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Mainland Affairs Council

I. Mainland Policy and Work

2019

January 1, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen stated in her 2019 new year's talk that cross-Strait exchanges must be healthy and normal, which can’t be dependent on vague political preconditions or forced submission to "passwords." She said that China must face the reality of the existence of the Republic of China (Taiwan); must respect the commitment of the 23 million people of Taiwan to freedom and democracy; must handle cross-Strait differences peacefully and on a basis of equality. It must be governments or government-authorized agencies that engage in negotiations. These "four musts" are the most basic and crucial foundations that will determine whether cross-Strait relations develop in a positive direction. President Tsai also indicated that to safeguard Taiwan's security, the government will set up a three-part security network for cross-Strait exchanges to enhance security on people's livelihoods, information security, and security protecting democracy in cross-Strait interactions.

January 1, 2019
The Office of the President, Republic of China, issued a press release welcoming and appreciating US President Donald Trump's signing of the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018 (ARIA). The presidential spokesperson noted that the ARIA reiterates the commitment of US to Taiwan's security, supports closer Taiwan-US relations, and affirms the value of US partnership with Taiwan and other countries in the region. This carries even greater significance as we approach the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issued a press release expressing gratitude and  willingness to work with the US and like-minded countries in the region to promote peace, prosperity, and stable development of the Indo-Pacific region.

January 2, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen issued a statement in response to the speech delivered by China's President Xi Jinping commemorating the 40th anniversary of the "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan." The president pinpoitned that Taiwan has never accepted the "1992 Consensus." The fundamental reason is that the Beijing authorities' definition of the "1992 Consensus" simply means "one China" and "one country, two systems.” The president reiterated that Taiwan absolutely will not accept "one country, two systems," that the vast majority of Taiwanese also resolutely oppose "one country, two systems," and that this opposition is also a "Taiwan consensus." She also emphasized her willingness to engage in negotiations, but as Taiwan is a democratic country, all political consultations and negotiations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait must be authorized and monitored by the people of Taiwan and conducted on a government-to-government basis. Under this principle, no individual or group has the right to represent the people of Taiwan to conduct political consultations or negotiations. The MAC also issued a press release stating that Beijing's statement on Taiwan reflects its urgency to accelerate unification. "Democratic consultations" premised on "one China principal" are just unification negotiations aimed at dividing Taiwan and eliminating ROC sovereignty. The MAC further warned the Mainland authorities to never misjudge the situation, nor to act upon unilateral decisions. The position and determination of the people of Taiwan to admantly safeguard the nation's sovereignty and dignity will never change.

January 4, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen visited Kinmen to inspect the situation of African swine fever and related epidemic prevention measures. She reiterated that China must adopt the most rigorous and effective controls on pigs killed by the disease, be transparent about the status of the epidemic, and share information on epidemic prevention through the notification platform established under relevant agreements signed between the two sides.

January 4, 2019
In a response to statements made by the mainland Chinese leader on Taiwan, the European Union (EU) reaffirmed support for maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, a commitment to continue developing relations with Taiwan, and support for the governance systems valued by both Taiwan and the EU. The MOFA issued a press release welcoming and appreciating the EU statement.

January 5, 2019
During a reception for the international press corps in Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated her solemn position on the mainland Chinese leader's strong promotion of a "one country, two systems model for Taiwan." She also called again on China to advance towards democracy and to view Taiwan from a "democratic perspective" in order to truly understand the Taiwan people's thinking and earn the trust of the international community.

January 8, 2019
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release expressing appreciation for a January 6 (US Eastern Standard Time) tweet by White House National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis. In the tweet, Marquis said that the US supports Taiwan's democracy and freedom and rejects China's threats against Taiwan. He called on Beijing to stop threatening Taiwan and to start dialogue with the democratically-elected Taiwanese government.

January 17, 2019
The MAC issued a press release announcing the results of its latest public opinion survey. The survey found that over 70% of the public disapprove mainland China's "one country, two systems" proposition (75.4%) and do not accept the Mainland's "1992 Consensus" embedded under the "one China principle" (74.3%). In addition, nearly 80% (77.2%) of the public oppose Beijing's refusal to renounce the use of force against Taiwan. About 90% support the government's position that all sectors should protect the nation's overall security interests while promoting economic development (90.1%). Over 70% support President Tsai Ing-wen's "four musts" regarding the development of cross-Strait relations (76.1%) and the establishment of a three-part security network for cross-Strait exchanges (75.2%). Over 80% support the view that "political consultations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should be conducted on a government-to-government basis and must be authorized and monitored by the people of Taiwan" (81.4%). A similar percentage agree that the government should have more rigorous and comprehensive legislation in place before entering into political consultations and signing agreements between the two sides (83.1%).

January 17, 2019
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) issued a press release on the "Blue Book on the Cyber Rule of Law" jointly released by the Institute of Law at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Peking University's Internet Development Research Center, and other institutions. The MOFA strongly protested and severely condemned the report for singling out 66 foreign companies on the 2017 Fortune Global 500 list, including Apple, Nike, Amazon and Siemens, for labelling "Taiwan" instead of "Taiwan, China," and threatening "legal repercussions." The MOFA called on relevant countries to confront this matter and do everything possible to help their companies resist China's unreasonable demands. The MOFA also reiterated that the Chinese government must face the reality of the existence of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Any pressuring or belittlement of Taiwan will only incur the antipathy of the people of Taiwan and undermine the development of cross-Strait relations and regional peace and stability.

January 20, 2019
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release expressing appreciation for a January 16 statement by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas responding to the Chinese leader's threat of unification with Taiwan by force in the "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan." Minister Maas said that the German government has consistently rejected any threat to "use force as a dispute resolution" and urged all EU members to take the same stance.

January 21, 2019
During a meeting with Dr. Richard Haass, president of US-based think tank the Council on Foreign Relations, President Tsai Ing-wen stressed that Taiwan absolutely will not accept "one country, two systems," and this is the "Taiwan consensus." She called on the international community to seriously and directly address the changes occurring in the region. She also indicated that defending Taiwan, a beacon of democracy, is the only hope for democracy and freedom in Asia.

January 22, 2019
During a Lunar New Year press conference, MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong proposed main tasks for the future, including assessing Beijing's moves towards Taiwan, and firmly defending national security; implementing a "security network for democracy" and establishing a comprehensive security defense mechanism; strengthening cooperation between the central and local governments and maintaining Taiwan's overall interests; monitoring the influence of the US-China trade war and helping Taiwanese businesspeople to shift investment back to Taiwan. Minister Chen also called for the protection of democracy and freedom to consloidate the "Taiwan consensus." He said that Taiwan will never accept "one country, two systems," , and democracy is the best solution. Official cross-Strait liaison mechanisms and institutionalized negotiations should also be resumed as soon as possible.

January 23, 2019
During a meeting with Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu, MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong said that the unification of Taiwan with the Mainland is one of the three historical missions of the communist party and the PRC. Between the two sides the sovereignty of the ROC is a "zero sum game," whereas economic and trade issues are part of a "non-zero sum game." Minister Chen believe that Mayor Han would balance these two games, taking into account Taiwan's sovereignty while also developing Kaohsiung's economy. He also emphasized that the central and local governments should cooperate and collaborate strategically to defend Taiwan's overall interests.

January 25, 2019
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release appreciating Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon for publicly expressing on January 23 opposing to China's military threats against Taiwan and encouraging of constructive dialogue between the two sides.

January 28, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen sent a letter to Pope Francis in response to his message marking the 2019 World Day of Peace. She said China must face the reality of the existence of the Republic of China (Taiwan); respect the commitment of the Taiwanese people to freedom and democracy; handle cross-Strait differences peacefully on the basis of equality; and recognize that negotiations must be conducted by governments or government-authorized agencies. These "four musts" serve as the most basic and crucial foundation for the positive development of cross-Strait relations.

January 29, 2019
During a meeting with Tainan Mayor Huang Wei-cher, MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong stated that the unification arrow has been released towards Taiwan, and there is no turning back since the announcement of "Xi's five points." Noting that the cross-Strait situation is quite serious, Minister Chen stressed the importance of confronting the divisive influence of the Mainland's united front tactics to protect Taiwan, ROC. The central and local governments must unite and collaborate strategically to face external threats and challenges.

February 3, 2019
A traffic accident in Shanghai resulted in the death and injury of members of a tour organized by Lion Travel. The MAC issued a press release expressing mourning for the deceased and promised immediate assistance to the victims and with ensuing matters.

