Go TO Content

Mainland Affairs Council

I. Mainland Policy and Work

2017

January 3, 2017
The MAC issued a press release solemnly protesting mainland China's deportation of four Taiwanese nationals involved in telecommunications fraud in Vietnam to the Mainland. It also called on the Mainland to promptly expand communication and dialogue with Taiwan.

January 5, 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated during a meeting with a cross-Strait affairs delegation from Harvard University's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies that there has been no change in the government's good-faith commitment to maintaining cross-Strait peace and stability. She also said that in the conduct of cross-Strait relations, Taiwan will neither bow to pressure nor revert to the old path of confrontation.

January 11, 2017
MAC Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh stated in a speech at a year-end press conference that the MAC's goal in the year ahead is to secure Taiwan's best interests and further promote peaceful and stable development across the Taiwan Strait. The government will carefully and prudently handle cross-Strait affairs based on the Constitution of the Republic of China, the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, and other relevant legislation. It hopes the Mainland will think rationally, show wisdom, and keep the livelihood and well-being of the people on both sides in mind. It also hopes that the other side will continue to work with us hand-in-hand to build a new model of cross-Strait interaction to enable institutionalized cross-Strait interaction and negotiation mechanisms to operate steadily, expand exchanges and cooperation at all levels and in various fields, and jointly create a new era of cross-Strait harmony and prosperity.

January 19, 2017
The MAC announced the results of its recent public opinion survey. The survey results indicated that more than 80% of the public agree that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should put the rights, interests and well-being of the people on both sides first and promote positive interaction, exchanges, and cooperation between them (86.2%); as well as believe that maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is the common responsibility of both sides and that the two sides should promptly resume official interaction and dialogue (80.6%). More than 80% of the people think that there should be no political considerations in cross-Strait exchanges and that mainland China should engage with Taiwan in comprehensive, diverse, normal, and healthy exchanges (83.1%). Moreover, nearly 80% of the public believe that strengthening safety management for contact between the people of the two sides would be conducive to maintaining the order of cross-Strait exchanges (79.8%), while over 80% of the public support the government's position that its commitment and goodwill in promoting cross-Strait peace and stability are unchanged and that the two sides should jointly seek a new model for cross-Strait interaction (84.6%). Regarding other cross-Strait issues observed over the long term by the MAC, the survey indicated that people in favor of "maintaining the status quo defined in a broad sense" still account for the great majority of the public (83.8%), maintaining a long-term stable trend.

January 20, 2017
In a letter to Pope Francis responding to the Pope's "2017 World Day of Peace" message, President Tsai Ing-wen said that there are four principles for Taiwan's peaceful engagement with mainland China: "Our pledges will not change, our goodwill will not change, we will not bow to pressure, and we will not revert to the old path of confrontation." She urged the governing party across the Taiwan Strait, together with the governing party in Taiwan, to set aside the baggage of history and engage in positive dialogue.

February 5, 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen stated at a Chinese New Year luncheon for representatives of Taiwan-invested enterprises base in mainland China that facing new circumstances in the international arena, along with ever-closer economic and trade relations across the Strait, both sides have shared interests, whether in terms of cross-Strait economics and trade or regional development, as well as space for mutually beneficial cooperation. Therefore, they should adopt a new mindset and new approaches to mutually build new models for cross-Strait interactions. This is the only way to answer the collective hope for peace from the people on both sides of the Strait, as well as the different parties in the region. The president also noted that the government will engage in sincere dialogue and negotiations across the Strait with utmost good faith to bring about positive interaction and mutually beneficial, win-win cooperation in trade relations. She also called on the Beijing authorities to acknowledge and resolve the operational difficulties faced by Taiwanese firms, to eliminate political interference, and to provide joint guarantees of the lawful rights and interests of those firms.

February 5, 2017
MAC Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh stated in a speech at a Chinese New Year luncheon for representatives of Taiwan-invested enterprises based in mainland China that cross-Strait relations have faced numerous challenges since the new administration came into office. However, the government has always insisted that its pledge and goodwill will not change and that it will not yield under pressure or revert to the old path of confrontation. The government will carefully handle issues related to cross-Strait exchanges and contact, continue to promote constructive cross-Strait exchanges and dialogue, and maintain the pattern of cross-Strait peace and stability. The government is also actively working hard and hopes the two sides can jointly find a new model of cross-Strait interaction.

February 14, 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen stated in a speech at the 2017 Lunar New Year Gathering for Industrial and Commercial Groups that the government is willing to maintain the utmost goodwill in the orientation of cross-Strait relations and engage in sincere dialogue with the other side according to the dynamic development of cross-Strait relations to realize positive interaction and mutually beneficial economic and trade cooperation. The two sides share common interests and have room for mutually beneficial cooperation in the economic, trade, and regional development fields. If they put away unnecessary prejudice, the two sides of the Strait will be able to expand communication and consultations on various regional economic development projects and jointly create a common future for Asia.

February 18, 2017
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release expressing regrets over the decision by a committee of the Spanish Council of Ministers to extradite Taiwan nationals involved in telecommunications fraud to mainland China. It also indicated that the Spanish executive branch disregarded the nationality principle of jurisdiction and violated the wishes of the parties involved by agreeing to extradite the involved parties, including several Taiwan nationals, to mainland China. This decision infringes the rights and interests of the Taiwanese people.

February 19, 2017
The MAC issued a press release on the agreement of the Spanish executive branch to the Mainland's formal proposal that Spain extradite Taiwan nationals involved in telecommunications fraud to mainland China based on their "citizenship" status. It stated that the Republic of China is a sovereign and independent country with full jurisdiction that cannot be changed by any actions by mainland China. It also emphasized that it had expressed deep regrets and protested to the Mainland and demanded the prompt start of communication and dialogue.

February 22, 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated at a Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lunar New Year banquet that the government will not change its pledge to maintain the status quo in cross-Strait relations, nor will it change its goodwill. It also will not yield to pressure, nor will it revert to the old path of confrontation.

February 22, 2017
In regards to further comments by a spokesperson of the Taiwan Affairs Office that Taiwan has never been a country, the MAC solemnly said that the Republic of China indubitably is a sovereign state. This is an objective fact in international law and politics, one that mainland China must pragmatically face. It believes that mainland China needs to approach the development of cross-Strait relations with forward-looking and innovative thinking and avoid adopting negative interpretations and actions. This would truly help to establish positive cross-Strait relations. Moreover, dialogue and consultation is the only way to resolve differences and genuinely care for the rights and interests of the people on both sides.

February 23, 2017
In regard to activities held by mainland China to commemorate the 228 Incident and related statements, the MAC stated in a press release that fairness and justice can only become shared values across the Taiwan Strait if mainland China objectively faces the historical truth.

March 7, 2017
Regarding the "Letters of Understanding" signed by colleges and universities, the MAC stated in a press release that the government values and protects academic freedom. Cross-Strait exchanges should adhere to the principles of fairness, equality, and dignity. The MAC also called on mainland China to not bring political considerations into cross-Strait student exchanges.

