.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice rejects petition to ban public display of PRC flag.

: Taipei prosecutors charge that Beijing supports New Party (NP) spokesperson Wang Bing-chung’s website.

: Tsai administration releases its first National Defense Report, which includes the introduction of a “multiple deterrence” strategy, the procedures for arms procurement from the US, and references to the US “Indo-Pacific strategy.”

:   Beijing sentences 44 Taiwan telephone fraud suspects, deported from Kenya, to long jail sentences.

: Taiwan and Japan sign marine emergency and rescue agreement.

: Spanish court decides Taiwan fraud suspects will be deported to China.

: Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, meets a delegation led by Yok Mu-ming, chairman of Taiwan’s New Party, in Beijing.

: American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty visits Taipei for consultations.

:      People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft approach Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) resulting in tense exchange with a Taiwan Air Force F-16.

Dec. 8, 2017:     PRC Embassy Minister Li Kexin warns Washington that Beijing would use “military force” if Taiwan welcomed US Navy ships to its ports, claiming any US military presence in Taiwan would violate China’s Anti-Secession Law.

:      PRC Regulations on Counter-Espionage Law defines sabotaging unification as an act of espionage.

:     Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan adopts Transitional Justice Bill.

:   US Congress adopts 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes language mandating strengthened defense cooperation between the US and Taiwan.

: Lee Ming-che sentenced to five years for subversion of state power.

:   Acting US Consumer Protect Safety Commission Chairperson Marie Buerkle visits Taipei.

:     James Soong represents President Tsai at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Meeting in Vietnam.

:     Taiwan Security Act introduced in US House of Representatives to enhance military cooperation and exchanges between the US and Taiwan.

:     President Tsai transits Guam.

:      President Tsai visits Solomon Islands

:        President Tsai visits Tuvalu.

:   President Tsai visits Marshall Islands.

: Cambodia deports 19 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China.

:   President Tsai transits Honolulu.

: President Tsai speaks on 30th anniversary of cross-strait exchanges. She reiterates the Taiwan government’s position that “our goodwill will not change, our commitments will not change, we will not revert to the old path of confrontation, and we will not bow to pressure.”

: Nineteenth Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress is held in Beijing.

:   US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) passes Taiwan Travel Act. The legislation encourages official visits between the US and Taiwan at all levels.

:   Liu Jieyi becomes deputy minister of the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO).

: President Tsai reiterates her call for a new model for cross-strait interaction.

: Taiwan’s Foreign Minister David Lee tells Legislative Yuan that Singapore will continue military training in Taiwan.

: Taiwan’s Vice Foreign Minister Paul Chang visits Washington for discreet consultations on Taiwan’s international space.

: During his first report to Legislative Yuan, Premier Lai reiterates his support for Taiwan independence.

: At Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) National Congress, President Tsai Ing-wen reiterates her call for new approach to cross-strait relations.

: Taipei-Shanghai Sing China music festival cancelled after protest.

: EPA Minister Lee Ying-yuan meets US Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Scott Pruitt in Washington.

: Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Minister Lee Ying-yuan presents Taiwan’s Voluntary National Review on the Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in New York.

: Former PRC student Zhou Hongxu is given a 14-month sentence in Taiwan for attempted espionage.

: Taiwan democracy activist Lee Ming-che pleads guilty to subversion.

:      Taipei arranges visit by international scientists to Taiping Island.

:     President Tsai Ing-wen appoints Lai Ching-te premier.

:   Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan departs for trip to Central American allies.

: TAO Exchange Department head Huang Wentao accompanies PRC athletes arriving for Universiade.

: KMT Congress appoints new chairman Wu Den-yih and adopts platform.

:   Opening Ceremony for 2017 Universiade (World University Games) is held in Taipei.

: Three Hong Kong umbrella movement leaders given jail sentences.

: Taipei announces plans to abolish Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission.

: Annual Monterey talks conclude in Hawaii.

:  PLA H-6 bombers and Y-8 reconnaissance aircraft circumnavigate Taiwan.

: President Tsai presents Chinese Taipei Olympic flag to Taiwan Universiade team.

: President Tsai speaks to Prospect Foundation Asian security conference.

: In meeting with Dick Cheney, President Tsai urges enhanced US-Taiwan security partnership.

: Informal US-Taiwan trade talks convene in Taipei.

: Former PRC State Councilor Dai Bingguo issues warning about US-Taiwan military ties.

: PLA H-6 bombers circumnavigate Taiwan.

: Paraguayan President Horatio Cartes arrives in Taipei for state visit.

: Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je attends Twin City Forum in Shanghai.

: President Xi Jiping presides at Hong Kong reversion anniversary.

: State Department notifies Congress of $1.4 billion arms sales for Taiwan.

: Ninth Cross-Strait Forum opens in Fujian.

: Panama and Beijing sign communiqué establishing diplomatic relations.

: Taiwan legislators form group to support democracy in Hong Kong.

: Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) of State Laura Stone makes unpublicized visit to Taiwan.

: Association of Taiwan Invested Enterprises holds 10th anniversary meeting in Beijing.

: WHA decides not to place Taiwan observer resolution on agenda.

: Wu Den-yih elected next KMT chairman.

: President Tsai says Beijing has squandered opportunities to improve relations.

: TAO states Taiwan will not be able to participate in World Health Assembly (WHA).

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) announces measures beneficial to Taiwan.

: President Tsai Ing-wen talks of a new model for cross-strait relations.

: Tourist Zhang rejoins tour group and returns voluntarily to China.

: MAC protests PRC media use of term “China Taipei” for Taiwan sports teams.

: Chinese tourist Zhang Xiangzhong seeks political asylum in Taiwan.

:   Shanghai TAO Director Li Wenhui meets Mayor Ko Wen-je in Taipei.

:   Wife of detained activist Lee Ming-che barred from visiting Beijing.

:   Mar-a-Lago meeting between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping.

:    Ministry of National Defense (MND) Vice Minister Cheng De-mei says Taiwan does not need THAAD.

:   Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos visits Taipei.

: Chinese fishing boat is seized by Taiwan Coast Guard for fishing in Taiwan waters.

:   Hong Kong arrests umbrella movement leaders.

: Carrie Lam selected as Hong Kong chief executive.

: Japan’s State Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Akama Jiro visits Taipei, the highest ranking Japanese visitor since 1972.

:   Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Chang Hsiao-yueh says cross-strait agreements are not international agreements.

: Former Vice President Vincent Siew meets Politburo Standing Committee member Zhang Gaoli at Boao Forum.

: Kuomintang (KMT) initiates LY committee review of cross-strait agreements oversight drafts.

: Taiwan’s Foreign Minister David Lee says cross-strait relations are not international relations.

: CSBC Corp., Taiwan signs eight-year contract for the development of an indigenous submarine.

: Beijing detains human rights activist Lee Ming-che.

:  Taipei announces that the government will require pre-approval of university agreements with mainland.

:   Taipei releases Quadrennial Defense Report.

:   Taipei arrests suspected former PRC student Zhou Hongxu for espionage.

:   Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Zhang Zhijun says Taiwan independence the greatest threat.

: Taiwan’s organization for Japan renamed Taiwan-Japan Relations Association.

:   Premier Li Keqiang gives National People’s Congress his work report.

:   PLAN ships pass southward through Taiwan Strait.

: ARATS Deputy Zheng Lizhong detained for investigation.

: Spain’s deports 218 Taiwan fraud suspects to China.

:   Bipartisan Legislative Yuan (LY) delegation begins five-day visit to Washington to meet with administration officials and members of Congress.

:   Presidents Trump and Xi talk by phone; Trump agrees to “honor our one China policy.”

:      Taiwan allocates T$68 billion ($2.2 billion) to build 66 jet trainers. The jets will be developed jointly by National Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology, the Defense Ministry, and Aerospace Industrial Development Corp., the island’s sole military jet-maker.

: President Tsai calls for exploring a new model for interaction with the PRC.

:   First H7N9 case in Taiwan involves a man returned from China who later dies.

:   DPP’s Yu Shyi-kun leads Taiwan delegation to President Trump inauguration; Tsai tweets congratulations to Trump.

: Politburo standing Committee member Yu Zhengsheng addresses Taiwan Affairs Work Conference.

:   Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) President Tien Hong-mao suggests meeting  Association for Relations across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) Chair Chen Deming in Kinmen.

:   Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong attends a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) sponsored event in Taipei.

:   President Tsai transits San Francisco en route to Taiwan.

:   President Tsai visits El Salvador; meets President Salvador Sanchez Ceren.

: People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) aircraft carrier Liaoning sails north through the Taiwan Strait.

:      PRC Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Nigeria; demands relocation of Taipei’s office.

:   President Tsai visits Guatemala; meets President Jimmy Morales.

:       President Tsai visits Nicaragua; meets President Daniel Ortega.

: President Tsai visits Honduras; meets President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

: President Tsai transits Houston en route to Central America.

: President Tsai Ing-wen writes to Pope Francis, calling for peaceful dialogue across the Taiwan Strait.

: Vietnam repatriates four Taiwanese fraud suspects to China.

: Tokyo’s office in Taipei renamed “Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association.”

: Beijing establishes diplomatic relations with Sao Tome and Principe.

: Taiwan Foreign Ministry downplays Vatican-Beijing talks saying they are about church affairs not diplomatic relations.

: Aircraft carrier Liaoning with five escort ships circumnavigates Taiwan.

: KMT-CCP Forum in Beijing adopts cooperation program.

: Sao Tome and Principe ends diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

: Annual Taiwan-US-Japan Security Track 2 Trilateral Forum held in Taipei.

: ROC Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan says Taiwan will accept mainland military aircraft in need of landing place due to mechanical failure.

: Donald Trump has interview with Fox News in which he links Taiwan with US policy toward China.

: Ten PLA aircraft again circumnavigate Taiwan.

: President Tsai says she is resolute in defending ROC territorial claims, at exhibit of ROC control over Taiping.

: President Tsai says equal weight should be placed on Washington ties and cross-strait relations.

: US Congress passes National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with provision for US-Taiwan senior officer exchange program.

: Republican operative Stephen Yates visits Taipei.

: President-elect Trump holds 10-minute phone call with President Tsai.

: Taiwan conducts disaster relief exercise near Taiping Island.

: Six PLA aircraft circumnavigate Taiwan for first time.

: Funeral of Lee Hsin-kai, uncle of PRC first lady Peng Liyuan, held in Chiayi.

: Hong Kong Customs seizes Singapore military cargo in transit from Kaoshiong.

: Xi Jinping and Taiwan APEC envoy James Soong chat briefly at APEC.

: President Tsai addresses first Taiwan-ASEAN Track 2 Dialogue in Taipei.

: Xi Jinping addresses Sun Yat-sen anniversary ceremony in Beijing.

: Yu Zhengsheng addresses Cross-Strait Entrepreneurs Summit.

: Taipei expresses regrets on not being invited to observe Interpol Assembly.

: KMT-CCP Peaceful Development Forum opens in Beijing.

: KMT Chairperson Hung Hsiu-chu visits Beijing and meets Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping.

: New AIT Chairman Jim Moriarty visits Taipei.

: Global Health Forum is held in Taipei under Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF).

: Hong Kong localist legislators visit Taipei.

: US-Taiwan Political-Military talks held in Washington.

: President Tsai’s Double Ten address reaffirms the DPP cross-strait policy.

: US-Taiwan Defense Industry conference opens in Williamsburg.

: President Tsai issues strong statement on refusing to be pressured by China to accept the 1992 Consensus on the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) 30th anniversary.

: International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO) declines to invite Taipei to attend its assembly.

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) Chairman Chen Deming again reiterates need for one China.

: Delegation from eight KMT counties visits Beijing and meets Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Chairman Zhang Zhijun.

: Tien Hung-mao assumes office as Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) chairman.

: Taipei and Beijing repatriate criminals through Matsu under Kinmen Agreement.

:   President Tsai appoints former Foreign Minister Tien Hung-mao as chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation.

:   Tour bus drivers in Taiwan demonstrate over declining mainland tourism.

:   Hong Kong denies entry visas to Taiwan politicians planning to attend cross-strait forum.

:   Taipei-Shanghai Twin City Forum opens in Taipei.

:   Genesis Travel, a Taiwan tour company catering to mainlanders closes.

:   Foreign Minister David Lee says government will not pursue UN campaign.

:   Vice President Chen transits New York.

:   Vice President Chen visits Dominican Republic.

:   ROC Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong leads delegation to Taiping Island.

:   Vice President Chen Chien-jen transits New York.

:    Kenya deports five Taiwanese involved in a fraud scandal to China.

: MOFA says Taipei has filed application to attend ICAO assembly.

:   LY Speaker Su Jia-chyuan leads large multi-party LY delegation to Japan.

:   President Tsai formally apologizes to indigenous people of Taiwan for past abuses and neglect.

:    Legislative Yuan (LY) passes Ill-gotten Party Assets bill.

:   Dalian TAO deputy leads accident family member delegation to Taiwan.

:   Cross-Strait Tourism Association task force led by Secretary General Liu Kezhi flies to Taiwan in response to the tour bus fire.

: Twenty-four Chinese tourists die in tour bus fire in Taoyuan.

: Taiwanese actor is fired from film production in China for failure to clarify his political beliefs.

:   Arbitral Tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) panel issues its award in the Philippine case against China in the South China Sea.

:   US Senate adopts resolution reaffirming Taiwan Relations Act and six assurances.

:   Accidentally launched ROC Navy Hsiung Feng III missile hits a fishing boat near Penghu.

:   General Secretary Xi Jinping reiterates 1992 Consensus requirement for cross-strait relations and opposition to Taiwan independence.

:   President Tsai transits Los Angeles on her return to Taiwan.

:   President Tsai visits Paraguay.

:   President Tsai attends Panama Canal ceremony; signs book as “President of Taiwan (ROC).”

:   TAO spokesman says cross-strait communications mechanisms suspended.

:   President Tsai transits Miami; flight to Panama overflies Cuban airspace.

:   Cambodia sends 25 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China.

:   US-Taiwan Defense Review Talks held in Washington.

:   TAO spokesman says TAO-Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF)-Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) channels can only continue         on the basis of the 1992 Consensus.

:   Beijing rescinds invitation to the children’s choir that performed at Tsai inauguration.

:   Eighth Cross-Strait Forum is held in Xiamen.

: Tsai administration denies Ma Ying-jeou’s application to visit Hong Kong.

:   Kuomintang (KMT) Vice Chair Hau Lung-bin attends Taiwan-Yunnan forum.

: US Sen. John McCain’s congressional delegation meets President Tsai.

: US Rep. Ed Royce’s congressional delegation meets President Tsai.

:   Executive Yuan (EY) spokesman says Taipei will abide by UN ruling on the status of Okinotori Island.

: President Tsai visits Hualien Air Base pledging to restore pride in the military.

:   TAO spokesman says cross-strait agreements reached under previous administrations remain in effect.

:   Health Minister Lin Tzou-lien attends the World Health Assembly (WHA).

: ROC Education Minister Pan Wen-chung rescinds 2014 high school textbook revisions.

:   President Tsai Ing-wen is inaugurated; gives inaugural address.

:   TAO issues statement giving Tsai an “incomplete test grade” for her inaugural speech.

:   Republic of China (ROC) Ministry of Justice delegation visits Zhuhai for consultations on fraud prosecutions.

:   Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) statement says Taipei will participate in World Health Assembly (WHA) under the “one-China” principle.

:   Group of former senior Ma administration officials visits Taiping Island.

:   Taipei dispatches a Coast Guard frigate to Okinotori Island.

: Thirty-two alleged Taiwanese criminals deported from Malaysia to China.

: Japan seizes Taiwan fishing boat near Okinotori, it is released next day.

: Ministry of Justice (MOJ) delegation in Beijing says agreement reached on jointly investigating Kenya and Malaysia fraud cases.

: Twenty alleged Taiwanese criminals repatriated from Malaysia.

: Tsai Ing-wen says Beijing’s disregard of Taiwan’s sovereignty and jurisdiction has harmed cross-strait relations.

: Taiwan Tourism Bureau reports PRC tourist arrivals have declined.

: TAO announces that 8th Cross-Strait Forum will be held June 11.

: Kenya deports 37 more Taiwanese to China.

: President Ma unveils monument on Pengjia Islet.

: President Ma hosts South China Sea seminar at MOFA.

: Kenya deports eight ROC citizens to China.

: AIIB President Jin Liqun says Taiwan’s application must go through Beijing’s Ministry of Finance.

: President-elect Tsai says she will strengthen communications with Beijing to preserve peace.

: DPP LY caucus approves “Statute Governing Oversight of the Concluding of Cross-Strait Agreements.”

: ROC Minister of Justice Luo Ying-shay begins five-day visit to Beijing.

: Hung Hsiu-chu wins by-election as chairman of KMT.

: Former Vice President Vincent Siew attends Boao Forum and meets Premier Li Keqiang and TAO Director Zhang Zhijun.

: Panama invites Tsai and Xi to opening of expanded Panama Canal in June.

: Taipei arranges first foreign media visit to Taiping Island.

: Hung Chi-chang expelled from DPP’s New Tide faction; in 2015 he had called for Taiwan not to pursue de jure independence.

: ROC Foreign Ministry issues position paper on South China Sea (SCS).

: President Obama signs bill promoting observer status for Taiwan in Interpol.

: Beijing establishes diplomatic relations with the Gambia.

: President-elect Tsai announces Lin Chuan will be premier.

: Tsai Ing-wen requests DPP legislators withdraw their version of oversight bill.

: National People’s Congress (NPC) convenes in Beijing; General Secretary Xi Jinping discusses Taiwan with Fujian delegates.

: Taiwan-Japan Fisheries Agreement Committee concludes three-day meeting.

: TAO Minister Zhang says Wang’s remarks don’t represent change.

: President Ma welcomes Wang’s reference to the ROC constitution.

: Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at CSIS, mentioning Taiwan’s “one China” constitution.

: TAO Deputy Chen Yuanfeng concludes unpublished 5-day visit to Taiwan.

: Tsai Ing-wen promises a transitional justice committee to review issues in including handling of Nationalist symbols and party assets.

: Beijing says Hong Kong rioters were “radical separatists inclined to terrorism.”

: Taipei approves TSMC’s application for a 12-inch wafer plant in Nanjing.

: Annual Communist Party (CCP) Taiwan Affairs Work Conference held in Beijing.

: New LY convenes, DPP’s Su Jia-chyuan is elected speaker.

: Beijing implements realignment of PLA military regions.

: Premier Chang says Beijing investments in integrated circuit design firms will not be approved by current administration.

: President Ma visits Taiping Island.