February 3, 2019
The MAC issued a press release solemnly protesting claims by Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council PRC spokesman Ma Xiaoguang that the ROC government is treating African swine fever prevention as a political issue. It emphasized that disease prevention concerns the people's livelihood and well-being and should not be politicized. Disease prevention requires the cooperation and efforts of all governments in the vicinity of the epidemic. Taiwan believes that notification of information is entirely consistent with stipulations under the Cross-Strait Agreement on Cooperation of Agricultural Product Quarantine and Inspection. The MAC advised the Mainland to face up to the problem and not distort the truth. Taiwan is willing to promote cross-Strait expert exchanges to maximize the effects of disease prevention work and hopes that the Mainland will respond positively.

February 6, 2019
The MAC issued a press release stating that the Executive Yuan approved the “Welcome Taiwanese Companies abroad to invest Taiwan Action Plan” to help mainland-based Taiwanese companies amid the US-China trade dispute. The three-year plan came into effect on January 1 this year (2019). The MAC will actively assist with advocacy and perform related work in conjunction with the plan.

February 7, 2019
The MAC issued a press release on the Individual Income Tax Law and other relevant provisions implemented by mainland China on January 1, 2019. It noted that the Mainland has publicized the tax reductions offered to Taiwanese businesspeople but has avoided the issue of tax inspection rules and related risks. The MAC reminded Taiwanese businesspeople to pay close attention to the tax reforms and promptly examine and plan for the changes to facilitate their future investments and long-term development.

February 8, 2019
In response to public opinion polls on cross-Strait issues conducted by domestic polling agencies in 2018, the MAC issued a press release stating that changes to the overall cross-Strait dynamic have intensified over the past year. Beijing has stepped up its united front work to pressure Taiwan. The results of polls regarding the government's cross-Strait policies, cross-Strait interactions, Beijing's actions towards Taiwan, and other relevant issues have all shown public support for the government's policies to maintain peaceful and stable cross-Strait relations, to defend national sovereignty, and to resolve cross-Strait differences through dialogue and interaction without preconditions. The results also show that the public disapproves mainland China's use of political and military tactics to suppress and intimidate Taiwan and supports the government's countermeasures towards the Mainland.

February 11, 2019
During the 2019 Lunar New Year reception for China-based Taiwanese firms, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that the government has never opposed cross-Strait exchanges. Exchanges between Taiwan and China are constant in all aspects. Interactions on various levels should not be restricted or disturbed by political frameworks or preconditions. Only through parity and dignity in cross-Strait relations can we enjoy mutual benefits and create win-win situations. This is what the people of Taiwan want. The president also emphasized that, as a responsible member of the international community, Taiwan will commit to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. She expressed hope that all participants in the region will do their part to safeguard regional peace and stability.

February 11, 2019
During the 2019 Lunar New Year reception for China-based Taiwanese firms, MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong stated that the CCP presented "Xi's five points" on January 2 this year to gradually promote the process of unification with Taiwan. The cross-Strait situation is severe. Cross-Strait relations must develop in line with the "four musts" and "three-part security network" to ensure Taiwan's overall interests. In response to US-China trade war and economic changes in mainland China, the government welcomes Taiwan businesses to invest back to Taiwan. It will also continue to strengthen services and provide necessary assistance to Taiwan businessmen.

February 12, 2019
The MAC issued a press release solemnly protesting the forcible deportation of seven Taiwan nationals suspected of involvement in telecommunications fraud in the Philippines to mainland China in October 2018. It demanded that the Mainland notify Taiwan about restrictions of personal freedom and assist in matters related to family visits according to the Cross-Strait Agreement on Joint Crime-Fighting and Mutual Judicial Assistance. It also again called on the Mainland to promptly begin cooperating with Taiwan to fight crime and safeguard the interests and well-being of the people on both sides. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issued a press release express serious concern and regret over this matter.

February 19, 2019
The MAC stated in a press release that the government does not advocate signing any political agreement that eliminates national sovereignty and Taiwan's democracy under Beijing's consistently imposed precondition of Taiwan's acceptance of the "one China principle" and "one country, two systems" political framework. The government has plans to establish a "security network for democracy" to prevent individuals or political parties from surpassing public opinion. Using sovereignty as a bargaining chip will undermine sovereignty and harm democracy irreversibly  . All related procedures must meet the high standards and thresholds of the public opinion test.

February 20, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen received a delegation from the European Parliament-Taiwan Friendship Group. She thanked them for their longstanding support for Taiwan and expressed hope for increased bilateral exchanges and cooperation based on shared core ideals and values. Before the meeting began, the European Parliament-Taiwan Friendship Group Chair Werner Langen presented a statement promoting peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait cosigned by 155 European Parliament members. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issued a press release expressing sincere gratitude.

February 20, 2019
During a "corridor chat" on the issue of a "cross-Strait peace agreement," President Tsai Ing-wen emphasized that Taiwan has long been a contributor to regional peace and stability. China's military ambitions and refusal to renounce the use of force against Taiwan are the true sources of regional instability and threat to regional peace. So long as China refuses to renounce the use of force against Taiwan and forces its "one country, two systems" framework, there can be no negotiations on an equal footing or real peace. Taiwan is a democracy with a clear direction: to be free, democratic, safe, and prosperous. "Taiwan will decide its own future."

February 20, 2019
MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong met with Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien to exchange views on cross-Strait exchanges, the development of cross-Strait relations, and other issues. He said that the central and local governments should coordinate strategically, safeguard sovereignty, work hard for the economy, and jointly protect the overall interests of Taiwan.

February 22, 2019
Regarding a statement by the Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council PRC that the mainland Chinese leader advocates extensive democratic consultations among all parties on the development of cross-Strait relations, the MAC said that the "one country, two systems model for Taiwan" proposed in "Xi's five points" on January 2 this year (2019) requires all political parties and circles in Taiwan to nominate and appoint representatives to engage in so-called "democratic consultations." The fundamental purpose of such consultations is to divide Taiwanese society and negotiate a unification eliminating the ROC's sovereignty. The "one country, two systems" formula that Beijing advocates for Taiwan leaves no space for the existence of the ROC. "Democratic consultations" with an autocratic regime are also impossible. Taiwan will not accept any proposal that eliminates its sovereignty. Taiwan's future and cross-Strait relations should be decided by the 23 million people of Taiwan.

February 23, 2019
In response to the KMT's indication that former President Chen Shui-bian had proposed a similar framework agreement and criticism of DPP flip-flopping remarks, the MAC issued a press release solemnly stating that the cross-Strait situation has changed dramatically. Beijing has shifted to a more aggressive strategy advancing the unification process, and the attack from Beijing is critically in sight. People in Taiwan should unite and seek internal consensus.

February 25, 2019
During a visit to Lingyin Temple in Neimen, Kaohsiung City, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that China is expanding its military power, ambitions in the Asia-Pacific region, and pressure against Taiwan. This pressure is not limited to the military and economic spheres, but has spread to every corner of Taiwan. If Taiwan is constantly attacked by China and subject to fake news, the energy of society will be subdued and Taiwan will then have no democracy. Democracy is of preeminent importance to Taiwan. We must protect Taiwan's democracy and respect the voice of the people.

February 27, 2019
The MAC issued a statement on deceptive comments by a spokesperson of the Taiwan Affairs Office State Council PRC at a regular press conference glorifying "one country, two systems" and the peace agreement and criticizing the policies of the Taiwan government. It said that in recent years the Chinese authorities have exerted constant political and military pressure against Taiwan, advanced united front work to divide Taiwan, and seriously threatened Taiwan's survival, safety, and national development. This is the source of the turmoil undermining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the greater region. The CCP's deceptive claim that "one country, two systems is for the goodwill and care for the people of Taiwan" whitewashes the mistakes and absurdities of "one country, two systems." The experience of the CCP's internal governance since coming into power exposes the "non-peaceful" and the "non-democratic" institutional nature of the CCP regime and its deviation from the mainstream values of the world. The statements from the Taiwan Affairs Office today further reconfirm that the "1992 Consensus" is the "one-China principle" and a consensus limited to "unification." It is a stepping stone for the CCP to annex Taiwan. There is no "one China with respective interpretations," nor is there any room for the existence of the ROC.

February 27, 2019
The MAC issued a statement in response to the announcement by the Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council PRC regarding the achievements and impact of the "31 Taiwan-related measures" on the first anniversary of the implementation of the measures. It said that over the past year, local governments, ministries and commissions across mainland China have cooperated with Beijing's policy of promoting unification by announcing thousands of related measures, mainly in the form of government decrees or regulations. However, these measures essentially "benefit Taiwan in name but serve the interests of the Mainland in reality." After one year of trial for the measurement implemented to Taiwan, the evidence shows that their effect has been nominal.

