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

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

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

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

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

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

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

: Taiwan opens its representative office in Somaliland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

: Liaoning carrier group sails east thru Bashi Strait.

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

: Hong Kong government arrests 14 prominent democracy activists.

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

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

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

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

: US President Donald Trump signs TAIPEI Act.

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

: China Eastern Airlines evacuates Taiwan citizens from Wuhan.

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

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

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

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

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

: Lai attends National Prayer Breakfast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:    Vice President Chen Chien-jen visits Palau.

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

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

:    Taiwan signs an updated investment agreement with Vietnam.

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

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

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

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

:      British Navy vessels transit the Taiwan Strait.

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

: US Congressmen Bill Flores and Guy Reschenthaler meet Tsai.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:     Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine meets Tsai in Taipei.

:      Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei visits Taipei.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

: Taipei releases the 2019 National Defense Report.

: A Canadian naval vessel transits the Taiwan Strait.

: GCTF hosts forum on media literacy and disinformation.

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

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

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

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

: KMT’s Eric Chu visits Washington.

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

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

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

: Beijing announces ban on individual tourist travel to Taiwan.

: KMT Congress nominates Han as presidential candidate.

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

: President Tsai transits Denver.

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

: President Tsai transits New York.

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

: Taipei-Shanghai Twin City Forum held in Shanghai.

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

: Liaoning carrier group transits Taiwan Strait.

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

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

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

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

: President Tsai criticizes Beijing for covering up Tiananmen.

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

: US Defense Department releases Indo-Pacific Strategy Report.

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

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

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

: Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je visits Japan.

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

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

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

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

:   Senators Chris Coons and Maggie Hassan visit Taipei.

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

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

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

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

: US Agricultural Trade Mission visits Taiwan.

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

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

: AIT Chairman James Moriarty meets President Tsai.

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

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

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

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

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

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

:   French Navy French frigate Vendemiaire transits Taiwan Strait.

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

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

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

:   President Tsai transits Hawaii.

:   President Tsai visits Marshall Islands.

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

: President Tsai visits Nauru.

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

: Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu visits Hong Kong.

: President Tsai visits Palau.

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

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

: Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je visits the US.

: Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-tang visits Washington.

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

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

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

: Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan visits Washington.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

: President Trump signs Asia Reassurance Initiative Act. 

: Taiwan-Japan maritime cooperation meeting concludes in Taipei.

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

: Shanghai-Taipei Twin City Forum convenes in Taipei.

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

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

: Four PLA aircraft fly through Bashi Strait.

: Taiwan and India sign new Bilateral Investment Agreement.

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

: Cross-Strait CEO summit held in Xian.

:   Department of Commerce Acting DAS Ian Steff visits Taipei.

: Two US navy ships transit Taiwan Strait.

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

: Foreign Minister Wu visits the Marshall Islands.

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

: Palau President Tommy Remengesau visits Taipei.

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

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

: US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference convenes in Annapolis.

: Two US Navy ships transit Taiwan Strait.

: State Department DAS Scott Busby attends forum in Taipei. 

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

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

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

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

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

: Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benitez visits Taipei.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

: Taipei hosts an Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue conference.

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

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

: Taipei severs diplomatic relations with El Salvador.

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

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

: President Tsai meets Prime Minister Dean Barrow in Belize.

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

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

:   President Tsai transits Los Angeles.

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

: New AIT Director Brent Christensen arrives in Taipei.

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

: Beijing blocks Vienna performance by Taiwan youth choir.

: Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine visits Taiwan.

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

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

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

: President Tsai presides at commissioning of Apache helicopters.

:   DPP holds annual congress.

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

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

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

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

: Two US Navy Aegis destroyers transit Taiwan Strait.

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

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

:   AIT dedicates new office building in Taipei.

:   King Mswati III of eSwatini visits Taipei.

:   PRC convenes Tenth Straits Forum in Fujian.

:   President Tsai issues strong statement on Tiananmen anniversary.

:   Sen. David Perdue makes brief stop in Taipei.

: Haitian President Jovenel Moise meets President Tsai in Taipei.

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

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

: Burkino Faso terminates diplomatic relations with Taipei.

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

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

: Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela visits Taiwan.

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

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

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

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

: China and Dominican Republic establish diplomatic relations.

: China and Dominican Republic establish diplomatic relations.

: Bipartisan Congressional group introduces Asia Reassurance Initiative Act.

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

: PLA conducts routine artillery drill near Fujian coast.

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

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

: Premier Lai clarifies his views on Taiwan independence.

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

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

: Former President Ma Ying-jeou visits San Francisco.

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

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

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

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

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

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

: Delegation led by Rep. Ed Royce visits Taiwan.

: Department of Commerce DAS Ian Steff visits Taiwan.

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

: Liu Jieyi becomes TAO minister.

:   President Xi Jinping addresses NPC.

: Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu visits Washington.

: President Trump signs Taiwan Travel Act (TTA).

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

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

: President Tsai rearranges her national security team.

: Delegation led by Sen. James Inhofe visits Taipei.

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

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

: Earthquake damages Hualien; deaths include six mainland tourists.

: Annual Taiwan Affairs Work Conference convenes in Beijing.

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

: Cardinal Zen criticizes Vatican handling of Chinese bishops.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

: Taiwan and Japan sign marine emergency and rescue agreement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

:     Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan adopts Transitional Justice Bill.

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

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

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

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

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

:     President Tsai transits Guam.

:      President Tsai visits Solomon Islands

:        President Tsai visits Tuvalu.

:   President Tsai visits Marshall Islands.

: Cambodia deports 19 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China.

:   President Tsai transits Honolulu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:      Taipei arranges visit by international scientists to Taiping Island.

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

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

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

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

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

: Three Hong Kong umbrella movement leaders given jail sentences.

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

: Annual Monterey talks conclude in Hawaii.

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

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

: President Tsai speaks to Prospect Foundation Asian security conference.

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

: Informal US-Taiwan trade talks convene in Taipei.

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

: PLA H-6 bombers circumnavigate Taiwan.

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

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

: President Xi Jiping presides at Hong Kong reversion anniversary.

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

: Ninth Cross-Strait Forum opens in Fujian.

: Panama and Beijing sign communiqué establishing diplomatic relations.

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

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

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

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

: Wu Den-yih elected next KMT chairman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

: Chinese tourist Zhang Xiangzhong seeks political asylum in Taiwan.

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

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

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

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

:   Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos visits Taipei.

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

:   Hong Kong arrests umbrella movement leaders.

: Carrie Lam selected as Hong Kong chief executive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

: Beijing detains human rights activist Lee Ming-che.

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

:   Taipei releases Quadrennial Defense Report.

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

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

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

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

:   PLAN ships pass southward through Taiwan Strait.

: ARATS Deputy Zheng Lizhong detained for investigation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:   President Tsai transits San Francisco en route to Taiwan.

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

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

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

:   President Tsai visits Guatemala; meets President Jimmy Morales.

:       President Tsai visits Nicaragua; meets President Daniel Ortega.

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

: President Tsai transits Houston en route to Central America.

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

: Vietnam repatriates four Taiwanese fraud suspects to China.

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

: Beijing establishes diplomatic relations with Sao Tome and Principe.

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

: Aircraft carrier Liaoning with five escort ships circumnavigates Taiwan.

: KMT-CCP Forum in Beijing adopts cooperation program.

: Sao Tome and Principe ends diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

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

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

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

: Ten PLA aircraft again circumnavigate Taiwan.

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

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

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

: Republican operative Stephen Yates visits Taipei.

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

: Taiwan conducts disaster relief exercise near Taiping Island.

: Six PLA aircraft circumnavigate Taiwan for first time.

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

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

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

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

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

: Yu Zhengsheng addresses Cross-Strait Entrepreneurs Summit.

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

: KMT-CCP Peaceful Development Forum opens in Beijing.

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

: New AIT Chairman Jim Moriarty visits Taipei.

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

: Hong Kong localist legislators visit Taipei.

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

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

: US-Taiwan Defense Industry conference opens in Williamsburg.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:   Taipei-Shanghai Twin City Forum opens in Taipei.

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

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

:   Vice President Chen transits New York.

:   Vice President Chen visits Dominican Republic.

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

:   Vice President Chen Chien-jen transits New York.

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

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

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

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

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

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

:   Cross-Strait Tourism Association task force led by Secretary General Liu Kezhi flies to Taiwan in response to the tour bus fire.

: Twenty-four Chinese tourists die in tour bus fire in Taoyuan.

: Taiwanese actor is fired from film production in China for failure to clarify his political beliefs.

:   Arbitral Tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) panel issues its award in the Philippine case against China in the South China Sea.

:   US Senate adopts resolution reaffirming Taiwan Relations Act and six assurances.

:   Accidentally launched ROC Navy Hsiung Feng III missile hits a fishing boat near Penghu.

:   General Secretary Xi Jinping reiterates 1992 Consensus requirement for cross-strait relations and opposition to Taiwan independence.

:   President Tsai transits Los Angeles on her return to Taiwan.

:   President Tsai visits Paraguay.

:   President Tsai attends Panama Canal ceremony; signs book as “President of Taiwan (ROC).”

:   TAO spokesman says cross-strait communications mechanisms suspended.

:   President Tsai transits Miami; flight to Panama overflies Cuban airspace.

:   Cambodia sends 25 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China.

:   US-Taiwan Defense Review Talks held in Washington.

:   TAO spokesman says TAO-Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF)-Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) channels can only continue         on the basis of the 1992 Consensus.

:   Beijing rescinds invitation to the children’s choir that performed at Tsai inauguration.

:   Eighth Cross-Strait Forum is held in Xiamen.

: Tsai administration denies Ma Ying-jeou’s application to visit Hong Kong.

:   Kuomintang (KMT) Vice Chair Hau Lung-bin attends Taiwan-Yunnan forum.

: US Sen. John McCain’s congressional delegation meets President Tsai.

: US Rep. Ed Royce’s congressional delegation meets President Tsai.

:   Executive Yuan (EY) spokesman says Taipei will abide by UN ruling on the status of Okinotori Island.

: President Tsai visits Hualien Air Base pledging to restore pride in the military.

:   TAO spokesman says cross-strait agreements reached under previous administrations remain in effect.

:   Health Minister Lin Tzou-lien attends the World Health Assembly (WHA).

: ROC Education Minister Pan Wen-chung rescinds 2014 high school textbook revisions.

:   President Tsai Ing-wen is inaugurated; gives inaugural address.

:   TAO issues statement giving Tsai an “incomplete test grade” for her inaugural speech.

:   Republic of China (ROC) Ministry of Justice delegation visits Zhuhai for consultations on fraud prosecutions.

:   Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) statement says Taipei will participate in World Health Assembly (WHA) under the “one-China” principle.

:   Group of former senior Ma administration officials visits Taiping Island.

:   Taipei dispatches a Coast Guard frigate to Okinotori Island.

: Thirty-two alleged Taiwanese criminals deported from Malaysia to China.

: Japan seizes Taiwan fishing boat near Okinotori, it is released next day.

: Ministry of Justice (MOJ) delegation in Beijing says agreement reached on jointly investigating Kenya and Malaysia fraud cases.

: Twenty alleged Taiwanese criminals repatriated from Malaysia.

: Tsai Ing-wen says Beijing’s disregard of Taiwan’s sovereignty and jurisdiction has harmed cross-strait relations.

: Taiwan Tourism Bureau reports PRC tourist arrivals have declined.

: TAO announces that 8th Cross-Strait Forum will be held June 11.

: Kenya deports 37 more Taiwanese to China.

: President Ma unveils monument on Pengjia Islet.

: President Ma hosts South China Sea seminar at MOFA.

: Kenya deports eight ROC citizens to China.

: AIIB President Jin Liqun says Taiwan’s application must go through Beijing’s Ministry of Finance.

: President-elect Tsai says she will strengthen communications with Beijing to preserve peace.

: DPP LY caucus approves “Statute Governing Oversight of the Concluding of Cross-Strait Agreements.”

: ROC Minister of Justice Luo Ying-shay begins five-day visit to Beijing.

: Hung Hsiu-chu wins by-election as chairman of KMT.

: Former Vice President Vincent Siew attends Boao Forum and meets Premier Li Keqiang and TAO Director Zhang Zhijun.

: Panama invites Tsai and Xi to opening of expanded Panama Canal in June.

: Taipei arranges first foreign media visit to Taiping Island.

: Hung Chi-chang expelled from DPP’s New Tide faction; in 2015 he had called for Taiwan not to pursue de jure independence.

: ROC Foreign Ministry issues position paper on South China Sea (SCS).

: President Obama signs bill promoting observer status for Taiwan in Interpol.

: Beijing establishes diplomatic relations with the Gambia.

: President-elect Tsai announces Lin Chuan will be premier.

: Tsai Ing-wen requests DPP legislators withdraw their version of oversight bill.

: National People’s Congress (NPC) convenes in Beijing; General Secretary Xi Jinping discusses Taiwan with Fujian delegates.

: Taiwan-Japan Fisheries Agreement Committee concludes three-day meeting.

: TAO Minister Zhang says Wang’s remarks don’t represent change.

: President Ma welcomes Wang’s reference to the ROC constitution.

: Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at CSIS, mentioning Taiwan’s “one China” constitution.

: TAO Deputy Chen Yuanfeng concludes unpublished 5-day visit to Taiwan.

: Tsai Ing-wen promises a transitional justice committee to review issues in including handling of Nationalist symbols and party assets.

: Beijing says Hong Kong rioters were “radical separatists inclined to terrorism.”

: Taipei approves TSMC’s application for a 12-inch wafer plant in Nanjing.

: Annual Communist Party (CCP) Taiwan Affairs Work Conference held in Beijing.

: New LY convenes, DPP’s Su Jia-chyuan is elected speaker.

: Beijing implements realignment of PLA military regions.

: Premier Chang says Beijing investments in integrated circuit design firms will not be approved by current administration.

: President Ma visits Taiping Island.

: Simon Chang appointed ROC premier.

: Trade in Services Agreement (TSA) ministers, including Taiwan, meet in Davos.

: Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken meets TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun in Beijing.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Deputy Gong Qinggai detained on suspicion of corruption.

: DPP Secretary General Joseph Wu visits Washington for consultations.

: US envoy William Burns visits Taipei; meets Tsai and President Ma Ying-jeou.

: Huang Min-hui appointed acting Kuomintang (KMT) chairperson.

: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) established.

: Tsai Ing-wen elected president; DPP wins Legislative Yuan (LY) majority.

: Taiwan pop star Chou Tzu-yu posts YouTube apology for showing ROC flag on South Korean television; forced apology provokes outrage in Taiwan.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chair Tsai Ing-wen calls for multi-level, multi-track communications with Beijing.

: UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) legal officer says Taiwan not eligible to be observer.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chair Hsia Li-yan urges Beijing to honor commitments to Hong Kong.

: Preparatory meeting for 13th round of Merchandise Trade Agreement (MTA) negotiations held in Beijing.

: Beijing agrees to trial implementation of PRC tourist transit procedures.

: Hong Kong publisher Lee Bo abducted in Hong Kong.

: Second Taiwan presidential debate held.

:   Cross-Strait Civilian Flight Safety and Flight Cooperation Accord takes effect.

:   China and Taiwan announce that hotline between MAC and TAO is opened.

:   First Taiwan presidential debate held.

: Simulated Youth vote gives Tsai 61 percent.

: Matsu-Fujian ferry service starts.

: Tsai Ing-wen comments on 1992 Consensus before business forum.

: Hung Hsiu-chu arrives in Beijing to promote KMT among Taiwan businesspeople.

: State Department notifies Congress of $1.8 billion arms sales package for Taiwan.

: Minister of Interior Chen Wei-zen presides at Taiping wharf ceremony.

: Announcement that Taiwan’s Siliconware Precision Industries plans to sell 25 percent to China’s state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup sparks controversy.

: Minister of Economic Affairs John Deng presents conditional proposal on PRC investment in IC design firms.

: Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration Minister Wei Kuo-yan in Paris to attend side meetings related to UN Climate Conference.

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) President Chen Deming begins one-week Taiwan visit.

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and ARATS conduct review of existing agreements.

: Taipei announces that imprisoned agents were exchanged in October.

: Japan and Taiwan sign double tax avoidance treaty.

: Twelfth round of MTA negotiations conclude in Taipei.

: Tsai Ing-wen says she expects to open dialogue with Beijing after election.

: Taiwan announces that fisheries enforcement agreement with the Philippines was signed on Nov. 5.

: Vincent Siew represents Taipei at APEC Leaders Meeting in Manila.

: Ma holds international press conference to report on meeting Xi.

: KMT Chair Eric Chu visits Washington.

:   Ma Ying-jeou and Xi Jinping hold first Cross-Strait Leaders Meeting in Singapore.

:   DPP spokesman issues statement questioning Ma’s meeting with Xi.

:   Taipei and Beijing announce Xi-Ma meeting in Singapore.

:   Former Vice President Vincent Siew leads delegation to Cross-Strait Entrepreneurs Summit in Nanjing.

:   US House of Representatives unanimously passes bill directing Obama administration to work toward observer status for Taiwan in Interpol.

: Taipei says it does not recognize or accept PCA’s jurisdiction or ruling.

: (Permanent Court of Arbitration) rules that it has jurisdiction in Philippine case concerning South China Sea.

: Taiwan celebrates 70th Retrocession Day.

: Yu Zhengsheng attends Taiwan Retrocession ceremony in Beijing.

: Third annual cross-strait insurance supervisory cooperation meeting takes place in central Taiwan; reports cite little progress due to stalled STA.

: KMT Special Congress nominates Eric Chu Li-lun as presidential candidate.

: TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun and MAC Chairman Hsia Li-yan meet in Guangzhou.

: Two Taiwan intelligence agents serving life sentences released by China. Taiwan grants parole to Chinese agent in late October.

: Tsai Ing-wen attends ROC National Day ceremony for first time.

:    DPP Chair Tsai Ing-wen visits Japan; discreetly meets Prime Minister Abe.

:    KMT votes unanimously to hold special KMT congress to replace Hung.

:    US-Taiwan Defense Conference opens in Williamsburg.

:    Agreement for China’s Industrial and Commercial Bank of China to buy 20 percent share of Taiwan’s Bank SinoPac lapses as Cross-Strait Services Trade Agreement (STA) remains unapproved in Taiwan.

:    Deputy USTR Robert Holleyman leads delegation to Taipei for Trade and Investment Framework Agreements (TIFA) talks; Taiwan’s resistance to US beef and pork products stalls progress.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-de tells city council that he supports Taiwan independence.

: TAO spokesman says supporting independence will bring calamity.

: The 11th round of negotiations on Cross-Strait Merchandise Trade Agreement (MTA) concludes in Beijing.

: KMT Chairman Eric Chu Li-lun privately urges Hung to withdraw.

: Beijing begins nationwide issuance of new Taibaozheng cards.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) states Beijing has not addressed its concerns about the shift to new Taiwan visitor (Taibaozheng) card.

: Fifth cross-strait banking supervisory meeting held in Taiwan.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Zhang Zhijun meets village/ward officials’ delegation from Taiwan.

: People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy begins three-day live fire exercise in Taiwan Strait.

:   Kuomintang (KMT) candidate Hung Hsiu-chu asserts she will stay in the race and fight for her beliefs.

: KMT candidate Hung announces temporary suspension of campaign activities.

: Lien Chan meets Xi Jinping in Beijing.

:   General Secretary Xi Jinping receives Lien Chan in Beijing.

: Taiwan joins North Pacific Fisheries Commission.

:   ROC government and military, and KMT, discourage members from attending Beijing’s Sept. 3 military parade.

: Technical talks on Merchandise Trade Agreement held in Beijing.

: Eleventh SEF-ARATS meeting held in Fuzhou; double taxation and aviation safety agreements signed.

: TAO spokesman comments further on Shanghai-Taipei forum.

: Yu Zhengsheng meets delegation led by former LY speaker Yao Eng-chi.

: Taipei Mayor Ko attends Taipei-Shanghai Forum in Shanghai.

: Taipei announces it is constructing a lighthouse on Taiping Island.

: TAO Minister Zhang holds consultations in Washington.

: Massive industrial explosion in Tianjin; Taipei offers help.

: James Soong Chu-yu of People’s First Party (PFP) announces candidacy.

: Students end their protest in front of MOE.

: TAO Minister Zhang addresses National Taiwan Studies Society conference.

: In interview with PRC journalists, Mayor Ko expresses respect for “1992 Consensus.”

: Students activists protest at MOE and break into LY.

:   Shanghai Deputy Mayor Weng Tiehui visits Taipei to discuss Shanghai-Taipei Forum with Mayor Ko Wen-je.

:   Former President Lee Teng-hui in Japan, says Diaoyutai belong to Japan.

: Taiwan student activists protesting curriculum changes break into Ministry of Education (MOE).

:   PLA military exercise story involving simulated attack on presidential office building widely covered in Taipei media.

