China - Taiwan

Chronology from May 2023 to Aug 2023

: KMT Taipei City Mayor Chiang wan-an visits Shanghai to participate in the Taipei-Shanghai City Forum

: Terry Gou (Guo Tai-ming), founder of the iPhone manufacturer Foxconn, declares he is a candidate for president of Taiwan.

: Central American parliament expels Taiwan, replacing it with China at the behest of Nicaragua, which switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in December 2021.

: Chinese customs suspends the import of mangoes from Taiwan, saying it had detected pests on the fruit. Taiwan announces it will challenge the ban at the World Trade Organization Phytosanitary Measures Committee.

: Lai Ching-te lands in San Francisco, transiting en route from Paraguay back to Taipei.

: Taiwan Vice President Lai Ching-te lands in New York transiting en route to Paraguay.

: Lloyds of London is reported to be tightening coverage requirements for insurance on trade with Taiwan.

: Taiwan’s TSMC approves an investment of up to $3.83 billion to establish a semiconductor fabrication plant in Dresden, Germany.

: Taiwan businessman Lee Meng-chu leaves China after completing a prison term for “activities endangering national security.”

: Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Officer (TECRO) in Washington responds to the PRC Embassy’s criticism of Taiwan Vice President Lai Ching-te’s opinion column in the Wall Street Journal, saying “Beijing’s diplomats, who have never voted in a free and fair election, have no grounds to criticize the democratic system that the Taiwanese people cherish.”

: Liu Pengyu, spokesman for the PRC embassy in Washington responds to Lai Ching-te’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, saying “The DPP’s attempt to sell out Taiwan is despicable. Seeking independence is doomed to fail.”

: A group of 37 Chinese university students and faculty arrive in Taiwan for a nine-day exchange program hosted by former President Ma Ying-jeou’s foundation.

: President Tsai Ing-wen makes a very unusual appearance at the US July 4 celebration hosted by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). All three of the then declared presidential candidates—Lai Ching-te, Hou Yu-ih, and Ko Wen-je—also attended.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announces it will open a new representative office in Mumbai, India.

: Taiwan Vice President and Democratic Progressive Party candidate for president Lai Ching-te, publishes an opinion column in the Wall Street Journal promising to defend Taiwan’s democracy against Chinese coercion.

: A spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) welcomes Hou Yu-ih’s statement the previous day that he will support the 1992 Consensus.

: Taiwan’s unemployment rate fell to 3.46% in May, the lowest in the month of May since 2000 according to data released by Taiwan’s Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

: Taiwan’s KMT party announces that Vice Chair Andrew Hsia will lead a delegation to the China-organized Straits Forum in Fujian.

: Financial Times reports that the US to link up with Taiwan and Japan drones to share real-time data.

: Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Wednesday that Taiwanese exports fell for the ninth consecutive month in May, down 14.1% from a year earlier to $36.13 billion.

: Taiwan and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) sign the first agreement under the US-Taiwan Initiative on 21st Century Trade.

: US House of Representatives Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party issues “Ten for Taiwan: Policy Recommendations to Preserve Peace and Stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

: Taiwan People’s Party nominates its founder and former Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je as its candidate for president.

: KMT nominates Hou Yu-ih, second-term mayor of New Taipei City, as its candidate for president.

: Head of the Communist Party’s Taiwan Work Office Song Tao met Sean Lien, vice chair of Taiwan’s Nationalist (Kuomintang, KMT) party in Xi’an.

: Taiwan MND announces it will begin receiving US High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) M142 launchers in 2026, a year earlier than originally scheduled.

: Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio says peace in the Taiwan Strait concerns both Japan and the entire international community.

: Warren Buffet says the threat of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan makes him prefer investment in Japan.

: China’s Global Times announces that People’s Liberation Army (PLA) drones have circled Taiwan.

: Multinational companies add China-Taiwan risk clauses to contracts as tensions rise.

: Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) announces it will receive the first delivery of F-16Vs almost a year later than scheduled.

: Paraguay President-elect Santiago Pena pledges to strengthen ties with Taiwan.

Date Range