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2020

January 1, 2020
President Tsai Ing-wen delivered her 2020 New Year's Address at the Presidential Office reception hall. She stated that in the new year, the government will unite the Taiwanese people, and continue pressing forward to ensure more people are cared for, keep improving our economy, and make our democracy, freedom, and sovereignty stronger and more sustainable. She also reiterated the "four musts" and "four understandings," emphasizing that the passage of the Anti-Infiltration Act will not affect freedom, infringe on human rights, or affect normal economic exchanges. It will only more strongly protect Taiwan's democracy and freedom, and will not affect any regular cross-Strait exchanges or interactions.

January 1, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi published a New Year's message entitled "Joining Hands to Advance through Hardship" in the first 2020 issue of Relations Across Taiwan Straits magazine. In it he stated that cross-Strait relations are entering a new year and embarking on a road of peaceful development, from which Taiwan compatriots can fully enjoy a "bonus" in their well-being. Conversely, the interests and welfare of Taiwan compatriots will be severely harmed if an extreme minority continues to stir up opposition and hostility between the two sides. A bright outlook for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations depends on the joint efforts of compatriots on both sides. The Mainland will continue to thoroughly implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speech and the fourth plenary session of the 19th CPC National Congress, as well as work unremittingly to promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and advance the process toward the peaceful reunification of China.

January 2, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi published an article entitled "Setting the Course, Firmly Advancing" in the People's Daily. In it he said that General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speech on January 2, 2019 reverberated throughout Taiwan and has had a major and profound impact on the development of cross-Strait relations. It also has major significance for more solid and effective Taiwan-related work in the new era: to unite the great number of Taiwan compatriots to work together for national rejuvenation and create a general trend towards peaceful reunification across the Taiwan Strait; to promote dialogue and consultation among various sectors on the future of cross-Strait relations and the nation; to firmly curb "Taiwan independence" separatist activities and maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait; and to deepen the development of cross-Strait integration and effectively enhance the rights, interests, and welfare of Taiwan compatriots. In 2020, the Mainland must fully realize the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speech and the fourth plenary session of the 19th CPC National Congress, promote institutional arrangements across the Taiwan Strait for peaceful development, improve and promote cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, deepen the development of cross-Strait integration, enact institutional arrangements and policy measures to guarantee the well-being of Taiwan compatriots, continue to use institutional advantage for the efficacy of Taiwan-related work, solidly promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and firmly advance the process toward the peaceful reunification of China.

January 8, 2020
MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong, Deputy Minister of the Interior Chen Tsung-yen, and Deputy Minister of Justice Chen Ming-tang held a joint press conference, in which Minister Chen reiterated that the Anti-Infiltration Act aims to counter infiltration. It safeguards normal cross-Strait exchanges and ensures business, study, travel, religious exchanges, and other activities between the two sides of the Strait return to normal operations. The Act prevents hostile external forces from engaging, through local collaborators, in illegal lobbying and election campaigning, disrupting rallies and assemblies, making political donations, or other illegal behaviors stipulated in the Anti-Infiltration Act. Such actions are already considered illegal under current laws and the Anti-Infiltration Act aims to further protect these five areas most central to democracy.

January 9, 2020
President Tsai Ing-wen was interviewed by Time magazine. She stated that cross-Strait relations have evolved into a regional issue and even a global issue. The Taiwanese society has rejected the "one country, two systems" model Chairman Xi Jinping proposed for Taiwan at the beginning of this year. The Taiwanese people want both better relations with China and to maintain their autonomy and sovereignty and way of life here. However, if we cannot have both, the Taiwanese people would choose to ensure that democracy, freedom, and sovereignty are not infringed because these are values of utmost importance. To maintain relations with China, Taiwan must be sufficiently confident and capable. Only so can we sit down and talk with China to reach a cross-Strait solution acceptable to both sides.

January 11, 2020
President Tsai Ing-wen held an international press conference at her campaign headquarters. She said that over the past more than three years, the government has held staunchly to the bottom line of sovereignty, but is also willing to maintain healthy contacts with China. In the face of China's saber rattling, we have maintained a non-provocative and non-progressive attitude, preventing serious conflicts between the two sides. The President called again on the Mainland authorities to acknowledge that "peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue" are the keys to resuming positive interaction and long-term stable development across the Taiwan Strait. Peace means that the other side must relinquish the threat of force against Taiwan. Parity means that neither side denies the existence of the other. Democracy means that the future of Taiwan is determined by the 23 million people of Taiwan. Dialogue means that both parties can sit down and discuss the development of future relations. President Tsai hoped that the Beijing authorities can understand that a democratic Taiwan and democratically-elected government will not bow to threats and intimidation. Mutual respect and positive interaction between the two sides accords with the interests and expectations of the people on both sides. The result of this election is the clearest answer.

January 11, 2020
The MAC issued a press release on comments by the Taiwan Affairs Office regarding the results of the presidential election in Taiwan. It emphasized that the elections in Taiwan fully demonstrate the maturity and soundness of our democratic politics, and the results are the clearest and firmest response of the Taiwanese people concerning the situation in the Taiwan Strait. The CCP should respect this outcome. It must also fully face reality, renounce its negative oppression of Taiwan, and promptly return to the track of benign cross-Strait interactions. President Tsai Ing-wen clearly stated at a post-election press conference that the other side should fully apprehend the fact that the key to cross-Strait development lies in "peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue." The Beijing authorities should put aside their unilateral political preconditions, abandon intimidation and pressuring strategies, and come to terms with the fact that the Taiwanese people are committed to democratic values and resolutely oppose the "one country, two systems" model. The Mainland should be pragmatic and join Taiwan in opening up a new chapter for cross-Strait relations.

January 11, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated in regards to Taiwan's election result that mainland China's major Taiwan policies are clear and consistent. The Mainland adheres to the basic principle of "peaceful reunification and one country, two systems" and the "one China" principle. It will firmly safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, staunchly oppose any form of "Taiwan independence" attempts and actions, and resolutely improve the rights, interests, and welfare of Taiwan compatriots. The peaceful development of cross-Strait relations is the correct path to promoting joint development and benefiting compatriots on both sides of the Strait. It will require the joint efforts of compatriots on both sides to achieve. The Mainland is willing, on the common political basis of upholding the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence," to jointly promote with Taiwan compatriots the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, advance the process toward the peaceful reunification of China, and together realize the glorious prospect of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

January 13, 2020
The Tianjin Taiwan Affairs Office and Tianjin Development and Reform Commission announced the "Specific Measures on Further Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Tianjin and Taiwan" including 46 articles.  The first 30 articles of the measures stipulate equal treatment to Taiwanese enterprises in the areas of research, finance, establishment of major technical equipment and industry innovation centers, 5G R&D, garden waste disposal, aviation, culture, sports, agriculture, and medicine. The other 16 articles call for equal treatment for Taiwan compatriots in the areas of transportation, education, medical treatment, literature and art, employment, entrepreneurship, housing, training, title review, and sporting events.

January 13, 2020
Mainland State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated during a visit to Africa that the "one China" principle is not only a position shared by all African countries, but also a long-established general consensus in the international community. This consensus will not change in the slightest because of the local elections on the island of Taiwan. Nor will it be shaken by erroneous words and actions of Western individual politicians. The national revival of China and the cross-Strait unification are historically inevitable. Moves against this trend will come to a dead end. Any acts of secession will be condemned by history.  

January 14, 2020
President Tsai Ing-wen was interviewed by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on January 14. She stated that Taiwan does not need to declare itself an independent state because it is already an independent country that is called the Republic of China (Taiwan). The ROC has a system of governance, government, military, and elections. Mainland China should think seriously about the people's expectations as expressed by the result of the election and the strong message it sends from the people of Taiwan. China must sit down and think and also be prepared to face reality. That is the key. If they are not prepared to face the reality, they also will not be satisfied by anything Taiwan offers. The President said that during her more than three years in office, she has handled relations with China rationally and refrained from acting in ways that could be construed as provocative to China. The government has called out to China consistently, stressing that maintaining the status quo remains our main policy. This is a very friendly gesture to China.

January 15, 2020
President Tsai Ing-wen delivered remarks at the Entrance Hall of the Presidential Office Building. She stated that the Anti-infiltration Act is not against normal exchanges and normal exchanges will not be affected. She pointed out three requests she made to the  Executive Yuan: First, it should request relevant departments to continue promotion of the Act to prevent unnecessary panic caused by misunderstanding of the Act, and to make clarifications when there is a public misunderstanding. Second, it should instruct relevant ministries to form task forces to make clarifications so the public can easily distinguish and understand what constitutes illegal or legal behavior under the Act, as well as continue to conduct rolling reviews. Third, it should ask the SEF to set up a consultation service window to provide related information to the public, as well as collect public feedback for the MAC task force for further discussion and handling.

January 15, 2020
The MAC issued a press release on implementation of the Anti-Infiltration Act. It stated that the CCP has falsely claimed that the Act is an unmitigated evil that will "strangle the free will of Taiwan compatriots" and "deprive Taiwan compatriots of the right to conduct cross-Strait exchanges." This is completely backwards. In line with Executive Yuan directives, the MAC, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Central Election Commission, SEF, and other units have jointly established an Anti-Infiltration Act Implementation Response and Coordination Task Force. The task force will continue to track implementation of the Act, compile information on related cases, and conduct rolling reviews. The SEF will promptly set up a consulting service window and provide legal consulting services and explanations related to the Act.

January 15, 2020
The MAC issued a press release in response to further criticism by the Taiwan Affairs Office on Taiwan's election results and President Tsai Ing-wen’s statements. The MAC stated that the result of Taiwan's election sends a firm and clear signal on future developments in the Taiwan Strait and shows the collective will of the Taiwan people in resolutely rejecting the CCP's "one country, two systems." The Beijing authorities must understand, respect, and courageously face reality. They should also come to terms with the fact that their "wishful thinking," and oppression cannot change this reality. The MAC called on the CCP to acknowledge the fact that the ROC is a sovereign state and that Taiwan has never been a part of the PRC. The Mainland must acknowledge that only the 23 million Taiwanese people can rightly decide Taiwan's future. Intimidation and bribery will never shake Taiwan's conviction to safeguard its national sovereignty, democracy, and freedom.

January 15, 2020
During a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang presented a four-point response to the proposal by Tsai Ing-wen after her election victory that "peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue " are the keys to the resumption of positive cross-Strait interaction: First, adhering to the "1992 consensus" embodying the "one China" principle is the unshakable foundation for peaceful and stable cross-Strait relations"; it would be easier to shake a mountain than shake the "1992 Consensus." Second, "Taiwan independence" separatist forces and their activities are the biggest threats to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and must be resolutely curbed. Third, cross-Strait developments toward peace and stability and the trend of progress in cross-Strait relations cannot be stopped by any person or power. Fourth, Taiwan's future lies in national unification. Taiwan belongs to the people of China, of which include the Taiwanese people, therefore its future will be jointly decided by the people of China.

January 16, 2020
The MAC issued a press release on the risk of COVID-19 infection. It stated that Wuhan, China would be elevated to a yellow travel alert area effective as of the 16th. It reminded Taiwanese people traveling to Wuhan and neighboring areas to take particular care of their health and keep alert for disease prevention.

January 16, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang commented on statements by Tsai Ing-wen regarding cross-Strait relations during an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). He said that Taiwan has never been a country, Taiwan is a sacred and indivisable part of China. He warned the DPP leader to not allow an inflated ego to make misjudgements on the situation and thus further fabricate tension and unrest in the Taiwan Strait, which would in turn lead Taiwan into dangerous grounds. The Mainland's determination to protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity is rock solid. No person, organization, or party will be allowed to seperate any territory from China at any time or by any means.

January 19, 2020
The MAC issued press reference material regarding the reiteration of "Xi's five points" and other keynotes of the CCP Working Conference on Taiwan Affairs. It emphasized that positive cross-Strait interaction and development is the responsibility of both sides and cannot be imposed by unilateral will of the other side. Taiwan has clearly opposed "one country, two systems"; the Beijing authorities should reconsider their Taiwan-related policies, which have been proven to be long detached from cross-Strait realities and is not the correct path. The MAC called on China to acknowledge that facing facts and upholding "peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue" are the keys to follow-up developments. The ROC government handles cross-Strait affairs based on the ROC Constitution, the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, and other relevant laws. It is determined to safeguard national sovereignty, democracy, and freedom and maintain the status quo of cross-Strait peace and stability. It has shown the greatest goodwill and will make no more compromises or concessions.

January 19, 2020
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the CPPCC Wang Yang stated at the 2020 Working Conference on Taiwan Affairs that the situation in the Taiwan Strait has grown more complicated and grave in 2020. The Mainland must reinforce the "four consciousnesses," solidify the "four confidences," and accomplish the "two maintains." These thinking and actions must be effectively unified and deployed in the CPC Central Committee’s Taiwan-related work decisions. The Mainland must adhere to the "one China" principle and firmly oppose and deter any form of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. Policies must be precisely implemented to increase the effectiveness of policy initiatives favorable to Taiwan and the people, and improve institutional arrangements and policy measures to promote cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, deepen the development of cross-Strait integration, and guarantee the well-being of Taiwan compatriots. It must vigorously promote cross-Strait youth exchanges and improve conditions for young people to come to the Mainland from Taiwan to study, intern, start businesses, and work. Party committees at all levels must further raise their political position to effectively fulfill their political responsibility to properly carry out Taiwan-related work. Taiwan-related work systems must implement the overall demands of party building in the new era, consolidate educational results on the theme of "don't forget your original heart and remember your mission," strengthen cadre team building, effectively improve work styles, and work hard to fulfill Taiwan-related work in the new era.

January 20, 2020
Mainland State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a 2020 New Year Reception speech that China will resolutely and necessarily counter interference by external forces in China's internal affairs. The "one China" principle is a universal consensus of the international community and a widely-acknowledged basic norm of international relations. No matter how the situation changes in Taiwan, it cannot change the historical and legal fact that Taiwan is an indivisible part of China. The determination and confidence of the government and people of China to unify the two sides will never waver.