March 2, 2019
In an exclusive interview with Japan's Sankei Shimbun, President Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan has adopted a non-provocative position for regional peace and security and carefully handled cross-Strait relations. China's "one country, two systems" formula is unacceptable to the people of Taiwan. Taiwan will let the world know its firm bottom-line and not allow China to misjudge this.

March 4, 2019
During a meeting with a delegation led by Speaker of the Marshall Islands Nitijela (Parliament) Kenneth A. Kedi and his wife, President Tsai Ing-wen said that due to political factors, Taiwan was unable to participate in the World Health Organization meeting on influenza virus vaccines recently held in Beijing. This was a flagrant violation of Taiwanese citizens' right to health and created a gap in the global disease prevention network. The president also emphasized that health issues and epidemic prevention efforts should transcend national borders, and should not be influenced by the political agenda of any particular country. Blocking Taiwan's participation not only harms Taiwan, but also harms global society's collective efforts to prevent epidemics.

March 5, 2019
In response to mainland China's Government Work Report and statements on Taiwan by the Taiwan Affairs Office Director, the MAC stated that "authoritarian regimes" and "one country, two systems" were by no means historical trends. Neither the Taiwanese people nor the international community believe or accept them. The MAC called on the Beijing authorities to clearly recognize the complexities and severity of the current situation. The Mainland should first deal with its internal systemic risk, people's discontentment and demand for a better life, regional resistance to its hegemonic interference, as well as other core internal and external governance issues. The Mainland should cease its wrongful united front tactics to divide and militarily suppress Taiwan. This would be the true way to support positive cross-Strait interactions.

March 11, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen convened a National Security Meeting and proposed guidelines to counter the "one country, two systems model for Taiwan." On cross-Strait affairs, Taiwan must approach cross-Strait exchanges with a positive attitude, insist on parity and dignity, base interactions on democracy, reference the actions of other major democratic nations, and conduct a comprehensive review of its implementation of all laws and regulations related to cross-Strait exchanges. Taiwan must actively counteract any efforts by the CCP to take advantage of exchanges to infiltrate the society, promote unification, and interfere in domestic affairs. On democracy and the rule of law, Taiwan must promptly amend the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area and expedite legislation to establish a security network for democracy to enhance monitoring procedures and protection mechanisms for democracy. On the economy, to respond to the US-China trade conflict and changes in the international trade environment, Taiwan must proactively help Taiwanese firms based in mainland China to come back and invest in Taiwan, prompt industrial transformation and upgrades, enhance the international presence of Taiwanese firms, and ensure stable development of the overall economy. Taiwan needs to strengthen its competitive advantages and strategic position in global industrial chains and actively enter into multilateral and bilateral economic and trade agreements with its major trading partners. On diplomacy, Taiwan must take advantage of the international circumstances favorable to Taiwan and join forces with the world community to counter the CCP's aggression aiming to destroy Taiwan's sovereignty. On security, Taiwan must closely track mainland China's changing political, economic, and social situation. It also need to prevent the CCP from manipulating public opinion in Taiwan, infiltrating the society, and stealing national defense and core industrial secrets to maintain national security and social stability. On national defense, Taiwan must steadily increase the defense budget and comprehensively enhance its combat capabilities to deter China's military aggression and ensure its sovereignty, democracy, and freedom. On social issues, Taiwan must enhance communication with all sectors of society, build a consensus regarding cross-Strait policy, and achieve internal unity to defend its national sovereignty through concerted action.

March 15, 2019
During a meeting with Guatemalan Minister of Defense Major General Luis Miguel Ralda Moreno, President Tsai Ing-wen thanked Guatemala for its support for Taiwan at international venues. She also said that Guatemala spoke up for Taiwan at a meeting of the World Health Organization Executive Board not only indicated its recognition of Taiwan’s contributions to international medicine and public health, and disease prevention, but also called on the international community to be aware of Taiwan's improper exclusion from the WHO system.

March 19, 2019
MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong stated during a meeting with Pingtung County Magistrate Pan Men-An that no one in Taiwan would accept the so-called "one country, two systems" formula. The "one country, two systems model for Taiwan" and "democratic consultations" proposed by some Mainlanders merely sought to undermine Taiwan‘s sovereignty and nation status, as well as bypass the government and political parties by directly interacting with the Taiwan public. The people of Taiwan resolutely oppose this.

March 21, 2019
During an interview with UK-based Monocle magazine, President Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan was not going to be provocative in its relationship with China, but it did need to equip itself with sufficient defense capabilities. This is the government's priority. Faced with tremendous pressure from China, Taiwan has to be extremely cautious in terms of managing cross-Strait relations. It’s the Mainland China trying to change the status quo. Taiwan is simply reacting to it. The president also stated that the Chinese had to be prepared to treat Taiwan as equals, and there should be no precondition or political framework as prerequisite for any peace process.

March 21, 2019
The MAC issued a press release announcing the results of its latest public opinion survey. Nearly 80% of the public disapproved mainland China's "one country, two systems" (79%) and more than 80% of the people opposed Beijing's use of force against Taiwan (83.9%). In addition, nearly 90% of the public believed that Taiwan's future and the development of cross-Strait relations should be decided by the 23 million people of Taiwan (87.7%). A similar percentage supported the government's position that cross-Strait related exchanges must be held with equality and dignity, without political preconditions, and in compliance with the law (83.9%). More than 80% of the people agreed that the government shall have more comprehensive legislative and monitoring mechanisms in place (83.3%) if the two sides are to hold political consultations and sign agreements.

March 22, 2019
In regards to statements made by the World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson that without a "cross-Strait understanding" it was not expected that an invitation to the World Health Assembly (WHA) would be issued to Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen stated, during a state visit to Palau, that health was both a human right and a universal value. The 23 million people of Taiwan's right to health cannot be neglected, nor should it be erased. Beijing has no reason to exclude Taiwan from the WHO and WHA, or the global health system as a whole.

March 25, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen addressed the Parliament of Nauru during her “Oceans of Democracy” state visit. She said that Taiwan was willing and able to work with Nauru to contribute to regional prosperity and development. She also thanked the Nauru Parliament and government for their efforts to support Taiwan's international participation, including President Waqa's resolution supporting Taiwan's meaningful participation in UN bodies and the Taiwan-friendly resolution that was passed by the parliament in support of Taiwan's democratic institutions and participation in international organizations.

March 25, 2019
The MAC issued a statement regarding the meeting between the Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi and a delegation led by Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu, during which the Mainland side promoted "Xi's five points" and reiterated its political views on the "1992 Consensus" and "opposing Taiwan independence." The MAC said that the CCP has manipulated integrated development and economic incentives, while at the same time continued to overbearingly intimidate and suppress Taiwan. There deceptive tricks were the real demons and the Taiwanese people would never be fooled. In addition, the MAC appealed to all politicians to pay attention to social perceptions in cross-Strait exchanges and to defend the rights, interests, and dignity of the country, and to more boldly tell the Chinese authorities that the ROC is a sovereign and independent country and that the people of Taiwan firmly oppose "one country, two systems." These politicians should also let Beijing know Taiwanese people’s expectations for the future.

March 27, 2019
In a speech presented at a dinner banquet with Taiwanese expatriates in Hawaii, President Tsai Ing-wen stressed that China's President Xi Jinping advocated for a "one country, two systems model for Taiwan", and China was increasingly determined to force this formula on Taiwan. She asked everyone rest assured as she absolutely would defend Taiwan's national sovereignty, and would not accept the "one country, two systems" formula. The president further stated that the United States has passed many laws supporting Taiwan. The US government has also engaged in substantive cooperation with Taiwan. Relations between the two sides are progressing because the US has confidence in Taiwan, knowing that as a reliable partner, Taiwan will not engage in rash behavior due to international support, nor buckle under external pressure.

March 29, 2019
During her series of state visit under the theme “Oceans fo Democracy”, President Tsai Ing-wen attended a videoconference with the Heritage Foundation, a think tank based in Washington, DC, at her hotel in Hawaii. She indicated that Taiwan continued to face monumental challenges from across the Taiwan Strait. The ROC government has not wavered in responding in a pragmatic and responsible manner that takes into account of the shared interests in the region. It has sought balance in the cross-Strait relationship, in terms of rhetoric and actions, in order to maintain the status quo underpinning peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. Yet despite Taiwan's best intentions, China has used every opportunity to alter the status quo and continued to heighten military tensions and limit our international space. This has led to growing distrust by the people of Taiwan and posed an underlying challenge to the future of cross-Strait relations. Taiwan's security is a matter of collective security, and Taiwan's future remains closely tied with the future of this region as a whole. Taiwan will continue to work in the common interests of all like-minded partners in the region. It is also committed to ensuring that the Indo-Pacific remains free and open for generations to come.

