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January 1, 2021
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi issued a new year's message in an article entitled "Strengthening Confidence, Jointly Creating a New State of Affairs" in the Relations Across the Taiwan Straits magazine (1st issue, 2021). He stated that 2020 was a truly extraordinary year for cross-Strait relations. Despite the intensified obstruction and undermining by the DPP authorities, compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait have grown even more steadfast and vigorous in their steps of moving closely and well towards each other. Only when cross-Strait relations do well will Taiwan compatriots do well; only by eliminating the bane of "Taiwan independence" will there be peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and will Taiwan compatriots live and work in peace and contentment. In the new year, the CCP will fully implement General Secretary Xi Jinping's important discourses on Taiwan work and the CCP Central Committee’s decision-making deployment in the same regard. The CCP will facilitate cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, promote the peaceful and integrated development of cross-Strait relations, and advance the unification process of the motherland.

January 1, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to the speech made by the leader of Taiwan pertaining to cross-Strait relations in her new year’s address. Zhu said that the statement once again revealed the DPP’s true color of seeking "independence." The historical and de jure facts of Taiwan being part of China and both sides belonging to "one China" cannot be changed by any persons or power. Since the DPP authorities took office, they have refused to recognize the "1992 Consensus" and sabotaged the political foundation of cross-Strait relations. Meanwhile, they have persistently made provocative actions to seek "independence," making an enemy out of mainland China at every turn, purposefully arousing cross-Strait opposition, while claiming to be willing to have a so-called "dialogue." How will any of this result in a dialogue? The CCP advised the DPP authorities to stop playing deceitful tricks. Only when returning to the political foundation of the “1992 Consensus” will cross-Strait relations improve.

January 1, 2021
President Tsai Ing-wen delivered the 2021 New Year's Address in the Entrance Hall of the Presidential Office Building. She stated that stabilizing relations across the Taiwan Strait is no longer just an issue for the two sides. It is a concern for the whole Indo-Pacific region and has already become a focus of international attention. Over the past year, mainland China’s military aircrafts and naval vessels from across the Taiwan Strait have been active around Taiwan. This has undermined cross-Strait relations and poses a threat to the peaceful and stable status quo in the Indo-Pacific. In dealing with cross-Strait relations, the government will uphold its principles and not act rashly. We are willing to facilitate meaningful dialogue under the principles of parity and dignity as long as the Beijing authorities sincerely want to resolve differences and improve cross-Strait relations. When the pandemic is under control, we look forward to the gradual return of regular, orderly people-to-people exchanges across the Taiwan Strait to improve mutual understanding and reduce misunderstandings. The government’s principles for dealing with cross-Strait affairs have always been joint discussions, finding solutions, and pragmatically solving problems.

January 1, 2021
The MAC responded to Taiwan Affairs Office’s new year’s message, where it repeated canned speeches such as "advancing the unification process" and "unification is irreversible." The MAC said that it had noticed the Beijing authorities’ persistent propaganda of their unilateral political agenda towards Taiwan. Meanwhile, they have constantly resorted to military and diplomatic intimidation and pressuring, and infiltration and division of the Taiwan society to deliberately spark cross-Strait antagonism. The Republic of China (ROC) is a sovereign state; Taiwan has never been part of the People's Republic of China. The people of Taiwan firmly oppose non-peaceful and non-democratic actions, and have already emphatically rejected the CCP's "one country, two systems." The MAC hoped that the other side across the Taiwan Strait would face this fact rationally and pragmatically.

January 2, 2021
Mainland China’s Fujian Provincial Government announced its first list of 225 equal treatment measures for Taiwan compatriots and Taiwan-funded companies. Included are 133 economic measures regarding the protection of rights and interests, industry access, agricultural cooperation, financial services, and customs clearance services; 66 social measures concerning employment and entrepreneurship, medical insurances and social insurances, legal services, and governance of the general public; 17 cultural and educational measures involving children's education, recruitment, scholarships and subsidies, and cultural and educational exchanges; and nine measures for facilitation in the areas of financing, travel, certificate application, and medical insurance reimbursement, etc.

January 4, 2021
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to the MAC's appeal for Taiwan compatriots to "pay attention to the risks of mainland Chinese vaccines." She stated that the MAC’s deliberate smear campaign on mainland Chinese vaccines is a further display of its political malice that disregards the health and well-being of the people of Taiwan, and incites opposition against mainland China. The CCP solemnly condemned this. She also stated that the vaccination programs for Taiwan compatriots based in mainland China are conducted entirely out of care for compatriots, and are an embodiment of treating Taiwan compatriots as equal while answering the wishes of the large number of Taiwan compatriots. The vaccination programs have been carried out on an entirely voluntary basis with informed consent. Taiwan compatriots have a choice over whether or not to be inoculated.

January 4, 2021
Mainland China's Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Ren Guoqiang responded to US President Trump’s signing of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which requires the US government to normalize arms sales to Taiwan. He said that the Taiwan issue concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and is purely a matter of China's internal affairs. No interference from external forces will be tolerated. China’s determination to safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests remains firm and unwavering.

January 5, 2021
The CCP Central Committee issued the amended version of Regulations on the United Front Work of the Communist Party of China. Among the terms, Article 5 stipulates that the scope of united front work extends to Taiwan compatriots and their relatives in mainland China. Article 35 states that the main tasks of united front work against Taiwan are: to thoroughly implement the major principles of the CCP Central Committee’s Taiwan work policy, adhere to the "one China" principle, broadly unite Taiwan compatriots at home and abroad, develop and strengthen patriotism and pro-unification forces in Taiwan, oppose "Taiwan independence" separatist activities, continue to advance the process of peaceful unification of the motherland, and jointly work to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

January 6, 2021
The MAC responded to the mass arrest and detention of pan-democrats in Hong Kong. It stated that Taiwan and the international community were equally astonished, and condemned any “bullying acts” that suppress democracy and human rights. The Hong Kong National Security Law has repeatedly been cracking down on democracy activists on the charge of subversion of state. This has shown that protection of Hong Kong people’s rights under the Basic Law is hollow at best. Moreover, such atrocities have also turned Hong Kong from the "Pearl of the Orient" into an outrageous "Purgatory of the Orient." The MAC called on the involved parties to show discretion and restraint; otherwise, they will eventually suffer the consequences.