January 21, 2020
President Tsai Ing-wen recently sent a letter to Pope Francis of the Catholic Church stating that Taiwan has always concurred with the Holy See's peace ideals and hopes to peacefully resolve the differences across the Taiwan Strait. However, formidable challenges stand in the way of cross-Strait dialogue. The crux of the issue is that China refuses to relinquish its desire to dominate Taiwan. It continues to undermine Taiwan's democracy, freedom, and human rights with threats of military force and the implementation of disinformation campaigns, cyber-attacks, and diplomatic maneuvers. Despite China's harsh suppression of Taiwan in the international arena, Taiwan has forged ahead courageously, working in cooperation with diplomatic allies and like-minded countries to draw the attention of democracies worldwide to the fact that Taiwan is an optimal partner for maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

January 21, 2020
The MAC issued a press release in response to the COVID-19 epidemic outbreak in mainland China. It stated that, due to the rapidly rising number of confirmed cases on the Mainland side, the MAC has decided to comply with the Center for Disease Control’s decision in raising the travel alert for Wuhan City to orange, with advice for the Taiwanese people to avoid unnecessary travels to the Wuhan area.  

January 21, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated during an inspection of Taiwan-funded enterprises in Beijing that unification of the motherland is inevitable and the great historical trend of national revival has become more powerful. The Mainland will adhere to implementing people-centered development concepts in Taiwan-related work, improve and deepen institutional arrangements and policy measures to develop cross-Strait integration, promote cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, guarantee the well-being of Taiwan compatriots, and promote a shared mindset among compatriots on both sides. The Mainland economy is moving towards a new stage of higher quality development while maintaining the basic trend of stable and long-term improvement. The prospects for Taiwan compatriots and companies to invest in new businesses and enjoy success are also improving. The Mainland hopes that Taiwan compatriots will seize these opportunities to reach new heights.

January 22, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 (Wuhan virus) outbreak in China, President Tsai Ing-wen called a high-level national security meeting and issued four directives to: coordinate between government agencies and manage disease detection; stay abreast of the latest developments and information regarding the international outbreak; clearly communicate on the outbreak and promptly clarify misinformation and disinformation; and adjust the response level and action based on developments. She also issued a statement at the Entrance Hall of the Presidential Office Building expressing hope that the Chinese government can fulfill its international responsibilities, be open and transparent about the epidemic, and fully share correct information about the epidemic with Taiwan, actions of which are also in the best interests of the people of China. Taiwan is a part of the world, its 23 million people face the same health threats that other people around the world face, and it can also withstand the front line in preventing epidemics. The President called again on the World Health Organization (WHO) to not exclude Taiwan for political reasons. Taiwan is on the front line of the global epidemic prevention, the WHO should allow space for Taiwan to participate.

January 22, 2020
The first diagnosis of COVID-19 was confirmed in a Taiwanese national returning from Wuhan, China. The MAC called a meeting with the Tourism Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, National Immigration Agency (NIA), and other agencies in response to the case. The meeting concluded that tour groups and individuals from Wuhan would be temporarily prohibited from entering Taiwan over the near term. It also asked the NIA to suspend application procedures for professional, business, medical, cosmetic, and other traveling purposes to Taiwan from Wuhan, as well as to strengthen application review for all travels to Taiwan from Hubei Province. The meeting further proposed that approved applications for exchange visits to Taiwan be delayed. As for Taiwanese businesspeople, students, and teachers who decide to remain in the Mainland, the government will work through the SEF and seek assistance from the Taiwanese Businessmen's Association to provide and convey necessary care, while at the same time, remind them to take protective measures.

January 23, 2020
Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang responded to a question regarding former president Fradique de Menezes of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe sending congratulations to Tsai Ing-wen for winning the Taiwan election. He stated that the one-China principle is a basic norm governing international relations and a universal consensus of the international community. In the past three years or so after China and San Tome and Principe resumed diplomatic ties, relations between the two sides have developed smoothly. Any attempt to undermine the friendly relations between China and Sao Tome and Principe will not succeed. China advises the DPP authority to give up pathetic tricks that fool only themselves and make them a laughing stock of the world.

January 25, 2020
The MAC issued a press release in response to the COVID-19 epidemic outbreak in mainland China. It stated that, the MAC has complied with the Center for Disease Control’s decision in raising the travel alert for Hubei Province (including Wuhan City) to orange, with advice for the Taiwanese people to avoid unnecessary travels to the area. It also announced a yellow travel alert for all other regions in mainland China and advices Taiwanese people to take necessary travel precautions and reconsider their travel plans.

January 28, 2020
The MAC issued a press release in response to the growing COVID-19 epidemic in mainland China. It stated that, according to information announced by the Mainland, travel risks to mainland China continues to rise. It is therefore necessary to raise the travel alert for provinces and cities outside Hubei Province to orange, and raise the travel alert to red for Hubei Province. The MAC suggested that people not visit these areas.

January 28, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang issued a press release regarding Taiwan people stranded in Hubei, in which he stated that ARATS received a letter from the SEF at 6 pm on January 27. Claims by the Taiwan media and Taiwan side saying coordination was being conducted through various channels with the Mainland are inconsistent with facts. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Mainland has duly cared for Taiwanese people in Hubei. Based on the understanding of the Hubei Taiwan Affairs Office, there were no cases of Taiwan people infected in Hubei as of the afternoon of January 27. The Mainland has always taken seriously the Taiwanese people’s health and welfare on both sides of the Strait, and has maintained communications with relevant parties in Taiwan. The Mainland arranged for Taiwanese experts to make an inspection visit to Wuhan, and provided timely information and data to Taiwan as well, it will continue to maintain communication and coordination in the same manner.

January 30, 2020
President Tsai Ing-wen issued remarks in the Entrance Hall of the Presidential Office Building regarding the COVID-19 (Wuhan virus) in China. She stated that February will still be a "high alert" period for the coronavirus outbreak and the government will continue to strictly monitor those with a China travel history. The government is also deeply concerned about Taiwan citizens stranded in Wuhan and hopes they will receive proper care. The government is maintaining communication through both the SEF and overseas Taiwanese business organizations and providing assistance for their daily life and medical needs. It will continue to communicate through all channels in the hopes of bringing citizens home, particularly the elderly, children, those with chronic illnesses, and those on short-term business or tourist visits to Wuhan. In light of humanitarian considerations, the government also expresses its concern and condolences to citizens in China who have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Taiwan is willing to provide necessary assistance where it is able.

February 3, 2020
During a regular online press conference, mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying responded to the matter of Italy’s ban on Taiwanese flights due to the World Health Organization (WHO) listing Taiwan as part of China as a "high risk" area from the COVID-19. She stated that Taiwan compatriots are our brothers and sisters. If they encountered difficulties overseas, we would always be ready to help. The WHO is a special United Nations agency consisting of sovereign states, Taiwan's participation in the activities of international organizations such as the WHO must be arranged properly through cross-Strait consultations under the “one-China” principle. The Taiwan region has timely access to information on global public health emergencies released by the WHO and information can also flow readily the other way. With these arrangements in place, Taiwan is able to cope promptly and effectively with local or global public health emergencies.

February 4, 2020
The MAC issued a press release affirming and expressing relief over the successful return to Taiwan of the first group of Taiwanese people stranded in Wuhan. It also stated that the government's top priority in the evacuation is to guarantee a smooth and successful return, while at the same time also ensure safe and convenient transportation procedures and compliance with disease prevention regulations. Based on the principle of putting disease prevention and humanitarianism first, the two sides agreed to arrange for the Taiwanese in Wuhan to be evacuated on supplemental flights arranged during the Lunar New Year holiday. On the basis of joint cooperation between the two sides in evacuating this first group of Taiwanese people in Wuhan, the two sides will continue communicating on arrangements for the remaining stranded Taiwanese. Such arrangements will prioritize the people's life and health, while also ensuring safe and convenient transportation safety and meeting disease prevention needs.

February 4, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang responded to the matter of Lai Ching-te's visit to the United States. He stated that the "one China" principle is a fundamental premise and political foundation for the development of relations between China and all countries, including the US. The Mainland resolutely opposes the establishment of diplomatic relations and any form of official contacts between Taiwan and any country. The US should abide by the “one-China” principle and the China-US Three Joint Communiqués. The Mainland again warned Taiwan's DPP administration that "Taiwan independence" goes against the historical tide and is a road to nowhere. Any person or power relying in vain on foreign forces is bound to hoist with his own petard.

February 4, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang commented on the Taiwan-related issues pertaining to the COVID-19 epidemic. He said that the Mainland has repeatedly provided the Taiwan area with timely updated information on epidemic prevention and control. It has also notified Taiwan of the information shared between the Mainland and WHO on the COVID-19 genome sequence and also the approaches to obtain the sequence. In response to  request by Taiwan's disease prevention agencies, the Mainland also arranged for Taiwan epidemic prevention experts to visit Wuhan, both sides have strengthened communication. The spokesperson also stated that the Mainland is doing everything possible in epidemic prevention and control work. The life and safety of compatriots on both sides is the most important and urgent matter at this time. The DPP authorities should stop using the epidemic as a pretext for its political sensationalism and manipulation, and should stop interfering in epidemic prevention and control work.

February 5, 2020
The MAC issued a press release on the growing COVID-19 epidemic. It stated that 19 of the 31 provinces and special municipalities of mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macao) have more than 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The government has thus raised the travel alert status for the Mainland to a code "red" and advised the public to avoid travel to the Mainland. In coordination with the Central Epidemic Command Center, it also announced a yellow travel alert for the Hong Kong and Macau areas, the government advises the public to take necessary travel precautions and reconsider their travel plans.

February 5, 2020
The MAC issued a press reference on follow-up matters related to Taiwanese people stranded in Wuhan. It stated that one of the 247 people returning to Taiwan was diagnosed with COVID-19, indicating that the reliability of quarantine work must be increased. Taiwan will coordinate with the other side to discuss ways to strengthen the implementation of quarantine operations. The other side needs to consult and reach a consensus with Taiwan on the priority passenger list for follow up implementation. Furthermore, in view of limited isolation ward capacity, ample preparations must be made before implementing the next evacuation task to ensure proper care of the people returning to Taiwan. It also emphasized that health, safety, and disease prevention would be the priority goals in follow-up evacuation operations. The government will actively negotiate to assist the return of Taiwanese people stranded in Wuhan while taking into full consideration the balance between domestic epidemic prevention, the people's rights and interests, and implementation capacity in Taiwan.

February 5, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang commented on Taiwan-related issues pertaining to the COVID epidemic. He said that the TAO and provincial and city agencies involved with Taiwan-related work have established an epidemic prevention and control work leading group to strengthen care for Taiwan compatriots and coordinate efforts to resolve practical issues. On February 3, the Mainland assisted in arranging the return of the first group of 247 Taiwan compatriots stranded in Hubei. They were flown back to Taiwan on a China Eastern Airlines Lunar New Year holiday supplemental flight. As of February 4, the Mainland has updated Taiwan on the epidemic situation 36 times, whereas Taiwan informed the Mainland 15 times, such close contacts underscores the close affinity and kinship ties between the two sides. The Mainland hopes that relevant parties in Taiwan will appropriately handle the Mainland students’ return to their studies in Taiwan and protect their health and education rights and interests.

February 5, 2020
Hubei Provincial Taiwan Affairs Office Deputy Director Xing Junzhi expressed regret and concern for a confirmed COVID-19 case among the first group of Taiwanese compatriots returning to Taiwan from Hubei. During the transportation procedure, all Taiwan compatriots returning to Taiwan were required, according to Hubei Province epidemic prevention and control regulations, to make a written commitment and agree to undergo disease prevention measures after returning to Taiwan. The Mainland hopes for the Taiwan side to fully understand Taiwan compatriots’ urgency and need to promptly return home, and to actively cooperate and ensure their prompt return.

February 6, 2020
The MAC issued a press release sternly protesting false statements made by the Taiwan Affairs Office regarding Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Organization (WHO) based on its unilateral political claims. It also stated that the Beijing authorities have misquoted the United Nations General Assembly and WHO resolutions and linked them to its unilaterally established "one China principle." These political maneuvers clearly violate the WHO Charter and principles of international relations. The Beijing authorities' have denigrated Taiwan under the International Health Regulations. Their claim that proper arrangements have been made for Taiwan are inconsistent with the facts and is likely to further create gaps in global epidemic prevention and imperil public health. The CCP's claim of so-called "exploiting the pandemic to advance Taiwan independence" is an overstating move to shirk responsibility and shift focus. This does not help improve cross-Strait relations. The MAC sternly admonished the other side of the Strait to immediately stop its political interference over Taiwan's participation in the WHO and in the sharing of epidemic information. Disease prevention and humanitarian considerations must come first, whereas related problems can only be dealt with through cross-Strait cooperation and dialogue.

February 6, 2020
The MAC issued a press release on the spreading COVID-19 outbreak in mainland China. It stated that, the government would temporarily stop processing applications for entry visas (both landing visas and online visa applications) and the Foreign National Online Application System (cloud application for stays) from residents of Hong Kong and Macau, effective from midnight of February 7, 2020. Persons with confirmed need to travel to Taiwan due to special incidents should provide their record of entry and exit certificates from the Hong Kong and Macau governments in order to apply in writing for a visa at a service counter. Residents of Hong Kong and Macau holding valid Taiwan entry-exit documents or residence permits issued before February 7 this year, and foreign nationals from areas outside Hong Kong and Macau must stay in home quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Taiwan in accordance with the tracking and management mechanism for people with risk of infection.

February 6, 2020
A person in charge at the Taiwan Affairs Office stated in regards to Taiwan-related issues in the World Health Organization (WHO) that, as the whole country is in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, the DPP authorities and "Taiwan independence" separatist forces have opportunistically banged the drum about Taiwan's WHO participation, through which they profit from misfortune and attempt to expand Taiwan's so called "international space." According to relevant resolutions of the UN General Assembly and WHO and the WHO Constitution, Taiwan, as a part of China has no right to join the WHO. The Mainland advises the DPP authorities to immediately stop their political calculations and political manipulation on Taiwan-related WHO issues. "Using the epidemic to seek independence" will never succeed.

