China - Taiwan

Chronology from Jan 2010 to Mar 2010

: 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.

: Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Wang Yi in Yazhou Zhoukan confirms there is no timetable for political talks.

: Commander of US Pacific Command Adm. Robert Willard says Taiwan needs to upgrade its air force.

:   Vice Minister of Commerce Jiang Zengwei begins five-day visit to Taiwan.

: World Health Organization Secretary General Chan invites Taiwan to participate at the World Health Assembly as an observer.

: Ministry of Commerce Director Tang Wei visits Taipei for talks.

: President Ma visits six South Pacific countries.

: Agricultural products, standards, and fishing crew agreements take effect.

: Taipei reports the deployment of S300PMU2 air defense missiles in Fujian.

: Qinghai Vice Governor Wang Lingjun leads a delegation to Taiwan.

: Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) issues regulations on cross-Strait banking, brokerage, and insurance.

: Vice President Siew says the ECFA will pave way for FTAs.

: 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.

: National People’s Congress spokesman announces 7.5 percent increase in China’s 2010 defense budget.

: ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin says the ECFA will likely be signed in May or June.

: 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.

: 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.

: 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.

: The Pentagon notifies Congress of a $6.4 billion arms package for Taiwan.

: President Ma delivers relief supplies for Haiti in Dominican Republic.

: President Ma attends Honduran President Porfirio Lobo’s inauguration.

: The first round of ECFA negotiations are held in Beijing.

: Canadian think tank reports the deployment of the DH-10 Land Attack Cruise Missile (LACM) in Guangxi Province.

: President Ma transits San Francisco en route to Honduras.

: MAC Chair Lai states that he believes the ECFA will lead to FTAs.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi says FTAs involve international affairs issues.

: Taiwan and Mainland think tanks release a joint report that provides a positive assessment of the ECFA.

:   MAC’s Lai Shin-yuan and Minister of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Shih brief LY Speaker Wang Jin-pyng on 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.

: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says US will continue to sell arms to Taiwan.

: China conducts an anti-ballistic missile test.

: Vice President Vincent Siew says the ECFA is the key to concluding FTAs.

: President Ma tells KMT legislators that Taiwan will be able to sign free trade agreements (FTAs) after the ECFA is completed.

: Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs He Yafei criticizes US arms sales to Taiwan.

: Kuomintang (KMT) loses three Legislative Yuan (LY) by-elections.

:    Premier Wu Den-yih says Taiwan’s aim is to sign the ECFA in May.

: Chinese Ministry of Defense opposes US arms sales to Taiwan and says it reserves right to take action.

: 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.

: President Ma says the Taiwan government will refer to the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) publicly in Chinese as liangan chingji shiehyi.

: 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.

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