: 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 Dailynames 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.
: 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 Serareports 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 Journalquotes 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 Postreports 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.
: Two medical groups in Taiwan protest the decision of the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) to list “Taiwan” as “Chinese Taipei.”
: 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.”
: 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.
: 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 Stethemsail 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 jetscross 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 Bertholfconduct “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 Chaveztransit 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 AFPinterview, 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.
: 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.
: 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.
: 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.
: 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.
: 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.
: 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.
: 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-15flying 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.
: President Ma delivers his New Year’s message “Building up Taiwan, Invigorating Chinese Heritage.”
: Taipei ceremony kicks off ROC’s 100th anniversary year celebrations.
: 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.
: 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.
: 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 arms package for Taiwan.
: The Bush administration notifies Congress of a $6.5 billion Taiwan arms package.
: 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.
: Executive Yuan proposes National Language Development Law.
: Chen Ming-tung releases draft second republic constitution.
: Xinhua criticizes draft as an independence step.
: Premier Wen Jiabao holds NPC press conference.
: Acting DPP chair Trong Chai registers referendum proposal to apply to UN under name “Taiwan.”
: TAO’s Ye Kedong says “Four Wants” will not affect functional issues.
: Taiwan announces 43 percent anti-dumping duty on Chinese shoes.
: KMT expels Defense Minister Lee Jye for removing CKS statutes.
: Jia Qinglin calls Chen’s “Four Wants” a dangerous step.
: Taiwan MOFA protests Abe’s remarks on comfort women.
: Defense News publishes an article on Hsiungfeng IIE cruise missiles.
: State Dept. spokesman says Chen’s remarks are “unhelpful.”
: Premier Wen’s NPC report emphasizes peace and development in Taiwan Strait.
: FM Li Zhaoxing says Chen a criminal before history.
: TAO statement says Chen’s remarks a “dangerous step.”
: MAC says Taipei ready to negotiate a currency clearance agreement.
: In speech, President Chen voices his “Four Wants, One Without.”
: Beijing announces 17.8 percent defense budget increase on eve of NPC.
: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte travels to Beijing; Beijing wants missile sale cancelled.
: Executive Yuan decides to rename Chiang Kai-shek memorial as “Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall”
: CSBC Board adopts name Taiwan International Shipbuilding Corp.
: President Chen presides over opening of National 228 Memorial.
: Beijing forum says 228 being manipulated by independence advocates.
: State notifies AMRAAM and Maverick missile sales to Taiwan.
: President Chen says Chiang Kai-shek responsible for 228 Incident.
: MAC says opinion polls show rise of Taiwan identity in 2006.
: DPP releases poll asserting 51 percent want “Taiwan” as national name.
: KMT Chair Ma Ying-jeou indicted on corruption.
: Lunar New Year/Spring Festival charter flights begin between Taiwan and PRC.
: President Chen presides at “Taiwan Post” name change ceremony.
: DPP Chair Yu says U.S. has no right to meddle in name changes.
: China Post chairman changes organization name to Taiwan Post amid protests.
: State Dept. spokesman says U.S. does not support name changes.
: President Chen suggests changing name of China Postal Service.
: MAC Chair Wu in DC wants foreigners eligible for charter flights.
: DPP Chair Yu says he supports changing national name and amending General Provisions of constitution.
: Economics Minister Chen mentions new corporate names “CPC Taiwan” and “CSBC Taiwan.”
: TAO spokesman Yang Yi condemns changes in history texts but says talks on weekend charter flights proceeding well.
: Taipei explains changes in new high school history text book that treat Taiwanese and Chinese history as separate.
: MAC Chair Wu says talks on tourism going smoothly; Beijing agrees.
: PRC repatriates robbery criminal Li Hanyang.
: Taipei says 880 missiles and 100 cruise missiles aimed at Taiwan.
: LY session ends without passing budget or procurement package.
: News of China’s anti-satellite test provokes criticism in Taiwan.
