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.