: Simon Chang appointed ROC premier.

: Trade in Services Agreement (TSA) ministers, including Taiwan, meet in Davos.

: Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken meets TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun in Beijing.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Deputy Gong Qinggai detained on suspicion of corruption.

: DPP Secretary General Joseph Wu visits Washington for consultations.

: US envoy William Burns visits Taipei; meets Tsai and President Ma Ying-jeou.

: Huang Min-hui appointed acting Kuomintang (KMT) chairperson.

: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) established.

: Tsai Ing-wen elected president; DPP wins Legislative Yuan (LY) majority.

: Taiwan pop star Chou Tzu-yu posts YouTube apology for showing ROC flag on South Korean television; forced apology provokes outrage in Taiwan.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chair Tsai Ing-wen calls for multi-level, multi-track communications with Beijing.

: UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) legal officer says Taiwan not eligible to be observer.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chair Hsia Li-yan urges Beijing to honor commitments to Hong Kong.

: Preparatory meeting for 13th round of Merchandise Trade Agreement (MTA) negotiations held in Beijing.

: Beijing agrees to trial implementation of PRC tourist transit procedures.

: Hong Kong publisher Lee Bo abducted in Hong Kong.

: Second Taiwan presidential debate held.

:   Cross-Strait Civilian Flight Safety and Flight Cooperation Accord takes effect.

:   China and Taiwan announce that hotline between MAC and TAO is opened.

:   First Taiwan presidential debate held.

: Simulated Youth vote gives Tsai 61 percent.

: Matsu-Fujian ferry service starts.

: Tsai Ing-wen comments on 1992 Consensus before business forum.

: Hung Hsiu-chu arrives in Beijing to promote KMT among Taiwan businesspeople.

: State Department notifies Congress of $1.8 billion arms sales package for Taiwan.

: Minister of Interior Chen Wei-zen presides at Taiping wharf ceremony.

: Announcement that Taiwan’s Siliconware Precision Industries plans to sell 25 percent to China’s state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup sparks controversy.

: Minister of Economic Affairs John Deng presents conditional proposal on PRC investment in IC design firms.

: Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration Minister Wei Kuo-yan in Paris to attend side meetings related to UN Climate Conference.

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) President Chen Deming begins one-week Taiwan visit.

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and ARATS conduct review of existing agreements.

: Taipei announces that imprisoned agents were exchanged in October.

: Japan and Taiwan sign double tax avoidance treaty.

: Twelfth round of MTA negotiations conclude in Taipei.

: Tsai Ing-wen says she expects to open dialogue with Beijing after election.

: Taiwan announces that fisheries enforcement agreement with the Philippines was signed on Nov. 5.

: Vincent Siew represents Taipei at APEC Leaders Meeting in Manila.

: Ma holds international press conference to report on meeting Xi.

: KMT Chair Eric Chu visits Washington.

:   Ma Ying-jeou and Xi Jinping hold first Cross-Strait Leaders Meeting in Singapore.

:   DPP spokesman issues statement questioning Ma’s meeting with Xi.

:   Taipei and Beijing announce Xi-Ma meeting in Singapore.

:   Former Vice President Vincent Siew leads delegation to Cross-Strait Entrepreneurs Summit in Nanjing.

:   US House of Representatives unanimously passes bill directing Obama administration to work toward observer status for Taiwan in Interpol.

: Taipei says it does not recognize or accept PCA’s jurisdiction or ruling.

: (Permanent Court of Arbitration) rules that it has jurisdiction in Philippine case concerning South China Sea.

: Taiwan celebrates 70th Retrocession Day.

: Yu Zhengsheng attends Taiwan Retrocession ceremony in Beijing.

: Third annual cross-strait insurance supervisory cooperation meeting takes place in central Taiwan; reports cite little progress due to stalled STA.

: KMT Special Congress nominates Eric Chu Li-lun as presidential candidate.

: TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun and MAC Chairman Hsia Li-yan meet in Guangzhou.

: Two Taiwan intelligence agents serving life sentences released by China. Taiwan grants parole to Chinese agent in late October.

: Tsai Ing-wen attends ROC National Day ceremony for first time.

:    DPP Chair Tsai Ing-wen visits Japan; discreetly meets Prime Minister Abe.

:    KMT votes unanimously to hold special KMT congress to replace Hung.

:    US-Taiwan Defense Conference opens in Williamsburg.

:    Agreement for China’s Industrial and Commercial Bank of China to buy 20 percent share of Taiwan’s Bank SinoPac lapses as Cross-Strait Services Trade Agreement (STA) remains unapproved in Taiwan.

:    Deputy USTR Robert Holleyman leads delegation to Taipei for Trade and Investment Framework Agreements (TIFA) talks; Taiwan’s resistance to US beef and pork products stalls progress.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-de tells city council that he supports Taiwan independence.

: TAO spokesman says supporting independence will bring calamity.

: The 11th round of negotiations on Cross-Strait Merchandise Trade Agreement (MTA) concludes in Beijing.

: KMT Chairman Eric Chu Li-lun privately urges Hung to withdraw.

: Beijing begins nationwide issuance of new Taibaozheng cards.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) states Beijing has not addressed its concerns about the shift to new Taiwan visitor (Taibaozheng) card.

: Fifth cross-strait banking supervisory meeting held in Taiwan.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Zhang Zhijun meets village/ward officials’ delegation from Taiwan.

: People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy begins three-day live fire exercise in Taiwan Strait.

:   Kuomintang (KMT) candidate Hung Hsiu-chu asserts she will stay in the race and fight for her beliefs.

: KMT candidate Hung announces temporary suspension of campaign activities.

:   General Secretary Xi Jinping receives Lien Chan in Beijing.

: Lien Chan meets Xi Jinping in Beijing.

: Taiwan joins North Pacific Fisheries Commission.

:   ROC government and military, and KMT, discourage members from attending Beijing’s Sept. 3 military parade.

: Technical talks on Merchandise Trade Agreement held in Beijing.

: Eleventh SEF-ARATS meeting held in Fuzhou; double taxation and aviation safety agreements signed.

: TAO spokesman comments further on Shanghai-Taipei forum.

: Yu Zhengsheng meets delegation led by former LY speaker Yao Eng-chi.

: Taipei Mayor Ko attends Taipei-Shanghai Forum in Shanghai.

: Taipei announces it is constructing a lighthouse on Taiping Island.

: TAO Minister Zhang holds consultations in Washington.

: Massive industrial explosion in Tianjin; Taipei offers help.

: James Soong Chu-yu of People’s First Party (PFP) announces candidacy.

: Students end their protest in front of MOE.

: TAO Minister Zhang addresses National Taiwan Studies Society conference.

: In interview with PRC journalists, Mayor Ko expresses respect for “1992 Consensus.”

: Students activists protest at MOE and break into LY.

:   Shanghai Deputy Mayor Weng Tiehui visits Taipei to discuss Shanghai-Taipei Forum with Mayor Ko Wen-je.

:   Former President Lee Teng-hui in Japan, says Diaoyutai belong to Japan.

: Taiwan student activists protesting curriculum changes break into Ministry of Education (MOE).

:   PLA military exercise story involving simulated attack on presidential office building widely covered in Taipei media.

:   US-Taiwan “Monterey talks” are held in Washington DC.

:    KMT Congress formally nominates Hung Hsiu-chu.

:   President Ma transits Los Angeles.

:   President Ma meets President Ortega in Nicaragua.

:   MAC Chair Hsia Li-yan visits Washington for consultations.

: President Ma meets President Martelly in Haiti.

: President Ma visits Dominican Republic.

:   President Ma transits Boston and attends symposium at Harvard.

:   President Ma presides at WWII anniversary military parade.

:   PRC publishes National Security Law with provisions applying to Taiwan.

:   Beijing announces Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) membership open to ADB/WB members.

:   Myanmar opens trade office in Taipei.

:   Yu Zhengsheng announces new card to replace Taiwan Compatriot Certificate (Taibaozheng) that Taiwan people use to travel to mainland.

:   Hung Hsiu-chu passes KMT nomination threshold.

:   President Ma writes Wall Street Journal article proposing South China Sea (SCS) peace initiative.

: Kin Moy takes office as AIT Director in Taipei.

: DPP Chair Tsai holds end of visit press conference in San Francisco.

: Beijing begins issuing new travel cards (Taibaozheng) to Taiwanese visiting Fujian.

: DPP Chair Tsai meets Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

: DPP Chair Tsai meets National Security Council’s Evan Medeiros and gives speech at CSIS.

: DPP Chair Tsai writes “Taiwan Can Build on U.S. Ties” in Wall Street Journal.

: US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin visits Taipei.

: China and South Korea sign free trade agreement (FTA).

:   Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chair Tsai Ing-wen begins 12-day, five-city visit to US.

:   TAO Deputy Chen Yuanfeng visits Washington DC.

:   Republic of China (ROC) Chief of General Staff Yen De-fa attends change of command ceremony at Pacific Command in Hawaii.

:   President Ma Ying-jeou proposes South China Sea Peace Initiative.

:   SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane visits Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Tianjin.

:   Taipei Forum holds conference on cross-strait relations.

:   Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chair Hsia Li-yan and Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Zhang Zhijun meet in Kinmen.

:   Taipei Health Minister Chiang Been-huang attends World Health Assembly.

:   President Ma Ying-jeou explains views on 1992 Consensus at Taipei conference.

:   Taipei orders Alibaba to end business in Taiwan within six months.

:   American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Ray Burghardt visits Taipei.

:   People’s Republic of China (PRC) State Council publishes document to preserve preferential tax provisions for Taiwan invested enterprises.

:   Legislative Yuan (LY) adopts bill to implement UN Convention against Corruption.

: KMT Chairman Chu and CPP General Secretary Xi Jinping meet in Beijing.

: KMT Chairman Chu and CPP General Secretary Xi meet in Beijing.

:   Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu Li-lun attends KMT-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Forum in Shanghai.

:   KMT Chairman Chu attends KMT-CCP Forum in Shanghai.

: President Ma reviews cross-strait relations in talk at the MAC.

: KMT Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin leads KMT delegation to ceremony in Nanjing commemorating 10th anniversary of CPC-KMT meetings.

: Yu Zhengsheng attends meeting in Nanjing with Taiwan investors.

: Premier Li Keqiang reassures Taiwan investors that preferential policies will not change.

: TAO Deputy Minister Li Yafei meets MAC Chairman Hsia in Taipei.

: China Securities Regulatory Commission says it is studying Shanghai-Taipei stock trading link.

: Taiwan Defense Ministry says it will conduct air patrols over South China Sea.

: Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), chairman of the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific introduces bill for strategy to achieve observer status for Taiwan in INTERPOL.

:   DPP nominates Tsai Ing-wen as the party’s candidate for president.

: TAO states that Taipei will not be a founding member of AIIB.

:   TAO spokesman responds to DPP statement by reiterating basis for relations.

: President Ma says ROC won’t give up disputed territory in South China Sea.

:   DPP CAC issues statement on maintaining cross-strait status quo.

:   SEF board delegation visits China.

: TAO says Taiwan welcome to join AIIB under appropriate  name.

: Two US F-18s make an emergency landing at Tainan Air Force Base.

: Tenth round of talks on Merchandise Trade Agreement (MTA) held in Beijing.

: Taipei submits letter of intent to join AIIB.

: DPP criticizes inadequate consultation concerning AIIB.

:   Mayor Ko has interview with PRC media.

: PLA Air Force conducts drill over waters between Taiwan and Philippines.

:   Flights begin along air route M503 without incident.

:   Xi Jinping has photo op with Taiwan delegation at Boao Forum.

: Foreign Minister Wang Yi says Beijing willing to discuss AIIB with Taiwan.

: President Ma says Taiwan should participate in AIIB.

:   President Ma Ying-jeou attends family wake for Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore.

:   DPP Chair Tsai reiterates commitment to maintain peace but says DPP’s views on 1992 consensus have been stated repeatedly.

:   Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford says Taiwan open to joining Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

: Congressman Ed Royce leads a large delegation on 3-day Taiwan visit.

: TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun pens op-ed in People’s Daily on rule by law, marking 10-year anniversary of PRC Anti-Secession Law.

: Andrew Hsia tells Legislative Yuan (LY) that no cross-strait political talks are planned, citing a lack of consensus in Taiwan and lack of mutual trust across the strait.

: Premier Li Keqiang gives work report at National People’s Conference; confident in “peaceful growth of cross-strait relations.”

: Xi Jinping meets delegates to Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

: MAC and Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) announce Beijing has agreed to delay M503 air route and suspend others.

:   KMT Chairman Eric Chu decides not to pursue case against Wang Jin-pyng.

: Andrew Hsia Li-yan sworn in as MAC Minister.

:   MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi resigns taking responsibility for Chang case.

:   President Ma receives American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Managing Director Joe Donovan.

: Taipei prosecutors drop treason case against former MAC Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao.

:   King Pu-tsung resigns; Kao Hua-chu named as new National Security Council Secretary General.

: TransAsia flight crashes in Taipei with 31 mainland passengers; Chinese officials and experts participate in investigation, along with others.

:   Xinhua editorial says Mayor Ko creates obstacles.

: Kao Kuang-chi is sworn in as Taiwan’s defense minister, calls for vigilance over Chinese espionage.

: Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) meets in Taipei.

: Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je promotes expanded Taipei-Shanghai Forum.

: TAO invites Taipei to consult on M503 air route.

: Politburo Standing Committee member Yu Zhengsheng addresses annual Taiwan Work Conference.

:   Taiwan resumes upgrade of port on Taiping Island (Itu Aba) in the Spratlys.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) announces that TAO Minister Zhang will not visit Kinmen in February.

: DPP China Affairs Committee (CAC) urges DPP mayors to establish “cross-strait exchange taskforces.”

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Zhang Zhijun calls 2015 a year of stability, development and benefits for people.

: Eric Chu Li-lun is elected chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT).

: Legislative Yuan (LY) adopts cross-party resolution concerning M503 air   route.

: US State Department spokesman encourages China to consult Taipei on air route.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chair Tsai Ing-wen says M503 air route will seriously impact Taiwan’s security.

: Beijing announces new M503 and other air routes through Taiwan Strait.  Taipei says such unilateral acts are unacceptable.

: Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) concludes in Beijing; eight of 12 participants are ROC allies.

: Beijing protests flag raising event at Twin Oaks; State Department spokesman says it was not consistent with US policy.

: Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) Representative Lyushun Shen stages a Republic of China (ROC) flag raising ceremony at Twin Oaks.

: Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je says 1992 consensus is out-of-date.

:   Wang Yu-chi tells Legislative Yuan (LY) that government must better communicate its cross-strait policies to Taiwan’s people.

:   New Taipei Mayor Chu Li-lun files candidacy in KMT chairman election.

: President Obama signs bill offering four Perry-class frigates to Taiwan.

:   Board of Foreign Trade (BOFT) Director-General Yang Jen-ni visits Beijing for merchandise trade agreement (MTA) technical talks.

:   Cross-strait Entrepreneurs (CEO) Summit meets in Taipei.

:   Taoyuan-Chongqing municipal forum planned for February is cancelled.

:   ARATS Chairman Chen Deming starts eight-day visit to Taiwan.

:   Global Times reports retired PLA general saying mainland will not abandon possibility of using force to resolve Taiwan issue.

:   State Department comments on Taiwan elections and encourages continued constructive cross-strait relations.

:   Ma Ying-jeou resigns as KMT chairman.

:   TAO spokesman expresses hopes for continued peaceful development of cross-strait relations on the basis of the 1992 consensus.

:   Premier Jiang Yi-huah and Cabinet resign.

: KMT suffers unexpectedly large defeat in local elections.

: General Secretary Xi addresses Central Foreign Policy Work Conference.

: Taipei mayor candidate Ko Wen-je denies 1992 consensus.

: TAO Minister Zhang and MAC Minister Wang meet in Beijing.

:   General Secretary Xi meets Taipei envoy Vincent Siew in Beijing.

:   Beijing and Seoul announce completion of negotiation of Free Trade Agreement.

:   Taiwan Economics Affairs Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun meets Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng at APEC.

: Taipei opens marine research center on Pratas Reef.

: Taiwan’s Minister of National Defense Yen Ming and other officials tour Taiping Island (Itu Aba).

: President Xi Jinping visits Pingtan Comprehensive Experimental Zone.

:   People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Deputy Governor Pan Gongsheng attends financial seminar in Taipei.

: Global Times accuses Taiwan of recruiting Chinese students as spies.

: ARATS Deputy Zheng Lizhong starts one-week Taiwan visit.

: Reversing previous reluctance, MAC says in a press conference that Dalai Lama would be welcome to visit Taiwan when conditions are right.

: US-Taiwan Defense Review Talks held in Washington.

:   In address “Proud of our Democracy,” President Ma supports Hong Kong’s desire for democratic elections.

: Legislative Yuan (LY) unanimously adopts resolution calling on Hong Kong to stop violent crackdown.

:   President Ma says Beijing’s handling of Hong Kong developments could             harm cross-strait relations.

: President Ma says Taiwan does not accept “one country,    two systems.”

: Taiwan High Court upholds district court ruling that Kuomintang (KMT) acted illegally in revoking Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s membership.

: General Secretary Xi Jinping receives Yok Mu-ming’s unification delegation; reiterates “one country, two systems” policy.

: President Ma receives American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Raymund Burghardt in Taipei.

:  New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming leads unification delegation to Beijing.

:  Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) Deputy Zheng Lizhong begins week-long visit to Taiwan.

: Hong Kong students launch class boycott for democracy.

: Cross-Strait Merchandise Trade Agreement (MTA) talks conclude in Yilan.

: TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun addresses overseas Chinese in San Francisco.

: Finance officials discuss long-stalled tax agreement in Shanghai.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Zhang Zhijun visits Washington.

: President Ma expresses support for universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

: President Ma Ying-jeou opens exhibit in Taipei on “Southern Territories of the Republic of China.”

: National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee decides all nominations for the position of Hong Kong chief executive must come through the nominating committee for the elections in 2017.

: TheMAC expresses regret over NPC decision.

: SEF President Lin Join-sane meets ARATS Chairman Chen Deming in China.

: Taiwan Ministry of National Defense (MND) releases its annual report on the Chinese military.

: PRC surveillance aircraft intrude into Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) four times; PRC Ministry of Defense (MOD) later says flights were routine.

: ARATS Deputy Gong Qingkai arrives in Taiwan for a visit.

: TAO spokesman decries unfounded speculation about Chang case.

: Sunflower Movement student leaders hold press conference in Washington and urge US to change its one China policy.

