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2018

January 4, 2018
The MAC issued a press release solemnly protesting mainland China's unilateral launch of the northbound M503 flight route and W121, W122, and W123 flight routes without negotiations between the two sides across the Taiwan Strait. It emphasized that mainland China launched the relevant flight routes without cross-Strait communication. This intentionally dissembles improper political and even military agenda under the guise of civil aviation and raises concern over changes in the cross-Strait status quo. Taiwan has demanded that the Mainland immediately stop related flight operations on the routes and promptly coordinate aviation authorities on both sides to initiate communication to ensure aviation safety and the welfare of the people. If the Mainland clings obstinately to its own course, it must shoulder any serious consequences that might affect cross-Strait relations.

January 4, 2018
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) issued a press release stating that the Mainland aircraft carrier Liaoning left base with an escort of several warships and sailed past Zhoushan Island on a long-range cross-region training mission. The MND continuously tracked the ship's movements and stressed that the armed forces have reinforced air and sea intelligence, monitoring and surveillance. Any vessel that enters the area east of the median line of the Taiwan Strait and threatens Taiwan's air defense security will be intercepted, warned, and expelled by the armed forces in accordance with the Regulations on the Handling Contingencies by the Armed Forces during Periods of Normal Combat Readiness.

January 4, 2018
The Civil Aviation Administration of China inaugurated the northbound M503 flight route and related extension routes. It also stated that these routes are civil flight routes aimed at relieving traffic congestion on existing routes. The Mainland air traffic control agencies will maintain technical communication with Taiwan. In addition, the routes have been designed to avoid flights between Kinmen/Matsu and Taiwan.

January 7, 2018
President Tsai Ing-wen convened a meeting of senior government officials with national security portfolios for discussions and deliberation on recent dramatic changes in East Asia and mainland China's recent unilateral launch of the M503 flight route and other controversial flight routes without negotiations. After the meeting, she issued a five-point statement, including: 1. Unilaterally initiating use of controversial flight routes is a provocation that undermines regional security; 2. We have a firm grasp of the regional situation, and have strengthened our national security strategy; 3. We will continue to pursue national defense readiness, and safeguard democracy and freedom of our citizens and country; 4. We will enhance international public relations to win the understanding and support of the international community; and 5. Beijing should fulfill its regional responsibilities and resume negotiations with Taiwan as soon as possible.

January 9, 2018
During a meeting with a cross-Strait affairs delegation from the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated that under her administration, cross-Strait relations will neither be reckless nor return to the standoff. She also emphasized that maintaining the peaceful and stable status quo in the Asia-Pacific region is not Taiwan's responsibility alone, but a goal that requires the concerted efforts of all parties in the region.

January 10, 2018
The Shanghai Cyberspace Administration launched an investigation over the listing of Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Tibet as "countries" on the Chinese website of Marriott International.

January 11, 2018
With regard to the passage of the Taiwan Travel Act by the US House of Representatives, Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Lu Kang stated that the Mainland resolutely opposes the Act. He also urged the US to prudently handle the Taiwan issue and refrain from engaging in any form of official exchange or contact with Taiwan or sending any wrong signals to the "Taiwan independence" separatist forces.

January 15, 2018
Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and the foreign minister of Sao Tome and Principe stated during a meeting that the "one China" principle is a prerequisite for the resumption of diplomatic relations between mainland China and Sao Tome and Principe. It is also the political foundation for the development of bilateral relations.

January 17, 2018
The Ministry of National Defense issued a press release stating that a Mainland naval formation led by the aircraft carrier Liaoning entered the southwest part of Taiwan's air defense identification zone in the early morning of January 16, sailed along the west side of the median line of the Taiwan Strait, and left Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone at midday heading north. The armed forces monitored all movement and stood ready to respond. The formation did not engage in any unusual activities during its passage through the Taiwan Strait.

January 17, 2018
During a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang presented  four points of view on the launch of the northbound M503 flight route and three extension routes: The routes were opened to relieve pressure from rapid flight growth in the region; the establishment and activation of the routes is a routine operation for the management of civil aviation airspace in the Mainland; the routes are an internal affair of the Mainland and do not involve the issue of unilateral launch; before the routes were opened, the Mainland fully considered Taiwan's concerns and communicated with Taiwan; and air traffic on the routes since their opening has averaged 27 flights per day, demonstrating the safety and reliability of the routes and showing that there is no issue of affecting flight safety in Taiwan. He also pointed out that Taiwan should treat this matter correctly and not allow it interfere with or disrupt cross-Strait relations.

January 19, 2018
The Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) issued a press release in response to the unilateral launch of the northbound M503 flight route and three extension routes by mainland China in disregard of good faith. It said that the routes create serious aviation safety risks, emphasizing that safety is the cornerstone of all passenger services. The CAA has been forced to consider adoption of some restrictions on Mainland airlines that insist on using the relevant routes. The move is also intended to remind airlines to comply with Taiwan's aviation safety requirements and declare that Taiwan will maintain its position on aviation safety. The CAA also appealed to the civil aviation authorities on the other side to promptly adopt remedy measures and promptly begin negotiations with Taiwan on aviation safety issues related to the northbound M503 and other flight routes.

January 19, 2018
A spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Administration of China issued a statement on the decision of the Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration to stall approval of Mainland applications to provide 176 additional cross-strait flights during the Lunar New Year holiday. The spokesman stated that the Taiwan authorities are making an issue of the M503 route and disregarding of the interests of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait by using the humanitarian needs of the Taiwanese people as a bargaining chip. As for the alleged "retaliation" by the Mainland, it is the interests of the airlines and compatriots of the two sides, especially Taiwan compatriots, that are ultimately harmed. The spokesman reiterated that the M503 flight route and its extension routes underwent extensive technical verification by various experts and were approved as international routes by the International Civil Aviation Organization. There is no so-called safety issue.

January 25, 2018
With regard to President Tsai Ing-wen's comment during an interview with SET News that no one can rule out the possibility that China would unify Taiwan by force, Mainland Ministry of National Defense Spokesman Wu Qian stated, that the Mainland has the utmost sincerity to strive for peaceful reunification, but would never allow Taiwan to be separated from China. He also stated, with regard to the two sailings of the Liaoning aircraft carrier battle group through the Taiwan Strait this month, that the Liaoning aircraft carrier battle group recently conducted a cross-region maneuver according to the annual training plan. The purpose was to test the performance of the weapons and equipment and the training level of the troops.

January 29, 2018
The MAC issued a four-point statement on mainland China's unilateral activation of the northbound M503 flight route and three extension routes (W121, W122, and W123): 1. Resolution of the M503-related route issue concerns the two sides of the Taiwan Strait and transcends political party lines; 2. Cross-Strait civil aviation negotiations do not involve political preconditions; 3. Aviation safety and national security allow no compromise and all sides should stand together; and 4. Calling on the other side to promptly consult and work with Taiwan to resolve the dispute.

January 29, 2018
MAC Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh stated in a year-end press conference speech that, in the new year, we will maintain cross-Strait peace and stability to ensure Taiwan's best interests; we will closely watch developments in mainland China's internal and external situation, strategic layout, and Taiwan policy, and we will seek out opportunities for cross-Strait dialogue and communication beneficial to Taiwan's development to further resolve differences. Facing national security challenges, the government will also improve the cross-Strait legal system and other defense mechanisms, continue to promote the protection of the rights and interests of Mainland students and spouses and strengthen care and assistance to Taiwanese people in the Mainland, and strengthen communication with all sectors to explain cross-Strait policy and seek domestic and foreign support.

January 30, 2018
During a meeting with a visiting delegation led by Heritage Foundation Founder Dr. Edwin J. Feulner Jr., President Tsai Ing-wen stated that in its report on the M503 flight routes issued last week, the Foundation pointed out the threat posed by China's unilateral action and again strongly advocated US support for Taiwan. She also indicated that the Foundation continues to issue frequent studies and analyses focusing on issues including Taiwan-US relations, cross-Strait relations, arms procurement, and regional security. These efforts highlight an idea, shared by both countries, that regional peace and stability require not only Taiwan's commitment, but a commitment by all stakeholders. They also demonstrate US support for maintaining the status quo in cross-Strait relations, and how important it is to ensure that Taiwan is not subject to threats.

January 30, 2018
A spokesman of the Civil Aviation Administration of China said that, under the pretext of aviation safety issues on the M503 flight route, the Taiwan authorities recently obstructed plans by China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines to add 176 cross-strait flights during the Lunar New Year holiday. The move has affected the normal travel of tens of thousands of people on both sides. Taiwan's action creates difficulties for many cross-strait family reunions, harms the feeling of compatriotism, and causes inconvenience for travelers. Taiwan should bear full responsibility for the consequences.

February 2, 2018
With regard to the annual Working Conference on Taiwan Affairs held by the Mainland authorities, the MAC stated that the main causes of the stagnation in cross-Strait relations are the "one-China principle" and "1992 Consensus" unilaterally established by the Mainland as the political foundation for cross-Strait interaction, as well as Beijing's attempts to pressure, intimidate, and belittle Taiwan by various means. The MAC stressed that maintaining benign cross-Strait interactions is the responsibility of both sides. It is not about one side exerting political and military power to compel the other side to compromise. The MAC called on the Mainland to promptly communicate and hold consultations with Taiwan and to shoulder its due responsibility to maintain cross-Strait peace.