March 28, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen concluded the “Oceans of Democracy” state visits and issued remarks upon her arrival at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. She emphasized that Beijing's objections to her state visits did not stop Taiwan and its people from giving all for diplomacy, so that Taiwanese people could engage with the world with dignity. As a sovereign, independent, democratic, and free nation, the ROC (Taiwan) has the responsibility and duty to work together with like-minded partners to contribute to peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. Through actions, Taiwan is telling the world that it is not just "Taiwan on one side of the Taiwan Strait," but "Taiwan in the Pacific."

March 29, 2019
The Office of the President issued a press release thanking US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for stating at a congressional hearing that the United States is now using every tool in its tool kit to prevent China from isolating Taiwan through diplomatic channels. Secretary Pompeo also reaffirmed the importance of the Taiwan-US relationship and gave assurances that the United States would honor its commitments to Taiwan. The statement also stated that based on the freedom and democracy that both countries shared and common interests in regional security, prosperity, and well-being, Taiwan would continue to exchange views on bilateral relations with the US government and Congress to foster an even closer partnership.

March 30, 2019
During a meeting with a delegation led by Dr. Zdeněk Hřib, mayor of Prague, President Tsai Ing-wen emphasized that the people of Taiwan rejected the so-called "1992 Consensus" and the "one country, two systems model for Taiwan," and added that exchanges among cities throughout the world should not be subject to unilaterally imposed political preconditions. Exchanges among cities should return to normalcy to promote people-to-people ties and general well-being.

March 31, 2019
The Office of the President issued a press release addressing the crossing of the median line of the Taiwan Strait by two Chinese fighter jets, saying that China's action both disregarded its international responsibility and constituted an intentional provocation that threatened regional security and stability. Crossing the median line also flagrantly undermined the cross-Strait status quo. The ROC (Taiwan) government strongly condemned such behavior. The press release also reminded China that, as a member of the regional community, it should stop acting in ways that endanger regional peace and well-being and not become an international troublemaker. The MAC also issued a press release protesting and condemning Beijing for the irrational and highly provocative move. It stated that the Mainland military's provocations confirmed the double-sided carrot-and-stick nature of the CCP's Taiwan-related work. The people of Taiwan should recognize the severity of the current situation in the Taiwan Strait and stay prepared for any eventualities. The MAC warned Beijing not to misjudge the situation or miscalculate the will of the people of Taiwan to defend Taiwan's freedom and democracy, nor the solidarity and determination of the free and democratic world to confront the expansion and threat of authoritarianism.

April 1, 2019
During an awards and promotion ceremony for senior military officers, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that Chinese military aircraft provoked Taiwan and violated a tacit agreement by crossing the median line of the Taiwan Strait. They returned to the west side of the median line after warnings by Taiwan's Air Force. This action not only unilaterally changes the cross-strait status quo but also challenges regional security and stability. The president sternly protested and solemnly urged Beijing to refrain from actions of provocation, conflict, and behavior that would undermine the status quo in the Taiwan Strait.

April 9, 2019
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) issued a press release regarding the Legislative Yuan's passage of the third reading of draft amendments to Article 93-1 of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area. It stated that the amendments represent a comprehensive review and modification of provisions on penalties for unauthorized investment and other violations by Mainland investors. They empower authorized agencies to handle related cases according to the seriousness of the violation and based on the principle of proportionality. The government continues to welcome Mainland investment. Mainland investors who abide by the law will not be affected by these changes. However, fines will be duly increased for Mainland investors who invest illegally and impact normal business operations and stock market order in Taiwan. The increased fines aim to deter violations, improve legal regulations, and create an environment for stable and orderly investments.

April 13, 2019
During the opening of the 2019 Hakka Tung Blossom Festival, President Tsai Ing-wen stated in regard to the deportation of a Mainland scholar that Taiwan is a democratic society that stresses freedom of speech. However, advocacy for unification by military force threatens national security. Our society therefore has no reason to let the said scholar stay in Taiwan.

April 15, 2019
At a ceremony celebrating 40 years of friendship with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), President Tsai Ing-wen stated that the TRA is more than just a policy: it is a commitment to the values of freedom and democracy. The dedication to such values has defined the partnership between Taiwan and the US and made Taiwan an indispensable force for good in East Asia and around the world. The president said that she looks forward to working with the AIT in the coming years to honor shared commitments and help foster greater freedom and openness in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.

April 15, 2019
The MAC issued a press release solemnly protesting and strongly condemning mainland China's provocative actions of sending military aircraft to circle the airspace surrounding Taiwan. It stressed that Beijing's recent hard-line offensive against Taiwan is another attempt to redirect internal pressure by manufacturing a crisis in the Taiwan Strait. These overbearing actions have seriously damaged cross-Strait peace, impacted Taiwan's national security, and threatened the safety of Taiwanese people's lives and property. The MAC demanded that Beijing immediately stop these malicious provocations, prevent further damage, and realize the firm resolve of the government of the ROC to defend sovereignty, enhance self-defense, and safeguard Taiwan's free and democratic system.

April 16, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen called national security heads to a meeting. She heard briefings delivered by the heads of the Ministry of National Defense (MND), MAC, and other agencies responsible for national security on recent long-range flights by fighter jets from China designed to harass Taiwan, as well as foreign individuals who promote "unification by force" and the "one country, two systems" formula in Taiwan. The president instructed the MND to closely monitor the military activities of the People's Liberation Army and formulate comprehensive response measures. If visitors coming to Taiwan are suspected of stimulating armed conflict by promoting "one country, two systems" formula or "unification by force," or engaging in activities that intimidate Taiwanese people, and thereby putting national security and social stability at risk, the government should adopt appropriate measures to deter and deny such persons’ entry into Taiwan when necessary.

April 16, 2019
During the opening ceremony of the 2019 Indo-Pacific Dialogue, President Tsai Ing-wen emphasized that, as a partner of the United States in implementing its Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy, Taiwan is ready, willing and able to do more in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. She also indicated yesterday that China's armed forces sent a large number of military aircraft and naval vessels into the vicinity of Taiwan to threaten Taiwan and other-like minded countries in the region. Taiwan is not intimidated. Its military forces have the capacity, determination, and commitment to defend Taiwan and would not allow coercion to dictate the country’s own future.

April 16, 2019
The MAC issued a press release stating that Taiwan does not welcome mainland Chinese who visit Taiwan to promote "Xi's five points" and "one country, two systems model for Taiwan." Such actions are disrespectful to public opinion in Taiwan and the cross-Strait reality. The MAC also opposes visits by individuals who come to Taiwan to propagate unification by force, advocate military conflict, or engage in other activities that violate international norms and aim to intimidate the people of Taiwan. It reminded those few people in Taiwan to respect national interests and social perceptions and to not participate in or hold activities endorsing the claims of communist China, propagating unification by force or advocating military conflict.

April 24, 2019
The MAC issued a press release expressing deep regret over the conviction and sentencing of participants in the “Occupy Central” movement, a peaceful protest by the people of Hong Kong seeking universal suffrage in a democratic election. It also said that the CCP exposes its own flaws by narrating a fairytale of "one country, two systems" on the one hand, whilst encroaching on Hong Kong’s democratic autonomy, freedom, and human rights. The world is closely watching the implementation of "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong; the people of Taiwan will not be deceived. The MAC called on relevant parties to honor pledges to Hong Kong under the Basic Law on "one country, two systems" and "Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong with a high degree of autonomy," for it is consistent with the principle of the rule of law and the foundation of Hong Kong's prosperity and development

April 24, 2019
During a visit to Zhen'an Temple in Zhunan, Miaoli President Tsai Ing-wen stated that, although China's ambitions are growing, Taiwan has maintained stable cross-Strait relations without provocation and never yielded on the issue of sovereignty. Taiwan will never accept the "one country, two systems model for Taiwan" that Chinese leader Xi Jinping proposed on January 2 this year. Furthermore, Taiwan's air force countered Chinese aircraft that recently crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait back to the east side of the median line. This median line is the line that maintains peace across the Taiwan Strait. If China deliberately crosses it again, Taiwan's military will expel their forces in accordance with regulations.

