China - Taiwan

Chronology from Sep 2011 to Dec 2011

: Taiwan and Hong Kong sign a new Civil Air agreement.

: AIT says US is neutral on election.

: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) runs ad touting US support for Ma administration.

: TAO spokesman says DPP’s polices will set back relations.

: Tsai visits Kinmen, claims cross-strait relations will improve if she is elected.

: Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) Member He Guoqiang urges Xiamen to do more to help Taiwan.

: Taipei approves Bank of China and China Construction Bank branches.

: American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announces Taiwan’s candidacy for US Visa Waiver program.

: Jia Qinglin speaks at ARATS 20th anniversary celebration.

: US Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Ponemon visits Taiwan.

: US Agency for International Development (AID) Administrator Rajiv Shah visits Taiwan.

: Candidate Soong registers for presidential election.

: Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) Chairman Chen Yuh-chang visits Beijing.

: Candidate Tsai tells business groups she denies existence of 1992 consensus.

: Lee Teng-hui attacks Ma’s peace accord as a step toward unification.

: Lien Chan meets President Obama at the APEC leaders’ dinner.

: Hu Jintao and Lien Chan meet at the APEC forum in Honolulu.

: Japan and Taiwan conclude a new aviation agreement with open skies.

:   Chen Shui-bian criticizes Tsai for not highlighting ethnic issues.

:   Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) holds its second meeting in Hangzhou.

: Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement’s (ECFA) Industrial Cooperation Subcommittee meets and issues joint statement on cross-strait industrial cooperation.

: Taipei and Wellington announce joint trade agreement study.

: Seventh ARATS-SEF meeting is held in Tianjin; the Nuclear Safety Agreement signed.

: Candidate Tsai says Ma’s proposed peace accord is dangerous.

: President Ma’s campaign platform mentions the possibility of a peace agreement.

: TAO spokesman criticizes candidate Tsai’s comments on Taiwan and ROC.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) announce a delay in the negotiation of the investment protection agreement.

: US-China hold talks on Asia; China protests Taiwan arms sales.

: The 100th anniversary of the Republic of China (ROC) is celebrated; President gives the address. Candidate Tsai avoids the celebration in Taipei but attends an event in Tainan.

:    Working-level Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF)-Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) talks on an investment agreement are held in Taiwan.

: Presidential candidate Tsai visits Japan.

: At the DPP’s 25th anniversary rally in Taichung, candidate Tsai asks if President Ma will sell out Taiwan.

: Sen. John Cornyn’s proposed amendment to sell F-16 C/D to Taiwan fails to pass in Senate.

: Taiwan and Japan sign a bilateral investment agreement.

: President Ma Ying-jeou welcomes the US arms sale, and reiterates the request for the sale of F-16C/Ds.

: The Obama administration formally notifies US Congress of the $5.8 billion arms package to Taiwan.

: US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference is held in Richmond, VA.

: DPP legislator reveals that World Health Organization (WHO) documents continue to refer to Taiwan as a province of People’s Republic of China (PRC).

: Democratic Progressive Party Chair Tsai Ing-wen visits Washington; Financial Times story reports US concerns regarding Tsai winning the presidential election.

: Kuomintang (KMT) delegation visits Washington.

: Global Times article warns that the US sale of F-16s to Taiwan would be viewed as damaging to Chinese core interests.

:   Hong Kong Tourism Bureau establishes an office in Taipei.

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