China-Taiwan Relations Chronology

Content Type
Journal Article
Comparative Connections
Issue Number
Publication Date
October 2009
Center for Strategic and International Studies
No abstract is available.
Economics, Humanitarian Aid
Political Geography
China, Taiwan
July 1, 2009: President Ma Ying-jeou attends the inauguration of President Ricardo Martinelli in Panama. July 3, 2009: China Southern Airlines is first People's Republic of China (PRC) company to apply to establish a branch office in Taiwan. July 5, 2009: President Ma in Honolulu reiterates that removal of missiles from across the Taiwan Strait is a precondition for talks with the PRC on a peace agreement. July 11, 2009: Kuomintang (KMT) and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Forum on economics and culture opens in Changsha; two Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members attend. July 13, 2009: Mainland purchasing delegation attends a food show in Taipei. July 15, 2009: DPP votes to expel two members who attended KMT-CCP Forum. China-Taiwan Relations 81 October 2009 July 16, 2009: Ma Ying-jeou, as the president of the Republic of China (ROC), opens the World Games in Kaohsiung; mainland athletes do not attend the opening ceremony. July 20, 2009: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall name plaque is restored. July 20, 2009: Blatant stereotyping in cartoon characters used in a Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) pamphlet promoting the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement with China provokes controversy in Taiwan. July 22, 2009: Minister of Commerce Chen Deming meets MOEA Minister Yiin Chii-ming at Singapore at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. July 23, 2009: Taipei announces two new direct flight routes to the mainland. July 24, 2009: MOEA Minister Yiin states that agreement has been reached to begin ECFA talks in October. July 26, 2009: Ma Ying-jeou is elected KMT chairman. July 26, 2009: Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu includes pro-independence remarks in her address at the closing ceremony of the World Games; mainland athletes do not attend. July 29, 2009: MOEA releases Chunghua Institute of Economic Research report on ECFA. July 30, 2009: Taiwan Institute of Economic Research releases more critical analysis of ECFA. Aug. 3, 2009: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of Taiwan Director Yu Keli article in China Review calls for an early negotiation of a peace agreement. Aug. 7, 2009: SEF Chairman Chiang says the fourth SEF-ARATS talks to be held in December. Aug. 8, 2009: Typhoon Morakot hits Taiwan causing extensive flooding and hundreds of deaths. Aug. 12, 2009: ARATS and PRC Red Cross provide generous financial aid for Morakot. Aug. 16, 2009: U.S. military aircraft delivers aid in Taiwan; TAO says this is humanitarian aid delivered under civilian auspices. Aug. 17, 2009: U.S. military helicopters and crews begin week-long emergency operations. Aug. 19, 2009: Third mainland procurement mission arrives in Taipei. Aug. 20, 2009: U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey visits Beijing and is berated on arms sales. Aug. 24, 2009: Officials from the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs visit Taiwan. China-Taiwan Relations 82 October 2009 Aug. 26, 2009: Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu invites Dalai Lama. Aug. 27, 2009: TAO statement opposes Dalai Lama visit and criticizes DPP. Aug. 27, 2009: Referendum Review Committee rejects DPP ECFA referendum proposal. Aug. 30, 2009: Dalai Lama arrives in Taiwan. Aug. 31, 2009: First “scheduled” cross-Strait flights begin; ceremonies are cancelled due to Dalai Lama visit. Aug. 31, 2009: Taiwan Ministry of National Defense releases its report on the PLA. Sept. 1, 2009: Minister of the Financial Supervisory Commission Sean Chen says financial supervisory MOU will be signed by yearend. Sept. 2, 2009: Raytheon Corp. wins a contract to upgrade Taiwan's Patriot missiles. Sept. 4, 2009: SEF Chairman Chiang meets Bank of China President Li Lihua's delegation. Sept. 5, 2009: KMT Vice Chairman Wu Den-yih visits Hong Kong. Sept. 7, 2009: Wu Den-yih named premier replacing Liu Chao-shiuan. Sept. 7, 2009: People's Bank of China Deputy Governor Su Ning leads a delegation to Taipei. Sept. 10, 2009: New Cabinet takes office in Taipei; President Ma instructs Premier Wu to get cross-Strait negotiations back on track after Morakot. Sept. 11, 2009: Taipei Court convicts Chen Shui-bian and sentences him to life in prison. Sept. 17, 2009: Organizers announced that the Kaohsiung Film Festival will screen Rebiya Kadeer's film. Sept. 18, 2009: MAC Chair Lai says financial MOU nearly complete. Sept. 21, 2009: DPP announces plans to show Kadeer film in several cities on Oct. 1. Sept. 21, 2009: TAO Minister Wang Yi says ECFA talks will begin when both sides are ready. Sept. 25, 2009: Taiwan's Ministry of Interior states Rebiya Kadeer will not be allowed to visit. Sept. 26, 2009: Kaohsiung reinstates plan to screen Kadeer film at its film festival.