January 7, 2021
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to Taiwan and the US holding the so-called "Political-Military Dialogue," where the DPP authorities propagate their "Taiwan independence" narratives. She said that "Taiwan independence" forces make calculations about seeking “independence,” hence their groveling to external forces. This is utterly futile and cannot change the fact that Taiwan is part of China. She sternly warned the DPP authorities to immediately stop all forms of official exchanges and military contacts with the US, not head further down the wrong path of "relying on the US for independence," and not push the people of Taiwan into disaster. Otherwise, they are bound to be heavily punished.

January 10, 2021
The CCP Central Committee issued the Plan to Build the Rule of Law in China (2020-2025). The plan called for exploring the "one country, two systems” model for Taiwan and advancing the process toward the peaceful unification of the motherland. Other terms include promoting the two sides across the Taiwan Strait to make institutional arrangements for peaceful development; and improve and facilitate the institutional arrangements and policy measures for cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, deepening integrated development across the Taiwan Strait, and protecting the well-being of Taiwan compatriots. It also supports exchanges between the legal sectors across the Taiwan Strait. Further, the plan employs means characterized by the rule of law to defend the "one China" principle; resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence"; and firmly safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests. It will also protect the interests of compatriots in Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan in accordance with the law, while strengthening law enforcement cooperation and judicial assistance between mainland China and Hong Kong and Macao, and between mainland China and Taiwan, to jointly crack down on cross-border crime.

January 11, 2021
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian commented on Mike Pompeo’s announcement that the US would lift restrictions on official exchanges with Taiwan, and the DPP authorities’ expression of thanks in response. She said that mainland China will act resolutely and firmly to counter any Taiwan-US collusion. Abiding by the “one China” principle and the three China-US Joint Communiqués are commitments made by the US government. Any non-compliance with this commitment is a serious breach of the basic norms governing international relations, making it illegal and invalid. The DPP authorities serve as a pawn for external forces and "rely on the US to seek independence," which will only bring serious disasters to the people of Taiwan.

January 13, 2021
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian announced during a regular press conference the recent approval of establishing four cross-Strait exchanges bases, including: Tingzhou "the Hakka capital," Changting County, Longyan City, Fujian Province; Qingshuiyan, Anxi County, Quanzhou City, Fujian Province; the Grand Canal Cultural Belt, Huai'an City, Jiangsu Province; and Wenchang Zuting, Zitong County, Mianyang City, Sichuan Province. The establishment of these bases reflects the unswerving implementation of the principles and policies towards Taiwan, which aim at actively expanding cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, continuing to deepen cross-Strait integrated development, and persistently promoting a spiritual bond between compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. Furthermore, on claims by the DPP spokesperson that "Taiwan's exports to mainland China reached a record high in 2020, proving that mainland China needs Taiwan," Zhu stated that this is intricately linked to mainland China’s swift control of the epidemic, resuming work and production, and exemplifying a negative-turned-positive growth in the global economy. It also fully illustrates two points: First, Taiwan's economy is highly dependent on that of mainland China. The continuous development and progress of mainland China represents a major opportunity for Taiwan's economic development and a significant gain for the great number of Taiwan compatriots. Second, cross-Strait economic and trade cooperation aligns with the interests and needs of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. The continual expansion and deepening of the cooperation will allow Taiwan compatriots to benefit even more.

January 14, 2021
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a video call between the US Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft and Tsai Ing-wen. She stated that mainland China resolutely opposes the actions by Taiwan and the US plotting to challenge the "one China" principle through official exchanges. There is only "one China" in the world, and Taiwan is part of China. The CCP urged the US to strictly abide by the “one China” principle and the three China-US Joint Communiqués. The CCP also solemnly admonished the DPP authorities to immediately stop any form of collusion with the US. "Relying on the US to seek independence" will only bring them disgrace, and they are bound to be punished severely.

January 18, 2021
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Wang Yang stated at the 2021 Working Conference on Taiwan Affairs that the CCP upholds the "one China" principle and the "1992 Consensus," and is determined to curb "Taiwan independence" separatist activity and interference by external forces. He said that the world today is undergoing profound changes unseen for hundreds of years. The situation across the Taiwan Strait remains severe and complicated. Taiwan work is met with new changes to its opportunities and challenges. However, "time" and "momentum" remain on mainland China’s side. The CCP must accurately recognize these changes, respond in scientific approaches, strengthen risk awareness, and establish the bottom-line thinking. It must resolutely contain "Taiwan independence" separatist forces who rely on foreign forces and seek "independence" for provocation. Mainland China must help Taiwanese businesspeople and Taiwan-funded enterprises to seize opportunities arising from the country creating a new development prospect. It must overcome the restrictions and obstructions imposed by the DPP authorities on cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation.

January 18, 2021
The MAC responded to the chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Wang Yang’s reiteration of opposition to independence, promotion of unification, and accusation of the Taiwan authorities obstructing cross-Strait exchanges at the CCP's 2021 Working Conference on Taiwan Affairs. The MAC stated that the CCP's Taiwan policy has long been out of touch with cross-Strait realities, and also ignored the mainstream public opinion in Taiwan disapproving its unilaterally established political framework that denies the ROC’s national sovereignty. Cross-Strait peace is intricately linked to stability of the Indo-Pacific region, which is a shared responsibility of both sides. The ROC government has been consistent in its policy stance of handling cross-Strait affairs in accordance with the ROC Constitution and the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, and maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The MAC called on the CCP authorities to bear an attitude of respect, goodwill, and understanding; engage in constructive cross-Strait dialogue and exchange without preconditions; and pragmatically explore ways to coexist in peace. These are what will help enhance the welfare of people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

January 20, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao Affairs Office of Fuzhou City announced the "Measures to Further Support Development of Taiwan-Funded Enterprises and Advance Taiwan Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship." The 21 measures cover three areas, including promoting the development of Taiwan-funded enterprises, advancing Taiwan youth’s employment and entrepreneurship, and implementing "equal treatment," which are effective through December 24, 2025.

January 22, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to the MAC's criticism of mainland China for imposing sanctions on Mike Pompeo and other individuals. She said that the DPP authorities and Pompeo are accomplices in undermining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The MAC is unrepentant and talks nonsense, which exactly proves that the DPP authorities are still tied to the likes of Pompeo. The DPP authorities had “bet on the wrong side” in the US presidential election; after that, they have been resorting to all sorts of tricks in an attempt to consolidate the “fruits” of Taiwan-US collusion co-plotted with the likes of Pompeo. They even went the length of greenlighting US pork imports containing ractopamine to the detriment of Taiwanese people's lives, health, and well-being. Pompeo and the others completely deserve to be sanctioned. By siding with Pompeo, the DPP authorities will no doubt be subject to the trial and severe punishment by history.