: PRC ambassador to Malaysia publicly opposes Malaysia entering into a free trade agreement (FTA) with Taipei.

: MAC Deputy Chang Hsien-yao’s resignation is announced.

:   SecondLY special session adjourns without reviewing oversight bill or STA.

:   Cross-strait search-and-rescue exercise is held near Matsu and Mawei.

:   Rep. Buck McKeon visits Taipei and meets President Ma. He supports arms sales and is denied meetings with PRC senior officials the following week.

:    East China Sea Peace Forum is held in Taipei.

:   Sixth CSECC meeting is held in Beijing.

: TAO spokesman reacts strongly to DPP Congress.

: DPP Annual Congress is held.

:   Preparatory meeting for 6th Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) meeting is held.

: TAO reiterates that opposition to Taiwan independence will never change

:    Tsai Ing-wen is interviewed by Commonwealth Magazine; says China will adjust to DPP policy.

:    LY special session ends without consideration of oversight bill or STA.

:    President Ma visits El Salvador; meets US Secretary of State John Kerry.

: Beijing’s Tourism Exchange Association opens its Kaohsiung office.

:    President Ma attends inauguration of Panama President Juan CarlosVarela.

:    Mass pro-democracy demonstration is held in Hong Kong.

: Zhang Zhijun’s post-visit press conference.

: Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin meets Yu Zhengsheng in Beijing.

: TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun visits Taiwan. During the visit he meets MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi, New Taipei Mayor Chu Li-lun, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu, and Taichung Mayor Jason Hu.

: DPP’s Chao Tien-lin announces party policy on TAO Minister Zhang visit.

: Occupy Central informal referendum on democracy in Hong Kong.

: Japan MOFA spokesman welcomes Taiwan’s interest in joining TPP.

: Yu Zhengsheng meets retired generals from Taiwan in Beijing for Whampoa Anniversary.

: Sao Tome-Principe presidential aide visits Taipei.

: US Trade Representative Michael Froman lists Taiwan as a consultative partner to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

: Yu Zhengsheng addresses Sixth Cross-Strait Economic and Culture Forum in Fujian.

: Taiwan Affairs Organization (TAO) and MAC announce a return visit by TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun.

: ARATS Deputy Director Sun Yafu meets Taiwan independence advocate Koo Kuan-min at Taiwan Brain Trust.

: Beijing issues a White Paper on One Country Two Systems in Hong Kong.

:  People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Deputy Governer Liu Shiyu visits Taipei for talks on a currency swap agreement.

:   President Manuel Pinto da Costa of Sao Tome-Principe, a Republic of China (ROC) ally, visits China.

:   Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te visits Shanghai.

:   President Ma Ying-jeo urges the mainland to pursue political reforms, democracy, and rule of law.

: Shih Ming-de and Su Chi release “Greater One China Framework” proposal.

: Former Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chairman Chen Yunlin leads a delegation of artists to Taiwan.

: Tsai Ing-wen elected DPP chairperson.

: Minister of Health and Welfare Chiu Wen-Ta meets Beijing’s Health Vice Minister Wang Yumin at WHA.

: Taiwan Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta attends World Health Assembly.

:   Tsai Ing-wen comments on her policy, stresses quality over quantity.

:  Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Minister Chang Chia-juch meets Ministry of Commerce (MOC) Minister Gao Hucheng at an APEC meeting in Qingdao.

:   Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reiterate that they will not cooperate with China on the South China Sea (SCS).

:   Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) blocks Legislative Yuan (LY) Plenary consideration of oversight bill.

: Anti-China riots in Vietnam damage Taiwanese factories.

:   People First Party (PFP) Chairman Soong Chu-yu visits China and meets General Secretary Xi Jinping in Beijing.

: Premier Jiang says there is no deadline for passage of CSSTA.

: Japan breaks ground for radar site on Yonaguni Island.

: President Ma offers to debate DPP’s Tsai on CSSTA; Tsai declines.

: TAO spokesperson reiterates there no precedent for renegotiation of the CSSTA.

: Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that Taiwan has been invited to observe World Health Assembly for sixth time.

: US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy meets President Ma; Beijing protests visit.

: DPP obstructs LY committee hearing on oversight bill.

: TAO spokesman denies report that Beijing is willing to renegotiate CSSTA.

:   Students leave LY peacefully.

: Vincent Siew meets Premier Li Keqiang at Boao Forum.

:   ROC Marines conduct exercise on Taiping Island.

: US House of Representatives adopts HR3470 reaffirming Taiwan Relations Act and authorizing sale of frigates to Taiwan.

: Speaker Wang visits students in LY, says LY will pass oversight bill before taking up CSSTA.

: EY releases draft of cross-strait agreements oversight bill.

:   DPP again obstructs resumed committee review of CSSTA.

: Jiangsu and Fujian delegations postpone Taiwan visits.

:  TAO Minister receives Su Chi delegation, expresses concern about CSSTA.

: Students organize mass rally in front of presidential office.

:   Premier Jiang says CSSTA should be returned to committee for review.

: King Pu-tsung becomes secretary-general of ROC National Security Council.

:   TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun postpones planned visit to Taiwan.

: Students occupy Executive Yuan (EY) led by “Black Island Nation Youth Front;” police             evict students.

: Premier Jiang Yi-huah meets with students outside LY.

: Taipei District Court rules Speaker Wang should retain KMT membership.

: Sunflower movement students occupy the LY.

: Facing obstruction, Kuomintang (KMT) convener sends the CSSTA to LY plenary.

: LY Committee hearings on the Cross-Strait Services Trade Agreement (CSSTA) begin with no progress made.

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chair Chen Deming says a third venue would be best for a Xi-Ma meeting.

: Tenth SEF-ARATS Meeting is held in Taipei.

:   President Ma calls for a maritime code of conduct in the East China Sea.

:   SEF-ARATS meeting reviews implementation of agreements.

:   Lien Chan meets General Secretary Xi Jinping in Beijing.

:   Taiwan stages drill in area of the East China Sea where Taiwan’s and China’s air defense identification zones overlap.

:   MAC Chairman Wang and TAO Director Zhang meet in Shanghai.

:   MAC Chairman Wang and TAO Director Zhang meet in Nanjing.

: Taiwan Education Ministry publishes new guidelines for senior high history texts; DPP decries “de-Taiwanization.”

: MAC Chairman Wang holds a press conference about trip to Nanjing; TAO announces the visit.

:   Third round of Japan-Taiwan fisheries talks are held and reach agreement allowing fishing boats from both sides to operate in overlapping waters in the East China Sea.

: Control Yuan report chastises government use of “Taiwan” over “ROC.”

: Bank of China’s Taipei branch begins providing yuan cash to banks.

: DPP’s Chen Ming-tung meets TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun.

: DPP’s Lin Chuan leads a delegation to the mainland.

: TAO calls for Beijing-Taipei to uphold China’s sovereignty over Diaoyoutai.

: LY adopts resolution limiting MAC Chair Wang on his visit to the mainland.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman criticizes DPP report.

:   Mainland Afffairs Council (MAC) Chairman Wang Yu-chi briefs Legislative Yuan (LY) caucus heads on visit. DPP and Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) propose limiting conditions for the visit.

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) announces resignation of Vice Chairman and Secretary General Kao Koong-lian.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) releases China Affairs Committee (CAC) summary report.

: Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Minister Chang Chia-Juch says Taipei prioritizes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

:   DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang says STA renegotiation is a goal for 2014.

:   LY approves Taipei-Singapore ASTEP.

:   DPP holds final discussion meeting of China Affairs Committee.

: TAO Minister Zhang confirms planning for MAC Chairman Wang’s visit.

: Speaker Wang announces STA will not be approved at current LY session.

:   SEF President Lin visits Hong Kong for a conference.

:   President Ma calls for the creation of task forces on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) participation.

:   President Ma says ADIZ announcement not helpful to cross-strait relations.

:   MAC conveys ADIZ protest to TAO.

: ARATS Chairman Chen says goods and disputes agreements being negotiated despite STA delay.

: ROC Executive Yuan expresses “serious concern” over ADIZ.

: People’s Liberation Army Aircraft Carrier Liaoning transits Taiwan Strait.

: SEF President Lin Join-sane says six agreements are being prepared for 10th SEF-ARATS meeting.

: Taiwan Fisheries Agency director calls for cross-strait fisheries agreement.

: ARATS Chairman Chen Deming arrives for a visit to Taiwan.

: DPP statement denounces China ADIZ announcement.

: ROC Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford says consensus reached on tax agreement.

: PRC Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang arrives in Taiwan for a conference.

: China’s Ministry of National Defense announces the establishment of its East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

: President Ma reiterates the time is not ripe for cross-strait political talks.

: President Ma terminates relations and projects with Gambia.

: PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicates priority will be on cross-strait relations not relations with Gambia.

: CCP Conference on Theory and Thought on Peaceful Development of Cross-strait Relations held in Beijing.

: DPP’s China Affairs Committee meeting is held.

: The Gambia announces severance of diplomatic ties with Taipei.

: Deserts Chang’s planned Beijing concert is cancelled.

: CCP Third Plenum concludes; new State Security Committee is announced.

:   KMT 19th Party Congress occasions an exchange of messages between the CCP and the KMT.

: Singapore and Taiwan sign Agreement on Economic Partnership (ASTEP).

: Vincent Siew leads 300 executives to Entrepreneurs Summit in Nanning.

:   ROC Legislative Yuan (LY) approves New Zealand-Taiwan Economic Cooperation Agreement.

: Ninth KMT-CCP Forum is held in Nanning.

: ARATS Chairman Chen urges early passage of Service Trade Agreement (STA).

:   MAC Chairman Wang says exchange of MAC-TAO visits needs study.

: First Cross-strait Peace Forum opens in Shanghai.

: Taipei releases its National Defense Report.

:    Xi Jinping meets Vincent Siew at APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Bali.

: MAC Chairman Wang Yu-chi and TAO Minster Zhang Zhijun meet in Bali.

:    ROC Central Bank Chairman Perng Fai-nan says Taiwan has added Chinese yuan to its foreign currency reserves.

: US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference is held in Annapolis, Maryland.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Huashan Meeting agrees to seek domestic “constitutional consensus.”

: Taiwan takes delivery of first of 12 P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft.

: Republic of China (ROC) Civil Aviation Agency Director General Jean Shen participates in ICAO Assembly as guest.

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chairman Chen Deming says ARATS/SEF offices will not be diplomatic or governmental.

: ICAO Council invites Chinese Taipei to participate in Assembly as a guest.

: Taipei court grants LY Speaker Wang a temporary injunction on KMT’s revocation of party membership.

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Lin Join-sane meets Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo Standing Committee Member Yu Zhengsheng.

: Kuomintang (KMT) Discipline Committee revokes Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s party membership, accusing him of influence peddling.

: Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Vanessa Shih says observer status is not the only Taiwan goal at ICAO.

: Asia-Pacific Cities Summit opens in Kaohsiung with several mayors from Chinese cities attending.

: President Ma Ying-jeou reiterates that Taipei seeks to attend International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as an observer.

:   Taipei Trade Center opens in Guangzhou.

: Taipei hosts UN Framework Convention on Climate Change NGO forum.

: Beijing holds inaugural meeting of Cross-strait Exchanges Foundation.

: Beijing MFA says APEC participation must follow APEC’s MOU.

: President Ma says conditions are not ripe to attend APEC Leaders Meeting.

: Deputy Minister of Industry and Information Technology Liu Lihua leads delegation to Taiwan.

: Fourth meeting on office exchange concludes in Jinan, Shandong.

: US State spokesman reiterates no change in US arms sales policy.

: President Ma visits Caribbean nations.

: President Ma visits Paraquay.

: TAO’s Zhang meets media delegation led by ARATS Lin Join-sane.

: President Ma visits Haiti.

: President Ma transits New York.

: TAO spokesman reiterates policy toward DPP.

:   ARATS Chairman Chen Deming comments on STA delay.

:   Taipei and Manila release shooting incident investigation reports.

:   President Ma addresses East China Sea Peace Forum.

:   LY parties agrees to 16 industry hearings on STA

: Cross-strait Entrepreneurs Summit is held in Taipei.

: Second Zhongshan Conference in Guangdong focuses on Sun Yat-sen.

: President Ma re-elected KMT chairman: Xi Jinping and Ma exchange messages.

: Beijing accuses US of interfering in China’s internal affairs over ICAO.

: SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane visits Shandong province.

: President Obama signs Taiwan in ICAO Act.

: First Cross-strait Entrepreneurs Summit is held in Beijing.

: Second meeting of the DPP’s China Affairs Committee is held.

: New Zealand and Taiwan sign economic cooperation agreement (ANZTEC).

:    SEF President Lin Join-sane leads education delegation to China.

: Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai win women’s doubles at Wimbledon.

: First DPP “Huashan Conference” on China focuses on DPP’s democratic values.

: Taiwan joins WTO Services Trade negotiations.

: Frank Hsieh meets TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun in Shenzhen.

: Frank Hsieh cohosts cross-strait conference in Hong Kong with Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

: Wang Yu-chi says MAC supports more DPP exchanges with China.

: LY agrees to review STA article by article.

: Human rights activist Chen Guangcheng arrives in Taipei.

: Ninth ARATS-SEF meeting held in Shanghai; STA signed.

: Opposition parties occupy LY podium protesting STA.

:   Track II “Beijing Talks,” including DPP officials, are held in Beijing.

: Opposition parties block LY consideration of office exchange bill.

: US Senate passes Taiwan in ICAO Act.

: US House of Representatives unanimously passes Taiwan in ICAO Act.

:   Chairman Yu Zhengsheng addresses fifth Cross-strait Forum.

: Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chair Wu Poh-hsiung meets General Secretary Xi Jinping.

:   Maldives invalidates Kaohsiung-Male sister city agreement.

:   On Tiananmen anniversary, President Ma urges greater human rights in China.

:   Taiwan opens permanent World Trade Organization office building in Geneva.

: DPP Chair Su Tseng-chang says the party’s policy is based on the 1999 Resolution on Taiwan’s Future.

:   MAC gives briefing on Service Trade Agreement (STA).

: Chairman Yu Zhengsheng meets bipartisan delegation of former Legislative Yuan (LY) members led by Yao Eng-chi.

:   Third meeting of National Taiwan Invested Enterprise (TIE) Association is held in Beijing.

: TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun says the mainland can never accept the Republic of China (ROC).

:   Taiwan Health Minister Chiu Hung-ta attends World Health Assembly in Geneva.

: Taiwan announces completion of trade negotiations with Singapore (ASTEP).

: Taiwan Coast Guard and Navy conduct patrol exercise in Bashi Channel.

: MAC Chair Wang hopes Beijing will not complicate Philippine incident.

:   Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) & Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) report progress on office exchange talks.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) says Manila’s “one China” policy is “completely irrelevant” to Philippines shooting incident.

: Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference’s (CPPCC) National Committee Yu Zhengsheng meets Hsu Li-nung delegation.

: New Party Chair Hsu Li-nung leads a delegation of retired generals to Beijing.

: DPP’s CAC holds its first meeting.

:   Philippine Coast Guard personnel kill Taiwan fisherman.

: First meeting of Taiwan-Japan Fishing Commission takes place; President Ma Ying-jeou calls for fishery talks with China.

: Former Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Director Chen Yunlin begins an eight-day visit to Taiwan.

: DPP announces initial membership of China Affairs Committee.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) names the members of China Affairs Committee (CAC).

: President Ma speaks at the ceremony marking 20th anniversary of the first SEF-ARATS talks.

: Chen Deming appointed ARATS president at the ceremony marking 20th anniversary of the ARATS-SEF talks.

: Taipei reports first case of H7N9 outside mainland.

: Beijing delivers an H7N9 virus sample to Taipei.

: Live-fire drill included in annual Han Kuang exercise for first time since 2008, citing public opinion.

: Two Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) bomb suspects repatriated from China.

: China’s Defense White Paper released.

: DPP’s Hsu Hsin-liang’s Weibo site block by China.

: Next Media signs a deal to sell TV assets to ERA Communications.

: DPP Chair Su Tseng-chang warns of China’s increasing soft power in Taiwan.

: Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) bomb incident.

: Japan Taiwan Fisheries Agreement signed.

: DPP’s Frank Hsieh visits Washington.

: TAO spokesman says China to share H7N9 virus strain with Taiwan.

: DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang visits Singapore.

: Xi Jinping meets Vincent Siew at Boao Forum.

: Two Taiwan health experts visit Shanghai regarding the H7N9 virus.

: Executive Yuan (EY) announces Free Economic Pilot Zones (FEPZ) proposal.

: Next Media sale falls through at deadline.

: TAO spokesman hopes peace forum will be held to discuss political issues.

: China reports two H7N9 bird flu deaths; China notifies Taiwan under Medical and Health Cooperation Agreement.

: Premier Jiang states China is obstructing Singapore economic agreement.

: TAO sponsors 11th Cross-strait Relations Symposium in Pingtan, Fujian.

: MAC states that office exchange is on agenda for next SEF–ARATS agenda.

: Taiwan participants are forced to withdraw from 3rd Jakarta International Defense Dialogue.

: President Ma attends Pope Francis’s Investiture Mass.

: DPP’s Tsai Ing-wen visits Indonesia.

: Zhang Zhijun is appointed TAO minister; Wang Yi becomes foreign minister.

: Bills supporting Taiwan International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) participation submitted to the US Congress.

: Second Taiwan-Japan Fisheries preparatory talks are held.

: Ministry of National Defense of Republic of China Vice Minister Yang explains confidence-building measures policy at the LY.

: Taipei increases the number of recognized mainland university degrees.

: Taiwan’s Quadrennial Defense Review is submitted to Legislative Yuan (LY).

: Yu Zhengsheng becomes chairman of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

: PRC protests Japan treatment of Taiwan at Tsunami anniversary.

: US-Taiwan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) talks are concluded “successfully.”

: TAO Minister Wang Yi reiterates think tanks should address political issues.

: ARATS Deputy Wang Zaixi leads media delegation to Taiwan.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) says political talks not a priority for Taiwan.

: Lien Chan meets Xi Jinping in Beijing.

: Taipei authorizes customs declarations denominated in RMB.

: Taiwan’s National Communications Commission rejects Want Want purchase of China Network services.

: PRC blocks DPP Frank Hsieh’s new Weibo site.

: Yu Zhengsheng addresses annual Taiwan Affairs Work Conference.

: President Ma explains that Taiwan has no plans to cooperate with PRC policy on Diaoyutai Islands.

: Taiwan banks begin offering RMB services.

: TAO criticizes Su Tseng-chang’s comments made in Tokyo as lacking sense of nationalism.

: DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang visits Japan.

: The US and Taiwan sign Privileges & Immunity Agreement.

: Investment protection agreement comes into force.

: Taiwan’s Premier Sean Chen resigns and is replaced by Jiang Yi-huah.

: Retired generals attend cross-strait meeting in Hong Kong.

: China’s trade association China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) office opens in Taipei; Minister of Commerce (MOC) Vice Minister Jiang Yaoping is in Taipei for the opening.

: President Ma meets American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Raymund Burghardt.

: TAO Deputy Director Ye Kedong leads a delegation to Taiwan.

: TAO states defending sovereignty of Diaoyu Islands is a common responsibility.

: Cross-strait securities and futures talks are held in Taipei.

: Congressman Ed Royce leads a large delegation to Taiwan.

: Congresswoman Ileana Ros-lethinen introduces Taiwan Policy Act of 2013.

: People’s Bank of China (PBOC) authorizes Bank of China’s (BOC) Taipei branch to handle currency clearance.

: Activists seek to place Matsu figure on Senkaku/Diaoyutai Islands, escorted by Taiwan Coast Guard.

: Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Hsu Tian-tsair meets scholars and businessmen in Beijing.

: SEF President Lin Join-sane reiterates no need for cultural agreement.

:   Tamsui-Fuzhou fiber cable starts operation.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman says Beijing wants to start office exchange talks soon.

: President Ma says Taiwan must maintain strong defense despite political détente.

: President Ma calls for expanded recognition of degrees granted by educational institutions from the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chair Chen Yunlin calls for early talks on exchange of ARATS/SEF (Straits Exchange Foundation) offices.

: Delegation of retired ambassadors from Taiwan holds talks in Beijing.

: President Ma Ying-jeou and General Secretary Xi JinPing’s both deliver New Year’s speeches outlining their views on the challenges in the coming year.

: Taiwan Bureau of Energy informs legislature that Taiwan will begin undersea oil exploration near Taiping Island in the Spratlys in 2013.

:   President Ma says ROC citizens joining Chinese People’s Consultative Conference Chapters is “not appropriate.”

:   Taiwan Foreign Minister David Lin says that dual recognition by Honduras of the ROC and PRC is not acceptable.

:   Director of Taiwan’s intelligence service criticizes Sun Yafu’s “pro-unification” remarks in Taiwan.

:   SEF sends complaint over Chinese passports to ARATS.

:   President of Honduras says his country will open trade office in China with a view toward establishing diplomatic relations with the PRC

: Taiwan External Trade Development (TAITRA) office opens in Shanghai.

:   Su Chi, former secretary general of the National Security Council under President Ma says two sides of the strait should undertake political dialogues to build trust.

:   China submits documents to United Nations explaining its claims to the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands and areas in the East China Sea.

: Fourth Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) meeting is held in Guangzhou.

: Being designates Taipei branch of Bank of China as settlement bank.

: Taipei Forum delegation visit to Shanghai and Beijing.

: Chinese Integration Association’s Taipei Conference, attended by Sun Yafu.

:   US announces the release of a $289 million Raytheon contract for Taiwan radars.

:   President Ma says Taipei is working on an East China Sea code of conduct.

: Wang Yu-chi says mainland must be more specific about contents of a cross-strait peace agreement before Taiwan can consider it.

: Taiwan-Japan preparatory fisheries talks are held in Japan.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) issues statement calling PRC passports “unacceptable” and a threat to mutual trust.

: Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs says now not an appropriate time for Dalai Lama to visit Taiwan.

: DPP establishes China Affairs Committee with Su Tseng-chang as convener.

: New PRC passport with images of Taiwan tourism sites and maps with disputed territories comes to light in Financial Times report.

: Taiwan Tourism Association opens its second office in Shanghai.

: Chairman Ma sends a congratulatory message to Xi Jinping.

: TAO’s Wang Yi and Chen Yuanfeng elected to CCP Central Committee.

: PRC Commerce Minister Chen Deming urges Taiwan to give China most favored nation treatment.

:   General Secretary Hu Jintao delivers Work Report to 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress.

:   President Ma says he would visit mainland “as the president of Taiwan if our Chinese counterpart respects that fact.” Wang Yi describes such a visit as “difficult.”

: Taiwan’s Defense Ministry confirms that three former military officers were arrested for selling classified information to China.

: Frank Hsieh says independence can’t be basis of DPP’s appeal to voters.

: SEF Chair Lin Join-sane meets Jia Qinglin.

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Lin Join-sane on an initial visit to mainland China travels to Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Kunshan.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi publishes article in Qiushi on ten-year accomplishments.

: Executive Yuan proposes legislation allowing People’s Republic of China (PRC) students in Taiwan for more than half of a year to qualify for National Health Insurance.

: President Ma reiterates desire for progress under 1992 consensus.

: Frank Hsieh meets State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Chen Yunlin. Su Tseng-chang says Hsieh’s trip was personal.

: Frank Hsieh meets TAO Minister Wang Yi.

: DPP’s Frank Hsieh gives lecture at Xiamen University.

: Taiwan Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Cho Shih-chao notes plans to reach cross-strait services trade agreement by year end.

: Taiwan Vice Defense Minister Andrew Yang meets US Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at Pentagon.

: Lockheed Martin announces $1.85 billion contract to upgrade Taiwan F-16s.

: US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference held in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

: President Ma receives fishermen protesting Japanese actions in Diaoyutais.

: President Ma reiterates desire for peaceful resolution.

: 78 fishing boats with 12 Taiwan Coast Guard cutter escorts arrive in the Diaoyutai area; exchange shots from water cannon with Japan Coast Guard ships.

: Taiwan becomes a full member of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO).

: Lien Chan meets Jia Qinglin in Nanjing.

: Bank of Taiwan named cross-strait currency clearance bank.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman says that China and Taiwan share the claim to the Diaoyus and should unite in face of aggression.

: ARATS President Chen Yunlin leads 60-member cultural delegation to Taiwan.

: Taipei and Beijing protest Japan’s decision to buy the Senkakus.

: Secretary Clinton meets Lien Chan at APEC.

: President Ma makes visit to Pengjia Islet with several Cabinet members.

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Vice President Wang Zaixi says Beijing is glad to hear of President Ma’s visit to Pengjia and that the two sides should work together to protect sovereignty.

: Lien Chan meets Hu Jintao at APEC.

: President Ma Ying-jeou says the Coast Guard should patrol Diaoyutais regularly.

: Delegation of retired Taiwan legislators visits Beijing and meets Politburo Standing Committee BSC member Jia Qinglin.

: Taiwan legislators from Kuomintang (KMT) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) visit Taiping Island in Spratlys and observe a live-fire drill.

: Cross-strait Cultural Forum is held in Beijing.

: Republic of China (ROC) Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu visits Pratas Atoll in the South China Sea.

: Cross-strait Currency Settlement Memorandum of Understanding is signed.

: National Security Council Advisor Hu Wei-chen leads a delegation of officials to Taiping Island in the Spratly Islands.

: Third coordinated search and rescue operation is held between Kinmen and

: Cross-strait marriage and family association is inaugurated in Beijing.

: Cross-strait media forum is held in Fuzhou.

: First cross-strait Kinmen-Xiamen fiber optic cable inaugurated.

: Third cross-strait local government forum is held in Chengdu.

: Large Japanese group including Diet members visits the Senkakus.

: Japan arrests Hong Kong activists on one of the Senkaku Islands.

: DPP Legislator Hsia Bi-khim attends conference in Shanghai.

: Taiwan Businessman and Falun Gong practitioner Bruce Chung is released from prison in the mainland.

: Eighth SEF-ARATS meeting held in Taipei; investment and customs agreements are concluded.

: ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin meets MAC Chairwoman Lai Hsin-yuan.

: Annual Cross-strait Tourism Promotion Conference is held in Kaohsiung.

: Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Jiang Yaoping leads large purchasing mission to Taiwan.

: ARATS Vice Chair Zhang Mingchuan visits Taipei to attend the Peace and Prosperity Forum.

: President Ma proposes the East Sea Peace Initiative.

: The eighth KMT-CCP Forum is held in Harbin.

: Jia Qinglin meets Wu Poh-hsiung in Harbin.

: DPP Chair Su announces the re-establishment of China Affairs Department.

: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) invites former DPP SEF chair Hong Chi-chang for a conference in Beijing.

: Chung-hua Institution for Economic Research says Taipei and Manila will undertake parallel private studies on economic agreement.

: Indian economists visit Taipei for study on an economic agreement.

: DPP Party Convention is held in Taipei.

: Talks on increasing cross-strait flights are postponed.

: Tianjin Mayor Huang Xingguo leads a large delegation to Taiwan.

: Taiwan Coast Guard escorts activists to Daioyutai Islands.

: Chinese Integration Association Conference in is held in Taipei.

: Bank of China opens its Taipei branch.

: Taipei denies entry to an ARATS delegation led by Wang Zaixi.

:   Conference on military trust measures is held in Beijing.

: Jia Qinglin addresses peaceful unification conference.

: Taiwan businessman and Falun Gong practitioner Bruce Chung is detained in the mainland.

: A cross-strait forum is held in Fujian.

: Beijing approves a second Taiwan tourism office in Shanghai.

: Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission approves branches for the Bank of China and the Bank of Communications in Taipei.

: DPP Chairman Su says party will have a “China” Department and “China” Commission.

: Joseph Wu is named head of DPP Central Policy Committee.

: Su Tseng-chang wins DPP chairmanship election.

: Taiwan Culture Minster Lung Ying-tai proposes a cross-strait cultural forum.

: Malaysian and Taiwan think tanks agree to study trade agreement prospects.

: Taiwan Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta addresses the World Health Assembly.

: DPP’s David Huang warns against exchange of Straits Exchange Foundation-Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (SEF-ARATS) offices.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Deputy Chair Ye Kedong arrives in Taiwan for 5-day visit.

: President Ma is inaugurated for a second term as president of the Republic of China.

: President Ma speaks at the inauguration of the new SEF building.

: US House of Representatives passes Granger Amendment mandating the sale of 66 F-16s to Taiwan.

: TAO comments on Tsai’s open letter to Ma.

:  Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary John Tsang opens a representative office in Taipei.

: Tsai Ing-wen’s writes an open letter to President Ma Ying-jeou.

: Macau opens an Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei.

: Frank Hsieh calls for a new cross-strait forum with DPP participation.

: Second Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairmanship election debate focuses on cross-strait issues.

: White House sends letter to Sen. John Cornyn regarding his concerns over fighter aircraft for Taiwan.

: CSECC Meets in Tamsui.

: Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) Sub-Committee on Standards meets in Hualien.

:   Guidelines for the reciprocal opening of trade offices is released.

: Frank Hsieh’s book urges dialogue with the Mainland based on the constitution.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi visits Washington for consultations.

: Taipei delegation visits Shanghai for ECFA talks.

: President Ma departs for 12-day trip to visit African diplomatic allies.

: Wu Den-yih meets Li Keqiang at the Boao Forum.

: At Boao Forum TAO Minister Wang Yi talks of deepening political mutual trust.

: Acting DPP Chair Chen Chu uses the term “Mainland China.”

: Fujian Governor Su visits Taiwan to discuss the Pingtan Comprehensive Experimental Zone.

: Wu Poh-hsiung meets Hu Jintao in Beijing.

: DPP Secretary General Lo Chih-cheng states that Taiwan’s official name is the Republic of China (ROC).

: Taipei announces third liberalization of sectors for Mainland investors.

: Premier Chen says the Pingtan Comprehensive Experimental Zone appears to be politically motivated.

: Tenth Cross-strait TAO-sponsored Conference is held in in Yunnan; TAO Minister Wang Yi addresses the group.

: ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin mentions exchanging SEF-ARATS offices.

: Premier Wen Jiabao’s work report opens the National People’s Congress.

:   Chen Chu is named acting chairperson of the DPP and advocates increased contact with the Mainland.

:   TAO Spokesman encourages more visits to the Mainland by DPP grassroots representatives.

: DPP Secretary General Lo Chih-cheng calls for talks without preconditions.

: Tsai Ing-wen advocates greater contact with the Mainland.

:   Beijing Mayor Guo Jinlong visits Taipei.

: China’s Vice President Xi Jinping visits the US.

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Deputy Chairman Zheng Lizhong leads a delegation on a visit to southern Taiwan.

:   President Ma says cross-strait peace can be institutionalized without a formal peace agreement.

:   President Ma receives American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Raymond Burghardt.

: KMT Vice Chairman John Chiang leads a delegation to Washington DC.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Wang Yi publishes an article that sets China’s agenda with Taiwan for 2012.

: Sean Chen is named Taiwan’s premier.

: President Ma reiterates goal of Taiwan joining Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

: Frank Hsieh states that the DPP must frankly address its cross-strait policy.

: President Ma Ying-jeou wins re-election; Kuomintang (KMT) retains legislative majority.

: In her concession statement, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Tsai Ing-wen mentions the need to re-examine DPP’s cross-strait policy.

:   United Microelectronics Corporation Chairman John Hsuan and other entrepreneurs announced their support for the “1992 Consensus.”

:   Lee Teng-hui and Lee Yuan-tseh endorse Tsai Ing-wen for president.

:    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense reports Beijing has tested the Julang-2 Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile.

:    Evergreen Corp. Chairman Chang Yung-fa announces his support for the “1992 Consensus” in the lead-up to Taiwan elections.

:    Taiwan and Israel sign a Civil Air Agreement as part of their efforts to establish closer ties between the two countries.

: AIT says US is neutral on election.

: Taiwan and Hong Kong sign a new Civil Air agreement.

: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) runs ad touting US support for Ma administration.

: Tsai visits Kinmen, claims cross-strait relations will improve if she is elected.

: TAO spokesman says DPP’s polices will set back relations.

: Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) Member He Guoqiang urges Xiamen to do more to help Taiwan.

: American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announces Taiwan’s candidacy for US Visa Waiver program.

: Taipei approves Bank of China and China Construction Bank branches.

: Jia Qinglin speaks at ARATS 20th anniversary celebration.

: US Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Ponemon visits Taiwan.

: US Agency for International Development (AID) Administrator Rajiv Shah visits Taiwan.

: Candidate Soong registers for presidential election.

: Candidate Tsai tells business groups she denies existence of 1992 consensus.

: Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) Chairman Chen Yuh-chang visits Beijing.

: Lee Teng-hui attacks Ma’s peace accord as a step toward unification.

: Lien Chan meets President Obama at the APEC leaders’ dinner.

: Hu Jintao and Lien Chan meet at the APEC forum in Honolulu.

: Japan and Taiwan conclude a new aviation agreement with open skies.

:   Chen Shui-bian criticizes Tsai for not highlighting ethnic issues.

:   Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) holds its second meeting in Hangzhou.

: Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement’s (ECFA) Industrial Cooperation Subcommittee meets and issues joint statement on cross-strait industrial cooperation.

: Taipei and Wellington announce joint trade agreement study.

: Seventh ARATS-SEF meeting is held in Tianjin; the Nuclear Safety Agreement signed.

: Candidate Tsai says Ma’s proposed peace accord is dangerous.

: President Ma’s campaign platform mentions the possibility of a peace agreement.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) announce a delay in the negotiation of the investment protection agreement.

: TAO spokesman criticizes candidate Tsai’s comments on Taiwan and ROC.

: US-China hold talks on Asia; China protests Taiwan arms sales.

: The 100th anniversary of the Republic of China (ROC) is celebrated; President gives the address. Candidate Tsai avoids the celebration in Taipei but attends an event in Tainan.

:    Working-level Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF)-Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) talks on an investment agreement are held in Taiwan.

: Presidential candidate Tsai visits Japan.

: At the DPP’s 25th anniversary rally in Taichung, candidate Tsai asks if President Ma will sell out Taiwan.

: President Ma Ying-jeou welcomes the US arms sale, and reiterates the request for the sale of F-16C/Ds.

: Taiwan and Japan sign a bilateral investment agreement.

: Sen. John Cornyn’s proposed amendment to sell F-16 C/D to Taiwan fails to pass in Senate.

: The Obama administration formally notifies US Congress of the $5.8 billion arms package to Taiwan.

: DPP legislator reveals that World Health Organization (WHO) documents continue to refer to Taiwan as a province of People’s Republic of China (PRC).

: US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference is held in Richmond, VA.

: Democratic Progressive Party Chair Tsai Ing-wen visits Washington; Financial Times story reports US concerns regarding Tsai winning the presidential election.

: Kuomintang (KMT) delegation visits Washington.

: Global Times article warns that the US sale of F-16s to Taiwan would be viewed as damaging to Chinese core interests.

:   Hong Kong Tourism Bureau establishes an office in Taipei.

: Soong Chu-yu launches signature drive for his presidential campaign.

: Beijing publishes 36-volume history of the Republic of China (ROC).

: Taiwan’s Mega Bank is first to get Beijing approval for Yuan transactions.

: President Ma presses Tsai to explain her “Taiwan consensus.”

: TAO spokesman says DPP political platform is unrealistic and unacceptable.

: DPP Chair Tsai Ing-wen unveils Platform for Next Decade.

: Legislator Lin Yu-fang reveals info on Taipei’s counter-strike missile.

: US defense delegation in Taipei for talks on F-16A/B upgrade program.

: Hu Jintao receives Lien Chan in Beijing; expresses hope for investment protection agreement

: China’s first aircraft carrier begins sea trials from Dalian; Hsiungfeng III is displayed at Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition.

: DPP accuses Xinhua of hacking into its campaign e-mails.

: ARATS-SEF preparatory talks on seventh meeting conclude in Shanghai.

: Tsai Ing-wen at first campaign rally focuses on social/economic issues.

: Total of 181 US House of Representative members send a letter to President Barack Obama calling for the sale of F-16s to Taiwan.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi visits Washington.

: US Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen says F-16 decision will be made by Oct. 1.

: Beijing MOD spokesman says exchanges of bands/music groups possible; MND responds Taipei has no plans for military exchanges.

: MAC Chair Lai Shin-yuan opens renamed Taipei representative office in Hong Kong.

: Taiwan MND rules out cooperation with China in South China Sea dispute.

: MND release Taipei’s 2011 Defense White Paper.

: PRC Vice Commerce Minster Jiang Yaoping leads delegation to Taiwan.

: Hu Jintao meets the delegates to cross-strait youth meeting in Beijing.

: Shandong Governor Jiang Daming leads a large delegation to Taiwan.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chair Lai Hsin-yuan visits Washington.

: Fourteen Manila fraud suspects are repatriated to Taiwan by China.

: Taiwan National Security Council (NSC) Secretary General Hu Wei-jen visits Washington.

: Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs-designate Kin Moy visits Taiwan.

: President Ma receives American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Raymond Burghardt; asks for F-16s.

: First individual People’s Republic of China (PRC) tourists visit Taiwan.

: Medical and Health Cooperation Agreement takes effect.

: President Ma chooses Premier Wu Den-yih as his running mate for the 2012 presidential elections.

: Taiwan Ministry of Education (MOE) promulgates requirements for Confucian classics in high schools.

: US House holds a hearing on “Why Taiwan Matters.”

: President Ma orders use of traditional characters in all official documents.

: ARATS Deputy Zheng Lizhong visits Ping-tung county in southern Taiwan.

: Jia Qinglin addresses third cross-strait forum in Xiamen.

: Taiwan Brain Trust seminar advocates a new constitution to save Taiwan.

: President Ma instructs Ministry of National Defense (MND) on “code of Conduct” for retired officers.

: SEF and ARATS conduct first formal review of cross-strait agreements.

: Prosecutor General Huang Shih-ming begins visit to mainland.

: Retired Gen. Hsu Li-ning leads delegation to seminar in Beijng.

: Legislative Yuan (LY) passes legislation needed for Taiwan to be founding member of South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO).

: TAO spokesman praises progress in cross-strait relations under Ma.

: Forty-five senators send a letter to President Obama supporting the sale of F-16s to Taiwan.

: Sichuan Governor Jiang Jufeng leads large delegation to Taiwan.

: Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) says Singapore and Taipei trade talks have begun.

: Chen Bingde says reaction to arms sales would depend on what was sold.

: People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Chief of General Staff Gen. Chen Bingde visits Washington.

: Taiwan Health Minister Chu Wen-ta attends World Health Assembly (WHA) as observer.

: Vice President Vincent Siew attends Paraguay’s 200th anniversary of independence.

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) President Chiang and Association for Relations Across Taiwan Straits (ARATS) President Chen Yunlin meet.

: President Ma protests terminology used by WHO.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman denies Chinese involvement in WHO terminology issue.

: General Secretary Hu Jintao receives Kuomintang’s (KMT) honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung in Beijing.

: DPP’s Kuan Bi-ling’s reveals that World Health Organization (WHO) internal documents refer to Taiwan as a province of China.

: Cross-Strait Economics, Trade and Culture Forum is held in Chengdu.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says Joseph Wu doesn’t speak for party.

: Taiwan Tourism Bureau Director Janice Lai visits Beijing.

: Former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) chairman Joseph Wu discusses China policy issues at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

: Minister of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Minister Shih Yen-shiang states Taipei’s desire to join TPP.

: Tsai wins DPP presidential primary; KMT nominates Ma for re-election.

: Beijing and Taipei bank regulators meet in Taipei.

: Beijing official media carry first photos of new J-15 flying shark fighter.

: Hu Jintao briefly greets Taiwan’s delegation to Boao Forum.

: TAO spokesman comments on DPP policy and says nuclear safety agreement can be discussed.

: TAO official Liu Jianzhong visits Kaohsiung.

: DPP’s Hsu Hsin-liang floats the idea of “One China ala EU.”

: People’s Daily website publishes a story on China’s first aircraft carrier.

: Beijing releases its 2010 Defense White Paper.

: President Ma receives Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

: Press reports that Mainland Chinese delegations are avoiding contact with DPP’s New Frontier Foundation.

: President Ma calls for the sale of F-16C/Ds in meeting with former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.

: Wu Poh-hsiung says KMT will not commemorate ROC’s centennial in China.

: President Ma calls for cross-strait nuclear safety cooperation.

: Former Kaohsiung Magistrate Yang Chiu-hsing visits Beijing.

: Mainland repatriates fugitive Sung Nai-ju, former Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC) chief secretary.

: MAC announces that it is considering a nuclear safety agreement with Mainland China.

: National Security Bureau (NSB) Director General Tsai De-sheng confirms deployment of China’s new DF-16 ballistic missile.

: Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) becomes a member of International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).

: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expresses hope Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will eventually include all of APEC.

: Taipei eases restrictions on Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) investments in PRC.

: Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Chang Hsien-yao questions the adequacy of Taiwan’s defense budget.

: At NPC, Foreign Minster Yang Jiechi reiterates opposition to US arms sales to Taiwan.

: New Delhi and Taipei agree to jointly fund a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) feasibility study.

: Premier Wen Jiabao delivers government Work Report to National People’s Congress (NPC).

: Beijing announces 12.7 percent increase in 2011 the PRC defense budget.

: Taipei announces that Confucian classics will again be required in high school curriculum.

: Premier Wu Den-yih says that Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and ARATS are consulting about opening liaison offices.

: Beijing Public Security officials pledge cooperation on deportee case.

: Beijing agrees to family visits to Manila deportees.

: ARATS President Chen Yunlin visits Kaohsiung.

: Taipei approves an expanded list of sectors open to PRC investment.

: Chair Tsai Ing-wen opens DPP’s New Frontier Foundation think tank.

: First Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) convenes in Taoyuan.

: Candidate Su Tseng-chang proposes a “Taiwan consensus” based on the DPP’s 1999 Resolution on Taiwan’s Future.

: MAC Chair Lai calls for a review of joint crime fighting agreement.

: Gen. Lo Hsien-che is arrested for espionage.

: President Ma says the government will use “Mainland” or “Mainland China” and not “China” when referring to the PRC.

: Taipei protests Manila’s deportation of 14 ROC citizens to China.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Yunlin County Magistrate Su Chih-fen visits China.

: Legislative Yuan (LY) Speaker Wang Jin-pyng raises F-16 sale with US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner.

: President Ma tells visiting American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Ray Burghardt that F-16s are needed to support cross-strait talks.

: During his visit to the US, President Hu Jintao reiterates that Taiwan and Tibet are China’s “core interests.”

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chair Lai Shin-yuan says there is no need for cross-strait cultural agreement.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi says a cross-strait cultural pact should be considered.

: Taipei becomes a member of the Civil Air Navigation and Services Organization (CANSO).

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chairman Chen Yunlin reiterates that the 1992 consensus and opposition to independence are premises for cross-strait relations.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman says that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) needs to address reality of the 1992 consensus.

: Secretary Gates holds a press roundtable in Beijing.

: Defense Minister Liang Guanglie tells US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates that US arms sales to Taiwan would jeopardize US-China military ties.

: Frank Hsieh proposes “respective interpretations of the constitution” as a formulation for characterizing cross-strait relations.

: Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) is established.

: Taiwan Ministry of Education (MOE) says People’s Republic of China (PRC) educational degrees are now recognized by Taiwan.

: Photo of China’s J-20 stealth fighter at Chengdu airbase is published.

: Hu Jintao’s New Year address calls for holding fast to “peaceful development and one country two systems.”

: President Ma Ying-jeou’s New Year message calls for “Building up Taiwan, Invigorating Chinese Heritage.”

: Taipei ceremony launches the Republic of China (ROC) 100th anniversary year.

: President Ma delivers his New Year’s message “Building up Taiwan, Invigorating Chinese Heritage.”

: Taipei ceremony kicks off ROC’s 100th anniversary year celebrations.

: Taipei and Beijing announce additional service sectors to be liberalized under ECFA.

: TAO Spokesman reiterates that the 1992 consensus and opposition to independence are the basis for cross-strait relations.

: DPP Chair Tsai reiterates that DPP cannot accept  the 1992 consensus.

: DPP Spokesman Lin Yu-chang reiterates party’s rejection of the 1992 consensus.

: MAC Chair Lai enunciates preconditions for political talks; TAO Minister Wang Yi says time not ripe for political talks.

: President Ma urges DPP to acknowledge the 1992 consensus.

: The sixth SEF-ARATS Meeting is held in Taipei.

: ARATS President Chen Yunlin calls on MAC Chair Lai Shin-yuan.

: AU Optronics gets ROC approval for flat panel plant investment in China.

: Taipei and Singapore trade offices announce formal negotiations on a trade agreement will begin in 2011.

: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon acknowledges canceling a trade mission to Taiwan.

: People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Deputy Chief of staff Ma Xiaotian visits Washington for talks.

: Chairman Jia Qinglin receives Taiwan delegates to a financial conference in Beijing.

: Lien Chan denies any knowledge of “Confucius Peace Prize.”

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and MOEA announce investment protection agreement will not be signed at sixth SEF-ARATS meeting.

: ARATS Deputy Chairman Zheng Lizhong visits Taipei for consultations.

: President Ma receives American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Ray Burghardt and reiterates the request for the sale of F-16s.

: SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung says the CECC will be formed before sixth SEF-Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) meeting.

: Municipal elections are held in Taiwan.

: US Air Force task force visits Taiwan to consult on F-16A/B upgrades.

: Beijing and Taipei refute press reports that El Salvador President Carlos Funes is discussing diplomatic relations with Beijing.

: President Ma receives former President Bill Clinton in Taipei; Clinton applauds cross-strait progress including ECFA.

: President Hu Jintao meets Lien Chan at the APEC Forum.

: At the Asian Games in Guangzhou, Premier Wen Jiabao receives Kuomintang Honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung.

: At APEC, Lien Chan promotes Taiwan’s interest in joining Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) spokesman says consensus has been reached on establishment of the Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CECC).

: Two Taiwan firms are approved as the first Taiwanese Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (QFII) in China.

: President Ma receives former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo in Taipei.

: Boeing wins the contract to provide spare parts for Taiwan’s Apache helicopters.

: National Police Agency (NPA) Director General Wang Cho-chiun meets Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu in Beijing.

: Beijing and Taipei announce reciprocal opening of five service sectors under the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA).

: Minister Wang Yi of the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) of the State Council visits Washington for consultations.

: Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee meeting concludes; Xi Jinping is promoted to Central Military Commission (CMC) vice chairman.

: Deputy Minister Lin Tsong-ming says the Ministry of Education (MOE) is considering a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on education with China.

: President Ma again appoints Lien Chan as his Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) representative.

: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie meet in Hanoi and discuss US arms sales to Taiwan.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators call for a Chinese missile withdrawal timetable.

: On the Republic of China (ROC) National Day, President Ma Ying-jeou again welcomes indications that Beijing will remove missiles from China’s East Coast.

: Annual US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference is held in Cambridge, MD.

: A business delegation led by Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Minister Shih Yen-shiang returns to Taiwan from Indonesia.

: On the People’s Republic of China (PRC) National Day, Politburo Chairman Jia Qinglin reaffirms the theme of peaceful development.

: US DoD announces resumption of US-China military-to-military exchanges.

: Premier Wu reiterates that the time is not ripe for political talks or confidence-building measures (CBMs).

: Commerce Vice Minister Chen Jian leads delegation to Taiwan.

: Premier Wu Den-yih welcomes Premier Wen’s statement on removal of missiles.

: Taipei approves Bell Operating Company (BOC) and Bank of Communications (BoCom) applications for first PRC banks to open representative offices in Taiwan.

: Premier Wen Jiabao tells Chinese media in New York that missiles targeting Taiwan will eventually be removed.

: ARATS President Chen Yunlin meets SEF Chair Chiang Pin-kung in Kunshan, but no agreements announced.

: Vice Minister of Public Security Chen Zhimin concludes visit to Taiwan.

: Chinese and Taiwan Coast Guard units conduct search and rescue drill.

: Beijing approves applications for four Taiwan banks to open branches.

: Beijing announces approval for joint cross-Strait undersea cables.

: Large Shanxi province delegation arrives in Taiwan.

: ECFA and intellectual property rights agreements come into effect.

: Jia Qinglin attends Taiwan Compatriot Association Forum and speaks of deepening exchanges.

: Jia Qinglin meets Lien Chan in Shanghai, talks of building a consensus for dealing with difficult issues in the future.

: Yangzijiang Shipbuilding becomes first Chinese company to list Taiwan depository receipts (TDRs) on Taiwan Stock Exchange.

: White House officials Lawrence Summers and Thomas Donilon visit Beijing.

: Cross-Strait forum on culture held in Taipei.

: PRC Culture Minister Cai Wu leads large delegation to Taiwan.

: Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs launches public campaign for meaningful participation in International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

: Philippine Deputy Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobel expects trade pact with Taipei within one year.

: Taipei disapproves sale of Nanshan Insurance to a Hong Kong consortium that includes Chinese funding.

: Taipei releases MND’s annual report on PRC military.

: Taiwan and Hong Kong’s quasi-official trade promotion associations hold first joint meeting in Taipei.

: Beijing MFA calls on US to revoke recent commercial arms sales.

: China and Taiwan stage large joint anti-fraud raid.

: US State Department confirms it has notified three commercial arms sales related to Taiwan’s air defense and Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF) radar systems.

: TAO Deputy Chair Zheng Lizhong begins low-key visit to Taiwan.

: DPP Chair Tsai Ing-wen says when the DPP regains power, people will decide the fate of the ECFA.

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung says his goal is to conclude investment protection and medical cooperation agreements by year end.

: Second LY special session ratifies ECFA.

: US Department of Defense (DoD) releases report on military and security developments in People’s Republic of China.

: Guangdong Governor Huang Huahua leads large delegation to Taiwan.

: Referendum Review Committee again rejects Taiwan Solidarity Union’s (TSU) ECFA referendum proposal.

: Cross-Strait civil air talks reach agreement on additional cross-Strait flights.

: Singapore and Taipei announce talks to explore possibility of a World Trade Organization (WTO)-based economic cooperation agreement.

: Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) calls on Taiwan to uphold the common foundation for cross-Strait relations; Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on countries to abide by one-China principle.

: Presidential Office in Taipei welcomes Beijing’s decision not to obstruct Taiwan signing economic cooperation agreements.

: Taipei’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) hosts investment seminar in Beijing.

: Large Hunan provincial delegation ends visit to Taiwan.

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Vice Chairman Zhang Mingqing arrives in Taipei for 9-day visit.

: People’s Republic of China (PRC) Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng says discussions on military mutual trust can begin.

: Taipei Ministry of National Defense (MND) welcomes Geng’s statement; MAC reiterates that economics is still main focus.

: Bank of China (BOC) and Bank of Taiwan (BOT) branches in Hong Kong sign new cross-Strait Renmenbi settlement agreement.

: New Second Artillery Corps base is established in Shaoguan, Guangdong.

: Hu Jintao receives Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung.

: First special Legislative Yuan (LY) Session convenes on ECFA.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) poll shows 61 percent support for ECFA.

: Delegation from Guangxi leaves Taiwan after signing $2.2 billion in deals.

: President Ma Ying-jeou establishes a post- Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) task force on investment climate.

: TSU submits a new ECFA referendum proposal.

: Fifth ARATS-SEF Meeting held in Chongqing where the ECFA and Intellectual Property Rights Agreement are signed.

: DPP holds anti-ECFA rally.

: President Ma calls for an economic strategy for the “post ECFA” era.

: Japan announces extension of its ADIZ over Yonaguni Island.

: SEF and ARATS vice chairmen finalize “early harvest” lists in Taipei.

: Yangzijiang Shipbuilding becomes the first Chinese company to apply for listing on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

: China and Taiwan conduct large joint anti-fraud operation.

: Jia Qinglin opens second Straits Forum in Xiamen.

: Deputy Secretary Steinberg says PLA has not presented missile withdrawal plan.

: Sen. Feinstein says China plans to pull back military forces opposite Taiwan.

: DPP Tainan County Magistrate Su Huan-chih visits Beijing to promote local mangoes and advocates pragmatic policies after his return.

: Third round of ECFA consultations are held in Beijing.

: Zhejiang Gov. Lu Zushan leads delegation to Taiwan.

: MOEA Vice Minister Hwang attends a telecom conference in Beijing.

: National Security Council Asia Director Jeffrey Bader says US policy on arms sales to Taiwan will not change.

: Sen. Diane Feinstein leads a delegation to Taipei.

: PRC Commerce Minister Chen and Taiwan MOEA Minister Shih meet on margins of APEC meeting in Sapporo.

: President Ma receives American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Ray Burghardt.

: President Ma says Taiwan is entitled to sign FTAs with WTO members,

: EY Referendum Review Committee rejects TSU ECFA referendum.

: MAC Chair Lai Shin-yuan visits Hong Kong.

: University presidents appeal for passage of PRC student amendments.

: Taipei opposes expanding Japan’s ADIZ over Yonaguni Island.

: US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) is held in Beijing.

: Sichuan Party Secretary Liu Qibao leads a delegation to Taiwan.

: Tsai Ing-wen is re-elected DPP chairperson.

: Three-day DPP sit-in calling for an ECFA referendum begins.

: PRC Vice Minister of Agriculture Wei Chaoan leads a delegation to Taipei.

: People’s Republic of China (PRC) Commerce Ministry Director Tang Wei leads team to Taipei for three-day ECFA discussions.

: Taiwan Minister of Health Yaung Chih-liang leads a delegation to the World Health Assembly; PRC Health Minister Chen Zhu and Yaung hold a meeting at the WHA.

: DPP Chair Tsai calls for pragmatic China policy and talks without preconditions.

: Jia Qinglin meets delegates to annual meeting of Taiwan Invested Enterprises (TIE) Associations in Beijing.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) reiterates that the 1992 consensus and opposition to independence are the basis for cross-Strait relations.

: 136 members of US Congress sign a letter to President Obama calling for the sale of F-16C/Ds to Taiwan.

: Kuomintang reports ECFA negotiations on “early harvest” have hit a snag.

: US-Taiwan Business Council releases report on air power in the Taiwan Strait.

: Ex-Premier Liu Chao-shiuan visits Shanghai for the World Expo opening.

: Whampoa Military Academy alumni attend forum in Taipei.

: Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg applauds cross-Strait engagement.

: Beijing opens quasi-official tourism office in Taipei.

: Fujian Governor Huang Xiaojing leads a delegation to Taiwan.

: Taiwan opens quasi-official tourism office in Beijing.

: Central Election Committee approves TSU’s ECFA referendum proposal.

: American Chamber of Commerce of Taipei editorial endorses the ECFA.

: General Secretary Hu Jintao meets Wu Poh-Hsiung in Shanghai.

: President Ma says Taiwan will move quickly on FTAs to avoid isolation.

: President Ma and DPP Chair Tsai hold TV debate on the ECFA.

: Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) meets signature threshold for its anti-ECFA referendum proposal,

: DPP legislators provoke confrontation in Legislative Yuan (LY) over enrolling Chinese students.

: Taiwan university presidents support amendments allowing Chinese students to enroll in Taiwan universities.

: American Chamber of Commerce of Kaohsiung white paper mentions benefits of ECFA.