:   US-Taiwan “Monterey talks” are held in Washington DC.

:    KMT Congress formally nominates Hung Hsiu-chu.

:   President Ma transits Los Angeles.

:   President Ma meets President Ortega in Nicaragua.

:   MAC Chair Hsia Li-yan visits Washington for consultations.

: President Ma meets President Martelly in Haiti.

: President Ma visits Dominican Republic.

:   President Ma transits Boston and attends symposium at Harvard.

:   President Ma presides at WWII anniversary military parade.

:   PRC publishes National Security Law with provisions applying to Taiwan.

:   Beijing announces Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) membership open to ADB/WB members.

:   Myanmar opens trade office in Taipei.

:   Yu Zhengsheng announces new card to replace Taiwan Compatriot Certificate (Taibaozheng) that Taiwan people use to travel to mainland.

:   Hung Hsiu-chu passes KMT nomination threshold.

:   President Ma writes Wall Street Journal article proposing South China Sea (SCS) peace initiative.

: Kin Moy takes office as AIT Director in Taipei.

: DPP Chair Tsai holds end of visit press conference in San Francisco.

: Beijing begins issuing new travel cards (Taibaozheng) to Taiwanese visiting Fujian.

: DPP Chair Tsai meets Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

: DPP Chair Tsai meets National Security Council’s Evan Medeiros and gives speech at CSIS.

: DPP Chair Tsai writes “Taiwan Can Build on U.S. Ties” in Wall Street Journal.

: US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin visits Taipei.

: China and South Korea sign free trade agreement (FTA).

:   Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chair Tsai Ing-wen begins 12-day, five-city visit to US.

:   TAO Deputy Chen Yuanfeng visits Washington DC.

:   Republic of China (ROC) Chief of General Staff Yen De-fa attends change of command ceremony at Pacific Command in Hawaii.

:   President Ma Ying-jeou proposes South China Sea Peace Initiative.

:   SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane visits Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Tianjin.

:   Taipei Forum holds conference on cross-strait relations.

:   Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chair Hsia Li-yan and Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Zhang Zhijun meet in Kinmen.

:   Taipei Health Minister Chiang Been-huang attends World Health Assembly.

:   President Ma Ying-jeou explains views on 1992 Consensus at Taipei conference.

:   Taipei orders Alibaba to end business in Taiwan within six months.

:   American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Ray Burghardt visits Taipei.

:   People’s Republic of China (PRC) State Council publishes document to preserve preferential tax provisions for Taiwan invested enterprises.

:   Legislative Yuan (LY) adopts bill to implement UN Convention against Corruption.

: KMT Chairman Chu and CPP General Secretary Xi Jinping meet in Beijing.

: KMT Chairman Chu and CPP General Secretary Xi meet in Beijing.

:   Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu Li-lun attends KMT-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Forum in Shanghai.

:   KMT Chairman Chu attends KMT-CCP Forum in Shanghai.

: President Ma reviews cross-strait relations in talk at the MAC.

: KMT Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin leads KMT delegation to ceremony in Nanjing commemorating 10th anniversary of CPC-KMT meetings.

: Yu Zhengsheng attends meeting in Nanjing with Taiwan investors.

: Premier Li Keqiang reassures Taiwan investors that preferential policies will not change.

: TAO Deputy Minister Li Yafei meets MAC Chairman Hsia in Taipei.

: China Securities Regulatory Commission says it is studying Shanghai-Taipei stock trading link.

: Taiwan Defense Ministry says it will conduct air patrols over South China Sea.

: Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), chairman of the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific introduces bill for strategy to achieve observer status for Taiwan in INTERPOL.

:   DPP nominates Tsai Ing-wen as the party’s candidate for president.

: TAO states that Taipei will not be a founding member of AIIB.

:   TAO spokesman responds to DPP statement by reiterating basis for relations.

: President Ma says ROC won’t give up disputed territory in South China Sea.

:   DPP CAC issues statement on maintaining cross-strait status quo.

:   SEF board delegation visits China.

: TAO says Taiwan welcome to join AIIB under appropriate  name.

: Two US F-18s make an emergency landing at Tainan Air Force Base.

: Tenth round of talks on Merchandise Trade Agreement (MTA) held in Beijing.

: Taipei submits letter of intent to join AIIB.

: DPP criticizes inadequate consultation concerning AIIB.

:   Mayor Ko has interview with PRC media.

: PLA Air Force conducts drill over waters between Taiwan and Philippines.

:   Flights begin along air route M503 without incident.

:   Xi Jinping has photo op with Taiwan delegation at Boao Forum.

: Foreign Minister Wang Yi says Beijing willing to discuss AIIB with Taiwan.

: President Ma says Taiwan should participate in AIIB.

:   President Ma Ying-jeou attends family wake for Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore.

:   DPP Chair Tsai reiterates commitment to maintain peace but says DPP’s views on 1992 consensus have been stated repeatedly.

:   Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford says Taiwan open to joining Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

: Congressman Ed Royce leads a large delegation on 3-day Taiwan visit.

: TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun pens op-ed in People’s Daily on rule by law, marking 10-year anniversary of PRC Anti-Secession Law.

: Andrew Hsia tells Legislative Yuan (LY) that no cross-strait political talks are planned, citing a lack of consensus in Taiwan and lack of mutual trust across the strait.

: Premier Li Keqiang gives work report at National People’s Conference; confident in “peaceful growth of cross-strait relations.”

: Xi Jinping meets delegates to Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

: MAC and Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) announce Beijing has agreed to delay M503 air route and suspend others.

:   KMT Chairman Eric Chu decides not to pursue case against Wang Jin-pyng.

: Andrew Hsia Li-yan sworn in as MAC Minister.

:   MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi resigns taking responsibility for Chang case.

:   President Ma receives American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Managing Director Joe Donovan.

: Taipei prosecutors drop treason case against former MAC Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao.

:   King Pu-tsung resigns; Kao Hua-chu named as new National Security Council Secretary General.

: TransAsia flight crashes in Taipei with 31 mainland passengers; Chinese officials and experts participate in investigation, along with others.

:   Xinhua editorial says Mayor Ko creates obstacles.

: Kao Kuang-chi is sworn in as Taiwan’s defense minister, calls for vigilance over Chinese espionage.

: Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) meets in Taipei.

: Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je promotes expanded Taipei-Shanghai Forum.

: TAO invites Taipei to consult on M503 air route.

: Politburo Standing Committee member Yu Zhengsheng addresses annual Taiwan Work Conference.

:   Taiwan resumes upgrade of port on Taiping Island (Itu Aba) in the Spratlys.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) announces that TAO Minister Zhang will not visit Kinmen in February.

: DPP China Affairs Committee (CAC) urges DPP mayors to establish “cross-strait exchange taskforces.”

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Zhang Zhijun calls 2015 a year of stability, development and benefits for people.

: Eric Chu Li-lun is elected chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT).

: Legislative Yuan (LY) adopts cross-party resolution concerning M503 air   route.

: US State Department spokesman encourages China to consult Taipei on air route.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chair Tsai Ing-wen says M503 air route will seriously impact Taiwan’s security.

: Beijing announces new M503 and other air routes through Taiwan Strait.  Taipei says such unilateral acts are unacceptable.

: Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) concludes in Beijing; eight of 12 participants are ROC allies.

: Beijing protests flag raising event at Twin Oaks; State Department spokesman says it was not consistent with US policy.

: Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) Representative Lyushun Shen stages a Republic of China (ROC) flag raising ceremony at Twin Oaks.

: Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je says 1992 consensus is out-of-date.

:   Wang Yu-chi tells Legislative Yuan (LY) that government must better communicate its cross-strait policies to Taiwan’s people.

:   New Taipei Mayor Chu Li-lun files candidacy in KMT chairman election.

: President Obama signs bill offering four Perry-class frigates to Taiwan.

:   Board of Foreign Trade (BOFT) Director-General Yang Jen-ni visits Beijing for merchandise trade agreement (MTA) technical talks.

:   Cross-strait Entrepreneurs (CEO) Summit meets in Taipei.

:   Taoyuan-Chongqing municipal forum planned for February is cancelled.

:   ARATS Chairman Chen Deming starts eight-day visit to Taiwan.

:   Global Times reports retired PLA general saying mainland will not abandon possibility of using force to resolve Taiwan issue.

:   State Department comments on Taiwan elections and encourages continued constructive cross-strait relations.

:   Ma Ying-jeou resigns as KMT chairman.

:   TAO spokesman expresses hopes for continued peaceful development of cross-strait relations on the basis of the 1992 consensus.

:   Premier Jiang Yi-huah and Cabinet resign.

: KMT suffers unexpectedly large defeat in local elections.

: General Secretary Xi addresses Central Foreign Policy Work Conference.

: Taipei mayor candidate Ko Wen-je denies 1992 consensus.

: TAO Minister Zhang and MAC Minister Wang meet in Beijing.

:   General Secretary Xi meets Taipei envoy Vincent Siew in Beijing.

:   Beijing and Seoul announce completion of negotiation of Free Trade Agreement.

:   Taiwan Economics Affairs Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun meets Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng at APEC.

: Taipei opens marine research center on Pratas Reef.

: Taiwan’s Minister of National Defense Yen Ming and other officials tour Taiping Island (Itu Aba).

: President Xi Jinping visits Pingtan Comprehensive Experimental Zone.

:   People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Deputy Governor Pan Gongsheng attends financial seminar in Taipei.

: Global Times accuses Taiwan of recruiting Chinese students as spies.

: ARATS Deputy Zheng Lizhong starts one-week Taiwan visit.

: Reversing previous reluctance, MAC says in a press conference that Dalai Lama would be welcome to visit Taiwan when conditions are right.

: US-Taiwan Defense Review Talks held in Washington.

:   In address “Proud of our Democracy,” President Ma supports Hong Kong’s desire for democratic elections.

: Legislative Yuan (LY) unanimously adopts resolution calling on Hong Kong to stop violent crackdown.

:   President Ma says Beijing’s handling of Hong Kong developments could             harm cross-strait relations.

: President Ma says Taiwan does not accept “one country,    two systems.”

: Taiwan High Court upholds district court ruling that Kuomintang (KMT) acted illegally in revoking Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s membership.

: General Secretary Xi Jinping receives Yok Mu-ming’s unification delegation; reiterates “one country, two systems” policy.

: President Ma receives American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Raymund Burghardt in Taipei.

:  New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming leads unification delegation to Beijing.

:  Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) Deputy Zheng Lizhong begins week-long visit to Taiwan.

: Hong Kong students launch class boycott for democracy.

: Cross-Strait Merchandise Trade Agreement (MTA) talks conclude in Yilan.

: TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun addresses overseas Chinese in San Francisco.

: Finance officials discuss long-stalled tax agreement in Shanghai.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Zhang Zhijun visits Washington.

: President Ma expresses support for universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

: President Ma Ying-jeou opens exhibit in Taipei on “Southern Territories of the Republic of China.”

: National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee decides all nominations for the position of Hong Kong chief executive must come through the nominating committee for the elections in 2017.

: TheMAC expresses regret over NPC decision.

: SEF President Lin Join-sane meets ARATS Chairman Chen Deming in China.

: Taiwan Ministry of National Defense (MND) releases its annual report on the Chinese military.

: PRC surveillance aircraft intrude into Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) four times; PRC Ministry of Defense (MOD) later says flights were routine.

: ARATS Deputy Gong Qingkai arrives in Taiwan for a visit.

: TAO spokesman decries unfounded speculation about Chang case.

: Sunflower Movement student leaders hold press conference in Washington and urge US to change its one China policy.

: PRC ambassador to Malaysia publicly opposes Malaysia entering into a free trade agreement (FTA) with Taipei.

: MAC Deputy Chang Hsien-yao’s resignation is announced.

:   SecondLY special session adjourns without reviewing oversight bill or STA.

:   Cross-strait search-and-rescue exercise is held near Matsu and Mawei.

:   Rep. Buck McKeon visits Taipei and meets President Ma. He supports arms sales and is denied meetings with PRC senior officials the following week.

:    East China Sea Peace Forum is held in Taipei.

:   Sixth CSECC meeting is held in Beijing.

: TAO spokesman reacts strongly to DPP Congress.

: DPP Annual Congress is held.

:   Preparatory meeting for 6th Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) meeting is held.

: TAO reiterates that opposition to Taiwan independence will never change

:    Tsai Ing-wen is interviewed by Commonwealth Magazine; says China will adjust to DPP policy.

:    LY special session ends without consideration of oversight bill or STA.

:    President Ma visits El Salvador; meets US Secretary of State John Kerry.

: Beijing’s Tourism Exchange Association opens its Kaohsiung office.

:    President Ma attends inauguration of Panama President Juan CarlosVarela.

:    Mass pro-democracy demonstration is held in Hong Kong.

: Zhang Zhijun’s post-visit press conference.

: Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin meets Yu Zhengsheng in Beijing.

: TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun visits Taiwan. During the visit he meets MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi, New Taipei Mayor Chu Li-lun, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu, and Taichung Mayor Jason Hu.

: DPP’s Chao Tien-lin announces party policy on TAO Minister Zhang visit.

: Occupy Central informal referendum on democracy in Hong Kong.

: Japan MOFA spokesman welcomes Taiwan’s interest in joining TPP.

: Yu Zhengsheng meets retired generals from Taiwan in Beijing for Whampoa Anniversary.

: Sao Tome-Principe presidential aide visits Taipei.

: US Trade Representative Michael Froman lists Taiwan as a consultative partner to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

: Yu Zhengsheng addresses Sixth Cross-Strait Economic and Culture Forum in Fujian.

: Taiwan Affairs Organization (TAO) and MAC announce a return visit by TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun.

: ARATS Deputy Director Sun Yafu meets Taiwan independence advocate Koo Kuan-min at Taiwan Brain Trust.

: Beijing issues a White Paper on One Country Two Systems in Hong Kong.

:  People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Deputy Governer Liu Shiyu visits Taipei for talks on a currency swap agreement.

:   President Manuel Pinto da Costa of Sao Tome-Principe, a Republic of China (ROC) ally, visits China.

:   Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te visits Shanghai.

:   President Ma Ying-jeo urges the mainland to pursue political reforms, democracy, and rule of law.

: Shih Ming-de and Su Chi release “Greater One China Framework” proposal.

: Former Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chairman Chen Yunlin leads a delegation of artists to Taiwan.

: Tsai Ing-wen elected DPP chairperson.

: Minister of Health and Welfare Chiu Wen-Ta meets Beijing’s Health Vice Minister Wang Yumin at WHA.

: Taiwan Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta attends World Health Assembly.

:   Tsai Ing-wen comments on her policy, stresses quality over quantity.

:  Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Minister Chang Chia-juch meets Ministry of Commerce (MOC) Minister Gao Hucheng at an APEC meeting in Qingdao.

:   Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reiterate that they will not cooperate with China on the South China Sea (SCS).

:   Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) blocks Legislative Yuan (LY) Plenary consideration of oversight bill.

: Anti-China riots in Vietnam damage Taiwanese factories.

:   People First Party (PFP) Chairman Soong Chu-yu visits China and meets General Secretary Xi Jinping in Beijing.

: Premier Jiang says there is no deadline for passage of CSSTA.

: Japan breaks ground for radar site on Yonaguni Island.

: President Ma offers to debate DPP’s Tsai on CSSTA; Tsai declines.

: TAO spokesperson reiterates there no precedent for renegotiation of the CSSTA.

: Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that Taiwan has been invited to observe World Health Assembly for sixth time.

: US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy meets President Ma; Beijing protests visit.

: DPP obstructs LY committee hearing on oversight bill.

: TAO spokesman denies report that Beijing is willing to renegotiate CSSTA.

:   Students leave LY peacefully.

: Vincent Siew meets Premier Li Keqiang at Boao Forum.

:   ROC Marines conduct exercise on Taiping Island.

: US House of Representatives adopts HR3470 reaffirming Taiwan Relations Act and authorizing sale of frigates to Taiwan.

: Speaker Wang visits students in LY, says LY will pass oversight bill before taking up CSSTA.

: EY releases draft of cross-strait agreements oversight bill.

:   DPP again obstructs resumed committee review of CSSTA.

: Jiangsu and Fujian delegations postpone Taiwan visits.

:  TAO Minister receives Su Chi delegation, expresses concern about CSSTA.

: Students organize mass rally in front of presidential office.

:   Premier Jiang says CSSTA should be returned to committee for review.

: King Pu-tsung becomes secretary-general of ROC National Security Council.

:   TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun postpones planned visit to Taiwan.

: Students occupy Executive Yuan (EY) led by “Black Island Nation Youth Front;” police             evict students.

: Premier Jiang Yi-huah meets with students outside LY.

: Taipei District Court rules Speaker Wang should retain KMT membership.

: Sunflower movement students occupy the LY.

: Facing obstruction, Kuomintang (KMT) convener sends the CSSTA to LY plenary.

: LY Committee hearings on the Cross-Strait Services Trade Agreement (CSSTA) begin with no progress made.

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chair Chen Deming says a third venue would be best for a Xi-Ma meeting.

: Tenth SEF-ARATS Meeting is held in Taipei.

:   President Ma calls for a maritime code of conduct in the East China Sea.

:   SEF-ARATS meeting reviews implementation of agreements.

:   Lien Chan meets General Secretary Xi Jinping in Beijing.

:   Taiwan stages drill in area of the East China Sea where Taiwan’s and China’s air defense identification zones overlap.

:   MAC Chairman Wang and TAO Director Zhang meet in Shanghai.

:   MAC Chairman Wang and TAO Director Zhang meet in Nanjing.

: Taiwan Education Ministry publishes new guidelines for senior high history texts; DPP decries “de-Taiwanization.”

: MAC Chairman Wang holds a press conference about trip to Nanjing; TAO announces the visit.

:   Third round of Japan-Taiwan fisheries talks are held and reach agreement allowing fishing boats from both sides to operate in overlapping waters in the East China Sea.

: Control Yuan report chastises government use of “Taiwan” over “ROC.”

: Bank of China’s Taipei branch begins providing yuan cash to banks.

: DPP’s Chen Ming-tung meets TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun.

: DPP’s Lin Chuan leads a delegation to the mainland.

: TAO calls for Beijing-Taipei to uphold China’s sovereignty over Diaoyoutai.

: LY adopts resolution limiting MAC Chair Wang on his visit to the mainland.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman criticizes DPP report.

:   Mainland Afffairs Council (MAC) Chairman Wang Yu-chi briefs Legislative Yuan (LY) caucus heads on visit. DPP and Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) propose limiting conditions for the visit.

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) announces resignation of Vice Chairman and Secretary General Kao Koong-lian.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) releases China Affairs Committee (CAC) summary report.

: Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Minister Chang Chia-Juch says Taipei prioritizes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

:   DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang says STA renegotiation is a goal for 2014.

:   LY approves Taipei-Singapore ASTEP.

:   DPP holds final discussion meeting of China Affairs Committee.

: TAO Minister Zhang confirms planning for MAC Chairman Wang’s visit.

: Speaker Wang announces STA will not be approved at current LY session.

:   SEF President Lin visits Hong Kong for a conference.

:   President Ma calls for the creation of task forces on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) participation.

:   President Ma says ADIZ announcement not helpful to cross-strait relations.

:   MAC conveys ADIZ protest to TAO.

: ARATS Chairman Chen says goods and disputes agreements being negotiated despite STA delay.

: ROC Executive Yuan expresses “serious concern” over ADIZ.

: People’s Liberation Army Aircraft Carrier Liaoning transits Taiwan Strait.

: SEF President Lin Join-sane says six agreements are being prepared for 10th SEF-ARATS meeting.

: Taiwan Fisheries Agency director calls for cross-strait fisheries agreement.

: ARATS Chairman Chen Deming arrives for a visit to Taiwan.

: DPP statement denounces China ADIZ announcement.

: ROC Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford says consensus reached on tax agreement.

: PRC Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang arrives in Taiwan for a conference.

: China’s Ministry of National Defense announces the establishment of its East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

: President Ma reiterates the time is not ripe for cross-strait political talks.

: President Ma terminates relations and projects with Gambia.

: PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicates priority will be on cross-strait relations not relations with Gambia.

: CCP Conference on Theory and Thought on Peaceful Development of Cross-strait Relations held in Beijing.

: DPP’s China Affairs Committee meeting is held.

: The Gambia announces severance of diplomatic ties with Taipei.

: Deserts Chang’s planned Beijing concert is cancelled.

: CCP Third Plenum concludes; new State Security Committee is announced.

:   KMT 19th Party Congress occasions an exchange of messages between the CCP and the KMT.

: Singapore and Taiwan sign Agreement on Economic Partnership (ASTEP).

: Vincent Siew leads 300 executives to Entrepreneurs Summit in Nanning.

:   ROC Legislative Yuan (LY) approves New Zealand-Taiwan Economic Cooperation Agreement.

: Ninth KMT-CCP Forum is held in Nanning.

: ARATS Chairman Chen urges early passage of Service Trade Agreement (STA).