January 27, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded during a regular press conference to the attacks by the DPP authorities and green camp media against the safety of mainland Chinese vaccines, and their claims that Taiwanese businesspeople were almost forced to receive their vaccines. She stated that vaccination programs in mainland China are carried out entirely on a voluntary basis with informed consent. As to when the announcement of sanctions would be issued against "Taiwan independence" activists, she stated that crushing "Taiwan independence" diehards and curbing "Taiwan independence" separatist activities are the due obligation and a prerequisite for maintaining the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. She said that the CCP will pay close attention to the actions of a small group of "Taiwan independence" diehards in Taiwan and abroad and impose severe punishment or launch crackdown in accordance with the law. Regarding the constant incursions of PLA fighter jets in the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) southwest of Taiwan, Zhu stated that they were in response to the interference by external forces and a handful of “Taiwan independence” separatists and their separatist activity. China will not commit to renouncing the use of force, and will reserve the option of taking all necessary measures. The PLA’s simulated combat drills in the Taiwan Strait are meant to firmly safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, strongly urge external forces to stop interfering, and admonish "Taiwan independence" separatist forces for them to stop provocations.

January 27, 2021
The MAC expressed solemn protest against the Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian’s statement that the PLA fighter jets conducting simulated combat drills in the Taiwan Strait was meant to sternly warn external forces and "Taiwan independence separatist forces." The MAC also pointed out that the PLA's recent drills, training, and incursions targeting Taiwan and the intimidating remarks made by the Taiwan Affairs Office have not only undermined cross-Strait relations but heightened regional tensions. In addition, Zhu claimed that the CCP would closely watch the handful of “Taiwan independence” diehards in Taiwan and abroad for their actions, and impose severe punishment or launch crackdown in accordance with the law. In response, the MAC stated that the CCP in the recent period has incessantly resorted to ill-advised actions of intimidation and unwise means to harm cross-Strait relations and the Taiwan society, to which Taiwan will not yield. The MAC once again sternly admonished the other side across the Taiwan Strait to exercise discretion and not act rashly. Any words or actions that deliberately challenge Taiwan's bottom lines might lead to unbearable and far-reaching impact.

February 4, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang responded to the DPP authorities’ plans to build a "Taiwan Office" in Guyana. He stated that mainland China resolutely opposes Taiwan to develop any form of official relations or establish any official agencies with mainland China’s diplomatic allies. It demanded that Guyana abide by the "one China" principle and handle Taiwan-related issues properly. No tricks of the DPP authorities can change the fact that Taiwan is part of China.

February 5, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang responded to the termination of plans to establish a "Taiwan Office" announced by the Guyanese government and the DPP authorities' subsequent slandering and attacks against mainland China. He stated that Taiwan is part of China. The “one China” principle is a widely recognized norm governing international relations and a universal consensus in the international community. Related countries should uphold justice, adhere to the basic norms governing international relations, and embody the universal consensus of the international community. He solemnly warned the DPP authorities to immediately stop all attempts of seeking "independence"; otherwise, they will only continue to suffer repeated failures.

February 5, 2021
The MAC responded to the termination of plans to build a “Taiwan Office” in Guyana announced by the Cooperative Republic of Guyana due to the pressure from mainland China. It stated that the CCP has been repeatedly obstructing and undermining the legitimate rights of Taiwan to engage normally with other countries in the world. Moreover, it continues to constrain Taiwan's international space with a zero-sum mentality, and interfere with other countries’ autonomous choice of forming relations with Taiwan. These actions will only arouse antipathy from the people of Taiwan and from the international community. Malicious suppression and provocation of cross-Strait antagonism do not help the two sides across the Taiwan Strait to improve their relations. The CCP should accept the cross-Strait reality and respect Taiwan.

February 6, 2021
Member of the Political Bureau of the CCP Central Committee and director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi had a call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. He stated that, the Taiwan issue is the most critical and sensitive core issue in China-US relations, one that concerns mainland China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The US should strictly abide by the "one China" principle and the three China-US Joint Communiqués. No attempt to slander or smear China will succeed. China will continue to firmly safeguard its national sovereignty, security, and development interests.

February 9, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang responded to the statement by the leader of Taiwan in her Lunar New Year speech saying that mainland China holds the key to cross-Strait peace. He stated that the DPP authorities attempt to rely on foreign forces, and have been spreading a "two-state theory" to deceive and delude the public of Taiwan. They have been distorting facts and misleading the Taiwan compatriots, which once again reveals their true nature. The severity and complexity of cross-Strait relations today are caused by the DPP authorities’ single-handed behaviors. They refuse to admit the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle previously agreed by both sides, interfere with and obstruct cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, and collude with foreign powers to engage in endless provocations aiming at seeking "independence." These actions have created tension and confrontation in cross-Strait relations and have seriously harmed the vital interests of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. If the DPP authorities have the slightest contrition, they should immediately give up on their "Taiwan independence" position, stop all activities seeking "independence," and return to the common political foundation of the "1992 Consensus."

February 9, 2021
President Tsai Ing-wen delivered remarks in the Entrance Hall of the Presidential Office Building on Taiwan's response to the global pandemic and other regional and international issues covered in a recent high-level national security meeting. She stated that peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait is no longer just a matter of cross-Strait relations. It also has been elevated to a key focus for the Indo-Pacific region and the world. Over the past year, CCP military aircrafts and vessels have been increasingly circulating in the waters and airspace around Taiwan, and even intruding into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). These actions undermine the peaceful and stable status quo in the Indo-Pacific region. When it comes to cross-Strait relations, Taiwan's consistent position is that we neither bow to pressure nor act rashly when we have support. We look forward to people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait resuming normal, orderly exchanges once the pandemic has been effectively contained. As long as the Beijing authorities sincerely want to resolve the differences, we are willing to facilitate meaningful dialogue based on the principles of parity and dignity. Cross-Strait peace cannot be achieved solely by Taiwan. Indeed, China holds the key as well. History has shown that China's diplomatic suppression and military coercion against Taiwan do nothing to promote positive cross-Strait relations.

February 10, 2021
The leader of the CCP Xi Jinping gave a remark during the 2021 Lunar New Year on behalf of the CCP Central Committee and State Council. He wished a happy Lunar New Year to people of all ethnic groups across mainland China; compatriots in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan; and ethnic Chinese living overseas. “Happy Chinese New Year to you all.