: Ten-ship flotilla of Chinese Navy ships pass through Miyako Strait.

: Premier Wu reiterates time is not ripe for political talks.

: Presidents Barack Obama and Hu Jintao meet at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

: Vice President Xi Jinping receives Taiwan delegation to Boao Forum.

: Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee Jia Qinglin receives Gen. Hsu’s delegation of retired military officers.

: Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng leads a delegation to Taipei.

: Retired Gen. Hsu Li-nung leads a delegation to Beijing.

: First TV debate between the Kuomintang (KMT) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA).

: Former Japanese Prime Minister Aso Taro makes a private visit to Taipei.

:   Second Round of ECFA negotiations begin in Taoyuan; focus is on “early harvest” lists.

: Deputy Minister of National Defense Andrew Yang confirms Taiwan’s missile development plans.

: American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director William Stanton expresses support for cross-Strait confidence-building measures.

: AIT Chairman Raymond Burghardt greets President Ma during Guam transit.

:   Vice Minister of Commerce Jiang Zengwei begins five-day visit to Taiwan.

: Commander of US Pacific Command Adm. Robert Willard says Taiwan needs to upgrade its air force.

: Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Wang Yi in Yazhou Zhoukan confirms there is no timetable for political talks.

: Ministry of Commerce Director Tang Wei visits Taipei for talks.

: World Health Organization Secretary General Chan invites Taiwan to participate at the World Health Assembly as an observer.

: Agricultural products, standards, and fishing crew agreements take effect.

: President Ma visits six South Pacific countries.

: Qinghai Vice Governor Wang Lingjun leads a delegation to Taiwan.

: Taipei reports the deployment of S300PMU2 air defense missiles in Fujian.

: Vice President Siew says the ECFA will pave way for FTAs.

: Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) issues regulations on cross-Strait banking, brokerage, and insurance.

: Taipei increases daily quota of Chinese tourists to 6,000.

: TSU launches a new ECFA referendum signature drive.

: Premier Wu approves regulations for cross-Strait banking, finance, and investment.

: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns US about future arms sales to Taiwan.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense report says that the F-16 A/B aircraft are the aircraft in Taiwan’s inventory that are better than China’s aircraft.

: President Ma conducts a grass-roots forum on the ECFA.

: ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin says the ECFA will likely be signed in May or June.

: National People’s Congress spokesman announces 7.5 percent increase in China’s 2010 defense budget.

: US National Security Council Director Jeffrey Bader and Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg visit Beijing.

: DPP wins three LY by-elections; KMT wins one.

: Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) announces plans for a referendum on the ECFA.

: President Ma says US arms sales to Taiwan contribute to cross-Strait progress.

: Taiwan’s National Security Council Secretary General Su Chi resigns and later replaced by Victor Hu Wei-jen.

: Executive Yuan Appeals Committee turns down a DPP appeal for a referendum on the ECFA.

:   President Ma holds a press conference to report on ECFA progress.

:   Premier Wu calls for the removal of Chinese missiles from Fujian in an interview.

:   China Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman says US companies who ignore objections will face sanctions.

: US Department of Defense releases its Quadrennial Defense Review.

: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces temporary suspension of military exchanges with the US. Vice Minister He Yafei says US arms companies will be sanctioned.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) notes that the US did not approve submarines or F-16s as part of the arms package and characterizes it as minimal action.

: President Ma delivers relief supplies for Haiti in Dominican Republic.

: The Pentagon notifies Congress of a $6.4 billion arms package for Taiwan.

: President Ma attends Honduran President Porfirio Lobo’s inauguration.

: The first round of ECFA negotiations are held in Beijing.

: President Ma transits San Francisco en route to Honduras.

: Canadian think tank reports the deployment of the DH-10 Land Attack Cruise Missile (LACM) in Guangxi Province.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi says FTAs involve international affairs issues.

: MAC Chair Lai states that he believes the ECFA will lead to FTAs.

:   MAC’s Lai Shin-yuan and Minister of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Shih brief LY Speaker Wang Jin-pyng on the ECFA.

: Taiwan and Mainland think tanks release a joint report that provides a positive assessment of the ECFA.

: Chinese Vice Minister of Health Huang Jiefu visits Taipei for talks.

: Mainland qualified direct institutional investors (QDIIs) become eligible to invest in the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

: Cross-Strait Financial Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) take effect.

: US approves the first Taiwan military C-130 aircraft to transit through the US en route to Haiti with relief goods.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) says US arms sales give Taiwan confidence to negotiate with Beijing.

: President Ma tells KMT legislators that Taiwan will be able to sign free trade agreements (FTAs) after the ECFA is completed.

: Vice President Vincent Siew says the ECFA is the key to concluding FTAs.

: China conducts an anti-ballistic missile test.

: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says US will continue to sell arms to Taiwan.

: Kuomintang (KMT) loses three Legislative Yuan (LY) by-elections.

: Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs He Yafei criticizes US arms sales to Taiwan.

: Chinese Ministry of Defense opposes US arms sales to Taiwan and says it reserves right to take action.

:    Premier Wu Den-yih says Taiwan’s aim is to sign the ECFA in May.

: President Ma says the Taiwan government will refer to the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) publicly in Chinese as liangan chingji shiehyi.

: The US Department of Defense announces the award of a $968 million contract to Lockheed Martin for the sale of 253 PAC-3 missiles and related hardware to Taiwan.

: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman calls for an end to US arms sales to Taiwan.

:    US media reports that Raytheon has won a contract to upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missiles.

: President Hu Jintao briefly mentions promoting peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

:   In an interview, President Ma Ying-jeou says that a peace agreement with China is not possible with 1,300 missiles aimed at Taiwan.

: Kaohsiung reinstates plan to screen Kadeer film at its film festival.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of Interior states Rebiya Kadeer will not be allowed to visit.

: DPP announces plans to show Kadeer film in several cities on Oct. 1.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi says ECFA talks will begin when both sides are ready.

: MAC Chair Lai says financial MOU nearly complete.

: Organizers announced that the Kaohsiung Film Festival will screen Rebiya Kadeer’s film.

: Taipei Court convicts Chen Shui-bian and sentences him to life in prison.

: New Cabinet takes office in Taipei; President Ma instructs Premier Wu to get cross-Strait negotiations back on track after Morakot.

: Wu Den-yih named premier replacing Liu Chao-shiuan.

: People’s Bank of China Deputy Governor Su Ning leads a delegation to Taipei.

: KMT Vice Chairman Wu Den-yih visits Hong Kong.

: SEF Chairman Chiang meets Bank of China President Li Lihua’s delegation.

: Raytheon Corp. wins a contract to upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missiles.

: Minister of the Financial Supervisory Commission Sean Chen says financial supervisory MOU will be signed by yearend.

: First “scheduled” cross-Strait flights begin; ceremonies are cancelled due to Dalai Lama visit.

: Taiwan Ministry of National Defense releases its report on the PLA.

: Dalai Lama arrives in Taiwan.

: TAO statement opposes Dalai Lama visit and criticizes DPP.

: Referendum Review Committee rejects DPP ECFA referendum proposal.

: Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu invites Dalai Lama.

: Officials from the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs visit Taiwan.

: U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey visits Beijing and is berated on arms sales.

: Third mainland procurement mission arrives in Taipei.

: LY passes amendments to Customs Import Tariff Act needed to implement ECFA.

: U.S. military helicopters and crews begin week-long emergency operations.

: U.S. military aircraft delivers aid in Taiwan; TAO says this is humanitarian aid delivered under civilian auspices.

: ARATS and PRC Red Cross provide generous financial aid for Morakot.

:   Typhoon Morakot hits Taiwan causing extensive flooding and hundreds of deaths.

: SEF Chairman Chiang says the fourth SEF-ARATS talks to be held in December.

: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of Taiwan Director Yu Keli article in China Review calls for an early negotiation of a peace agreement.

: Taiwan Institute of Economic Research releases more critical analysis of ECFA.

: MOEA releases Chunghua Institute of Economic Research report on ECFA.

: Ma Ying-jeou is elected KMT chairman.

: Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu includes pro-independence remarks in her address at the closing ceremony of the World Games; mainland athletes do not attend.

: MOEA Minister Yiin states that agreement has been reached to begin ECFA talks in October.

: Taipei announces two new direct flight routes to the mainland.

: Minister of Commerce Chen Deming meets MOEA Minister Yiin Chii-ming at Singapore at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall name plaque is restored.

: Blatant stereotyping in cartoon characters used in a Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) pamphlet promoting the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement with China provokes controversy in Taiwan.

: Ma Ying-jeou, as the president of the Republic of China (ROC), opens the World Games in Kaohsiung; mainland athletes do not attend the opening ceremony.

: DPP votes to expel two members who attended KMT-CCP Forum.

: Mainland purchasing delegation attends a food show in Taipei.

: Kuomintang (KMT) and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Forum on economics and culture opens in Changsha; two Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members attend.

: President Ma in Honolulu reiterates that removal of missiles from across the Taiwan Strait is a precondition for talks with the PRC on a peace agreement.

: China Southern Airlines is first People’s Republic of China (PRC) company to apply to establish a branch office in Taiwan.

: President Ma Ying-jeou attends the inauguration of President Ricardo Martinelli in Panama.

:   Taipei formally publishes regulations related to mainland investment.

: Taipei rules duties on footwear imports from China.

: Taipei rules duties on footwear imports from China.

: Taipei rules duties on footwear imports from China.

: Taichung Mayor Jason Hu opens central Taiwan trade fair in Beijing.

:   Three SEF-ARATS agreements signed in April formally come into effect.

:   Financial Supervisory Commission Chair Sean Chen acknowledges delays in financial MOUs.

:   Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Ma Xiaotian asks U.S. to stop arms sales.

:   TAO minister Wang Yi meets Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg.

:   President Ma proposes Taiwan and mainland co-edit dictionary of traditional and simplified characters.

: MAC-sponsored ECFA symposium is held in Chiayi: Chairperson Lai says negotiation may start this year with agreement next year.

:   DPP launches signature campaign for referendum on ECFA.

:   Ma Ying-jeou announces his candidacy for Kuomintang (KMT) chairmanship.

:   TAO Deputy Zheng Lizhong visits Taipei; KMT and CCP announce the Fifth Forum to be held in Changsha July 11-12.

:   The Legislative Yuan adopts amendments easing work, residency, and citizenship for mainland spouses.

:   Delegation of mainland legal officials visits Taiwan for consultations on judicial agreement.

:   Taiwan Foreign Minister Francisco Ou says focus will remain on specialized agencies not on general UN membership.

:   Hong Kong Secretary Lam Sui-lung visits Taiwan.

:   Taipei announces sectors to be open to mainland investment.

:   President Ma transits Seattle.

:   Taipei press reports National Security Council Secretary General Su Chi visited Washington DC during the week of May 25.

: A large mainland procurement mission arrives in Taiwan.

:   President Ma attends President Francisco Flores’s inauguration in El Salvador.

:   Xinhua reports retired military officers from Taipei and Beijing had a golf tournament in Xiamen May 26-29.

:   President Ma transits Los Angeles.

: Hu Jintao receives KMT Chair Wu Poh-hsiung in Beijing; Xinhua reports extensively on Hu’s remarks

:   President Ma expresses hope ECFA will be signed by the end of the year.

: Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) announces its participation in Shanghai World Expo.

: Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu visits China and meets Beijing Mayor Gao.

: President Ma says the future of Taiwan should be decided by the next generation.

:   Minister of Health Yen Chiang-chuan attends WHA as observer.

:   DPP holds rallies in Taipei and Kaohsiung to protest Ma policies.

:   Strait Forum is held in Fujian May 15-22.

:   President Ma signs two UN Human Rights Covenants.

:   Beijing’s Supreme People’s Court publishes regulations on enforcing Taiwan civil judgments.

: Liberty Times criticizes President Ma for sacrificing sovereignty.

: President Ma’s holds an interview with Singapore’s Straits Times.

:  PRC MOFA expresses discontent over Saito’s remarks.

:   DPP Chairperson Tsai Yng-wen visits Washington DC for consultations.

:   Japan Interchange Association Representative Saito says Taiwan’s status is still unresolved; Taipei Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) summons Saito to lodge a protest.

:   Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) issues a statement on Chinese Taipei at the WHA.

:   Taipei issues regulations on PRC Qualified Domestic Institutional Investors (QDII) investment in the Taiwan stock market.

:   President Ma announces that “Chinese Taipei” has been invited to the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer.

: China Mobile signs an agreement to invest in Taiwan’s EasTone Telcom.

:   President Ma says the 1952 Japan Peace Treaty implies transfer of sovereignty to the Republic of China.

:   Beijing publishes regulations for PRC firms investing in Taiwan.

: Third ARATS-SEF Meeting is held; three agreements are signed and consensus is reached on Mainland investment in Taiwan

:   Deputy Minister of National Defense Minister Chang Liang-jen tells the Legislative Yuan that Taipei will seek consensus with US before requesting F-16s.

: Premier Wen meets former Control Yuan President Fred Chien at Boao Forum.

: ARATS Deputy Zheng Lizhong arrives in Taipei for preparatory meeting.

:   Taichung mayor Jason Hu vists Hong Kong for the Hong Kong-Taiwan Forum.

:   Incident near Pratas Reef between U.S. Navy vessel carrying Taiwan scientists and PLA Navy ship.

: President Ma makes a public address commemorating the Taiwan Relations Act.

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Secretary General Kao Koong-lian visits Shanghai for consultations.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) releases “policy explanation” of Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA).

: Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Deputy Chairman An Min leads 7-member delegation to Taiwan.

:   Presidents Barack Obama and Hu Jintao meet at the G20 summit in London.

: Taipei ratifies two UN human rights conventions.

: DPP Caucus calls for full transparency on ECFA.

: Two Red Cross societies sign cooperation agreement in Taipei.

: MOEA Minister Yiin Chii-ming says there have been talks on ECFA.

: U.S. Department of Defense releases Military Power of the PRC 2009 report.

: DPP Chair Tsai says ECFA under “one China” principle would divide society.

: Taipei’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) holds first ECFA hearing.

: President Ma receives American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Ray Burghardt.

: Taipei releases its first Quadrennial Defense Report.

: President Ma says talks on WHA participation will be held overseas in April.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi is cautiously optimistic that Taiwan will be able to attend the World Health Assembly as an observer.

: PRC Minister of Commerce Chen Deming calls for early talks on CECA to combat financial downturn.

: Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) Chair Morris Chang endorses goal of ECFA.

: People’s Bank of China President Zhou Xiaochuan says financial service memorandum of understanding with Taiwan could be based on HK agreement.

: President Ma expresses hope that ECFA can be discussed at the 3rd SEF-ARATS meeting.

: Former President Lee Teng-hui says ECFA not in Taiwan’s interest.

: President Ma says tensions with the mainland are at record low; PRC announces 15 percent increase in 2010 defense budget.

: Kuomintang (KMT) Chair Wu Poh-hsuing returns from trip to Southeast Asia.

: Group led by Frank Hsieh says CECA would mean unification.

:   Former Vice Premier Wu Rong-yi says ECFA is a trap set by China.

: DPP Chair Tsai calls for referendum on CECA/ECFA.

: Speaker Wang Jin-pyng calls for LY task force on cross-Strait relations.

: In online dialogue, Premier Wen Jiabao calls for economic cooperation mechanism that meets Taiwan’s needs.

: U.S.-China Defense Policy Coordination Talks conclude.

: President Ma’s news conference introduces the term Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) in lieu of CECA.

: MAC says CECA would be sent to Legislative Yuan (LY) for approval.

: Premier Liu says CECA is not on 3rd SEF-ARATS agenda.

: Cross-Strait postal remittance of funds begins.

: TAO spokesman says CECA would be mutually beneficial.

: Taiwan’s Presidential Office says name CECA will be dropped from the discussions on the development of an agreement on economic issues with China.

: Premier Liu Chao-shiuan says there is no timetable for concluding CECA.

: SEF Chair Chiang says he hopes a framework for CECA can be reached in 2009.

: TSU Chair Huang Chu-wen says CECA will prompt all-out impeachment effort.

: DPP Chair Tsai says CECA would cause serious social conflict.

: Secretary Clinton visits Beijing.

: DPP–Taiwan Solidarity Union National Policy Conference focuses on CECA.

:   Secretary Clinton says U.S. encourages further progress in cross-Strait relations.

: Taiwan financial services delegation holds talks in Beijing.

: The two Palace Museums ink an artifact exchange deal in Beijing.

: MAC states that CECA is not on the agenda for the 3rd SEF-ARATS meeting.

: DPP chair Tsai says CECA requires social consensus in Taiwan.

: MAC Chair Lai Shin-yuan says the number of Chinese missiles aimed at Taiwan has increased to 1,500.

: President Ma is interviewed by New York Times.

: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expresses hope that cross-Strait relations will continue to improve.

:   Jia Qinglin, fourth-ranking member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and chairman of the People’s Political Consultative Conference, attends a conference in Taiwan.

:   Democratic Progressive Party Chair Tsai Ing-wen asserts Washington has doubts about President Ma’s cross-Strait policy.

: President Barack Obama calls President Hu and makes no mention of Taiwan.

:   Raytheon wins a bid to upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missiles.

: Taipei Zoo’s panda house opens.

: President Ma reiterates “resolute defense, effective deterrence” policy.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) authorizes financial services, scheduled flights, and PRC investment as issues for 3rd SEF-ARATS talks.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi comments on the agenda for the 3rd ARATS-SEF talks.

: Beijing releases its 2008 white paper on national defense.

: President Ma Ying-jeou again calls for removal of Chinese missiles from the coastal region opposite Taiwan.

: SEF Chair Chiang says the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement makes Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) with China necessary.

: World Health Organization invites Taiwan to participate in International Health Regulations (IHR).

: Beijing reports that PLA Navy escorts Taiwan ship near Somalia.

: Reports show Taiwan’s exports to China in December decline by 54 percent.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Wang Yi meets U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte in Beijing.

: SEF Chair Chiang Pin-kung visits China for consultations with Taiwan invested enterprises (TIEs).

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) sends the Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) compensation claims for melamine contamination.

:    President Ma Ying-jeou’s New Year’s address stresses Republic of China (ROC) sovereignty and dignity.

:  President Hu issues six-point statement on cross-Strait relations.

: President Hu Jintao delivers a six-point speech outlining the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) leadership’s approach to dealing with Taiwan.

: Taiwan Cabinet holds mainland affair conference.

: China’s National Off-shore Oil Company (CNOOC) and Taiwan’s Chinese Petroleum Company (CPC) sign cooperation agreements.

: China’s gift Pandas arrive in Taipei.

