China - Taiwan
Chronology from Jul 2002 to Oct 2002
: Executive Yuan drafts major changes to statute on cross-Strait relations.
: Beijing accuses hackers in Taipei of hacking into TV broadcasts for Falun Gong.
: Taipei Times reports Singapore will move some military training from Taiwan to Hainan.
: MAC orders visiting PRC delegation to curtail visit.
: Taipei Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that next printing of passports will not have words “issued in Taiwan.”
: Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew in Taipei for meetings with President Chen and others.
: PRC Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Minister Shi warns Singapore against signing FTA with Taiwan.
: FM Tang vows before the U.N. General Assembly that China will never allow Taiwan to become independent.
: UN General Committee votes not to include Taiwan issue on UNGA agenda.
: Chen describes PRC military threat to Taiwan as a form of terrorism.
: Vice Minister of Defense Kang Ning-hsiang in Washington for talks.
: Taiwan press reports Chinese VP Qian has been in Fujian for Taiwan work conference.
: Taipei’s 2003 draft defense budget released, shows lowest in eight years.
: Taiwan and Mongolia exchange unofficial offices.
: Chen says he is determined to normalize cross-Strait economic relations.
: At Asian democracy forum in Taipei, Chen calls for promoting democracy in China.
: President Chen’s strategy review at Tashee calls for free trade agreements (FTAs) with U.S. and Japan and for renewed effort to achieve “three links.”
: Chinese VP Qian criticizes Chen by name and likens him to former President Lee.
: MAC eases regulations allowing multinational corporations in Taiwan to hire PRC nationals.
: VP Lu flies back to Jakarta for private meetings, returns to Taipei.
: Taiwan Vice President Annette Lu, denied entry to Jakarta, flies to Bali.
: Chen and former President Lee Teng-hui attend first anniversary celebration of Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU).
: MAC Chairperson Tsai meets U.S. officials in Washington to explain Chen’s remarks.
: State Department reiterates U.S. “one China” policy and non-support for independence.
: After DPP meeting, Chen says Taipei and Beijing have “equal sovereignty.”
: Various PRC publications criticize President Chen by name.
: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) official warns Chen is leading Taiwan to disaster.
: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen issues four-point statement that cross-Strait policy has not changed.
: Taiwan Premier Yu transits U.S. through Los Angeles and New York en route to Latin America.
: President Chen makes video conference remarks about “one country on each side.”
: Taipei Ministry of Finance approves rules for cross-Strait financial transfers.
: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan meet in Brunei at ASEAN Regional Forum.
: People’s Daily commentary urges Taipei to begin talks on “three links.”
: President Chen speech reiterates that Taipei won’t change island’s status if Beijing stops its threats.
: Taipei Ministry of National Defense releases white paper on defense policy.
: Press reports U.S. DoD has expressed concern to visiting Taiwan delegation that Taipei is not doing enough for its own defense.
: U.S. Navy delegation begins consultations on submarine sale in Taipei.
: PRC establishes diplomatic relations with Nauru.
: Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian becomes chairman of DPP, gives speech saying that if PRC does not respond to overtures, Taiwan may have to “go its own way.”
: U.S.-Taiwan defense talks in Monterey conclude.
: Taiwan Foreign Ministry says addition of words “issued in Taiwan” to passports will be postponed in response to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) criticism.
: PRC repatriates shipwrecked Taiwan soldier to Matsu.
: Department of Defense releases 2002 Annual Report on the Military Power of the People’s Republic of China, which highlights threat to Taiwan.
: Taiwan Ministry of Education announces decision to use Tongyong Pinyin romanization.
: Fire on floating dormitory dramatizes plight of PRC fishermen working for Taiwan.
: Chinese Vice Premier Qian Qichen calls for progress on “three links” as “domestic” routes.
: New American Institute in Taiwan Director Douglas Paal arrives, thanks Taipei for reducing cross-Strait tension.