:   MAC Chairman Wang says exchange of MAC-TAO visits needs study.

: First Cross-strait Peace Forum opens in Shanghai.

: Taipei releases its National Defense Report.

:    Xi Jinping meets Vincent Siew at APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Bali.

: MAC Chairman Wang Yu-chi and TAO Minster Zhang Zhijun meet in Bali.

:    ROC Central Bank Chairman Perng Fai-nan says Taiwan has added Chinese yuan to its foreign currency reserves.

: US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference is held in Annapolis, Maryland.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Huashan Meeting agrees to seek domestic “constitutional consensus.”

: Taiwan takes delivery of first of 12 P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft.

: Republic of China (ROC) Civil Aviation Agency Director General Jean Shen participates in ICAO Assembly as guest.

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chairman Chen Deming says ARATS/SEF offices will not be diplomatic or governmental.

: ICAO Council invites Chinese Taipei to participate in Assembly as a guest.

: Taipei court grants LY Speaker Wang a temporary injunction on KMT’s revocation of party membership.

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Lin Join-sane meets Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo Standing Committee Member Yu Zhengsheng.

: Kuomintang (KMT) Discipline Committee revokes Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s party membership, accusing him of influence peddling.

: Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Vanessa Shih says observer status is not the only Taiwan goal at ICAO.

: Asia-Pacific Cities Summit opens in Kaohsiung with several mayors from Chinese cities attending.

: President Ma Ying-jeou reiterates that Taipei seeks to attend International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as an observer.

:   Taipei Trade Center opens in Guangzhou.

: Taipei hosts UN Framework Convention on Climate Change NGO forum.

: Beijing holds inaugural meeting of Cross-strait Exchanges Foundation.

: Beijing MFA says APEC participation must follow APEC’s MOU.

: President Ma says conditions are not ripe to attend APEC Leaders Meeting.

: Deputy Minister of Industry and Information Technology Liu Lihua leads delegation to Taiwan.

: Fourth meeting on office exchange concludes in Jinan, Shandong.

: US State spokesman reiterates no change in US arms sales policy.

: President Ma visits Caribbean nations.

: President Ma visits Paraquay.

: TAO’s Zhang meets media delegation led by ARATS Lin Join-sane.

: President Ma visits Haiti.

: President Ma transits New York.

: TAO spokesman reiterates policy toward DPP.

:   ARATS Chairman Chen Deming comments on STA delay.

:   Taipei and Manila release shooting incident investigation reports.

:   President Ma addresses East China Sea Peace Forum.

:   LY parties agrees to 16 industry hearings on STA

: Cross-strait Entrepreneurs Summit is held in Taipei.

: Second Zhongshan Conference in Guangdong focuses on Sun Yat-sen.

: President Ma re-elected KMT chairman: Xi Jinping and Ma exchange messages.

: Beijing accuses US of interfering in China’s internal affairs over ICAO.

: SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane visits Shandong province.

: President Obama signs Taiwan in ICAO Act.

: First Cross-strait Entrepreneurs Summit is held in Beijing.

: Second meeting of the DPP’s China Affairs Committee is held.

: New Zealand and Taiwan sign economic cooperation agreement (ANZTEC).

:    SEF President Lin Join-sane leads education delegation to China.

: Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai win women’s doubles at Wimbledon.

: First DPP “Huashan Conference” on China focuses on DPP’s democratic values.

: Taiwan joins WTO Services Trade negotiations.

: Frank Hsieh meets TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun in Shenzhen.

: Frank Hsieh cohosts cross-strait conference in Hong Kong with Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

: Wang Yu-chi says MAC supports more DPP exchanges with China.

: LY agrees to review STA article by article.

: Human rights activist Chen Guangcheng arrives in Taipei.

: Ninth ARATS-SEF meeting held in Shanghai; STA signed.

: Opposition parties occupy LY podium protesting STA.

:   Track II “Beijing Talks,” including DPP officials, are held in Beijing.

: Opposition parties block LY consideration of office exchange bill.

: US Senate passes Taiwan in ICAO Act.

: US House of Representatives unanimously passes Taiwan in ICAO Act.

:   Chairman Yu Zhengsheng addresses fifth Cross-strait Forum.

: Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chair Wu Poh-hsiung meets General Secretary Xi Jinping.

:   Maldives invalidates Kaohsiung-Male sister city agreement.

:   On Tiananmen anniversary, President Ma urges greater human rights in China.

:   Taiwan opens permanent World Trade Organization office building in Geneva.

: DPP Chair Su Tseng-chang says the party’s policy is based on the 1999 Resolution on Taiwan’s Future.

:   MAC gives briefing on Service Trade Agreement (STA).

: Chairman Yu Zhengsheng meets bipartisan delegation of former Legislative Yuan (LY) members led by Yao Eng-chi.

:   Third meeting of National Taiwan Invested Enterprise (TIE) Association is held in Beijing.

: TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun says the mainland can never accept the Republic of China (ROC).

:   Taiwan Health Minister Chiu Hung-ta attends World Health Assembly in Geneva.

: Taiwan announces completion of trade negotiations with Singapore (ASTEP).

: Taiwan Coast Guard and Navy conduct patrol exercise in Bashi Channel.

: MAC Chair Wang hopes Beijing will not complicate Philippine incident.

:   Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) & Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) report progress on office exchange talks.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) says Manila’s “one China” policy is “completely irrelevant” to Philippines shooting incident.

: Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference’s (CPPCC) National Committee Yu Zhengsheng meets Hsu Li-nung delegation.

: New Party Chair Hsu Li-nung leads a delegation of retired generals to Beijing.

: DPP’s CAC holds its first meeting.

:   Philippine Coast Guard personnel kill Taiwan fisherman.

: First meeting of Taiwan-Japan Fishing Commission takes place; President Ma Ying-jeou calls for fishery talks with China.

: Former Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Director Chen Yunlin begins an eight-day visit to Taiwan.

: DPP announces initial membership of China Affairs Committee.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) names the members of China Affairs Committee (CAC).

: President Ma speaks at the ceremony marking 20th anniversary of the first SEF-ARATS talks.

: Chen Deming appointed ARATS president at the ceremony marking 20th anniversary of the ARATS-SEF talks.

: Taipei reports first case of H7N9 outside mainland.

: Beijing delivers an H7N9 virus sample to Taipei.

: Live-fire drill included in annual Han Kuang exercise for first time since 2008, citing public opinion.

: Two Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) bomb suspects repatriated from China.

: China’s Defense White Paper released.

: DPP’s Hsu Hsin-liang’s Weibo site block by China.

: Next Media signs a deal to sell TV assets to ERA Communications.

: DPP Chair Su Tseng-chang warns of China’s increasing soft power in Taiwan.

: Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) bomb incident.

: Japan Taiwan Fisheries Agreement signed.

: DPP’s Frank Hsieh visits Washington.

: TAO spokesman says China to share H7N9 virus strain with Taiwan.

: DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang visits Singapore.

: Xi Jinping meets Vincent Siew at Boao Forum.

: Two Taiwan health experts visit Shanghai regarding the H7N9 virus.

: Executive Yuan (EY) announces Free Economic Pilot Zones (FEPZ) proposal.

: Next Media sale falls through at deadline.

: TAO spokesman hopes peace forum will be held to discuss political issues.

: China reports two H7N9 bird flu deaths; China notifies Taiwan under Medical and Health Cooperation Agreement.

: Premier Jiang states China is obstructing Singapore economic agreement.

: TAO sponsors 11th Cross-strait Relations Symposium in Pingtan, Fujian.

: MAC states that office exchange is on agenda for next SEF–ARATS agenda.

: Taiwan participants are forced to withdraw from 3rd Jakarta International Defense Dialogue.

: President Ma attends Pope Francis’s Investiture Mass.

: DPP’s Tsai Ing-wen visits Indonesia.

: Zhang Zhijun is appointed TAO minister; Wang Yi becomes foreign minister.

: Bills supporting Taiwan International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) participation submitted to the US Congress.

: Second Taiwan-Japan Fisheries preparatory talks are held.

: Ministry of National Defense of Republic of China Vice Minister Yang explains confidence-building measures policy at the LY.

: Taipei increases the number of recognized mainland university degrees.

: Taiwan’s Quadrennial Defense Review is submitted to Legislative Yuan (LY).

: Yu Zhengsheng becomes chairman of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

: PRC protests Japan treatment of Taiwan at Tsunami anniversary.

: US-Taiwan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) talks are concluded “successfully.”

: TAO Minister Wang Yi reiterates think tanks should address political issues.

: ARATS Deputy Wang Zaixi leads media delegation to Taiwan.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) says political talks not a priority for Taiwan.

: Lien Chan meets Xi Jinping in Beijing.

: Taipei authorizes customs declarations denominated in RMB.

: Taiwan’s National Communications Commission rejects Want Want purchase of China Network services.

: PRC blocks DPP Frank Hsieh’s new Weibo site.

: Yu Zhengsheng addresses annual Taiwan Affairs Work Conference.

: President Ma explains that Taiwan has no plans to cooperate with PRC policy on Diaoyutai Islands.

: Taiwan banks begin offering RMB services.

: TAO criticizes Su Tseng-chang’s comments made in Tokyo as lacking sense of nationalism.

: DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang visits Japan.

: The US and Taiwan sign Privileges & Immunity Agreement.

: Investment protection agreement comes into force.

: Taiwan’s Premier Sean Chen resigns and is replaced by Jiang Yi-huah.

: Retired generals attend cross-strait meeting in Hong Kong.

: China’s trade association China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) office opens in Taipei; Minister of Commerce (MOC) Vice Minister Jiang Yaoping is in Taipei for the opening.

: President Ma meets American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Raymund Burghardt.

: TAO Deputy Director Ye Kedong leads a delegation to Taiwan.

: TAO states defending sovereignty of Diaoyu Islands is a common responsibility.

: Cross-strait securities and futures talks are held in Taipei.

: Congressman Ed Royce leads a large delegation to Taiwan.

: Congresswoman Ileana Ros-lethinen introduces Taiwan Policy Act of 2013.

: People’s Bank of China (PBOC) authorizes Bank of China’s (BOC) Taipei branch to handle currency clearance.

: Activists seek to place Matsu figure on Senkaku/Diaoyutai Islands, escorted by Taiwan Coast Guard.

: Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Hsu Tian-tsair meets scholars and businessmen in Beijing.

: SEF President Lin Join-sane reiterates no need for cultural agreement.

:   Tamsui-Fuzhou fiber cable starts operation.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman says Beijing wants to start office exchange talks soon.

: President Ma says Taiwan must maintain strong defense despite political détente.

: President Ma calls for expanded recognition of degrees granted by educational institutions from the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chair Chen Yunlin calls for early talks on exchange of ARATS/SEF (Straits Exchange Foundation) offices.

: Delegation of retired ambassadors from Taiwan holds talks in Beijing.

: President Ma Ying-jeou and General Secretary Xi JinPing’s both deliver New Year’s speeches outlining their views on the challenges in the coming year.

: Taiwan Bureau of Energy informs legislature that Taiwan will begin undersea oil exploration near Taiping Island in the Spratlys in 2013.

:   President Ma says ROC citizens joining Chinese People’s Consultative Conference Chapters is “not appropriate.”

:   Taiwan Foreign Minister David Lin says that dual recognition by Honduras of the ROC and PRC is not acceptable.

:   Director of Taiwan’s intelligence service criticizes Sun Yafu’s “pro-unification” remarks in Taiwan.

:   SEF sends complaint over Chinese passports to ARATS.

:   President of Honduras says his country will open trade office in China with a view toward establishing diplomatic relations with the PRC

: Taiwan External Trade Development (TAITRA) office opens in Shanghai.

:   Su Chi, former secretary general of the National Security Council under President Ma says two sides of the strait should undertake political dialogues to build trust.

:   China submits documents to United Nations explaining its claims to the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands and areas in the East China Sea.

: Fourth Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) meeting is held in Guangzhou.

: Being designates Taipei branch of Bank of China as settlement bank.

: Taipei Forum delegation visit to Shanghai and Beijing.

: Chinese Integration Association’s Taipei Conference, attended by Sun Yafu.

:   US announces the release of a $289 million Raytheon contract for Taiwan radars.

:   President Ma says Taipei is working on an East China Sea code of conduct.

: Wang Yu-chi says mainland must be more specific about contents of a cross-strait peace agreement before Taiwan can consider it.

: Taiwan-Japan preparatory fisheries talks are held in Japan.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) issues statement calling PRC passports “unacceptable” and a threat to mutual trust.

: Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs says now not an appropriate time for Dalai Lama to visit Taiwan.

: DPP establishes China Affairs Committee with Su Tseng-chang as convener.

: New PRC passport with images of Taiwan tourism sites and maps with disputed territories comes to light in Financial Times report.

: Taiwan Tourism Association opens its second office in Shanghai.

: Chairman Ma sends a congratulatory message to Xi Jinping.

: TAO’s Wang Yi and Chen Yuanfeng elected to CCP Central Committee.

: PRC Commerce Minister Chen Deming urges Taiwan to give China most favored nation treatment.

:   General Secretary Hu Jintao delivers Work Report to 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress.

:   President Ma says he would visit mainland “as the president of Taiwan if our Chinese counterpart respects that fact.” Wang Yi describes such a visit as “difficult.”

: Taiwan’s Defense Ministry confirms that three former military officers were arrested for selling classified information to China.

: Frank Hsieh says independence can’t be basis of DPP’s appeal to voters.

: SEF Chair Lin Join-sane meets Jia Qinglin.

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Lin Join-sane on an initial visit to mainland China travels to Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Kunshan.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi publishes article in Qiushi on ten-year accomplishments.

: Executive Yuan proposes legislation allowing People’s Republic of China (PRC) students in Taiwan for more than half of a year to qualify for National Health Insurance.

: President Ma reiterates desire for progress under 1992 consensus.

: Frank Hsieh meets State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Chen Yunlin. Su Tseng-chang says Hsieh’s trip was personal.

: Frank Hsieh meets TAO Minister Wang Yi.

: DPP’s Frank Hsieh gives lecture at Xiamen University.

: Taiwan Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Cho Shih-chao notes plans to reach cross-strait services trade agreement by year end.

: Taiwan Vice Defense Minister Andrew Yang meets US Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at Pentagon.

: Lockheed Martin announces $1.85 billion contract to upgrade Taiwan F-16s.

: US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference held in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

: President Ma receives fishermen protesting Japanese actions in Diaoyutais.

: President Ma reiterates desire for peaceful resolution.

: 78 fishing boats with 12 Taiwan Coast Guard cutter escorts arrive in the Diaoyutai area; exchange shots from water cannon with Japan Coast Guard ships.

: Taiwan becomes a full member of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO).

: Lien Chan meets Jia Qinglin in Nanjing.

: Bank of Taiwan named cross-strait currency clearance bank.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman says that China and Taiwan share the claim to the Diaoyus and should unite in face of aggression.

: ARATS President Chen Yunlin leads 60-member cultural delegation to Taiwan.

: Taipei and Beijing protest Japan’s decision to buy the Senkakus.

: Secretary Clinton meets Lien Chan at APEC.

: President Ma makes visit to Pengjia Islet with several Cabinet members.

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Vice President Wang Zaixi says Beijing is glad to hear of President Ma’s visit to Pengjia and that the two sides should work together to protect sovereignty.

: Lien Chan meets Hu Jintao at APEC.

: President Ma Ying-jeou says the Coast Guard should patrol Diaoyutais regularly.

: Delegation of retired Taiwan legislators visits Beijing and meets Politburo Standing Committee BSC member Jia Qinglin.

: Taiwan legislators from Kuomintang (KMT) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) visit Taiping Island in Spratlys and observe a live-fire drill.

: Cross-strait Cultural Forum is held in Beijing.

: Republic of China (ROC) Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu visits Pratas Atoll in the South China Sea.

: Cross-strait Currency Settlement Memorandum of Understanding is signed.

: National Security Council Advisor Hu Wei-chen leads a delegation of officials to Taiping Island in the Spratly Islands.

: Third coordinated search and rescue operation is held between Kinmen and

: Cross-strait marriage and family association is inaugurated in Beijing.

: Cross-strait media forum is held in Fuzhou.

: First cross-strait Kinmen-Xiamen fiber optic cable inaugurated.

: Third cross-strait local government forum is held in Chengdu.

: Large Japanese group including Diet members visits the Senkakus.

: Japan arrests Hong Kong activists on one of the Senkaku Islands.

: DPP Legislator Hsia Bi-khim attends conference in Shanghai.

: Taiwan Businessman and Falun Gong practitioner Bruce Chung is released from prison in the mainland.

: Eighth SEF-ARATS meeting held in Taipei; investment and customs agreements are concluded.

: ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin meets MAC Chairwoman Lai Hsin-yuan.

: Annual Cross-strait Tourism Promotion Conference is held in Kaohsiung.

: Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Jiang Yaoping leads large purchasing mission to Taiwan.

: ARATS Vice Chair Zhang Mingchuan visits Taipei to attend the Peace and Prosperity Forum.

: President Ma proposes the East Sea Peace Initiative.

: The eighth KMT-CCP Forum is held in Harbin.

: Jia Qinglin meets Wu Poh-hsiung in Harbin.

: DPP Chair Su announces the re-establishment of China Affairs Department.

: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) invites former DPP SEF chair Hong Chi-chang for a conference in Beijing.

: Chung-hua Institution for Economic Research says Taipei and Manila will undertake parallel private studies on economic agreement.

: Indian economists visit Taipei for study on an economic agreement.

: DPP Party Convention is held in Taipei.

: Talks on increasing cross-strait flights are postponed.

: Tianjin Mayor Huang Xingguo leads a large delegation to Taiwan.

: Taiwan Coast Guard escorts activists to Daioyutai Islands.

: Chinese Integration Association Conference in is held in Taipei.

: Bank of China opens its Taipei branch.

: Taipei denies entry to an ARATS delegation led by Wang Zaixi.

:   Conference on military trust measures is held in Beijing.

: Jia Qinglin addresses peaceful unification conference.

: Taiwan businessman and Falun Gong practitioner Bruce Chung is detained in the mainland.

: A cross-strait forum is held in Fujian.

: Beijing approves a second Taiwan tourism office in Shanghai.

: Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission approves branches for the Bank of China and the Bank of Communications in Taipei.

: DPP Chairman Su says party will have a “China” Department and “China” Commission.

: Joseph Wu is named head of DPP Central Policy Committee.

: Su Tseng-chang wins DPP chairmanship election.

: Taiwan Culture Minster Lung Ying-tai proposes a cross-strait cultural forum.

: Malaysian and Taiwan think tanks agree to study trade agreement prospects.

: Taiwan Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta addresses the World Health Assembly.

: DPP’s David Huang warns against exchange of Straits Exchange Foundation-Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (SEF-ARATS) offices.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Deputy Chair Ye Kedong arrives in Taiwan for 5-day visit.

: President Ma is inaugurated for a second term as president of the Republic of China.

: President Ma speaks at the inauguration of the new SEF building.

: US House of Representatives passes Granger Amendment mandating the sale of 66 F-16s to Taiwan.

: TAO comments on Tsai’s open letter to Ma.

:  Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary John Tsang opens a representative office in Taipei.

: Tsai Ing-wen’s writes an open letter to President Ma Ying-jeou.

: Macau opens an Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei.

: Frank Hsieh calls for a new cross-strait forum with DPP participation.

: Second Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairmanship election debate focuses on cross-strait issues.

: White House sends letter to Sen. John Cornyn regarding his concerns over fighter aircraft for Taiwan.

: CSECC Meets in Tamsui.

: Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) Sub-Committee on Standards meets in Hualien.

:   Guidelines for the reciprocal opening of trade offices is released.

: Frank Hsieh’s book urges dialogue with the Mainland based on the constitution.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi visits Washington for consultations.

: Taipei delegation visits Shanghai for ECFA talks.

: President Ma departs for 12-day trip to visit African diplomatic allies.

: Wu Den-yih meets Li Keqiang at the Boao Forum.

: At Boao Forum TAO Minister Wang Yi talks of deepening political mutual trust.

: Acting DPP Chair Chen Chu uses the term “Mainland China.”

: Fujian Governor Su visits Taiwan to discuss the Pingtan Comprehensive Experimental Zone.

: Wu Poh-hsiung meets Hu Jintao in Beijing.

: DPP Secretary General Lo Chih-cheng states that Taiwan’s official name is the Republic of China (ROC).

: Taipei announces third liberalization of sectors for Mainland investors.

: Premier Chen says the Pingtan Comprehensive Experimental Zone appears to be politically motivated.

: Tenth Cross-strait TAO-sponsored Conference is held in in Yunnan; TAO Minister Wang Yi addresses the group.

: ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin mentions exchanging SEF-ARATS offices.

: Premier Wen Jiabao’s work report opens the National People’s Congress.

:   Chen Chu is named acting chairperson of the DPP and advocates increased contact with the Mainland.