February 11, 2021
The leader of the CCP Xi Jinping stated during a phone call with US President Joe Biden that issues concerning Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Xinjiang are mainland China's internal affairs and concern China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The US should respect mainland China's core interests and be prudent in its actions.

February 18, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang responded to the claim by the head of Taiwan’s pandemic prevention agency that, Taiwan planned to purchase five million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from German company BioNTech (BNT), but could not seal the deal due to mainland China’s interference. He dismissed this argument as a complete fabrication and a total lie, which once again reveals the lack of morality and ethics of certain DPP politicians. He commented that Taiwan’s inability to secure COVID-19 vaccines is only making its people suffer, who wish to be vaccinated as soon as possible. He warned the DPP politicians that defamation and false accusations will not absolve them of their responsibilities. The only thing that will alleviate people’s suffering is to get rid of their bias against mainland China.

February 18, 2021
The MAC responded to the press release issued by mainland China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) aimed at negating Taiwan’s claim that mainland China thwarted the COVID-19 vaccine sale from biotech company BioNTech (BNT) to Taiwan, an assertion that the TAO dismissed as a “fabrication.” The MAC stated that the CCP’s response is unacceptable to both the Taiwan government and its public. Mainland China has consistently been politicizing public health related issues such as vaccine procurement, using them as an opportunity to maliciously criticize and lambaste Taiwan. This is unhelpful not only for disease prevention but for improving cross-Strait relations.

February 22, 2021
The MAC responded to the comments by mainland China's Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi. Wang expressed hope for the US to respect mainland China's core interests and stop condoning separatist forces seeking Taiwan independence. The MAC confirmed that having noticed the CCP’s repeated mentioning of “core interests” in its recent discourses on US-China relations. However, the MAC reiterated that the ROC, as a sovereign nation, has the right to engage in friendly interaction with other countries. Taiwan upholds peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and firmly safeguards national sovereignty, democracy, and freedom. This policy stance has been supported and affirmed by the US and other members of the international community. The MAC called on the other side of the Taiwan Strait to shoulder its responsibility for the region, face up to the cross-Strait reality and Taiwan’s public opinion, and relinquish its military intimidation against and diplomatic suppression of Taiwan. This is the only way to resuming benign cross-Strait interaction.

February 23, 2021
The newly appointed minister of the MAC Chiu Tai-san made a remark at the handover ceremony. He stated that in the post-pandemic era, cross-Strait exchanges are bound to resume. There have been widespread expectations over the past few months regarding the two sides of the Taiwan Strait ushering in a new spring in the future. He would bear this wish in mind and give his best. In response to further questions, Minister Chiu stated that after mainland China attached new meanings to the "1992 Consensus," the term has become unacceptable to the people of Taiwan. The Taiwan government and the MAC have never been ill-intentioned towards mainland China; instead, every measure rolled out has been for pragmatic concerns and for enhancing benefits from cross-Strait exchanges. He expressed hope that both sides can pragmatically face cross-Strait reality and actively promote cross-Strait relations under the premise of creating positive outcomes.

February 24, 2021
The MAC responded to a statement by mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang, who said that if Taiwan is indeed looking forward to ushering in a new spring, it should return to the common political foundation of the "1992 Consensus." The MAC stated that the ROC government handles cross-Strait affairs in accordance with the ROC Constitution and the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area. It is committed to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and continues to view the experiences and achievements of 30-plus years of cross-Strait exchanges in a positive light. Exchanges are a two-way street; they cannot be achieved by one side’s efforts alone. Mainland China must devote equivalent efforts and shoulder equivalent responsibility for resuming benign cross-Strait interactions. Mainland China must also bear an attitude of mutual respect, goodwill, and understanding and contemplate seriously on the opposition and suspicion of the people of Taiwan against their proposals of political frameworks such as "one country, two systems" and the "1992 Consensus" that denigrate Taiwan. It called on mainland China to truly and pragmatically consider goodwill measures, which is the only thing helpful for the gradual resolution of antagonism and differences between the two sides.

February 24, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang responded at a regular press conference to MAC Minister Chiu Tai-san's hope that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait will “usher in a new spring.” He stated that if the gentlemen in Taiwan have such hopes, they should return to the common political basis of the "1992 Consensus." Acceptance of the "1992 Consensus" is at the heart of cross-Strait relations, and is a litmus test of the so-called "goodwill" of the Taiwan authorities. So long as the DPP authorities recognize the historical fact of the "1992 Consensus" and identify with its core spirit, there will be no barriers for exchanges between the two sides. As to Taiwan’s head of epidemic prevention agency smearing mainland China for interfering with Taiwan's procurement of vaccines, he said that the DPP authorities are obsessed with political manipulation, which is aimed at covering up their predicament of not being able to obtain vaccines in time. Taiwan tries to bypass the agents to obtain vaccines, which runs counter to the logic of business. This approach is merely a political maneuver undertaken at the cost of the health and well-being of its people.

February 26, 2021
Mainland China's General Administration of Customs announced the Notification on the Suspension of Pineapple Imports from Taiwan to mainland China. It indicated that, since 2020, mainland China’s customs administration has repeatedly detected pests in its quarantine checks on pineapples imported from Taiwan to mainland China. To prevent the potential risk of plant diseases, mainland China decided to suspend the import of pineapples from Taiwan in accordance with relevant laws, regulations, and standards, effective from March 1, 2021. Additionally, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that the decision by mainland Chinese customs administration to suspend the import of pineapples from Taiwan to mainland China was out of regular biosecurity precautions, which is based on scientific evidence, perfectly reasonable, and in line with relevant mainland Chinese laws, regulations, and standards.

February 28, 2021
The MAC responded to the Hong Kong Police holding 47 pan-democrats accountable on charge of "subversion of state power." It stated that the pan-democrats are motivated by a genuine love for Hong Kong. For this sentiment to be interpreted as subversion of state, the MAC believed, is a hard pill to swallow for the public. The CCP continues to aggressively suppress democratic activity irrespective of the people’s opposition, which will only lead to more confrontation and hostility rather than contribute to the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong. Only when democracy, freedom and human rights are returned to the people of Hong Kong will the city achieve long-term peace and stability.