: Executive Yuan changes Palace Museum statute to downplay study of Chinese art.
: In Beijing, Negroponte publicly reiterates opposition to UN referendum.
: PRC Foreign Minister Yang meets Deputy Secretary Negroponte, urges firmer opposition to UN referendum.
: National Development and Resources Council Vice Chair Zhang Xiaoqiang leads 13-member delegate to Taiwan for conference on economics.
: Premier Wen urges Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to abide by commitments on Taiwan issue.
: TAO says China will purchase tangerines to help with over production in Taiwan.
: China’s first successful anti-satellite test.
: Chen meets incoming Nicaraguan President Ortega.
: President Chen overnights in San Francisco en route to Nicaragua.
: FM Li Zhaoxing calls Secretary Rice to protest U.S. transit decision.
: U.S. approves President Chen’s U.S. transits in San Francisco and Los Angeles to Central America.
: TAO spokesman criticizes Chen for preaching separatism.
: DPP leaders urge focus on welfare rather than constitutional reform.
: TAO Minister Chen Yunlin says PRC remains vigilant against separatism.
: President Hu Jintao’s New Year’s message reiterates his four points saying no compromise in opposing separatism.
: President Chen’s New Year’s address stresses Taiwanese nationalism.
: Chen says RMB exchange requires a clearance/liquidation agreement.
: 2006 Defense Supplemental sent to the LY Defense Committee.
: MAC instructed to work out RMB exchange throughout Taiwan.
: China publishes 2006 Defense White Paper.
: Beijing relaxes rules for Taiwan journalists reporting on 2008 Olympics.
: Taipei’s Bank of China Gov. Perng advocates legalizing RMB exchange.
: FPG gets PRC approval to build 600-megawatt thermal power plant in Henan.
: Taipei restricts number of residence permits for Chinese.
: PRC says Taiwan residents will no longer need to fill out entry cards.
: DPP’s Yu Shyi-kun calls for passage of Sensitive Technology Control Law.
: Taipei gives approval for three long-delayed China investments.
: Jia Qinglin receives KMT Youth delegation; KMT and CCP Youth Leagues hold conference in Beijing.
: MAC announces dates for 2007 New Year’s charter flights.
: Nicaragua approves FTA with Taiwan.
: Taipei announces new approval procedures for China investments.
: TAO releases its plan for charter flights during Spring Festival 2007.
: Taiwan Foundation for Democracy releases 2006 China Human Rights Report.
: MAC’s Tung Chen-yuan says window of opportunity in first half 2007.
: Pacific Congressional Caucus inaugurated in Taipei.
: Taiwan mayoral elections held.
: MAC Chairman Wu still hopeful tourism talks can finish this year.
: AMCHAM’s Topics magazine says Taiwan is becoming a “backwater.”
: CEPD estimates Chinese tourism will boost Taiwan GDP by 0.1 percent.
: LY committee fails to reach agreement on easing investment limits.
: President Chen reiterates interest in applying to UN as Taiwan.
: Beijing Evening News says 15 tour agencies will handle tours to Taiwan.
: Economics Minister Steve Chen expresses support for lifting 40 percent cap on investments.
: Bipartisan group of legislators proposes lifting investment cap to 60 percent.
: National Taiwan University announces academic exchange program with six PRC universities.
: President Chen survives third recall motion.
: Carlyle Group announces bid for Advanced Semiconductor (ASE).
: AIT Director Young urges early agreement on direct flights.
: Morris Chang tells press of his conversations with President Bush.
: Former Japanese Prime Minister Mori arrives in Taipei.
: Presidents Bush and Hu meet at APEC; discuss Taiwan. President Chen’s representative Morris Chang attends APEC.
: At APEC, Beijing says only states can sign FTAs.
: MAC Chairman Wu hints at approval for 0.18 micron technology.
: TAO confirms arrest of two Taiwan businessmen; says Beijing considering approving a national Taiwan Invested Enterprise Association.