April 28, 2019
During a visit to the Chen Chou Children's and Youth Home and Huide Temple, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that, over the past few years, she has never yielded in protecting Taiwan's sovereignty and dignity, which is her most vital task as the president of the R.O.C. She has also firmly upheld the status quo of Taiwan's sovereignty and independence. Taiwan is not just one side of the Taiwan Strait. It is also a vital part of the Indo-Pacific region. To defend Taiwan is to defend democracy and peace and stability in the region.

April 28, 2019
During a meeting with a delegation led by US Senators Chris Coons and Maggie Hassan, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that the solid partnership between Taiwan and the United States is not only crucial to regional peace and stability, but also in the shared interests of all members of the Indo-Pacific region. The president said that Taiwan is grateful to the United States for helping to enhance Taiwan’s self-defense capacities through regular arms sales and military cooperation. She also said that Taiwan looks forward to further cooperation on security issues in the future to make the region safer.

April 30, 2019
The MAC issued a press release in response to a report by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpiece Xinhua News Agency that People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong said he identified with the Mainland's "one country, two systems model for Taiwan" and said it could be further discussed. The MAC solemnly stated that the objective of "Xi's five points" is to eliminate the ROC with the "one country, two systems" and the "1992 consensus" set forth by Beijing. This can never be accepted by the Taiwanese people. The government's cross-Strait policy has always been clear and consistent in rejecting the political claims forced upon by the CCP. There is a cross-party consensus that Taiwan's 23 million people have the right to decide the future development of cross-Strait relations and will not discuss about the annihilation of their own country with the saber-rattling side. All politicians visiting the Mainland should uphold positions that safeguard the well-being and interests of the 23 million people of Taiwan and truly reflect the public opinion.

May 1, 2019
During a visit to Qingshui Zushi Temple, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that Taiwan will never accept the "one country, two systems model for Taiwan" proposed by CCP Chairman Xi Jinping on January 2 this year. The president called on the armed forces to defend the median line of the Taiwan Strait to ensure peace across the Taiwan Strait. She also indicated that Taiwan is the most important and indispensable partner in maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. International support for Taiwan has never been stronger. The government will look after Taiwan's sovereignty and ensure that future generations in Taiwan will enjoy full sovereignty and can determine our future. We will uphold to our sovereignty and democracy no matter how great the pressure we face.

May 3, 2019
In a speech at the RoundTable Forum Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the May 4th Movement, MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong stated that democracy is the mainstream of history, whether in mainland China or Taiwan. The key to peaceful development between the two sides is whether mainland China can embark on democratization. Equal communication, peaceful coexistence, and resolution of differences is only possible if both sides embrace democracy. Minister Chen expressed hope that the true spirit of the May Fourth Movement can re-emerge in mainland China and that Taiwan can continue to be a guiding beacon of democracy through its sustainable values and vitality.

May 4, 2019
In a speech presented at the 2019 Taoyuan Exemplary Mother Commendation, President Tsai Ing-wen commented on sections of the US 2019 China Military Power Report regarding the possibility of China seeking unification by force and the status of asymmetric power across the Taiwan Strait. She stated that China's growing ambitions and increasingly frequent military activities in recent years have unsettled the region. However, as a part of the region, Taiwan has an obligation and duty to jointly advance regional peace and stability. Over the past two or three years, the international community has highly affirmed Taiwan's contribution to regional peace and stability. In contrast, China's growing ambition and increasingly frequent military activities have deeply unsettled countries in the region. The president reiterated that no amount of verbal intimidation and saber rattling by China will shake our resolve to defend Taiwan's sovereignty, freedom, and democracy.

May 6, 2019
During a meeting with a defense industry delegation from the US-Taiwan Business Council, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that Taiwan has contributed to regional peace over the past few years and is not a troublemaker. This is the consensus of the international community. Maintaining the status quo of regional peace and stability is the responsibility of all countries in the region. It should not be a responsibility that Taiwan bears alone. China's recent efforts to influence Taiwan through diplomatic pressure, military threats, and political infiltration have not helped cross-Strait ties. Its attempts to unilaterally upset stability in the Taiwan Strait have, however, rattled neighboring countries. In order to maintain cross-Strait peace and regional stability, Taiwan has been proactive in building up its defenses through arms purchases, and increasing its defense self-sufficiency by pursuing the domestic production of aircraft and sea vessels.

May 6, 2019
The MAC issued a press release sternly protesting Beijing's obstruction of Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA). It indicated that, with their unilaterally established "one China principle" and wrongful reference to the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758 and WHA Resolution 25.1, the Chinese authorities have deprived the Taiwanese people of their health rights and seriously endangered global health . The release also stressed that the ROC is a sovereign state that has the right and obligation to participate in international organizations and activities without Beijing's consent. The ROC government is solely responsible for the health and safety of the 23 million people of Taiwan. Taiwan's strengths and professional contribution in medical and health care industries are recognized by the world. Beijing's constant obstruction of Taiwan's international participation and Taiwan's inability to participate in the WHA create loopholes in international disease prevention systems. This harms the global community, including the people of mainland China.

May 10, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen held a press conference following a high-level national security meeting. She indicated that after Xi Jinping's "five-point proposal," there have been three important changes in the cross-Strait political situation. The first is that China has intensified its propaganda pushing the "one country-two systems model for Taiwan," trying to conduct so-called "democratic consultations" with people from all walks of life in Taiwan, and using military and diplomatic means to isolate Taiwan and compel the people of Taiwan to accept its political views. The second change is that this year is a presidential election year, and the Beijing authorities have continued their past practice of trying to induce Taiwan political figures to adopt their political position, while CCP organs involved in Taiwan affairs are using every means possible to divide and sow confusion in Taiwanese society and interfere in the election. The third change is that in addition to their ongoing trade dispute, China and the US have intensified political and military activities in the South China Sea. China's provocations in the Taiwan Strait also continue unabated, undermining the cross-Strait status quo. President Tsai also directed the national security team to counter CCP infiltration and united front tactics, as well as promptly complete mechanisms to thwart such infiltration and activities to safeguard Taiwan's sovereignty and national security. Next, Taiwan needs to accelerate the institutionalization of security network for its democracy under a formal legal framework.

May 16, 2019
The MAC announced the results of its latest public opinion survey. More than 80% of the people surveyed oppose the numerous threatening military actions recently conducted by the Mainland authorities near Taiwan (82%), as well as Beijing's refusal to renounce the use of force against Taiwan (82.6%). Nearly 90% oppose mainland China's obstruction of Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly, which denied the health rights and interests of the Taiwanese people (87.7%). The mainstream also opposes mainland China's "one country, two systems" formula (83.6%). Nearly 80% of the public support the government's commitment to safeguarding national sovereignty and Taiwan's free and democratic system (78.5%). Almost 90% firmly believe Taiwan's future and the development of cross-Strait relations must be decided by the 23 million people of Taiwan (89.3%), reflecting broad public support in Taiwan for the government's position on defending Taiwan.

May 20, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen convened a press conference to discuss achievements of the past three years and key areas for continued progress in Taiwan. She indicated that her administration will continue to do its utmost to maintain the cross-Strait status quo of peace and stability. However, China's emphasis on the "one country, two systems model for Taiwan" has left Taiwan with no room for ambiguity and forced Taiwan to state its position firmly and clearly. This is not a provocation.

May 26, 2019
During a visit to Peitian Temple, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that the world feels that Taiwan is no longer just part of a cross-Strait relationship of one China and one Taiwan. Taiwan is a very important country in Indo-Pacific relations. A democratic and free Taiwan is vital to the entire Asia Pacific region, since the defense of Taiwan is the defense of democracy and freedom.

May 30, 2019
The MAC explained the government's position on Beijing's use of the Straits Forum in June to intensify its united front work to divide Taiwan: 1. Central government personnel from Taiwan are prohibited from attending the Straits Forum and county and city government delegations are discouraged from participating; 2. The government will remind people not to rashly participate in the forum for fear of violating the law; 3. The government prohibits participation in "democratic consultations" and forum activities promoting "one country, two systems" that would lead to the elimination of the ROC; and 4. The CCP is prohibited from conducting activities related to the Straits Forum in Taiwan. The MAC also emphasized that the CCP is holding the Straits Forum to actively win support for its policies among political parties, local governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the Taiwanese public. In the name of integrated development, the CCP has proposed measures to benefit Taiwan and enticed people to go to the Mainland as part of its united front strategy to divide Taiwanese society. All parties should understand the Mainland's political intentions and jointly defend the sovereignty and free and democratic system of the ROC.