March 1, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to the DPP authorities’ blaming mainland China for political bullying regarding mainland China’s General Administration of Customs’ decision to suspend pineapple imports from Taiwan to mainland China. She said that the customs authority conducts inspection and quarantine checks as required by related laws, regulations, and standards; these checks are also meant for preventing plant-based diseases and protecting people’s rights. The DPP authorities have deliberately distorted this decision. They are accustomed to maliciously manipulating every matter involving mainland China. This shows that they have neither the will nor the ability to solve real issues; instead, they can only evade their responsibilities by slandering mainland China.

March 2, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to the DPP authorities’ criticism on the Hong Kong Government's decision to charge several individuals with subversion of state power in accordance with the law. She stated that the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region holds criminals accountable in accordance with the law; it is their duty and must not be interfered with. The DPP authorities’ related remarks have once again shown their true color of instigating riots in Hong Kong to seek “independence” and their hypocrisy of using human rights and freedom as a false pretext. Mainland China sternly warns the DPP authorities to stop their political manipulation of Hong Kong affairs and not continue sliding down the wrong path.

March 3, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to KMT Chairman Chiang Chi-chen’s comment that "mainland China is the primary threat Taiwan is currently faced with" during an interview with Reuters. She stated that only through resolutely curbing the "Taiwan independence" separatist conspiracies can peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait be effectively maintained. Related political parties and individuals in Taiwan must distinguish right from wrong, and not fall into the irrational and confrontational populist thinking. They should adhere to a policy stance that is pro-mainland China, and devise more measures that are favorable for promoting the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, advancing the welfare of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, and maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

March 4, 2021
Chairman of the CPPCC Wang Yang presented a work report and pointed out the following tasks at the Standing Committee of the 13th CPPCC National Committee. He stated that mainland China would strengthen solidarity and friendship with Taiwan compatriots, begin research and negotiation on promoting cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation, and hold a commemorative event on the 110th anniversary of the 1911 Xinhai Revolution to promote the spirit of the revolution. Mainland China will unite the Chinese people at home and abroad to facilitate unification of the motherland, and jointly succeed in the grand endeavor of national rejuvenation.

March 4, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to Taiwan's security agency’s warnings that mainland China is waging a “cognitive war” against Taiwan through its live stream cross-Strait competitions and activities. She stated that the DPP authorities, due to selfish political interests, is not willing to see the relations between compatriots on both sides grow closer and stronger, and that the people of Taiwan understand the real situation in mainland China. True to their nature of seeking "independence," they engage in malicious political manipulation to deliberately obstruct and undermine exchanges between compatriots on both sides. They are also sabotaging the legitimate rights, interest, and welfare of Taiwan youth by blocking their opportunities to seek alternative and better development paths. Their obstruction will not gain public support.

March 4, 2021
MAC Spokesperson Chiu Chui-cheng responded during a regular press conference to the announcement by Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Wang Yang that mainland China will begin research and negotiation on promoting cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation. Meanwhile, Wang said that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) would hold a commemorative event for the 110th Anniversary of the 1911 Xinhai Revolution. Chiu stated that the Beijing authorities are accustomed to using commemorative events or important meetings as a pretext for distorting historical facts and advancing united front work against Taiwan. These events are meant for satisfying the CCP’s need of boosting support for the Party and promoting patriotism for the nation, of consolidating the legitimacy of the CCP’s rule and undermining the de jure existence of the ROC, and of advocating the united front rhetoric embodying the "one China” principle. The MAC called on the public and civil groups in Taiwan to not participate in or cooperate with such united front events.

March 5, 2021
The MAC responded to the CCP State Council’s reiteration of the “one China” principle in its government work report presented at the National People's Congress (NPC). The MAC emphasized that public opinion in Taiwan has long favored maintaining the cross-Strait status quo. The Taiwan government has remained consistent in its cross-Strait policy stance promoting peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. It will continue to firmly defend national sovereignty and Taiwan's democracy and freedom. Benign cross-Strait interactions are the responsibility of both sides. The MAC called on the other side of the Taiwan Strait to make commensurate efforts and shoulder equivalent responsibilities in this regard. Mainland China also needs to face up to and respect the opposition and skepticism of the Taiwan public towards its political frameworks denigrating Taiwan and aggressive united front campaigns oppressing Taiwan. The two sides should resolve differences step by step through communication to truly protect the rights and benefits of people across the Taiwan Strait.

March 5, 2021
Mainland China's Premier Li Keqiang delivered a government work report at the 4th session of the 13th NPC. In this report, he emphasized that mainland China will adhere to the major principles and policies on work related to Taiwan by upholding the "one China" principle and the "1992 Consensus" and by promoting the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and unification of the motherland. Mainland China will remain on high alert of and firmly curb the "Taiwan independence" separatist activity. Moreover, mainland China will improve the systems and policies that protect Taiwan compatriots’ well-being and guarantee them equal treatment as their mainland Chinese counterparts in order to facilitate cross-Strait exchanges, cooperation, and integrated development. These policies will allow the two sides to jointly carve out a bright future of national rejuvenation.

March 5, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to the criticism by the DPP authorities on the NPC’s upcoming review of the Draft Decision of the National People's Congress On Improving the Electoral System of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. She stated that improvements to Hong Kong's electoral system are meant for comprehensively and precisely implementing the principle of "one country, two systems" and for providing a sound institutional protection for fully carrying out "patriots ruling Hong Kong." The DPP authorities are accustomed to viciously manipulating Hong Kong affairs and deliberately creating chaos in Hong Kong to seek “independence.” This sinister intention will not succeed.

March 7, 2021
The MAC responded during a regular press conference to a statement by mainland China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a press conference for the Two Sessions saying that the PRC government will make no concession on the Taiwan issue. The MAC stated that the ROC is a sovereign state; Taiwan has never been part of the PRC. Taiwan has the right to engage normally with the international community. Its future can only be decided by the 23 million people of Taiwan. The MAC called on the CCP authorities to face up to and respect the cross-Strait reality and public opinion in Taiwan, consider goodwill measures, and ensure the rights and interests of the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait through constructive dialogue and exchanges. Only these actions will be helpful for the two sides to gradually resolve their differences.

