China - Taiwan
Chronology from Apr 2008 to Jul 2008
: Renminbi-NT$ exchange begins in Taiwan.
: Taipei lifts ban on Xinhua and People’ Daily reporters.
: President Ma observes Hanguang 24 exercise.
: Taipei liberalizes regulations on cross-Strait securities investments.
: Minister of Economic Affairs Yiin Chii-min says investment ceiling for Taiwan companies investing in the mainland to be raised in August.
: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense James Shinn says military balance continues to shift toward mainland increasing danger to Taiwan.
: Hanguang 24 military exercise begins.
: Paraguay FM-designate says relations with Taiwan to be reviewed.
: Tzu Chi Foundation has raised US$26.7 million for Sichuan relief.
: President Ma proposes signing economic cooperation pact with mainland.
: President Ma explains cross-Strait goals in New York Times interview.
: Taiwan Coast Guard escorts boats to assert Taiwan sovereignty over Diaoyutai.
: LY Speaker Wang Jin-pyng asserts LY role in cross-Strait issues.
: Chinese tour operators visit Taiwan to survey market.
: President Ma calls for acceleration of SEF-ARATS talks.
: ARATS and SEF sign agreements on weekend charters and tourism.
: General Secretary Hu receives SEF Chairman Chiang.
: Chen Yunlin-Chiang Pin-kung meeting marks resumption of SEF-ARATS dialogue; Chen accepts invitation to visit Taiwan.
: ARATS proposes exchange of offices.
: Legislative Yuan (LY) holds special session to authorize currency exchange.
: Taipei press reports Defense News story that U.S. has frozen arms sales.
: People’s Daily reports vice ministers to advise SEF and ARATS delegations.
: Japanese frigate hits and sinks Taiwan fishing boat near Diaoyutai; Taipei and Beijing protest the incident.
: President Ma meets SEF Chair Chiang; hopes for institutionalized talks.
: Minister of Defense Chen says no change in development of Hsiung Feng IIE surface-to-surface cruise missile.
: In Yomiuri interview, President Ma repeats that removal of missiles from China’s coastal region immediately across the Taiwan Strait is a precondition for peace accord.
: ARATS supports idea of reciprocal visits by ARATS and SEF chairmen.
: Wang Yi appointed new TAO minister; Chen Yunlin assumes chair of ARATS.
: General Secretary Hu receives KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung.
: MAC authorizes SEF to resume dialogue on basis of 1992 consensus.
: MAC Chairwoman Lai envisages SEF and ARATS exchanging offices.
: Minister of Defense Chen Chao-min says Taiwan needs F-16s.
: TAO Minister Chen Yunlin comments positively on Ma’s inauguration.
: Ma Ying-jeou inaugurated as president of the Republic of China.
: U.S. delegation meets with President Ma; praises inaugural address.
: WHA again rejects “Taiwan” observer application.
: TAO announces Chairman Hu’s invitation to KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung.
: Humanitarian charter flight takes Red Cross & Tzu Chi aid to Sichuan.
: President Ma tells Associated Press that unification unlikely “in our lifetimes.”
: Taiwan’s Investment Commission approves 20 mainland investments.
: ARATS thanks SEF for concern and aid; TAO publishes text.
: Earthquake in Sichuan Province; Taiwan offers aid.
: President-elect Ma reiterates call for a diplomatic truce with China.
: Singapore’s Lee Kwan Yew says a Singapore-Taiwan free trade agreement hinges on better cross-Strait relations.
: Vice Premier Chiou I-jen and others resign over Papua New Guinea scandal.
: President-elect Ma welcomes Hu’s 16-character guideline.
: President-elect Ma’s interview with Phoenix TV.
: Premier-designate Liu Hsiu-chuan welcomes Chinese investment in Taiwan infrastructure projects.
: TAO avoids commenting on Lai’s appointment as MAC chairwoman.
: General Secretary Hu receives Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chairman Lien Chan; Hu proposes 16-character guideline for cross-Strait relations.
: Lai Shin-yuan chosen as new Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman.
: SEF Chair-designate Chiang predicts weekend charters to begin July 4.
: Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte says U.S. will engage with Ma only after inauguration.
: President Chen’s letter to WHO returned to Taiwan.
: Group of Chinese real estate tycoons arrives in Taipei.
: Paraguay elects first leftist pro-China president.
: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman expects progress on charter flights and tourism and announces Taiwanese may take PRC bar exams.
: Chiang Pin-kung chosen as new Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) chairman.
: Vincent Siew attends seminar with PRC economic leaders who express interest in investing in Taiwan infrastructure.
: PRC Commerce Ministry reports then retracts statement that Vincent Siew accepts “one China principle.”
: General Secretary Hu Jintao meets Vincent Siew at Boao Forum.
: President Chen decides to reapply for WHO membership as “Taiwan.”
: PRC defense minister urges Secretary of Defense Gates to end U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.
: PRC bank regulator (CBRC) authorizes Taiwan branch banks on the mainland.
: President-elect Ma’s Financial Times interview.
: Vice President-elect Vincent Siew says he will attend Boao Forum.
: President-elect Ma Ying-jeou hopes for weekend charter flights by July.
: President-elect Ma favors applying for World Health Organization (WHO) observership as “Chinese Taipei.”