: Chinese tourism official says tourism contacts taking place in Hong Kong.
: Vice Economics Minister Shih Yen-hsiang tells LY government is considering easing rules on chip investment in PRC; stocks rise.
: MND Minister Lee says naval group in U.S. to discuss submarines.
: High-level Chinese airline delegation arrives in Taiwan.
: China announces new scholarship program for Taiwan students in 2007.
: In press conference, President Chen proclaims his innocence.
: Vice Director Zhang Siqin of China National Tourism Administration and 500 others arrive for Taiwan Tourism Fair.
: Forum for China-Africa Cooperation opens in Beijing.
: Prosecutor indicts First lady Wu Shu-chen on corruption and forgery.
: President Chen’s Financial Times interview.
: President Chen commissions last two Kidd destroyers.
: Pan-Blue legislators block arms supplemental for 62nd time.
: Ma says KMT has policy of passing supplemental budget during this LY session.
: MAC defends repatriation to Hong Kong of tourist who claimed asylum.
: EU Chamber “blue paper” predicts more EU firms will leave Taiwan if cross-Strait economic policies are not eased.
: Premier Su expresses hope for progress on cross-Strait economic issues.
: PFP says it will block arms supplemental until prosecutor closes investigation into Fund for State Affairs; Ma regrets decision.
: DPP Secretary General Yu Shyi-kun leads delegation to Japan.
: China offers to buy Taiwan bananas to reduce glut on market.
: Press reports preliminary LY agreement on small defense supplemental.
: In LY, Premier Su discusses constitutional reform and “second republic.”
: At Agricultural Forum, TAO’s Chen Yunlin outlines 20 measures.
: United Daily News reports MND to establish “strategic force” with Hsiungfeng 2E cruise missiles on an off-shore island.
: KMT-CCP Agricultural Forum opens on Hainan.
: President Chen says “second republic” deserves to be considered.
: President Chen survives second recall vote.
: Taipei’s Cross-Strait Tourism Association begins operation.
: Premier Su Tseng-chang meets Taiwan investors in mainland.
: DPP postpones issuing draft of new constitution.
: Mid-Autumn festival cross-Strait charter flights begin.
: President Chen declares that “Taiwan is Taiwan, China is China, and Taiwan and China are totally different countries,” drawing protests from Beijing and a reminder that Washington expects Chen to honor his previous commitments.
: U.S. State Department spokesman says abiding by his commitments will be a test of President Chen’s “leadership, dependability, and statesmanship.”
: TAO’s Li Weiyi criticizes Chen for violating his “four noes.”
: Jia Qinglin warns of danger from Chen’s promotion of independence under guise of constitutional reform.
: President Chen calls for reconsideration of territory defined in constitution.
: Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing meets Costa Rican President Arias at UN.
: KMT delegation led by Chiang Ping-kun meets TAO’s Zheng Lizhong.
: Some 300,000 protesters call for President Chen’s resignation as they march in front of the president’s office and home.
: First cross-Strait medical charter flight.
: DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun in Washington, D.C. for consultations.
: In Helsinki, Premier Wen Jiabao declines to comment on the news report; says Taiwan politics are for Taiwanese people to decide.
: UN decides not to consider Taiwan’s UN bid.
: TAO Minister Chen Yunlin in Washington, D.C. for consultations.
: U.S.-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference in Denver.
: On Fuji TV, Chen calls for Japan-Taiwan military cooperation.
: Tens of thousands of protesters gather in front of the Presidential Office for an open-ended sit-in campaign to oust President Chen.
: KMT and CCP announce agricultural conference being moved to Hainan.
: EY adopts act to rename CKS as “Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.”
: MAC Chairman Wu in Washington, D.C. for consultations.
: President Chen signs partnership agreement with six allies in Palau.
: AMCHAM visits Premier Su; urges easing cross-Strait restrictions.