March 9, 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen stated at the First General Assembly of the Seventh General Association of Chinese Culture that Taiwan is willing to continue in the utmost goodwill to enhance cross-Strait understanding through cultural exchanges. The fruits of cross-Strait cultural exchanges and cooperation should be deepened to other areas to create greater mutual benefit.

March 10, 2017
Regarding media reports that mainland Chinese people formerly studying in Taiwan were suspected of involvement in developing communist spy organizations, the MAC stated in a press release that the government allows Mainland students to study in Taiwan to promote mutual knowledge and understanding among cross-Strait youth and to support the peaceful and stable development of cross-Strait relations. The government's policy on Mainland students studying in Taiwan remains unchanged. While studying in Taiwan, Mainland students should obey the law and learning should be their purpose.

March 15, 2017
The MAC stated in regards to comments made by the mainland Chinese side at a press conference after a National People's Congress session that maintaining the status quo of peace and stability in cross-Strait relations corresponds with the common interests of both sides and the international community. It also has been the consistent policy of the ROC government since May 20 last year. The government's position will not waver due to any change of situation. The MAC also called on mainland China to look squarely at reality and fully respect and understand that democracy and public opinion are at the core of governance in Taiwan, as well as to discard the inertia of determining the future direction of cross-Strait relations based on political preconditions. The two sides need to work together to "set aside differences and seek common ground," as well as find ways to solve difficult problems to create space for possible bilateral cooperation.

March 26, 2017
The MAC issued a press release congratulating Ms. Carrie Lam upon her election today as the fifth Chief Executive of Hong Kong. It expressed hope that Taiwan and Hong Kong can continue in the future to uphold an attitude of mutual benefit and pragmatically upgrade substantive relations between them.

March 29, 2017
Regarding the case of missing Taiwan national Li Ming-che, the MAC stated in a press release that since Li Ming-che's disappearance, the government and private-sector organizations have continuously made demands to mainland China. However, the Mainland has not yet informed the Taiwan side or family members, nor has it specifically explained Mr. Li's case. The government expressed deep regrets over this. The MAC called on the Mainland to communicate with Taiwan on this case, appropriately handle related matters, promptly and specifically respond to the demands of Taiwan and family members, maintain Mr. Li Ming-che's legitimate rights and interests, and avoid affecting cross-Strait relations at this complex and sensitive time. Moreover, the government contacted the Mainland through channels between the MAC and Taiwan Affairs Office and between the SEF and the ARATS, as well as mechanisms under the Agreement on Joint Cross-Strait Crime-Fighting and Mutual Judicial Assistance, and Taiwanese Businessmen's Associations in mainland China, to assist with the search, giving priority in assistance to Mr. Li's personal safety, rights, and interests. The MAC will continue to provide its full assistance in this case to help Mr. Li return safely to Taiwan at the earliest possible time.

April 10, 2017
The MAC issued a press release on mainland China's obstruction of a trip to the Mainland by family members for a humanitarian visit with Mr. Li Ming-che. It stated that Mr. Li Ming-che has been missing for more than 22 days since entering the Mainland on March 19. The Mainland side has not yet formally made any public notification of the involved charges and place of detention. Moreover, it canceled valid documentation issued by the Mainland to Ms. Lee Ching-yu, preventing the latter from boarding a flight to the Mainland for a humanitarian visit. The government solemnly protested this. The MAC stressed that, since the March 19 incident, it has contacted the TAO numerous times and the SEF has repeatedly liaised with the ARATS by mail and phone. The Ministry of Justice and Criminal Investigation Bureau have contacted the Mainland through channels under the Agreement on Joint Cross-Strait Crime-Fighting and Mutual Judicial Assistance to urge the prompt public disclosure of the place where Mr. Li is detained, the applicable laws, and the period of restriction of his personal freedom. They also called on the Mainland to inform Taiwan of related matters and to arrange for family visits as soon as possible. However, the Mainland has not yet addressed the Taiwan side's demands. The government called on the Mainland to promptly contact and notify Taiwan and handle this matter through the existing cross-Strait channels.

April 11, 2017
The MAC stated at an international press conference today on the closely-watched case of Li Ming-che that the Mainland has not yet explained through official channels the details of Li Ming-che's case or place of detention, nor has it made notification according to the agreement. It has also prevented family members from visiting the Mainland, further complicating the incident. The MAC called on mainland China to give due process protection to the involved parties in handling the case of Li Ming-che, as well as to agree to family visits based on humanitarian considerations, consistent with universal human rights values.

April 17, 2017
The MAC issued a press release solemnly protesting the change of the name of Taiwan's team at the Asian Table Tennis Championships 2017 from "Chinese Taipei" to "Taipei, China" by the Mainland Chinese media. It also stated that this type of belittling action is absolutely unacceptable.

April 19, 2017
The MAC stated in a press release on the case of Zhang Xiangzhong, a Chinese mainlander who left his tour group during a visit to Taiwan that the National Immigration Agency (NIA) under the Ministry of the Interior in conjunction with the relevant agencies examined the information and documentation he provided and determined that his case did not meet the current rules for special cases of long-term residence and is inconsistent with the spirit of the relevant draft amendments. With assistance from the NIA, he smoothly departed Taiwan with his group on April 19 unforced.

April 27, 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen stated during an exclusive interview with Reuters that, in the past year, her administration has continued to abide by the pledge to maintain the status quo, not taken any provocative actions or caused any surprises, and upheld the responsibility in maintaining peace and stability. Taiwan has not only contributed to peace and stability in cross-Strait relations, but across the region as well. She also noted that she is very open to the chance for substantive dialogue with Chairman Xi Jinping and the other side at all levels. She hoped that China would adopt new and different thinking on relations with Taiwan. Cross-Strait relations cannot be led by just one side. There has to be a process of engagement. If this relationship is to develop, there must be an accumulation of goodwill. Moreover, on Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA), President Tsai called on decision-makers in mainland China to not be bound by past traditional thinking and bureaucratic systems and make decisions that are not conducive to cross-Strait relations.

April 27, 2017
The MAC issued a press release stating that the TAO made no specific explanation on the closely-watched case of Li Ming-che at its press conference on April 26. On the same day, the MAC renotified the TAO to express the government's regret and dissatisfaction, as well as to solemnly demand that the Mainland promptly disclose to the public the truth, promptly explain Li Ming-che's place of detention, provide notification through the official channels, and agree to family visits as soon as possible.

April 28, 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen stated during a meeting with American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty that this year saw the 38th anniversary of the coming into effect of the Taiwan Relations Act. The U.S. has been Taiwan's most important partner for a long time. Not only did the U.S. thrice reaffirm the Taiwan Relations Act prior to the "Trump-Xi Meeting," but U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also reaffirmed during his confirmation hearings that the U.S. would uphold the Taiwan Relations Act and the "Six Assurances," demonstrating the importance that the U.S. government places on Taiwan-US relations. The president also noted that assistance and support from the U.S. and other like-minded countries for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly is a powerful means of recognizing and affirming Taiwan' international health care contributions and again proves that Taiwan is an indispensable partner in the international community.

