China - Taiwan

Chronology from Sep 2017 to Dec 2017

: Tsai administration releases its first National Defense Report, which includes the introduction of a “multiple deterrence” strategy, the procedures for arms procurement from the US, and references to the US “Indo-Pacific strategy.”

:   Beijing sentences 44 Taiwan telephone fraud suspects, deported from Kenya, to long jail sentences.

: Taiwan and Japan sign marine emergency and rescue agreement.

: Spanish court decides Taiwan fraud suspects will be deported to China.

: Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, meets a delegation led by Yok Mu-ming, chairman of Taiwan’s New Party, in Beijing.

: American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty visits Taipei for consultations.

:      People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft approach Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) resulting in tense exchange with a Taiwan Air Force F-16.

Dec. 8, 2017:     PRC Embassy Minister Li Kexin warns Washington that Beijing would use “military force” if Taiwan welcomed US Navy ships to its ports, claiming any US military presence in Taiwan would violate China’s Anti-Secession Law.

:      PRC Regulations on Counter-Espionage Law defines sabotaging unification as an act of espionage.

:     Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan adopts Transitional Justice Bill.

:   US Congress adopts 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes language mandating strengthened defense cooperation between the US and Taiwan.

: Lee Ming-che sentenced to five years for subversion of state power.

:   Acting US Consumer Protect Safety Commission Chairperson Marie Buerkle visits Taipei.

:     James Soong represents President Tsai at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Meeting in Vietnam.

:     Taiwan Security Act introduced in US House of Representatives to enhance military cooperation and exchanges between the US and Taiwan.

:     President Tsai transits Guam.

:      President Tsai visits Solomon Islands

:        President Tsai visits Tuvalu.

:   President Tsai visits Marshall Islands.

:   President Tsai transits Honolulu.

: Cambodia deports 19 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China.

: President Tsai speaks on 30th anniversary of cross-strait exchanges. She reiterates the Taiwan government’s position that “our goodwill will not change, our commitments will not change, we will not revert to the old path of confrontation, and we will not bow to pressure.”

: Nineteenth Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress is held in Beijing.

:   US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) passes Taiwan Travel Act. The legislation encourages official visits between the US and Taiwan at all levels.

:   Liu Jieyi becomes deputy minister of the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO).

: President Tsai reiterates her call for a new model for cross-strait interaction.

: Taiwan’s Foreign Minister David Lee tells Legislative Yuan that Singapore will continue military training in Taiwan.

: Taiwan’s Vice Foreign Minister Paul Chang visits Washington for discreet consultations on Taiwan’s international space.

: During his first report to Legislative Yuan, Premier Lai reiterates his support for Taiwan independence.

: Taipei-Shanghai Sing China music festival cancelled after protest.

: At Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) National Congress, President Tsai Ing-wen reiterates her call for new approach to cross-strait relations.

: EPA Minister Lee Ying-yuan meets US Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Scott Pruitt in Washington.

: Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Minister Lee Ying-yuan presents Taiwan’s Voluntary National Review on the Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in New York.

: Former PRC student Zhou Hongxu is given a 14-month sentence in Taiwan for attempted espionage.

: Taiwan democracy activist Lee Ming-che pleads guilty to subversion.

:      Taipei arranges visit by international scientists to Taiping Island.

:     President Tsai Ing-wen appoints Lai Ching-te premier.

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