February 6, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated during an interview that the transportation of the first group of Taiwan compatriots stranded in Hubei to Taiwan was successfully completed. Since then, the Taiwan authorities have persistently obstructed follow-up transportation arrangements, preventing the execution of a planned China Eastern Airlines flight. Concerned parties in the Mainland have started work related to the transportation of Taiwan compatriots in Hubei to Taiwan, showing the Mainland's sincere care and humanitarian concern for Taiwan compatriots. The Mainland will not allow the discrediting rumors and endless attacks by certain politicians in Taiwan. Taiwan should immediately stop all political manipulations, promptly confirm transport arrangements with China Eastern Airlines, and provide the necessary conditions for Taiwan compatriots in Hubei to return home.

February 7, 2020
The MAC issued a press release stating that humanitarianism and disease prevention must both be taken into account in the evacuation of stranded nationals. Cross-Strait cooperation is also required. It solemnly clarified the false statement made by a Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson claiming that "follow-up transportation arrangements have been constantly obstructed by the Taiwan authorities." The MAC also expressed regret over the Mainland's repeated unilateral statements, which serve no purpose in bettering communication and cooperation between the two sides. It also stated that, in follow-up evacuation operations, quarantine reliability must be improved. The vulnerable must be prioritized in accordance to humanitarian principles and Taiwan's isolation ward capacity must be taken into consideration. The two sides should communicate and agree to effectively promote follow-up evacuation work.

February 7, 2020
The MAC issued a press release regarding proposals by the Kinmen and Lienchian County governments that passenger ferry service via the Mini Three Links be suspended. It stated that based on prioritizing disease control and discussions with the Central Epidemic Command Center, passenger ferry service via the Mini Three Links would be suspended starting February 10, 2020. Service resumption would be reassessed based on the epidemic situation.

February 7, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated during an interview that Hubei Provincial Taiwan Affairs Office, arranged the transportation of Taiwan compatriots back to Taiwan based on statistical calculations, and also with consideration to Taiwan's demands. However, Taiwan has used various excuses to delay and obstruct the arrangements, with the result that nearly a thousand Taiwan compatriots are unable to return home. Even "the vulnerable" have not been spared. Hubei performed a comprehensive quarantine investigation in the return of the first group of Taiwan compatriots to Taiwan. Testing requirements were strictly implemented in each procedure. Taiwan's allegation that the Mainland has "created trouble in the quarantine process" is entirely unfounded. The Mainland calls on the DPP authorities to stop disregarding the Taiwan compatriots’ interests, stop making excuses to quibble and cause trouble, and confirm transport arrangements with China Eastern Airlines so Taiwan compatriots in Hubei can promptly return home.

February 8, 2020
The MAC issued a press release on the spreading epidemic in mainland China. It stated that the Central Epidemic Command Center announced that, starting February 10, 2020, direct cross-Strait maritime passenger routes and sailings would be suspended as disease control takes priority. Transportation resumption would be reassessed based on the epidemic situation.

February 10, 2020
The MAC issued a press release sternly protesting the recent military provocations against Taiwan by the CCP's People's Liberation Army, and to respond to criticisms toward the ROC government by the Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Taiwan Affairs Office. The MAC emphasized that the COVID-19 epidemic is spreading in mainland China and the CCP's ability to handle the outbreak is severely challenged. Beijing’s most urgent task is to focus on epidemic prevention and control as well as to take care of the people’s needs. Provocations by PLA warships and planes which have frequented the vicinity of the Taiwan Strait in recent years to seek unification through military force gravely undermine the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and heighten regional tensions. At this juncture in cross-Strait developments and epidemic control, the Beijing authorities should focus on preventing the spread of the epidemic and the two sides should cooperate and communicate. The MAC admonished the other side to immediately stop its armed confrontation. Inciting nationalism at home to shift focus away is a game not worth the candle!

February 10, 2020
The MAC issued a press release stating that Taiwan would temporarily suspend entry by Hong Kong and Macau residents starting midnight of February 11, 2020. Any persons who are not traveling for performance of contractual obligation in business, are not of multinational enterprises personnel transfers (including companions), and are not Taiwanese spouses and children under the age of 20 who have acquired a Taiwan Residence Certificate, will temporarily be prohibited from entering Taiwan; even holders of valid entry and exit permits will need to postpone their travel to Taiwan. Hong Kong and Macau students are also temporarily suspended from entering Taiwan. All persons approved to enter Taiwan must remain under home quarantine for 14 days.

February 10, 2020
People's Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command spokesperson Colonel Zhang Chunhui stated that, on February 9, the Eastern Theater Command conducted sea and air force readiness patrols and flights through the Bashi Channel and the Miyako Strait, as well as carried out targeted combat exercises. Taiwan and its affiliated islands are a sacred and indivisible part of Chinese territory. The Chinese military's readiness patrols are entirely legitimate and legal. They are also necessitated by the current security situation in the Taiwan Strait and need to safeguard national sovereignty. Theater forces have the determination and capability to defeat all "Taiwan independence" separatist activities and firmly defend China's sovereignty, security, and territorial integrity.

February 10, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang responded to claims that sea and air force readiness patrols by the Eastern Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) was intended as a warning over Lai Ching-te's visit to the US. He stated that the leader of the DPP authorities has recently made repeated comments with divisive "two-states theory" implications. She has postured to increase cross-strait confrontation and taken new actions to intensify plans for collusion between Taiwan and the US to seek independence and brazenly engage in dangerous provocation. The PLA action was taken to safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and uphold the shared interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait. The Mainland advises the DPP authorities to not play with fire

February 11, 2020
The MAC issued a press release stating that, after consulting with relevant agencies and reporting a decision by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), people from Mainland China staying in Taiwan for performance of contractual obligation in business, internal personnel transfers within multinational enterprise, investment and management, stationed services, reunions, and short-term visits may, from February 12, 2020, apply for a 15-day extension of their stay in Taiwan on a case-by-case basis. The CECC also decided to elevate the travel alert status for Hong Kong and Macao to "orange" and advised people to avoid unnecessary travel to those areas.

February 14, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated in regards to "Taiwan independence" remarks by Yu Shyi-kun that Yu was using the COVID-19 epidemic to talk nonsense. By openly advocating "Taiwan independence," Yu undermines cross-Strait relations and again exposes the delusions of an extreme minority in Taiwan to "use the epidemic to plot independence." In the face of the pandemic, Yu thinks not about how to safeguard the life, safety, and common interests of compatriots on both sides, but rather spreads a political virus to manufacture cross-Strait confrontation. It shows a contemptible lack of basic conscience. "Taiwan independence" is a dead end: a road to nowhere that will only bring disaster to the people of Taiwan. Some politicians with self-inflated egos create trouble by going against the trend, heedless of the well-being and safety of Taiwan compatriots. They will only bring trouble to themselves.

February 14, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang said that the DPP authorities and "Taiwan independence" forces are using the epidemic to profit from misfortune, engage vigorously in political manipulation, constantly escalate cross-Strait opposition and confrontation, and recklessly aggravate the atmosphere of cross-Strait relations. They constantly churn out discriminatory, cold-blooded measures that ignore the rights and interests of the people. They say one thing and do another regarding the return of Taiwan compatriots stranded in Hubei, and constantly fabricate all manner of excuses to obstruct and delay their return, including making claims of insufficient epidemic prevention and control ability. They manipulate green camp politicians and media and nurture cyber forces to attack and slander the Mainland. They baselessly attack the WHO for adhering to the "one China" principle and fabricate rumors of Taiwan breaking through the "one China principle" to participate in the WHO. The DPP authorities have relied on foreign forces and attempted to use the epidemic to stir "Taiwan independence" consciousness, fully exposing the conspiracy to "use the epidemic to plot independence." "Taiwan independence" acts are a political plague more poisonous than a virus. If the DPP authorities and "Taiwan independence" forces cling obstinately to their course, they are bound to hoist with their own petards.

February 16, 2020
Huai'an City, Jiangsu Province announced "Opinions on Supporting the Healthy Development of Taiwan-funded Enterprises amidst the COVID-19 Epidemic." The opinions contain nine articles with stipulations to incentivize Taiwan-funded enterprises to make new investments and reinvest profits at a certain scale in the advanced manufacturing, modern services, and agricultural equipment industries. They also provide for 50% premium support to Taiwan-funded enterprises for export credit insurance, short-term insurance, cargo insurance, and insurance for advance payment of epidemic prevention supplies; allow immediate "zero delay" delivery of imported disease prevention supplies by Taiwan-funded enterprises; and implement a 24/7 internet reservation system for fast inspection and clearance of import and export cargo to help companies resume production.

February 21, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question regarding the passage of a joint declaration by Taiwan's legislature to continue bidding for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization (WHO). He stated that the DPP authorities have repeatedly stirred up Taiwan-related issues in the WHO and even attacked the WHO with irrational demands violating related provisions of international organizations with the intent to engage in political manipulation. Certain individuals in Taiwan's legislature promoting the so-called "declaration" have ulterior motives. "Using the epidemic to plot independence" cannot succeed.

February 21, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian commented on the appointment of Wu Cherng-Dean as chairman of the New Party. He said that the Mainland will continue to maintain communication and strengthen dialogue with all political parties, groups, and individuals in Taiwan that oppose "Taiwan independence" and advocate improvement and development of cross-Strait relations, including the New Party. It will continue to jointly promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and work together for the peaceful unification of the motherland and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

February 25, 2020
Jiangsu Province announced “Several Measures Supporting Taiwan-funded Enterprises to Actively Cope with the Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak”. The measures comprise 10 articles to coordinate the safe and orderly resumption of production and production of enterprises, help enterprises to solve employment difficulties, strengthen financial support and stabilize company supply chains, optimize service methods, support the development and major construction projects of Taiwan companies, support the orderly transfer of Taiwan companies in Jiangsu, strongly support Taiwanese youth employment and entrepreneurship in Jiangsu, and provide equal protections for Taiwanese companies and Taiwanese compatriots.

February 26, 2020
The Pingtan Comprehensive Experimental Zone in Fujian Province announced “Nine Measures to Support Taiwan-funded Enterprises in Responding to Epidemic Prevention and Resume Production”. The measures include provisions for travel subsidies for Taiwan compatriots to return to Lancheng, support to companies to recruit Taiwan employees, subsidies to help Taiwan companies resume production, rent relief for Taiwan companies, increased financial credit support for Taiwan companies, comprehensive insurance subsidies for Taiwan companies resuming production, and support for the development of Lancheng-Taiwan specialty tourism, all of which aim to help Taiwan companies resume production and maintain stable operations.

February 26, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question regarding advocacy by the DPP's Tsai Chi-chang and others to adjust the cross-Strait treatise as "Taiwan, ROC." He stated that these "Taiwan independence" remarks expose the sinister intentions of some people in Taiwan to promote "gradual Taiwan independence" and elevate cross-Strait hostility and confrontation. This is a ruse intended to benefit one party at the expense of the interests and welfare of Taiwan compatriots and an all-out fraud against Taiwan compatriots and international public opinion. The Mainland and Taiwan belong to "one China." This fact cannot and will not change. "Taiwan independence" goes against the historical tide and is a road to nowhere. The Mainland calls on Taiwan compatriots to join the Mainland in resolutely opposing  "Taiwan independence" and to maintain peace in the Taiwan Strait.

February 29, 2020
Mainland Ministry of National Defense spokesman Colonel Wu Qian stated at a regular press conference that the People's Liberation Army conducted readiness patrols, joint exercises, and other military action to protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and protect the shared interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait. These actions are aimed at "Taiwan independence" forces and their separatist acts. Taiwan is part of China. The Mainland warns the DPP authorities to not play with fire. Any plots attempting to divide Taiwan from China are doomed to fail. Any actions inciting cross-Strait hostility and whipping up cross-Strait confrontation will only bring disaster to Taiwan compatriots. Any attempt by force to prevent unification is a dead end. It is futile to use Taiwan to control China.

March 4, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian said that, since the epidemic outbreak, the Mainland has fully cared for the daily life and epidemic control needs of Taiwan compatriots in the Mainland, as well as fully considered the actual demands and wishes of Taiwanese in Hubei to return home. It actively arranged for China Eastern Airlines to transport the first group of 247 Taiwan compatriots to Taiwan on February 3, along with repeated proposals so reasonable arrangements could be made for the prompt return of Taiwan compatriots. However, the DPP authorities continued to set barriers and delayed such work to be done. They included the 1,148 Taiwan compatriots who wish to return home on a so-called "control list," comprehensively blocking routes for Taiwan compatriots stranded in Hubei to return home. In addition, Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang even attempted to divert attention and shirk responsibility with self-contradictory lies. Zhu called out to Su and advised him to uphold the moral bottom line and stop making irresponsible remarks and spreading troubling rumors.

March 5, 2020
Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian responded to the passage of the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act by the US Congress and said the stated bill severely violated the “one-China principle” and the three China-US Joint Communiqués. Mainland China firmly opposed such action as it was a serious violation of the international law and the basic norms governing international relations. Forty years ago, the US established diplomatic relations with China based on the "one China principle", yet now obstructs other sovereign countries from developing normal state relations with China. This made no sense and went against the tide. The Mainland urged the US to strictly abide by the “one-China principle” and the three China-US Joint Communiqués, comply with international law and the basic norms governing international relations, take effective initiatives to prevent the said bill from becoming law, and handle Taiwan-related issues properly and cautiously to avoid serious damage to China-US relations and cross-Strait peace and stability.

March 5, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to the passage of the TAIPEI Act by the US House of Representatives. She stated that the Taiwan-related resolution passed by the US Congress, which blatantly obstructed other countries from establishing diplomatic relations with China and help Taiwan to expand its so-called "international space" made no sense. The US Congress repeatedly manipulated the so-called Taiwan-related motions would only stir up more troubles between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait and create more difficulties for China-US relations. It would also harm America's own interests eventually. The DPP authorities' continued reliance on foreign forces only exacerbated tension and turbulence in cross-Strait relations and undermined peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

March 7, 2020
Speaking on the results of the KMT chairmanship by-election, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian stated that, over the years, the CCP and KMT have consolidated mutual trust and positive interaction on the common political basis of upholding the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence." The two parties have actively promoted the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and enhanced the interests and welfare of the compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. Considering that the current cross-Strait situation is complex and severe, the Mainland hoped that the under the leadership of Chairman Chiang Chi-chen, the KMT would cherish and maintain the existing political foundation between the two parties, and be the cross-Strait bridge of communication to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and work for the interests and welfare of the compatriots.