February 2, 2018
At the 2018 Working Conference on Taiwan Affairs in Beijing, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and PRC Vice Premier Wang Yang stated that studying and implementing the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and General Secretary Xi Jinping's important thought on Taiwan affairs will be a primary political task at present and for years to come. The thought on Taiwan affairs is an important part of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, and serves as a basic principle for the work on Taiwan affairs in the new era. He also noted that the Chinese mainland will uphold the one-China principle and the 1992 Consensus and resolutely oppose and deter "Taiwan independence" separation in any form. The Mainland will actively expand cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation, continue to deepen cross-Strait economic and social integration and development, progressively provide Taiwanese compatriots in studying, starting businesses, working, and living in the mainland with the same treatment as local people, and encourage people from both sides to work together to promote Chinese culture and forge closer bonds between them. The Mainland will fully implement the central government's Taiwan policy, and make new contribution to promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and advance the process of the peaceful reunification of the motherland.

February 5, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun stated in a speech presented at a Lunar New Year social event held in Beijing for the Mainland Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland that the basic guidelines for Taiwan-related work will not change in 2018. The Mainland will continue to adhere to the one-China principle and the 1992 Consensus and resolutely oppose separatist attempts for "Taiwan independence" in any form. It will promote economic and cultural exchanges between the two sides, continue to deepen cross-Strait economic and social integration and development, and progressively provide Taiwanese compatriots studying, starting businesses, working, and living in the mainland with the same treatment as local people. It will vigorously urge compatriots on both sides to jointly promote Chinese culture and advance a shared mindset. Zhang also noted that the Mainland would introduce new policy measure this year to ensure equal treatment for Taiwan compatriots and businesses; work to build and improve cross-Strait industrial cooperation parks and create a group of new gathering areas for industrial cooperation; and work to improve financial services to provide Taiwanese businesses with strong financial support to develop in mainland China. The Mainland will also help Taiwanese companies to go public in the Mainland, as well as take efforts to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Taiwan compatriots.

February 6, 2018
Regarding the impact of Mainland's unilateral activation of the northbound M503 flight route and extension routes on the operation of additional cross-Strait flights during the Lunar New Year holiday, the MAC issued a press release and called on that inauguration of the related routes must be handled through technical consultations between the Taipei Airlines Association and the Cross-Straits Aviation Transport Exchange Council. The MAC also asked the Mainland to promptly approve applications by Taiwan airlines for additional flights during the Lunar New Year holiday to enable Taiwanese businesspeople to return to Taiwan for the Lunar New Year by the most convenient way and to bring an early end to this incident that has triggered cross-Strait uncertainty.

February 7, 2018
The MAC stated that a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Hualien, resulting in casualties. The MAC, the Straits Exchange Foundation, and the Taiwan Strait Tourism Association immediately notified the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, and the Cross-Strait Tourism Exchange Association through existing communication channels. On behalf of the government, the MAC thanked the Taiwan Affairs Office for its expression of condolences and care. The MAC is keeping abreast of the condition of Mainland visitors affected by the disaster in Taiwan. It is also coordinating with the National Immigration Agency and the Straits Exchange Foundation to fully help Mainland visitors affected by the disaster and handle affairs related to lost documentation and family visits.

February 7, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesperson An Fengshan stated in response to a question that related parties in the Mainland are deeply concerned about the earthquake in Hualien, Taiwan. The TAO and Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) initiated Taiwan-related emergency mechanisms and have kept informed of the disaster and relief situation. On the morning of February 7, TAO Director Zhang Zhijun spoke with Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-Chi during an emergency phone call and ARATS Chairman Chen Deming phoned involved parties in Hualien County to express mourning for the Taiwan victims at the earthquake epicenter and convey sincere sympathies to the injured Taiwan compatriots. The ARATS also said it was willing to assist with the disaster relief, including sending rescue teams.

February 8, 2018
On behalf of the government, the MAC expressed heartfelt mourning and condolences for Taiwanese and Mainland Chinese victims of the earthquake in Hualien. The MAC and the Straits Exchange Foundation at noon notified the Taiwan Affairs Office and the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait of the status of Mainland visitors casualties or missing in the disaster.

February 9, 2018
Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang stated at a regular press conference that provisions in the Taiwan Travel Act recently deliberated and approved by the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations encouraging the US government to lift restrictions on high-level official exchanges between the US and Taiwan, though not legally binding, still gravely violate the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués. If the bill becomes law, it would severely disrupt China-US and the cross-Straits relations. China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to that, and has lodged stern representations with the US.

February 12, 2018
MAC Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh went with colleagues to Hualien to attend a joint public memorial for the earthquake victims and expressed sympathy and condolences to the victims' families. The MAC thanked mainland China for its expression of condolence and care, through liaison mechanisms under the related cross-Strait agreements, over the death toll and relief efforts in Taiwan, and the governments of mainland China and Hong Kong for sending personnel to accompany the families of the victims to Taiwan and assist in handling related matters. The MAC will continue to provide necessary follow-up services for the families of the victims in conjunction with the Straits Exchange Foundation and related agencies.

February 12, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that immediately after the Hualien earthquake, the TAO, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, Red Cross Society of China, Seismological Society of China, and other related organizations expressed sympathy to compatriots afflicted by the Hualien earthquake and condolences to the victims. According to incomplete statistics, the Mainland has donated RMB20,875,000. An expressed gratitude to relevant parties in Taiwan, including Hualien County and rescue workers, for their full support in the rescue, and for their care and assistance to the injured mainland tourists and families of the deceased. He also hoped that follow-up arrangements for the visitors who perished in the disaster would be handled appropriately.

February 14, 2018
With regard to a petition presented to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and Office of the President by a group representing Taiwanese students studying in the Mainland, the MAC stated that the government attaches great importance to the demand and interests of Taiwanese students and other Taiwanese people to return home from the Mainland. It is also providing full assistance so that all Taiwanese nationals can safely return to Taiwan and rejoin family for the Lunar New Year. The MAC further re-emphasized that the M503 and three other contested flight routes unilaterally activated by mainland China without consultation have had a serious impact on aviation safety in the region, the government must uphold the safety, rights, and interests of Taiwanese people traveling across the Taiwan Strait.

February 15, 2018
President Tsai Ing-wen stated in her Lunar New Year address that nine tourists from mainland China perished in the earthquake that struck Hualien on February 6. When it comes to humanitarian aid, there's no gap between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. We did everything we possibly could. We share the grief of the victims' families. The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the year on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. We have very similar traditional customs and New Year's activities, people-to-people contacts and media reports also help bridge the gap. The President wished Mainland friends and ethnic Chinese around the world a happy Lunar New Year.

February 21, 2018
In a speech presented at a Lunar New Year Reception for Taiwanese Businessmen, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that in dealing with the latest developments in cross-Strait relations, we have consistently maintained that: "Our commitments will not change, our goodwill will not change, and we will not revert to the old path." Taiwan will fulfill its responsibility to safeguard regional security and maintain stable, consistent, and predictable cross-Strait relations. The president also expressed confidence that the leaders on both sides of the Taiwan Strait all recognize their responsibility and have the wisdom to value the cumulative results from cross-Strait interaction over the past several decades.

February 21, 2018
Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh stated in a speech presented at the 2018 Lunar New Year Reception for Taiwanese Businessmen that President Tsai Ing-wen has repeatedly and openly stressed 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." This is a consistent principle that the government will firmly maintain in handling cross-Strait relations. We will continue to show goodwill, flexibility, pragmatism, and rationality, extend both hands in friendship to the other side, urge the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to act pragmatically, present new ways of thinking, and seek a new model for interaction. At the same time, we sincerely hope that both sides will exert their political wisdom, promptly engage in consultation and dialogue, resolve differences, cooperate, enhance the well-being of people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, and contribute to regional peace and prosperity.

February 27, 2018
President Tsai Ing-wen stated in a speech presented at the 2018 Spring Banquet held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that Taiwan's position on maintaining the status quo in cross-Strait relations will not change. She also reminded everyone that no single country is solely responsible for maintaining that status quo. It requires a concerted effort by all countries in the region.

February 28, 2018
The Taiwan Affairs Office and National Development and Reform Commission announced a "Notification on 'Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation with Taiwan'." The measures become effective from the date of promulgation.

February 28, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference that, among the 31 specific "Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation with Taiwan," 12 concern accelerating the pace of giving Taiwan enterprises equal treatment with Mainland enterprises; and 19 measures offer Taiwan compatriots equality with Mainland compatriots in studying, setting up businesses, working and living in the Mainland. The measures have three features: 1) They revolve around major national action plans and key research and development projects and aim to provide Taiwanese enterprises and compatriots equal treatment with Mainland enterprises and compatriots; 2) They are tailored: the measures were formulated to fully consider the special circumstances and needs of Taiwanese enterprises and compatriots and propose specific robust solutions responding to the widespread concerns of Taiwanese enterprises and compatriots; and 3) They have broad-based benefits, covering industry, tax, land, finance, employment, education, culture, healthcare, film and television, and various other fields, expanding benefits and sense of gain among Taiwanese enterprises and compatriots, especially the grassroots public.

March 1, 2018
Regarding US Senate's passage of the US House of Representatives version of the Taiwan Travel Act (H.R. 535) on February 28 (US Eastern Standard Time), which is to encourage the enhancement of visits between US and Taiwan officials at all levels. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release expressing appreciation and said Taiwan would continue to develop a more solid partnership with the US to advance values, ideas and interests shared by both sides and jointly contribute to peace, stability and well-being in the region.

March 1, 2018
Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying stated at a regular press conference that some of the clauses of the Taiwan Travel Act passed by the US Senate, though not legally binding, still severely violate the one-China principle and the three joint communiqués between China and the US. China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposes this and has lodged stern representations with the US side.