May 9, 2017
The Office of the President issued a press release expressing strong disappointment and displeasure following Taiwan's lack of invitation to this year's World Health Assembly (WHA). Measures to exclude or even suppress Taiwan in the WHA contravene the very founding principles of the World Health Organization (WHO). They are also unfair to the people of Taiwan and have negative implications on global health and disease prevention.

May 9, 2017
The MAC issued a solemn statement over the fact that no invitation has yet been issued for Taiwan to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA). It indicated that this year mainland China, for unilaterally asserted political reasons, exerted pressure to prevent the World Health Organization (WHO) from sending an invitation letter to Taiwan. We express deep dissatisfaction and strongly protest this violation of the WHO mission, pressuring of the ROC government, and disregard of the rights and interests of Taiwan's 23 million people. Beijing authorities should carefully consider the serious consequences that could ensue from insisting on preventing Taiwan's participation in the WHA and continuing to suppress Taiwan's international space. Rigid and confrontational policy thinking and approaches should never be allowed to cause great and irreversible damage to cross-Strait relations.

May 11, 2017
During an Executive Yuan meeting, Premier Lin Chuan solemnly expressed dissatisfaction and regret over mainland China's continued obstruction of Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly. He called on the Mainland authorities not to confuse health maintenance with politics. The Mainland should not disregard the feelings and dignity of the people of Taiwan and cause great and irreversible harm to the hard-won positive interaction and goodwill between the two sides.

May 12, 2017
Director of Governing Bodies and External Relations under the World Health Organization (WHO) Secretariat Timothy Armstrong said that the WHO had not sent an invitation to Taiwan given the absence of a cross-Strait understanding, but Taiwan's participation in WHO technical meetings continues. The Office of the President issued a press release expressing disappointment and displeasure. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a press release that it rejects this unilateral and inaccurate characterization by the WHO, and has expressed its strong dissatisfaction to the WHO. It also noted that the politically motivated exclusion of Taiwan violates the WHO Constitution and is tantamount to depriving Taiwan's people of their rights.

May 18, 2017
MAC Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh stated during a regular press conference that, facing the potential impacts of Taiwan-U.S.-China relations, the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, and developments in Northeast Asia, the South China Sea, and other regions on cross-Strait relations, the government will closely follow possible Taiwan-related actions by the Mainland and prepare response measures. Looking ahead, we will stick to a consistent policy position, hoping that mainland China will show goodwill and jointly face and consider the situation and cooperate with Taiwan to create a relaxed and positive cross-Strait atmosphere. The two sides should seek healthy cooperation through communication and dialogue to maintain the steady operation of existing cross-Strait mechanisms and develop peaceful and prosperous cross-Strait ties. Minister Chang also called on the Mainland to properly handle the case of Li Ming-che and face up to Taiwan's right of international participation.

May 18, 2017
The MAC announced the results of a public opinion survey showing that more than 80% of the public agree that maintaining benign cross-Strait interaction is a mutual responsibility of the two sides and that neither side should resort to non-peaceful or intimidating remarks or actions (83.9%) and think that, facing the new cross-Strait situation, mainland China should adopt new thinking, show goodwill and flexibility, and cooperate with Taiwan to jointly safeguard peaceful and stable cross-Strait relations (83%). Over 70% of the public feel that mainland China should break away from its current mindset so the two sides can explore possible approaches for future cooperation (71.8%), as well as approve President Tsai Ing-wen's assertion that the cross-Strait relationship cannot be unilaterally dominated by any one side, and that the two sides should mutually build goodwill to advance cross-Strait relations (77.9%). More than 70% of the public support the government's approach of expressing deep dissatisfaction and protesting mainland China's politically-based obstruction of Taiwan's participation in this year's World Health Assembly (70.7%). More than 80% of the public think the actions by mainland China are unhelpful to cross-Strait relations (81.7%), as well as approve the government's ongoing efforts, amidst pressure from mainland China, to win support from the international community for Taiwan's participation in international organizations and activities (82.2%).

May 19, 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen stated during a meeting with the "2017 Chinese-language Media Homecoming Delegation" that, in regards to properly managing cross-Strait relations, we advocate "maintaining the status quo." The commitments she made have never changed. She expressed hope that the leader of mainland China can correctly interpret the significance of last year's elections. Taiwan has been continually sending out goodwill signals since last year. We need to let go of the old answer sheet, because we've got a new answer sheet with new questions. The most important task now is for the leaders of the two sides to figure out how to jointly maintain cross-Strait peace and prosperity.

May 22, 2017
The Office of the President issued a press release on interference by the mainland Chinese authorities with Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA). It stated that the Republic of China is a sovereign state. Taiwan is not a province under the rule of the People's Republic of China. The mainland Chinese authorities continue, citing a variety of political pretexts, to exclude the 23 million people of Taiwan from the international health system. This, we cannot countenance, nor will we accept. The World Health Organization (WHO) belongs to the whole world. It concerns itself with and serves the health of all mankind, not the political positions of a particular country.

May 22, 2017
The MAC issued a solemn statement regarding a letter sent by the mainland Chinese delegation to the delegations of other countries to obstruct and belittle Taiwan's participation in this year's World Health Assembly (WHA) and improper statements by mainland Chinese officials. It stated that the government of the Republic of China (ROC) has never accepted the "one China" principle advocated by mainland China. The MAC strongly protests and expresses deep dissatisfaction over the pressure exerted by mainland China on various countries and the World Health Organization (WHO) to obstruct Taiwan's participation in this year's WHA, the belittling of Taiwan's sovereign position by using the term "Taiwan, Province of China," and violation of freedom of press by preventing Taiwan's journalists from reporting at the WHA. The Mainland must face the fact that the ROC is a sovereign country. Beijing's exclusion of Taiwan on political grounds not only violates the WHO charter, but also deprives the people of Taiwan of their fundamental rights. The MAC called on mainland China to seriously reflect and stop taking negative actions against Taiwan. Repeatedly disregarding the right of the people of Taiwan to participate in the international community will only cause cross-Strait relations to drift further apart.

May 27, 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen stated during a meeting with Taiwan's World Health Assembly (WHA) action team that mainland China, through its unreasonable suppression of Taiwan in the WHA affair, has to some extent damaged cross-Strait relations. She also reiterated that Beijing should correctly interpret the significance of last year's elections. We are entering upon a new age, and in this new age the leaders on both sides of the Taiwan Strait need to work together for cross-Strait peace and prosperity. This is our new common topic. Taiwan's commitment remains unchanged, and its goodwill remains unchanged, but we will neither bow to pressure nor revert to the old path of confrontation. The trip by the action team is an excellent demonstration of how Taiwan will not bow to pressure.

May 27, 2017
The MAC issued a press release on the case of Li Ming-che. It again solemnly protested and expressed dissatisfaction over the lack of a clear response since the start of the incident, from the relevant departments in mainland China to Taiwan's demands that they promptly announce the specific evidence in this case, promptly agree to allow family visits, and promptly make notification according to the Cross-Strait Agreement on Joint Crime-Fighting and Judicial Mutual Assistance. It also called on the Mainland to treat this case seriously. The case will gravely affect the Taiwan people's perception and assessment of the Mainland. The Mainland should protect the legitimate rights and interests of Mr. Li Ming-che and allow him to safely return to Taiwan as soon as possible.