May 30, 2019
The MAC issued a press release on the passage of the third reading of draft amendments to Article 5-3 of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area by the Legislative Yuan. It stated that cross-Strait political agreements are vital to national security, public interests, and Taiwan's overall future development. These pacts differ in nature from general agreements and therefore must be subject to more rigorous regulations. The amended article requires the Executive Yuan to submit a signing plan and a political impact assessment report to the Legislative Yuan for cross-Strait political agreements that may have a major political or constitutional impact. Democratic oversight procedures would also be followed before, during, and after the handling of such matters, with congressional dual review, hearings, and a national referendum. Agreements would only be signed and notes exchanged after obtaining full democratic authorization. Negotiations or agreements that violate the provisions of the article will be invalid. Subjects involving the elimination of or changes to the nation's sovereign status and liberal democratic constitutional system shall not be settled as political matters for negotiation and agreements. The amended article helps to establish a more stringent oversight mechanism for cross-Strait political agreements.

June 2, 2019
During a visit to Yongshun Temple, Longtian Temple, and Xishe Lane Community Center, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that China has often resorted to saber rattling over the past three years. With resolve, the Taiwanese people can can defend their sovereignty against China's growing power. Countries in the region can also ensure they will not be affected by external pressure. We insist on sovereignty and defense of our country not simply for ourselves, but also to maintain regional peace and stability. The pressure from the Mainland will not abate. It will continue to grow. The people of Taiwan do not accept "one country, two systems." They will not abandon democracy and freedom. And they will not bow to pressure. These are our "three noes." Taiwan will also wholeheartedly maintain regional peace and contribute to peace in the Asia Pacific and Indo-Pacific region.

June 2, 2019
The MAC sternly condemned comments by Mainland Defense Minister Wei Fenghe at Shangri-La Dialogue that "the Chinese military will not hesitate to fight," "never promise to renounce the use of force," and other threatening statements towards Taiwan. It stated that: 1. The ROC is a sovereign state. Taiwan has never been part of the People's Republic of China. At international settings, the CCP has threatened Taiwan and regional security with the use of force. This is unacceptable to Taiwan; 2. Since the issuance of Xi Jinping's "five-point proposal," the CCP has intensified political and military threats against Taiwan and its united front work to divide Taiwan. PLA planes and ships have also frequently passed near Taiwan. These actions aim to coerce Taiwan into accepting the Mainland's mistaken "one country, two systems" proposal and get Taiwan society to echo its position. The MAC reminded all parties to pay attention to the actions of the CCP's anti-democratic and anti-peace actions internationally and across the Taiwan Strait. These actions, extending even to harboring of intentions to resort to war, are the main cause of tensions in the Taiwan Strait and regional affairs. They also imperil and challenge peace and stability. 3. Taiwan stands at the frontline of the resistance against centralized power. It will continue to strengthen its self-defense capabilities, safeguard its national sovereignty and democratic system, and insist on the freedom of its 23 million people to choose their own future. Taiwan will also deepen cooperation with like-minded countries and be an responsible partner in the Indo-Pacific region.

June 3, 2019
During a meeting with a delegation of overseas democracy activists visiting Taiwan to learn about democracy and human rights, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that, 30 or 40 years ago, Taiwan and China both stood at a crossroad. Taiwan firmly chose the path of democracy and freedom. During these years, China has made strides in economic development. Regrettably, though, it has also greatly restricted human rights and freedom. We are deeply concerned about the development of democracy and human rights in mainland China. This is a universal value. We also hope that China can follow this path. This path will involve hardships, but if it can be traveled, we will do so wholeheartedly.

June 3, 2019
The MAC issued a three-point statement on the CCP's response to the Tiananmen Square Incident on the 30th anniversary of the incident: 1. Beijing has covered up the facts, lied, and made up excuses to the world. It should face its historical mistakes, promptly apologize in good faith, and redress the wrongs of the Tiananmen Square Incident so the victims of that day may rest in peace; 2. The CCP's centralized authoritarian control has failed to respond to the people's desire for freedom and democracy. The Mainland authorities must give up their hegemonic mentality, promptly carry out political and democratic reforms, and allow citizen empowerment. This is the only way to resolve the deep divides in its society and create positive momentum for institutional transformation and reform; and 3. Taiwan will continue to lead the way for the democratization of mainland China. It will defend the nation's sovereignty and democratic institutions, continue to exert the influence of democratic values in the process of cross-Strait exchanges, and support democratic reforms in mainland China by all means. The MAC hoped that individuals with lofty ideals in Taiwan and around the world can continue to uphold and remember the history and spirit of the Tiananmen Square Incident so that, one day, the dawn of democracy will come.

June 4, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen responded to a media question on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Incident during a prayer visit to Dagang Baoan Temple in Kaohsiung. She said that the Tiananmen Square Incident reminds us that democracy and freedom are precious. In Taiwan, we enjoy the space for freedom, breathe the air of freedom, and embrace different opinions. In a democracy, all opinions can be voiced and the diversity of society can be expressed. We hope that China or the Beijing authorities can realize the need for greater effort in the process of democratic development and the people's freedom and human rights. They should also be tolerant of different opinions, allow the emergence of a pluralistic society, and progressively reflect on the Tiananmen Square Incident.

June 7, 2019
During a visit to Dutian Temple in Keelung, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that Taiwan has more and more friends in the world. Every time China pressures Taiwan, friends around the world stand up and speak for Taiwan. The pressure they exert is growing and the world speaks with an ever-stronger voice in support of Taiwan. Everyone now knows that Taiwan is an indispensable partner for regional peace, stability, and development. Taiwan is closest to China as the latter seeks to expand. The defense of Taiwan is the defense of democracy and freedom.

June 9, 2019
The MAC issued a statement on the protests against the "extradition to China law": 1. We deeply admire the people of Hong Kong for fully demonstrating, through concrete action, their strong determination and will to defend freedom, the rule of law, and human rights, and for saying "no" to the Hong Kong government's peremptory amendment of the law. We also appeal to the Hong Kong government to never again feign ignorance and disregard society's concerns and doubts; 2. The ROC government has stated repeatedly and firmly that it will never accept any actions intended to eliminate national sovereignty. It also refuses to accept case-by-case extradition premised on amendment of the law. The Hong Kong government should withdraw the bill and not repeat the mistake of opening a malicious door for "extradition to China"; 3. The Hong Kong government's attempt to ram through the bill will undoubtedly ring the death knell for "one country, two systems." The people of Taiwan should learn from Hong Kong, be on high alert to the duplicity of the CCP regime, clearly recognize the ruse of "one country, two systems model for Taiwan," jointly defend the sovereignty of the ROC, and resist the CCP's insidious schemes.

June 10, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen stated in regards to the Hong Kong protests against the "extradition to China law" that freedom, democracy, and human rights are like air. If we fail to protect them, there may not be the strength to defend them in the future. We absolutely cannot accept "one country, two systems." If we did, others would control our power to defend our own freedom, democracy, and human rights and to choose our own future. We will will continue to watch developments in Hong Kong. We also hope we can hold on. Taiwan will support Hong Kong and we will protect and defend Taiwan.

June 11, 2019
MAC added a section on its website explaining the government's position and possible risks related to the Hong Kong Fugitive Offenders Ordinance. The MAC reminded Taiwanese people planning to transfer in or visit Hong Kong for travel, business, work, or study to "Stop", "Look", and "Listen" before leaving. It also advised Taiwan visitors facing emergencies in Hong Kong to call the support hotline of Taiwan's representative in Hong Kong for assistance.

June 13, 2019
During a meeting with US and Japanese political science scholars from the Brookings Institution, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that, although China's oppression of Taiwan has escalated in recent years, many like-minded countries, apart from Taiwan's diplomatic allies, spoke up on Taiwan's behalf at this year's World Health Assembly. This shows how much Taiwan's international contributions are appreciated. The president thanked the US and Japanese representatives for publicly supporting Taiwan at the assembly. Taiwan's determination to embrace the world will not change. Working together with the US and Japan, Taiwan hopes to make even greater contributions to the international community.

June 13, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen issued a statement regarding the situation in Hong Kong at the Entrance Hall of the Presidential Office. She said that the people of Hong Kong have the right to pursue their own democracy and freedom. They also have the right to choose their own lifestyle and political system. Taiwan is a bastion of democracy in Asia. It will always support these universal values. The Fugitive Offenders Ordinance infringes on the sovereignty of the ROC. We will not accept this. We also reject the use of individual extradition as an excuse to make legal amendments. We cannot jointly fight crime under laws premised on infringing human rights. We will not be an accessory to the passage of this unconscionable law. For the people of Taiwan, the biggest takeaway from this incident is that "one country, two systems" is not viable and is absolutely unacceptable for a democratized Taiwan. The president expressed hope that the people of Hong Kong would be able to feel strong support from the shared concern of Taiwan and the international community, and that they would know that they are not alone in their pursuit of democracy and freedom. Taiwan will do everything in its power to help the people of Hong Kong maintain their democracy and freedom of speech during the protests.