March 7, 2021
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the CPPCC Wang Yang made a statement during the 4th session of the 13th NPC regarding the issues proposed by the Taiwan delegation. He stated that the situation in the Taiwan Strait remains severe and complex, and the risks and challenges cannot be underestimated; however, mainland China is always capable of taking the initiative and is always at the helm of the situation. Mainland China must study and implement General Secretary Xi Jinping's important treatise on Taiwan work by adhering to the "one China” principle and "1992 Consensus," firmly curbing "Taiwan independence" separatist activity and interference by external forces, and broadly consolidating the strong forces that are anti-"independence" and pro-unification. This will lead to the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. Mainland China must uphold the spirit of “two sides across the Taiwan Strait belonging to one family,” support Taiwanese businesspeople and companies to seize opportunities from the 14th Five Year Plan and the Long-Range Objective to the Year of 2035 devised and implemented by the nation, improve the systems and policies that protect the well-being of Taiwan compatriots and guarantee them equal treatment as their mainland Chinese counterparts, unite and guide Taiwan compatriots to advance the overall national interests, and succeed in the grand endeavor of national rejuvenation.

March 11, 2021
Mainland China's Premier Li Keqiang made a statement at the press conference for the 4th Session of the 13th NPC. He stated that mainland China's major policy on Taiwan remains consistent and clear, which is to adhere to the "one China" principle and the "1992 Consensus." Under this premise, all political parties and civil groups in Taiwan are welcomed to interact with mainland China. Mainland China also welcomes people from all parties and civil groups in Taiwan to initiate dialogue on cross-Strait relations and the future of the nation. Mainland China will persist in promoting the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and unification of the motherland. It opposes any form of "Taiwan independence" separatist activity or interference by external forces. Mainland China will uphold the spirit of “two sides across the Taiwan Strait belonging to one family” to devise numerous policies that benefit Taiwanese companies and compatriots. It will also continue to enable Taiwan compatriots to share the development opportunities in mainland China as it goes on to advance cross-Strait integrated development.

March 11, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to the DPP authorities’ comments on the Hong Kong-related decisions made by the NPC. She stated that the DPP authorities deceive the public and maliciously attack mainland China under the pretext of “democracy” and “freedom,” which has once again revealed their sinister intention and evil nature to politically manipulate Hong Kong affairs and create chaos in Hong Kong to seek "independence." She solemnly warned the DPP authorities that there is no way out for "Taiwan independence." Attempts to destabilize Hong Kong will never succeed. The DPP authorities will no doubt be severely punished for building up their sins.

March 11, 2021
The MAC responded to mainland China's Premier Li Keqiang’s reiteration of the "one China" principle and the "1992 Consensus" as the guidelines of the CCP’s Taiwan policy at the press conference following the closing ceremony of the NPC session. The MAC stated that people of Taiwan will not accept Beijing's political framework denigrating Taiwan; they also oppose the suppressive and aggressive comments which create cross-Strait antagonism. This will only negate the efforts made by both sides to promote benign interaction. The MAC called on the other side of the Taiwan Strait to uphold an attitude of mutual respect, goodwill and understanding, address differences through pragmatic dialogue, and progressively embark on healthy and orderly exchanges between the two sides.

March 11, 2021
MAC spokesperson Chiu Chui-cheng responded at a regular press conference to the decision on amendments to Hong Kong's electoral system passed by mainland China's NPC. He stated that the CCP seeks to implement "patriots ruling Hong Kong," which is de facto the CCP ruling Hong Kong directly; therefore, it is the so-called “CCP loyalists ruling Hong Kong.” The MAC called on the related parties to stop their brutal suppression of democracy and freedom in Hong Kong, commit to maintaining a high degree of autonomy in Hong Kong, and honor their pledge to the people of Hong Kong. In addition, when asked about some Hong Kong civil servants refusing to sign a written oath of allegiance to the Basic Law or the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the spokesperson stated that the relevant authorities have reneged on their promise of "Hong Kong governed by Hong Kong people with a high degree of autonomy" while at the same time demanding Hong Kong’s civil servants to swear allegiance. This double standard is deplorable.

March 17, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, National Forestry and Grassland Administration, National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Commerce, People's Bank of China, State Administration for Market Regulation, and Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives jointly announced the Measures to Support the Development of Taiwan Compatriots and Taiwan-funded Enterprises in the Agriculture and Forestry Sectors in mainland China (i.e. the "22 Measures on Agriculture and Forestry") effective from the date of promulgation.

March 17, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded during a regular press conference to a question on the “22 Measures on Agriculture and Forestry.” She stated that the “22 Measures” shares the spirit of the "31 Measures" and "26 Measures," which aim at guaranteeing Taiwanese compatriots and companies equal treatment as their mainland Chinese counterparts in participating in the high-quality and high-quantity development of agriculture and forestry sector and rural revitalization in mainland China. In addition, when asked about the transit of guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn through the Taiwan Strait, she stated that the actions of US warships send the wrong signal to "Taiwan independence" separatist forces. Mainland China demands that the US abide by the “one China” principle and the three China-US Joint Communiqués, and handle Taiwan-related issues with prudence. Regarding the DPP authorities’ attempts to "amend the Constitution for de jure Taiwan independence" and reduce the threshold for "amending the Constitution," she stated that the handful of “Taiwan independence” diehards in Taiwan are not giving up on seeking “independence.” These risky moves will only incite unrest in cross-Strait relations. Mainland China will never sit idly by and watch any form of "Taiwan independence" separatist activity; it will take all necessary countermeasures in response.

March 17, 2021
The MAC responded to the announcement of the Measures to Support the Development of Taiwan Compatriots and Taiwan-funded Enterprises in the Agriculture and Forestry Sectors in mainland China by mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office. The MAC stated that measures rolled out by mainland China in the past, such as the Entrepreneurs’ Park for Taiwan farmers, the "31 Measures," and "26 Measures," have only benefited a tiny fraction of Taiwanese people while causing harm to the great majority of agricultural sectors and farmers. The MAC called on mainland China to relinquish its outdated unilateral mindset. Cross-Strait agricultural cooperation and exchanges are matters of the public sector; therefore, related issues need to be pragmatically tackled through the negotiation and communication between relevant competent authorities on the two sides. Only this will be helpful for the healthy and orderly development of cross-Strait agricultural, economic, and trade relations.