:   TAO Spokesman encourages more visits to the Mainland by DPP grassroots representatives.

: DPP Secretary General Lo Chih-cheng calls for talks without preconditions.

: Tsai Ing-wen advocates greater contact with the Mainland.

:   Beijing Mayor Guo Jinlong visits Taipei.

: China’s Vice President Xi Jinping visits the US.

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Deputy Chairman Zheng Lizhong leads a delegation on a visit to southern Taiwan.

:   President Ma says cross-strait peace can be institutionalized without a formal peace agreement.

:   President Ma receives American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Raymond Burghardt.

: KMT Vice Chairman John Chiang leads a delegation to Washington DC.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Wang Yi publishes an article that sets China’s agenda with Taiwan for 2012.

: Sean Chen is named Taiwan’s premier.

: President Ma reiterates goal of Taiwan joining Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

: Frank Hsieh states that the DPP must frankly address its cross-strait policy.

: President Ma Ying-jeou wins re-election; Kuomintang (KMT) retains legislative majority.

: In her concession statement, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Tsai Ing-wen mentions the need to re-examine DPP’s cross-strait policy.

:   United Microelectronics Corporation Chairman John Hsuan and other entrepreneurs announced their support for the “1992 Consensus.”

:   Lee Teng-hui and Lee Yuan-tseh endorse Tsai Ing-wen for president.

:    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense reports Beijing has tested the Julang-2 Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile.

:    Evergreen Corp. Chairman Chang Yung-fa announces his support for the “1992 Consensus” in the lead-up to Taiwan elections.

:    Taiwan and Israel sign a Civil Air Agreement as part of their efforts to establish closer ties between the two countries.

: AIT says US is neutral on election.

: Taiwan and Hong Kong sign a new Civil Air agreement.

: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) runs ad touting US support for Ma administration.

: Tsai visits Kinmen, claims cross-strait relations will improve if she is elected.

: TAO spokesman says DPP’s polices will set back relations.

: Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) Member He Guoqiang urges Xiamen to do more to help Taiwan.

: American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announces Taiwan’s candidacy for US Visa Waiver program.

: Taipei approves Bank of China and China Construction Bank branches.

: Jia Qinglin speaks at ARATS 20th anniversary celebration.

: US Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Ponemon visits Taiwan.

: US Agency for International Development (AID) Administrator Rajiv Shah visits Taiwan.

: Candidate Soong registers for presidential election.

: Candidate Tsai tells business groups she denies existence of 1992 consensus.

: Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) Chairman Chen Yuh-chang visits Beijing.

: Lee Teng-hui attacks Ma’s peace accord as a step toward unification.

: Lien Chan meets President Obama at the APEC leaders’ dinner.

: Hu Jintao and Lien Chan meet at the APEC forum in Honolulu.

: Japan and Taiwan conclude a new aviation agreement with open skies.

:   Chen Shui-bian criticizes Tsai for not highlighting ethnic issues.

:   Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) holds its second meeting in Hangzhou.

: Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement’s (ECFA) Industrial Cooperation Subcommittee meets and issues joint statement on cross-strait industrial cooperation.

: Taipei and Wellington announce joint trade agreement study.

: Seventh ARATS-SEF meeting is held in Tianjin; the Nuclear Safety Agreement signed.

: Candidate Tsai says Ma’s proposed peace accord is dangerous.

: President Ma’s campaign platform mentions the possibility of a peace agreement.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) announce a delay in the negotiation of the investment protection agreement.

: TAO spokesman criticizes candidate Tsai’s comments on Taiwan and ROC.

: US-China hold talks on Asia; China protests Taiwan arms sales.

: The 100th anniversary of the Republic of China (ROC) is celebrated; President gives the address. Candidate Tsai avoids the celebration in Taipei but attends an event in Tainan.

:    Working-level Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF)-Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) talks on an investment agreement are held in Taiwan.

: Presidential candidate Tsai visits Japan.

: At the DPP’s 25th anniversary rally in Taichung, candidate Tsai asks if President Ma will sell out Taiwan.

: President Ma Ying-jeou welcomes the US arms sale, and reiterates the request for the sale of F-16C/Ds.

: Taiwan and Japan sign a bilateral investment agreement.

: Sen. John Cornyn’s proposed amendment to sell F-16 C/D to Taiwan fails to pass in Senate.

: The Obama administration formally notifies US Congress of the $5.8 billion arms package to Taiwan.

: DPP legislator reveals that World Health Organization (WHO) documents continue to refer to Taiwan as a province of People’s Republic of China (PRC).

: US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference is held in Richmond, VA.

: Democratic Progressive Party Chair Tsai Ing-wen visits Washington; Financial Times story reports US concerns regarding Tsai winning the presidential election.

: Kuomintang (KMT) delegation visits Washington.

: Global Times article warns that the US sale of F-16s to Taiwan would be viewed as damaging to Chinese core interests.

:   Hong Kong Tourism Bureau establishes an office in Taipei.

: Soong Chu-yu launches signature drive for his presidential campaign.

: Beijing publishes 36-volume history of the Republic of China (ROC).

: Taiwan’s Mega Bank is first to get Beijing approval for Yuan transactions.

: President Ma presses Tsai to explain her “Taiwan consensus.”

: TAO spokesman says DPP political platform is unrealistic and unacceptable.

: DPP Chair Tsai Ing-wen unveils Platform for Next Decade.

: Legislator Lin Yu-fang reveals info on Taipei’s counter-strike missile.

: US defense delegation in Taipei for talks on F-16A/B upgrade program.

: Hu Jintao receives Lien Chan in Beijing; expresses hope for investment protection agreement

: China’s first aircraft carrier begins sea trials from Dalian; Hsiungfeng III is displayed at Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition.

: DPP accuses Xinhua of hacking into its campaign e-mails.

: ARATS-SEF preparatory talks on seventh meeting conclude in Shanghai.

: Tsai Ing-wen at first campaign rally focuses on social/economic issues.

: Total of 181 US House of Representative members send a letter to President Barack Obama calling for the sale of F-16s to Taiwan.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi visits Washington.

: US Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen says F-16 decision will be made by Oct. 1.

: Beijing MOD spokesman says exchanges of bands/music groups possible; MND responds Taipei has no plans for military exchanges.

: MAC Chair Lai Shin-yuan opens renamed Taipei representative office in Hong Kong.

: MND release Taipei’s 2011 Defense White Paper.

: Taiwan MND rules out cooperation with China in South China Sea dispute.

: PRC Vice Commerce Minster Jiang Yaoping leads delegation to Taiwan.

: Hu Jintao meets the delegates to cross-strait youth meeting in Beijing.

: Shandong Governor Jiang Daming leads a large delegation to Taiwan.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chair Lai Hsin-yuan visits Washington.

: Fourteen Manila fraud suspects are repatriated to Taiwan by China.

: Taiwan National Security Council (NSC) Secretary General Hu Wei-jen visits Washington.

: Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs-designate Kin Moy visits Taiwan.

: President Ma receives American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Raymond Burghardt; asks for F-16s.

: First individual People’s Republic of China (PRC) tourists visit Taiwan.

: Medical and Health Cooperation Agreement takes effect.

: President Ma chooses Premier Wu Den-yih as his running mate for the 2012 presidential elections.

: Taiwan Ministry of Education (MOE) promulgates requirements for Confucian classics in high schools.

: US House holds a hearing on “Why Taiwan Matters.”

: President Ma orders use of traditional characters in all official documents.

: ARATS Deputy Zheng Lizhong visits Ping-tung county in southern Taiwan.

: Jia Qinglin addresses third cross-strait forum in Xiamen.

: Taiwan Brain Trust seminar advocates a new constitution to save Taiwan.

: President Ma instructs Ministry of National Defense (MND) on “code of Conduct” for retired officers.

: SEF and ARATS conduct first formal review of cross-strait agreements.

: Prosecutor General Huang Shih-ming begins visit to mainland.

: Retired Gen. Hsu Li-ning leads delegation to seminar in Beijng.

: Legislative Yuan (LY) passes legislation needed for Taiwan to be founding member of South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO).

: TAO spokesman praises progress in cross-strait relations under Ma.

: Forty-five senators send a letter to President Obama supporting the sale of F-16s to Taiwan.

: Sichuan Governor Jiang Jufeng leads large delegation to Taiwan.

: Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) says Singapore and Taipei trade talks have begun.

: Chen Bingde says reaction to arms sales would depend on what was sold.

: People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Chief of General Staff Gen. Chen Bingde visits Washington.

: Taiwan Health Minister Chu Wen-ta attends World Health Assembly (WHA) as observer.

: Vice President Vincent Siew attends Paraguay’s 200th anniversary of independence.

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) President Chiang and Association for Relations Across Taiwan Straits (ARATS) President Chen Yunlin meet.

: President Ma protests terminology used by WHO.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman denies Chinese involvement in WHO terminology issue.

: General Secretary Hu Jintao receives Kuomintang’s (KMT) honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung in Beijing.

: DPP’s Kuan Bi-ling’s reveals that World Health Organization (WHO) internal documents refer to Taiwan as a province of China.

: Cross-Strait Economics, Trade and Culture Forum is held in Chengdu.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says Joseph Wu doesn’t speak for party.

: Taiwan Tourism Bureau Director Janice Lai visits Beijing.

: Former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) chairman Joseph Wu discusses China policy issues at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

: Minister of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Minister Shih Yen-shiang states Taipei’s desire to join TPP.

: Tsai wins DPP presidential primary; KMT nominates Ma for re-election.

: Beijing and Taipei bank regulators meet in Taipei.

: Beijing official media carry first photos of new J-15 flying shark fighter.

: Hu Jintao briefly greets Taiwan’s delegation to Boao Forum.

: TAO spokesman comments on DPP policy and says nuclear safety agreement can be discussed.

: TAO official Liu Jianzhong visits Kaohsiung.

: DPP’s Hsu Hsin-liang floats the idea of “One China ala EU.”

: People’s Daily website publishes a story on China’s first aircraft carrier.

: Beijing releases its 2010 Defense White Paper.

: President Ma receives Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

: Press reports that Mainland Chinese delegations are avoiding contact with DPP’s New Frontier Foundation.

: President Ma calls for the sale of F-16C/Ds in meeting with former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.

: Wu Poh-hsiung says KMT will not commemorate ROC’s centennial in China.

: President Ma calls for cross-strait nuclear safety cooperation.

: Former Kaohsiung Magistrate Yang Chiu-hsing visits Beijing.

: Mainland repatriates fugitive Sung Nai-ju, former Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC) chief secretary.

: MAC announces that it is considering a nuclear safety agreement with Mainland China.

: National Security Bureau (NSB) Director General Tsai De-sheng confirms deployment of China’s new DF-16 ballistic missile.

: Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) becomes a member of International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).

: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expresses hope Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will eventually include all of APEC.

: Taipei eases restrictions on Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) investments in PRC.

: Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Chang Hsien-yao questions the adequacy of Taiwan’s defense budget.

: At NPC, Foreign Minster Yang Jiechi reiterates opposition to US arms sales to Taiwan.

: New Delhi and Taipei agree to jointly fund a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) feasibility study.

: Premier Wen Jiabao delivers government Work Report to National People’s Congress (NPC).

: Beijing announces 12.7 percent increase in 2011 the PRC defense budget.

: Taipei announces that Confucian classics will again be required in high school curriculum.

: Premier Wu Den-yih says that Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and ARATS are consulting about opening liaison offices.

: Beijing Public Security officials pledge cooperation on deportee case.

: Beijing agrees to family visits to Manila deportees.

: ARATS President Chen Yunlin visits Kaohsiung.

: Taipei approves an expanded list of sectors open to PRC investment.

: Chair Tsai Ing-wen opens DPP’s New Frontier Foundation think tank.

: First Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) convenes in Taoyuan.

: Candidate Su Tseng-chang proposes a “Taiwan consensus” based on the DPP’s 1999 Resolution on Taiwan’s Future.

: MAC Chair Lai calls for a review of joint crime fighting agreement.

: Gen. Lo Hsien-che is arrested for espionage.

: President Ma says the government will use “Mainland” or “Mainland China” and not “China” when referring to the PRC.

: Taipei protests Manila’s deportation of 14 ROC citizens to China.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Yunlin County Magistrate Su Chih-fen visits China.

: Legislative Yuan (LY) Speaker Wang Jin-pyng raises F-16 sale with US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner.

: President Ma tells visiting American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Ray Burghardt that F-16s are needed to support cross-strait talks.

: During his visit to the US, President Hu Jintao reiterates that Taiwan and Tibet are China’s “core interests.”

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chair Lai Shin-yuan says there is no need for cross-strait cultural agreement.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi says a cross-strait cultural pact should be considered.

: Taipei becomes a member of the Civil Air Navigation and Services Organization (CANSO).

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chairman Chen Yunlin reiterates that the 1992 consensus and opposition to independence are premises for cross-strait relations.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman says that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) needs to address reality of the 1992 consensus.

: Secretary Gates holds a press roundtable in Beijing.

: Defense Minister Liang Guanglie tells US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates that US arms sales to Taiwan would jeopardize US-China military ties.

: Frank Hsieh proposes “respective interpretations of the constitution” as a formulation for characterizing cross-strait relations.

: Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) is established.

: Taiwan Ministry of Education (MOE) says People’s Republic of China (PRC) educational degrees are now recognized by Taiwan.

: Photo of China’s J-20 stealth fighter at Chengdu airbase is published.

: 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.

: Referendum Review Committee again rejects Taiwan Solidarity Union’s (TSU) ECFA referendum proposal.

: Cross-Strait civil air talks reach agreement on additional cross-Strait flights.

: Singapore and Taipei announce talks to explore possibility of a World Trade Organization (WTO)-based economic cooperation agreement.

: Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) calls on Taiwan to uphold the common foundation for cross-Strait relations; Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on countries to abide by one-China principle.

: Presidential Office in Taipei welcomes Beijing’s decision not to obstruct Taiwan signing economic cooperation agreements.

: Taipei’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) hosts investment seminar in Beijing.

: Large Hunan provincial delegation ends visit to Taiwan.

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Vice Chairman Zhang Mingqing arrives in Taipei for 9-day visit.

: People’s Republic of China (PRC) Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng says discussions on military mutual trust can begin.

: Taipei Ministry of National Defense (MND) welcomes Geng’s statement; MAC reiterates that economics is still main focus.

: Bank of China (BOC) and Bank of Taiwan (BOT) branches in Hong Kong sign new cross-Strait Renmenbi settlement agreement.

: New Second Artillery Corps base is established in Shaoguan, Guangdong.

: Hu Jintao receives Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung.

: First special Legislative Yuan (LY) Session convenes on ECFA.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) poll shows 61 percent support for ECFA.

: Delegation from Guangxi leaves Taiwan after signing $2.2 billion in deals.

: President Ma Ying-jeou establishes a post- Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) task force on investment climate.

: TSU submits a new ECFA referendum proposal.

: Fifth ARATS-SEF Meeting held in Chongqing where the ECFA and Intellectual Property Rights Agreement are signed.

: DPP holds anti-ECFA rally.

: President Ma calls for an economic strategy for the “post ECFA” era.

: Japan announces extension of its ADIZ over Yonaguni Island.

: SEF and ARATS vice chairmen finalize “early harvest” lists in Taipei.

: Yangzijiang Shipbuilding becomes the first Chinese company to apply for listing on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

: China and Taiwan conduct large joint anti-fraud operation.

: Jia Qinglin opens second Straits Forum in Xiamen.

: Deputy Secretary Steinberg says PLA has not presented missile withdrawal plan.

: Sen. Feinstein says China plans to pull back military forces opposite Taiwan.

: DPP Tainan County Magistrate Su Huan-chih visits Beijing to promote local mangoes and advocates pragmatic policies after his return.

: Third round of ECFA consultations are held in Beijing.

: Zhejiang Gov. Lu Zushan leads delegation to Taiwan.

: MOEA Vice Minister Hwang attends a telecom conference in Beijing.

: National Security Council Asia Director Jeffrey Bader says US policy on arms sales to Taiwan will not change.

: Sen. Diane Feinstein leads a delegation to Taipei.

: PRC Commerce Minister Chen and Taiwan MOEA Minister Shih meet on margins of APEC meeting in Sapporo.

: President Ma receives American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Ray Burghardt.

: President Ma says Taiwan is entitled to sign FTAs with WTO members,

: EY Referendum Review Committee rejects TSU ECFA referendum.

: MAC Chair Lai Shin-yuan visits Hong Kong.

: University presidents appeal for passage of PRC student amendments.

: Taipei opposes expanding Japan’s ADIZ over Yonaguni Island.

: US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) is held in Beijing.

: Sichuan Party Secretary Liu Qibao leads a delegation to Taiwan.

: Tsai Ing-wen is re-elected DPP chairperson.

: Three-day DPP sit-in calling for an ECFA referendum begins.

: PRC Vice Minister of Agriculture Wei Chaoan leads a delegation to Taipei.

: People’s Republic of China (PRC) Commerce Ministry Director Tang Wei leads team to Taipei for three-day ECFA discussions.

: Taiwan Minister of Health Yaung Chih-liang leads a delegation to the World Health Assembly; PRC Health Minister Chen Zhu and Yaung hold a meeting at the WHA.

: DPP Chair Tsai calls for pragmatic China policy and talks without preconditions.

: Jia Qinglin meets delegates to annual meeting of Taiwan Invested Enterprises (TIE) Associations in Beijing.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) reiterates that the 1992 consensus and opposition to independence are the basis for cross-Strait relations.

: 136 members of US Congress sign a letter to President Obama calling for the sale of F-16C/Ds to Taiwan.

: Kuomintang reports ECFA negotiations on “early harvest” have hit a snag.

: US-Taiwan Business Council releases report on air power in the Taiwan Strait.

: Ex-Premier Liu Chao-shiuan visits Shanghai for the World Expo opening.

: Whampoa Military Academy alumni attend forum in Taipei.

: Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg applauds cross-Strait engagement.

: Beijing opens quasi-official tourism office in Taipei.

: Fujian Governor Huang Xiaojing leads a delegation to Taiwan.

: Taiwan opens quasi-official tourism office in Beijing.

: Central Election Committee approves TSU’s ECFA referendum proposal.

: American Chamber of Commerce of Taipei editorial endorses the ECFA.

: General Secretary Hu Jintao meets Wu Poh-Hsiung in Shanghai.

: President Ma says Taiwan will move quickly on FTAs to avoid isolation.

: President Ma and DPP Chair Tsai hold TV debate on the ECFA.

: Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) meets signature threshold for its anti-ECFA referendum proposal,

: DPP legislators provoke confrontation in Legislative Yuan (LY) over enrolling Chinese students.

: Taiwan university presidents support amendments allowing Chinese students to enroll in Taiwan universities.

: American Chamber of Commerce of Kaohsiung white paper mentions benefits of ECFA.

: Ten-ship flotilla of Chinese Navy ships pass through Miyako Strait.

: Premier Wu reiterates time is not ripe for political talks.

: Presidents Barack Obama and Hu Jintao meet at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

: Vice President Xi Jinping receives Taiwan delegation to Boao Forum.

: Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee Jia Qinglin receives Gen. Hsu’s delegation of retired military officers.

: Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng leads a delegation to Taipei.

: Retired Gen. Hsu Li-nung leads a delegation to Beijing.

: First TV debate between the Kuomintang (KMT) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA).

: Former Japanese Prime Minister Aso Taro makes a private visit to Taipei.

:   Second Round of ECFA negotiations begin in Taoyuan; focus is on “early harvest” lists.

: Deputy Minister of National Defense Andrew Yang confirms Taiwan’s missile development plans.

: AIT Chairman Raymond Burghardt greets President Ma during Guam transit.

: American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director William Stanton expresses support for cross-Strait confidence-building measures.

:   Vice Minister of Commerce Jiang Zengwei begins five-day visit to Taiwan.

: Commander of US Pacific Command Adm. Robert Willard says Taiwan needs to upgrade its air force.

: Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Wang Yi in Yazhou Zhoukan confirms there is no timetable for political talks.

: Ministry of Commerce Director Tang Wei visits Taipei for talks.

: World Health Organization Secretary General Chan invites Taiwan to participate at the World Health Assembly as an observer.

: Agricultural products, standards, and fishing crew agreements take effect.

: President Ma visits six South Pacific countries.

: Qinghai Vice Governor Wang Lingjun leads a delegation to Taiwan.

: Taipei reports the deployment of S300PMU2 air defense missiles in Fujian.

: Vice President Siew says the ECFA will pave way for FTAs.

: Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) issues regulations on cross-Strait banking, brokerage, and insurance.

: Taipei increases daily quota of Chinese tourists to 6,000.

: TSU launches a new ECFA referendum signature drive.

: Premier Wu approves regulations for cross-Strait banking, finance, and investment.

: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns US about future arms sales to Taiwan.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense report says that the F-16 A/B aircraft are the aircraft in Taiwan’s inventory that are better than China’s aircraft.

: President Ma conducts a grass-roots forum on the ECFA.

: ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin says the ECFA will likely be signed in May or June.

: National People’s Congress spokesman announces 7.5 percent increase in China’s 2010 defense budget.

: US National Security Council Director Jeffrey Bader and Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg visit Beijing.

: DPP wins three LY by-elections; KMT wins one.

: Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) announces plans for a referendum on the ECFA.

: President Ma says US arms sales to Taiwan contribute to cross-Strait progress.

: Taiwan’s National Security Council Secretary General Su Chi resigns and later replaced by Victor Hu Wei-jen.

: Executive Yuan Appeals Committee turns down a DPP appeal for a referendum on the ECFA.

:   President Ma holds a press conference to report on ECFA progress.

:   Premier Wu calls for the removal of Chinese missiles from Fujian in an interview.

:   China Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman says US companies who ignore objections will face sanctions.

: US Department of Defense releases its Quadrennial Defense Review.

: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces temporary suspension of military exchanges with the US. Vice Minister He Yafei says US arms companies will be sanctioned.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) notes that the US did not approve submarines or F-16s as part of the arms package and characterizes it as minimal action.

: President Ma delivers relief supplies for Haiti in Dominican Republic.

: The Pentagon notifies Congress of a $6.4 billion arms package for Taiwan.

: President Ma attends Honduran President Porfirio Lobo’s inauguration.

: The first round of ECFA negotiations are held in Beijing.

: President Ma transits San Francisco en route to Honduras.

: Canadian think tank reports the deployment of the DH-10 Land Attack Cruise Missile (LACM) in Guangxi Province.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi says FTAs involve international affairs issues.

: MAC Chair Lai states that he believes the ECFA will lead to FTAs.

:   MAC’s Lai Shin-yuan and Minister of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Shih brief LY Speaker Wang Jin-pyng on the ECFA.

: Taiwan and Mainland think tanks release a joint report that provides a positive assessment of the ECFA.

: Chinese Vice Minister of Health Huang Jiefu visits Taipei for talks.

: Mainland qualified direct institutional investors (QDIIs) become eligible to invest in the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

: Cross-Strait Financial Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) take effect.

: US approves the first Taiwan military C-130 aircraft to transit through the US en route to Haiti with relief goods.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) says US arms sales give Taiwan confidence to negotiate with Beijing.

: President Ma tells KMT legislators that Taiwan will be able to sign free trade agreements (FTAs) after the ECFA is completed.

: Vice President Vincent Siew says the ECFA is the key to concluding FTAs.

: China conducts an anti-ballistic missile test.

: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says US will continue to sell arms to Taiwan.

: Kuomintang (KMT) loses three Legislative Yuan (LY) by-elections.

: Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs He Yafei criticizes US arms sales to Taiwan.

: Chinese Ministry of Defense opposes US arms sales to Taiwan and says it reserves right to take action.

:    Premier Wu Den-yih says Taiwan’s aim is to sign the ECFA in May.

: President Ma says the Taiwan government will refer to the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) publicly in Chinese as liangan chingji shiehyi.

: The US Department of Defense announces the award of a $968 million contract to Lockheed Martin for the sale of 253 PAC-3 missiles and related hardware to Taiwan.

: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman calls for an end to US arms sales to Taiwan.

:    US media reports that Raytheon has won a contract to upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missiles.

: President Hu Jintao briefly mentions promoting peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

:   In an interview, President Ma Ying-jeou says that a peace agreement with China is not possible with 1,300 missiles aimed at Taiwan.

: Kaohsiung reinstates plan to screen Kadeer film at its film festival.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of Interior states Rebiya Kadeer will not be allowed to visit.

: DPP announces plans to show Kadeer film in several cities on Oct. 1.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi says ECFA talks will begin when both sides are ready.

: MAC Chair Lai says financial MOU nearly complete.

: Organizers announced that the Kaohsiung Film Festival will screen Rebiya Kadeer’s film.

: Taipei Court convicts Chen Shui-bian and sentences him to life in prison.

: New Cabinet takes office in Taipei; President Ma instructs Premier Wu to get cross-Strait negotiations back on track after Morakot.

: Wu Den-yih named premier replacing Liu Chao-shiuan.

: People’s Bank of China Deputy Governor Su Ning leads a delegation to Taipei.

: KMT Vice Chairman Wu Den-yih visits Hong Kong.

: SEF Chairman Chiang meets Bank of China President Li Lihua’s delegation.

: Raytheon Corp. wins a contract to upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missiles.

: Minister of the Financial Supervisory Commission Sean Chen says financial supervisory MOU will be signed by yearend.

: First “scheduled” cross-Strait flights begin; ceremonies are cancelled due to Dalai Lama visit.

: Taiwan Ministry of National Defense releases its report on the PLA.

: Dalai Lama arrives in Taiwan.

: TAO statement opposes Dalai Lama visit and criticizes DPP.

: Referendum Review Committee rejects DPP ECFA referendum proposal.

: Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu invites Dalai Lama.

: Officials from the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs visit Taiwan.

: U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey visits Beijing and is berated on arms sales.

: Third mainland procurement mission arrives in Taipei.

: LY passes amendments to Customs Import Tariff Act needed to implement ECFA.

: U.S. military helicopters and crews begin week-long emergency operations.

: U.S. military aircraft delivers aid in Taiwan; TAO says this is humanitarian aid delivered under civilian auspices.

: ARATS and PRC Red Cross provide generous financial aid for Morakot.

:   Typhoon Morakot hits Taiwan causing extensive flooding and hundreds of deaths.

: SEF Chairman Chiang says the fourth SEF-ARATS talks to be held in December.

: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of Taiwan Director Yu Keli article in China Review calls for an early negotiation of a peace agreement.

: Taiwan Institute of Economic Research releases more critical analysis of ECFA.

: MOEA releases Chunghua Institute of Economic Research report on ECFA.

: Ma Ying-jeou is elected KMT chairman.

: Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu includes pro-independence remarks in her address at the closing ceremony of the World Games; mainland athletes do not attend.

: MOEA Minister Yiin states that agreement has been reached to begin ECFA talks in October.

: Taipei announces two new direct flight routes to the mainland.

: Minister of Commerce Chen Deming meets MOEA Minister Yiin Chii-ming at Singapore at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall name plaque is restored.

: Blatant stereotyping in cartoon characters used in a Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) pamphlet promoting the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement with China provokes controversy in Taiwan.

: Ma Ying-jeou, as the president of the Republic of China (ROC), opens the World Games in Kaohsiung; mainland athletes do not attend the opening ceremony.

: DPP votes to expel two members who attended KMT-CCP Forum.

: Mainland purchasing delegation attends a food show in Taipei.

: Kuomintang (KMT) and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Forum on economics and culture opens in Changsha; two Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members attend.

: President Ma in Honolulu reiterates that removal of missiles from across the Taiwan Strait is a precondition for talks with the PRC on a peace agreement.

: China Southern Airlines is first People’s Republic of China (PRC) company to apply to establish a branch office in Taiwan.

: President Ma Ying-jeou attends the inauguration of President Ricardo Martinelli in Panama.

:   Taipei formally publishes regulations related to mainland investment.

: Taipei rules duties on footwear imports from China.

: Taipei rules duties on footwear imports from China.

: Taipei rules duties on footwear imports from China.

: Taichung Mayor Jason Hu opens central Taiwan trade fair in Beijing.

:   Three SEF-ARATS agreements signed in April formally come into effect.

:   Financial Supervisory Commission Chair Sean Chen acknowledges delays in financial MOUs.

:   Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Ma Xiaotian asks U.S. to stop arms sales.

:   TAO minister Wang Yi meets Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg.

:   President Ma proposes Taiwan and mainland co-edit dictionary of traditional and simplified characters.

: MAC-sponsored ECFA symposium is held in Chiayi: Chairperson Lai says negotiation may start this year with agreement next year.

:   DPP launches signature campaign for referendum on ECFA.

:   Ma Ying-jeou announces his candidacy for Kuomintang (KMT) chairmanship.

:   TAO Deputy Zheng Lizhong visits Taipei; KMT and CCP announce the Fifth Forum to be held in Changsha July 11-12.

:   The Legislative Yuan adopts amendments easing work, residency, and citizenship for mainland spouses.

:   Delegation of mainland legal officials visits Taiwan for consultations on judicial agreement.

:   Taiwan Foreign Minister Francisco Ou says focus will remain on specialized agencies not on general UN membership.

:   Hong Kong Secretary Lam Sui-lung visits Taiwan.

:   Taipei announces sectors to be open to mainland investment.

:   President Ma transits Seattle.

:   Taipei press reports National Security Council Secretary General Su Chi visited Washington DC during the week of May 25.

: A large mainland procurement mission arrives in Taiwan.

:   President Ma attends President Francisco Flores’s inauguration in El Salvador.

:   Xinhua reports retired military officers from Taipei and Beijing had a golf tournament in Xiamen May 26-29.

:   President Ma transits Los Angeles.

: Hu Jintao receives KMT Chair Wu Poh-hsiung in Beijing; Xinhua reports extensively on Hu’s remarks

:   President Ma expresses hope ECFA will be signed by the end of the year.

: Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) announces its participation in Shanghai World Expo.

: Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu visits China and meets Beijing Mayor Gao.

: President Ma says the future of Taiwan should be decided by the next generation.

:   Minister of Health Yen Chiang-chuan attends WHA as observer.

:   DPP holds rallies in Taipei and Kaohsiung to protest Ma policies.

:   Strait Forum is held in Fujian May 15-22.

:   President Ma signs two UN Human Rights Covenants.

:   Beijing’s Supreme People’s Court publishes regulations on enforcing Taiwan civil judgments.

: Liberty Times criticizes President Ma for sacrificing sovereignty.

: President Ma’s holds an interview with Singapore’s Straits Times.

:  PRC MOFA expresses discontent over Saito’s remarks.

:   DPP Chairperson Tsai Yng-wen visits Washington DC for consultations.

:   Japan Interchange Association Representative Saito says Taiwan’s status is still unresolved; Taipei Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) summons Saito to lodge a protest.

:   Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) issues a statement on Chinese Taipei at the WHA.

:   Taipei issues regulations on PRC Qualified Domestic Institutional Investors (QDII) investment in the Taiwan stock market.

:   President Ma announces that “Chinese Taipei” has been invited to the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer.

: China Mobile signs an agreement to invest in Taiwan’s EasTone Telcom.

:   President Ma says the 1952 Japan Peace Treaty implies transfer of sovereignty to the Republic of China.

:   Beijing publishes regulations for PRC firms investing in Taiwan.

: Third ARATS-SEF Meeting is held; three agreements are signed and consensus is reached on Mainland investment in Taiwan

:   Deputy Minister of National Defense Minister Chang Liang-jen tells the Legislative Yuan that Taipei will seek consensus with US before requesting F-16s.

: Premier Wen meets former Control Yuan President Fred Chien at Boao Forum.

: ARATS Deputy Zheng Lizhong arrives in Taipei for preparatory meeting.

:   Taichung mayor Jason Hu vists Hong Kong for the Hong Kong-Taiwan Forum.

:   Incident near Pratas Reef between U.S. Navy vessel carrying Taiwan scientists and PLA Navy ship.

: President Ma makes a public address commemorating the Taiwan Relations Act.

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Secretary General Kao Koong-lian visits Shanghai for consultations.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) releases “policy explanation” of Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA).

: Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Deputy Chairman An Min leads 7-member delegation to Taiwan.

:   Presidents Barack Obama and Hu Jintao meet at the G20 summit in London.

: Taipei ratifies two UN human rights conventions.

: DPP Caucus calls for full transparency on ECFA.

: Two Red Cross societies sign cooperation agreement in Taipei.

: MOEA Minister Yiin Chii-ming says there have been talks on ECFA.

: U.S. Department of Defense releases Military Power of the PRC 2009 report.

: DPP Chair Tsai says ECFA under “one China” principle would divide society.

: Taipei’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) holds first ECFA hearing.

: President Ma receives American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Ray Burghardt.

: Taipei releases its first Quadrennial Defense Report.

: President Ma says talks on WHA participation will be held overseas in April.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi is cautiously optimistic that Taiwan will be able to attend the World Health Assembly as an observer.

: PRC Minister of Commerce Chen Deming calls for early talks on CECA to combat financial downturn.

: Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) Chair Morris Chang endorses goal of ECFA.

: People’s Bank of China President Zhou Xiaochuan says financial service memorandum of understanding with Taiwan could be based on HK agreement.

: President Ma expresses hope that ECFA can be discussed at the 3rd SEF-ARATS meeting.

: Former President Lee Teng-hui says ECFA not in Taiwan’s interest.

: President Ma says tensions with the mainland are at record low; PRC announces 15 percent increase in 2010 defense budget.

: Kuomintang (KMT) Chair Wu Poh-hsuing returns from trip to Southeast Asia.

: Group led by Frank Hsieh says CECA would mean unification.

:   Former Vice Premier Wu Rong-yi says ECFA is a trap set by China.

: DPP Chair Tsai calls for referendum on CECA/ECFA.

: Speaker Wang Jin-pyng calls for LY task force on cross-Strait relations.

: In online dialogue, Premier Wen Jiabao calls for economic cooperation mechanism that meets Taiwan’s needs.

: U.S.-China Defense Policy Coordination Talks conclude.

: President Ma’s news conference introduces the term Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) in lieu of CECA.

: MAC says CECA would be sent to Legislative Yuan (LY) for approval.

: Premier Liu says CECA is not on 3rd SEF-ARATS agenda.

: Cross-Strait postal remittance of funds begins.

: TAO spokesman says CECA would be mutually beneficial.

: Taiwan’s Presidential Office says name CECA will be dropped from the discussions on the development of an agreement on economic issues with China.

: Premier Liu Chao-shiuan says there is no timetable for concluding CECA.

: SEF Chair Chiang says he hopes a framework for CECA can be reached in 2009.

: TSU Chair Huang Chu-wen says CECA will prompt all-out impeachment effort.

: DPP Chair Tsai says CECA would cause serious social conflict.

: Secretary Clinton visits Beijing.

: DPP–Taiwan Solidarity Union National Policy Conference focuses on CECA.

:   Secretary Clinton says U.S. encourages further progress in cross-Strait relations.

: Taiwan financial services delegation holds talks in Beijing.

: The two Palace Museums ink an artifact exchange deal in Beijing.

: MAC states that CECA is not on the agenda for the 3rd SEF-ARATS meeting.

: DPP chair Tsai says CECA requires social consensus in Taiwan.

: MAC Chair Lai Shin-yuan says the number of Chinese missiles aimed at Taiwan has increased to 1,500.

: President Ma is interviewed by New York Times.

: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expresses hope that cross-Strait relations will continue to improve.

:   Jia Qinglin, fourth-ranking member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and chairman of the People’s Political Consultative Conference, attends a conference in Taiwan.

:   Democratic Progressive Party Chair Tsai Ing-wen asserts Washington has doubts about President Ma’s cross-Strait policy.

: President Barack Obama calls President Hu and makes no mention of Taiwan.

:   Raytheon wins a bid to upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missiles.

: Taipei Zoo’s panda house opens.

: President Ma reiterates “resolute defense, effective deterrence” policy.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) authorizes financial services, scheduled flights, and PRC investment as issues for 3rd SEF-ARATS talks.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi comments on the agenda for the 3rd ARATS-SEF talks.

: Beijing releases its 2008 white paper on national defense.

: President Ma Ying-jeou again calls for removal of Chinese missiles from the coastal region opposite Taiwan.

: SEF Chair Chiang says the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement makes Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) with China necessary.

: World Health Organization invites Taiwan to participate in International Health Regulations (IHR).

: Beijing reports that PLA Navy escorts Taiwan ship near Somalia.

: Reports show Taiwan’s exports to China in December decline by 54 percent.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Wang Yi meets U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte in Beijing.

: SEF Chair Chiang Pin-kung visits China for consultations with Taiwan invested enterprises (TIEs).

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) sends the Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) compensation claims for melamine contamination.

:    President Ma Ying-jeou’s New Year’s address stresses Republic of China (ROC) sovereignty and dignity.

: President Hu Jintao delivers a six-point speech outlining the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) leadership’s approach to dealing with Taiwan.

:  President Hu issues six-point statement on cross-Strait relations.

: Taiwan Cabinet holds mainland affair conference.

: China’s National Off-shore Oil Company (CNOOC) and Taiwan’s Chinese Petroleum Company (CPC) sign cooperation agreements.

: China’s gift Pandas arrive in Taipei.

: MAC Chairwoman Lai reiterates only SEF authorized to speak for government.

: Fourth KMT-CCP Forum is held in Shanghai where Beijing announces economic measures to benefit Taiwan.

: TAO spokesman says WHO solution will be found through talks.

: Direct shipping service is implemented from Kaohsiung.

: Direct cross-Strait postal service begins.

: Taiwan joins World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement.

: Chinese Defense Minister Liang Quanglie urges U.S. to end arms sales to Taiwan.

: KMT Chairman Wu Poh-Hsiung begins first visit to Japan.

: Hong Kong Trade Development Council opens Taipei office.

: President Ma in an interview says time is not ripe for a visit by the Dalai Lama.

: General Secretary Hu and Lien Chan meet in Lima.

: SEF Secretary General Kao Koong-lian leads delegation to Guangdong and Beijing.

: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs says APEC issues handled under one China principle and corrects reporter for saying “President Ma.”

: United Democratic Nations (UDN) reports PRC deployment of YJ-62A anti-ship missile on coast.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi announces measures to help Taiwan in financial crisis.

: Taiwan becomes “sponsoring member” of Agency for International Trade Information and Cooperation (AITIC)

: Taiwan Education Minister Cheng Jei-cheng explains plans to accept Chinese students and academic degrees beginning in 2009.

: MAC says Chen visits shows China does not deny Taiwan’s sovereignty.

: President Ma meets APEC delegation stressing that Lien Chan will represent both ROC and himself.

:   Brief public meeting between President Ma and ARATS Chairman Chen.

:   Demonstrators barricade Chen Yunlin in Regent Hotel.

: SEF uses official titles to introduce Taiwan participants to Chen Yunlin; Chen meets MAC Chair Lai, but does not use her title.

:   Former President Chen Shui-bian accuses President Ma of treason.

:   Southern Taiwan Society accuses Ma of ceding Taiwan to PRC.

: ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin arrives in Taiwan and states his visit will not touch on political issues.

: Chairperson Tsai calls on people to besiege guest house where Chen is staying.

: Taipei Times editorial says President Ma’s policies could provoke civil unrest.

: TAO issues simplified rules for Taiwan correspondents.

: DPP member Wang Ding-yu indicted for violence against Zhang.

: ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin expresses apology over tainted milk products.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Wang Yi mentions the importance of World Health Organization issue in cross-Strait relations.

: Taipei announces Lien Chan to be President Ma’s APEC representative.

:  Seven Taiwan business groups issue statement welcoming Chen Yunlin visit.

: ARATS and Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) hold preparatory talks in Shenzhen and announce dates for the visit to Taiwan by ARATS Chairman Chen.

: SEF reports ARATS letter apologizing for tainted milk.

: Defense News reports the U.S. is blocking the sale of items to Taiwan’s Chung Shan Institute of Science & Technology (CSIST) to stop development of the Hsiung Feng 2E land attack cruise missile program.

: Kinmen and Xiamen authorities hold joint search and recovery exercise.

: Ma Ying-jeou says he will receive ARATS Chairman Chen in his capacity as president of the Republic of China.

: China returns 13 criminals to Taiwan via Matsu Island.

: President Ma outlines “effective deterrence” strategy

: DPP-led mob harasses ARATS Vice Chairman Zhang in Tainan.

: ARATS Vice Chairman Zhang Mingqing visits Tainan for conference.

: DPP Chairperson Tsai says people don’t trust President Ma.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairperson Lai Shin-yuan says there are no political issues on ARATS Chairman Chen’s Taiwan visit agenda.

: Premier Liu repeats call for a PRC apology over tainted milk.

: Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie urges U.S. to cancel arms sales to Taiwan.

: Taiwan Tourism Bureau Director Lai Seh-jen visits mainland to promote tourism.

:   National Security Council Secretary General Su Chi tells Legislative Yuan that President Ma will meet ARATS Chairman Chen with “equality and dignity.”

: President Ma Ying-jeou reiterates that he will put Taiwan’s interests first in pursuing cross-Strait relations.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan’s dignity must be maintained during ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin’s visit.

: Premier Liu Chao-shiuan states that if the Association for Relations across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) chairmen is to meet him, he must address him as “premier.”

: U.S. Department of Defense reports that China has postponed various military-to-military activities to protest U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

: The Bush administration notifies Congress of a $6.5 billion 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.

: Taipei sets 2009 defense budget at NT$315.2 billion ($10.17 billion).

: MAC Chairman Lai visits Washington.

: Presidential Office says PRC reaction should not be seen as rejection of UN specialized agencies proposal.

: PRC Vice Premier Wang Qishan meets Taiwan business delegation and says Beijing willing to consider common market proposal.

