China - Taiwan
Chronology from Oct 2008 to Dec 2008
: Taiwan Cabinet holds mainland affair conference.
: China’s National Off-shore Oil Company (CNOOC) and Taiwan’s Chinese Petroleum Company (CPC) sign cooperation agreements.
: China’s gift Pandas arrive in Taipei.
: MAC Chairwoman Lai reiterates only SEF authorized to speak for government.
: Fourth KMT-CCP Forum is held in Shanghai where Beijing announces economic measures to benefit Taiwan.
: TAO spokesman says WHO solution will be found through talks.
: Direct shipping service is implemented from Kaohsiung.
: Direct cross-Strait postal service begins.
: Taiwan joins World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement.
: Chinese Defense Minister Liang Quanglie urges U.S. to end arms sales to Taiwan.
: KMT Chairman Wu Poh-Hsiung begins first visit to Japan.
: Hong Kong Trade Development Council opens Taipei office.
: President Ma in an interview says time is not ripe for a visit by the Dalai Lama.
: General Secretary Hu and Lien Chan meet in Lima.
: SEF Secretary General Kao Koong-lian leads delegation to Guangdong and Beijing.
: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs says APEC issues handled under one China principle and corrects reporter for saying “President Ma.”
: United Democratic Nations (UDN) reports PRC deployment of YJ-62A anti-ship missile on coast.
: TAO Minister Wang Yi announces measures to help Taiwan in financial crisis.
: Taiwan becomes “sponsoring member” of Agency for International Trade Information and Cooperation (AITIC)
: Taiwan Education Minister Cheng Jei-cheng explains plans to accept Chinese students and academic degrees beginning in 2009.
: MAC says Chen visits shows China does not deny Taiwan’s sovereignty.
: President Ma meets APEC delegation stressing that Lien Chan will represent both ROC and himself.
: Brief public meeting between President Ma and ARATS Chairman Chen.
: Demonstrators barricade Chen Yunlin in Regent Hotel.
: SEF uses official titles to introduce Taiwan participants to Chen Yunlin; Chen meets MAC Chair Lai, but does not use her title.
: Former President Chen Shui-bian accuses President Ma of treason.
: Southern Taiwan Society accuses Ma of ceding Taiwan to PRC.
: ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin arrives in Taiwan and states his visit will not touch on political issues.
: Chairperson Tsai calls on people to besiege guest house where Chen is staying.
: Taipei Times editorial says President Ma’s policies could provoke civil unrest.
: TAO issues simplified rules for Taiwan correspondents.
: DPP member Wang Ding-yu indicted for violence against Zhang.
: ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin expresses apology over tainted milk products.
: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Wang Yi mentions the importance of World Health Organization issue in cross-Strait relations.
: Taipei announces Lien Chan to be President Ma’s APEC representative.
: Seven Taiwan business groups issue statement welcoming Chen Yunlin visit.
: ARATS and Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) hold preparatory talks in Shenzhen and announce dates for the visit to Taiwan by ARATS Chairman Chen.
: SEF reports ARATS letter apologizing for tainted milk.
: Defense News reports the U.S. is blocking the sale of items to Taiwan’s Chung Shan Institute of Science & Technology (CSIST) to stop development of the Hsiung Feng 2E land attack cruise missile program.
: Kinmen and Xiamen authorities hold joint search and recovery exercise.
: Ma Ying-jeou says he will receive ARATS Chairman Chen in his capacity as president of the Republic of China.
: China returns 13 criminals to Taiwan via Matsu Island.
: President Ma outlines “effective deterrence” strategy
: DPP-led mob harasses ARATS Vice Chairman Zhang in Tainan.
: ARATS Vice Chairman Zhang Mingqing visits Tainan for conference.
: DPP Chairperson Tsai says people don’t trust President Ma.
: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairperson Lai Shin-yuan says there are no political issues on ARATS Chairman Chen’s Taiwan visit agenda.
: Premier Liu repeats call for a PRC apology over tainted milk.
: Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie urges U.S. to cancel arms sales to Taiwan.
: Taiwan Tourism Bureau Director Lai Seh-jen visits mainland to promote tourism.
: National Security Council Secretary General Su Chi tells Legislative Yuan that President Ma will meet ARATS Chairman Chen with “equality and dignity.”
: President Ma Ying-jeou reiterates that he will put Taiwan’s interests first in pursuing cross-Strait relations.
: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan’s dignity must be maintained during ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin’s visit.
: Premier Liu Chao-shiuan states that if the Association for Relations across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) chairmen is to meet him, he must address him as “premier.”
: U.S. Department of Defense reports that China has postponed various military-to-military activities to protest U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.
: The Bush administration notifies Congress of a $6.5 billion arms package for Taiwan.
: The Bush administration notifies Congress of a $6.5 billion Taiwan arms package.