March 18, 2021
MAC Minister Chiu Tai-san during a regular press conference announced that, to invigorate cross-Strait economic activity, the MAC had suggested to assess the possibilities of opening borders for mainland Chinese citizens to enter Taiwan for performance of contractual obligation in business or internal personnel transfer within multinational enterprises. The President and the Premier then gave directives for the CECC to discuss the matter with relevant agencies. After a through feasibility review, the application channel is now open starting from today. Minister Chiu also stated that, at this stage, maintaining "peace, stability, and development" is arguably the greatest common denominator between the two sides across the Taiwan Strait. He made three appeals to the other side: First, he called on mainland China to fully understand the differences in the systems and values between the two sides across the Taiwan Strait to avoid negative interpretations or misjudgments; to put aside the political framework and confronting measures it has been imposing on Taiwan, in particular, by stopping its military threats around the Taiwan Strait; and to view the development of cross-Strait relations in a positive light. Second, he called on the two sides across the Taiwan Strait should resolve problems with mutual respect and through pragmatic dialogue. When President Tsai took office in 2016, she said that cross-Strait dialogue and communication would continue through the existing mechanisms. She also said she would respect the historical fact that in 1992, the two institutions representing each side across the Taiwan Strait, the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), arrived at various joint acknowledgements and understandings through communications and dialogue and in a spirit of seeking common ground while setting aside differences. Taiwan's cross-Strait policy stance has been consistent and unchanged: both sides should continue to promote the peaceful and stable development of cross-Strait relations based on this existing fact and political foundation. Third, he called on the two sides across the Taiwan Strait to make equivalent efforts for resuming exchanges. "Exchanges are a two-way street." Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Taiwan and mainland China have both adopted control measures. In the future, on the foundation of maintaining people's health and well-being and benign interaction between the two sides, mainland China should also make corresponding adjustments and responses. Minister Chiu believes that, through the joint efforts of both sides, the post-pandemic “reopening” will surely usher in a “new spring” for the two sides across the Taiwan Strait.

March 19, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to comments by the leader of Taiwan's defense department that "Taiwan will fight with mainland China for as long as it takes." She stated that some DPP politicians make overbearing comments, which reveals that there is no limit to the "Taiwan independence" forces’ provocation. They think colluding with foreign powers will enable them to “seek independence through military actions;” believing this shows that the DPP authorities are losing their mind over selfish political interests. In addition, when asked about the DPP authorities' malicious attack on the “22 Measures on Agriculture and Forestry,” the spokesperson stated that the DPP authorities are trying to prevent Taiwan compatriots from seeking the path to development and well-being. They will never succeed.

March 19, 2021
Member of the Political Bureau and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi and State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a high-level strategic dialogue with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Jake Sullivan. During the meeting, the CCP officials stated that the Taiwan issue concerns mainland China's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and core interests. There is no room for compromise or concession. They urged the US to strictly abide by the “one China” principle and the three China-US Joint Communiqués, stop building official relations or making military contact with Taiwan, cease arms sales to Taiwan, refrain from assisting Taiwan to expand its so-called "international space," carefully and properly handle the Taiwan issue, not send any wrong signals to "Taiwan independence" forces, and not try to cross China's bottom line. These are for the US to avoid seriously undermining China-US relations and cross-Strait peace and stability.

March 20, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to MAC Minister Chiu Tai-san’s comment that the "1992 Consensus" has sparked controversy and that the two sides should facilitate exchanges through "constructive ambiguity." She said that, the DPP authorities pretend to take a soft stance, while in reality continue with their confrontation with mainland China. This simply will not work. The "1992 Consensus" was agreed by both sides of the Taiwan Strait and is widely supported by the public. It is the mainstay for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. If the DPP authorities seek to deny that both sides belong to "one China" with the so-called "constructive ambiguity," it only proves that the DPP authorities are playing tricks in language and taking a double-dealing approach with absolutely no sincerity to improve cross-Strait relations.

March 20, 2021
The MAC responded to the comment by mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office saying that MAC Minister Chiu Tai-san's proposal of "constructive ambiguity" contradicts "one China" principle and is only a deceptive term. The Taiwan government has shown its greatest goodwill in maintaining "peace, stability, and development" and contributing to the joint efforts of resuming benign cross-Strait interaction. The Taiwan Affairs Office insists on making negative interpretation and criticizing Taiwan, which is not at all helpful for the healthy development of cross-strait relations. The Beijing authorities have made the "one China" principle which denigrating Taiwan and not approved by the Taiwan public as a fundamental precondition of the so-called "1992 Consensus." Meanwhile, it continues to coerce Taiwan into accepting the “1992 Consensus” with targeted military actions. This is by no means a wise or effective way to handling the political differences between the two sides across the Taiwan Strait.

March 21, 2021
The MAC solemnly refuted the claim saying that "Taiwan is an inalienable part of mainland China's territory" from Director of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CCP Central Committee Yang Jiechi and others during a high-level meeting between US and mainland Chinese officials. The MAC reiterated that the ROC is a sovereign state; Taiwan has never been, and never will be, part of the PRC. Only Taiwan’s 23 million people have the right to free speech and the right to decide about Taiwan’s future and development. The MAC called on the CCP authorities to face up to the cross-Strait reality and the fact that public opinion in Taiwan disapproves its political framework. The CCP should also stop its pressuring of Taiwan with military intimidation and diplomatic suppression. The two sides should pragmatically conduct communication and dialogue without political preconditions to resolve their political differences.

March 22, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to the statement by the MAC that Taiwan has never been part of the PRC and that only the people of Taiwan have the right to decide the future and development of Taiwan. She stated that although the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are not yet unified, China's sovereignty and territorial integrity has never been divided and can never be divided. Mainland China and Taiwan belong to "one China." Compatriots on both sides are Chinese. Taiwan is the Taiwan of all Chinese people. Issues involving China's sovereignty and territorial integrity must be decided by all Chinese people. The DPP authorities play a dangerous game in their attempt to swap the concept and engage in provocations to seek “independence.”

March 23, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to MAC Minister Chiu Tai-san’s mentioning of the “three appeals” to achieve the greatest common denominator at the current stage, namely maintaining cross-Strait peace, stability, and development. She said that if the DPP authorities truly respect the "existing facts and political basis," they should return to the common political basis of the "1992 Consensus." If one side talks idealistically about "mutually respecting each other and engaging in dialogue to pragmatically resolve issues” while at the same time continuing to deliberately avoid the "1992 Consensus," distort the "1992 Consensus" as a "political framework imposed on Taiwan," and deny that both sides belong to "one China," it is simply a double-dealing approach used to shift the focus, mislead the public, and deceive the world.