: SEF Chairman Chiang visits Japan.

: President Ma, in an interview with Mexican daily says cross-strait relations are “special non-state-to-state relations.”

: Minister of National Defense Chen says F-16s needed to replace aging F-5s.

: President Ma receives U.S. visitors and urges notification of arms packages.

: PRC Ambassador to the UN Wang Guangya sends letter saying Taiwan not qualified to participate in UN specialized agencies.

: LY Vice Speaker Tseng Yung-chuan leads delegation to Thailand seeking closer ties with ASEAN.

: President Ma transits San Francisco.

: President Ma attends inauguration of President Leonel Fernandez in the Dominican Republic.

: Taiwan MOFA announces bid for participation in UN specialized agencies.

: President Ma meets Paraguay President-elect Fernando Lugo.

: Chinese Petroleum Company of Taiwan says cooperation with China National Offshore Oil Company on oil exploration in Taiwan Strait to resume.

: President Ma meets President Martin Torrijos in Panama.

: President Ma transits Los Angeles.

: DPP Chairperson Tsai says diplomatic truce equals unilateral surrender.

:   KMT Chairman Wu and others attend President Hu Jintao’s luncheon for world leaders, then attend Olympics Opening Ceremony.

: President Ma visits Foreign Ministry and says priority is on participation in WHO.

:   President Ma welcomes Beijing’s use of Zhonghua Taibei.

:   Taiwan’s postal service votes to restore China Post name.

:   Taiwan and PRC experts are simultaneously elected to World Trade Organization’s Permanent Experts Group

: Taiwan Caucus sends letter to Bush urging end to the arms freeze.

: President Bush meets international media and expresses pleasure at development of cross-Strait relations.

: President Ma visits MAC and urges more effort to bring PRC students to Taiwan.

: Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi meets Secretary Rice in Washington.

: Legislative Yuan (LY) Speaker Wang Jin-pyng arrives in Washington for consultations and reiterates Taipei’s need for F-16 aircraft.

: KMT Chairman Wu announces that he will attend Olympics.

: Xinhua, CCTV other official media begin using Zhonghua Taibei.

: Sports Minister Tai Shia-ling says teams will withdraw if Beijing Olympics organizers downgrade Taiwan using Zhongguo Taibei.

: TAO spokesman’s statement explains narrow limits of Beijing’s commitment to use Zhonghua Taibei in Olympics context.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) urges China to display good will on terminology issue.

: SEF Chairman Chiang speaks of an eventual Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) with the mainland.

: President Ma tells CNN that Taipei can’t negotiate peace agreement under missile threat.

:   KMT states Chairman Wu will not attend Olympics unless Beijing adheres to Zhonghua Taibei terminology.

: SEF Chairman Chiang holds first meeting with Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang.

: Taipei approves raising investment ceiling to 60 percent and exempting all firms with headquarters in Taiwan.

: Official media in Beijing continue using term Zhongguo Taibei.

: Special Investigation Unit (SIU) lists former President Chen and Madame             Wu as defendants in money laundering case.

: U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Keating confirms arms sales freeze.

: SEF Chairman Chiang hosts dinner for ARATS Deputy Chairman Wang Xaizi.

: KMT reiterates importance of Beijing using Zhonghua Taibei terminology.

: Foreign Minister Ou says Paraguay will be test case on diplomatic truce.

: President Ma expresses hope U.S. arms sales will proceed as originally planned.

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kun says economic agreement with China would help Taiwan negotiate free trade agreements.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman explains why Chinese media are free to use term Zhongguo Taibei to refer to Taiwan participants in the Olympics.

: Ministry of Foreign Affairs explains importance Taipei places on using Zhonghua Taipei translation of Chinese Taipei during Olympics.

: TAO Chairman Wang Yi urges seizing opportunity for peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

: Association for Relations across Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Deputy Wang Zaixi arrives in Taipei for 10-day visit.

: Weekend charter flights begin, bringing first tourists from China to Taiwan.

: Legislative Yuan unfreezes funds for production of Hsiungfeng IIE land attack cruise missile (LACM).

: Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Xu Caihou says there will be no change in People’s Liberation Army readiness toward Taiwan.

: Foreign Minister Francisco Ou says Taipei will pursue “participation” in World Health Organization as a priority issue.

: Renminbi-NT$ exchange begins in Taiwan.

: Taipei lifts ban on Xinhua and People’ Daily reporters.

: President Ma observes Hanguang 24 exercise.

: Taipei liberalizes regulations on cross-Strait securities investments.

: Minister of Economic Affairs Yiin Chii-min says investment ceiling for Taiwan companies investing in the mainland to be raised in August.

: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense James Shinn says military balance continues to shift toward mainland increasing danger to Taiwan.

: Hanguang 24 military exercise begins.

: Paraguay FM-designate says relations with Taiwan to be reviewed.

: Tzu Chi Foundation has raised US$26.7 million for Sichuan relief.

: President Ma proposes signing economic cooperation pact with mainland.

: President Ma explains cross-Strait goals in New York Times interview.

: Taiwan Coast Guard escorts boats to assert Taiwan sovereignty over Diaoyutai.

: LY Speaker Wang Jin-pyng asserts LY role in cross-Strait issues.

: Chinese tour operators visit Taiwan to survey market.

: President Ma calls for acceleration of SEF-ARATS talks.

: ARATS and SEF sign agreements on weekend charters and tourism.

: General Secretary Hu receives SEF Chairman Chiang.

: Chen Yunlin-Chiang Pin-kung meeting marks resumption of SEF-ARATS dialogue; Chen accepts invitation to visit Taiwan.

: ARATS proposes exchange of offices.

: Legislative Yuan (LY) holds special session to authorize currency exchange.

: Taipei press reports Defense News story that U.S. has frozen arms sales.

: People’s Daily reports vice ministers to advise SEF and ARATS delegations.

: Japanese frigate hits and sinks Taiwan fishing boat near Diaoyutai; Taipei and Beijing protest the incident.

: President Ma meets SEF Chair Chiang; hopes for institutionalized talks.

: Minister of Defense Chen says no change in development of Hsiung Feng IIE surface-to-surface cruise missile.

:   In Yomiuri interview, President Ma repeats that removal of missiles from China’s coastal region immediately across the Taiwan Strait is a precondition for peace accord.

: ARATS supports idea of reciprocal visits by ARATS and SEF chairmen.

: Wang Yi appointed new TAO minister; Chen Yunlin assumes chair of ARATS.

: General Secretary Hu receives KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung.

: MAC authorizes SEF to resume dialogue on basis of 1992 consensus.

: MAC Chairwoman Lai envisages SEF and ARATS exchanging offices.

: Minister of Defense Chen Chao-min says Taiwan needs F-16s.

: TAO Minister Chen Yunlin comments positively on Ma’s inauguration.

: Ma Ying-jeou inaugurated as president of the Republic of China.

: U.S. delegation meets with President Ma; praises inaugural address.

: WHA again rejects “Taiwan” observer application.

: TAO announces Chairman Hu’s invitation to KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung.

: Humanitarian charter flight takes Red Cross & Tzu Chi aid to Sichuan.

: President Ma tells Associated Press that unification unlikely “in our lifetimes.”

: Taiwan’s Investment Commission approves 20 mainland investments.

: ARATS thanks SEF for concern and aid; TAO publishes text.

: Earthquake in Sichuan Province; Taiwan offers aid.

: President-elect Ma reiterates call for a diplomatic truce with China.

:   Singapore’s Lee Kwan Yew says a Singapore-Taiwan free trade agreement hinges on better cross-Strait relations.

: Vice Premier Chiou I-jen and others resign over Papua New Guinea scandal.

: President-elect Ma welcomes Hu’s 16-character guideline.

: President-elect Ma’s interview with Phoenix TV.

: Premier-designate Liu Hsiu-chuan welcomes Chinese investment in Taiwan infrastructure projects.

: TAO avoids commenting on Lai’s appointment as MAC chairwoman.

: General Secretary Hu receives Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chairman Lien Chan; Hu proposes 16-character guideline for cross-Strait relations.

: Lai Shin-yuan chosen as new Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman.

: SEF Chair-designate Chiang predicts weekend charters to begin July 4.

: Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte says U.S. will engage with Ma only after inauguration.

: President Chen’s letter to WHO returned to Taiwan.

: Group of Chinese real estate tycoons arrives in Taipei.

: Paraguay elects first leftist pro-China president.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman expects progress on charter flights and tourism and announces Taiwanese may take PRC bar exams.

: Chiang Pin-kung chosen as new Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) chairman.

: Vincent Siew attends seminar with PRC economic leaders who express interest in investing in Taiwan infrastructure.

: PRC Commerce Ministry reports then retracts statement that Vincent Siew accepts “one China principle.”

: General Secretary Hu Jintao meets Vincent Siew at Boao Forum.

: President Chen decides to reapply for WHO membership as “Taiwan.”

: PRC defense minister urges Secretary of Defense Gates to end U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

: PRC bank regulator (CBRC) authorizes Taiwan branch banks on the mainland.

: President-elect Ma’s Financial Times interview.

: Vice President-elect Vincent Siew says he will attend Boao Forum.

: President-elect Ma Ying-jeou hopes for weekend charter flights by July.

: President-elect Ma favors applying for World Health Organization (WHO) observership as “Chinese Taipei.”

: AIT Chairman Burghardt meets Ma and Chen in Taipei.

: President Bush phones President Hu; Hu comments on 1992 consensus.

: PRC demands investigation of missile fuse assemblies mis-shipment.

: DOD announces mis-shipment of missile fuse assemblies to Taiwan.

: State Department Taiwan Director Spelman comments on post-election situation.

: AIT Director Young meets Ma; Ma expresses interest in pre-inauguration visit to U.S.

: Ma Ying-jeou elected president; UN referenda fail.

:   Premier Wen’s post-NPC press conference.

: DAS Christensen reiterates U.S. opposition to UN referendum.

: Taipei Representative Wu says PRC seeking to block Taiwan’s OECD participation.

: In interview, Ma Ying-jeou rules out meeting with PRC leaders.

: Taipei’s Investment Commission launches amnesty for illegal investors in China.

: Second Ma-Hsieh presidential debate.

: North Korea expresses opposition to UN referendum.

: Brazil expresses opposition to UN referendum.

: KMT proposes LY resolution on “Advancing to the UN.”

: EU expresses opposition to UN referendum.

: Premier Wen Jiabao’s work report to NPC; PRC announces defense budget up 17.6 percent to $58.79 billion.

: President Hu Jintao makes moderate statement on Taiwan; says Taiwan independence “doomed to fail.”

: Executive Yuan eases restrictions on investment in China.

: NPC spokesman Jiang Enzhu warns that UN referendum threatens peace

: President Chen says vote for UN referendum even if not for Hsieh.

: DOD releases annual report on the PLA.

: Jia Qinglin makes routine report to CPPCC on Taiwan.

: Ma Ying-jeou announces specific plans for cross-Strait flights and tourism.

: Beijing authorizes Tzu-chi Foundation to open charitable foundation

: TAO announces new agricultural zone and student tuition policies.

: Secretary Rice in Beijing reiterates U.S. opposition to UN referendum.

: Taiwan representatives barred from Lee Myong-bak’s inauguration.

: First Ma-Hsieh presidential campaign debate.

: MND Minister Lee Tien-yu resigns over “Taiwan Goal”; Michael Tsai appointed first civilian Minister of National Defense.

: New Legislative Yuan opens first session.

: Taiwan extends recognition to Kosovo, but Kosovo does not reciprocate.

: PRC protests Taiwan’s recognition of Kosovo.

: Kosovo declares independence.

: Hsieh Chang-ting supports cooperation with KMT on both referenda.

: NIO Deputy Fingar testifies U.S. worried about cross-Strait miscalculation.

: President Chen calls for support of both UN referenda.

:   In New York, Negroponte urges China to be more generous toward Taiwan internationally.

: President Chen visits Taiping Island in Spratlys.

: TAO issues protest over CEC’s referendum decision.

: First New Year charter flight arrives routinely in Taiwan.

: CEC decides to hold UN referenda together with presidential election.

: Singapore’s Lee Kwan-yew criticizes UN referendum.

: Taipei American Chamber of Commerce recommends easing limits on investment in China.

: Beijing repatriates captured gangster Wang Hsuan-jen to Taiwan.

: President Chen hosts discreet KMT-DPP consultation at State Guest House.

: Vice President Lu visits Marshall Islands.

: French arms firm DCNS official visits Taiwan.

: Global forum for new democracies meets in Taipei.

: Vice Minister of Defense Ko says Taiwan needs cruise missiles.

: Secretary Rice meets FM Yang in Berlin, reiterates opposition to UN referendum.

: In Beijing, UK Foreign Secretary Brown opposes UN referendum.

: At WHO, China blocks resolution to allow Taiwan participation in IHR.

: Hsieh Chang-ting calls for support of both UN referenda.

: TAO and ARATS express thanks for Taiwan rescue of PRC seamen.

: President Chen attends inaugural in Guatemala.

: Beijing establishes of relations with Malawi; Taipei breaks relations.

: Cambodia denies Taipei’s request to establish trade office

: President Chen resigns DPP chairmanship.

: President Chen meets Nicaraguan President Ortega in Guatemala.

: KMT wins decisive victory in LY elections.

:    Prosecutors appeal Ma Ying-jeou’s case to Supreme Court

:     Taiwan Foreign Minister Huang cancels visit to Malawi.

:    Ma Ying-jeou enunciates his policy of “no independence, no unification and no use of force” in interviews.

: National People’s Congress Standing Committee decision on Hong Kong nixes universal suffrage in 2012.

: Appeals Court upholds Ma Ying-jeou’s not guilty verdict.

: Japanese PM Fukuda visits Beijing; expresses concern about UN referendum.

: Singapore expresses opposition to UN referendum.

Dec. 21, 2007  Secretary Rice reiterates U.S. opposition to referendum as provocative and Secretary Gates says U.S. will provide arms in keeping with Taiwan Relations Act.

: LY approves 2008 budget including funds for Patriot PAC III.

: TAO Vice Minister Sun Yafu in Washington DC for consultations.

: TAO Minister Chen Yunlin pens article in Qiushi attacking referendum.

: Hsieh Chang-ting in Tokyo: “I won’t accept one China.”

: Moscow says UN referendum would destabilize area.

: CEC adopts voting procedures for LY election and referendum.

: Hsieh Chang-ting begins four-day Japan visit.

: AIT Chairman Burghardt in Taipei for consultations.

: Presidents Bush and Hu hold phone conversation.

: DAS Christensen’s Press conference for Taiwan Press and says UN referendum is “unwise, provocative, and risky.”

: Taipei expresses deep concern over PRC plans to establish a new flight route in western half of Taiwan Strait.

: PLA delegation in Washington DC for consultations.

: MAC Chairman Chen accuses Beijing of pressuring Taiwan businessmen to oppose UN referendum.

: Foreign Minister Komura visits Beijing and says Japan does not support Taiwan joining UN.

: Defense Minister Lee Tien-yu says Taiwan could not prevent invasion without U.S. help.

: EU-China summit in Beijing, EU opposes Taiwan referendum on UN.

: President Sarkozy in Beijing expresses opposition to UN referendum.

: Foreign Minister Yang Meets Secretary Rice in Washington.

: Taipei drops its opposition to PRC judge at WTO.

: Kitty Hawk goes through Taiwan Strait after being denied port call in Hong Kong.

: Ma Ying-jeou begins three-day visit to Japan.

: USS Kitty Hawk is denied entry into Hong Kong port.

: Taiwan places hold on appointment of PRC judge to WTO appellate court.

: TAO Vice Minister Ye in Washington DC for National Association for China’s Peaceful Unification (NACPU) meeting.

: Taiwan Post says “UN for Taiwan” cancellations will be voluntary.

: TAO confirms that letters with “UN for Taiwan” stamp cancellation are being returned to Taiwan.

: DOD notifies Congress regarding sale of upgraded Patriot II to Taiwan.

: UMC Chairman Robert Tsao runs ad calling for peace accord.

: Delegation of PRC real estate firms visits Taiwan.

:   AIT Director Young’s press conference.

:   Hsieh Chang-ting meets Morris Chang; talks of easing IT restrictions.

:   U.S. House members propose resolution supporting Taiwan’s UN bid.

:   TAO spokesman says UN referendum is a step toward independence.

:   President Chen says 40 percent cap will not be eased while he is president.

:   Secretary Gates visits Beijing; Taiwan a major issue in talks.

:   Hsieh Chang-ting suggests easing 40 percent cap on funds invested in China.

:   TAO Vice Minister Sun Yafu thanks ASEAN for firm support on Taiwan issues.

:   Ma Ying-jeou denies report that KMT has scraped 1992 consensus.

: President Chen says vote for UN referendum is a vote against unification.

: Vice Minister Ko Cheng-heng in U.S. for defense review talks.

:   Executive Yuan eases restrictions on investments in Chinese stock markets.

: Taipei criticizes China for delaying two weeks in notifying Taiwan about corn contamination in Thailand; calls on WHO to notify Taiwan directly.

Oct. 22, 2007  Liberty Times reports WHO sent a food safety notification to Taiwan via China.

: President Chen says passage of UN referendum will force U.S. to review its one China policy.

: Hsieh Chang-ting supports permitting PRC investments in Taiwan.

: Legislative Yuan committees cut Hsiungfeng IIE missile budget by one-third.

: 13th cross-Strait financial seminar opens in Taipei with large PRC Representation.

: Chinese Communist Party 17th Congress opens; Chairman Hu Jintao’s report calls for peace agreement with Taiwan.

: President Chen criticizes Hu’s one China premise; Hsieh Chang-ting expresses interest in peace agreement; Ma Ying-jeou proposes talks on basis of  “one China, different interpretations.”

: President Chen accepts chairmanship of DPP and announces that priority will be on passage of referendum on joining UN.

: In National Day address, President Chen for first time does not use term “Republic of China.”

: ARATS sends SEF sympathy message over Typhoon Krosa.

: KMT’s Vincent Siew in Washington for consultations.

: Divisive DPP Congress adopts ‘Normal Country Resolution.’

: DPP Chairman Yu abruptly resigns.

: President Bush receives Foreign Minister Yang at White House.

: President Chen brokers compromise that strengthens Normal Country Resolution draft.

:   PRC’s Jia Qinglin says UN referendum “endangers peace.”

: Secretary Rice and Minister Yang meet at UNGA.

: Hsieh Chang-ting’s interview with Straits Times published.

: Prosecutors indict Chairman Yu and others on misuse of funds; DPP Chairman Yu announces intention to resign.

: Two-week Mid-Autumn Festival charter flights begin.

: UNGA debates and adopts General Committee report.

: IOC announces Olympic torch route will not include Taiwan.

: UNGA General Committee decides not to put Taiwan on UNGA agenda.

: DPP Chairman Yu proposes amendments to ‘Normal Country Resolution.’

: TAO warns that UN issue creates “serious situation.”

: Beijing MOFA protests US arms sales to Taiwan.

: DPP stages UN march in Kaohsiung; KMT holds rally in Taichung.

: President Chen holds video teleconference with press in New York.

: KMT’s Wang Jin-pyong urges both parties to drop UN referendums.

: TAO Minister Chen Yunlin in Washington DC for consultations.

:   TAO’s Li Weiyi says Taiwan must bear consequences of its actions.

:   DPP and Chen administration say UN referendum will go forward despite U.S. opposition.

: U.S. announces plan to sell 12 P-3C’s and 122 SM-2 missiles to Taiwan.

: UN General Assembly president returns letter from President Chen.

:   DAS Christensen speech at US-Taiwan Business Council Conference.

: DPP Chairman Yu proposes amendments to strengthen ‘Normal Country Resolution.’

: Five African allies attend summit in Taipei.

: MAC Chairman Chen says new glitches threaten agreement on torch.

: MAC Chairman Chen Ming-tong hints at agreement on Olympic torch.

: President Chen’s video teleconference with Washington.

: Presidents Bush and Hu meet at APEC.

: Vice Premier Wu Yi meets Taiwan investors; Beijing announces new economic measures for Taiwan.

: Ma criticizes Hsieh’s statement, Hsieh reiterates it.

: Hsieh proposes combining two UN resolutions; DPP rejects proposal.

: Xinhua reports 600 Taiwanese apply to volunteer at 2008 Olympics.

: In Changhua, Hsieh Chang-ting says he is running for president of the “Republic of Taiwan.”

: PRC letter to UN labels Taiwan’s application as step toward independence.

:   NSC Wilder’s comments to press on Taiwan.

: DPP Central Executive Committee adopts modified ‘Normal Country Resolution.’

: MAC approves visit by Yao Ming.

: President Chen transits Anchorage.

: TAO Deputy Zheng Lizhong calls for opposition to independence     activities.

: Referendum Review Committee approves KMT UN referendum.

: PRC MOFA expresses appreciation for Negroponte’s remarks.