: Beijing convicts Ching Cheong, Hong Kong-based Strait Times reporter, of spying for Taiwan.
: Defense News says U.S. recommending against approving F-16 sale to Taiwan.
: MND releases National Defense Report mentioning “Special Operations Missiles.”
: Kyodo reports ROC army commander in Japan observing GSDF exercise.
: Departure ceremony for last two Kidd destroyers from Charleston.
: PRC protests ROC army commander visit to Japan.
: MAC announces formation of “Taiwan Strait Tourism & Travel Association.”
: DPP has parliamentary exchange with Japan LDP.
: EY adopts proposed 2007 budget with NT$323.5 billion for defense.
: PRC’s Jia Qinglin receives large Taiwan trade delegation.
: Taipei approves mid-Autumn Festival charters to start Sept 29.
: Beijing announces formation of “Cross-Strait Travel Exchange Association.”
: TAO announces personnel changes.
: TSMC Chairman Chang urges approval for export of 0.18 micron technology.
: Japan’s vice minister of agriculture makes highest-level visit to Taiwan since normalization in 1972.
: Shih Ming-teh launches his campaign to oust President Chen. The monies collected will be used for a massive sit-in campaign Sept. 9.
: Taipei’s allies submit annual resolution to UN on Taiwan participation.
: Beijing says private law enforcement officials have agreed to increase cooperation on fighting crime, extraditing criminals.
: China repatriates 11 fugitives via Jinmen.
: Chad switches diplomatic relations from Taipei to Beijing.
: MAC Chairman Wu says negotiations needed on Chen Yunlin’s visit.
: Xiamen announces new air service via Xiaman-Jinmen.
: Premier Su says no plans to change 40 percent ceiling on China investment.
: President Chen urges Formosa Foundation to push for change in U.S. “one China” policy.
: TAO requests Taiwan to facilitate visit by Chen Yunlin.
: Premier Su says pragmatism will guide handling of cross-Strait issues.
: MAC Chairman Wu says restrictions on visits by PRC employees of multinational firms will be eased.
: KMT announces invitation to TAO Minister Chen Yunlin.
: MAC Chairman Wu says PRC tourists may be coming by end of year.
: Lee Teng-hui says Taiwan must not become more dependent on China market.
: Hanguang-22 live fire exercise.
: At SEDC, President Chen calls for investment in Taiwan.
: In Taipei, USTR’s Bahtia urges removal of cross-Strait trade barriers.
: ExecutiveYuan decides Sustainable Development Conference (SEDC) will not address cross-Strait economic issues.
: TSMC charters first cargo flight to take equipment to Shanghai.
: President Chen emphasizes Chinese threat to visiting Japanese delegation.
: Presidents Bush and Hu meet at G-8 Summit.
: In Japan, Ma Ying-jeou urges Japanese PM Koizumi to take broader view of history and reconsider visits to Yasukuni.
: Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou begins Japan visit.
: PRC’s Huaxia Bank announces 20 billion RMB program for Taiwan firms.
: TAO Minister Chen Yunlin receives KMT delegation.
: President Hu Jintao meets Evergreen Chairman Chang Yung-fa and promises more support for Taiwan investors.
: Defense News reports “Monterey” talks were held June 28-29 in Quantico.
: PRC Foreign Ministry protests House action.
: House passes bill lifting restrictions on contacts with Taiwan.
: LY fails to pass recall resolution on President Chen.
: Presidents of 12 airlines meet in Kunming to discuss charter flights.
: WTO panel concludes review of Taiwan trade policy; Taiwan and China hold first consultation at WTO.
: MAC Chairman Wu announces agreement on charter flights; Beijing’s Cross-Strait Aviation Committee makes parallel announcement.
: Special LY session opens.
: Eva Air announces plans to buy 25 percent stake in Shanghai Airways Cargo.
: Taipei finance official to China for a WTO dumping investigation.