March 12, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to the claims made in the US State Department's 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices that the Mainland has sought to censor Taiwan media outlets by reinforcing corporate pressure and denying Taiwanese reporters’ access to information. She stated that the content of the report on cross-Strait media exchanges was a complete and slanderous fabrication that distorted the truth. The US State Department’s report was filled with lies that disregarded basic facts and common sense. The report was rife with political prejudice and explicitly revealed the ulterior political agenda of some US politicians. The DPP authorities have unscrupulously restricted cross-Strait media exchanges and shamelessly intimidated and suppressed Taiwanese media outlets that hold different positions. They also colluded with anti-China forces in the West to concoct rumors of so-called "mainland China’s control over the Taiwan media." It was shameful for the US to contemptibly act as an accomplice to the DPP authorities.

March 13, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian stated during an interview that the Mainland’s Taiwan work systems, related departments and local governments were thoroughly implementing the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speech at the Meeting to Plan for Coordinated Efforts to Curb the COVID-19 Outbreak and Promote Economic and Social Development. Under the guidance of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, its regional offices throughout the Mainland were taking practical measures to help Taiwan-funded enterprises resume work in an orderly manner, while carrying out epidemic prevention and control. The Jiangsu Provincial Taiwan Affairs Office issued 10 support measures to help Taiwan enterprises resume production. The Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Office of the Fujian Province teamed up relevant financial institutions to fund the first 2 billion RMB loan program for key Taiwanese enterprises in the Fujian Province. Taiwan Affairs Offices in Shanghai, Zhejiang, Anhui, Shandong, Guangdong, Chongqing, Sichuan, Tianjin, Liaoning, Jiangxi, and Shenzhen were actively deploying various types of assistance. Based on partial statistics, more than 90% of the large-scale Taiwanese industrial enterprises in areas with high-concentration of Taiwanese capital and all such companies in Fujian Province had resumed full production as of March 10.

March 16, 2020
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) issued a press release stating that Chinese Communist warplanes, including KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft and J-11 jet fighters, were detected crossing over waters southwest of Taiwan at 19:00 while conducting night-time training exercise. The warplanes flew close to Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) and the Republic of China (ROC) air reconnaissance and patrol aircraft scrambled to respond appropriately, which dispersed the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) warplanes from Taiwan's ADIZ through radio warnings.

March 19, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian stated during an interview that relevant parties in the Mainland attached great importance to the obstacles and related problems faced by Mainland students returning to schools in Taiwan. It was clearly unreasonable and seriously harmed the legitimate rights of more than 8,300 Mainland students studying in Taiwan when Taiwan universities have resumed normal operations, yet these Mainland students were not allow to resume classes. The DPP authorities and relevant universities on the island should protect the rights of Mainland students to resume their studies. They should not unilaterally emphasize the importance of epidemic prevention and ignore the rights of Mainland students to return to schools. The unreasonable restrictions on Mainland students must be changed. Instead, necessary protections should be provided to these students, along with necessary epidemic prevention measures taken, to enable Mainland students to return to schools.

March 21, 2020
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) issued a press release in response to the COVID-19 outbreak stating that the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) issued travel notice for all countries to Level 3: Warning, effective on March 21. The CECC also raised the travel advisory for Hong Kong and Macao to "red" in view of the recent rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases in these two areas and advised the public against all nonessential travels.

March 24, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang’s statement, which accused the Mainland of concealing the extent of the epidemic outbreak. Zhu said that Su once again shamelessly told the so-called "Su-style lies" by openly spreading rumors that the Mainland "conceals the gravity of the epidemic outbreak." This reflected his vicious nature to the world. From the outset, the Mainland has informed the relevant parties in Taiwan about the epidemic, including special information on the COVID-19 genome sequences and methods to obtain those genome sequences shared between the Mainland and the World Health Organization (WHO). As of March 24, the Mainland had issued 101 notifications. The DPP authorities never dared to tell the people of Taiwan these truths. The Mainland advised the DPP authorities and Su Tseng-chang to immediately stop spreading ‘political viruses’. Using the epidemic to constantly spark and escalate cross-Strait opposition for which aggravated the cross-Strait atmosphere was shameless and disgusting..

March 24, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to the recent issuance of a joint statement by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the American Institute in Taiwan on a Taiwan-US States Partnership against Coronavirus. She said that the "joint statement" again exposed the DPP authorities' despicable behavior and political plot to use the COVID-19 "to advance independence," which in turn staked the health and well-being of the people of Taiwan on the mistaken path of "reliance on foreign forces" and opposing the Mainland. Mainland China supported joint efforts by the international community to strengthen cooperation and fight against the epidemic, but firmly opposed opportunists saw this as a window to push for "Taiwan Independence" or play the "Taiwan card." Relations between Taiwan and the US must be handled under the "one China principle." Beijing resolutely opposed any form of official exchanges between Taiwan and the US.

March 24, 2020
The MAC issued a media note regarding the unacceptable comments made by the Taiwan Affairs Office on Taiwan-US cooperation on combating the COVID-19 epidemic. There is no such place so-called "Taiwan region (of mainland China)" in the world as the Mainland claimed. The Beijing authorities not only failed to recognize the existence of the ROC, but also deliberately escalated confrontation over cooperation on combating the COVID-19 epidemic and made aimless claims. This was where the true source of confrontation with the people of Taiwan laid. Taiwan has the right to cooperate with countries around the world in combating epidemic. It is capable and willing to contribute to the international community, including mainland China. Taiwan will never back down from intimidation by the other side of the Taiwan Strait.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) not only has disregarded the health rights and interests of Taiwan's 23 million people, obstructed Taiwan's participation in international organizations by every means, but has also step up its political and military threats against Taiwan recently. However, none of these actions can cover up the global crisis caused by the Mainland's failure of internal governance. Combating epidemic should see no political boundaries and the "one China principle" is not a prescription for health and safety.

March 24, 2020
The MAC released media note regarding deceptive claims by the Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson that Taiwan's Premier spread rumors about mainland China's cover-ups of the epidemic situation to incite discrimination and hatred. In face of the highly severe COVID-19 outbreak across the world, rather than cooperating genuinely with other parties to combat the epidemic, the Mainland resorted to repeated provocation and launched propaganda campaigns around the world, which sent messages completely contrary to the facts recognized by the international society. In fact, even mainland netizens labeled the government's actions to conceal the epidemic and simultaneously suppress freedom of speech as "silencing the whistleblowers, locking-down the cities." Premier Su's statements are true. Taiwan does not accept the repeated vulgar language and political nonsense spouted by the Taiwan Affairs Office. Their incessant politicizing and buck-passing made it difficult to deal with problems rationally and was entirely unhelpful to cross-Strait interaction

March 26, 2020
The MAC issued a press release announcing the latest results of the routine public opinion survey. The percentage of people who felt that the CCP was unfriendly towards the ROC government and Taiwanese people increased to 76.6% and 61.5%, respectively, marking the highest levels in 15 years. More than 90% of the public disapproved the CCP's "one country, two systems" initiative (90%), opposed military intimidation of Taiwan (90.5%), and disagreed with CCP’s diplomatic pressuring against Taiwan (91.5%). Over 90% of the people disagreed with the CCP's use of the epidemic to pressure Taiwan's participation in the WHO and deprive the people of Taiwan’s right to health (91.6%). Over 70% approved the government's appeal to the Beijing authorities to stop their political manipulations against Taiwan in the WHO and handle issues through cross-Strait cooperation and dialogue (75.2%).

March 26, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian said that the March 24 statement issued by the MAC was contrary to the facts and which completely distorted the truth and misled the public. The Mainland has maintained communication with relevant parties in Taiwan from the outset in the spirit of caring for the health and well-being of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. As of March 24, the Mainland has notified Taiwan 101 times regarding the epidemic. Some DPP politicians kept spreading rumors, smearing and attacking the Mainland was an attempt to shirk responsibility. This was not conducive to epidemic prevention and control on the island. Slanderous rumors and political manipulation only created hatred and ultimately hurt the interests of Taiwan compatriots. The DPP authorities should examine their own conscience and ask themselves what was the truth..

March 27, 2020
The person in charge at the Hubei Provincial Taiwan Affairs Office stated during an interview that Taiwan ignored the urgent needs of Taiwan compatriots in Hubei who wished to return home from a location near Wuhan, rejecting a close-to-hand solution for one far-away. It not only failed to meet the demand of more than 800 stranded Taiwan compatriots to return home, but also forced Taiwan compatriots in Hubei to endure the inconvenience of long distance travel, arousing strong dissatisfaction against the Taiwan authorities. Provincial Taiwan Affairs Offices at all levels would serve Taiwan compatriots based on the principle of "two sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one family" and help them to resolve practical difficulties with a "point to point" approach. Taiwan Affair Offices province-wide would coordinate with relevant local units to handle health certificates and other related procedures needed for Taiwan compatriots who planned to leave Hubei.

March 27, 2020
The National People's Congress Foreign Affairs Committee issued a statement on the signing into law of the TAIPEI Act. It stated that, by signing the so-called "2019 TAIPEI Act" into law, the US seriously violated the “one-China principle,” the three China-US Joint Communiqués, and basic norms in international law and international relations. US flagrantly interfered in China's domestic affairs and sent a gravely wrong message to "Taiwan independence" separatist forces. The Taiwan question concerned mainland China's sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as mainland China's core interests. The Mainland urged the US to fully recognize the high sensitivity of the Taiwan issue, abide by the “one-China principle” and the three China-US Joint Communiqués, not implement the bill, cautiously handle the Taiwan question, and take concrete actions to uphold the larger picture of the China-US relations as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

March 27, 2020
During a regular press conference, Mainland China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang responded to the signing into law of the TAIPEI Act by the US president. He said that the so-called US 2019 TAIPEI Act seriously violated the “one-China principle” and the three China-US Joint Communiqués. It went against international law and basic norms governing international relations and constituted interference in China's domestic affairs. Mainland China deplored and rejected it. The Act called for blocking other sovereign states from developing normal state-to-state relations with China, was which the logic of flagrant hegemonism. The Taiwan question concerned mainland China's sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as mainland China's core interests. The determination and resolution of the mainland Chinese government and people to safeguard their core interests was firm as rock. China strongly urged the US to correct its mistake and refrain from implementing this bill and obstructing other countries' pursuit of relations with China. Otherwise, it would be met with resolute countermeasures from the Chinese side.

March 28, 2020
In regard to the US signing the TAIPEI Act into law, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian stated that there was only "one China" in the world. The Mainland and Taiwan belong to "one China." The Taiwan question was mainland China's internal affair. Foreign interference would not be allowed. Forty years ago, the US established diplomatic relations with China based on the "one China principle." Now it signed a bill in to law to obstruct other sovereign countries from developing normal state relations with China. This made no sense. It was contradictory and violated international law and the basic norms governing international relations. The unification and national revival of mainland China was a great historical trend that no force could stop. "Taiwan independence" went against the historical tide. It was a dead end that would never succeed.

March 31, 2020
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to the “Notice on the Recommended Admission of outstanding overseas Chinese, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan Students (Athletes) at Regular Institutions of Higher Learning” jointly issued by the Ministry of Education, General Administration of Sport, and China Association for Science and Technology. She stated that in order to implement the spirit of the central government's Taiwan policy and help outstanding Taiwanese students and athletes to enroll in programs at Mainland universities, we sincerely welcomed qualified and willing Taiwanese students and athletes to pursue advanced studies in mainland China.

April 1, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian stated that certain Taiwan media outlets have distorted the truth on Taiwan-related issues in the World Health Assembly. A spokesperson for the embassy in Japan delivered remarks sternly refuting the fake news. The Mainland side reiterated that Taiwan-related issues in the World Health Organization must be handled under the "one China" principle. There is no other way. It also stated that recently Su Tseng-chang has repeatedly escalated the tone of "Taiwan independence," exposing his "Taiwan independence" nature. If Su Tseng-chang clings obstinately to his course and continues to provoke and create cross-Strait confrontation, it will seriously undermine cross-Strait relations and ultimately push the vast number of Taiwan compatriots into a dangerous situation.

April 3, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question concerning the Joint Statement on Pandemic Prevention Cooperation issued by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Czech and the Czech Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei. She stated that the DPP authorities play these little tricks, not for the health and well-being of the people of Taiwan, but to "use the pandemic to plot independence." Their plot will not succeed.

April 9, 2020

The head of mainland China's Ministry of Education Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs Office recently stated during an interview that, after comprehensive consideration of current COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control and the status of cross-Strait relations, the Mainland has decided to suspend study and work travel to Taiwan by graduates from various areas at all education levels in the Mainland for 2020. Mainland students who are currently  studying at colleges and universities in Taiwan may continue to study in Taiwan at their discretion. Furthermore, the Mainland demands that the Taiwan authorities effectively take responsibility for Mainland students enrolled in Taiwan universities but are unable to return for classes due to reasons on the Taiwan side, and to protect their legitimate educational rights and interests. The Mainland side urged the Taiwan authorities to immediately change their unreasonable restrictions on Mainland students and to not unilaterally stress disease prevention to the neglect of the right of Mainland students to return to school.

April 9, 2020

During a regular press conference, mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Zhao Lijian responded to a question regarding accusations by the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) that Taiwan made racist attacks against him. He stated that China opposes any attempt to use the epidemic for purpose of politicization or stigmatization, and strongly condemns the personal attacks and racist words and deeds against WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the DPP authorities in Taiwan have been restless and making reckless political maneuvers, they have also hyped up the issue of Taiwan's participation in the WHO and the WHA with the real intention of seeking independence under the pretext of the pandemic. We are firmly opposed to that. Their scheme will never succeed.

April 10, 2020

Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Zhao Lijian stated at a regular press conference that Taiwan's participation in the activities of WHO and other international organizations need to be arranged in a reasonable and appropriate manner, after cross-Strait consultations, and under the "one-China" principle. According to the agreement reached between China and the WHO, there is an International Health Regulations Contact Point in the Taiwan region, so Taiwan may obtain timely information on global public health emergencies released by the WHO, and report its public health emergency information to the WHO in a timely manner as well. These arrangements are in place so that whenever emergency public health incidents occur, whether in the island or in abroad, the Taiwan Area would be able to correspond accordingly.