May 27, 2017
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) issued a press release stating that, on the evening after the announcement by the Taiwan Affairs Office that Mr. Li Ming-che was under arrest with approval of the Mainland procuratorial organs, it immediately faxed mainland China's Supreme People's Procuratorate and Ministry of Public Security to demand they immediately inform Taiwan of the status of Mr. Li Ming-che in the spirit of the Agreement on Joint Cross-Strait Crime-Fighting and Mutual Judicial Assistance. It also demanded that the physical health, personal safety, and procedural law rights and interests of Mr. Li Ming-che be protected during the investigation of the case, and that the Mainland should particularly protect Mr. Li's right to choose his attorney. The MOJ urged the Mainland to agree to assist with family visits on humanitarian care grounds and to release Li Ming-che after the investigation of this case is completed.

May 31, 2017
MAC Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh stated in a speech at the "2017 Dragon Boat Festival Symposium and Get-Together for Taiwan Businesspeople" that in President Tsai’s inaugural address on May 20 last year, she proposed handling cross-Strait affairs according to the Constitution of the Republic of China, Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, and related laws. This is the greatest common factor of public opinion in Taiwan. She also expressed the utmost goodwill and flexibility to mainland China. President Tsai Ing-wen recently proposed a "new situation, new answer sheet, and new model" during a media interview. Following the proposition for cross-Strait relations made on May 20 last year, this was a call directed at future development, as well as an expectation of goodwill. As the two sides face new terrain and a new external situation, mainland China needs to take a goodwill attitude. The two sides should jointly face, consider, and cooperate. Cross-Strait relations are mutual. We face a new answer sheet that no one side can unilaterally handle or solve. The welfare of the people should be a new starting point for a show of goodwill between the two sides. It is hoped that the two sides can jointly safeguard the goal of peaceful and stable cross-Strait relations and continue communication and dialogue to seek a new model for possible cross-Strait possible cooperation mechanisms.

June 3, 2017
The MAC issued a statement on the 28th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Incident indicating that mainland China is still unable to calmly reflect on the important historical significance of the Tiananmen Square Incident and has not vigorously advanced democratic political reforms. Instead, it has repeatedly limited the right of the people to freedom of choice on the grounds of maintaining political stability. Such actions deprive systemic transformation and reform in mainland China of positive momentum and support. The MAC called on mainland China to face up to historical facts, positively respond to the people's demands for democratic reform and protection of human rights, seriously reflect on the historical lessons of the Tiananmen Square Incident, and appropriately handle the Li Ming-che incident. Only then can the two sides have the opportunity to understand and share values with each other, as well as advance together towards a better new era.

June 7, 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen stated during a meeting with a group of scholars from the US-based National Bureau of Asian Research that the Taiwan Relations Act has established a legal framework for Taiwan-US relations and ensures further development of bilateral ties across the board. Taiwan hopes that the two countries can work together to further develop the bilateral partnership, including the establishment of more strategic regional security cooperation, broader economic and trade ties, and stronger mutual trust. Maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the larger region is the shared goal of Taiwan and the US. Besides continuing to purchase appropriate defensive weaponry from the US, Taiwan also will step up efforts to develop its national defense industry and hopes that the Trump administration will lend assistance in line with the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances.

June 8, 2017
The MAC announced the results of a routine public opinion survey. The survey results showed that nearly 90% of public support the government's position that the two sides should respect each other, resolve differences through communication and dialogue, and maintain the status quo of cross-Strait peace and stability (89.4%). More than 80% of the public agree that mainland China should respect the democratic system and public opinion in Taiwan and that this would be beneficial to the long-term development of cross-Strait relations (85.9%), and both sides should put the rights, interests and well-being of the people on both sides first and promote positive interaction, exchanges, and cooperation between the two sides (86.2%). Over 70% of the public do not identify with the political precondition emphasized by mainland China that "the two sides belong to one China" and the practices of belittling Taiwan as a local government (73.4%). More than 80% of the public think mainland China's continued suppression of Taiwan's international space has harmed Taiwan's due rights and interests (83.9%), and believe that mainland China should face up to the fact of the existence of the ROC. (80.5%). On the arrest of Li Ming-che by mainland China, nearly 70% of the people think the Mainland's failure to date to announce specific evidence, officially notify Taiwan, and agree to family visits has harmed the rights and interests of the Taiwanese people (68.1%). Regarding other cross-Strait issues long observed by the MAC, the great majority of the public continue to advocate "maintaining the status quo defined in a broader sense" (80.9%), continuing a long-term stable trend.

June 13, 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen issued a statement expressing regret over the Republic of Panama's decision to end diplomatic ties with the ROC and establish relations with the People's Republic of China. She emphasized that the ROC is a sovereign country and that this sovereignty cannot be challenged nor traded. She also declared to Beijing authorities that Taiwan has upheld its responsibility to maintain cross-Strait peace and stability. Beijing authorities has continued to manipulate the "one China" principle and pressure Taiwan's international space, threatening the rights of the Taiwanese people, challenged the cross-Strait status quo. This is unacceptable to the people of Taiwan. We will not sit idle as our national interests are repeatedly threatened and challenged. We also will never compromise or yield under threats. At this moment, we must be more resolute in upholding our belief in freedom and democracy. We must stand together and ensure that Taiwan's 23 million citizens continue to determine their own destiny.

June 13, 2017
The Office of the President issued a statement expressing deep regret and disappointment over the Republic of Panama's decision to end diplomatic ties with the Republic of China and establish relations with the People's Republic of China. It strongly condemned Beijing's authorities use of various methods to manipulate the "one China principle" and pressure Taiwan's international space. It emphasized that the Taiwan government has been firm and consistent on the position of fulfilling its international responsibility and fully maintaining peace in the Taiwan Strait and regional stability. Beijing's actions have challenged the status quo, driving cross-Strait relations away from peace and towards confrontation. As a responsible major country in the region, mainland China should immediately cease activities that further damage the stability of this region and hurt the people of Taiwan and return cross-Strait relations to the right path forward. The government has an unshirkable responsibility to safeguard freedom and democracy, as well as the public's security and welfare. Faced with various difficulties and challenges, the public can be rest assured that the government will continue to uphold Taiwan's national interest with the utmost effort.

June 13, 2017
The MAC stated in a press release that the ROC government severely condemns, solemnly protests, and expresses deep dissatisfaction over mainland China's inducement of ROC diplomatic ally Panama to break off diplomatic relations with the ROC through the increasing international manipulation of its so-called "one China" principle. Beijing has violated its pledge of peaceful development, obstinately insisted on following its own course, and adopted erroneous and rigid thinking and approaches. This has repeatedly hurt the feelings of the people of Taiwan and provoked antagonism between the two sides. We will never accept this. The MAC also warned the Mainland authorities that they must bear full responsibility for undermining the status quo of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The determination of the ROC government to firmly defend national sovereignty and dignity and the interests and well-being of the people, as well as to maintain regional peace and stability, will not change. The MAC appealed across party lines and to the people of Taiwan to unite in the face this diplomatic impasse to show Taiwan's indomitable spirit and to continue to strive for Taiwan's democratic values and international space.

