China-Taiwan Relations Chronology

Content Type
Journal Article
Comparative Connections
Issue Number
Publication Date
January 2009
Center for Strategic and International Studies
No abstract is available.
Security, Development
Political Geography
China, Taiwan, Beijing
Oct. 3, 2008: The Bush administration notifies Congress of a $6.5 billion Taiwan arms package. Oct. 6, 2008: U.S. Department of Defense reports that China has postponed various military-to-military activities to protest U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. Oct. 7, 2008: Premier Liu Chao-shiuan states that if the Association for Relations across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) chairmen is to meet him, he must address him as “premier.” Oct. 10, 2008: President Ma Ying-jeou reiterates that he will put Taiwan's interests first in pursuing cross-Strait relations. Oct. 10, 2008: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan's dignity must be maintained during ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin's visit. Oct. 13, 2008: Taiwan Tourism Bureau Director Lai Seh-jen visits mainland to promote tourism. Oct. 13, 2008: National Security Council Secretary General Su Chi tells Legislative Yuan that President Ma will meet ARATS Chairman Chen with “equality and dignity.” Oct. 14, 2008: Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie urges U.S. to cancel arms sales to Taiwan. Oct. 17, 2008: Premier Liu repeats call for a PRC apology over tainted milk. Oct. 19, 2008: DPP Chairperson Tsai says people don't trust President Ma. Oct. 19, 2008: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairperson Lai Shin-yuan says there are no political issues on ARATS Chairman Chen's Taiwan visit agenda. Oct. 20, 2008: ARATS Vice Chairman Zhang Mingqing visits Tainan for conference. Oct. 21, 2008: President Ma outlines “effective deterrence” strategy Oct. 21, 2008: DPP-led mob harasses ARATS Vice Chairman Zhang in Tainan. Oct. 22, 2008: China returns 13 criminals to Taiwan via Matsu Island. Oct. 23, 2008: Kinmen and Xiamen authorities hold joint search and recovery exercise. Oct. 23, 2008: Ma Ying-jeou says he will receive ARATS Chairman Chen in his capacity as president of the Republic of China. China-Taiwan Relations 81 January 2009 Oct. 27, 2008: ARATS and Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) hold preparatory talks in Shenzhen and announce dates for the visit to Taiwan by ARATS Chairman Chen. Oct. 27, 2008: SEF reports ARATS letter apologizing for tainted milk. Oct. 27, 2008: Defense News reports the U.S. is blocking the sale of items to Taiwan's Chung Shan Institute of Science Technology (CSIST) to stop development of the Hsiung Feng 2E land attack cruise missile program. Oct. 28, 2008: Seven Taiwan business groups issue statement welcoming Chen Yunlin visit. Oct. 29, 2008: Taipei announces Lien Chan to be President Ma's APEC representative. Oct. 30, 2008: DPP member Wang Ding-yu indicted for violence against Zhang. Oct. 30, 2008: ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin expresses apology over tainted milk products. Oct. 30, 2008: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Wang Yi mentions the importance of World Health Organization issue in cross-Strait relations. Nov. 1, 2008: Taipei Times editorial says President Ma's policies could provoke civil unrest. Nov. 1, 2008: TAO issues simplified rules for Taiwan correspondents. Nov. 3, 2008: ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin arrives in Taiwan and states his visit will not touch on political issues. Nov. 3, 2008: Chairperson Tsai calls on people to besiege guest house where Chen is staying. Nov. 4, 2008: SEF uses official titles to introduce Taiwan participants to Chen Yunlin; Chen meets MAC Chair Lai, but does not use her title. Nov. 4, 2008: Former President Chen Shui-bian accuses President Ma of treason. Nov. 4, 2008: Southern Taiwan Society accuses Ma of ceding Taiwan to PRC. Nov. 5, 2008: Demonstrators barricade Chen Yunlin in Regent Hotel. Nov. 6, 2008: Brief public meeting between President Ma and ARATS Chairman Chen. Nov. 10, 2008: Taiwan Education Minister Cheng Jei-cheng explains plans to accept Chinese students and academic degrees beginning in 2009. Nov. 10, 2008: MAC says Chen visits shows China does not deny Taiwan's sovereignty. China-Taiwan Relations 82 January 2009 Nov. 10, 2008: President Ma meets APEC delegation stressing that Lien Chan will represent both ROC and himself. Nov. 15, 2008: Taiwan becomes “sponsoring member” of Agency for International Trade Information and Cooperation (AITIC). Nov. 16, 2008: TAO Minister Wang Yi announces measures to help Taiwan in financial crisis. Nov. 17, 2008: United Democratic Nations (UDN) reports PRC deployment of YJ-62A anti-ship missile on coast. Nov. 20, 2008: SEF Secretary General Kao Koong-lian leads delegation to Guangdong and Beijing. Nov. 20, 2008: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs says APEC issues handled under one China principle and corrects reporter for saying “President Ma.” Nov. 21, 2008: General Secretary Hu and Lien Chan meet in Lima. Dec. 3, 2008: President Ma in an interview says time is not ripe for a visit by the Dalai Lama. Dec. 5, 2008: Hong Kong Trade Development Council opens Taipei office. Dec. 7, 2008: KMT Chairman Wu Poh-Hsiung begins first visit to Japan. Dec. 8, 2008: Chinese Defense Minister Liang Quanglie urges U.S. to end arms sales to Taiwan. Dec. 10, 2008: Taiwan joins World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement. Dec. 14, 2008: Direct cross-Strait postal service begins. Dec. 15, 2008: Direct shipping service is implemented from Kaohsiung. Dec. 17, 2008: TAO spokesman says WHO solution will be found through talks. Dec. 20-21, 2008: Fourth KMT-CCP Forum is held in Shanghai where Beijing announces economic measures to benefit Taiwan. Dec. 22, 2008: MAC Chairwoman Lai reiterates only SEF authorized to speak for government. Dec. 23, 2008: China's gift Pandas arrive in Taipei. Dec. 26, 2008: China's National Off-shore Oil Company (CNOOC) and Taiwan's Chinese Petroleum Company (CPC) sign cooperation agreements. Dec. 28, 2008: Taiwan Cabinet holds mainland affair conference. China-Taiwan Relations 83 January 2009