April 10, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian stated that the Mainland is consolidating pandemic prevention and control results, and compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait can feel the accelerating recovery of economic and social order. However, the DPP authorities continue to attack and smear Taiwanese compatriots and companies in the Mainland, attack and smear the Mainland, and constantly spin lies to create contradictions and confrontation between fellow compatriots. The DPP authorities should invest their energy in resolving issues concerning the interests and well-being of Taiwanese people. These problems cannot be solved by spinning lies and inciting hatred, nor can they distract the people. It's time to stop these useless political tricks of spreading rumors and smearing.

April 10, 2020

The MAC issued a press release sternly refuting the Mainland Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson’s false accusations on the ROC government of attacking and smearing the Mainland and the Taiwanese companies in the Mainland. It stated that, facing the pandemic, Beijing should think on behalf of the people's health and well-being, restrain its abusive and oppressive war of words, and stop creating cross-Strait tension. This is the true way to benefit the common people. If the Mainland ignores the need to stop disputes in cross-Strait interactions and remains bent on its course, its attack and abuses will only deepen the gap between the two sides along the divide of the spreading pandemic, and the two sides will ultimately grow further apart.

April 10, 2020

The Ministry of National Defense issued a press release stating that a CCP H-6 bomber, KJ-500, J-11 and other types of planes conducted a long-range training drill in the waters southwest of Taiwan this morning. The planes entered the Western Pacific via the Bashi Channel, and then returned to base by their original route. ROC Air Force reconnaissance patrol fighters fully tracked the entire process and responded.

April 12, 2020

The Ministry of National Defense issued a press release stating that a CCP naval flotilla led by the aircraft carrier Liaoning (CV-16) with a five-ship escort (frigates 542 and 598, destroyers 117 and 119, and fast combat support ship 965), departed early this month for navigation training in the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea. The flotilla sailed through the Miyako Strait from the East China Sea yesterday, and today passed through waters east of Taiwan, then crossed the South China Sea sailing south for long-range training drills.

April 14, 2020

Xiamen City in Mainland China announced the "Implementation Rules for Measures to Further Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation". The Rules clarify specific policies and application conditions, list of materials to be submitted, handling procedures, and processing deadlines.

April 17, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question regarding allegations by the Taiwan side that the December 31 letter simply quoted a public announcement by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission and contained no other information. She stated that the facts were very clear. The Mainland first announced information which was then relayed by the health agency in Taiwan. The Taiwan side was not the first to report to the WHO. The Taiwan letter did not mention "person-to-person transmission" either, it sought mainly to understand the situation from the WHO. After March 15, Taiwan packaged the relayed letter as a first "warning" message. This shows that the DPP authorities are hyping a false proposition to make a political statement. Taiwan is part of China, its participation in the WHO and other international activities must be handled under the "one China" principle. The DPP authorities are hyping Taiwan-related issues in the WHO to "use the pandemic to plot independence." This cannot possibly succeed.

April 17, 2020

The MAC issued reference material on the holding of positions by Taiwanese nationals at mainland Chinese state-owned media organizations. It stated that Dragon Television is a subordinate institution to the CCP and state systems and falls within the scope of party, state, and military organizations at which service is prohibited under Paragraph 2, Article 33 of the Cross-Strait Act. Under circumstances that the employment and positions Taiwanese nationals decide upon holding in the mainland Chinese enterprises do not violate the law, the government completely respects their right to choose respective employment and work positions. However, mainland China has, with zero-sum thinking, long pressured Taiwan and refused to relinquish the threat of using force against Taiwan. To maintain Taiwan's overall interests, Taiwanese nationals should comply with provisions of the Cross-Strait Act and avoid service in positions that may put Taiwan's national security or interests in risks' way.

April 21, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question regarding the Hong Kong Police's legal arrest of persons suspected of involvement in "organization of or participation in unauthorized assemblies." She said that this reflects the principle of the rule of law, under which people must follow the law and violators must be held accountable. The DPP and other "Taiwan independence" separatist forces are using this opportunity to pass blame, sensationalize, and distort the truth, again showing their "Taiwan independence" nature through their intervention in Hong Kong affairs, plots for selfish political gains, and attempts to secede. The spokesperson warned the DPP authorities that political manipulation of Hong Kong affairs is not supported by the public. Engaging in "Taiwan Independence" and political schemes to divide the motherland will not succeed.

April 23, 2020

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that it will extend restrictions on direct cross-Strait flights and the ban on airline traveler transits through Taiwan amid the continuing severity of the COVID-19 (Wuhan Virus) pandemic. The former measure was originally scheduled to remain effective until April 29 while the transit ban was originally scheduled to be lifted on April 30. The CECC stated that the timing of lifting the restrictions would be decided depending on the evolvement of the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 23, 2020

The Ministry of National Defense issued a press release stating that a CCP naval flotilla led by the aircraft carrier Liaoning (CV-16) and five-ship escort (frigates 542 and 598, destroyers 117 and 119, fast combat support ship -965) entered the South China Sea via the Bashi Channel on April 12. The formation completed navigation training in South China Sea yesterday and then sailed east through the Bashi Channel.

April 27, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question regarding Taiwan media reports claiming the Mainland's seventh national census will require Mainland spouses to provide data about their families in Taiwan, and claims by Taiwan's MAC that this is a violation of personal privacy. She said that the relevant statement is a complete distortion of facts with ulterior motives to undermine cross-Strait relations. According to relevant laws and regulations, the State Council had decided to conduct the seventh national census in 2020 with the standard time of the census set at midnight on November 1, 2020. Taiwan residents living in the Mainland are within the scope of the census, while Taiwan residents who do not live in the Mainland are excluded from the scope of the census.

April 28, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question regarding individual "Taiwan independence" organizations promoting a so-called "referendum on drafting a new constitution" and completion of a first stage petition. She stated that "Taiwan independence" goes against the historical tide and is a road to nowhere. "Taiwan independence" separatist activities seriously harm the shared interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait and the fundamental interests of the Chinese community. They seriously threaten peace across the Taiwan Strait and will only push Taiwan into an extremely dangerous abyss, bringing profound disaster to Taiwan compatriots. We are fully determined, confident, and sufficiently capable of thwarting "Taiwan independence" attempts in any form.

April 28, 2020

Jiangsu Province announced Guidelines for Implementation of the "Measures to Further Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation across the Taiwan Strait." The 40 articles under the guidelines provide an article-by-article breakdown and item-by-item detail of the "26 measures" to identify responsible agencies, policy content, operational method, and contact windows.

April 30, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question regarding the DPP authorities' constant trumping up of charges to pressure and punish Taiwan compatriots working in the Mainland and depriving Taiwanese young people of more and better development opportunities. She said that the Mainland will firmly support Taiwanese youth seeking to develop in the Mainland. She said that claims by Taiwan's MAC that the Mainland should not politically intervene in the literary, art, television, and film works are entirely fabricated. The DPP authorities and a handful of "Taiwan independence" forces constantly spread fake news and manufacture lies regarding cross-Strait film and television exchanges to disrupt cross-Strait exchanges. They deliberately seek to create conflict and estrangement between compatriots. Moreover, Taiwan's MAC stated that if Mainland intervention in the paint splashing of Lam Wing Kee in Taiwan were verified, involved parties would be punished according to the Anti-infiltration Act. The spokesperson stated in response that "Hong Kong independence" and "Taiwan independence" forces collude to create disorder in Hong Kong and cause trouble for the Mainland. This will inevitably further deteriorate cross-Strait relations and bring disaster to Taiwanese society.

April 30, 2020

During a regular press conference, mainland china’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Geng Shuang responded to a question regarding the renaming of the "Netherlands Trade and Investment Office in Taipei" to the "Netherlands Office Taipei." He stated that there is only "one China" in the world and Taiwan is part of China. China firmly opposes any official ties between Taiwan and China’s diplomatic allies, not to mention the establishment of any official agencies in Taiwan. Our position has been clear and consistent. We urge the Netherlands to earnestly abide by the "one-China" principle, properly handle issues related to Taiwan, correct its wrongdoing and uphold bilateral relations through concrete actions.

April 30, 2020

During a regular press conference, mainland China's Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Wu Qian responded to a question regarding a statement by the head of Taiwan's "Defense Department" that People's Liberation Army (PLA) "saber rattling" threatens regional security and that Taiwan has a response plan in the event of a cross-Strait war. He said that Taiwan is part of China. The PLA organizes military actions to protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity. These actions are not aimed at Taiwan compatriots, but at a small minority of "Taiwan independence" forces and their separatist actions, all of which will be conducted to prevent the well-being of Taiwan compatriots from being harmed by "Taiwan independence" schemes. Any attempt to use force to refuse reunification is contrary to overall national interests and is doomed to fail.

May 7, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated that the DPP authorities have stubbornly stuck to the separatist stance of "Taiwan independence" and refused to admit the "1992 Consensus", which embodies the notion of "one-China principle". Such move has undermined the political foundation for Taiwan's participation in the WHA. Using the COVID-19 pandemic to hype up the issue of participation in the WHA was a political scheme. Resolution 2758, adopted by the 26th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 1971, recognized the People's Republic of China as the sole legitimate government representing all Chinese people. This has once and for all resolved the issue of China's representation in the UN politically, legally, and procedurally whilst duly reflected the "one-China principle" upheld by the UN. Taiwan's membership in the UN was a pseudo issue. The Taiwan’s participation in the international organizations and their activities, including the WHO and its activities, must be handled in accordance with the "one-China principle".

May 7, 2020

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) issued a media note solemnly refuting erroneous and inappropriate comments made by the Taiwan Affairs Office regarding Taiwan's participation in the WHO. Taiwan has never been part of the People's Republic of China either historically or under the documents in international law. The 23 million people of Taiwan have never accepted the "one-China principle" unilaterally established by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The CCP claimed that Taiwan has undermined the political foundation for its participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA) by refusing the"1992 Consensus", which embodies the notion of the "one-China principle”. This clearly demonstrates the CCP's use of politics to violate the health rights of the Taiwanese people. The MAC warned the other side of the Taiwan Strait to face up to cross-Strait realities and stop oppressing Taiwan through “negative” means, which did nothing to help benign cross-Strait interactions.

May 8, 2020

The Ministry of National Defense issued a press release stating that it had detected a CCP Y-8 transport aircraft conducting flight training over the waters southwest of Taiwan. The aircraft briefly entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) but subsequently left after a Taiwan air force patrol jet responded appropriately and broadcasted a radio warning.

May 8, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang commented on the MAC's statement that the Mainland should put aside the unilaterally-set political premises, abandon tactics of intimidation and suppression, and work with Taiwan to promote a new era in cross-Strait relations. He indicated that the Mainland was willing to create vast space for peaceful unification in the process of moving towards the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. However, there would be no room for various forms of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. The Mainland would never allow any person, organization, or party to split off any part of the territory of mainland China at any time or in any way. It would continue to establish dialogue and communication on cross-Strait relations and the future of the nation with all parties, groups, and individuals in Taiwan on the basis of adhering to the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence."

May 9, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang commented on the proposed amendment by DPP legislators to remove references to "the unification of the nation" in the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area. He stressed that a small group of "Taiwan independence" separatists misjudged the situation as they attempted to drag race down the road of independence. Ma claimed that it was extremely dangerous to constantly challenge the Mainland's bottom line on Taiwan. The Mainland seriously warned "Taiwan independence" separatist forces to not underestimate the strong will and firm determination of 1.4 billion Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

May 13, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang commented on support expressed by the MAC and education authorities in Taiwan over remarks by an associate professor at Taiwan's Chung Yuan Christian University, discriminating against Mainland students and attacking the Mainland. He stated that the MAC and education authorities in Taiwan disregarded the facts and failed to tell right from wrong in their high-sounding arguments. This confirmed they were the "protective umbrellas" for Taiwan’s "anti-China and hatred sentiment against mainland China." Such words, actions, and biased indulgence by the DPP authorities have deteriorated cross-Strait educational exchanges and the normal healthy learning environment for Mainland students in Taiwan.

May 13, 2020

During a regular press conference, mainland China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian commented on the French government selling arms to Taiwan. He stated that the Mainland's position was consistent and clear, “it firmly opposes foreign arms sales to Taiwan or having military and security exchange with the island.” The Mainland has already expressed grave concerns to France and again urged the French side to earnestly abide by the “one-China principle”. Beijing called upon Paris to withdraw its arms sales plan and avoid further damaging Sino-French relations.

May 15, 2020

Mainland China's National Development and Reform Commission, State Council Taiwan Affairs Office and eight other agencies, namely Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Commerce, People's Bank of China, China Banking Regulatory Commission, and China Securities Regulatory Commission, jointly issued the Circular on Coordinated Efforts to Support the Development of Taiwan-funded Enterprises and Advance Taiwan-funded projects in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The circular was part of the efforts to further implement the "31 measures" and "26 measures" to promote cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation. With the proposed 11 measures, the circular aimed to help Taiwanese businesspeople and enterprises resumed operations and production amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 15, 2020

At a regular press conference, mainland China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian stated that Taiwan’s participation in the WHA must be handled in accordance with the “one-China principle”. This was also a fundamental principle enshrined in UNGA Resolution 2758 and WHA Resolution 25.1. Since the DPP came to power in 2016, it has obstinately adhered to the separatist position of "Taiwan independence" and refused to recognize that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one and the same China. As a result, the political foundation for Taiwan to participate in the WHA has ceased to exist. The few countries that insisted on discussing the proposal relating to the Taiwan region were only aiming to politicize a health issue for selfish political gains, even at the expense of hijacking the WHA and undermining global cooperation to fight the pandemic.

May 19, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated that decisions of the 73rd WHA not to discuss Taiwan-related issues once again showed that "Taiwan independence" was a dead end and that hyping up Taiwan-related issues at the WHA was unpopular. The "one-China principle" was the consensus of the international community, the common aspiration of the people, and a general trend. He advised the DPP authorities to avoid going further down the wrong path as any attempt to challenge the "one-China principle" was doomed to fail.