June 13, 2017
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the ROC government expresses indignation and deep regret over Panama's unilateral decision to sever diplomatic relations with the ROC and establish ties with the authorities in Beijing. The ROC has terminated diplomatic relations with the Republic of Panama with immediate effect to uphold the sovereignty and dignity of the nation.

June 16, 2017
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release thanking the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific for unanimously passing the Taiwan Travel Act H.R. 535 on June 15, 2017 (US Eastern Standard Time). The bill requires the US government to enhance visits by officials at all levels between Taiwan and the US and to remove restrictions on exchanges. The bill allows US cabinet-level officials, generals, and administrative officials to visit Taiwan. It also allows high-level officials in Taiwan to visit the US and meet with officials of the US Department of Defense, Department of State, and other agencies.

June 18, 2017
The MAC issued a press release stating that mainland China has repeatedly disregarded Taiwan's goodwill and continued to crudely attack the national dignity of the ROC, undermined the survival rights and interests of Taiwan, and forced Taiwan to accept its "one China" position involving the relinquishment of sovereignty in the "economic and social integration," "conveniences beneficial to Taiwan," and other measures painstakingly publicized by the Mainland authorities at the Straits Forum. This has unilaterally changed the stable status quo in the Taiwan Strait and seriously challenges and endangers the development of cross-Strait relations and regional peace. The MAC reiterated that the government's position on non-governmental cross-Strait exchanges has not changed. It stressed that democracy and public opinion are the bases for government administration. Beijing authorities has no right to interfere with and unilaterally interpret Taiwan's policy actions. Taiwan will not accept any political proposition by the other side under coercion.

June 24, 2017
Premier Lin Chuan stated during an interview with The Nikkei of Japan that the the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should not treat issues between them as a zero-sum game, but rather should find a balance mutually beneficial to both sides. He expressed hope for more goodwill interaction between Taiwan and the other side. Maintaining the status quo is currently the best way to avoid conflict. This keynote strategy will not change, though it will be reviewed as developments necessitate. Participation in regional free trade is not the only objective of Taiwan: it is also equal treatment. Taiwan hopes to maintain a very good economic relationship with mainland China, including through the signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement and other measures to further reduce trade barriers between the two sides.

June 29, 2017
The MAC released an "Analysis Report: 20 Years After Hong Kong's Handover" stating that mainland China has limited the development of democracy in Hong Kong and restricted the freedom and human rights of the Hong Kong people. The international community believes that this violates the pledge of "Hong Kong ruled by the Hong Kong people with a high degree of autonomy." The government's consistent position has been to support democracy, freedom, stability, and prosperity in Hong Kong. It calls on Beijing to honor its promises, respect the right of Hong Kong to be ruled by the people of Hong Kong, and respond positively to the demands of the people of Hong Kong for democracy and freedom.

June 30, 2017
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release thanking the US government for an approximately US$1.42 billion arms sale to Taiwan as notified to the US Congress on June 29, 2017 (US Eastern Standard Time). It also stated that this is the first arms sales to Taiwan announced by the US since President Donald Trump took office five months ago. This amply shows US attention to Taiwan's security and determination to faithfully fulfill its security pledges to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act and "Six Assurances." It will also help strengthen cross-Strait peace while ensuring security in the Asia-Pacific.

July 4, 2017
The Ministry of National Defense issued a press release regarding the passage of mainland China's Liaoning aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait en route to Hong Kong. It stated that the carrier formation entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone at 4:00 p.m. on July 1 and left at 9:30 p.m. the next day. The armed forces closely monitored every operation and movement. Nothing unusual happened on the seas and in the air at that time.

July 6, 2017
The MAC stated in a press release that, to strengthen management regulations on entry to mainland China by retired or discharged civil servants and military personnel and safeguard the overall interests of the country, the MAC drafted amendments to Article 9, Article 9-3, and Article 91 of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area. The Executive Yuan has completed review of the draft amendments and will promptly request deliberation by the Legislative Yuan.

July 12, 2017
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) issued a press release stating that a mainland Chinese naval formation led by the Liaoning aircraft carrier departed from Hong Kong at noon on July 11, entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone at 2:40 a.m., and continued to sail west along the west side of the Taiwan Strait centerline. The MND closely monitored every operation and movement. It did not detect any unusual hostile activity or situations in the Taiwan Strait.

July 13, 2017
The Ministry of National Defense issued a press release stating that a mainland Chinese naval formation led by the Liaoning aircraft carrier continued to sail north along the west side of the Taiwan Strait centerline and left Taiwan's air defense identification zone at 2:00 a.m. on July 13. Taiwan's armed forces closely monitored every operation and movement and did not detect any unusual situations in the Taiwan Strait during that time.

July 13, 2017
The Ministry of National Defense issued a press release stating that various types of mainland Chinese air force planes conducted multiple long-range training drills near Taiwan's air defense identification zone. Taiwan's armed forces are able to closely monitor every operation and prepare response measures.

July 13, 2017
The MAC expressed mourning over the death of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and mainland Chinese dissident Mr. Liu Xiaobo. It called on the mainland Chinese authorities to respect the basic rights of the people and promptly begin institutional reforms for democratic constitutional government. It also again warned Beijing authorities to promptly acquit improperly detained Taiwan national Li Ming-che and face up to the humanitarian appeal for family visits to maintain benign cross-Strait interactions.

July 14, 2017
Deputy Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council Lin Cheng-yi was invited by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to attend the international symposium on "Cross-Strait Relations Re-examined: Toward New Normal." In a keynote address on "Maintaining the Status Quo of Peace and Stability in the Taiwan Strait, Defending Taiwan's Interests and Values," he emphasized the government's efforts and determination to maintain the status quo of cross-Strait peace and stability. Facing future developments, the ROC government will firmly defend Taiwan's interests and values and fulfill the responsibility to maintain regional peace in response to changes in the Asia-Pacific region.

July 21, 2017
The Ministry of National Defense issued a press release stating that, on the morning of July 20, the mainland Chinese air force conducted a planned open sea training drill involving H-6 bombers, Y-8 electric reconnaissance aircraft, and Y-8 long-range electronic jamming planes. Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense closely monitored every movement of the Mainland aircraft.

July 27, 2017
The MAC stated in a press release regarding the Mainland's intent to forcibly take Taiwanese nationals involved in telecommunications fraud in Cambodia to mainland China that it has demanded through cross-Strait liaison mechanisms that the Mainland actively coordinate the relevant departments. The Taiwanese persons involved in the case should be allowed to return Taiwan for investigation and trial according to law and should not be forcibly deported to mainland China. It also expressed hope that the Mainland can put aside prejudices, remove unnecessary political barriers, and build on the existing basis of cooperation, jointly formulate a proper approach through benign cross-Strait communication and dialogue.

August 3, 2017
The MAC issued a press release solemnly protesting to the Mainland over the forcible deportation of 22 Taiwanese nationals involved in telecommunications fraud in Indonesia to mainland China. It also again appealed for the public security agencies on the two sides to cooperatively investigate cross-border crimes, jointly plan resolution and response measures on the existing basis of cross-Strait cooperation and through benign communication and dialogue.

