China - Taiwan

Chronology from Jan 2011 to May 2011

: 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.

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