: At Cold War memorial ceremony, TECRO Representative Wu shakes hands with President Bush.
: At Cold War memorial ceremony, TECRO Representative Wu shakes hands with President Bush.
: Hong Kong implements easier entry provisions for Taiwanese traveling to mainland.
: At Cold War memorial ceremony, TECRO Representative Wu shakes hands with President Bush.
: Burghardt meets press in Taipei; says NUC issue is over.
: Chen receives AIT’s Burghardt; reiterates “four noes;” State Dept. welcomes Chen’s statement as profoundly important.
: Jinmen-Quanzhou ferry service is inaugurated.
: World Health Organization says Taiwan will be able to participate in all WHO sponsored Asia Pacific technical meetings.
: MAC says Taipei is ready for talks on links and tourism.
: Premier Su says wider exchanges possible under “active management.”
: TAO criticizes NSR as compendium of independence views; TAO also announces plans for expanded ferry services.
: Annual Taipei American Chamber of Commerice White Paper reiterates call for direct links.
: LY fails to pass charter flights bill on last day of session.
: Taipei imposes 237 percent duty on Chinese towel imports.
: National Museum of Taiwan-Fujian relations opens in Quanzhou, Fujian.
: Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Karan Bhatia in Taipei calls for Taiwan to lift restrictions on trade with mainland.
: KMT’s Ma Ying-jeou opposes ramming charters bill through LY.
: World Health Assembly again rejects Taiwan request for observer status.
: Taiwan’s first National Security Report released.
: Taipei approves Toppoly purchase of Phillips LCD plants in China.
: President Chen presides over NSC meeting on National Security Report (NSR).
: PRC resumes permitting fishermen to work for Taiwan’s fishing industry.
: TAO urges inter-association talks on tourism and charter flights.
: Second LY confrontation over charter flights legislation.
: First LY confrontation over charter flights legislation.
: President Chen overnights in Batam Indonesia en route home.
: President Chen transits Libya en route home: meets Gadhafi’s son.
: During Congressional testimony, Deputy Secretary Zoellick warns that Taiwan independence means war.
: U.S. representatives at Costa Rica inaugural meet President Chen; Chen sees Laura Bush at reception; invites her to Taiwan.
: PRC vice minister of information industry in Taipei for meeting on technology standards.
: China Daily says U.S. snubbed Chen; mocks his travel as a “trip to nowhere.”
: FSC Vice chair tells LY ceiling on investments in China will be loosened.
: In Singapore, Ma Ying-jeou urges focus on a peace agreement, not unification.
: President Chen opts not to transit the U.S. en route to Paraguay.
: FM Huang expresses dissatisfaction with Alaska transit arrangements; Premier Su blasts Beijing for blocking Taiwan’s international space.
: Chen summons AIT’s Young to express his dissatisfaction over transit conditions after Washington reportedly offers only brief stops in Hawaii or Alaska.
: Beijing announces that all 22 fruit imports from Taiwan will be duty-free.
: Haiti withdraws inaugural invitation for Premier Su under PRC pressure.
: Taiwan FM Huang concludes visit to UAE.
: MAC announces approval for low-end packaging and testing investment and small LCD manufacture in China.
: President Chen says KMT-CCP agreements are sugar-coated poison.
: Beijing invites TPFA and other NGOs to talks on zero tariffs.
: Hanguang 22 exercise begins; retired U.S. Adm. Blair observes.
: Boao Forum includes roundtable on cross-Strait economic ties.
: Beijing announces expansion of fruit imports from Taiwan from 18 to 22 types.
: Taipei requests transit stops in New York and Los Angeles during President Chen’s trip to Latin America in early May.
: Premier Su says KMT-CCP items that are in Taiwan’s interest can be implemented.
: Bush-Hu summit in Washington, D.C.
: President Chen says KMT-CCP forum has created the illusion of peace.
: Beijing announces new measures for group tours to Taiwan.
: MAC Chair Wu says charter flights for Dragon Boat festival a possibility.