June 15, 2019
During a graduation ceremony at Quemoy University, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that majority of the people of Taiwan agree, regardless of party, on not accepting "one country, two systems." This is Taiwan's basic position. Taiwan is not just a country in the Taiwan Strait, but a member of the larger Pacific community. China should not ignore this. However, if the world view is "locked to China," then Taiwan is doomed to have no way to engage with the world. We are alert to China, but not necessarily with hostility. In the same vein, we encourage cross-Strait civilian exchanges, but also remind everyone to bear in mind the nation's sovereignty, dignity, and security.

June 16, 2019
In response to criticism of the ROC government and united front remarks by CCP Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Wang Yang at the Straits Forum, the MAC emphasized that the CCP has a habit of "shifting focus and shirking responsibility" to cover up its own misjudgments. Its recent Taiwan-related work, conducted under the dogma of "Xi's five points," has sought to break through internal and external governance difficulties, interfere with Taiwan's elections, and intensely promote its "one country, two systems," which means the elimination of the ROC. However, across parties and sectors, the people of Taiwan are firm in their conviction on national sovereignty and democracy. Major politicians have publicly rejected "one country, two systems." This is absolutely the strongest weapon in drawing a line that the Chinese authorities dare not cross. The Straits Forum is an assembly for the united front. Beijing's comments on the "one China" policy and various united front economic measure deceive the public with misinformation and cannot stand up to inspection. Beijing should face reality, respect public opinion, and promptly abandon systems and ideologies incompatible with democracy and human rights. It should seriously consider political reforms and responsibly resolve its contradictions. Due to policy statements, private participation from Taiwan in the Straits Forum has fallen. Those who echo China's positions will be called into question by the public. Cross-Strait exchanges should maintain reciprocity and dignity and comply with regulations. The people of Taiwan will make their own public comments on the words and deeds of Taiwan politicians attending the Straits Forum.

June 18, 2019
The MAC stated that a magnitude 6.0 shallow earthquake struck Changning County in Yibin City, Sichuan Province on the evening of June 17. The government expressed Taiwan's condolences to the Mainland side through the MAC-TAO and SEF-ARATS liaison channels. It hoped that casualties would be minimized and the disaster victims would be able to return to normal life as soon as possible. The government also offered to provide any relief assistance needed.

June 21, 2019
During a meeting with international experts and scholars attending the Formosa Forum: 2019 Maritime Security Dialogue, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that, over the past few years, the security situation in the Indo-Pacific has grown increasingly complex. China has continued to step up its suppression of Taiwan and expand its maritime power in the Taiwan Strait, East China Sea, and South China Sea. This has undermined the cross-Strait status quo and threatened regional peace and stability. Early this year, China's President Xi Jinping proposed the so-called "one country, two systems" model for Taiwan and continues to exclude Taiwan from the World Health Assembly. China's defense minister has also refused to renounce the use of force against Taiwan. We will continue to defend our sovereignty and reach out to the world. Taiwan is not just a country in the Taiwan Strait, but a member of the larger Pacific community. It is willing to continue dialogue and cooperation with the countries involved to promote peace and protect resources in the South China Sea. The US-China trade dispute is seriously impacting Asia's economic structure and altering the global trade order and supply chains. Taiwan will accelerate cooperation with its New Southbound Policy partner countries and realign the supply chains of Taiwanese companies operating in China to create win-win development.

June 21, 2019
MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong stated during a visit with Kinmen County Magistrate Yang Cheng-wu that the "one country, two systems model for Taiwan," which the CCP has publicized and promoted since the issuance of Xi Jinping's "five-point proposal," leaves no autonomous space or rights for Taiwan. Beijing has positioned cross-Strait exchanges as "democratic consultations." Facing the current situation, the central and local governments should strategically collaborate and jointly safeguard the nation's sovereignty and democracy. As for the "Mini Four Links" (water, telecommunications, gas, and bridge links across the Taiwan Strait) proposed by the Mainland, there is no need or urgency for such links at this time apart from the water service that has already been inaugurated. Furthermore, the central government must thoroughly weigh and carefully consider any affairs involving cross-Strait coordination, communication, and developments by the central government. The government prioritize the handling of affairs in Taiwan's own hands to promote economic development and the people's livelihood and well-being on outlying islands.

June 26, 2019
The MAC issued a statement regarding untrue allegations made by a Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesperson during a press conference, including exaggerated claims of the achievements from united front work and malicious criticism of the MAC. It said that the CCP has long sought to politically and militarily intimidate Taiwan. The Mainland has become even more deliberate in its schemes to coerce Taiwan to accept its wrong political views since the issuance of Xi Jinping's "five-point proposal." This is the main source of the troubles undermining cross-Strait peace. Today, the TAO attempted to shift focus and blame the ROC government through its deceptive comments. This simply proves that the Beijing authorities misjudge the current situation. It also exposes the lie and facade of "one country, two systems" and makes Beijing's underhanded tactics apparent to the people of Taiwan and the international community. It is entirely unhelpful to improving cross-Strait relations and easing internal pressure. The 23 million people of Taiwan will never accept "one country, two systems." This is a "Taiwan consensus." The CCP is launching an intensified new wave of Taiwan-related work. Facing this severe situation, Taiwan's administrative and legislative branches are proactively inspecting and studying revisions to laws and regulations to implement the "security network for democracy" and "seven guiding principle" announced by President Tsai Ing-wen, as well as to strengthen management of exchanges. This is part of Taiwan's strategy to counter the CCP's "one country, two systems," defend national sovereignty and security, and solidify its democratic constitutional government.

June 27, 2019
During the Promotion and Rank Presentation Ceremony for Army, Navy and Air Force Officers in the second half of 2019, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that, in recent years, the CCP has used diplomatic tactics, military threats, and political infiltration to influence Taiwan and attempt to disrupt the status quo of stability in the Taiwan Strait, causing tension in neighboring countries. Facing the CCP's military provocation and intimidation, the government must endeavor more firmly to protect the sovereignty of the ROC and fight for stability and peace in the Taiwan Strait and region. We must further unite against China's attempts to undermine regional peace. On the matter of cross-Strait stability, we will never compromise, yield, or make concessions. We will ensure national sovereignty, integrity, and homeland security so that future generations in Taiwan can enjoy and keep their democratic way of life.

July 1, 2019
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) released the "Analysis Report: 22 Years After Hong Kong's Handover." The report stated that Hong Kong's "one country, two systems" has come under severe attack and challenge in the past year. Personnel, economic and trade exchanges between Taiwan and Hong Kong grew steadily, but official interaction between the two sides was slowed due to the objective factors across the Taiwan Strait. On the other hand, the Hong Kong government proposed amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance on the pretext of closing legal loopholes following the murder of a Hong Kong woman in Taiwan. The MAC repeatedly called on the Hong Kong government to withdraw the amendments due to infringement on freedom, human rights and the sovereignty of the ROC. To solve the problem at its root, the MAC also urged the two sides to establish mechanisms for mutual judicial assistance and cooperation.

July 2, 2019
During a joint press interview, when asked about the meeting between Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that the government welcomes city-to-city exchanges but hopes that they do not involve political preconditions. Every politician, particularly elected heads, needs to share this common belief and principle when conducting cross-strait exchanges, which is, we may be in competition with one another, but we must stand united whilst facing the outside world. The president hoped that such exchanges would be conducted in a manner that safeguards the sovereignty and dignity of the nation.

July 3, 2019
MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong delivered a speech titled "Democracy and Peace: The Key Words for Developing Cross-Strait Relations" on July 2 local time (night of July 2 Taipei time) in Washington, DC. He emphasized that Taiwan has never been a part of the People’s Repulibc of China (PRC), neither historically nor under international law. Taiwan will never accept the "one country, two systems" and this is currently the "Taiwan consensus." Minister Chen also made three appeals: First, Taiwan's policy of "maintaining peace and stability" is to defend the sovereignty of the Republic of China (ROC) and the greatest well-being of the people of Taiwan. This is the bottom line, not a provocation. Second, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) should abandon its narrow and unilaterally designed "one country, two systems" political framework for Taiwan and resume communication and dialogue to reduce the risk of misjudging the situation in the Taiwan Strait. Third, the key to cross-strait peace lies in China's democratization. Taiwan is willing to share its experience in reform and transformation with mainland China. The CCP needs to embrace political reform, freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights. Only then can contradictions between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait be resolved and a solution to peaceful co-existence found.