August 7, 2017
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) issued a press release responding to the adoption of the framework for the South China Sea Code of Conduct at the ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting. It reaffirmed the sovereignty of the Republic of China (ROC.) over the South China Sea islands. The rights of the ROC to the island groups and their surrounding waters are unquestionable under international law and the law of the sea. The MOFA also appealed that Taiwan should not be excluded from participation in related multilateral dialogue and dispute settlement mechanisms.

August 8, 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen stated in a speech at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue that peaceful and stable cross-Strait relations are in the common interests of Asia-Pacific countries and both sides of the Taiwan Strait. She said that her administration remains fully committed to maintaining the status quo, but noted that this conviction takes goodwill and cooperation from both sides, while also ensuring our shared interests in prosperity and regional development. She hoped that both sides of the Taiwan Strait can work on a new model for cross-Strait interactions that benefit the stability and prosperity of both sides.

August 9, 2017
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Jiuzhaigou County and other areas of Sichuan Province in mainland China, causing Jandslides and other disasters. The MAC issued a press release stating that it has expressed Taiwan's condolences to the Mainland side through the Taiwan Affairs Office and the SEF-ARATS liaison channel and is ready to provide all necessary assistance.

August 10, 2017
Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Chen Chung-chi responded to questions regarding an August 9 flight by a Y-8EW electronic warfare aircraft of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) heading north over the Western Pacific Ocean from the Bashi Channel and then circuiting Taiwan from the east. He stated that the armed forces continue to maintain alert and monitor Taiwan's surrounding sea and air space and are closely tracking the movements of the Mainland forces to safeguard national security. He said that there have not been any unusual situations.

August 12, 2017
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) issued a press release stating that several PLA aircraft of various types conducted long-range sea and air training activities. They included a group of H-6 and Y-8 aircraft that flew along the edge of Taiwan's southern air defense identification zone (ADIZ) and then headed north through the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait before returning to their base. Another group consisting of KJ-200 and Su-30 aircraft accompanied the planes along the edge of Taiwan's southern ADIZ through the Bashi Channel and then returned to base along their original course. The MND stressed that the two mainland Chinese aircraft groups were conducting a long-range training drill. The armed forces fully monitored and tracked their activities and have prepared response measures to safeguard homeland security.

August 13, 2017
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) issued a press release stating that two Mainland military Y-8 aircraft flew along the edge of Taiwan's southern air defense identification zone heading northeast through the Bashi Channel on a long-range training drill. Two Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets accompanied the planes through the Miyako Strait and then returned to their base. The MND emphasized that the armed forces fully monitored and tracked their activities and have prepared response measures to safeguard homeland security.

August 14, 2017
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) issued a press release stating that two Mainland military Y-8 aircraft conducted long-range sea and air training activities. One of the planes flew along the edge of Taiwan's southern air defense identification zone and headed northeast through the Bashi Channel and the Miyako Strait before returning to base. The other plane flew southeast through the Bashi Channel and then returned to base along its original route. The MND stressed the armed forces fully monitored and tracked the activities of the Mainland aircraft and have prepared response measures to defend the security of Taiwan's sea and air space.

August 17, 2017
The MAC issued a press release expressing deep regret over the sentencing of Hong Kong student activists Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Alex Chow Yong-kang to prison for their involvement in the "Umbrella Movement." It hoped that the Hong Kong government would sincerely maintain freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and judicial independence in Hong Kong.

August 24, 2017
The MAC announced the results of a public opinion survey indicating that more than 80% of the public support the government's position that maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is the joint responsibility of both sides and that the two sides should engage in healthy and normal contact and exchanges (87.8%), and think that ongoing contact and exchanges between the people on both sides is conducive to promoting positive interaction between the two sides (84.8%). Additionally, more than 60% of the public support the government's improvement of laws, regulations, and management measures related to cross-Strait exchanges (64.1%). Over 70% of the public disagree with mainland China's approach of suppressing Taiwan and unilaterally setting political preconditions to cross-Strait exchanges (75.2%), and think that the political united front tactics used by the Mainland authorities against the people of Taiwan in the name of exchange is not conducive to the development of cross-Strait relations (70.1%).

August 24, 2017
The MAC issued a press release on the forcible deportation of 18 Taiwanese nationals involved in telecommunications fraud in Malaysia and Cambodia (15 in Malaysia and three in Cambodia) to Mainland China. It expressed deep regret and solemnly protested to the Mainland. It also called on the Mainland to remove unnecessary political barriers, and jointly plan resolution and response measures on the existing basis of cross-Strait cooperation and through benign communication and dialogue. Only continued cooperation between public security agencies on both sides is conducive to identifying criminals behind the scenes, to tracking down criminal syndicates to their source, and to thoroughly cracking down on telecommunications fraud to safeguard the interests and well-being of the people on both sides.

September 11, 2017
The MAC issued a press release on the start of the trial of the case of Li Ming-che in mainland China stating that mainland China restricted Li Ming-che's personal freedom and has refused to allow family visits. Outside parties cannot entirely recognize or accept the plea given the absence of due process protections under the law. The MAC called on the Mainland to respond properly to the collective expectations of all parties after today's trial, to handle affairs prudently and rationally in accordance with universal values and trends of human rights, and to allow Mr. Li Ming-che to safely return to Taiwan as soon as possible.

September 20, 2017
Chunghwa Post issued a set of special stamps commissioned by the MAC to commemorate the 30th anniversary of cross-Strait exchanges. The stamps present the results and history of cross-Strait exchanges and convey the government's policy position of continuing to promote goodwill interaction and exchanges across the Taiwan Strait.

September 20, 2017
MAC Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh stated in a speech at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Cross-Strait Exchange Conference for Non-Governmental Organizations that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the ROC government's lifting of restrictions on family-related cross-Strait visits. In the past 30 years of cross-Strait relations, exchanges across the Taiwan Straits have produced substantial results. They have also demonstrated that, with mutual understanding and a mindset of setting differences aside to seek common ground, peaceful exchanges and contact are possible between the two sides. Minister Chang also noted that the vast majority of the public believe that developing sound and orderly cross-Strait exchanges is an important part of maintaining peaceful and stable development across the Taiwan Strait. She expressed hope that the other side would face up to public opinion in Taiwan and jointly promote diverse and benign exchanges and interaction to help advance the development of cross-Strait ties.

September 27, 2017
In regards to inappropriate comments by a spokesperson of the Taiwan Affairs Office that Taiwan has never been a country, the MAC stated in a press release that the Republic of China is a sovereign state. Mainland China's unilateral statement cannot change this objective fact. Taiwan's freedom, democracy, human rights, rule of law, economic development, and other soft power have been highly affirmed by the international community. Taiwan's future and the development of cross-Strait relations will be jointly decided by the 23 million people of Taiwan. The MAC called on mainland China to adopt forward-looking and innovative thinking, break away from negative perceptions and actions, and resolve differences with Taiwan through communication and dialogue to develop constructive cross-Strait relations.