March 2, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated that the passage of the Taiwan Travel Act by the US Senate severely violates the one-China principle and the three joint communiqués between China and the US. The Mainland resolutely opposes this. It also warned that Taiwan will only burn itself by relying on foreign powers

March 3, 2018
At the First East Asia Peace Forum, Premier Lai Ching-te stated that mainland China severely affected the peaceful status quo across the Taiwan Strait by unilaterally activating the M503 flight route without consultations. President Tsai Ing-wen has reiterated publicly 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" with regard to the Mainland. She has also expressed hope for peaceful dialogue and exchange with China to promote peaceful development across the Taiwan Strait. This position will not change.

March 5, 2018
Regarding comments by high-level officials and Taiwan-related personnel in mainland China, the MAC stated in a press release that the peaceful and stable development of cross-Strait relations is a mutual responsibility of the two sides. The other side cannot shirk responsibility for this by unilaterally passing the buck to Taiwan or deliberately dodging the issue. The MAC called on mainland China to embrace a forward-looking, innovative, and positive thinking on the development path for cross-Strait relations. The start of a new cross-Strait era is only possible through pragmatic communication and dialogue.

March 5, 2018
Mainland Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stated in his Government Work Report that the Mainland will continue to implement major Taiwan work policies, adhere to the "one China" principle, promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations on the basis of the "1992 Consensus," and advance the process toward the peaceful reunification of China; stand firm in safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity and will not tolerate any "Taiwan independence" separatist schemes and actions; and will expand cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation. Over time, people from Taiwan will enjoy the same treatment as local people when they pursue their studies, start businesses, seek jobs, or live in the Mainland.

March 7, 2018
During a meeting with members of a Taiwan delegation participating in the first session of the 13th National People's Congress, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and PRC Vice Premier Wang Yang said that the two sides must adhere to the principles of "peaceful reunification" and "one country, two systems"; uphold the "one China" principle and the "1992 Consensus"; practice the idea of "two sides across the Taiwan strait are one family"; and faithfully implement the Measures to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation to grant Taiwan compatriots studying, starting businesses, working, and living in the Mainland equal treatment as Mainland residents.

March 15, 2018
The political resolution of the first session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference called for: adhering to the "one China" principle, promoting the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations on the basis of the "1992 Consensus," advancing the process toward the peaceful reunification of China, standing firm in safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and not tolerating any "Taiwan independence" separatist schemes and actions.

March 16, 2018
Vice Premier Shih Jun-ji stated at a press conference that the 31 Taiwan-related measures announced by mainland China "benefit Taiwan in name but serve the interests of the Mainland in reality." Their purpose is to attract technology, capital and talent from Taiwan to help mainland China resolve its economic development difficulties. Based on comprehensive consideration, the government will promote eight strategies in the four directions of optimizing study and work while intensifying efforts to retain and recruit talent; maintaining Taiwan's advantages in the global supply chain; deepening capital markets, and strengthening the cultural and film industries to strengthen Taiwan and solemnly face and pragmatically respond to these measures.

March 17, 2018
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release welcoming and expressing appreciation over US President Donald Trump's signing of the Taiwan Travel Act into law on March 16 (US Eastern Standard Time). It also stated that Taiwan will continue to uphold the principles of mutual trust, reciprocity, and mutual benefit, maintain close contact and communication with the US, continue to deepen cooperation and the partnership between the two countries in various fields and at all levels, and work together to promote regional peace and stability.

March 17, 2018
Mainland Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said that US President Trump's signing of the Taiwan Travel Act into law severely violates the one-China principle and the three joint communiqués between China and the US. The Chinese side urges the US to correct its mistake, stop pursuing any official ties with Taiwan or upgrading substantive relations with Taiwan, and handle Taiwan-related issues properly and cautiously. In addition, Mainland Ministry of National Defense Spokesperson Wu Qian said that the US should not implement the relevant clauses of the act, stop seeking any official contacts with Taiwan, and cease military ties or arms sales with Taiwan.

March 18, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated President Trump's signing of the Taiwan Travel Act into law sent seriously wrong signals to "Taiwan independence" separatist forces. The Mainland again warned that Taiwan will only burn itself by relying on foreign powers.

March 20, 2018
Regarding Taiwan-related comments by the Mainland Chinese leader, the MAC stated in a press release that the benign development of cross-Strait relations is the responsibility of both sides. It is hoped that, as the mainland Chinese leader enters a new phase of rule, he can break away from a fixed mindset of aggressive intimidation and respect the cross-Strait reality. The Mainland should shoulder its responsibly to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and in the region.

March 20, 2018
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping stated at the closing of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress that it is the shared aspiration of all Chinese people and in the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation to safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and realize China's complete reunification. It is absolutely impossible to separate any inch of territory of the great country from China.

March 20, 2018
Mainland Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stated during a meeting with Chinese and foreign reporters after the closing of first session of the 13th National People's Congress that any attempt, proposition or activity for "Taiwan independence" must not be tolerated. Mainland China must not allow any external forces to play "the Taiwan card." It is willing to have dialogue and consultation with all political parties and groups on Taiwan which subscribe to the one China principle to discuss resolutions to all issues of concern to the people on both sides and maintain the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

March 20, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated that Premier Lai's comments that Taiwan is a "sovereign and independent country" and the fact of "Taiwan's sovereignty and independence" cannot be changed by any external forces are nude "Taiwan independence" remarks that seriously challenge cross-Strait relations. Taiwan is bound to reap what it sows.

March 21, 2018
Regarding media reports that mainland China demanded that the Federation of Medical Students in Taiwan (FMSTW) change the name "Taiwan" to "Taiwan, China" to participate in the International Federation of Medical Students' Association (IFMSA), the MAC solemnly stated that mainland China's wrongdoing of blocking Taiwan's international space and forcing acceptance of its political agenda not only violates the World Health Organization Charter, but also deprives Taiwanese people’s fundamental rights. It is hoped that the IFMSA will uphold a professional neutral position, treat all members equally, and ensure that the participation status of members is not deprived or obstructed by any political issues.

March 21, 2018
President Tsai Ing-wen convened a meeting of national security heads. The officials briefed the president on political trends and their impact following mainland China's National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, among other issues. The president believed that freedom and democracy are Taiwan's path to survival, while equality and reciprocity are the keys to the sound development of cross-Strait relations. Responding to recent reports that China continues to obstruct Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA), the president said that health is a universal human right with no international borders, and that Taiwan has a right and an obligation to participate in the WHA. Pressuring Taiwan's international participation is hardly appropriate for a great power and unacceptable to the people of Taiwan.

March 26, 2018
With regard to comments on cross-Strait relations during a meeting between the director of the Taiwan Affairs Office and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu, the MAC stated that mainland China has sought to restrict and oppress Taiwan by making its unilaterally established "one China principle" and the "1992 Consensus" a precondition for cross-Strait exchanges and interaction. The Mainland also does not respect the Taiwan public's position on firmly maintaining the peaceful status quo across the Taiwan Strait. The MAC called on mainland China to pragmatically understand democracy and the calls of various sectors in Taiwan for benign cross-Strait interactions. Communication and dialogue without preconditions is the only way to truly protect the rights and interests of the people and resolve differences.

March 26, 2018
During a meeting with New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu in Shanghai, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that the Mainland's major Taiwan policies are clear and consistent, namely to adhere to the "1992 Consensus" reflecting the "one China" principle and oppose "Taiwan independence." Guided by the conviction that both sides are one family, the Mainland will fully implement 31 measures beneficial to Taiwan compatriots to promote cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation, including city exchanges

March 28, 2018
In response to the verdict of second instance and dismissal of appeal on the Kenya case by the Beijing Municipal High People's Court in mainland China, the MAC stated in a press release that the Mainland has forcibly deported Taiwanese nationals to mainland China, refused to allow family visits, and unilaterally conducted investigations and trials. This has not only caused the delay of the effective eradication of cross-border telecommunications fraud, but has also seriously infringed the rights of the people of Taiwan. The MAC called on the Mainland to protect the judicial rights of Taiwanese defendants and demanded that the Mainland implement the signed Agreement on Cross-Strait Joint Crime-Fighting and Mutual Judicial Assistance.

March 28, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference that the Executive Yuan's "four directions" and "eight strategies" in response to the 31 Taiwan-related measures in fact further restrict the opportunity and space for the vast number of Taiwan compatriots to develop in the Mainland. The Democratic Progressive Party authorities should positively respond to the demands of the people of Taiwan, respect the desire of people on both sides to deepen cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, respect the laws of the market, and respect the choice of Taiwan compatriots. Regarding the successive visits to Taiwan by US Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Alex N. Wong and US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, the spokesperson said that any outside forces that attempt to play the "Taiwan card" are doomed to fail. This action harms the interests of all Chinese people, including Taiwan compatriots. It also dupes Taiwan compatriots. The Mainland also warned the Taiwan authorities that they will only burn themselves by relying on foreign powers.

March 29, 2018
In response to US President Donald Trump's signing of the Taiwan Travel Act into law, the US visit by Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu, and Taiwan visit by US Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Alex N. Wong, Mainland Ministry of National Defense Spokesman Ren Guoqiang stated at a regular press conference that the Mainland resolutely opposes the development of any form of official exchanges and military contact between Taiwan and any country, including the US. Taiwan is part of China. The full unification of the country and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation cannot be stopped by any person, any power, or any tricks. The Chinese military is firmly determined, confident and sufficiently able to protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

April 2, 2018
The MAC issued a solemn statement regarding the numerous threats and irrational remarks and claims made against Premier Lai Ching-te by the Taiwan Affairs Office and the Mainland official mouthpiece Global Times. It said that Beijing has sought to intimidate and oppress the government and people of Taiwan through its unilaterally established "one China principle" and repeated manipulation of the media and so-called netizens. It has also attempted to infringe on Taiwan's dignity and rights through military action and legal threats. These actions are not befitting a responsible party and only serve to escalate cross-Strait confrontation and undermine relations between the two sides.

