China - Taiwan
Chronology from Oct 2002 to Dec 2002
: Taiwan Vice President Annette Lu urges caution in responding to PRC pressure to open direct travel.
: People’s Daily reports PRC has accepted charter flight applications from three Taiwan airlines.
: U.S.-Taiwan Business Council urges faster opening of cross-Strait economic ties.
: Unnamed U.S. official tells press Taipei and Beijing should negotiate on arms.
: Chen cancels plans to visit Indonesia after press leak and PRC protest.
: PRC and Taiwan WTO delegations hold first consultations on steel safeguards.
: U.S.-PRC Defense Consultative Talks in Washington.
: PRC 2002 Defense White Paper continues softer tone on Taiwan.
: Taipei releases human rights report asserting relations with PRC cannot improve until China democratizes.
: Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou wins re-election decisively.
: Unnamed U.S. official says “missiles for arms sales” deal is “unthinkable.”
: Press reports PRC WTO delegation proposes steel safeguards talks.
: EY formally approves indirect charter flights proposal.
: Beijing publishes new regulations easing restrictions on Taiwan reporters.
: Beijing official says PRC can accept indirect charter flights.
: President Jiang meets former Defense Secretary William Perry, mentions missile-arms sales idea.
: Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Eugene Chien says this proposed deal is an “unfair” “ploy.”
: Taiwan’s Washington Representative Chen Chien-jen tells legislature that Jiang proposed to Bush a deal on missile and arms sales reductions.
: Former President Lee calls for new constitution for Taiwan.
: Taiwan World Trade Organization (WTO) delegation requests consultations with PRC on steel safeguards.
: Japan denies former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui visa to visit Japan.
: Executive Yuan (EY) endorses charter flights that are “indirect.”
: President Jiang’s Party Congress report adopts softer tone on Taiwan issues.
: Taiwan protests PRC spy ship intrusion into territorial waters east of Taiwan.
: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company announces plans for $1 billion investment in PRC.
: PRC spouses living in Taiwan demonstrate against proposed new regulations on work eligibility.
: Taiwan Legislator Chang Hsiao-yan proposes direct charter flights for next Lunar New Year.
: Presidents Bush and Jiang meet in Crawford, Texas.
: U.S. International Trade Commission publishes report on U.S.-Taiwan Free Trade Agreement implications.
: President Chen welcomes Qian’s remarks.
: Chinese Vice Premier Qian Qichen proposes use of term “cross-Strait” for air routes.
: President Chen’s National Day message launches campaign for withdrawal of PRC missiles opposite Taiwan.
: Premier Yu Shyi-kun orders formation of center to coordinate Taiwan’s nongovernmental organization diplomacy.