May 20, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang commented on the part regarding cross-Strait relations in the DPP leader’s May 20 speech. He said that the DPP administration’s refusal to recognize the “1992 Consensus,” which embodies the one-China principle, has unilaterally destroyed the political foundation for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. Some politicians have stirred up opposition between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, attempting to sever relations between Taiwan and the Mainland geographically and legally, whilst a tiny fraction of "Taiwan independence" separatists have clamored for "legal amendments" and "referendums", seeking "de jure independence." These acts have harmed the well-being of Taiwan compatriots and the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation, not to mention also severely threatened peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. "Taiwan independence" went against the tide of the times. It was a path that led to nowhere. The Mainland would adhere to the fundamental principle of "peaceful unification” and “one country, two systems." Although mainland China was willing to create vast space for peaceful unification, it would leave no room for any form of separatist activities aimed at "Taiwan independence". The Mainland also would never tolerate interference in its internal affairs by any external forces.

May 20, 2020

President Tsai Ing-wen delivered her inaugural address as 15th president of the Republic of China (ROC). She stated that, in the face of complex and changing cross-Strait circumstances, our government has made the greatest effort to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, gaining approval from the international community. She said she would continue these efforts and was willing to engage in dialogue with China and make more concrete contributions to regional security. She also reiterated the words "peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue" and stressed that Taiwan would not accept the Beijing authorities' use of "one country, two systems" to downgrade Taiwan and undermine the cross-Strait status quo. Taiwan would stand fast by this principle. The president also said our government would continue to handle 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. This has been the administration's consistent position for maintaining the peaceful and stable status quo in the Taiwan Strait. Cross-Strait relations have reached a historical turning point. Both sides had a duty to find a way to coexist over the long term and prevent the intensification of antagonism and differences. The president added that, faced with changing circumstances, our government would hold firm to our principles, resolve issues with an open attitude, and shoulder the responsibilities. She also expressed hope that the leader on the other side of the Strait would take on the same responsibility and work with Taiwan to jointly stabilize the long-term development of cross-Strait relations.

May 20, 2020

MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong held a press conference this afternoon on the government's position and policies regarding cross-Strait relations. He emphasized that, in the face of international developments, the president has striven to take early action on national development strategy and worked to maintain the status quo of cross-Strait peace and stability. "Peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue" were four words pivotal to restarting positive cross-Strait interaction and long-term development and the strategic guiding principle for peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The government would continue to handle 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. Taiwan refused to accept the use of "one country, two systems" by the CCP to downgrade Taiwan and undermine the cross-Strait status quo. Beijing should pragmatically, rationally, and positively read into President Tsai’s statement, adjust its confrontational mindset and respect the will of the Taiwanese people. After all, only through negotiations without set preconditions can differences across the Strait be settled and the well-being of the people on both sides enhanced.

May 20, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang commented on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's congratulatory message to President Tsai Ing-wen on her re-election inauguration. He urged the US to strictly abide by the “one-China principle” and the three Sino-US Joint Communiqués, as well as stop all forms of official exchanges with Taiwan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issued a statement urging the US to immediately correct its mistakes, or else mainland China would take necessary measures in response to the wrongful moves by the US and the US should bear the consequences aroused therefrom.
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) stressed in a statement that interference in China's internal affairs seriously jeopardized the development of Sino-US military relations and undermined peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. MND’s statement also stated that banking on foreign powers was a dead end and using Taiwan to contain China was doomed to be futile. "Taiwan independence" separatist forces and their actions went against the overall national interests and would leave behind historical imprint of notoriety.

May 21, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang commented on a US$180 million arms sales to Taiwan approved by the US Department of State. He stated that China firmly opposed US arms sales to Taiwan and resolutely objected to the US maintaining military ties or any other form of official contact with Taiwan. The DPP authorities have repeatedly purchased US weapons with taxpayers' hard-earned money. This would only undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and harmed the interests of the Taiwan people.

May 22, 2020

The MAC issued a press release on deliberation of the (Draft) Decision by the CCP National People's Congress (NPC) on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). It stated that, over the years, the CCP has incessantly pushed to pass a national security legislation to enact Article 23 of the Basic Law. Last year, the fourth plenary session of the 19th CCP Central Committee designated the establishment and improvement of the legal system and enforcement mechanisms to safeguard national security as an urgent task of the Hong Kong government and all sectors of society. The CCP invariably attributed the cause of Hong Kong's instability to external forces and "Hong Kong independence" separatism, indicating its inability for introspection, and hence its urgency in pressing for legislation to safeguard against the so-called national security loopholes. However, violation of democracy, human rights, and freedom of the people of Hong Kong in the name of national security would only heighten public dissatisfaction and social instability. It would also increase the risk faced by foreign nationals in Hong Kong, as well as endanger Hong Kong's status as an international financial center. The MAC expressed hope that the relevant parties would think twice and refrain from making wrong decisions that could push Hong Kong further into chaos. In the meantime, the MAC will be closely watching related developments in Hong Kong.

May 22, 2020

Mainland China's Premier Li Keqiang delivered a government work report at the third session of the 13th NPC. He stated that the Mainland would adhere to the major principles and policies on work related to Taiwan and resolutely oppose and deter any separatist activities seeking "Taiwan independence." It would improve institutional arrangements, policies, and measures to encourage exchanges and cooperation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, further cross-Strait integrated development, and protect the well-being of fellow compatriots in Taiwan. The Mainland would encourage Taiwan compatriots to join Beijing in opposing "Taiwan independence" and promoting China's reunification to create a beautiful future for the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
Xinhua News Agency published the full text of the said work report on May 29, to which the content of adhering to the "one-China principle" and promoting the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations on the basis of the "1992 Consensus" was added.

May 22, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated that the DPP authorities and "Taiwan independence" forces have colluded with "Hong Kong independence" forces and anti-China forces overseas. They used the controversy over the extradition bill as pretext to wantonly intervene in Hong Kong affairs, create disturbances, fuel activities intended to oppose China and seek to stir up trouble in Hong Kong, and smear the "one country, two systems." He advised the DPP authorities to immediately stop their reckless attacks and unwarranted comments on the deliberation of a draft resolution by the NPC and the political manipulation over Hong Kong affairs.

May 24, 2020

Member of the Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Wang Yang joined the Taiwan delegations in deliberation at the third session of the 13th NPC. Wang indicated that the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations aligned with the fundamental interests of the Chinese people and was the common aspiration of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. The Mainland must thoroughly study and comprehend General Secretary Xi Jinping's important discourses on Taiwan-related work, properly implement the decisions and deployment of the CCP Central Committee. It was important to adhere to the basic principle of "peaceful unification” and “one country, two systems", insist on the "1992 consensus", which embodies the "one-China" principle”, strengthen the general trend of opposing "independence" and promoting unification, and firmly curb any form of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities to prevent and resolve major risks across the Taiwan Strait. The Mainland must uphold the conviction that both sides belong to one family, implement preferential measures that benefit Taiwanese people, and support the participation of Taiwanese companies and businesspeople in "new infrastructure" project and the expansion of the domestic market. It must also create better conditions for Taiwan compatriots, especially young people, to study, start businesses, work, and live in the Mainland to further enhance the so-called “spiritual union”.

May 24, 2020

During an international press conference at the third session of the 13th NPC, Mainland State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated that the Taiwan authorities have turned a blind eye to their people's well-being. By turning its back on the “1992 Consensus” , which embodies the notion that two sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one and the same China, they have shut the door to cross-Strait consultations on Taiwan's external activities. Wang stressed “the Taiwan question is China's internal affair. The ‘one-China principle’ is an international consensus and the political foundation of China's diplomatic relations with other countries.” The Mainland resolutely opposed any external support and encouragement to those who took advantage of COVID-19 to seek "Taiwan independence." The Mainland advised the US side to ditch its illusions and political calculations and not to make any attempt to challenge China's red line.

May 24, 2020

Mainland China's Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Wu Qian commented on US arms sales to Taiwan. He stated that the US publicly announced a new round of arms sales to Taiwan sent out wrong signals to the DPP authorities and "Taiwan independence" separatist forces, undermined mainland China's sovereignty and security, endangered peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, and jeopardized the development of China-US military relations. He urged the US to immediately stop arms sales to Taiwan and suspend US-Taiwan military ties as the People's Liberation Army (PLA) would take all necessary measures to firmly defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

May 28, 2020

During a press conference after the third session of the 13th NPC, mainland China's Premier Li Keqiang stated that the Mainland's principles and policies toward Taiwan have been consistent and well-known to the international community. The Mainland would stay committed to the “one-China principle” and the “1992 Consensus.” It would continue to firmly oppose "Taiwan independence." Based on this political foundation, the Mainland was ready to have dialogue and consultations with any party, group or person in Taiwan regarding cross-Strait relations and the future of the Chinese nation, and promote peaceful growth of cross-Strait relations. It would continue to show maximum sincerity and do the utmost to promote the peaceful unification. Li stressed “the Taiwan question is China's internal affair.” The Mainland has always opposed external interference and the Chinese nation had the wisdom and the ability to handle its own affairs.

May 28, 2020

The MAC issued a press release in response to the CCP National People's Congress's passage of the Decision on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR. It stated that the CCP's handling of Hong Kong affairs not only concerned the well-being of the Hong Kong people, but also pertained to the psychological gap between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait and was relevant to the prosperity and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. By forcing through the National Security Law and establishing a national security agency, the CCP abandoned its pledge of maintaining a "high degree of autonomy" for "50 years without change" in Hong Kong. It also further confirmed the hypocrisy of its "one country, two systems" model. China's actions in no way benefited cross-Strait relations and would shake the international community's confidence. By instruction of the President, the MAC would map out a humanitarian assistance action plan to attain comprehensive policy objectives for the residence, placement, employment, and life of Hong Kong citizens in Taiwan. Taiwan stands together with other democracies of the world in defending universal values and speaking out for Hong Kong's freedom.

May 28, 2020

The third session of the 13th NPC passed, with a strong majority, the NPC Decision on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR. The decision stated that China would unswervingly, fully, and faithfully implement the principles of "one country, two systems," "Hong Kong governed by the Hong Kong people," and a high degree of autonomy. Mainland China resolutely opposed the interference in the HKSAR's affairs by any foreign or external forces in any form. It also emphasized that mainland China would take necessary countermeasures to prevent, stop, and punish activities endangering national security in accordance with the law.

May 28, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang commented on the "assistance action plan" mentioned by Tsai Ing-wen and the DPP authorities related to the decision on Hong Kong by the NPC. He stated that the collusion between "Taiwan independence" and "Hong Kong independence" forces in a plot to create chaos in Hong Kong and divide the motherland has sparked common indignation and resolute resistance from the Chinese people at home and abroad. The DPP authorities’ “fact-distorting” remarks on the NPC Decision on national security legislation for HKSAR exposed their insidious and sinister intention of politically manipulating the situation in Hong Kong, accusing "one country, two systems" and seeking "Taiwan independence." Ma warned the DPP authorities to stop “looting a burning house” and making mischief for they would only shoot themselves in the foot as “bringing black, violent forces into Taiwan will bring disaster to Taiwan’s people”.

May 29, 2020

The MAC issued a press release on the CCP's reiteration of the use of legal means and military force to curb independence and push for unification, among other inappropriate comments, made at a seminar on the Anti- Separation Law (also known as Anti-Secession Law in mainland China). The MAC stressed that the CCP introduced the Anti-Separation Law 15 years ago as a carte blanche to legitimize the use force against Taiwan, and intended to determine the future of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait by the unilaterally imposed legislation. Such an extremely unwise and mistaken move has and would never be accepted by Taiwan. The MAC sternly warned the CCP authorities to not repeatedly misjudge the situation. Any law that is inconsistent with democratic human rights, disrespects public opinion, or resorts to military and deterrence actions violates the principles of international law and is ultimately counterproductive. Use of military force and unilateral decisions are never the solutions for cross-Strait relations. Instead, a return to "peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue" as advocated by President Tsai Ing-wen is the best approach for interaction between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.

May 29, 2020

Member of the CCP Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC Li Zhanshu delivered a speech at a seminar marking the 15th anniversary of the implementation of the Anti- Separation Law. He stated that "Taiwan independence" separatist activities openly challenged the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation and must be resolutely contained. "Taiwan independence" separatist forces promoted and caused uproar over "legal amendments," "legislation," "constitutional interpretations," and "constitutional reforms" in a vain attempt to advance "gradual Taiwan independence" and seek an opportunity for "de jure independence." Li sternly warned Taiwan's pro-independence and separatist forces that the path of Taiwan independence led to a dead end. Any challenge to this law would be severely punished.
Member of the Central Military Commission (CMC) and Chief of the Joint Staff Department under the CMC Li Zuocheng said that “military means are needed as a backup for peace to prevail”, therefore, mainland China needed both peaceful and military options for Taiwan, neither of which could be ruled out. The Mainland would not commit to renouncing the use of force against Taiwan and reserved the option of taking all necessary measures to stabilize the situation in the Taiwan Strait and prevent cross-Strait relations from veering off the track of peaceful development.
Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office Liu Jieyi stated that the "1992 Consensus" was essentially about "both sides of the Strait belong to 'one China' and will work together towards national unification." The Mainland was willing to seek peaceful unification with the utmost sincerity and effort. However, it would leave no space for "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. The Mainland made no promise to renounce the use of force against Taiwan and would reserve the option of taking all necessary measures. This was by no means targeted at compatriots in Taiwan, but at the interference of external forces and the very small number of "Taiwan independence" separatists and their activities.

May 30, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated that the Anti-Separation Law has played an important role over the past 15 years since its implementation in curbing "Taiwan independence" separatists’ schemes and promoting the peaceful reunification of the motherland. It provided solid legal protections to preserve peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, promote development of cross-Strait relations, and protect the well-being of Taiwan compatriots. In regard to Taiwan’s legislature statement on "assisting the people of Hong Kong" and drafting legislation and administrative measures, Ma claimed that actions to assist people responsible for causing chaos in Hong Kong was a public offer of asylum for illegal terrorist forces, exposing the legislature's political intention to stir up chaos in Hong Kong, accuse "one country, two systems," and seek "Taiwan independence." Such plot would not succeed and those who intervened in Hong Kong affairs would reap what they sow.

June 3, 2020

The MAC issued a press release on the eve of the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Incident. It called on the Beijing authorities to squarely face the people's hope for freedom and democracy, promptly embark on political reforms consistent with democratic procedures and justice, re-examine the historical truth of the Tiananmen Square Incident and apologize sincerely for their behavior. The MAC also stressed that the one-party dictatorship of the CCP has long lacked a ruling ideology linked to universal values. By coercion and violence, and high-tech grid surveillance and detention, Beijing continues to intensify its encroachments on human rights. The current authorities should own up to and correct their mistakes, enact immediate reforms that return power to the people, and show respect of the people's opinions. This is the only way to resolve conflicts and contradictions, for a free and open civil society is the drive pushing forth development.