April 2, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that Premier Lai Ching-te has called himself a Taiwanese independence worker, openly made "Taiwan independence" remarks repeatedly, and arrogantly challenged the status quo of cross-Strait relations, undermining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He emphasized that the Mainland and Taiwan belong to "one China." Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. The Mainland resolutely opposes "Taiwan independence" separatist activities.

April 4, 2018
The MAC issued a press release stating that it has solemnly protested to the Mainland over the forcible deportation to the Mainland of 78 Taiwanese nationals involved in telecommunications fraud in Philippine. The MAC stated that the Mainland's actions are entirely unhelpful to cross-Strait cooperation in combating cross-border telecommunications fraud. They are also detrimental to the benign development of cross-Strait relations. The MAC again urged the two sides to cooperate in combating crime to safeguard the rights and interests of the people on both sides. In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) issued a press release stating that it has repeatedly urged the Philippine side to carefully handle this matter and, in accordance with the nationality principle of jurisdiction and wishes of the interested parties, deport the involved Taiwanese nationals to Taiwan for judicial investigation. However, compelled by pressure from mainland China, the Philippine side still deported the involved Taiwanese nationals to China. The MOFA has instructed the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines to lodge a solemn protest.

April 7, 2018
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release stating that Taiwan has not yet received an invitation to attend the 71th World Health Assembly (WHA) to be held in Geneva from May 21 to 26. Taiwan's allies have presented to the World Health Organization (WHO) a proposal to invite Taiwan to participate in the WHA as an observer. They have also called on the WHO to maintain its professionalism with respect to medicine and health, and refrain from serving the political objectives of individual countries.

April 7, 2018
Regarding media reports that the US Department of State has announced the issuance of a marketing license to Taiwan for domestic submarine production, the Ministry of National Defense issued a press release thanking the US government for valuing Taiwan's national defense security and providing adequately for defense needs. The Republic of China and the US will continue to maintain their strong friendship and work together to promote regional peace and stability.

April 9, 2018
With regard to the US Department of State's announcement on the issuance of a submarine marketing license to Taiwan, Mainland Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Wu Qian stated that the Mainland firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan. The Mainland demands that the US strictly abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques, stop all forms of US-Taiwan military relations, and cease all forms of arms sales to Taiwan.

April 9, 2018
With regard to the US Department of State's approval of a submarine marketing license for Taiwan and the report that newly-appointed US National Security Adviser John Bolton will visit Taiwan, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang at a regular press conference stated that the Mainland firmly opposes the US side carrying out any official exchange and arms-sales with Taiwan. He urge the US to strictly abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques, avoid having official contacts with Taiwan or trying to improve their relations in substantive ways, and stop military contacts and arms-sales with Taiwan so that China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait will not be severely damaged.

April 10, 2018
Regarding the speech presented by the Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Boao Forum and talks with participants from Taiwan, the MAC issued a press release and stated that the government has reiterated several times that it will handle cross-Strait affairs in accordance with 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 will also staunchly defend national sovereignty and dignity and democratic values and remain committed to maintaining the status quo of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. This is consistent with the substantive interests of all parties in the Asia Pacific region. The MAC also called on mainland China to give up its unilateral political agenda as a precondition for cross-Strait exchanges and interactions, respect the right of the Taiwanese people’s choice for  cross-Strait relations and the future development of Taiwan, stop repeatedly resorting to intimidation and pressure when dealing with cross-Strait relations, engage with Taiwan through exchanges and cooperation to resolve differences, jointly seek mutual benefit and win-win, and work for the greatest well-being of the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

April 10, 2018
During a meeting in Hainan with Vincent Siew, honorary chairman of the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation, who was attending the 2018 Boao Forum for Asia annual conference, Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping stated that the Taiwan issue concerns the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation. The Taiwan business community must firmly adhere to the "1992 Consensus," oppose "Taiwan independence," and firmly promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. The two sides across the Taiwan Strait are one family. The Chinese Mainland is willing to share the development opportunities with Taiwan compatriots, deepen cross-Strait economic and cultural exchange and cooperation, and bring tangible benefits to Taiwan compatriots and enterprises.

April 10, 2018
The Xiamen Municipal Government promulgated the "Measures to Deepen Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges between Xiamen and Taiwan." The measures consist of 60 articles in five sections. They provide Taiwan compatriots studying, starting businesses, working, and living in Xiamen equal treatment with Xiamen residents and promote the development of Taiwan enterprises in Xiamen.

April 11, 2018
Regarding the negative misinterpretation and irrational criticism over Taiwan's policy positions and democratic pluralism by the Taiwan Affairs Office, the MAC stated that the current cross-Strait stalemate hinges solely on mainland China's unwillingness to face up to the reality of separate governance across the Strait and the existence of the Republic of China. It called on the other side to take responsibility and respect Taiwan’s democratic system and people's rights. Aggressive coercion and verbal provocation are not acts appropriate to an accountable party. Resolving differences through communication is the only approach beneficial to advancing cross-Strait relations together.

April 11, 2018
With regard to a potential visit by incoming White House National Security Advisor John Robert Bolton to Taiwan for the opening of the new Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan and the US State Department's announcement of the issuance of marketing license for Taiwan to manufacture submarines, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang at a regular press conference stated that the Mainland resolutely opposes any form of official contact or military ties between the US and Taiwan and resolutely opposes US arms sales to Taiwan on any pretext. The US should abide by the "one China" principle and the three China-US joint communiques. Regarding Premier Lai Ching-te's comments that he is a "Taiwan independence" worker, the spokesperson stated that Lai Ching-te has openly made "Taiwan independence" remarks repeatedly and arrogantly challenged the status quo of cross-Strait relations. This severely provokes mainstream public opinion on both sides of the Taiwan Strait and undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

April 11, 2018
During a meeting with Honorary Chairman of the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation Vincent Siew, who was attending the Boao Forum for Asia annual conference, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that the Mainland will resolutely carry out the central government's major Taiwan work policies, adhere to the "1992 consensus" that embodies the "one China" principle, promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, never tolerate "Taiwan independence" secessionist schemes, and continue to expand cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation.

April 12, 2018
The MAC announced the results of a routine public opinion survey showing that, regarding the 31 Taiwan-related measures unilaterally promoted by mainland China, nearly 90% of the public approve the government's position that cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation concern the rights and interests of the people and government authority and that the two sides should begin with communication and interaction (88.9%). About 70% of the public support the government's proposed initiatives to strengthen talent incentives, promote industrial innovation and upgrading, and other response measures (71.5%), improve legislation and regulations and strengthen protection measures and review mechanisms related to cross-Strait exchanges (69.9%). The MAC stated that more than 80% of the public believe the two sides should engage in communication and dialogue without preconditions and that this approach alone would be beneficial to the long-term development of cross-Strait relations (80.9%); and support the government's position that Taiwan's future and the development of cross-Strait relations must be decided by the 23 million people of Taiwan (85.6%). In addition, the majority of the public support the position that cross-Strait exchanges and activities should exclude political thinking, adhere to parity and dignity, and conform to legislation and regulations (82.2%), as well as agree that maintaining benign cross-Strait interaction is a mutual responsibility of the two sides and neither side should resort to non-peaceful or intimidating words or actions (84.4%). The MAC stressed that cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation should uphold the principles of "parity, dignity, and reciprocity." This is an important foundation for healthy and normal exchanges and benign interactions across the Taiwan Strait. It is also consistent with the expectations of the people on both sides.

April 13, 2018
With regard to a live-fire military drill conducted by the People's Liberation Army in the waters of the Taiwan Strait on April 18, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that the Mainland has the firm will, strong confidence and adequate ability to defeat any form of "Taiwan independence" attempts and actions and safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

April 16, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated during a media interview that the military live-fire drill to be conducted by the People's Liberation Army in the Taiwan Strait on April 18 is a one-time action to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the motherland. The Mainland has sufficient willingness, confidence, and capability to prevent any words or deeds which attempt to split any territory away from the motherland.

April 17, 2018
During a meeting with Nantou County Magistrate Lin Ming-chen in Beijing, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that adhering to the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence" are the keys to maintaining the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. Guided by the conviction that two sides across the Taiwan Strait are one family, the Mainland will continue to promote cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields, including exchanges between counties and cities. It will also implement the 31 measures to promote cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation and expand the scope of benefits and sense of gain for Taiwan compatriots.

April 18, 2018
The Mainland Fujian Maritime Safety Administration announced that the Mainland military will conduct a live-fire military drill from 08:00 to 24:00 in an area of the waters of the Taiwan Strait defined by the four coordinate points of 24-52.9N/118-50.0E, 24-52.9N/118-55.9E, 24-42.6N/118-55.9E, and 24-42.6N/118-50E.

April 18, 2018
During a meeting in Beijing with Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-chi, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that amidst the severe complexities in cross-Strait relations at this time, the two sides must adhere to the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle and resolutely oppose all kinds of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. The Mainland will vigorously promote cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields, fully implement and introduce more policy initiatives to promote cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation in due time, and enhance affinity and well-being of compatriots on both sides.

April 18, 2018
Regarding President Tsai Ing-wen's visit to Swaziland, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying stated at a regular press conference that there is only "one China" in the world. This constitutes the universal consensus of the overwhelming majority of countries around the world. The China-Africa Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership maintains sound development momentum. The one-China principle is an irresistible trend that meets the aspiration of all people. The Mainland hopes that the relevant African countries clearly understand the general trend of the world and join the big family of friendly China-Africa cooperation at an early date.