: PRC President and Secretary General Hu Jintao meets KMT’s Lien Chan; Beijing announces 15 measures to facilitate cross-Strait ties.
: CCP-KMT Economics and Trade Forum opens in Beijing; Jia Qinglin attends opening; urges breakthroughs on direct transportation.
: KMT’s Lien Chan leads 50-member economic delegation to China.
: Asian Network of Major Cities conference in Taipei; Beijing boycotts.
: MAC Chairman Wu says charter and tourism agreements possible in six months.
: Taiwan National Security Council conducts war game Yushan 2 on decapitation scenario.
: Taiwan Fruit Sale Center opens in Xiamen.
: President Chen repeats pledge for new constitution by 2008.
: Premier Wen Jiabao announces $12 billion aid for South Pacific islands.
: Taipei announces Taiwan cannot accept pandas offered by Beijing.
: Taipei’s rejects applications for zoos to import gift pandas.
: In Jakarta, Jia Qinglin calls on friends to help defeat separatism.
: DPP cancels planned “grand debate” on China policy.
: KMT chairman Ma visits Washington; meets State Deputy Secretary Zoellick and others.
: MAC announces some new measures to reduce reliance on China, tighten controls on investments to the mainland, and crackdown on smuggling.
: TAO and KMT announce plans for April 14-15 economic and trade conference in Beijing.
: TSMC Chairman Morris Chang calls for export of 0.18 micron technology.
: KMT chairman Ma at Harvard calls for cross-Strait modus vivendi.
: Taiwan MND report says China gaining a military edge.
: DPP holds demonstration against PRC threats to Taiwan.
: Secretary Rice in Sydney says Taiwan has engaged in problematic behavior.
: At NPC press conference, Premier Wen calls Chen dangerous and deceitful.
: Former Deputy Secretary Armitage visits Taipei.
: At hearing, U.S. Sen. John Warner warns Taiwan against provoking China.
: Premier Wen’s NPC Work Report addresses Taiwan in standard terms.
: Jia Qinglin urges CPPCC members to reach out to DPP hardliners.
: Taipei MOFA spokesman says “cease to function” is not abolition.
: Premier Wen urges international community vigilance against Chen.
: State Dept. spokesman comments on NUC, seeks clarification regarding cease vs. abolition.
: EU statement says ceasing NUC operations will not help stability in Strait.
: President Hu describes Chen’s actions as a “dangerous step.”
: Beijing reiterates that pandas will be free.
: TAO official reaffirms PRC interest in facilitating tourism to Taiwan.
: President Chen announces NUC will cease to function.
: State Dept. reiterates policy, says Chen has stopped short of abolishing NUC.
: Amb. Burghardt appointed AIT chairman; Stephen Young as AIT director.
: Taipei press reports NSC & State officials visited Taiwan on weekend.
: TAO Chairman Chen Yunlin says abolishing NUC would jeopardize ties.
: KMT delegation discusses tourism & charters with TAO.
: KMT’s Su Chi claims authorship of “1992 consensus.”
: EVA and other Taiwan airlines propose weekend charters.
: New Year’s charter flights end. CNTA’s Shao Qiwei calls for tourism cooperation.
: Ma in Dublin says independence an option for Taiwan, but not KMT.
: UMC fined for investment in Hejian.
: KMT Chairman Ma speaks at London School of Economics.
: National Security Council Acting Senior Director for Asian Affairs Dennis Wilder and Clifford Hart, director of the State Department’s Taiwan Desk, reportedly travel secretly to Taiwan to try to dissuade Chen Shui-bian from abolishing the National Unification Council.
: Chen says his NUC policy is response to Ma’s unification goal.
: TAO calls Chen a troublemaker sabotaging cross-Strait ties. CAAC’s Pu Zhaozhou urges Taiwan to negotiate on charters.
: KMT Chairman Ma’s interview in Asian Wall Street Journal.