China-Taiwan Relations Chronology

Content Type
Journal Article
Comparative Connections
Issue Number
Publication Date
April 2009
Center for Strategic and International Studies
No abstract is available.
International Relations, Economics, World Health Organization
Political Geography
China, Taiwan, Beijing
Dec. 31, 2008: President Hu Jintao delivers a six-point speech outlining the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) leadership's approach to dealing with Taiwan. Jan. 1, 2009: President Ma Ying-jeou's New Year's address stresses Republic of China (ROC) sovereignty and dignity. Jan. 5, 2009: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) sends the Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) compensation claims for melamine contamination. Jan. 7, 2009: SEF Chair Chiang Pin-kung visits China for consultations with Taiwan invested enterprises (TIEs). Jan. 8, 2009: Reports show Taiwan's exports to China in December decline by 54 percent. Jan. 8, 2009: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Wang Yi meets U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte in Beijing. Jan. 12, 2009: Beijing reports that PLA Navy escorts Taiwan ship near Somalia. Jan. 13, 2009: World Health Organization invites Taiwan to participate in International Health Regulations (IHR). Jan. 16, 2009: SEF Chair Chiang says the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement makes Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) with China necessary. Jan. 17, 2009: President Ma Ying-jeou again calls for removal of Chinese missiles from the coastal region opposite Taiwan. Jan. 20, 2009: Beijing releases its 2008 white paper on national defense. Jan. 21, 2009: TAO Minister Wang Yi comments on the agenda for the 3rd ARATS-SEF talks. Jan. 22, 2009: President Ma reiterates “resolute defense, effective deterrence” policy. Jan. 22, 2009: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) authorizes financial services, scheduled flights, and PRC investment as issues for 3rd SEF-ARATS talks. Jan. 26, 2009: Taipei Zoo's panda house opens. Jan.27, 2009: Raytheon wins a bid to upgrade Taiwan's Patriot missiles. China-Taiwan Relations 78 April 2009 Jan. 30, 2009: President Barack Obama calls President Hu and makes no mention of Taiwan. Feb. 1, 2009: Democratic Progressive Party Chair Tsai Ing-wen asserts Washington has doubts about President Ma's cross-Strait policy. Feb. 6, 2009: Jia Qinglin, fourth-ranking member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and chairman of the People's Political Consultative Conference, attends a conference in Taiwan. Feb. 13, 2009: President Ma is interviewed by New York Times. Feb. 13, 2009: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expresses hope that cross-Strait relations will continue to improve. Feb. 14, 2009: MAC states that CECA is not on the agenda for the 3rd SEF-ARATS meeting. Feb. 14, 2009: DPP chair Tsai says CECA requires social consensus in Taiwan. Feb. 14, 2009: MAC Chair Lai Shin-yuan says the number of Chinese missiles aimed at Taiwan has increased to 1,500. Feb. 15, 2009: The two Palace Museums ink an artifact exchange deal in Beijing. Feb. 16, 2009: Secretary Clinton says U.S. encourages further progress in cross-Strait relations. Feb. 16, 2009: Taiwan financial services delegation holds talks in Beijing. Feb. 21, 2009: Secretary Clinton visits Beijing. Feb. 21, 2009: DPP–Taiwan Solidarity Union National Policy Conference focuses on CECA. Feb. 22, 2009: TSU Chair Huang Chu-wen says CECA will prompt all-out impeachment effort. Feb. 22, 2009: DPP Chair Tsai says CECA would cause serious social conflict. Feb. 24, 2009: Taiwan's Presidential Office says name CECA will be dropped from the discussions on the development of an agreement on economic issues with China. Feb. 24, 2009: Premier Liu Chao-shiuan says there is no timetable for concluding CECA. Feb. 24, 2009: SEF Chair Chiang says he hopes a framework for CECA can be reached in 2009. Feb. 25, 2009: TAO spokesman says CECA would be mutually beneficial. Feb. 26, 2009: Cross-Strait postal remittance of funds begins. China-Taiwan Relations 79 April 2009 Feb. 27, 2009: President Ma's news conference introduces the term Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) in lieu of CECA. Feb. 27, 2009: MAC says CECA would be sent to Legislative Yuan (LY) for approval. Feb. 27, 2009: Premier Liu says CECA is not on 3rd SEF-ARATS agenda. Feb. 28, 2009: U.S.-China Defense Policy Coordination Talks conclude. March 1, 2009: In online dialogue, Premier Wen Jiabao calls for economic cooperation mechanism that meets Taiwan's needs. March 2, 2009: DPP Chair Tsai calls for referendum on CECA/ECFA. March 2, 2009: Speaker Wang Jin-pyng calls for LY task force on cross-Strait relations. March 3, 2009: Group led by Frank Hsieh says CECA would mean unification. March 3, 2009: Former Vice Premier Wu Rong-yi says ECFA is a trap set by China. March 4, 2009: Former President Lee Teng-hui says ECFA not in Taiwan's interest. March 4, 2009: President Ma says tensions with the mainland are at record low; PRC announces 15 percent increase in 2010 defense budget. March 4, 2009: Kuomintang (KMT) Chair Wu Poh-hsuing returns from trip to Southeast Asia. March 5, 2009: President Ma expresses hope that ECFA can be discussed at the 3rd SEF-ARATS meeting. March 6, 2009: People's Bank of China President Zhou Xiaochuan says financial service memorandum of understanding with Taiwan could be based on HK agreement. March 7, 2009: Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) Chair Morris Chang endorses goal of ECFA. March 10, 2009: PRC Minister of Commerce Chen Deming calls for early talks on CECA to combat financial downturn. March 11, 2009: TAO Minister Wang Yi is cautiously optimistic that Taiwan will be able to attend the World Health Assembly as an observer. March 12, 2009: President Ma says talks on WHA participation will be held overseas in April. March 16, 2009: Taipei releases its first Quadrennial Defense Report. China-Taiwan Relations 80 April 2009 March 18, 2009: President Ma receives American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Ray Burghardt. March 19, 2009: Taipei's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) holds first ECFA hearing. March 24, 2009: DPP Chair Tsai says ECFA under “one China” principle would divide society. March 25, 2009: U.S. Department of Defense releases Military Power of the PRC 2009 report. March 29, 2009: MOEA Minister Yiin Chii-ming says there have been talks on ECFA. March 30, 2009: DPP Caucus calls for full transparency on ECFA. March 30, 2009: Two Red Cross societies sign cooperation agreement in Taipei. March 31, 2009: Taipei ratifies two UN human rights conventions. China-