April 19, 2018
Regarding Beijing's recent military intimidation near Taiwan, the MAC issued a press release stating that the people of Taiwan are well aware of and reject the Chinese authorities' deliberate attempts to provoke cross-Strait and regional tension by pressuring and harassing Taiwan. Our determination to defend the nation's sovereignty and dignity will never succumb to saber rattling or inducements. The MAC also warned the Beijing authorities to abandon intimidation by force and face up to the reality of separate governance across the Taiwan Strait. Only then can the two sides resolve their differences through pragmatic communication and dialogue.

April 19, 2018
People's Liberation Army Air Force spokesperson Shen Jinke stated that an air force formation consisting of bombers and reconnaissance aircraft recently conducted "island encirclement patrols." He also announced the release of a propaganda video entitled "God of War: New Island Encirclement Flight Path" in multiple languages.

April 19, 2018
With regard to the "island encirclement patrols" by Mainland fighter planes, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that the Mainland firmly opposes any form of "Taiwan independence" attempts and actions. Any plots seeking to separate Taiwan from China are doomed to failure. No individual or power should underestimate the Mainland's firm resolve and strong ability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

April 20, 2018
The MAC reported during a council meeting that it invited related agencies to meet on April 2 to jointly discuss the operation mechanisms for the Task Force to Respond to mainland China's 31 Taiwan-Related Measures. MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong served as convener of the task force. The main purpose of the task force is to closely watch the implementation of related measures by the Mainland and their impact on Taiwan. The task force will also regularly collect, monitor, and conduct follow-up analysis of relevant information, present research and analysis reports, and proactively inform the public.

April 25, 2018
With regard to meetings between Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi with Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-chi and Nantou County Magistrate Lin Ming-chen respectively and whether there is a possibility for future twin-city forums other than the one between Taipei and Shanghai, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated at a regular press conference that the Mainland consistently promotes cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields in line with the concept of "two sides of the Taiwan Strait are one family." There is no problem with exchanges between any Taiwan’s county or city and the Mainland side so long as there is a correct understanding of cross-Strait relations and the nature of cross-Strait county and city exchanges.

April 25, 2018
With regard to the recent "island encirclement patrol" by a formation of various Mainland military aircraft, Mainland Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Wu Qian stated at a regular press conference that the Mainland has taken a series of actions aimed at "Taiwan independence" forces and their activities. If "Taiwan independence" forces continue to act recklessly, the Mainland will take further action. Regarding the sea and air exercises held by Taiwan's military in the waters off the east coast and President Tsai Ing-wen's naval ship review, the spokesperson said that the Mainland is willing to seek peaceful reunification with the utmost sincerity and effort. However, it must be pointed out that "Taiwan independence" is a dead end and military confrontation is no way out.

April 27, 2018
Regarding mainland China's recent intensifying political and military intimidation and economical absorption toward Taiwan with the intention to force Taiwan into acceptance of its political framework, the MAC issued a press release indicating that "peace and communication" are the keys to achieving mutual benefit and co-prosperity across the Taiwan Strait. At this time of the 25th anniversary of the Koo-Wang Talks in Singapore and 20th anniversary of the Koo-Wang Meeting, the Mainland should review the hardships overcome by the two sides over the past many years and uphold the spirit of "shelving disputes and conducting pragmatic negotiations" and the original aspiration of resolving differences and maintaining peace. Looking to the future of cross-Strait relations, the two sides should develop benign interactions through constructive communication without preconditions.

April 27, 2018
During the first meeting of the fourth council of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits in Beijing, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Wang Yang stated that the Mainland will thoroughly study and implement the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the CPC. With General Secretary Xi Jinping's important thinking on Taiwan-related work as a fundamental basis and guideline to action, the Mainland will implement the CPC Central Committee's policy decisions on Taiwan-related work and maintain and promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. The Mainland must strengthen contact and exchanges with Taiwan compatriots, promote cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation, and properly handle problems and emergencies arising during exchanges between the people of the two sides.

May 1, 2018
During the dedication for the Institute for National Defense and Security Research, President Tsai Ing-wen expressed the government's solemn stance on the termination of the diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Dominican Republic. She also stated that dispatching military airplanes and naval vessels around Taiwan and suppressing Taiwan's foreign diplomacy are hostile acts that harm cross-Strait relations. These acts have substantively harmed the cross-Strait status quo and disrespect Taiwan's democratic system. This is not the right approach and attitude for China, as a responsible major power in the region, to unilaterally alter the cross-Strait status quo of stability. Taiwan's diplomatic situation is truly grim. However, the government will not stoop to compromise by sacrificing national sovereignty or the dignity of the people.

May 1, 2018
The Presidential Office issued a statement in response to the decision of the Dominican Republic to break off diplomatic relations with the ROC. It said that the ROC government deeply regretted that the government of the Dominican Republic has succumbed to Beijing's dollar diplomacy and decided to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. China's government continues to escalate regional military pressure and manipulate the so-called "one China principle," creating regional and cross-Strait tension. Beijing's actions have unilaterally undermined the status quo of cross-Strait peace. This is not the behavior of a responsible member of the international community. The government will never bow to Beijing's pressure. It will do everything in its power to uphold the nation's interests, defend the sovereignty and dignity of the ROC, and work with friendly nations in a continued effort to preserve regional peace and stability.

May 1, 2018
The MAC issued a solemn statement regarding the Dominican Republic's severance of diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (ROC) and establishment of diplomatic ties with mainland China. It indicated that mainland China has maliciously manipulated its "one China principle" in the international community and used economic and trade incentives to expand its influence over Taiwan's diplomatic allies. It coerced the Dominican Republic to break off diplomatic relations with Taiwan to pressure Taiwan into accepting its unilateral political views. Such rigid zero-sum thinking and irrational hegemonic behavior severely undermine the foundation and status quo of the peaceful and stable development across the Taiwan Strait. The ROC government strongly condemns and expresses dissatisfaction in this regard. Beijing must take full responsibility for any possible consequences. We demand that the other side immediately stop provoking Taiwan with extreme political and military pressure. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also released a statement warning that Beijing's readiness to poach Taiwan's diplomatic allies through checkbook diplomacy such as astronomic sums of money, as well as its peremptory actions attacking Taiwan's international participation, are deeply despicable and strongly condemned by Taiwan. Beijing's arbitrary behavior in the diplomatic sphere will only lead to alienation in cross-Strait relations and erode the foundation of mutual trust between the two sides.

May 1, 2018
Mainland Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas Maldonado of the Dominican Republic signed a joint communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in Beijing. He said that adhering to the one-China principle is a widely-acknowledged basic norm of international relations, a universal consensus in the international community, and a fundamental prerequisite as well as political foundation for China to establish and develop relations with any other countries.

May 7, 2018
The MAC issued a press release solemnly protesting the improper and irresponsible comments made by mainland China's Taiwan Affairs Office and foreign affairs departments on the obstruction of Taiwan's participation in this year's World Health Assembly (WHA). It emphasized that mainland China continues to pressure and obstruct Taiwan's participation in the WHA through its unilaterally established political assertions in disregard for the health and safety rights and interests of the people of Taiwan. Beijing has linked its so-called "one China principle" with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758 and WHA Resolution 25.1 on mistaken premises and sought to exclude Taiwan’s participation on political grounds. This not only violates the World Health Organization (WHO) Charter, but also deprives Taiwanese people’s rights and reveals Beijing's fundamental lack of intention to improve cross-Strait relations.

May 7, 2018
During a press interview on Taiwan-related World Health Assembly (WHA) issues,  Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated that Taiwan's inability to take part in the WHA this year owes to the lack of political foundation for such participation due to the refusal of the Democratic Progressive Party authorities to recognize the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle.

May 12, 2018
People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force spokesperson Shen Jinke said that the PLA Air Force conducted a joint operation on May 11 in the Eastern and Southern Theater Commands. Bombers and reconnaissance aircraft made a two-way flight around Taiwan. Su-35 fighter jets flew over the Bashi Channel in formation with H-6K bombers for the first time, marking a new breakthrough in island encirclement patrols.

May 16, 2018
During a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated that the Democratic Progressive Party administration's refusal to recognize the 1992 Consensus, which embodies the one-China principle, undermines the common political foundation between the two sides. The Taiwan side obstructs and limits cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation through its laissez-faire connivance of "desinicization" and "incremental Taiwan independence" and bears responsibility for the current tension and opposition in cross-Strait relations. Regarding to the passage of the draft National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 by the US House Committee on Armed Services, the spokesperson said that the "Taiwan issue" concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. China firmly opposes  any form of official contact or military ties between the US and Taiwan and resolutely opposes US arm sales to Taiwan.

May 17, 2018
During a media reception, MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong stated that under the leadership of President Tsai Ing-wen over the past two years, the government has striven to maintain the status quo of cross-Strait peace and stability. It has also firmly safeguarded the nation's sovereignty and dignity and the welfare of the people without the slightest compromise. Although mainland China has not yet responded positively to our goodwill and has even intensified diplomatic suppression and military intimidation against Taiwan in a bid to force our acceptance of its unilaterally established political preconditions, we have full strategic focus. We will never bow or back down to momentary pressure, nor will we revert to the old path of confrontation. We will remain committed to managing risk in the cross-Strait situation, maintain a "balanced" status quo across the Taiwan Strait, and continue to create an atmosphere conducive to cross-Strait benign interaction and promoting dialogue and communication.

