Chronology of China-Taiwan Relations

Content Type
Journal Article
Comparative Connections
Issue Number
Publication Date
January 2010
Center for Strategic and International Studies
No abstract is available.
Economics, Education
Political Geography
China, Taiwan
Oct. 1, 2009: People's Republic of China (PRC) National Day parade is held in Beijing. Oct. 2, 2009: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) criticizes Beijing's “intimidating” display at the National Day parade. Oct. 4, 2009: Panamanian ship sinks near Penghu Islands. Taiwan and China cooperate in the search and rescue response. Oct. 5, 2009: US Supreme Court dismisses Roger Lin's lawsuit regarding the sovereignty of the Republic of China over Taiwan. Oct. 5, 2009: Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairperson Lai Shin-yuan says the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) will be a catalyst for free trade agreements. Oct. 8, 2009: Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) acknowledges three rounds of discreet, informal ECFA talks with counterparts from the mainland. Oct. 9, 2009: Taiwan media report plans for reciprocal opening of tourism offices by yearend. Oct. 10, 2009: In national day address, President Ma Ying-jeou speaks of Chinese culture with Taiwanese characteristics. Oct. 12, 2009: Taipei says Falungong leader Li Hongzhi is not welcome in Taiwan at this time. China-Taiwan Relations 80 January 2010 Oct. 13, 2009: President Ma observes missile tests at Chiu-peng test range. Oct. 14, 2009: Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF)-Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) preparatory meeting are held in Hangzhou. Oct. 14, 2009: Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) says certain Kaohsiung officials are to blame for the decline in tourists from the mainland to Taiwan. Oct. 16, 2009: Pro-independence groups in Taiwan launch an anti-ECFA campaign. Oct. 17, 2009: Kuomintang (KMT) holds its Congress; Ma Ying-jeou assumes chairmanship. Oct. 19, 2009: MOEA sets up an NT$100 million fund for ECFA-affected industries. Oct. 19, 2009: PRC Ministry of Commerce (MOC) releases summary of a report on ECFA. Oct. 20, 2009: Taiwan Ministry of National Defense (MND) releases its 2008 National Security Report. Oct. 20, 2009: DPP urges President Ma to require destruction of Chinese missiles in exchange for a peace treaty. Oct. 23, 2009: Taiwan joins the International Association of Prosecutors as “Chinese Taipei.” Oct. 25, 2009: TAO Minister Wang Yi says Beijing is ready for trade talks with Taiwan under the SEF-ARATS framework. Oct. 26, 2009: Central Military Commission (CMC) Vice Chairman Gen. Xu Caihou visits Washington. Oct. 27, 2009: MND Vice Minister Andrew Yang visits Washington for Defense Review Talks. Oct. 28, 2009: SEF Chairperson Chiang Pin-kung leads media delegation to Beijing, meets ARATS Chairperson Chen Yunlin, and announces four agreements to be completed at the fourth SEF-ARATS meeting. Oct. 30, 2009: Taiwan Grassroots Alliance for Peace launches a effort to draft a consensus NGO proposal for a peace agreement. Nov. 4, 2009: Taiwan's Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) Director Huang Chih-peng visits Beijing for informal ECFA talks. Nov. 6, 2009: US National Security Council Asia Director Jeff Bader reaffirms the Taiwan Relations Act and US arms sales policy. China-Taiwan Relations 81 January 2010 Nov. 9, 2009: Jiangsu Party Secretary Liang Baohua leads a large purchasing delegation to Taipei; delegation later signs $4 billion in contracts. Nov. 12, 2009: MND explains plans to establish a think tank to study cross-Strait issues. Nov. 13, 2009: Taipei's Pacific Cultural Foundation hosts a conference in Taipei with a delegation of retired diplomats and generals from the PRC led by Zheng Bijian. Nov. 14, 2009: Lien Chen attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders meeting in Singapore representing President Ma. Nov. 15, 2009: Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Hu Jintao meets Lien Chan in Singapore. Nov. 15, 2009: PRC Minister of Commerce Chen Deming meets MOEA Minister Shih Yen-hsing in Singapore. Nov. 16, 2009: Taipei and Beijing exchange letters to complete the Memorandums of Understandings (MOUs) on regulatory cooperation in the financial sector. Nov. 16, 2009: PRC tour group visits Kaohsiung, ending a de facto boycott. Nov. 17, 2009: President Obama meets President Hu in Beijing. They hold a joint press conference and Obama mentions the TRA. Nov. 17, 2009: Taiwan Education Minister Wu announces plans for accepting mainland students at Taiwan universities and recognition of degrees from 41 PRC universities. Nov. 17, 2009: DPP issues a statement opposing the opening of Taiwan universities to PRC students. Nov. 18, 2009: President Ma reiterates that Taipei will not rush into political talks with the PRC. Nov. 21, 2009: Gen. Luo Yuan at a Beijing seminar criticizes Ma's three noes as an attempt to peacefully split China. Nov. 22, 2009: American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Ray Burghardt visits Taipei to brief on President Obama's trip to China. Nov. 25, 2009: TAO spokesman says financial MOUs were done within framework of SEF-ARATS Financial Cooperation Agreement. Nov. 30, 009: People's Bank of China Deputy Governor Hu Xiaolian leads delegation to Taipei. Dec. 2, 2009: Taiwan Stock Exchange approves China Asset Management Company as the first mainland Qualified Domestic Institutional Investor in Taiwan. China-Taiwan Relations 82 January 2010 Dec. 5, 2009: Local elections are held in Taiwan. Dec. 7, 2009: President Ma reiterates no ECFA negotiation will take place at the fourth round of SEF-ARATS talks. Dec. 9, 2009: ARATS and SEF officials meet in Fuzhou to finalize preparations for fourth round meeting. Dec. 9, 2009: Taiwan magazine reports National Security Council Deputy Ho Szu-yin recently visited Washington for arms talks. Dec. 11, 2009: US official leaks comments on pending arms sales to Taiwan. Dec. 15, 2009: President Ma reiterates there will be no talks on unification with the mainland during his tenure in office. Dec. 17, 2009: President Ma states that agreements with the PRC will not weaken sovereignty. Dec. 18, 2009: In Copenhagen, PRC delegate objects to calls for Taiwan to have observer status at the climate change conference. Dec. 20, 2009: DPP leads a peaceful demonstration against ARATS Chair Chen Yunlin's visit. Dec. 21-25, 2009: Chairman Chen Yunlin visits Taiwan for fourth round of SEF-ARATS talks. Dec. 21, 2009: SEF and ARATS announce the postponement of a reciprocal taxation agreement. Dec. 22, 2009: SEF and ARATS sign three agreements at fourth round meeting. Dec. 26, 2009: President Ma reassures farmers no additional mainland agricultural imports will be authorized under an ECFA. Dec. 30, 2009: Jia Qinglin chairs a Beijing forum on anniversary of Hu's six points.