China - Taiwan

Chronology from May 2022 to Aug 2022

: Taiwan’s military publishes a four-step process for responding to Chinese drones flying over offshore islands Taiwan controls: “firing warning flares, reporting the incursion, expelling the drone, and ultimately shooting it down.”

: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey arrives in Taiwan for a three-day visit during which he touts the progress of the $12 billion TSMC fab being erected in Phoenix.

: US Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) arrives in Taiwan for a three-day visit.

: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb arrives in Taipei and signs two MOUs to strengthen Indiana’s economic and trade ties with Taiwan.

: 40th anniversary of the third Joint Communique between China and the US on arms sales to Taiwan goes virtually unmentioned. This is a stark contrast to most anniversaries of major cross-Strait events and documents, which are celebrated by one side or another.

: China’s Eastern Theater Command announces that the People Liberation Army has achieved all its objectives and concluded its exercises near Taiwan.

: China’s Taiwan Affairs Office issues China’s third White Paper on Taiwan, titled “The Taiwan Question and China’s Reunification in the New Era.”

: President Biden signs the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. It provides $52.7 billion in subsidies for semiconductor manufacturing within the United States, with TSMC seeking to receive a slice of the funding.

: Lithuania’s Vice Minister of Transportation and Communications Agne Vaiciukeviciute leads a delegation to Taiwan to exchange views on 5G communications and electric buses. Beijing sanctions Vaiciukeviciute on Aug. 12 for “bad and provocative behavior.”

: White House spokesman John Kirby says that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin had directed that the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group remain on station to monitor the situation as Speaker Pelosi visits Taiwan.

: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan for a two-day visit.

: European Parliament Vice President Nicola Beer arrives in Taiwan.

: A spokesperson for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office states “the so-called median line of the Taiwan Strait” does not exist.

: Taiwan’s Council on Agriculture publishes data showing that China has remained Taiwan’s largest market for agricultural exports since 2016 when Tsai Ing-wen became president.

: Macao bans mangoes imported from Taiwan, claiming that inspectors found COVID virus traces on the fruit.

: Taiwan sends its largest ever delegation of 265 participants to the SelectUSA investment summit in Maryland.

: China expands its ban on fish imported from Taiwan, claiming the imported fish had traces of COVID virus.

: US Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) introduce the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022, which they billed as the “most comprehensive restructuring of US policy towards Taiwan since the Taiwan Relations Act.” The bill would, inter alia, provide Taiwan $4.5 billion in arms sales financing, fast-track deliveries of arms to the island, designate Taipei as a major non-NATO ally, and impose sanctions on PRC individuals and entities that coerce the island’s government and citizens.

: PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Wang Wenbin asserts that China has “sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the Taiwan Strait.”

: US secretary of Defense together with Japanese and South Korean defense ministers addresses cross-Strait stability in a joint statement after they meet in Singapore: “They expressed strong opposition to any unilateral actions that seek to alter the status quo and increase tensions in the region. They emphasized the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

: Japan announces that for the first time it will send an active-duty military officer to serve as Japan’s defense attaché in Taipei.

: Secretary Blinken delivers a long-awaited speech on US China policy, reiterating the US commitment to the US One-China Policy based on the Three Joint Communiques, the Taiwan Relations Act, and the Six Assurances.

: President Biden and 12 Asian leaders officially launch the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework in Tokyo without Taiwan.

: US Trade Representative Katherine Tai meets Taiwan’s Minister without Portfolio and chief trade negotiator James Deng during APEC trade ministerial meetings in Bangkok.

: President Biden signs a law directing the US government to develop a strategy to help Taiwan regain observer status in the World Health Organization and the World Health Assembly.

: Secretary of State Antony Blinken says on Press Freedom Day that Taiwan is “quite literally on the front lines of the PRC’s hybrid warfare, including disinformation and cyberattacks.”

: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Milley tells the Senate Appropriations Committee that China aims to be capable of invading Taiwan by 2027.

: Taiwan media report that the US has informed Taiwan it cannot supply M109A6 howitzers as planned because of the need to supply the artillery to Ukraine.

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