May 17, 2018
The MAC announced the results of a public opinion survey on cross-Strait relations. The survey indicated that over 70% of the public support the government's firm defense of the nation's sovereignty and dignity and the well-being of the people, commitment to maintaining the status quo of cross-Strait peace and stability, and efforts to participate in the international community (73.3%). A similar percentage support the position President Tsai Ing-wen has emphasized of firmly defending Taiwan's free and democratic way of life and the right of the people of Taiwan to choose their future (76.5%). Nearly 90% of the public think the two sides should engage in healthy and normal contact and exchanges (88.1%), while more than 80% of the public support the government's position that the two sides should respect each other and resolve differences through communication and dialogue without preconditions (83%). More than 80% of the public support the government's continued commitment to maintaining the status quo of cross-Strait peace and stability and approach of promoting regional peace, stability and prosperity with other countries in the region (87.2%), as well as believe that mainland China should pragmatically face the Republic of China and respect Taiwan's identity and that this would be beneficial to the long-term development of cross-Strait relations (80.2%). Over 70% of the public disapprove mainland China's recent enticement of the Dominican Republic to sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan and suppression of Taiwan's space for international survival (75.5%). More than 80% of the public believe that mainland China's political obstruction of Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly is detrimental to the health, rights, and interests of the Taiwanese people (83.3%), as well as believe that the Mainland's attempts to threaten Taiwan with force are not beneficial to the development of cross-Strait relations (88.5%). Additionally, 80% of the public do not agree with mainland China's repeated military and diplomatic pressuring of Taiwan to accept its position that "the two sides belong to one China" as a political precondition for cross-Strait interactions and Taiwan's international participation (80.5%).

May 17, 2018
The MAC issued a press release protesting mainland China's deportation from Spain of Taiwanese suspects involved in telecommunications fraud on May 11 and appealing again for joint cooperation to combat crime. The Ministry of Justice also issued a press release expressing regret. It emphasized that cross-Strait telecommunications fraud cases involve complex cross-regional and transnational factors and that international and cross-Strait cooperative investigations are the most effective ways to fight such crimes. It also called on mainland China to exchange relevant intelligence and evidence with Taiwan and to conduct joint investigations with Taiwan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issued a press release expressing grave concern and strong regret.

May 20, 2018
At a press conference in Geneva, Director Ma Xiaowei of mainland China's National Health Commission stated that mainland China has always closely attended to the health and well-being of Taiwanese compatriots. Nothing prevents experts from the Taiwan Area from participating in the technical activities of the World Health Organization in appropriate capacities. The refusal of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration to recognize the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle undermines the political foundation for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly. The DPP administration is entirely to blame for the lack of invitation for Taiwan to participate in the assembly this year.

May 21, 2018
The MAC issued a press release solemnly protesting and expressing dissatisfaction over inaccurate and irresponsible statements by persons in charge at mainland China's National Health Commission on obstructing Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA). It also indicated that mainland China has repeatedly used its unilateral "one China principle" to prevent Taiwan from participating in the WHA, disregarding public health in Taiwan and global health safety, and seriously harming the rights and interests of the Taiwanese people. It stressed that the ROC government has never accepted the past negotiations and secret agreements between the Mainland and the World Health Organization that belittle Taiwan. Mainland China's claims that it has made proper arrangements for Taiwan to participate in global health affairs flagrantly misleads the public and deceives the international community.

May 22, 2018
At a meeting with a visiting delegation from the North American Taiwanese Association, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that Beijing's use of political means to exclude Taiwan from the World Health Assembly (WHA) did not help cross-Strait relations and was a disservice to the global epidemic prevention system. The Mainland also often interferes with private-sector companies around the world by compelling them to change their designation of Taiwan. This kind of reckless behavior only creates more resentment, neither helping improve cross-Strait relations nor benefiting China's international image. The president also solemnly admonished mainland China to immediately cease this kind of behavior, which harms all parties involved, and reiterated the Taiwan government's position: mainstream public opinion in Taiwan favors international participation and engagement. In cross-Strait relations, our goodwill will not change, our commitments will not change, and we will not revert to the old path of confrontation. But we will not bow to pressure.

May 22, 2018
The 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) convened on the morning of May 21, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release thanking Taiwan's diplomatic allies and like-minded countries for voicing support for Taiwan's participation in the WHA. It urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to firmly maintain its professionalism and fulfill its responsibility to ensure global health security and incorporate Taiwan into the world’s health security network. It also indicated that China's claims that it ensures the Taiwanese people’s right to health and that there are no obstacles for Taiwan to participate in WHO technical meetings run contrary to the facts. Health is a universal and fundamental human right; it is not a privilege that is accorded by differentiating between people. Political differences across the Taiwan Strait should not serve as an excuse for excluding Taiwan from participating in the WHA.

May 22, 2018
At a regular press conference, Mainland Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang stated that China welcomes the refusal of this year's World Health Assembly (WHA) to incorporate into its supplementary agenda the so-called proposal of "inviting Taiwan to attend the WHA as an observer." In addition, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated that, as a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), the World Health Organization handles Taiwan-related issues in accordance with the "one China" principle established under UN General Assembly Resolution 2758 and WHA Resolution 25.1. China highly appreciates this.

May 24, 2018
President Tsai Ing-wen issued a statement on the termination of diplomatic relations with Burkina Faso. She said that China's suppression against Taiwan in the diplomatic sphere clearly show their unease and lack of self-confidence. China's arbitrary efforts to undermine Taiwan's national sovereignty are already challenging Taiwan society's bottom line. This we will no longer tolerate. President Tsai also warned the Chinese government that these behaviors are detrimental to cross-Strait relations and China's international image. It also does nothing to ease the international community's concerns about China. She reiterated that Taiwan will not engage in dollar diplomacy with China. China's suppression will only make Taiwan's partnerships with the international community even closer. Taiwan will never back down.

May 24, 2018
In response to Burkina Faso's announcement of its severance of diplomatic relations with the ROC, the MAC issued a press release solemnly protesting and strongly condemning mainland China for its successive use of dollar diplomacy to maliciously wrest away two diplomatic allies of Taiwan in less than a month, undermining the foundation for cross-Strait peace and stability. It also indicated that the government will not just sit and tolerate Beijing's repeated deliberate provocations and brutal suppression of Taiwan. In the future, the government will rigorously review visits to Taiwan by Mainland government officials at all levels and related persons to prevent Beijing from using such occasions as opportunities to divide and socially disrupt Taiwan through its united front tactics. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also released a statement expressing outrage and regret over China's coercion of Burkina Faso to sever its 24-year diplomatic relationship with Taiwan.

May 24, 2018
Regarding the termination of diplomatic relations between Burkina Faso and Taiwan, Mainland Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang stated that Resolution 2758 adopted at the 26th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in October 1971 has made it clear that the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government that represents the whole China. The one-China principle recognized by this resolution has become the universal consensus of the international community. It is the prerequisite and political basis for countries around the globe to maintain and develop friendly and cooperative relations with China.

May 26, 2018
During a meeting with a delegation led by Senator Cory Gardner, Chairman of the US Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that China has recently encircled Taiwan with its military aircraft, suppressed Taiwan diplomatically, enticed our allies to break ties with us, prevented our participation in the World Health Assembly, and pressured multinational companies to change Taiwan’s designation. These crass political moves show that China is attempting to change the status quo of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The president also reiterated that Taiwan seeks international participation not simply to obtain its due rights, but also to show its willingness to take up its responsibilities as a member of the global community. China's suppression will only rally the world to support Taiwan.

May 26, 2018
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a solemn statement expressing profound disappointment, regret, and outrage over the signing of a joint communique reestablishing diplomatic relations between Burkina Faso and China. The ROC is an independent, sovereign state, a fact which the "one China principle" referred to in the communiqué between China and Burkina Faso cannot negate unilaterally. As a responsible partner in international cooperation, Taiwan will continue to deepen and consolidate its close cooperative friendships with its allies.

May 26, 2018
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release regarding letters sent by related departments in China between January and April this year to 24 foreign airlines operating in China and 36 other international airlines, demanding that they not list Taiwan as a country on their websites. It condemned China's unreasonable and blatant political interference in private-sector commercial activities and international business operations, as well as its hostile intent to suppress Taiwan's international status.

May 26, 2018
Mainland Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Alpha Barry of Burkina Faso signed the Joint Communiqué on Resumption of Diplomatic Relations Between the People's Republic of China and Burkina Faso in Beijing. Minister Wang said that under the communiqué, the government of Burkina Faso recognizes that there is but one China in the world, that the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing the whole China, and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. China highly appreciates this. Furthermore, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that the resumption of diplomatic relations between China and Burkina Faso was the right choice based on the interests of Burkina Faso and its people. This indeed proves again that adhering to the "one China" principle is a universal consensus of the international community.

May 28, 2018
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release regarding letters sent by the Civil Aviation Administration of China recently to pressure the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and its member airlines to adopt designations belittling Taiwan on their websites. It said that the ministry has instructed relevant embassies and overseas offices to inform the IATA and related airlines about the situation and explain that the ROC government will firmly defend the nation's name, prestige, and dignity. Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration also sent a letter to IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac expressing Taiwan's position of serious concern and urging that appropriate action be taken to rectify China's mistakes.

May 30, 2018
During a press conference responded to a reporter's question regarding a statement by President Tsai Ing-wen following the termination of diplomatic relations between Burkina Faso and Taiwan that China's pressuring has challenged Taiwan’s bottom line and Taiwan will  tolerate no more, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that adhering to the one-China principle is a universal consensus among the international community. The Democratic Progressive Party administration can restore cross-Strait relations to the correct path of peaceful development by promptly recognizing the "1992 Consensus" and acknowledging that both sides belong to "one China."