: Deputy Secretary Negroponte’s Phoenix TV interview.

:   President Chen meets President Ortega in Nicaragua.

: President Chen visits El Salvador.

: President Chen meets Central American allies in Honduras.

: China opens embassy in Costa Rica.

: EY 08 budget includes NT$340 billion for defense (3 percent GDP).

:   President Chen transits Anchorage, stays on plane to express discontent.

: PRC’s Jia Qinglin meets youth delegation from Taiwan.

: MAC Chairman Chen says talks on flights and tourism almost complete.

: Prosecutor announces intention to appeal Ma’s acquittal.

: Hsieh formally announces Su Tseng-chang as his running mate.

: District Court acquits Ma Ying-jeou on charges of misuse of funds.

: Two PRC plane hijackers repatriated to China after serving sentences.

: Hsieh Chang-ting visits Singapore and Indonesia.

:   U.S. carriers in operation Valiant Shield operate east of Taiwan.

:   China repatriates ex-KMT lawmaker Chang Wen-yi to Taiwan.

:   Amb. Wang states that Chen’s letter was immediately rejected.

:   On its 80th anniversary, PLA expresses zero tolerance for Taiwan independence.

: President Chen writes UNSC President Amb. Wang and Secretary General Ban again applying for UN membership.

:   EU criticizes DPP’s UN referendum, saying it does not support membership for Taiwan.

: KMT delegation led by Chiang Ping-kun meets TAO Deputy Zheng Lizhong.

:  Hsieh in Washington for consultations with Bush administration.

:   UN Secretariat rejects and returns Taiwan’s application.

: Hsieh Chang-ting’s Financial Times interview.

:   President Chen sends letter to UN Secretary General Ban applying for admission as “Taiwan.”

: Hsieh Chang-ting’s Phoenix TV interview.

:   Executive Yuan (EY) committee approves DPP’s UN referendum.

:   Hong Chi-chang appointed president of SEF.

: Taipei announces anti-dumping duty of 43 percent on Chinese shoes.

:   President Chen tells Washington Post UN referendum will be held.

:   President Chen’s Op-ed in Washington Times on UN membership.

: MAC Chairman Chen Ming-tong sees signs China wants to reopen    functional talks.

: Vatican notes willingness to switch relations as soon as agreement is reached with China.

: Referendum Review Committee rejects DPP UN referendum proposal.

: Referendum Review Committee rejects DPP UN referendum proposal.

: Referendum Review Committee rejects DPP UN referendum proposal.

: Taipei approves four IC packaging and testing investments in China.

: Taipei approves four IC packaging and testing investments in China.

: Taipei approves four IC packaging and testing investments in China.

: TAO spokesman uses “Chinese Taipei” in Olympic torch context.

: TAO spokesman uses “Chinese Taipei” in Olympic torch context.

: TAO spokesman uses “Chinese Taipei” in Olympic torch context.

: State Dept. spokesman restates U.S. position opposing UN referendum.

: State Dept. spokesman restates U.S. position opposing UN referendum.

: State Dept. spokesman restates U.S. position opposing UN referendum.

: MAC Chairman Chen says tourism talks have made progress.

: MAC Chairman Chen says tourism talks have made progress.

: MAC Chairman Chen says tourism talks have made progress.

: State Dept. spokesman expresses U.S. opposition to a referendum on UN bid as Taiwan.

: State Dept. spokesman expresses U.S. opposition to a referendum on UN bid as Taiwan.

: State Dept. spokesman expresses U.S. opposition to a referendum on UN bid as Taiwan.

: AIT Chairman Burghardt meets candidates Hsieh and Ma.

: AIT Chairman Burghardt meets candidates Hsieh and Ma.

: AIT Chairman Burghardt meets candidates Hsieh and Ma.

: LY passes budget including agreed arms package funding.

: Dragon boat charter flights begin.

: LY passes budget including agreed arms package funding.

: Dragon boat charter flights begin.

: LY passes budget including agreed arms package funding.

: Dragon boat charter flights begin.

: AIT Chairman Burghardt visits Taipei, meets President Chen.

: Ma Ying-jeou visits Singapore.

: AIT Chairman Burghardt visits Taipei, meets President Chen.

: Ma Ying-jeou visits Singapore.

: AIT Chairman Burghardt visits Taipei, meets President Chen.

: Ma Ying-jeou visits Singapore.

: TAO spokesman Yang Yi says referendum on joining UN as “Taiwan” would be step toward de jure independence.

: TAO spokesman Yang Yi says referendum on joining UN as “Taiwan” would be step toward de jure independence.

: TAO spokesman Yang Yi says referendum on joining UN as “Taiwan” would be step toward de jure independence.

: Ma Ying-jeou gives lecture in India, hopes for truce internationally and for “mutual non-denial.”

: Ma Ying-jeou gives lecture in India, hopes for truce internationally and for “mutual non-denial.”

: Ma Ying-jeou gives lecture in India, hopes for truce internationally and for “mutual non-denial.”

: Costa Rica announces relations with Beijing, severs ties with Taipei.

: Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui visits Yasukuni Shrine to pay respect to a deceased relative.

: Costa Rica announces relations with Beijing, severs ties with Taipei.

: Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui visits Yasukuni Shrine to pay respect to a deceased relative.

: Costa Rica announces relations with Beijing, severs ties with Taipei.

: Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui visits Yasukuni Shrine to pay respect to a deceased relative.

: DPP Chairman Yu threatens to boycott Olympics.

: DPP Chairman Yu threatens to boycott Olympics.

: DPP Chairman Yu threatens to boycott Olympics.

: Ma Ying-jeou meets Taishang business leaders; says PRC missiles must be removed before talks on peace agreement.

: MAC Chairman Chen says Taipei ready to reopen Olympic torch talks.

: Ma Ying-jeou meets Taishang business leaders; says PRC missiles must be removed before talks on peace agreement.

: MAC Chairman Chen says Taipei ready to reopen Olympic torch talks.

: Ma Ying-jeou meets Taishang business leaders; says PRC missiles must be removed before talks on peace agreement.

: MAC Chairman Chen says Taipei ready to reopen Olympic torch talks.

: Taipei AMCHAM White Paper reiterates call to open cross-Strait economic links.

: Taipei AMCHAM White Paper reiterates call to open cross-Strait economic links.

: Taipei AMCHAM White Paper reiterates call to open cross-Strait economic links.

: President Chen’s video press conference at National Press Club.

: President Chen’s video press conference at National Press Club.

: President Chen’s video press conference at National Press Club.

: OIE adopts compromise resolution calling “Chinese Taipei” a “non-sovereign regional member.”

: OIE adopts compromise resolution calling “Chinese Taipei” a “non-sovereign regional member.”

: OIE adopts compromise resolution calling “Chinese Taipei” a “non-sovereign regional member.”

: President Chen says referendum on joining UN as “Taiwan” to be held during elections.

: President Chen says referendum on joining UN as “Taiwan” to be held during elections.

: President Chen says referendum on joining UN as “Taiwan” to be held during elections.

: AIT Director Young urges opening cross-Strait economic ties.

: President Chen says Olympic torch must come from and go to third countries.

: AIT Director Young urges opening cross-Strait economic ties.

: President Chen says Olympic torch must come from and go to third countries.

: AIT Director Young urges opening cross-Strait economic ties.

: President Chen says Olympic torch must come from and go to third countries.

: President Chen says Taipei will apply to UN as “Taiwan.”

: DPP establishes task force to draft “normal country” resolution.

: Press reports Beijing pressure on Taipei in World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

: President Chen says Taipei will apply to UN as “Taiwan.”

: DPP establishes task force to draft “normal country” resolution.

: Press reports Beijing pressure on Taipei in World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

: President Chen says Taipei will apply to UN as “Taiwan.”

: DPP establishes task force to draft “normal country” resolution.

: Press reports Beijing pressure on Taipei in World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

: Beijing says PRC negotiating with WHO on how International Health Regulations (IHR) will apply to Taiwan.

: Beijing says PRC negotiating with WHO on how International Health Regulations (IHR) will apply to Taiwan.

: Beijing says PRC negotiating with WHO on how International Health Regulations (IHR) will apply to Taiwan.

: Chang Chun-hsiung is appointed premier.

: Week-long Han Kuang 23 field exercise begins.

: WHA votes 148-17 against considering Taiwan membership.

: Chang Chun-hsiung is appointed premier.

: Week-long Han Kuang 23 field exercise begins.

: WHA votes 148-17 against considering Taiwan membership.

: Chang Chun-hsiung is appointed premier.

: Week-long Han Kuang 23 field exercise begins.

: WHA votes 148-17 against considering Taiwan membership.

: President Chen’s op-ed on WHO is published in the Washington Post.

: President Chen’s op-ed on WHO is published in the Washington Post.

: President Chen’s op-ed on WHO is published in the Washington Post.

: Executive Yuan formally renames CKS Memorial as National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall.

: Executive Yuan formally renames CKS Memorial as National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall.

: Executive Yuan formally renames CKS Memorial as National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall.

: Frank Hsieh Chang-ting wins DPP presidential primary.

: Frank Hsieh Chang-ting wins DPP presidential primary.

: Frank Hsieh Chang-ting wins DPP presidential primary.

: AIT Director Young says U.S. does not support Taiwan’s developing offensive weapons.

: AIT Director Young says U.S. does not support Taiwan’s developing offensive weapons.

: AIT Director Young says U.S. does not support Taiwan’s developing offensive weapons.

: Taipei announces reestablishment of relations with St. Lucia.

: Taipei announces reestablishment of relations with St. Lucia.

: Taipei announces reestablishment of relations with St. Lucia.

: President Chen belittles idea of “meaningful participation” in WHO and says WHO-PRC MOU demeans Taiwan’s sovereignty.

: President Chen belittles idea of “meaningful participation” in WHO and says WHO-PRC MOU demeans Taiwan’s sovereignty.

: President Chen belittles idea of “meaningful participation” in WHO and says WHO-PRC MOU demeans Taiwan’s sovereignty.

: Secretary General Hu Jintao receives KMT’s Lien Chan and meets delegates to third CCP-KMT forum in Beijing.

: Secretary General Hu Jintao receives KMT’s Lien Chan and meets delegates to third CCP-KMT forum in Beijing.

: Secretary General Hu Jintao receives KMT’s Lien Chan and meets delegates to third CCP-KMT forum in Beijing.

: Ministry of National Defense Minister Lee Jye confirms development of Tactical Shore-based Missile for Fire Suppression (TSMFS).

: IOC releases route for Olympic torch passing through Taipei; MAC Chairman Chen rejects proposal.

: Ministry of National Defense Minister Lee Jye confirms development of Tactical Shore-based Missile for Fire Suppression (TSMFS).

: IOC releases route for Olympic torch passing through Taipei; MAC Chairman Chen rejects proposal.

: Ministry of National Defense Minister Lee Jye confirms development of Tactical Shore-based Missile for Fire Suppression (TSMFS).

: IOC releases route for Olympic torch passing through Taipei; MAC Chairman Chen rejects proposal.

: U.S. NSC Director Dennis Wilder expresses hope Taiwan will not develop offensive weapons.

: WHO spokesman says Taiwan not qualified for membership.

: U.S. NSC Director Dennis Wilder expresses hope Taiwan will not develop offensive weapons.

: WHO spokesman says Taiwan not qualified for membership.

: U.S. NSC Director Dennis Wilder expresses hope Taiwan will not develop offensive weapons.

: WHO spokesman says Taiwan not qualified for membership.

: Press says Han Kuang wargame includes use of short-range Taiwanese ballistic and cruise missiles against China.

: Press says Han Kuang wargame includes use of short-range Taiwanese ballistic and cruise missiles against China.

: Press says Han Kuang wargame includes use of short-range Taiwanese ballistic and cruise missiles against China.

: Promos announces plans for 0.18 wafer plant in China.

: Promos announces plans for 0.18 wafer plant in China.

: Promos announces plans for 0.18 wafer plant in China.

: ASE announces Carlyle Group has withdrawn purchase offer.

: ASE announces Carlyle Group has withdrawn purchase offer.

: ASE announces Carlyle Group has withdrawn purchase offer.

: Han Kuang 23 computer wargame begins; retired Adm. Blair is in Taiwan to observe exercise.

: Han Kuang 23 computer wargame begins; retired Adm. Blair is in Taiwan to observe exercise.

: Han Kuang 23 computer wargame begins; retired Adm. Blair is in Taiwan to observe exercise.

: Joseph Wu arrives in Washington as new TECRO representative.

: Joseph Wu arrives in Washington as new TECRO representative.

: Joseph Wu arrives in Washington as new TECRO representative.

: First Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential primary debate.

: National Association of Taiwan-Invested Enterprises (NATIE) forms in Beijing.

: First Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential primary debate.

: National Association of Taiwan-Invested Enterprises (NATIE) forms in Beijing.

: First Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential primary debate.

: National Association of Taiwan-Invested Enterprises (NATIE) forms in Beijing.

: State Department says U.S. will not support “Taiwan” membership in WHO.

: State Department says U.S. will not support “Taiwan” membership in WHO.

: State Department says U.S. will not support “Taiwan” membership in WHO.

: President Chen writes WHO Secretary General Margaret Chan applying for membership as “Taiwan.”

: TAO Minister Chen Yunlin in Washington for consultations.

: Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo tells Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Japan does not support Taiwan independence.

: President Chen writes WHO Secretary General Margaret Chan applying for membership as “Taiwan.”

: TAO Minister Chen Yunlin in Washington for consultations.

: Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo tells Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Japan does not support Taiwan independence.

: President Chen writes WHO Secretary General Margaret Chan applying for membership as “Taiwan.”

: TAO Minister Chen Yunlin in Washington for consultations.

: Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo tells Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Japan does not support Taiwan independence.

: DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun says party plans referendum on joining UN as “Taiwan.”

: DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun says party plans referendum on joining UN as “Taiwan.”

: DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun says party plans referendum on joining UN as “Taiwan.”

: Chen Ming-tong is appointed MAC chairman.

: Chen Ming-tong is appointed MAC chairman.

: Chen Ming-tong is appointed MAC chairman.

: Secretary General Hu Jintao sends congratulatory message to KMT Chairman Wu            Po-hsiung.

: Secretary General Hu Jintao sends congratulatory message to KMT Chairman Wu Po-hsiung.

: Secretary General Hu Jintao sends congratulatory message to KMT Chairman Wu Po-hsiung.

: Ma Ying-jeou’s embezzlement trial begins in Taipei district court.

: Ma Ying-jeou’s embezzlement trial begins in Taipei district court.

: Ma Ying-jeou’s embezzlement trial begins in Taipei district court.

: 21 Century Constitutional Reform Alliance releases draft constitution.

: 21 Century Constitutional Reform Alliance releases draft constitution.

: 21 Century Constitutional Reform Alliance releases draft constitution.

: Cross-Strait charter flights for Tomb Sweeping Day begin.

: TAO says draft second republic constitution is aimed at creating de jure independence.

: Deputy Assistant Secretary Christensen’s testimony at HFAC.

: Intel announces plan to build 12-inch wafer plant in China.

: First DPP presidential primary debate.

: Taiwan Foreign Minister Huang visits St. Lucia for trade talks.

: PRC Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong urges U.S. to stop arms sales to Taiwan.

: AIT Director Young calls for expanded cross-Strait economic ties.

: Taipei’s Investment Commission approves TSMC’s 0.18 micron technology investment in China.

: 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.”

: Beijing’s ARATS spokesman urges Taipei to approve Chen Yunlin’s visit.

: 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.

: PRC MOFA spokesman says Chen’s NUC comments strain peace/stability.

: KMT chairman Ma Ying-jeou warns Chen not to break five “noes” commitments.

: State Department reaffirms status quo in cross-Strait relations, but supports expanded political, economic, social, and cultural exchanges.

: President Chen proposes scrapping National Unification Council (NUC).

: Beijing announces names for gift pandas.

: WHO secretariat rejects proposal giving Taiwan observer status.

: CAAC’s Pu Zhaozhou says Beijing wants weekend and holiday charters.

: New Year’s charter flights begin.

: Premier Hsieh says he supports direct flights.

: KMT leaders pledge to push for weekly charter flights.

: TAO Deputy Sun Yafu in Washington for consultations.

: CPPCC Chairman Jia Qinglin meets local TAO heads; urges progress on  “three links.”

: President Chen criticizes KMT for “singing duet” with PRC.

: Hu Jintao visits Haicang area in Xiamen; calls for progress on three links.

: Janes reports that U.S. turned down Taiwan request for info on JDAM and HARM missiles.

: Taiwanese and Chinese firms establish JV air cargo airline.

: President Chen stops briefly in Los Angeles.

: United Microelectronics (UMC) officials indicted.

: TAO criticizes Chen; calls for progress on three links.

: MAC says Beijing using pandas for unification propaganda.

: PRC FM spokesman urges U.S. to contain Taiwan independence.

: Chen asks British parliamentarians to review “one China” policy.

: President Chen Shui-bian’s New Year’s address calls for new policy of “active management, effective opening.”

: Wang Daohan’s funeral in Shanghai.

: SEF chairman Chang Chun-hsiung’s offer to attend Wang’s funeral rejected by Beijing.

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Chairman Wang Daohan passes away.

: PM Hsieh hints moves to liberalize mainland investments coming soon.

: MAC Chairman Wu says clearance agreement a prerequisite for yuan exchange on Taiwan.

: Taipei rejects KMT appeal of MAC rejection of visit by TAO’s Chen.

: At Kidd Commissioning Ceremony, President Chen says defense budget to be increased to 3 percent of GDP by 2008.

: MAC Chairman Wu says he will try to negotiate cargo charters after Chinese New Year.

: President Chen tells Atlantic Council group that three links must develop gradually, cargo must come before passenger charters.

: Taiwan Defense Vice Minister Tsai in Washington for annual Defense Review talks.

: Lee Teng-hui criticizes Chen for failing to fulfill promises on new name and new constitution.

: MAC says those with PRC passports or household registry will lose ROC citizenship.

: MAC Chairman Wu says no change in cross-Strait policy; Taipei will pursue agreements on further charter flights and tourism.

: Pro-democracy demonstration in Hong Kong.

: DPP suffers setback in local elections.

: USTR’s Stratford says U.S.-Taiwan FTA not likely in coming years.

: PRC Olympic Committee sends letter to Taipei about co-hosting a 2008 Olympic event and being a part of the China’s Olympic torch route. Taipei has passed on being on the torch route and is also expected to decline co-hosting an event.

: Presidents Hu and Bush meet in Beijing. The two reaffirm the cross-Strait status quo.

: President Hu and Lin Hsin-yi have brief exchange at APEC.

: Agreement on 2006 New Year’s cross-Strait charter flights announced.

: MAC denies request for Chen Yunlin’s visit.

: President Bush’s speech praises Taiwan democracy, criticizes China.

: Premier Hsieh says Taiwan not interested in being on China’s domestic route for 2008 Olympic torch.

: SEF sends ARATS message requesting consultation on TAO Chairman Chen Yunlin’s proposed visit to attend KMT conference in Taipei.

: In Asahi interview, President Chen urges Japan to play larger security role.

: Chen appoints former Vice Premier Lin Hsin-yi as APEC representative.

: Taiwan CDC head attends WHO avian flu conference in Geneva.

: PRC Tourism Association head Shao departs, calls for tourism talks. MAC commends delegation for constructive visit.

: PRC airline association requests consultations on New Year’s Charter flights.

: Opposition parties move cross-Strait peace bill through LY Procedures Committee.

: KMT delegation and TAO reach agreement on facilitation for Taiwan investors.

: Two Kidd-class destroyers handed over to Taiwan in a ceremony; as one of the speakers Brig. Gen. John Allen, principal director for Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, comments on lack of progress in the passage of Taiwan’s arms budget.

: PRC Tourism Association head Shao leads large delegation on 10-day exploratory visit to Taiwan.

: European Chamber in Taipei calls for direct transportation links.

: PRC stages ceremony on 60th anniversary of Taiwan’s return to China.

: President Chen questions use of term “retrocession” when referring to Taiwan and China.

: Senegal switches diplomatic recognition to PRC; Taipei severs ties.

: KMT delegation meets with Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) to discuss tourism.

: KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou calls for direct transportation to spur Taiwan’s economic competitiveness.

: In DC, Lee Teng-hui advocates offensive missiles to deter PRC and adopting name “Republic of Taiwan.”

: State Department says Taiwan should not change its official name.

: President Hu Jintao receives U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld; PRC official reporting does not indicate Hu raised Taiwan issue.

: Taipei MOFA joins criticism of Japanese PM Koizumi’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine.

: PRC MOFA says Wang’s appointment inappropriate.

: KMT’s Lien Chan begins two-week private visit to PRC.

: LY Speaker Wang Jin-pyng selected as Chen’s APEC representative.

: Former President Lee Teng-hui begins two-week U.S. trip.

: Taipei MND announces computer simulation in Hawaii postponed.