: MAC Chairwoman Lai reiterates only SEF authorized to speak for government.

: Fourth KMT-CCP Forum is held in Shanghai where Beijing announces economic measures to benefit Taiwan.

: TAO spokesman says WHO solution will be found through talks.

: Direct shipping service is implemented from Kaohsiung.

: Direct cross-Strait postal service begins.

: Taiwan joins World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement.

: Chinese Defense Minister Liang Quanglie urges U.S. to end arms sales to Taiwan.

: KMT Chairman Wu Poh-Hsiung begins first visit to Japan.

: Hong Kong Trade Development Council opens Taipei office.

: President Ma in an interview says time is not ripe for a visit by the Dalai Lama.

: General Secretary Hu and Lien Chan meet in Lima.

: SEF Secretary General Kao Koong-lian leads delegation to Guangdong and Beijing.

: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs says APEC issues handled under one China principle and corrects reporter for saying “President Ma.”

: United Democratic Nations (UDN) reports PRC deployment of YJ-62A anti-ship missile on coast.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi announces measures to help Taiwan in financial crisis.

: Taiwan becomes “sponsoring member” of Agency for International Trade Information and Cooperation (AITIC)

: Taiwan Education Minister Cheng Jei-cheng explains plans to accept Chinese students and academic degrees beginning in 2009.

: MAC says Chen visits shows China does not deny Taiwan’s sovereignty.

: President Ma meets APEC delegation stressing that Lien Chan will represent both ROC and himself.

:   Brief public meeting between President Ma and ARATS Chairman Chen.

:   Demonstrators barricade Chen Yunlin in Regent Hotel.

: SEF uses official titles to introduce Taiwan participants to Chen Yunlin; Chen meets MAC Chair Lai, but does not use her title.

:   Former President Chen Shui-bian accuses President Ma of treason.

:   Southern Taiwan Society accuses Ma of ceding Taiwan to PRC.

: ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin arrives in Taiwan and states his visit will not touch on political issues.

: Chairperson Tsai calls on people to besiege guest house where Chen is staying.

: Taipei Times editorial says President Ma’s policies could provoke civil unrest.

: TAO issues simplified rules for Taiwan correspondents.

: DPP member Wang Ding-yu indicted for violence against Zhang.

: ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin expresses apology over tainted milk products.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Wang Yi mentions the importance of World Health Organization issue in cross-Strait relations.

: Taipei announces Lien Chan to be President Ma’s APEC representative.

:  Seven Taiwan business groups issue statement welcoming Chen Yunlin visit.

: ARATS and Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) hold preparatory talks in Shenzhen and announce dates for the visit to Taiwan by ARATS Chairman Chen.

: SEF reports ARATS letter apologizing for tainted milk.

: Defense News reports the U.S. is blocking the sale of items to Taiwan’s Chung Shan Institute of Science & Technology (CSIST) to stop development of the Hsiung Feng 2E land attack cruise missile program.

: Kinmen and Xiamen authorities hold joint search and recovery exercise.

: Ma Ying-jeou says he will receive ARATS Chairman Chen in his capacity as president of the Republic of China.

: China returns 13 criminals to Taiwan via Matsu Island.

: President Ma outlines “effective deterrence” strategy

: DPP-led mob harasses ARATS Vice Chairman Zhang in Tainan.

: ARATS Vice Chairman Zhang Mingqing visits Tainan for conference.

: DPP Chairperson Tsai says people don’t trust President Ma.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairperson Lai Shin-yuan says there are no political issues on ARATS Chairman Chen’s Taiwan visit agenda.

: Premier Liu repeats call for a PRC apology over tainted milk.

: Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie urges U.S. to cancel arms sales to Taiwan.

: Taiwan Tourism Bureau Director Lai Seh-jen visits mainland to promote tourism.

:   National Security Council Secretary General Su Chi tells Legislative Yuan that President Ma will meet ARATS Chairman Chen with “equality and dignity.”

: President Ma Ying-jeou reiterates that he will put Taiwan’s interests first in pursuing cross-Strait relations.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan’s dignity must be maintained during ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin’s visit.

: Premier Liu Chao-shiuan states that if the Association for Relations across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) chairmen is to meet him, he must address him as “premier.”

: U.S. Department of Defense reports that China has postponed various military-to-military activities to protest U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

: The Bush administration notifies Congress of a $6.5 billion Taiwan arms package.

: The Bush administration notifies Congress of a $6.5 billion arms package for Taiwan.

: Premier Liu says China should apologize for tainted dairy exports.

: Speaker Wang again calls for LY review of cross-Strait agreements.

: Defense Minister Chen attends U.S.-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference.

: Taiwan Health Safety Delegation arrives in Beijing.

: APEC Disaster Recovery Workshop moves to Sichuan.

: Five fraud suspects repatriated under Kinmen Agreement.

: MOFA protests WHO reference to “Taiwan, China” in a report.

: Premier Liu proposes sending health safety delegation to PRC.

: ARATS and SEF officials meet in Xiamen to plan Chen visit.

: “Workshop on Large Scale Disaster Recovery in APEC” opens in Taipei.

:  President Ma announces plans to recognize PRC academic degrees and to accept PRC students from 2009.

: Taipei bans all milk, diary, and protein products from China.

: UN General Committee declines to put Taiwan proposal on UNGA agenda.

: Vice President Siew is appointed to lead economic advisory group.

: Speaker Wang in Japan says relationship is a “special partnership.”

: Taipei issues ban on import of Sanlu dairy products.

: MAC proposes establishing food safety communications channel.

: MOFA says Zhonghua Taibei is name in APEC.

: DPP releases statement condemning Ma’s definition of cross-Strait relations.

: President Ma makes surprise visit to Pratas Reef.

: TAO spokesman uses Zhongguo Taipei in referring to Taiwan in APEC.

: TAO Chairman Wang Yi in Xiamen announces easing of controls on tourists and says Chen Yunlin will visit Taiwan in late October.

: Taipei says PRC students to be allowed one-year stays for studies.

: Lee Teng-hui criticizes Ma for paving way to unification.

: Press reports that Taiwan’s National Security Council Secretary General Su Chi has been in the U.S. for talks.

: Taipei liberalizes visas for Chinese visitors to Kinmen & Matzu.

: In China Review Monthly, PRC scholar Xu Shiquan calls for pragmatic case-by-case approach to UN specialized agencies.

: Presidential Office sets policy of no first strike, no attack on non-military targets.

: MND says Hsiungfeng IIE’s range will not be extended to 1,000 km.

: Taipei sets 2009 defense budget at NT$315.2 billion ($10.17 billion).

: MAC Chairman Lai visits Washington.

: Presidential Office says PRC reaction should not be seen as rejection of UN specialized agencies proposal.

: PRC Vice Premier Wang Qishan meets Taiwan business delegation and says Beijing willing to consider common market proposal.

: SEF Chairman Chiang visits Japan.

: President Ma, in an interview with Mexican daily says cross-strait relations are “special non-state-to-state relations.”

: Minister of National Defense Chen says F-16s needed to replace aging F-5s.

: President Ma receives U.S. visitors and urges notification of arms packages.

: PRC Ambassador to the UN Wang Guangya sends letter saying Taiwan not qualified to participate in UN specialized agencies.

: LY Vice Speaker Tseng Yung-chuan leads delegation to Thailand seeking closer ties with ASEAN.

: President Ma transits San Francisco.

: President Ma attends inauguration of President Leonel Fernandez in the Dominican Republic.

: Taiwan MOFA announces bid for participation in UN specialized agencies.

: President Ma meets Paraguay President-elect Fernando Lugo.

: Chinese Petroleum Company of Taiwan says cooperation with China National Offshore Oil Company on oil exploration in Taiwan Strait to resume.

: President Ma meets President Martin Torrijos in Panama.

: President Ma transits Los Angeles.

: DPP Chairperson Tsai says diplomatic truce equals unilateral surrender.

:   KMT Chairman Wu and others attend President Hu Jintao’s luncheon for world leaders, then attend Olympics Opening Ceremony.

: President Ma visits Foreign Ministry and says priority is on participation in WHO.

:   President Ma welcomes Beijing’s use of Zhonghua Taibei.

:   Taiwan’s postal service votes to restore China Post name.

:   Taiwan and PRC experts are simultaneously elected to World Trade Organization’s Permanent Experts Group

: Taiwan Caucus sends letter to Bush urging end to the arms freeze.

: President Bush meets international media and expresses pleasure at development of cross-Strait relations.

: President Ma visits MAC and urges more effort to bring PRC students to Taiwan.

: Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi meets Secretary Rice in Washington.

: Legislative Yuan (LY) Speaker Wang Jin-pyng arrives in Washington for consultations and reiterates Taipei’s need for F-16 aircraft.

: KMT Chairman Wu announces that he will attend Olympics.

: Xinhua, CCTV other official media begin using Zhonghua Taibei.

: Sports Minister Tai Shia-ling says teams will withdraw if Beijing Olympics organizers downgrade Taiwan using Zhongguo Taibei.

: TAO spokesman’s statement explains narrow limits of Beijing’s commitment to use Zhonghua Taibei in Olympics context.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) urges China to display good will on terminology issue.

: SEF Chairman Chiang speaks of an eventual Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) with the mainland.

: President Ma tells CNN that Taipei can’t negotiate peace agreement under missile threat.

:   KMT states Chairman Wu will not attend Olympics unless Beijing adheres to Zhonghua Taibei terminology.

: SEF Chairman Chiang holds first meeting with Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang.

: Taipei approves raising investment ceiling to 60 percent and exempting all firms with headquarters in Taiwan.

: Official media in Beijing continue using term Zhongguo Taibei.

: Special Investigation Unit (SIU) lists former President Chen and Madame             Wu as defendants in money laundering case.

: U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Keating confirms arms sales freeze.

: SEF Chairman Chiang hosts dinner for ARATS Deputy Chairman Wang Xaizi.

: KMT reiterates importance of Beijing using Zhonghua Taibei terminology.

: Foreign Minister Ou says Paraguay will be test case on diplomatic truce.

: President Ma expresses hope U.S. arms sales will proceed as originally planned.

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kun says economic agreement with China would help Taiwan negotiate free trade agreements.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman explains why Chinese media are free to use term Zhongguo Taibei to refer to Taiwan participants in the Olympics.

: Ministry of Foreign Affairs explains importance Taipei places on using Zhonghua Taipei translation of Chinese Taipei during Olympics.

: TAO Chairman Wang Yi urges seizing opportunity for peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

: Association for Relations across Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Deputy Wang Zaixi arrives in Taipei for 10-day visit.

: Weekend charter flights begin, bringing first tourists from China to Taiwan.

: Legislative Yuan unfreezes funds for production of Hsiungfeng IIE land attack cruise missile (LACM).

: Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Xu Caihou says there will be no change in People’s Liberation Army readiness toward Taiwan.

: Foreign Minister Francisco Ou says Taipei will pursue “participation” in World Health Organization as a priority issue.

: Renminbi-NT$ exchange begins in Taiwan.

: Taipei lifts ban on Xinhua and People’ Daily reporters.

: President Ma observes Hanguang 24 exercise.

: Taipei liberalizes regulations on cross-Strait securities investments.

: Minister of Economic Affairs Yiin Chii-min says investment ceiling for Taiwan companies investing in the mainland to be raised in August.

: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense James Shinn says military balance continues to shift toward mainland increasing danger to Taiwan.

: Hanguang 24 military exercise begins.

: Paraguay FM-designate says relations with Taiwan to be reviewed.

: Tzu Chi Foundation has raised US$26.7 million for Sichuan relief.

: President Ma proposes signing economic cooperation pact with mainland.

: President Ma explains cross-Strait goals in New York Times interview.

: Taiwan Coast Guard escorts boats to assert Taiwan sovereignty over Diaoyutai.

: LY Speaker Wang Jin-pyng asserts LY role in cross-Strait issues.

: Chinese tour operators visit Taiwan to survey market.

: President Ma calls for acceleration of SEF-ARATS talks.

: ARATS and SEF sign agreements on weekend charters and tourism.

: General Secretary Hu receives SEF Chairman Chiang.

: Chen Yunlin-Chiang Pin-kung meeting marks resumption of SEF-ARATS dialogue; Chen accepts invitation to visit Taiwan.

: ARATS proposes exchange of offices.

: Legislative Yuan (LY) holds special session to authorize currency exchange.

: Taipei press reports Defense News story that U.S. has frozen arms sales.

: People’s Daily reports vice ministers to advise SEF and ARATS delegations.

: Japanese frigate hits and sinks Taiwan fishing boat near Diaoyutai; Taipei and Beijing protest the incident.

: President Ma meets SEF Chair Chiang; hopes for institutionalized talks.

: Minister of Defense Chen says no change in development of Hsiung Feng IIE surface-to-surface cruise missile.

:   In Yomiuri interview, President Ma repeats that removal of missiles from China’s coastal region immediately across the Taiwan Strait is a precondition for peace accord.

: ARATS supports idea of reciprocal visits by ARATS and SEF chairmen.

: Wang Yi appointed new TAO minister; Chen Yunlin assumes chair of ARATS.

: General Secretary Hu receives KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung.

: MAC authorizes SEF to resume dialogue on basis of 1992 consensus.

: MAC Chairwoman Lai envisages SEF and ARATS exchanging offices.

: Minister of Defense Chen Chao-min says Taiwan needs F-16s.

: TAO Minister Chen Yunlin comments positively on Ma’s inauguration.

: Ma Ying-jeou inaugurated as president of the Republic of China.

: U.S. delegation meets with President Ma; praises inaugural address.

: WHA again rejects “Taiwan” observer application.

: TAO announces Chairman Hu’s invitation to KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung.

: Humanitarian charter flight takes Red Cross & Tzu Chi aid to Sichuan.

: President Ma tells Associated Press that unification unlikely “in our lifetimes.”

: Taiwan’s Investment Commission approves 20 mainland investments.

: ARATS thanks SEF for concern and aid; TAO publishes text.

: Earthquake in Sichuan Province; Taiwan offers aid.

: President-elect Ma reiterates call for a diplomatic truce with China.

:   Singapore’s Lee Kwan Yew says a Singapore-Taiwan free trade agreement hinges on better cross-Strait relations.

: Vice Premier Chiou I-jen and others resign over Papua New Guinea scandal.

: President-elect Ma welcomes Hu’s 16-character guideline.

: President-elect Ma’s interview with Phoenix TV.

: Premier-designate Liu Hsiu-chuan welcomes Chinese investment in Taiwan infrastructure projects.

: TAO avoids commenting on Lai’s appointment as MAC chairwoman.

: General Secretary Hu receives Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chairman Lien Chan; Hu proposes 16-character guideline for cross-Strait relations.

: Lai Shin-yuan chosen as new Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman.

: SEF Chair-designate Chiang predicts weekend charters to begin July 4.

: Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte says U.S. will engage with Ma only after inauguration.

: President Chen’s letter to WHO returned to Taiwan.

: Group of Chinese real estate tycoons arrives in Taipei.

: Paraguay elects first leftist pro-China president.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman expects progress on charter flights and tourism and announces Taiwanese may take PRC bar exams.

: Chiang Pin-kung chosen as new Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) chairman.

: Vincent Siew attends seminar with PRC economic leaders who express interest in investing in Taiwan infrastructure.

: PRC Commerce Ministry reports then retracts statement that Vincent Siew accepts “one China principle.”

: General Secretary Hu Jintao meets Vincent Siew at Boao Forum.

: President Chen decides to reapply for WHO membership as “Taiwan.”

: PRC defense minister urges Secretary of Defense Gates to end U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

: PRC bank regulator (CBRC) authorizes Taiwan branch banks on the mainland.

: President-elect Ma’s Financial Times interview.

: Vice President-elect Vincent Siew says he will attend Boao Forum.

: President-elect Ma Ying-jeou hopes for weekend charter flights by July.

: President-elect Ma favors applying for World Health Organization (WHO) observership as “Chinese Taipei.”

: AIT Chairman Burghardt meets Ma and Chen in Taipei.

: President Bush phones President Hu; Hu comments on 1992 consensus.

: PRC demands investigation of missile fuse assemblies mis-shipment.

: DOD announces mis-shipment of missile fuse assemblies to Taiwan.

: State Department Taiwan Director Spelman comments on post-election situation.

: AIT Director Young meets Ma; Ma expresses interest in pre-inauguration visit to U.S.

: Ma Ying-jeou elected president; UN referenda fail.

:   Premier Wen’s post-NPC press conference.

: DAS Christensen reiterates U.S. opposition to UN referendum.

: Taipei Representative Wu says PRC seeking to block Taiwan’s OECD participation.

: In interview, Ma Ying-jeou rules out meeting with PRC leaders.

: Taipei’s Investment Commission launches amnesty for illegal investors in China.

: Second Ma-Hsieh presidential debate.

: North Korea expresses opposition to UN referendum.

: Brazil expresses opposition to UN referendum.

: KMT proposes LY resolution on “Advancing to the UN.”

: EU expresses opposition to UN referendum.

: Premier Wen Jiabao’s work report to NPC; PRC announces defense budget up 17.6 percent to $58.79 billion.

: President Hu Jintao makes moderate statement on Taiwan; says Taiwan independence “doomed to fail.”

: Executive Yuan eases restrictions on investment in China.

: NPC spokesman Jiang Enzhu warns that UN referendum threatens peace

: President Chen says vote for UN referendum even if not for Hsieh.

: DOD releases annual report on the PLA.

: Jia Qinglin makes routine report to CPPCC on Taiwan.

: Ma Ying-jeou announces specific plans for cross-Strait flights and tourism.

: Beijing authorizes Tzu-chi Foundation to open charitable foundation

: TAO announces new agricultural zone and student tuition policies.

: Secretary Rice in Beijing reiterates U.S. opposition to UN referendum.

: Taiwan representatives barred from Lee Myong-bak’s inauguration.

: First Ma-Hsieh presidential campaign debate.

: MND Minister Lee Tien-yu resigns over “Taiwan Goal”; Michael Tsai appointed first civilian Minister of National Defense.

: New Legislative Yuan opens first session.

: Taiwan extends recognition to Kosovo, but Kosovo does not reciprocate.

: PRC protests Taiwan’s recognition of Kosovo.

: Kosovo declares independence.

: Hsieh Chang-ting supports cooperation with KMT on both referenda.

: NIO Deputy Fingar testifies U.S. worried about cross-Strait miscalculation.

: President Chen calls for support of both UN referenda.

:   In New York, Negroponte urges China to be more generous toward Taiwan internationally.

: President Chen visits Taiping Island in Spratlys.