May 31, 2018
During a meeting with international experts and scholars attending the Formosa Forum: 2018 Maritime Security Dialogue, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that ensuring peace, prosperity, and development in the Asia-Pacific by maintaining the status quo has been the government's consistent goal. Unfortunately, China has chosen to unilaterally launch the M503 flight route, circle Taiwan with military aircraft, and force private companies worldwide to change their designation of Taiwan. It has also stopped at nothing to suppress Taiwan's international participation. Thus, all countries in the region now have the same apprehension: China is attempting to unilaterally change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait and ultimately throughout the Asia-Pacific. The president believed that the Chinese government's disregard for regional stability is not welcomed by the international community, nor beneficial to the development of cross-Strait relations. Taiwan is under immense pressure, yet it continues to persevere and contribute to regional peace, prosperity, and stability.

May 31, 2018
During a regular press conference in regards to the US House of Representatives' passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 calling for strengthening Taiwan's military capability and urging the US to send senior military officials to visit Taiwan, spokesperson Ren Guoqiang of the Mainland's Ministry of National Defense stated that the Taiwan issue concerns China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The China-related content of the US Congress's National Defense Authorization Act is full of Cold War and zero-sum mentality, interferes with China's internal affairs, and harms China's core interests. The Chinese military is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to it. China urges the US side to fully recognize the serious harm of the negative China-related clauses in the Act, abide by the one-China policy and the principles of the three China-US joint communiqués, delete the relevant negative clauses in the Act, prudently and properly handle Taiwan-related issues, and take concrete actions to maintain the military relationship between China and the US and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

June 1, 2018
During a meeting with a delegation of Chinese Nationalist Party legislators in Beijing, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that the Mainland adheres to the "1992 consensus" embodying the "one China" principle and resolutely opposes any "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. Guided by the conviction that both sides are all of the same family, the Mainland will promote a shared mindset among compatriots on both sides, advance cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields, fully implement 31 measures to promote cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation, and expand the scope of benefits and gain felt by Taiwanese compatriots.

June 1, 2018
The Shanghai Municipal Taiwan Affairs Office announced enactment of the Implementation Measures for Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Shanghai and Taiwan. Of the 55 articles under the measures, 28 concern granting Taiwan-invested businesses the same treatment enjoyed by local companies in Shanghai, while 27 articles are related to granting national treatment to Taiwanese people studying, starting businesses, working, and living in Shanghai.

June 3, 2018
President Tsai Ing-wen wrote in her Facebook in simplified Chinese that today marks the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square incident. She expressed belief that if Beijing can face up to the incident and acknowledge state violence in this event, then the unfortunate history of June 4 will become a cornerstone in China's advancement towards freedom and democracy. She expressed hope that one day netizens in China could freely access her Facebook page without breaching the Great Firewall of China. She also hoped that the universal values of freedom and democracy can be enjoyed by people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, which would allow for greater room for mutual understanding and cooperation between both sides. These are goals that the governments on both sides can work together to achieve.

June 3, 2018
On the eve of the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Incident, the MAC issued a statement indicating that, in June 1989, mainland Chinese students and workers courageously rose up in defiance of totalitarian oppression and the threat to their lives to demand universal values of democracy, freedom, the rule of law, and human rights, only to be forcibly suppressed by the Mainland authorities. They have yet to be vindicated as the truth of the incident remains covered up, to our deep regret. In recent years, the Mainland has expanded reforms and anti-corruption policies, while also intensifying suppression of the people's freedom and rights and consolidating its one-party dictatorship. The MAC called on Beijing to promptly embark on political reforms, transit to democracy, institutionalize protections of the people's freedom of speech and religion, and truly face the historical truth of the Tiananmen Square Incident. It also reiterated that the government will never accept the improper trial and imprisonment of Taiwanese national Mr. Li Ming-che by the Mainland authorities. It called on Beijing to promptly release Mr. Li and allow him to return safely to Taiwan.

June 5, 2018
Regarding reports that the US military is considering sailing a warship through the Taiwan Strait, Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Hua Chunying during a regular press conference stated that the Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive core issue of the China-US relationship. The US should strictly adhere to the one-China principle and the three Joint Communiqués and prudently handle the Taiwan issue so as to avoid harming bilateral ties and cross-Strait peace and stability. Furthermore, regarding criticism of China by the Australian foreign minister for pressuring the airline Qantas to change how it refers to Taiwan on its website said that all companies operating in China should abide by the Chinese laws and regulations and respect and follow the one-China principle.

June 6, 2018
The MAC stated that Taiwan severely denounces the malicious imputations made against the government of the Republic of China in comments by mainland Chinese officials at the Straits Forum. It also indicated that the Mainland authorities have used the cross-Strait exchange platform to polarize Taiwan through its united front tactics and attempted to lure Taiwan with economic benefits. The Mainland's ambitions of "cross-Strait integration" and "a shared mindset" will be futile if Beijing continues to follow the wrong path. The MAC called on mainland China to face the cross-Strait reality, respect the demands of the Taiwanese people, and stop its malicious suppression of Taiwan. The Mainland needs to discard ideological barriers and hold exchanges with all circles in Taiwan, regardless of party, to correctly understand true public opinion in Taiwan and create opportunities for benign cross-Strait interaction.

June 6, 2018
Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Wang Yang stated in a speech presented at the opening of the 10th Straits Forum that adhering to the "1992 consensus" embodying the "one China" principle is the key to ensuring the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations as well as the basis and condition for the Mainland's engagement with the authorities and political parties in Taiwan. So long as this is achieved, there will be no obstacles to any party or group in interactions with the Mainland. "Taiwan independence" separatist forces and their activities harm national sovereignty and territorial integrity and incite hostility and opposition between compatriots on both sides of the Strait. This is the biggest threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. It must be firmly opposed.

June 6, 2018
Mainland China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced the Circular of the General Office of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on the Organization and Implementation of the 2018 National Tour Guide Qualification Examinations. According to the circular, Taiwan compatriots will be allowed to register from any province, autonomous region, or special municipality in mainland China to take the national tour guide qualification examinations scheduled to be held from November to December in 2018.

June 6, 2018
Fujian Province announced opinions on implementation of the Measures to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation. The 66 articles under the measures include provisions to expand Fujian-Taiwan economic and trade cooperation, support Taiwanese compatriot internships, employment, and entrepreneurship in Fujian, deepen cultural exchanges between Fujian and Taiwan, and help Taiwan compatriots to live peacefully and work happily in Fujian.

June 12, 2018
In his opening remarks at the Seventh Yunnan-Taiwan Expo, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that Taiwan's future and improvement of the development prospects and well-being of Taiwanese compatriots depend on good cross-Strait relations. The key to promoting the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations is to adhere to the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle and maintaining the political foundation of cross-Strait relations. The current state of cross-Strait relations is complex and grim. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities have refused to recognize the "1992 Consensus." They have also indulged "desinicization" and "progressive Taiwan independence," obstructed and curtailed cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, and attempted to create hostility and opposition between compatriots on both sides. This not only threatens peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, but also seriously harms the vital interests and well-being of Taiwanese compatriots.

June 12, 2018
At a regular press conference regarding reports that US Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce attended the dedication ceremony for the new Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang said that the US, by sending officials to Taiwan under whatever pretext, severely violates the one-China principle and three China-US joint communiques, interferes in China's internal affairs and exerts negative impact on China-US relation. The Mainland urges the US to honor its commitments to the Chinese side on the Taiwan issue and correct its wrong actions to avoid undermining China-US ties and cross-Straits peace and stability.

June 13, 2018
During a meeting with a delegation led by US Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce, President Tsai Ing-wen said that Assistant Secretary Royce's visit to Taiwan demonstrates US support for Taiwan and the peaceful, stable status quo. She expressed hope that Taiwan and the US will continue to strengthen all-round cooperation under the framework and commitments of the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances.

June 13, 2018
Regarding inappropriate comments made by a Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson on the visit by US officials to Taiwan to attend the dedication ceremony of the new AIT complex, regional affairs following the Trump-Kim summit, and Taiwan-US exchanges and cooperation, the MAC issued a statement that the Republic of China is a sovereign state and that the exchanges among the involved parties are normal and natural. Mainland China has no right to repeatedly contain and threaten Taiwan with political and military forces. The MAC also stressed that the government is dedicated to the consistent position of maintaining the status quo of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The deepening of Taiwan-US exchanges and cooperation is a positive force conducive to regional peace and stability. It will not harm the interests of any party.

June 13, 2018
At a regular press conference stated regarding reports that US Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce attended the dedication ceremony for the new Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan, Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang that the Mainland resolutely opposes any form of official exchanges and contact between the US and Taiwan. The US should conscientiously abide by the "one China" principle and provisions of the three China-US Joint Communiqués to prevent undermining China-US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The DPP authorities' dependence on foreign forces will only further harm cross-Strait relations. Moreover, regarding a US congressman's proposal that President Tsai Ing-wen speak to Congress during her US transit when visiting Paraguay in August, the spokesperson said that the Mainland resolutely opposes any actions in the international arena attempting to manufacture "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan" and "Taiwan independence."

June 19, 2018
Ningbo City announced implementation of "Measures to Deepen Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Ningbo and Taiwan." The 80 articles under the measures include provisions to support Taiwanese investment, promote trade, social, and cultural exchanges and cooperation with Taiwan, and facilitate the study, internships, employment, entrepreneurship, and life of Taiwanese compatriots in Ningbo.