September 30, 2017
MAC Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh stated at the Symposium on the Mini-Three-Links: Review and Outlook 30th Anniversary of Cross-Strait Exchanges that, in the near future, the MAC would coordinate with the relevant authorities to deliberate relaxing the criteria for purpose of travel by Chinese mainlanders to Kinmen, Matsu, and Penghu via the Mini-Three-Links, reductions to the review period for art, cultural, and business exchanges via the Mini-Three-Links, as well as simplification of documentary requirements in applications for individual travel via the Mini-Three-Links. It will also promptly consider revisions to the Regulations Governing the Trial Operation of Transportation Links Between Kinmen/Matsu/Penghu and the Mainland Area. Minister Chang stressed that a number of issues concerning the Mini-Three-Links require cross-Strait coordination and discussion. She expressed hope that the two sides could resume communication as soon as possible so that these issues can be fully discussed.

October 5, 2017
MAC Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh stated in a speech at the 2017 Mid-Autumn Festival Gathering of Taiwanese Businessmen's Associations that cross-Strait ties are not a zero-sum relationship. The two sides should pursue a win-win situation of mutual benefit. Minister Chang said that the government has a position and resolution on cross-Strait issues. There is no room for concession on national sovereignty and dignity. The government will continue to work with a positive mindset to promptly start communication and dialogue with mainland China, reduce any misunderstanding and negative feelings, and rationally and pragmatically develop positive exchanges and cooperation across the Taiwan Strait.

October 10, 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen stated at the 2017 National Day Celebration of the Republic of China said that, since May 20 last year, the government has exerted maximum goodwill in order to safeguard the peaceful and stable development of cross-Strait relations. Although political differences between the two sides have led to some complications, we have nevertheless worked to maintain the basic stability of cross-Strait relations. She also reiterated that "our goodwill will not change, our commitments will not change, we will not revert to the old path of confrontation, and we will not bow to pressure," and that this has been her consistent position on cross-Strait relations. Facing new circumstances in cross-Strait and regional relations, the leaders of the two sides should together work to display the political wisdom that has carried us through over the years, and search for new models of cross-Strait interactions with determination and patience. This will lay a more solid basis for long-term peace and stability in the cross-Strait relationship.

October 15, 2017
Regarding an accident involving a Taiwan tour group at a scenic area near the Three Gorges in the Mainland city of Yichang, Hubei Province, a presidential spokesman said that the relevant government departments had initiated response mechanisms to fully assist family members in confirming the local situation and would dispatch people to help families arrange travel to the Mainland to handle follow-up affairs.

October 15, 2017
The MAC issued a press release regarding an article by the Taiwan Affairs Office published in Qiushi magazine on its achievements in Taiwan-related work. It stated that: 1.The authorities in Beijing needs to be wise and patient and pragmatically understand and face the fact that the Republic of China is a sovereign state; 2. The "one China" political principle unilaterally established by the Mainland authorities does not respect the position and concerns of the people of Taiwan on promoting the development of cross-Strait relations. Taiwan can not accept "one country, two systems"; 3. The MAC called on mainland China to embrace forward-looking and groundbreaking new thinking on the development of cross-Strait relations, learn to find intersections for cooperation within differences, and resolve problems with good-faith communication. Only then can the two sides advance to the future in the same direction.

October 18, 2017
Regarding the Taiwan policy contained in the report of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the MAC issued a press release expressing hope that mainland China, at this critical moment of change as it seeks to enhance its overall strength and implement institutional reforms, will commit to promoting "democratic, peaceful, fair, and just" policy measures and also constructively face cross-Strait relations with new thinking. Only then can it accomplish its expectations of "making bold innovations and avoiding rigidity" to truly become a defender of peace in the Taiwan Strait and region. The Mac also called on the other side to face a fact: that the "one China" and "one country, two systems" principles established by one side aggressively can hardly cross the divide to win the hearts and recognition of the people, nor can they win the world's willing support or acceptance. They also make it very difficult to achieve a shared mindset. The Mainland must truly respect and understand Taiwan if the two sides are to find points of commonality within their differences and pursue reconciliation and cooperation.

October 26, 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated in a speech at the opening ceremony of the Symposium on the 30th Anniversary of Cross-Strait Exchanges: Review and Outlook the government's position that "our goodwill will not change, our commitments will not change, we will not revert to the old path of confrontation, and we will not bow to pressure." She also appealed once again for the leaders on both sides of the Taiwan Strait to embrace the harmony and moderation of traditional political wisdom, seek a breakthrough in cross-strait relations to create long-term well-being for people on both sides, and eliminate hostility and the fear of war.

October 26, 2017
MAC Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh stated in a speech at the Symposium on the 30th Anniversary of Cross-Strait Exchanges: Review and Outlook that the two sides have chosen different political systems and models of development. Yet this has not posed barriers to cross-Strait exchanges. Cross-Strait exchanges and interaction represent a natural outpouring of emotion that spans the Taiwan Strait and offers the dream of the people’s happiness. She expressed hope that the two sides would cherish these hard-won results, adhere to the principle of "putting the people first," find new opportunities for cross-Strait cooperation in changing circumstances and jointly consider a new model for cross-Strait interaction, to open a new chapter in the history of cross-Strait exchanges for the next 30 years.

October 28, 2017
The MAC issued a press release solemnly protesting the forcible deportation of 19 Taiwanese nationals involved in telecommunications fraud in Cambodia to mainland China. It also urged both sides of the Taiwan Strait to cooperate on combating crime to safeguard the rights and interests of the people on both sides.

November 3, 2017
The MAC announced the results of a routine public opinion survey. The survey found that more than 80% of the public support the government's firm defense of national sovereignty and dignity and the well-being of the people, as well as its commitment to maintaining peaceful and stable development across the Taiwan Strait, and support the policy position that Taiwan's future and the development of cross-Strait relations must be decided by the 23 million people of Taiwan (84.9%). Moreover, nearly 90% of the people think that the leaders of the two sides should work together in the changing situation to find a new model for interaction and lay a foundation for peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait (88.6%). In addition, more than 70% of the public think the two sides should pragmatically handle cross-Strait affairs through dialogue and communication without preconditions (76.2%).

November 9, 2017
The MAC issued a press release on Taiwan Strait issues raised during the "Trump-Xi Meeting." It stated that the region and both sides of the Taiwan Strait share a hope and common interest in improving cross-Strait relations. This is also a shared responsibility of the two sides. It called on mainland China to face the cross-Strait reality and uphold the principle of mutual respect in facing cross-Strait relations. It also expressed hope that the US could keep its commitments to Taiwan and support the positive development of cross-Strait relations.

November 15, 2017
MAC Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh attended the "International Conference on The CCP 19th Congress: Prospects on Power Structure and Policies." In her opening remarks on "Building Shared Values and Benefits to Usher in a New Cross-Strait Era," she emphasized that "To improve is to change." She called on both sides, in the face of new developments, to commit to maintaining peaceful and stable relations across the Taiwan Strait and to jointly seek a new model for cross-Strait interaction. She also stressed that the leaders on both sides should adopt the "people" and "reform", the greatest common factor in their governance objectives, as the basis for the development of cross-Strait relations, communication, and dialogue. She further called on mainland China to face up to the reality of the existence of the Republic of China, pragmatically regard the cross-Strait status quo, and respect and understand the views of the Taiwanese people on promoting the development of cross-Strait relations and adherence to democracy.