: TAO issues protest over CEC’s referendum decision.

: First New Year charter flight arrives routinely in Taiwan.

: CEC decides to hold UN referenda together with presidential election.

: Singapore’s Lee Kwan-yew criticizes UN referendum.

: Taipei American Chamber of Commerce recommends easing limits on investment in China.

: Beijing repatriates captured gangster Wang Hsuan-jen to Taiwan.

: President Chen hosts discreet KMT-DPP consultation at State Guest House.

: Vice President Lu visits Marshall Islands.

: French arms firm DCNS official visits Taiwan.

: Global forum for new democracies meets in Taipei.

: Vice Minister of Defense Ko says Taiwan needs cruise missiles.

: Secretary Rice meets FM Yang in Berlin, reiterates opposition to UN referendum.

: In Beijing, UK Foreign Secretary Brown opposes UN referendum.

: At WHO, China blocks resolution to allow Taiwan participation in IHR.

: Hsieh Chang-ting calls for support of both UN referenda.

: TAO and ARATS express thanks for Taiwan rescue of PRC seamen.

: President Chen attends inaugural in Guatemala.

: Beijing establishes of relations with Malawi; Taipei breaks relations.

: Cambodia denies Taipei’s request to establish trade office

: President Chen resigns DPP chairmanship.

: President Chen meets Nicaraguan President Ortega in Guatemala.

: KMT wins decisive victory in LY elections.

:    Prosecutors appeal Ma Ying-jeou’s case to Supreme Court

:     Taiwan Foreign Minister Huang cancels visit to Malawi.

:    Ma Ying-jeou enunciates his policy of “no independence, no unification and no use of force” in interviews.

: National People’s Congress Standing Committee decision on Hong Kong nixes universal suffrage in 2012.

: Appeals Court upholds Ma Ying-jeou’s not guilty verdict.

: Japanese PM Fukuda visits Beijing; expresses concern about UN referendum.

: Singapore expresses opposition to UN referendum.

Dec. 21, 2007  Secretary Rice reiterates U.S. opposition to referendum as provocative and Secretary Gates says U.S. will provide arms in keeping with Taiwan Relations Act.

: LY approves 2008 budget including funds for Patriot PAC III.

: TAO Vice Minister Sun Yafu in Washington DC for consultations.

: TAO Minister Chen Yunlin pens article in Qiushi attacking referendum.

: Hsieh Chang-ting in Tokyo: “I won’t accept one China.”

: Moscow says UN referendum would destabilize area.

: CEC adopts voting procedures for LY election and referendum.

: Hsieh Chang-ting begins four-day Japan visit.

: AIT Chairman Burghardt in Taipei for consultations.

: Presidents Bush and Hu hold phone conversation.

: DAS Christensen’s Press conference for Taiwan Press and says UN referendum is “unwise, provocative, and risky.”

: Taipei expresses deep concern over PRC plans to establish a new flight route in western half of Taiwan Strait.

: PLA delegation in Washington DC for consultations.

: MAC Chairman Chen accuses Beijing of pressuring Taiwan businessmen to oppose UN referendum.

: Foreign Minister Komura visits Beijing and says Japan does not support Taiwan joining UN.

: Defense Minister Lee Tien-yu says Taiwan could not prevent invasion without U.S. help.

: EU-China summit in Beijing, EU opposes Taiwan referendum on UN.

: President Sarkozy in Beijing expresses opposition to UN referendum.

: Foreign Minister Yang Meets Secretary Rice in Washington.

: Taipei drops its opposition to PRC judge at WTO.

: Kitty Hawk goes through Taiwan Strait after being denied port call in Hong Kong.

: Ma Ying-jeou begins three-day visit to Japan.

: USS Kitty Hawk is denied entry into Hong Kong port.

: Taiwan places hold on appointment of PRC judge to WTO appellate court.

: TAO Vice Minister Ye in Washington DC for National Association for China’s Peaceful Unification (NACPU) meeting.

: Taiwan Post says “UN for Taiwan” cancellations will be voluntary.

: TAO confirms that letters with “UN for Taiwan” stamp cancellation are being returned to Taiwan.

: DOD notifies Congress regarding sale of upgraded Patriot II to Taiwan.

: UMC Chairman Robert Tsao runs ad calling for peace accord.

: Delegation of PRC real estate firms visits Taiwan.

:   AIT Director Young’s press conference.

:   Hsieh Chang-ting meets Morris Chang; talks of easing IT restrictions.

:   U.S. House members propose resolution supporting Taiwan’s UN bid.

:   TAO spokesman says UN referendum is a step toward independence.

:   President Chen says 40 percent cap will not be eased while he is president.

:   Secretary Gates visits Beijing; Taiwan a major issue in talks.

:   Hsieh Chang-ting suggests easing 40 percent cap on funds invested in China.

:   TAO Vice Minister Sun Yafu thanks ASEAN for firm support on Taiwan issues.

:   Ma Ying-jeou denies report that KMT has scraped 1992 consensus.

: President Chen says vote for UN referendum is a vote against unification.

: Vice Minister Ko Cheng-heng in U.S. for defense review talks.

:   Executive Yuan eases restrictions on investments in Chinese stock markets.

: Taipei criticizes China for delaying two weeks in notifying Taiwan about corn contamination in Thailand; calls on WHO to notify Taiwan directly.

Oct. 22, 2007  Liberty Times reports WHO sent a food safety notification to Taiwan via China.

: President Chen says passage of UN referendum will force U.S. to review its one China policy.

: Hsieh Chang-ting supports permitting PRC investments in Taiwan.

: Legislative Yuan committees cut Hsiungfeng IIE missile budget by one-third.

: 13th cross-Strait financial seminar opens in Taipei with large PRC Representation.

: Chinese Communist Party 17th Congress opens; Chairman Hu Jintao’s report calls for peace agreement with Taiwan.

: President Chen criticizes Hu’s one China premise; Hsieh Chang-ting expresses interest in peace agreement; Ma Ying-jeou proposes talks on basis of  “one China, different interpretations.”

: President Chen accepts chairmanship of DPP and announces that priority will be on passage of referendum on joining UN.

: In National Day address, President Chen for first time does not use term “Republic of China.”

: ARATS sends SEF sympathy message over Typhoon Krosa.

: KMT’s Vincent Siew in Washington for consultations.

: Divisive DPP Congress adopts ‘Normal Country Resolution.’

: DPP Chairman Yu abruptly resigns.

: President Bush receives Foreign Minister Yang at White House.

: President Chen brokers compromise that strengthens Normal Country Resolution draft.

:   PRC’s Jia Qinglin says UN referendum “endangers peace.”

: Secretary Rice and Minister Yang meet at UNGA.

: Hsieh Chang-ting’s interview with Straits Times published.

: Prosecutors indict Chairman Yu and others on misuse of funds; DPP Chairman Yu announces intention to resign.

: Two-week Mid-Autumn Festival charter flights begin.

: UNGA debates and adopts General Committee report.

: IOC announces Olympic torch route will not include Taiwan.

: UNGA General Committee decides not to put Taiwan on UNGA agenda.

: DPP Chairman Yu proposes amendments to ‘Normal Country Resolution.’

: TAO warns that UN issue creates “serious situation.”

: Beijing MOFA protests US arms sales to Taiwan.

: DPP stages UN march in Kaohsiung; KMT holds rally in Taichung.

: President Chen holds video teleconference with press in New York.

: KMT’s Wang Jin-pyong urges both parties to drop UN referendums.

: TAO Minister Chen Yunlin in Washington DC for consultations.

:   TAO’s Li Weiyi says Taiwan must bear consequences of its actions.

:   DPP and Chen administration say UN referendum will go forward despite U.S. opposition.

: U.S. announces plan to sell 12 P-3C’s and 122 SM-2 missiles to Taiwan.

: UN General Assembly president returns letter from President Chen.

:   DAS Christensen speech at US-Taiwan Business Council Conference.

: DPP Chairman Yu proposes amendments to strengthen ‘Normal Country Resolution.’

: Five African allies attend summit in Taipei.

: MAC Chairman Chen says new glitches threaten agreement on torch.

: MAC Chairman Chen Ming-tong hints at agreement on Olympic torch.

: President Chen’s video teleconference with Washington.

: Presidents Bush and Hu meet at APEC.

: Vice Premier Wu Yi meets Taiwan investors; Beijing announces new economic measures for Taiwan.

: Ma criticizes Hsieh’s statement, Hsieh reiterates it.

: Hsieh proposes combining two UN resolutions; DPP rejects proposal.

: Xinhua reports 600 Taiwanese apply to volunteer at 2008 Olympics.

: In Changhua, Hsieh Chang-ting says he is running for president of the “Republic of Taiwan.”

: PRC letter to UN labels Taiwan’s application as step toward independence.

:   NSC Wilder’s comments to press on Taiwan.

: DPP Central Executive Committee adopts modified ‘Normal Country Resolution.’

: MAC approves visit by Yao Ming.

: President Chen transits Anchorage.

: TAO Deputy Zheng Lizhong calls for opposition to independence     activities.

: Referendum Review Committee approves KMT UN referendum.

: PRC MOFA expresses appreciation for Negroponte’s remarks.

: Deputy Secretary Negroponte’s Phoenix TV interview.

:   President Chen meets President Ortega in Nicaragua.

: President Chen visits El Salvador.

: President Chen meets Central American allies in Honduras.

: China opens embassy in Costa Rica.

: EY 08 budget includes NT$340 billion for defense (3 percent GDP).

:   President Chen transits Anchorage, stays on plane to express discontent.

: PRC’s Jia Qinglin meets youth delegation from Taiwan.

: MAC Chairman Chen says talks on flights and tourism almost complete.

: Prosecutor announces intention to appeal Ma’s acquittal.

: Hsieh formally announces Su Tseng-chang as his running mate.

: District Court acquits Ma Ying-jeou on charges of misuse of funds.

: Two PRC plane hijackers repatriated to China after serving sentences.

: Hsieh Chang-ting visits Singapore and Indonesia.

:   U.S. carriers in operation Valiant Shield operate east of Taiwan.

:   China repatriates ex-KMT lawmaker Chang Wen-yi to Taiwan.

:   Amb. Wang states that Chen’s letter was immediately rejected.

:   On its 80th anniversary, PLA expresses zero tolerance for Taiwan independence.

: President Chen writes UNSC President Amb. Wang and Secretary General Ban again applying for UN membership.

:   EU criticizes DPP’s UN referendum, saying it does not support membership for Taiwan.

: KMT delegation led by Chiang Ping-kun meets TAO Deputy Zheng Lizhong.

:  Hsieh in Washington for consultations with Bush administration.

:   UN Secretariat rejects and returns Taiwan’s application.

: Hsieh Chang-ting’s Financial Times interview.

:   President Chen sends letter to UN Secretary General Ban applying for admission as “Taiwan.”

: Hsieh Chang-ting’s Phoenix TV interview.

:   Executive Yuan (EY) committee approves DPP’s UN referendum.

:   Hong Chi-chang appointed president of SEF.

: Taipei announces anti-dumping duty of 43 percent on Chinese shoes.

:   President Chen tells Washington Post UN referendum will be held.

:   President Chen’s Op-ed in Washington Times on UN membership.

: MAC Chairman Chen Ming-tong sees signs China wants to reopen    functional talks.

: Vatican notes willingness to switch relations as soon as agreement is reached with China.

: Referendum Review Committee rejects DPP UN referendum proposal.

: Referendum Review Committee rejects DPP UN referendum proposal.

: Referendum Review Committee rejects DPP UN referendum proposal.

: Taipei approves four IC packaging and testing investments in China.

: Taipei approves four IC packaging and testing investments in China.

: Taipei approves four IC packaging and testing investments in China.

: TAO spokesman uses “Chinese Taipei” in Olympic torch context.

: TAO spokesman uses “Chinese Taipei” in Olympic torch context.

: TAO spokesman uses “Chinese Taipei” in Olympic torch context.

: State Dept. spokesman restates U.S. position opposing UN referendum.

: State Dept. spokesman restates U.S. position opposing UN referendum.

: State Dept. spokesman restates U.S. position opposing UN referendum.

: MAC Chairman Chen says tourism talks have made progress.

: MAC Chairman Chen says tourism talks have made progress.

: MAC Chairman Chen says tourism talks have made progress.

: State Dept. spokesman expresses U.S. opposition to a referendum on UN bid as Taiwan.

: State Dept. spokesman expresses U.S. opposition to a referendum on UN bid as Taiwan.

: State Dept. spokesman expresses U.S. opposition to a referendum on UN bid as Taiwan.

: AIT Chairman Burghardt meets candidates Hsieh and Ma.

: AIT Chairman Burghardt meets candidates Hsieh and Ma.

: AIT Chairman Burghardt meets candidates Hsieh and Ma.

: LY passes budget including agreed arms package funding.

: Dragon boat charter flights begin.

: LY passes budget including agreed arms package funding.

: Dragon boat charter flights begin.

: LY passes budget including agreed arms package funding.

: Dragon boat charter flights begin.

: AIT Chairman Burghardt visits Taipei, meets President Chen.

: Ma Ying-jeou visits Singapore.

: AIT Chairman Burghardt visits Taipei, meets President Chen.

: Ma Ying-jeou visits Singapore.

: AIT Chairman Burghardt visits Taipei, meets President Chen.

: Ma Ying-jeou visits Singapore.

: TAO spokesman Yang Yi says referendum on joining UN as “Taiwan” would be step toward de jure independence.

: TAO spokesman Yang Yi says referendum on joining UN as “Taiwan” would be step toward de jure independence.

: TAO spokesman Yang Yi says referendum on joining UN as “Taiwan” would be step toward de jure independence.

: Ma Ying-jeou gives lecture in India, hopes for truce internationally and for “mutual non-denial.”

: Ma Ying-jeou gives lecture in India, hopes for truce internationally and for “mutual non-denial.”

: Ma Ying-jeou gives lecture in India, hopes for truce internationally and for “mutual non-denial.”

: Costa Rica announces relations with Beijing, severs ties with Taipei.

: Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui visits Yasukuni Shrine to pay respect to a deceased relative.

: Costa Rica announces relations with Beijing, severs ties with Taipei.

: Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui visits Yasukuni Shrine to pay respect to a deceased relative.

: Costa Rica announces relations with Beijing, severs ties with Taipei.

: Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui visits Yasukuni Shrine to pay respect to a deceased relative.

: DPP Chairman Yu threatens to boycott Olympics.

: DPP Chairman Yu threatens to boycott Olympics.

: DPP Chairman Yu threatens to boycott Olympics.

: Ma Ying-jeou meets Taishang business leaders; says PRC missiles must be removed before talks on peace agreement.

: MAC Chairman Chen says Taipei ready to reopen Olympic torch talks.

: Ma Ying-jeou meets Taishang business leaders; says PRC missiles must be removed before talks on peace agreement.

: MAC Chairman Chen says Taipei ready to reopen Olympic torch talks.

: Ma Ying-jeou meets Taishang business leaders; says PRC missiles must be removed before talks on peace agreement.

: MAC Chairman Chen says Taipei ready to reopen Olympic torch talks.

: Taipei AMCHAM White Paper reiterates call to open cross-Strait economic links.

: Taipei AMCHAM White Paper reiterates call to open cross-Strait economic links.

: Taipei AMCHAM White Paper reiterates call to open cross-Strait economic links.

: President Chen’s video press conference at National Press Club.

: President Chen’s video press conference at National Press Club.

: President Chen’s video press conference at National Press Club.

: OIE adopts compromise resolution calling “Chinese Taipei” a “non-sovereign regional member.”

: OIE adopts compromise resolution calling “Chinese Taipei” a “non-sovereign regional member.”

: OIE adopts compromise resolution calling “Chinese Taipei” a “non-sovereign regional member.”

: President Chen says referendum on joining UN as “Taiwan” to be held during elections.

: President Chen says referendum on joining UN as “Taiwan” to be held during elections.

: President Chen says referendum on joining UN as “Taiwan” to be held during elections.

: AIT Director Young urges opening cross-Strait economic ties.

: President Chen says Olympic torch must come from and go to third countries.

: AIT Director Young urges opening cross-Strait economic ties.

: President Chen says Olympic torch must come from and go to third countries.

: AIT Director Young urges opening cross-Strait economic ties.

: President Chen says Olympic torch must come from and go to third countries.

: President Chen says Taipei will apply to UN as “Taiwan.”

: DPP establishes task force to draft “normal country” resolution.

: Press reports Beijing pressure on Taipei in World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

: President Chen says Taipei will apply to UN as “Taiwan.”

: DPP establishes task force to draft “normal country” resolution.

: Press reports Beijing pressure on Taipei in World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

: President Chen says Taipei will apply to UN as “Taiwan.”

: DPP establishes task force to draft “normal country” resolution.

: Press reports Beijing pressure on Taipei in World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

: Beijing says PRC negotiating with WHO on how International Health Regulations (IHR) will apply to Taiwan.

: Beijing says PRC negotiating with WHO on how International Health Regulations (IHR) will apply to Taiwan.

: Beijing says PRC negotiating with WHO on how International Health Regulations (IHR) will apply to Taiwan.

: Chang Chun-hsiung is appointed premier.

: Week-long Han Kuang 23 field exercise begins.

: WHA votes 148-17 against considering Taiwan membership.

: Chang Chun-hsiung is appointed premier.

: Week-long Han Kuang 23 field exercise begins.

: WHA votes 148-17 against considering Taiwan membership.

: Chang Chun-hsiung is appointed premier.

: Week-long Han Kuang 23 field exercise begins.

: WHA votes 148-17 against considering Taiwan membership.

: President Chen’s op-ed on WHO is published in the Washington Post.

: President Chen’s op-ed on WHO is published in the Washington Post.

: President Chen’s op-ed on WHO is published in the Washington Post.

: Executive Yuan formally renames CKS Memorial as National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall.

: Executive Yuan formally renames CKS Memorial as National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall.

: Executive Yuan formally renames CKS Memorial as National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall.

: Frank Hsieh Chang-ting wins DPP presidential primary.

: Frank Hsieh Chang-ting wins DPP presidential primary.

: Frank Hsieh Chang-ting wins DPP presidential primary.

: AIT Director Young says U.S. does not support Taiwan’s developing offensive weapons.

: AIT Director Young says U.S. does not support Taiwan’s developing offensive weapons.

: AIT Director Young says U.S. does not support Taiwan’s developing offensive weapons.

: Taipei announces reestablishment of relations with St. Lucia.

: Taipei announces reestablishment of relations with St. Lucia.

: Taipei announces reestablishment of relations with St. Lucia.