June 4, 2020

The MAC announced the results of a public opinion survey. The results showed that nearly 90% (88.2%) of the public support the President's reiteration of the principles of "peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue." More than 80% (82%) oppose the CCP's formulation of a "national security law for Hong Kong," believing that it would infringe Hong Kong's democracy, freedom, and judicial independence. About 90% oppose the emphasis of the CCP at an Anti-Separation Law symposium of using legal and military means against Taiwan (88.9%). They also oppose the CCP's political obstruction of Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (92.9%), and oppose the CCP's continued dispatching of military aircrafts and ships to conduct multiple navigation drills around the Taiwan area to militarily threaten Taiwan (91.1%). More than 80% (81%) of the public support the government for being aware of the Mainland's epidemic situation in the initial stage, and also support the issuance of timely travel alerts and implementation of control measures on cross-Strait flights and personnel exchanges.

June 9, 2020

The Ministry of National Defense issued a press release stating that the military detected several CCP Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets briefly flying southwest into Taiwan. The ROC Air Force surveillance aircrafts closely monitored their movement and actively dispersed the aircrafts.

June 10, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi spoke at the second congress of 5th-term members of the Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland. He indicated that the CCP Central Committee and State Council are introducing policy measures to optimize the business environment and provide tax and fee cuts to grant more developmental and business opportunities for Taiwanese companies. He hoped that Taiwan compatriots would uphold overall national interests, resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence," and jointly stop the DPP authorities and "Taiwan independence" separatists from pushing cross-Strait relations to the brink of danger and Taiwan compatriots to a devastating abyss. The Taiwan compatriots should firmly unite to promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and advance the process toward the peaceful reunification of China.

June 11, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian said that it was a serious breach of China's sovereignty, security and development interests for US military aircrafts to fly over Taiwan. The action by the US was against international law and basic norms governing international relations, and constituted an illegal and severely provocative initiative. The DPP colluded with external forces to violate China's sovereignty and security, as well as undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. She sternly warned the DPP authorities to not misjudge the situation, not to underestimate the strong will and determination of all Chinese people to protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to immediately stop the said behavior. In addition, mainland China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Hua Chunying stated in response to this incident that the move from the US seriously violated international law and basic norms governing international relations. China expressed firm opposition and strong condemnation.

June 12, 2020

The Ministry of National Defense issued a press release stating that the military detected a CCP Shaanxi Y-8 transport aircraft briefly flying southwest into Taiwan. The People’s Liberation Army aircraft soon left ROC’s air defense identification zone following the ROC Air Force surveillance aircrafts’ appropriate responses and radio warnings.

June 12, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question on the clamoring for "constitutional reform" and "name changing" by "Taiwan independence" political parties and groups. She stated that the DPP authorities have recently accelerated their collusion with external forces to undermine peace and stability across the Strait, as well as stirred up cross-Strait division and antagonism, making cross-Strait relations even more complex and grave. A tiny fraction of "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces in Taiwan have championed and stepped up an array of activities to seek "Taiwan independence." They attempt to push cross-Strait relations to the brink of danger and thrust Taiwan compatriots into the abyss of disasters. The secessionist forces and their activities for "Taiwan independence" pose the biggest threat to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and represent the greatest obstacle to the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. Their acts run counter to the shared interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait and the fundamental interests of the Chinese community, and are doomed to fail. She admonished that the "Taiwan independence" forces should come around before it is too late, otherwise their actions are bound to be met with severe punishments.

June 15, 2020

Mainland China's Ministry of National Defense spokesman Ren Guoqiang responded to a question regarding the US military aircrafts flying over Chinese territory without China's permission. Ren pointed out that such an action is extremely erroneous and dangerous as it seriously infringes upon China's territorial sovereignty and undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He urged the US to abide by the “one China principle” and the three China-US Joint Communiqués, as well as refrain from all provocative acts against China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Any attempt of "using Taiwan to control China" or reliance on foreign forces is a dead end. The People's Liberation Army has the firm determination, full confidence, and sufficient ability to safeguard China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, preserve the common interests of the compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, and ensure the peace and stability across the Strait. The government is determined to thwart any "one China, one Taiwan" attempts.

June 16, 2020

The ROC Air Force issued a press release stating that the military detected a CCP J-10 fighter jet briefly flying southwest into Taiwan. The ROC Air Force surveillance aircrafts carefully monitored its movement and actively dispersed the aircraft

June 17, 2020

The ROC Air Force issued a press release stating that the military detected CCP Shaanxi Y-8 transport aircrafts and J-10 fighter jets briefly flying southwest into Taiwan. The People’s Liberation Army aircrafts soon left ROC’s air defense identification zone following the ROC Air Force surveillance aircrafts’ appropriate responses and radio warnings.

June 18, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question regarding the COVID-19 epidemic. She stated that throughout the pandemic, the DPP authorities have intentionally imposed discriminatory practices against some Taiwan compatriots returning from Mainland, Mainland students studying in Taiwan, and the children of cross-Strait marriages. Such practices and measures have seriously harmed the legitimate rights of these groups. She urged the DPP authorities to promptly repeal the discriminatory measures, to address the reasonable needs of Mainland students and cross-Strait marriages, and to respect the rightful demands of these groups to return to school in Taiwan or reunite with their families.

June 18, 2020

Mainland China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian responded to a question regarding a conversation between Yang Jiechi, Member of the Political Bureau and Director of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CCP Central Committee, and Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State. Yang reportedly stressed that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an indivisible part of China. The "one China principle” is the political foundation of China-US relations. China’s determination and resolution to safeguard its core interests will never waver. China demands that the US strictly abide by the “one China principle” and the three China-US Joint Communiqués for a proper and cautious handling of Taiwan-related issues.

June 18, 2020

The ROC Air Force issued a press release stating that the military detected CCP J-10 and J-11 fighter jets briefly flying southwest into Taiwan. The People’s Liberation Army aircrafts soon left ROC’s air defense identification zone following the ROC Air Force surveillance aircrafts’ appropriate responses and radio warnings.

June 18, 2020

The MAC issued a press release stating that the “Hong Kong Humanitarian Aid Project” (hereinafter “the Project”) has been planned according to instructions by the President and premier. The Project was put in place in response to the CCP's imposition of the National Security Law on Hong Kong, an action that has caused unrest in its society. The Project was approved by the Executive Yuan today, and will be responsible for operations of the Taiwan-Hong Kong Office for Exchanges and Services (hereinafter “the Office”) established under the Project. The Office will officially commence operations on July 1 through which streamlined services and necessary care for the Hong Kong people will be provided. The MAC stressed that implementation of the Project fully demonstrates the determination and goodwill of the government to support the Hong Kong people in protecting their democracy, freedom, and human rights, as well as to provide care for them.

June 19, 2020

President Tsai Ing-wen addressed the Copenhagen Democracy Summit by video. She stated that by allowing anti-democratic forces and autocrats to advance abroad, we are neglecting our own democratic values. In particular, our thoughts today are with the people of Hong Kong. Taiwan has joined the international community in urging the Beijing authorities to honor their obligation to respect Hong Kong's fundamental freedoms, Taiwan will continue to provide necessary humanitarian assistance to the people of Hong Kong. Taiwan stands on the frontline of the global community of democracies. Authoritarian forces regularly target our people through hybrid tactics meant to intimidate, isolate, and misinform. Yet our January elections proved that these assaults have only strengthened our resolve to defend our democracy.

June 19, 2020

The ROC Air Force issued a press release stating that the military detected CCP J-10 fighter jets briefly flying southwest into Taiwan. The People’s Liberation Army aircrafts soon left ROC’s air defense identification zone following the ROC Air Force surveillance aircrafts’ appropriate responses and radio warnings.

June 19, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question on the so-called "Hong Kong Humanitarian Aid Project” proposed by the DPP authorities. She stated that the so-called aid project put forth by the DPP once again exposes the party’s political aim to meddle in Hong Kong's affairs, destroy the city's prosperity and stability, and shelter and introduce to Taiwan the “black-clad violence” and protesters. The above actions will only continue to harm the people of Taiwan. The secession attempts of merging the ”Taiwan independence” and ”Hong Kong independence” separatists and undermining ”one country, two systems” to divide the country will never succeed.

June 19, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question on KMT’s discussions of the party's Mainland policy. She stated that upholding the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence" are the common political ground on which the CCP and KMT base their mutual trust, exchanges, and cooperation. Discarding the long-held correct principles and deviating from the basic principles of cross-Strait relations will not only damage the foundation of mutual trust, but create barriers to exchanges between the two parties and two sides of the Strait.

June 21, 2020

The ROC Air Force issued a press release stating that the military detected CCP J-10 fighter jets briefly flying southwest into Taiwan. The ROC Air Force surveillance aircrafts closely monitored their movement and actively dispersed the aircrafts.

June 22, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question about the DPP leader's recent video address at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2020. She indicated that the talk was a political manipulation of the DPP leader under the pretext of "democracy." By sticking its nose in Hong Kong affairs, the DPP again reveals its political nature of taking advantage of various international occasions and terminologies to seek "Taiwan independence." She called on the DPP authorities to stop attempting the so-called "diplomatic" breakthroughs in the international arena. She also urged relevant countries to abide by the "one China principle” and not provide any stage or convenience for the DPP authorities to seek "independence" in the international community.

June 22, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question regarding the bill passage by the Ishigaki City Council in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, approving the renaming of Diaoyu Islands’ "administrative division." She stated that the Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islands have been an inherent part of China's territory since ancient times. China has indisputable sovereignty over these islands. Both sides of the Straits belong to "one China" and should jointly safeguard China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

June 22, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question regarding Su Tseng-chang's referencing of the annual US report on China Military Power. She positioned Su’s comments as a vicious attack on the Mainland in an attempt to provoke cross-Strait confrontation. Zhu said that the DPP authorities deliberately mix up "Taiwan independence" and Taiwan, once again revealing their stubborn nature of seeking "independence." A handful of "Taiwan independence" forces on the island continue to provocatively seek "independence," and aim at kidnapping the Taiwanese society with their actions. The Mainland trusts that the majority of Taiwan compatriots can discern these malicious acts and prevent their scheme from succeeding.

June 24, 2020

Mainland China's Ministry of National Defense spokesman Wu Qian responded to a question regarding unprecedented incidents of US transport aircrafts flying over Taiwan's air space and US destroyers passing the Taiwan Strait. He said that Taiwan is an indivisible part of China. The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. The PRC will not allow any foreign power to interfere with this matter. It is a sheer pipe dream for the US to constantly play the Taiwan card in an attempt to harm China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity with the "salami-slicing tactics." The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has always been on high alert. The PLA has the firm determination, full confidence, and sufficient ability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

June 30, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong. She stated that the law explicitly stipulates the four categories of offenses endangering national security, as well as their corresponding penalties. The law will surely terminate the DPP authorities’ meddling in Hong Kong affairs. The DPP authorities make irresponsible remarks out of nothing, distort the facts, mislead the public, and continue to collude with protesters in Hong Kong to undermine national security. The acts once again reveal their vicious intention to meddle in Hong Kong affairs, stir up trouble in Hong Kong, and seek "Taiwan independence."

June 30, 2020

The Analysis Report: 23 Years after Hong Kong's Handover published by the MAC indicated that, over the past year, the CCP has broken its pledge of allowing Hong Kong "a high degree of autonomy" and "to remain unchanged for 50 years." Beijing has continued to tighten its grip on Hong Kong through reassignments of personnel involved in Hong Kong affairs, organizational upgrading, mass arrests, prosecution of protesters, and the arbitrary drafting of a National Security Law on Hong Kong, which bypassed Hong Kong's Legislative Council. Nevertheless, the people of Hong Kong have found ways to maintain the protest momentum provided by the anti-extradition movement to courageously defend democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law in Hong Kong. The report also stressed that democracy, freedom, human rights, and the rule of law are universal values shared by Taiwan and Hong Kong. All political parties in Taiwan are deeply concerned about and support the demand of the people of Hong Kong for democracy. The government will continue to closely watch the situation in Hong Kong and provide necessary assistance for the people of Taiwan and Hong Kong.

June 30, 2020

The MAC issued a press release in response to the passage of "The Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region" by the National People's Congress Standing Committee. The MAC solemnly condemned the CCP for this arbitrary action that harms Hong Kong's core values of freedom, human rights, and the rule of law, as well as their negative actions that further violate its commitment to grant the people of Hong Kong a "high degree of autonomy" and "50 years without change." The MAC also indicated that Taiwan has always shared the international community's concern over developments in Hong Kong and has never wavered in its supporting position for Hong Kong people's defense of their core values. Facing developments in Hong Kong, the government has announced a Hong Kong Humanitarian Aid Project, under which the Taiwan-Hong Kong Office for Exchanges and Services has been established and will begin official operations starting July 1 to provide necessary assistance to Hong Kong citizens.

July 1, 2020

MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong and Taiwan-Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council (THEC) Chairperson Chang Hsiao-yueh jointly inaugurated and announced the opening of the Taiwan-Hong Kong Office for Exchanges and Services (hereinafter as “the Office”). They expressed hope that the Office would highlight Taiwan's determination and goodwill to care for the people of Hong Kong and promote positive exchange and interaction between Taiwan and Hong Kong. The MAC reiterated that the Office aims to provide convenient consulting and assistance services for Hong Kong citizens coming to Taiwan for education, employment, investment, entrepreneurship, immigration, and settlement, as well as for Hong Kong-based multinational and international corporations seeking to develop in Taiwan. The Office will also pragmatically handle affairs related to humanitarian assistance and care for Hong Kong people through public-private partnerships, subject to national security considerations and existing regulations.

July 3, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question regarding some Mainland reporters being revoked journalist credentials and entry permits over “violation of the law” in Taiwan. She stated that cross-Strait media exchanges are an important channel for cross-Strait information communication, enhancing mutual understanding between compatriots on both sides of the Strait, and promoting emotional integration. The DPP authorities use various means to restrict and obstruct cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, such as targeting normal news reports generated by Mainland media in Taiwan, severely interfering with news reporting by Mainland media stationed in Taiwan, and undermining the legitimate rights of Mainland journalists. The said actions expose the hypocrisy of their so-called "freedom of press." The spokesperson warned the DPP authorities to immediately stop their unreasonable actions or pay the price of all consequences.