November 19, 2017
The Ministry of National Defense issued a press release stating that a Mainland Tu-154 aircraft crossed the Miyako Strait on the morning of November 18 heading south from North on a long-distance training mission. According to regulations, the armed forces fully monitored the movement of the Mainland aircraft, remained on alert, and maintained close surveillance of the waters and airspace around the air defense identification zone to safeguard the security of Taiwan's sea and airspace.

November 22, 2017
The Ministry of National Defense issued a press release stating that several Mainland aircraft, including H-6 bomber, Shaanxi Y-8 transport, Tu-154, Il-78, and Su-30, passed through the Bashi Channel heading to the Western Pacific across the island chain for a long-range training mission. The Ministry of National Defense stressed that it tracked the movement of the Mainland aircraft. It said that the armed forces are capable of monitoring and responding to all activities by the Mainland aircraft to safeguard homeland security.

November 23, 2017
The Ministry of National Defense issued a press release stating that an H-6 bomber and several Mainland military planes continued to fly across the island chain for a long-range training mission. Some of the planes passed through the Bashi Channel to the Western Pacific and then returned to base along their original route. According to intelligence, one Shaanxi Y-8 transport aircraft crossed the Bashi Channel and continued flying northeast through the Miyako Strait before returning to base. The armed forces sent aircraft and ships to monitor and prepare response measures according to regulations. No unusual situations were reported.

November 28, 2017
The MAC issued a press release on mainland China's sentencing of Mr. Li Ming-che to imprisonment for five years and deprivation of political rights for two years for "the crime of subversion of state power." It said that spreading the concept of democracy is not a crime and demanded that the Mainland promptly release Li Ming-che. Li Ming-che's remarks and internet messages with friends in mainland China were to exchange Taiwan's experience with democratic development based on concern for social welfare and future development in mainland China. They did not endanger the security and stability of mainland China. The verdict is unacceptable to all parties in Taiwan. The MAC also noted that this result runs entirely counter to the universal values of democracy and human rights and will undoubtedly have a negative impact on cross-Strait exchanges.

December 11, 2017
During a meeting with American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that Taiwan will continue to play an important role in maintaining regional stability. She also emphasized that, as a free and democratic nation in the Indo-Pacific region, Taiwan is naturally a stakeholder in the "free and open Indo-Pacific" policy. She expressed confidence that Taiwan can make a greater contribution to the region. Taiwan not only wants to defend the collective achievements of freedom and openness, but also wants to protect a rules-based international order.

December 16, 2017
The MAC expressed deep regret and discontent over the consent of the Spanish National Court to mainland China's request to extradite Taiwanese nationals suspected of fraud to mainland China. It also emphasized that the Republic of China (ROC) is a sovereign state and that mainland China must face up to the reality of the ROC's existence. The various tactics used by Beijing to oppress Taiwan in the international arena only increase more resentment of the Taiwan public and are absolutely unacceptable to the people of Taiwan. Once more, the MAC called on the Mainland to promptly begin cross-Strait cooperation under the Cross-Strait Joint Crime-Fighting and Judicial Mutual Assistance Agreement signed between the two sides. This is the only approach conducive to combating telecommunications fraud and protecting the rights and interests of the people on both sides across the Taiwan Strait.

December 19, 2017
Regarding the National Security Strategy Report announced by the United States mentioning its commitments to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act, an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated in a regular news briefing that the principles in the report of maintaining regional peace and stability and economic freedom and openness are consistent with the policies promoted by the ROC government and conform to Taiwan's national strategic interests. The report shows that the Trump administration fully recognizes Taiwan as an important security and economic partner of the US in the Asia Pacific region. It also reiterates the US security commitment to Taiwan and support for Taiwan-US relations. The MOFA considers this to be a positive development.

December 20, 2017
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) issued a press release stating that the Mainland dispatched several military aircraft of various types to conduct long-distance training missions. Among them were a Tu-154 that flew over the Miyako Strait into the western Pacific and returned to base via its original route; an Su-30, IL-78, and H-6 bomber that flew over the Bashi Channel into the western Pacific and returned to base via its original route; and a Shaanxi Y-8 transport aircraft that flew over the Bashi Channel into the western Pacific and returned to its base via the Miyako Strait. The MND stressed that Mainland has normalized long-range sea and air activities by military planes and vessels. The MND will therefore no longer issue public statements on such movements unless there are unusual occurrences. According to the Regulations on the Handling Contingencies by the Armed Forces during Periods of Normal Combat Readiness, the armed forces will remain at the ready and send planes and ships to maintain close surveillance, reconnaissance, and response measures to ensure the security of Taiwan's airspace and territorial waters.

December 21, 2017
With regard to the ruling of Taiwanese nationals suspected of involvement in telecommunications fraud in Kenya by the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court in mainland China, the MAC issued a press release and stated that Taiwan believes that the facts and evidence of each individual case should be fully and thoroughly investigated and that the ruling should accord with the principle of proportionality, follow due process, and take human rights into consideration, and other factors to be convincing. It also again called on the Mainland to keep the well-being of the people in mind and, on the past existing basis of cooperation, engage in communication and dialogue with Taiwan to jointly seek solutions on matters related to cooperation in combating crime. This is the only way to thoroughly crack down on fraud rings to safeguard the rights and interests and well-being of the people on both sides.

December 21, 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen made an inspection visit to the Air Force Combatant Command (AFCC) and listened to a briefing by the AFCC commander on response measures to the long-range training missions of mainland China. In her instructions, she said that mainland China's frequent recent military activities in East Asia have caused a certain impact on the security and stability of the surrounding area. In response to the Mainland's recent "long-range training missions," the armed forces have been asked to continue strengthening joint intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations, closely monitor sea and air movements, accurately grasp potential actions by the Mainland forces, guard against raids by unidentified low-altitude targets, and disclose the relevant information in due time to reassure the public and fulfill Taiwan's responsibility as a contributor to regional stability and security. The president also noted that much of Beijing's intelligence gathering towards Taiwan in recent years has been sourced through "banquet invitations," "trips abroad," and "requests for information." The armed forces should require all officers and troops heighten security awareness and prepare countermeasures to block the channels of Mainland infiltration and prevent the leaking of secrets.

December 26, 2017
The Ministry of National Defense released the 2017 National Defense Report. The report indicated that Beijing is spending heavily on national defense, accelerating the process of national defense and military modernization, continuing to increase the combat strength of its navy and air force, Rocket Force and Strategic Support Force, and restructuring the military to greatly enhance force projection capability and seriously threaten Taiwan's national security.

December 29, 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen took part in the 2017 Year-end press conference for the Presidential Office press corps. She stated that the cross-Strait relationship is an important key in maintaining regional peace and prosperity. Preserving the status quo is Taiwan's unchanging position and an effective commitment to the region and the world. Peace, prosperity, and development in Asia is the responsibility of all countries in the region and the cross-Strait issue is an issue of regional peace. Taiwan will fulfill its responsibility to regional security, maintain goodwill, and sustain a stable, consistent and predictable cross-Strait relationship.