China - Taiwan

Chronology from Sep 2012 to Dec 2012

: Taiwan Bureau of Energy informs legislature that Taiwan will begin undersea oil exploration near Taiping Island in the Spratlys in 2013.

:   President Ma says ROC citizens joining Chinese People’s Consultative Conference Chapters is “not appropriate.”

:   Taiwan Foreign Minister David Lin says that dual recognition by Honduras of the ROC and PRC is not acceptable.

:   SEF sends complaint over Chinese passports to ARATS.

:   Director of Taiwan’s intelligence service criticizes Sun Yafu’s “pro-unification” remarks in Taiwan.

:   President of Honduras says his country will open trade office in China with a view toward establishing diplomatic relations with the PRC

: Taiwan External Trade Development (TAITRA) office opens in Shanghai.

:   Su Chi, former secretary general of the National Security Council under President Ma says two sides of the strait should undertake political dialogues to build trust.

:   China submits documents to United Nations explaining its claims to the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands and areas in the East China Sea.

: Taipei Forum delegation visit to Shanghai and Beijing.

: Being designates Taipei branch of Bank of China as settlement bank.

: Fourth Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Committee (CSECC) meeting is held in Guangzhou.

: Chinese Integration Association’s Taipei Conference, attended by Sun Yafu.

:   US announces the release of a $289 million Raytheon contract for Taiwan radars.

:   President Ma says Taipei is working on an East China Sea code of conduct.

: Wang Yu-chi says mainland must be more specific about contents of a cross-strait peace agreement before Taiwan can consider it.

: Taiwan-Japan preparatory fisheries talks are held in Japan.

: Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs says now not an appropriate time for Dalai Lama to visit Taiwan.

: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) issues statement calling PRC passports “unacceptable” and a threat to mutual trust.

: New PRC passport with images of Taiwan tourism sites and maps with disputed territories comes to light in Financial Times report.

: DPP establishes China Affairs Committee with Su Tseng-chang as convener.

: Chairman Ma sends a congratulatory message to Xi Jinping.

: Taiwan Tourism Association opens its second office in Shanghai.

: TAO’s Wang Yi and Chen Yuanfeng elected to CCP Central Committee.

: PRC Commerce Minister Chen Deming urges Taiwan to give China most favored nation treatment.

:   General Secretary Hu Jintao delivers Work Report to 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress.

:   President Ma says he would visit mainland “as the president of Taiwan if our Chinese counterpart respects that fact.” Wang Yi describes such a visit as “difficult.”

: Taiwan’s Defense Ministry confirms that three former military officers were arrested for selling classified information to China.

: Frank Hsieh says independence can’t be basis of DPP’s appeal to voters.

: SEF Chair Lin Join-sane meets Jia Qinglin.

: TAO Minister Wang Yi publishes article in Qiushi on ten-year accomplishments.

: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Lin Join-sane on an initial visit to mainland China travels to Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Kunshan.

: Executive Yuan proposes legislation allowing People’s Republic of China (PRC) students in Taiwan for more than half of a year to qualify for National Health Insurance.

: President Ma reiterates desire for progress under 1992 consensus.

: Frank Hsieh meets State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Chen Yunlin. Su Tseng-chang says Hsieh’s trip was personal.

: Frank Hsieh meets TAO Minister Wang Yi.

: DPP’s Frank Hsieh gives lecture at Xiamen University.

: Taiwan Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Cho Shih-chao notes plans to reach cross-strait services trade agreement by year end.

: Taiwan Vice Defense Minister Andrew Yang meets US Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at Pentagon.

: Lockheed Martin announces $1.85 billion contract to upgrade Taiwan F-16s.

: US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference held in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

: President Ma receives fishermen protesting Japanese actions in Diaoyutais.

: President Ma reiterates desire for peaceful resolution.

: 78 fishing boats with 12 Taiwan Coast Guard cutter escorts arrive in the Diaoyutai area; exchange shots from water cannon with Japan Coast Guard ships.

: Taiwan becomes a full member of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO).

: Lien Chan meets Jia Qinglin in Nanjing.

: Bank of Taiwan named cross-strait currency clearance bank.

: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman says that China and Taiwan share the claim to the Diaoyus and should unite in face of aggression.

: Taipei and Beijing protest Japan’s decision to buy the Senkakus.

: ARATS President Chen Yunlin leads 60-member cultural delegation to Taiwan.

: Secretary Clinton meets Lien Chan at APEC.

: Lien Chan meets Hu Jintao at APEC.

: Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Vice President Wang Zaixi says Beijing is glad to hear of President Ma’s visit to Pengjia and that the two sides should work together to protect sovereignty.

: President Ma makes visit to Pengjia Islet with several Cabinet members.

: President Ma Ying-jeou says the Coast Guard should patrol Diaoyutais regularly.

: Delegation of retired Taiwan legislators visits Beijing and meets Politburo Standing Committee BSC member Jia Qinglin.

: Taiwan legislators from Kuomintang (KMT) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) visit Taiping Island in Spratlys and observe a live-fire drill.

: Cross-strait Cultural Forum is held in Beijing.

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