: KMT Taichung Mayor Hu departs for PRC visit.

: Legislators group for parliamentary exchanges with China established in Taipei.

: Chen comments that economic consultations could build cross-Strait trust.

: TAO reiterates that acceptance of “one China” and of 1992 consensus is condition for cross-Strait talks.

: TAO indicates willingness to discuss agricultural issues with any competent Taiwan private organization; MAC welcomes comment.

: MOFA and Minister of National Defense Vice Ministers Michael Gau and Tsai Ming-hsien in Washington.

: MAC announces that long-term visitors from PRC will need to be fingerprinted.

: Chen calls for controls on high-tech trade with China.

: Taiwan’s NSC Secretary General Chiou I-jen makes discreet visit to Los Angeles.

: MAC calls on TPFA to report on its Beijing visit.

: Xinhua reports Taiwan Provincial Farmers Association (TPFA) delegation in Beijing for negotiations; MAC says TPFA not authorized to negotiate.

: Chen urges farmers to export to markets other than China.

: TAO’s Li Weiyi says Beijing is willing to discuss cargo charter flights. TAO announces new rules for employment and residency requirements of Taiwanese in China.

: Premier Hsieh proposes plan for private groups to negotiate with Beijing.

: Taiwan’s Ad Hoc National Assembly ratifies constitutional amendments.

: Premier Hsieh nominates Chang Chun-hsiung as new Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman.

: TAO says 15 Taiwan fruits to be given duty-free entry status as MAC calls for talks at WTO on agricultural exports.

: Taipei MOFA says it will not cooperate with PRC-WHO MOU.

: Chen discusses views on “a new Taiwan-centered identity.”

: WHO Assembly again refuses to consider Taiwan’s application.

: PRC tourism agency calls for talks with Taiwan counterpart about PRC tourists.

: Premier Frank Hsieh says PRC tourists welcome.

: Taiwanese presidential Secretary General Yu Shyi-kun meets NSC’s Michael Green and others in Washington.

: World Health Organization (WHO) Secretariat signs MOU with PRC.

: On Soong’s departure, TAO reiterates three initiatives for Taiwan.

: Hu and Soong make joint statement mentioning “two sides, one China.”

: Chen rejects “two sides, one China” formula in TV interview.

: Soong speaks at Qinghua University.

: Taiwan arrests agents accused of spying for Beijing.

: Chen criticizes former President Lee in TV interview.

: Executive Yuan announces word “Taiwan” to be added to ID cards.

: Chen meets DPP leaders to diffuse criticism of his handling of opposition visits.

: Soong travels to China and meets Association for Relations Across the Strait (ARATS) chairman Wang Daohan in Shanghai.

: Chen makes unannounced stopover in Fiji.

: Chen reiterates there was no 1992 consensus; invites Hu to come and observe Taiwan’s sovereignty.

: DPP polling indicates support for Lien’s visit to the PRC.

: On Lien’s departure from China, TAO announces three initiatives regarding Taiwan.

: MAC expresses hope PRC will address Taiwan’s priority: cargo charters.

: Chen says Lien acted within law; asks Soong to convey message.

: Chinese President Hu Jintao makes joint statement with Lien.

: Washington welcomes exchanges; urges Beijing to deal with government in Taipei.

: MAC Chairman Wu says Lien may have broken law.

: Lien visits China as the highest ranking KMT official in 60 years to step foot on Chinese soil.

: Chen gives blessing to KMT Chairman Lien Chan visit to the PRC; former President Lee Teng-hui attacks Lien and Soong for selling out Taiwan’s interests.

: Taipei fines UMC Corporation for late disclosure of investments in PRC.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairman Wu Jau-hsieh says PRC invitations are “united front warfare.”

: People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong accepts invitation to visit PRC.

: U.S. delegation led by Adm. Blair (ret.) arrives to observe annual Hanguang military exercise.

: TAO Chairman Chen Yunlin says DPP must revise platform.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) criticizes DPP’s 7-point statement.

: Taipei temporarily bans Xinhua and People’s Daily reporters.

: President Chen Shui-bian attends Pope John Paul II’s funeral.

: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) issues 7-point statement criticizing opposition visits to PRC.

: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Randall Schriver testifies to Congress on China’s Anti-Secession Law.

: Beijing calls for talks on regular charter flights; Taipei declines.

: Justice minister says KMT’s Chiang to be investigated for treason.

: Taiwan Solidarity Union Chairman Su Chin-chiang visits Yasukuni Shrine to pay respects to interred Taiwanese.

: KMT delegation leader Chiang Ping-kun meets Tang Jiaxuan and Jia Qinglin.

: KMT delegation and TAO reach 10-point consensus.

: President Chen criticizes KMT delegation.

: Hsu Wen-lung’s open letter in Economic Times to reaffirm “one China.”

: KMT delegation leaves for Guangzhou, Nanjing, and Beijing.

: Anti-ASL demonstration in Taipei.

: Premier Hsieh tells LY Taiwan must pursue reconciliation with China.

: President Hu receives Secretary Rice in Beijing.

: Secretary Rice commends Taiwan’s democratization.

: President Chen releases five-point statement on ASL.

: House of Representatives passes resolution criticizing ASL.

: NPC adopts ASL, releases text.

: Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung submits resignation.

: Premier Hsieh say initiatives on hold pending NPC action on ASL.

: NPC releases explanation of ASL.

: Taipei Vice Foreign Minister Kau in DC for consultations.

: Premier Wen Jiabao’s work report to National People’s Congress (NPC).

: President Hu Jintao’s makes four points concerning Taiwan; Hu urges Chen to adhere to his five “noes” pledge.

: MAC welcomes Hu’s statement.

: Presidential advisors resign to protest 10-point statement.

: Chen remarks in Newsweek that he has thought about a plan to keep the cross-Strait relationship with China as is.

: Former President Clinton in Taipei; supports “one China.”

: President Chen and James Soong sign 10-point statement.

: TAO says Beijing ready to arrange more flights and open agricultural markets.

: Amendments to International Health Regulations agreed in Geneva.

: Taipei civil aviation delegation meets counterparts in Beijing.

: Bush at NATO summit calls for continued EU arms embargo against China.

: New Year charter flights end.

: U.S.-Japan joint statement says peaceful settlement of cross-Strait issues is a common strategic objective.

: President Chen expresses hope for agreement on cargo charter flights.

: CIA Director Goss says cross-Strait military balance shifting in Beijing’s favor.

: Beijing civil aviation official speaks positively of further charter flights.

: Japanese Diet approves special visa waver program for Taiwan tourists.

:   NSC’s Green in Beijing with Bush letter; meets TAO Chair Chen.

: At Koo funeral, Chen invites Wang to visit Taiwan.

: ARATS officers Sun Yafu and Li Yafei arrive Taipei for Koo funeral.

: DOD DAS Lawless in Beijing for consultations, including Taiwan issue.

: Responding to Jia, Chen reiterates there was no consensus in 1992.

: New Year charter flights begin; first PRC plane lands in Taiwan.

: Jia Qinglin gives talk on Taiwan policy with conciliatory tone.

: President Chen departs on tour to Solomons, Palau, and Guam.

: Frank Hsieh named premier; calls for reconciliation and cooperation.

: TAO Chair Chen meets Armitage in DC, explains ASL.

: Grenada resumes diplomatic relations with Beijing.

: UK Foreign Secretary Straw in Beijing urges end to EU arms embargo.

: MAC Chair Joseph Wu in Washington attacks anti-secession law (ASL).

: Civil aviation officials meet in Macau; announce agreement on charter flights.

: Beijing civil aviation official invites counterpart for talks on charter flights.

: Deputy Secretary of State Armitage holds frank talks with Taiwan emissary Tsai Yng-wen.

: KMT delegation meets TAO’s Chen Yunlin; report agreement on charter flights.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) says ARATS Chair Wang Daohan welcome to attend Koo’s funeral.

: SEF Chairman Koo Chen-fu dies.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) says Beijing is willing to arrange New Year charter flights.

: Taipei High Court dismisses KMT/PFP case for annulling presidential election.

: NPC SC transmits Anti-Secession Law to next March’s NPC.

: Taipei recalls its ambassador to Grenada.

: MAC’s Wu says Beijing appears to have nixed New Year charter flights.

: Former President Lee Teng-hui begins private trip to Japan.

: China publishes annual Defense White Paper.

: National Peoples Congress (NPC) Standing Committee (SC) meets; considers Anti-Secession Law.

: Deputy Secretary Armitage’s PBS interview.

: Grenada PM Keith Mitchell concludes visit to Beijing.

: Taipei becomes observer at OECD Trade Committee.

: Beijing announces plans for an Anti-Secession Law.

: Vice President Lu calls on U.S. to review its “one China” policy.

: TAO comments that LY elections shows voters disillusioned with Chen.

: Taipei releases biennial National Defense Report.

: PRC announces that new Vanuatu government rejects Taipei and reaffirms diplomatic ties with PRC.

: Pan-blue alliance maintains narrow majority in LY election.

: Chen says changing names is the right thing to do.

: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Brussels; EU does not end arms embargo against PRC.

: State Department states U.S. does not support name change idea.

: Taipei’s Dep. Def. Min. Tsai Ming-hsien in U.S. for consultations.

: Chen calls for changing names of state corporations and overseas offices to use “Taiwan.”

: PRC Vice FM Dai Bingquo meets Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in Washington.

: Chen publicly reaffirms his commitment to “four noes.”

: State Department warns Chen about a referendum on independence; reaffirms importance of Chen’s “four noes” pledge.

: Chen calls for abolition of Taiwan Province.

: Lee Teng-Hui hosts seminar on a new constitution; Chen repeats his  commitment to have a new constitution by 2006.

: Beijing beats out Taiwan as host for 2005 Asian Cities Network.

: Taiwan representative Lee Yuan-tseh sees Hu at APEC; says Hu was friendly.

: Hu meets Bush at APEC meeting.

: MAC welcomes HU’s remarks and ARATS statement.

: TAO’s Wang Zaixi blasts Chen’s splittist activities.

: Chen rejects view that Taiwan’s status is undetermined; says “Taiwan is ROC, ROC is Taiwan.”

: ARATS statement sets forth Beijing view of “1992 Hong Kong meeting.”

: Chen says he will seek to join UN as “Taiwan.”

: In Brazil, President Hu makes moderate comments on Taiwan.

: WHO meeting defers changes to International Health Regulations that would be favorable to Taiwan.

: MAC appoints Taipei Air Carrier Association to handle charter flight talks.

: Taipei releases 10-point plan for cross-Strait relations: statement reaffirms nonnuclear policy.

: Ministry of Education proposes new “Taiwan” history curriculum.

: Chen meets Taiwanese professors; pledges “new constitution” for Taiwan.

: Taiwan High Court dismisses KMT suit against presidential election voting.

: Taipei announces diplomatic relations with Vanuatu, Beijing silent.

: TAO mentions using Hong Kong model for charter flights talks.

: MAC says it is urgently preparing for negotiations on charter flights.

: Chen reiterates Taiwan is sovereign and independent.

: ARATS sends SEF a rare condolence message over typhoon losses.

: Secretary Powell meets President Hu in Beijing; urges cross-Strait dialogue.

: In press interviews, Powell says Taiwan is not a nation with sovereignty.

: IAEA reference to Taiwan prompts speculation about nuclear weapons.

: Premier Yu states that Chen did not mean there was a “1992 consensus.”

: TAO spokesman criticizes Chen’s speech as insincere.

: Chen proposes talks based upon “1992 meeting in Hong Kong.”

: President Chirac visits China, opposes independence for Taiwan.

: President Chen tells Morgan Stanley there will be no conflict with China.

: MAC offers to send negotiator for charter flights.

: DOD’s Richard Lawless threatens Taiwan with consequences if the Supplemental Defense Budget is not passed.

: Presidential Advisor Kwang-ming Koo places ad challenging “one China.”

: Foreign Ministers Powell and Li meet at UN; Li says U.S. arms sales encourage separatism.

: PRC Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing urges UN to recognize serious threat posed by Taipei’s “splittist” activities.

: Premier Yu says Taiwan needs a “balance of terror” to deter PRC.

: Premier Yu proposes term “mainland” should be replaced by “China.”

: PRC repatriates two most wanted criminals to Taiwan.

: Janes reports China has tested a cruise missile with range of 1,500 km.

: Jiang Zemin retires; Hu Jintao becomes chair of Central Military Commission (CMC).

: Jiang tells CMC to never give up right to use force for reunification.

: President Chen says Hu’s appointment should not lead to wishful thinking about China’s policy toward Taiwan.

: Taiwan’s UN bid again rejected.

: Former U.S. DAS Don Keyser indicted for unauthorized trip to Taiwan.

: President Chen holds telepress conference with UN correspondents.

: Madame Chen arrives in Greece as head of Paralympics team.

: Executive Yuan proposes downgrading MAC to “Mainland Affairs Office.”

: President Chen honors Olympic medalists as “heroes of Taiwan.”

: TAO official says Beijing seriously considering a Unification Law.

: President Chen says “Taiwan” is best synonym for the Republic of China; stops in Seattle enroute to Taipei.

: Vice Foreign Minister Zhou Wenzhong blasts U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

: Taiwan and Korea sign agreement to resume air service.

: Red Cross resumes cross-Strait repatriation of illegals and criminals.

: Taipei’s Ministry of Defense (MND) states Beijing has withdrawn troops from Dongshan Island.

: President Chen announces cancellation of a live fire exercise.

: MND releases report on PLA military capabilities.

: President Chen stops in Honolulu, Hawaii enroute to Latin America.

: President Chen announces decision to shorten transit stops in U.S.

: Legislative Yuan (LY) adopts series of constitutional amendments.

: Premier Yu’s plane makes emergency stop in Okinawa.

: Foreign Minister Tan Sun Chen says he favors name “Taiwan (ROC).”

: Lee Hsien Loong reiterates Singapore’s “one China” policy; says Singapore does not support Taipei’s desire for independence.

: Premier Yu transits New York, makes anti-China statements.

: In Honduras, Premier Yu uses name “Taiwan, ROC.”

: President Chen says transport routes should be called “cross-Strait.”

: Premier Yu says Beijing practicing “decapitation” attack against Taipei.

: Large military air show in Taiwan.

: Annual resolution on Taiwan participation presented to UN General Assembly.

: Taipei star A-Mei, at Beijing concert, makes propaganda statement.

: Australian FM Downer in Beijing; reiterates “one China” policy and says Australia might not support U.S. in Taiwan’s defense.

: NSC director Chiou I-jen in Washington to discuss President Chen’s transits.

: President Hu reiterates opposition to arms sales to Sen. Ted Stevens’ delegation.

: China Daily criticizes Lee Hsien Loong’s visit to Taipei.

: For Armed Forces Day, Minister of Defense Cao Gangchuan says PRC will never tolerate Taiwan’s independence.

: In phone call to President Bush, President Hu urges end to arms sales.

: Taiwan Affairs Office’s Wang Zaixi says three links only possible if routes are “domestic.”

: China Youth Daily reports exercises on Dongshan Island have concluded.

: Commander of U.S. Pacific Forces Adm. Thomas Fargo in Beijing hears message of opposition to arms sales.

: In “Hanguang” exercise, Taiwan military practices Mirage aircraft landings on highways.

: Pentagon spokesman acknowledges that recent “Dragon Thunder” exercise simulated PRC military action against Taiwan.

: Unconfirmed press reports indicate Jiang Zemin has said force may need to be used within 20 years to achieve unification.

: Xinhua news agency states that military exercises on Dongshan Island have begun.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chair Joseph Wu in Washington for consultations.

: Singapore’s Deputy PM Lee Hsien Loong arrives in Taipei for unofficial visit.

: U.S. National Security Advisor Rice in Beijing is told forcefully that arms sales send wrong message to Taipei.

: China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) sends the Taiwan-based Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF) written message of sympathy for hurricane losses.

: Prodemocracy demonstration in Hong Kong.

: Executive Yuan (EY) spokesman says Hong Kong developments show that Beijing reneges on its “one country, two system” promises.

: Wang Jin-pyng says fate of defense supplemental hinges on new price quotes from U.S.

: FM Chen in Rome.

: FM Mark Chen visits New York.

: Wang’s LY delegation meets Defense Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

: President Chen awards medal to former AIT Chairperson Shaheen.

: People First Party Chair James Soong ridicules Chen for giving medal to an “arms broker.”

: Taiwan announces it will hold its annual “Han Kuang” (“Chinese Glory”) exercises in August to test Taiwan’s combat readiness.

: LY delegation led by Wang Jin-pyng in Hawaii; visits Aegis-equipped frigate; tells press U.S. considering sale of Aegis system.

: Jia Qinglin of PRC Politboro Standing Committee says curbing separatism is highest priority.

: U.S.-China Economic and Security Commission Annual Report released.

: TAO spokesman says PRC still encourages Taiwan investment.

: Taiwan military holds six-day computer-simulated war game of possible Chinese invasion. According to the defense ministry approximately 60 U.S. military officers and experts monitored the exercise.

: Liberty Times editorial attacks AIT’s Paal as a pro-Beijing representative.

: Taiwan Daily editorial attacks AIT representative Douglas Paal as Beijing mouthpiece.

: Vice President Lu transits San Francisco.

: State Dept. spokesman says U.S. supports Taiwan membership in OAS.

: Presidential Office tells Taipei press Brig. Gen. Allen will visit Taiwan in July.

: EY sends $18.35 billion defense supplemental bill to Legislative Yuan.

: Taipei Amcham White Paper says delay in direct links hurting Taiwan.

: DoD releases annual report on PRC military power.

: People’s Daily article attacks Taiwan businessman Hsu Wen-lung.

: Vice President Lu transits Las Vegas.

: TAO spokesman criticizes Chen’s address as disguised separatism; says PRC will “pay any price” to block independence.

: TAO spokesman says pro-independence Taiwan businessmen not welcome.

: White House spokesman describes Chen’s address as “constructive.” Chinese state media rejects Chen’s conciliatory remarks as “a sham” and denounces Chen as a “slippery politician.”

: President Chen’s inauguration and second inaugural address.

: U.S. delegation led by Rep. Leach arrives in Taipei for Chen inaugural.

: TAO issues policy statement on Taiwan.

: World Health Organization again votes not to consider Taiwan’s application for observer status; U.S. and Japan vote for consideration.

: Far Eastern Economic Review reports senior U.S. official has given Taipei a stern warning concerning inaugural.

: Taipei announces its strongest growth in over three years during the first quarter of 2004, due to strengthened domestic demand and a rapid rise in exports; GDP expanded 6.28 percent over last year.

: In London, PRC Premier Wen Jiabao says PRC considering a Unification Law.

: First PRC naval flotilla visits Hong Kong.

: Executive Yuan (EY) gives TSMC approval to export 8-inch wafer plant to PRC.

: Presidential Office Secretary General Chiou I-jen in Washington for consultations on inaugural.

: NPC Standing Committee issues decision denying Hong Kong direct elections in 2007.

: DoD Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Lawless testifies on PRC military threat.

: Assistant Secretary James Kelly gives congressional testimony on Taiwan policy.

: Taiwan Affairs Office’s Li Weiyi blasts Chen’s plan for new constitution as a timetable for independence.

: Vice President Cheney in Beijing; host Vice President Zeng Qinghong urges Washington not to send wrong signals to Taiwan separatists.

: Mark Chen Tan Sun named Taipei’s foreign minister.

: Mainland Affairs Council and Democratic Progressive Party spokespersons denounce PRC for constraining Hong Kong’s democratic development.

: NPC Standing Committee releases interpretation of Hong Kong Basic Law.

: American Institute in Taiwan Chairperson Theresa Shaheen submits resignation.

: Chen and Lien agree to presidential ballot recount.

: Taiwan court rules President Chen and opposition leader Lien Chan must agree to terms for a recount of the presidential election ballots.

: In Wall Street Journal interview, President Chen calls for more active U.S. role in promoting cross-Strait dialogue.

: Pentagon announces sale of $1.8 billion Pave Paws radar to Taiwan.

: President Chen gives interview to Washington Post.

: President Chen gives interview to Washington Post.

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

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

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

:  White House statement on Chen’s reelection.

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

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

:   White House statement on Chen’s reelection.

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

: TAO statement says referendum was a failure.

: TAO statement says referendum was a failure.

: President Chen wins reelection; referenda fail to pass.

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

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

: President Chen wins reelection; referenda fail to pass.

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

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

: President Chen and Vice President Lu shot in Taiwan.

:   President Chen and Vice President Lu shot in Taiwan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

: Deputy Assistant Secretaries Schriver and Lawless testify to Congress.

:   Deputy Assistant Secretaries Schriver and Lawless testify to Congress.

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

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

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

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

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

:   President Hu visits France, President Chirac criticizes referendum.

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

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

: TAO criticizes Chen’s plan for referendum.

: Chen announces referendum questions.

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

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

: Chen announces referendum questions.

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

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

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

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

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