March 23, 2021
The MAC responded to the accusation by mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office that the DPP authorities are playing a double-dealing trick by twisting the "1992 Consensus" into a "political framework imposed on Taiwan." The MAC considered it completely meaningless and highly regrettable that mainland China turned a blind eye to Taiwan’s goodwill measures aimed at gradually resuming exchanges and interaction. Moreover, mainland China has not shown any willingness or conducted any substantive measures to amend cross-Strait relations; instead, all it does is endlessly attack Taiwan. The CCP authorities have been repeatedly imposing political frameworks and military intimidation unacceptable to Taiwan; they are also unwilling to respect the public opinion in Taiwan calling for pragmatic communication to resolve differences. All the rhetoric of the Taiwan Affairs Office is aimed at hindering cross-Strait exchanges with political pretexts. In addition, when asked about the Taiwan Affairs Office saying that the DPP authorities should remove restrictive measures that hinder cross-Strait exchanges, the MAC stated that once the pandemic is brought under control, Taiwan will gradually adjust border control measures provided that quarantine requirements are met and mechanisms for managing domestic personnel movement are in place. The MAC called on mainland China to respect the Taiwan government's approach prioritizing epidemic prevention and safety. Mainland China should not politicize disease prevention considerations and end up missing the opportunity to facilitate the resumption of normal exchanges between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.

March 24, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to an article on the US Department of Defense website saying that "Taiwan is not part of China," which the DPP authorities agreed. She said that Taiwan is part of China and the government of the PRC is the only legitimate representative of China; this is a universal consensus of the international community. She urged the US government to abide by the “one China” principle and the three China-US Joint Communiqués, and handle the Taiwan issue prudently and properly. The DPP authorities are biting more than they can chew by challenging the “one China” principle, and they will never succeed. In addition, when asked about the DPP authorities’ claim that mainland China pressured Paraguay into "severing diplomatic relations" with Taiwan in exchange for COVID-19 vaccines, the spokesperson stated that the "one China" principle is a universal consensus of the international community. Any actions seeking "two Chinas," "one China, one Taiwan," or "Taiwan independence" are dead ends. Mainland China opposes the politicization of vaccine access. The DPP authorities wrongfully accused others for wrongdoings of their own. This will only humiliate themselves.

March 25, 2021
The MAC announced the results of a routine public opinion survey. The survey indicated that between 70% and 80% of the public support the government to facilitate meaningful dialogue with the Beijing authorities while parity and dignity are maintained (75.6%). The public also support that, when the pandemic is brought under control, relevant government agencies begin assessing a gradual resumption of normal and orderly cross-Strait exchanges and interaction (81.8% and 82%). Over 70% of the public support the government's call for the CCP to stop suppressing Hong Kong's democracy and freedom but preserve a high degree of autonomy in Hong Kong instead (75.5%). Regarding the CCP's suspension of pineapple imports from Taiwan due to quarantine issues, more than 80% of the public approve the government's stance that the two sides should communicate through the existing mechanism of cross-Strait agreements to resolve the problem pragmatically (81.9%).

March 26, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to Establish the Coast Guard Working Group between the American Institute in Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US. She said that mainland China resolutely opposes any form of official relations or the signing of any agreements with sovereignty implications between Taiwan and the US. In addition, Zhu was asked about the comment of a former leader of Taiwan’s defense department saying “Taiwan is a country” in an online seminar, which was refuted by the participating Hong Kong Legislative Council member Regina Ip on the spot, and Taiwan’s MAC’s subsequent criticism to Ip’s response. Zhu said that Ip was voicing justice. "Taiwan independence" is a dead end. If the DPP authorities refuse to wake up from their delusions, they will only end up in a fiasco.

March 29, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to the DPP authorities’ claim that mainland China has long been suppressing the Uyghur people in Xinjiang, and Taiwan will take relevant measures in reference to international practices when necessary. She said that the DPP authorities try to smear and slander mainland China based on lies and false information fabricated by foreign anti-China forces. This is extremely vicious. Mainland China believes that the majority of Taiwan compatriots will see Xinjiang's geographical advantages in the joint implementation of the "Belt and Road" initiative and the development opportunities Xinjiang brings them. Mainland China welcomes Taiwan compatriots and enterprises to visit Xinjiang for tourism and business investment to get a sense of the real Xinjiang.

March 29, 2021
The MAC responded to a question regarding the resumption of the "Mini Three Links." It stated that the "Mini Three Links" is an important juncture for cross-strait exchanges. The government of Taiwan suspended the links on February 10, 2020, due to epidemic prevention considerations for Kinmen, domestic disease prevention plans, and the respect for local public opinion. Future decisions on resuming the "Mini Three Links" hinge on the overall epidemic development, local public opinion in Kinmen and Matsu, epidemic prevention capacity, and cross-strait interaction. The government will facilitate the normal and orderly exchanges between the two sides provided that the pandemic is under control in Taiwan.

March 31, 2021
Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded during a regular press conference to a question on Xi Jinping’s emphasis on promoting integration through exchanging resources, giving benefits, and fostering emotional connection, and on daring to explore new paths for integrated cross-Strait development during an inspection visit to Fujian Province. She stated that deepening the integrated development of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is Xi Jinping’s major Taiwan policy stance. This stance has set the course for the unification of the motherland. General Secretary Xi also supports Fujian Province to leverage its unique advantages in cross-Strait integrated development to create the first homeland for Taiwanese compatriots and enterprises coming to mainland China. In addition, when asked about MAC Minister Chiu Tai-san's mentioning of upcoming assessment on the phased resumption of cross-Strait exchanges, the spokesperson stated that cross-Strait exchanges are stalled primarily due to the various obstructions imposed by the DPP authorities. The remarks and behavior of the DPP authorities since the onset of the pandemic have made the motive of their obstructions clear as day. It is imperative that they correct these mistakes immediately.

March 31, 2021
The MAC responded to a statement by mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office that Xi Jinping's proposal of "facilitating integration with Taiwan” through “exchanging resources, granting benefits, and fostering emotional connection” is aimed at deepening the peaceful and integrated development between the two sides across the Taiwan Strait. The MAC stated that the CCP seeks to explore cross-Strait integrated development to advance its united front work, for which purpose it is pushing for the “smooth resource exchange on all levels” between Fujian Province and Matsu. Every measure targeting Taiwan rolled out by the CCP is the result of one-sided thinking meant for “benefitting mainland China.” The MAC called on mainland China to relinquish its outdated mindset and refrain from imposing political objectives on the economic and trade cooperation and exchanges between the two sides across the Taiwan Strait. Only this will be helpful for developing healthy and orderly cross-Strait economic and trade relations, and truly achieving mutual benefit between the two sides.