July 6, 2020

Mainland China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian responded to the matter during a regular press conference of the mutual decision between Taiwan and Somaliland to set up “representative offices” and to have already appointed representatives for the offices. Somaliland is located in the northwest of Somalia. He stated that the Somalia government reaffirmed its adherence to the “one China” principle and condemned Taiwan for undermining Somalia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. China highly commends this stance. There is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inseparable part of China. The “one China” principle is a universally recognized norm and a widely accepted international consensus. China firmly opposes any Taiwan-Somaliland official interaction including establishing official institutions reciprocally or any other exchanges. The DPP has gone frantic in search of whatever support it could get. It will never succeed in its attempt of secessionism in the international arena.

July 6, 2020

Wenzhou City of Zhejiang Province announced the Supplementary Implementation Rules for the Measures to Further Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation (46 articles). The rules provide Taiwan compatriots with equal treatment as enjoyed by their mainland counterparts in investment, employment, entrepreneurship, life, and education in Wenzhou. The rules also further promote Wenzhou-Taiwan economic and social integration and development, making the overall area the dreamers’ home for Taiwan compatriots and Taiwan youth.

July 7, 2020

President Tsai Ing-wen attended the reception for the 50th Anniversary of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council. Regarding the Implementation Rules for Article 43 of the Hong Kong National Security Law authorizing Hong Kong police to require “political organizations” and “agents” of foreign countries, including those in Taiwan, to provide information on activities concerning Hong Kong, she stated that every important or major political party should be able to judge what is unacceptable within the content of the Hong Kong National Security Law. The government will also closely watch the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law and issue warnings or guidance as needed to relevant civil or official organizations. If implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law harms the country or is unreasonable, the government will consider countermeasures.

July 7, 2020

The MAC issued a press release on the Hong Kong National Security Law. It stated that Implementation Rules for Article 43 of the law are vaguely worded and broadly defined, making them highly disrespectful and unfriendly to Taiwanese political parties, civic groups, and institutions and persons stationed in Hong Kong that have long engaged in civic exchanges and services there. In addition to alarming Taiwanese people in Hong Kong, the rules stifle normal exchanges and interaction between Taiwan and Hong Kong. Such legislations constitute an infinite power expansion of an autocratic regime to censor people’s thoughts. The MAC was stunned by this development and also solemnly warned both the Beijing authorities and the Hong Kong government to not cross the line of violating human rights and infringing the legitimate rights and interests of Taiwanese groups and institutions in Hong Kong.

July 7, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian stated in regards to the DPP authorities' rash accusation of the Hong Kong Government for the announcement of the Implementation Rules for Article 43 in the Hong Kong National Security Law. She said that DPP authorities have a guilty conscience. They make irresponsible remarks and reckless slander on the Hong Kong National Security Law and its Implementation Rules. These actions have again exposed their sinister plot to intervene in Hong Kong affairs, mess up Hong Kong, and seek "Taiwan independence." Any attempts to meddle in Hong Kong affairs, to attack "one country, two systems," or to split the country are doomed to fail.

July 9, 2020

The MAC issued a press release on the Hong Kong National Security Law and Implementation Rules for Article 43. It stated that the rules are vaguely worded and broadly defined, and have already been used to arrest and prosecute Hong Kong citizens. The rules greatly elevate the risks faced by Taiwan nationals traveling to or staying in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao. The MAC therefore calls on the people of Taiwan to carefully assess travels to or transits in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao.

July 10, 2020

Presidential Office spokesperson Alex Huang welcomed the US State Department's approval regarding a new arms sale package for Taiwan. He also thanked the United States for fulfilling its commitments under the Taiwan Relations Act and Six Assurances, and helping Taiwan to continue strengthening its defense capabilities to ensure peace and security in the Taiwan Strait and our region. This arms sale includes logistics support and technical services for Taiwan's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) air defense missiles and technical services. In light of China's recent escalation of military pressure in the Taiwan Strait and throughout the region, this arms package will further solidify Taiwan's high-altitude defense capabilities.

July 10, 2020

The MAC issued a press release in response to the passage of "The Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region" by the National People's Congress Standing Committee. The MAC solemnly condemned the CCP for this arbitrary action that harms Hong Kong's core values of freedom, human rights, and the rule of law

July 10, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi made a statement during a meeting with representatives of Taiwanese enterprises and Taiwanese businessmen in Beijing. He said that since the outbreak of the pandemic, the Mainland has highly valued the safety and health of Taiwan compatriots, and has vigorously helped Taiwan businessmen and enterprises overcome the impact of the epidemic to resume work and production. He also noted that the Mainland's economy is achieving steady progress with a promising and positive outlook in the long run. Taiwanese businesspeople and enterprises can expect better development should they seize development opportunities in the Mainland. Compatriots on both sides of the Strait should join hands to safeguard the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and strive for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

July 13, 2020

The Jiangsu Taiwan Affairs Office along with seven other Jiangsu government agencies jointly announced the "Opinions on Promoting the Steady and Healthy Development of Taiwan-funded Enterprises under Normalized Epidemic Prevention and Control" (11 articles). The agencies encourage Taiwanese enterprises to optimize configuration plans for production capacity, and support stable employment at Taiwanese companies. They also encourage Taiwanese enterprises to participate in the construction of advanced manufacturing clusters in the Jiangsu Province, support Taiwanese companies to participate in rural revitalization and construction, expand the extent of agricultural cooperation between Jiangsu and Taiwan, and promote coordinated economic development of Taiwanese capital in Huai'an and Kunshan.

July 14, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question regarding the US State Department's approval of a US$620 million arms sale to Taiwan. She said that the DPP authorities will never succeed in their consipiracy to “seek Taiwan independence by military means”; rather, they will only undermine the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and bring greater disaster to people in Taiwan. In addition, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zhao Lijian stated at a regular press conference that China firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan. China urges the US to honor its commitment to the “one China” principle and the three China-US Joint Communiqués, and sever US-Taiwan military ties to avoid further damage to China-US bilateral relations and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. To safeguard its national interests, China has decided to take necessary measures by imposing sanctions on Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor for this sale.

July 15, 2020

Mainland China’s Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Wu Qian commented on the US arms sales to Taiwan. He stated that such an action is an open violation of the “one China” principle and the three China-US Joint Communiqués, which seriously undermines the sovereignty and security of China and constitutes a wonton interference with China’s internal affairs. China strongly demands that the US immediately stop arms sales to Taiwan to avoid further harm to cross-Strait peace and stability and to China-US military ties. The ministry also warned the DPP authorities that reunification of the motherland is in the overall national interest, and also the aspiration of people on both sides of the Strait. Reliance on foreign forces will always remain a futile attempt. Seeking “independence” via military force will only lead to a dead end.

July 16, 2020

Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying commented at a regular press conference on Taiwan military drills targeting mainland China. She said that Taiwan seems to be attempting military muscle-flexing through exercises and drills, which, if true, is nothing but biting more than it can chew. China’s determination to safeguard national unification and territorial integrity is rock-firm and unwavering. Reunification of the motherland is an inevitable and irresistible trend that any forces seeking to separate China needs to clearly understand. The 1.4 billion Chinese people will not allow an inch of their territory to be taken away.

July 16, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian replied to a question regarding a statement from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the South China Sea and a statement from Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs claiming that Taiwan has rights over the South China Sea Islands and their related waters in accordance with international law and the law of the sea. She said that China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands and reefs in the South China Sea and their adjacent waters. The Chinese foreign ministry has repeatedly stated its position and refuted the erroneous remarks made by the United States. Both sides of the Strait belong to “one China” and should jointly safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity to protect the overall and fundamental interests of the Chinese nation.

July 16, 2020

The MAC released the Position and Response Paper on the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It condemned the law for violating freedoms and rights guaranteed by the Hong Kong Basic Law and tearing up the promises of "Hong Kong governed by the Hong Kong people" and a "high degree of autonomy" for Hong Kong. The law also contradicts universal values and international obligations under relevant international regulations. Amid such development, the government pledges to uphold national sovereignty and democratic principles as it joins the world in opposing infringement of democracy and human rights by the CCP under the false pretext of national security. In addition, the government will continue to support the Hong Kong people in their fight for freedom and democracy and provide them care and humanitarian aid. It will also do everything in its power to protect the safety of the Taiwanese people and safeguard the rights and interests of Taiwan's representative office in Hong Kong.

July 17, 2020

ROC Air Force issued a press release regarding media reports on "the CCP electronic reconnaissance aircraft’s frequent crossing of the median line of the Taiwan Strait." It stated that during the Han Kuang Exercise, a mainland Chinese aircraft continued to collect relevant information at sea, but did not across the median line of the Taiwan Strait.

July 17, 2020

The Guangdong Taiwan Affairs Office and other Mainland units announced the 2020 Guidelines for the Implementation of Policies and Measures beneficial to Taiwan in Guangdong Province (27 articles). The guidelines pertain to Taiwan enterprises’ technology R&D, industry access, cultural and creative industries, financing, and tax support. The rules also provide guidance for Taiwan compatriots applying for related funding, honorary awards, qualification examinations, and other aspects.

July 18, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi made an opening remark at the 4th Cross-Strait Sun Yat-sen Forum. He stated that adherence to the "one China" principle is the political basis for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. The core spirit of the "1992 Consensus" is that "both sides of the Strait belong to 'one China' and will work together towards national unification." This consensus was mutually confirmed by both sides through correspondences in 1992. This agreement also captures the imperative notion that China's sovereignty and territory has never been divided, and that the Mainland and Taiwan belong to one China. The DPP authorities and a handful of "Taiwan independence" secessionists are plotting for secessionism through promoting "desinicization," colluding with foreign powers to "use the epidemic to plot independence," recklessly creating hostility among compatriots on both sides of the Strait, and slandering "one country, two systems." Such actions have seriously undermined the fundamental interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait, and pushed Taiwan into a dangerous situation.

July 18, 2020

The Hainan Taiwan Affairs Office announced the Implementation Plan for Promoting Exchanges and Cooperation between Hainan and Taiwan on Developing a Free Trade Port. The plan will make full use of Hainan's advantage as a region-wide pilot zone for agricultural cooperation across the Taiwan Strait to attract Taiwan compatriots’ investment in agriculture modernization in Hainan. It will also promote education exchanges and cooperation between Hainan and Taiwan, provide guidance to Taiwan educational institutions in participating in the development of the Hainan Lingshui Li'an International Education Innovation Pilot Zone, and encourage universities on both sides of the Strait to run cooperative schools in Hainan.

July 22, 2020

Shanghai City Mayor Gong Zheng made an opening remark at the 2020 Shanghai-Taipei City Forum. He stated that cooperation between Shanghai and Taipei has become a model of cross-Strait city exchanges. Shanghai is currently stepping up its implementation of the key concept: "a people's city developed by and for the people." It is also accelerating development of five centers on international economy, finance, trade, shipping, and technological innovation. Taipei, in the spirit of diversity and openness, is also continuing to promote urban transformation and upgrade. This common vision of urban development provides a broad space for cross-Strait cooperation. It is hoped that both sides will use this forum as an opportunity to build greater consensus, strengthen exchanges and cooperation, provide a strong impetus for win-win development in both cities, and further contribute to the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

July 24, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian commented during a regular press conference on the DPP authorities' Ministry of Foreign Affairs response to US Secretary of State Pompeo's July 23 statement. She said that Taiwan is part of China. Taiwan has never been a country. China demands that the US Government abide by the "one China" principle and the three China-US Joint Communiqués. "Taiwan independence" is a dead end. The DPP authorities will never succeed in seeking "independence" in any way, under any name, or by any means.

July 27, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question regarding the MAC’s claim that some Taiwan students encountered obstruction from mainland schools regarding transferring back to Taiwan due to the pandemic and various reasons. She said that Mainland universities have never received any transfer applications from Taiwanese students. None of the Taiwanese students currently studying in the Mainland have been infected by COVID-19. The situation is stable in all aspects. In addition, when responding to another question on the rumors that the Mainland destroyed Buddhist texts published by Taiwan-based religious groups, to which the MAC commented as unhelpful to cross-Strait relations, she stated that related statements are inconsistent with the facts. The Mainland guarantees citizens' freedom of religion in accordance with the law, protects legally published religious books, and protects the publication and distribution of Taiwan's religious figures in the Mainland. China will continue to support cross-Strait religious and cultural exchanges to promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

July 29, 2020

The Kunming Municipal Government announced the Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Kunming and Taiwan (78 articles). The measures concern Kunming-Taiwan economic and trade exchanges and cooperation; social and cultural exchanges; Taiwan compatriots’ education, internship, employment, entrepreneurship and settlement in Kunming; and other matters.

July 30, 2020

Mainland China's Ministry of National Defense spokesman Ren Guoqiang responded to a question during a regular press conference on the increasingly stronger US-Taiwan military ties. He stated that China has stated its solemn position on the US announcement of a new round of weapon sales to Taiwan, and will impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin, the lead contractor in the arms sale, as a result. The US military has also seriously violated the basic principles of international relations by sending personnel to Taiwan for military exercises and exchanges. The said actions send the wrong signals to the "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces and constitute a deliberate provocation. The future of Taiwan lies in national reunification. The well-being of Taiwan compatriots depends on national rejuvenation. Reliance on foreign powers is a dead end, and "using Taiwan to control China" is doomed to fail.

July 31, 2020

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian responded to a question regarding the passing of Lee Teng-hui from illness. She acknowledged having read this news and emphasized that "Taiwan independence" is a dead end. The historical trend of national unification and rejuvenation is unstoppable by any person or force.

July 31, 2020

The China Maritime Safety Administration announced the implementation of the Technical Rules for the Statutory Testing of Seagoing Vessels on Domestic Voyages (2020 Amendment Notification). From August, the Taiwan Strait and the sea area in the South China Sea up to 50 nautical miles off the east coast of Taiwan Island will be designated as an "offshore navigation area." Moreover, the sea area off the east coast of Taiwan Island and east and west coasts of the Strait up to ten miles from the shore will be designated as a "coastal navigation area."