July 3, 2019
The MAC issued a press release on the Legislative Yuan's passage of draft 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 government has consistently upheld the principle of "equal, dignified, healthy, and orderly" exchanges when it comes to  establishing sound environment for cross-strait exchanges, and strengthening management of civil servants traveling to the Mainland is no exception. Facing mainland China's relentless and negative united front actions aiming to divide Taiwan, the government needs to strengthen its management of serving, retired, or discharged civil servants and military personnel visiting the Mainland based on the particularities of cross-strait relations. The amended law will have no impact on ordinary people, nor will it affect the majority of retired or discharged personnel visiting the Mainland for general exchange activities. It can, however, prevent disorderly exchanges impact the nation’s overall interests.

July 5, 2019
Regarding the meeting in between Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je go and Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi during Mayor Ko's visit to the Mainland for the twin city forum, the MAC stated that city-to-city exchanges should return the basic principles of city government interaction and need not to be extended and expanded beyond. The setting of political preconditions or requirements of advance "pass phrases" are not healthy and should not serve as a model for cross-strait exchanges. Cross-strait policy is under the authority of the central government. The twin-city forum is only "an exchange platform between two cities." It is not an "official communication platform between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait," nor can it represent all sectors of Taiwan. There can be no compromise on cross-strait peace. This is the consensus of the people of Taiwan.

July 12, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen attended a reception in New York on July 11 local time (July 12 Taipei time) attended by permanent representatives of Taiwan's allies to the United Nations. She mentioned in her remarks that Taiwan may not be large, but it is an irreplaceable member of the international community. Taiwan is not, and will never be, intimidated. The challenges Taiwan faces only serve to strengthen its resolve to engage with the international community. The 23 million people of Taiwan have a right to participate in international affairs, and this right should not be subject to political preconditions. When asked about the negative reporting posted on some social media platforms, the president stated that this is part of China's information warfare campaign against Taiwan, and a classic case of using agents to create and spread fake news via the media to foment antagonism and conflict in Taiwan society. This is a major threat to Taiwan's democracy. Therefore, the government has been working for some time now to beef up Taiwan's security network for democracy and intends to use the law and policies to give society strong protective mechanisms.

July 12, 2019
The MAC issued a press release on the unreasonable interference by the CCP Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Taiwan Affairs Office in President Tsai Ing-wen's overseas visit and transit stop. It stated that, during President Tsai’s Journey of Freedom, Democracy, and Sustainability, she visited allies and made transit stops in the US to maintain alliance and engage in normal exchanges and interaction with various parties highlighting the alliance on national sovereignty and democratic values. The visit has gained Taiwan’s public support and the Mainland authorities have absolutely no right intervene. The MAC reiterated that Beijing's incessant scheming to diplomatically pressure and militarily intimidate Taiwan, and coerce Taiwan into accepting its narrow "one-China principle" political proposition is the biggest threat to Taiwan's national security. Taiwan will never just sit back and surrender, but to continue to defend itself and counter the threats and challenges posed by the CCP’s bullying and inducement measures. The government will defend the nation's sovereignty, security, and democratic constitutional system. The MAC warned the Mainland not to fabricate excuses to create trouble. Any attempt to create tension in the Taiwan Strait will absolutely backfire and will not be accepted by the international community and the people of Taiwan.

July 13, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen gave a speech at Columbia University on the afternoon of July 12 local time (the morning of July 13 Taipei time). She stated that Hong Kong's experience under "one country, two systems" has shown the world once and for all that authoritarianism and democracy cannot coexist. The cultural and political differences across the Taiwan Strait only grow wider by the day. Each day that Taiwan chooses freedom of speech, human rights and the rule of law is a day that it drifts farther from the influences of authoritarianism. Taiwan's survival is about more than just cross-strait relations. Taiwan is a vital bastion of democracy in the Indo-Pacific, and the entire world is closely watching the precedent it will set for the future of democracy. The challenges ahead may be daunting, but the international community stands with Taiwan as it stands determined.

July 13, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen delivered a speech at a banquet with the local and Taiwanese expatriate communities in New York on the evening of July 12 local time (morning of July 13 Taipei time) during her Journey of Freedom, Democracy, and Sustainability. She stated that Taiwan has long been on the frontlines of the fight for democracy. In recent years, Taiwan has also become a testing ground for new infiltration and influence tactics. The government is constantly vigilant and actively pushing back as it works around the clock to safeguard the hard-earned freedom by promoting media literacy, empowering our law enforcement agencies, and updating laws and regulations to keep our country safe. Most importantly, this government is guaranteeing the Taiwanese people's right to choose their own future through democratic means. The government will resolutely defend Taiwan’s freedom, democracy and way of life. Defenses against both conventional and hybrid threats will be bolstered and sovereignty safeguarded. In addition, Taiwan always stands ready to share its experiences and contribute to the international community.

July 17, 2019
The MAC issued a press release stating that Taiwan's media and press independence is protected by laws, which strictly prohibit foreign infiltration and interference in the workings of Taiwan's free and democratic society. The investigative report published by the Financial Times, a major international media outlet, illustrated the CCP's crude electoral intervention and meddling in Taiwan's politics. The MAC called on Beijing to stop its inferior doings, and not to be deluded into thinking that it can apply its own domestic media suppression techniques to Taiwan. It also called upon Taiwan's media and people from all parts of society to recognize the CCP's political ambitions regarding Taiwan, to refrain from cooperating with the CCP's manipulation, and to work together in defending Taiwan's hard-won democracy, its rule of law, and its fair and just elections.

July 21, 2019
At a reception for the press corps accompanying the Journey of Freedom, Democracy and Sustainability delegation on the afternoon of July 20 local time (morning of July 21 Taipei time) in Denver, President Tsai Ing-wen addressed whether closer Taiwan-US relations will have an impact on cross-strait relations, saying that what the Taiwanese people care about is democracy, freedom, human rights, and the right to choose their own future. When the government handles cross-strait relations, it hopes to preserve cross-strait peace and stability. Taiwan hopes that mainland China can understand what the people of Taiwan hope for and value. On the other note, regarding legal amendments aimed at CCP agents, she said that the guiding principles are clear: Taiwan is a democratic society and its people have freedom of expression, but appropriate measures to guarantee Taiwan's national security are also needed.

July 22, 2019
The MAC issued a press release calling on the Hong Kong government and the CCP authorities to seriously face public opinion, respond concretely to public's demands, and communicate rationally and peacefully with all sides through dialogues to eliminate growing conflict and opposition. MAC also reminded Taiwanese people who planned to travel to Hong Kong to pay attention to their personal safety, be aware of relevant information and impacts on transportation, and avoid demonstration sites for their own safety.

July 24, 2019
The MAC issued a press release firmly objected to the handling of the Taiwan Strait issue in the defense white paper recently published by the CCP, as well as the paper's many fallacies that aim to shift responsibility for this issue onto the government of Taiwan. Taiwan strongly opposed and denounced Beijing's use of the cross-Strait issue as a pretext for military expansion, and threats to use force against Taiwan. The CCP's provocative behavior is not just an attack on cross-strait peace. It also seriously violates the peaceful principles of international law and international relations, challenges the regional security order, and creates unease and concern among neighboring countries. The CCP's long refusal to accept these existing facts, together with its attempted use of political and military means to suppress and eradicate the ROC, has seriously infringed upon the free will of the Taiwanese people and their lives, property, and safety. The ROC government has the responsibility to continue to strengthen Taiwan's self-defense capability and enhance measures to protect our democracy. It is committed to uphold our national sovereignty and democratic system while safeguarding the right of Taiwan's 23 million people to choose their own future.

July 31, 2019
The MAC expressed regret over the Mainland China's unilateral suspension of individual travel to Taiwan by Mainland tourists. Individual travel to Taiwan by Mainland tourists is handled according to the First Amendment to the Cross-Strait Agreement on Travel by Mainland Residents to Taiwan achieved by an exchange of letters between the Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF) and the Assocaition for Relations across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) and other related documents. The Mainland's failure to communicate with Taiwan unilaterally undermines the agreement. The two sides of the Taiwan Strait are mutually responsible for the development of cross-strait relations, any action taken shall be in line with the interests and welfare of the people. The MAC do not want to see normal tourism exchanges between the people on both sides of the Strait be affected by political interference. The MAC called on the Mainland China to resolve differences between the two sides as soon as possible through communication without political preconditions to help maintain cross-Strait peace and stability.