China - Taiwan
Chronology from Oct 2004 to Dec 2004
: Taipei High Court dismisses KMT/PFP case for annulling presidential election.
: NPC SC transmits Anti-Secession Law to next March’s NPC.
: Taipei recalls its ambassador to Grenada.
: MAC’s Wu says Beijing appears to have nixed New Year charter flights.
: Former President Lee Teng-hui begins private trip to Japan.
: China publishes annual Defense White Paper.
: National Peoples Congress (NPC) Standing Committee (SC) meets; considers Anti-Secession Law.
: Deputy Secretary Armitage’s PBS interview.
: Grenada PM Keith Mitchell concludes visit to Beijing.
: Taipei becomes observer at OECD Trade Committee.
: Beijing announces plans for an Anti-Secession Law.
: Vice President Lu calls on U.S. to review its “one China” policy.
: TAO comments that LY elections shows voters disillusioned with Chen.
: Taipei releases biennial National Defense Report.
: PRC announces that new Vanuatu government rejects Taipei and reaffirms diplomatic ties with PRC.
: Pan-blue alliance maintains narrow majority in LY election.
: Chen says changing names is the right thing to do.
: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Brussels; EU does not end arms embargo against PRC.
: State Department states U.S. does not support name change idea.
: Taipei’s Dep. Def. Min. Tsai Ming-hsien in U.S. for consultations.
: Chen calls for changing names of state corporations and overseas offices to use “Taiwan.”
: PRC Vice FM Dai Bingquo meets Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in Washington.
: Chen publicly reaffirms his commitment to “four noes.”
: State Department warns Chen about a referendum on independence; reaffirms importance of Chen’s “four noes” pledge.
: Chen calls for abolition of Taiwan Province.
: Lee Teng-Hui hosts seminar on a new constitution; Chen repeats his commitment to have a new constitution by 2006.
: Beijing beats out Taiwan as host for 2005 Asian Cities Network.
: Taiwan representative Lee Yuan-tseh sees Hu at APEC; says Hu was friendly.
: Hu meets Bush at APEC meeting.
: MAC welcomes HU’s remarks and ARATS statement.
: TAO’s Wang Zaixi blasts Chen’s splittist activities.
: Chen rejects view that Taiwan’s status is undetermined; says “Taiwan is ROC, ROC is Taiwan.”
: ARATS statement sets forth Beijing view of “1992 Hong Kong meeting.”
: Chen says he will seek to join UN as “Taiwan.”
: In Brazil, President Hu makes moderate comments on Taiwan.
: WHO meeting defers changes to International Health Regulations that would be favorable to Taiwan.
: MAC appoints Taipei Air Carrier Association to handle charter flight talks.
: Taipei releases 10-point plan for cross-Strait relations: statement reaffirms nonnuclear policy.
: Ministry of Education proposes new “Taiwan” history curriculum.
: Chen meets Taiwanese professors; pledges “new constitution” for Taiwan.
: Taiwan High Court dismisses KMT suit against presidential election voting.
: Taipei announces diplomatic relations with Vanuatu, Beijing silent.
: TAO mentions using Hong Kong model for charter flights talks.
: MAC says it is urgently preparing for negotiations on charter flights.
: Chen reiterates Taiwan is sovereign and independent.
: ARATS sends SEF a rare condolence message over typhoon losses.
: Secretary Powell meets President Hu in Beijing; urges cross-Strait dialogue.
: In press interviews, Powell says Taiwan is not a nation with sovereignty.
: IAEA reference to Taiwan prompts speculation about nuclear weapons.
: Premier Yu states that Chen did not mean there was a “1992 consensus.”
: TAO spokesman criticizes Chen’s speech as insincere.
: Chen proposes talks based upon “1992 meeting in Hong Kong.”
: President Chirac visits China, opposes independence for Taiwan.
: President Chen tells Morgan Stanley there will be no conflict with China.
: MAC offers to send negotiator for charter flights.
: DOD’s Richard Lawless threatens Taiwan with consequences if the Supplemental Defense Budget is not passed.
: Presidential Advisor Kwang-ming Koo places ad challenging “one China.”