China - Taiwan

Chronology from Jan 2019 to May 2019

:   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.

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