June 20, 2018
President Tsai Ing-wen called the heads of national security-related agencies to a meeting for comprehensive discussions and tabletop exercises to determine the causes of the escalation of US-China trade disputes and possible future developments and responses. If the US-China trade dispute and stand-off becomes a long-term trend, Taiwan must respond prudently to possible structural changes, including: realignment of global supply chains, major changes in the roles played by Taiwanese businessmen on both sides of the Taiwan Strait in regional supply chains, and possible repercussions on the trilateral Taiwan-US-China relationship. The president also directed the National Security Council to coordinate executive-branch agencies to monitor and accurately assess the latest developments in the US-China trade dispute and to raise overall response capabilities in all government agencies. She also reiterated that, for every product and sector affected by the trade war, the government will consider Taiwan's needs and policy positions based on overall national strategic interests, trade interests, and industrial development and transformation requirements.

June 22, 2018
The MAC stated in a press release that the Organic Act of the Mainland Affairs Council passed the third reading in the Legislative Yuan on May 22, 2018, and was promulgated by the President on June 13, 2018. A ceremony to inaugurate the newly reorganized MAC will be held on July 2, 2018. The MAC was renamed from the "Mainland Affairs Council, Executive Yuan" to the "Mainland Affairs Council." The three deputy minister positions will no longer include a specially appointed deputy minister, but be formed instead by two political deputy ministers and one permanent deputy minister. The organizational structure will continue to consist of six departments and have five supporting units (adding an Information Management Office) and two offices equivalent to overseas representative offices (the Office of Hong Kong Affairs and the Office of Macao Affairs).

June 22, 2018
Mainland China's Ministry of Commerce announced that an anti-dumping duty of between 3.8% and 4.2% would be imposed on imported styrene originating from Taiwan, effective from June 23, 2018.

June 25, 2018
During an exclusive interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP), President Tsai Ing-wen stated that Taiwan has been consistently withstanding pressure from China over the past two years. More recently, Taiwan has seen that the Mainland has become more aggressive and impacted the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, such as conducting military exercises or forcing airlines to change their designation of Taiwan. China is trying to change the status quo and threatening the balance that has long existed between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. The president stressed that Taiwan's free and democratic way of life cannot be infringed on, Taiwan's sovereignty cannot be suppressed, and the people of Taiwan have the right to decide their future. This is a view shared by all of the people of Taiwan. President Tsai hoped that the international community would work together to restrain China and curb its hegemonic expansion. The President stated that, as Taiwan's leader and president, she would be willing and have a responsibility to sit down and talk with the leader of the other side based on reciprocity, respect, and without political preconditions.

June 27, 2018
In response to irresponsible statements made by the Taiwan Affairs Office passing blame to Taiwan for the escalation of cross-Strait confrontation, the MAC stated that Beijing has repeatedly suppressed Taiwan's international space and sent planes and ships to provoke the security situation in the Taiwan Strait and militarily intimidate Taiwan. The Mainland also opposes universal values and the global order from a rigid world view based on lack of common sense on democracy and freedom. Its internal and external actions to advance hegemony and control under the guise of "maintaining sovereignty and security" cannot withstand the scrutiny of history and the people. The MAC stressed that the Republic of China (ROC) is a sovereign state. Beijing's "one China principle" leaves no space for the existence of the ROC. On this matter of national sovereignty and dignity, we will not give in easily. The MAC called on the other side to put away its hegemonic mindset, clearly recognize the cross-Strait reality, and promptly resolve differences with Taiwan through communication and dialogue without preconditions. This is the only way to usher in a win-win future.

June 27, 2018
In response to media reports that a mainland Chinese journalist was refused permission to be stationed in Taiwan, the MAC stressed that, while the government respects and protects freedom of the press, it will not allow Mainland journalists to spread disinformation with fake news. Taiwan is a democratic and free society that has always respected freedom of the press and been committed to maintaining normal cross-Strait media exchanges. The National Immigration Agency convened a joint review meeting with the relevant authorities and reached a decision on the Mainland journalist's application for permission to cover the news from Taiwan based on provisions of the Regulations Governing the Entry Permission to the Taiwan Area for the People from Mainland China and Guidelines for Entry by Mainland Area Reporters to the Taiwan Area for News Gathering. The MAC will continue in the future to maintain checks in conjunction with the relevant authorities to uphold the overall order of cross-Strait exchanges and promote the normal and orderly development of cross-Strait news media exchanges.

June 27, 2018
At a regular press conference regarding to the hope expressed by President Tsai Ing-wen during an interview with Agence France-Presse that the international community would restrain mainland China, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that statements by of the leader of the Taiwan mislead the public and are not based on facts. Their purpose is to create hostility between compatriots on both sides of the Strait, with the intent to increase the cross-Strait confrontation through reliance on foreign forces. This plot will not succeed.

June 28, 2018
At a regular press conference responded to a question regarding the holding of Taiwan-US at-sea medical emergency exercises in August and suggestions of the US’s military jointing Taiwan’s military exercises under the new version of the National Defense Authorization Act approved by the US Senate, Mainland Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Wu Qian said that the Mainland resolutely opposes any country developing any form of official contact and military ties with Taiwan. This position is clear and explicit. Relying on foreign forces is a dead end and using Taiwan to counter China is doomed to fail. Regarding reports that a People's Liberation Army (PLA) destroyer and frigate sailed southward through the eastern waters of Taiwan and lingered in the southwestern waters of Taiwan, he said that Taiwan is a part of China. Safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity is a sacred mission of the PLA. The Mainland will organize and carry out relevant training and actions according to developments and changes in the Taiwan Strait.

June 30, 2018
Regarding developments in Hong Kong in the 21 years since the handover, the MAC stated that mainland China has intervened in Hong Kong's domestic rule affairs on grounds of possessing full governance rights over Hong Kong. This has brought progress in implementing universal suffrage to a standstill, steadily deteriorated freedom of the press, and challenged judicial independence in Hong Kong. Freedom, democracy, human rights, and rule of law are universal values jointly cherished by Taiwan and Hong Kong. The government's consistent position has been to support democracy, freedom, stability, and prosperity in Hong Kong. The MAC called on Beijing to honor its promises, respect the right of Hong Kong to be governed by the people of Hong Kong, and respond positively to the demands of the people of Hong Kong for democracy and freedom. It also reiterated that Beijing's cliched "one country, two systems" formula only proves the defects of the one-party dictatorship of the Communist Party of China and fundamental incompatibility of democracy and authoritarianism. Public opinion in Taiwan has never accepted the "one country, two systems" proposition.

July 2, 2018
The Organic Act of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) was officially enacted and the renamed MAC began operations, turning a new page in the council's history.

July 3, 2018
During a meeting in Beijing with a Taiwan legislators exchange delegation led by Yao Eng-chi, Member of the Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Wang Yang stated that the Mainland's Taiwan policy is clear, consistent, and stable. The Mainland will not change its policy and ideas on promoting the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and boosting cross-Strait exchanges, cooperation, and a shared mindset. The Mainland will not waver in its firm will to deter "Taiwan independence" attempts and will not weaken the intensity of policies to do practical and good things for Taiwanese compatriots. Wang hoped to continuously deepen exchanges between CPPCC members and Taiwanese legislators, as well as to inspire more new forces to cement the foundation of public opinion for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

July 4, 2018
Tianjin City announced implementation of the Measures to Deepen Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Tianjin and Taiwan. The 52 articles of the measures include provisions on economic, social, and cultural exchanges and cooperation between Tianjin and Taiwan and Taiwanese compatriots interning, working, starting businesses, and living in Tianjin.

July 5, 2018
At the opening ceremony for the 11th Tianjin-Taiwan Trade Fair, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that the "one China" principle is the political foundation of cross-Strait relations. Adherence to the "1992 Consensus" that embodies the "one China" principle and opposition to "Taiwan independence" are the keys to ensuring the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. The situation in the Taiwan Strait is more complicated and grim. The Democratic Progressive Party administration refuses to recognize the "1992 Consensus," which embodies the "one-China" principle. Through its activities advancing "desinicization" and "incremental steps towards Taiwan independence," it deliberately obstructs exchanges and cooperation between compatriots on both sides and slides further down a dangerous road. These plots and actions seriously jeopardize cross-Strait relations and directly threaten peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. They cannot succeed.

July 5, 2018
At a regular press conference regarding the decision by Air India to change the reference of "Taiwan" into "Chinese Taipei" on its website, Mainland Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang stated that it is the basic requirement for any foreign enterprise operating in China to respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, abide by China's laws, and respect the national feelings of the Chinese people.

July 6, 2018
Kunshan, Jiangsu Province announced the Measures to Deepen Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Kunshan and Taiwan. The 68 articles of the measures include provisions on investment and economic cooperation, financial innovation cooperation, social and cultural exchanges and Taiwanese compatriots studying, interning, working, starting businesses, and living in Kunshan.

July 8, 2018
Jiangsu Province announced enactment of the Opinions on Implementation of the Measures to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation in Jiangsu Province. The 76 articles of the opinions include provisions on investment cooperation, technological innovation, employment and entrepreneurship, cultural exchange and living treatment.

July 8, 2018
In a speech presented at the opening ceremony for the first Cross-Straits Youth Development Forum, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that current cross-Strait situation is complex and grim. The Democratic Progressive Party authorities have strongly obstructed and limited cross-Strait exchanges and personnel contact by promoting "desinicization" and "progressive Taiwan independence," as well as by indulging the separatist activities of "Taiwan independence" forces. These plots and actions seriously jeopardize cross-Strait relations and seriously harm the fundamental interests of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, especially Taiwanese compatriots. Taiwan only has a future if cross-Strait relations are good. If cross-Strait relations improve and develop towards the achievement of reunification, Taiwan will have broad latitude to develop and Taiwan youth will have more and better opportunities and stages to grow.

July 9, 2018
Hubei Province announced implementation of the Opinions on Promoting Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation. The 62 articles include provisions to promote economic cooperation, encourage entrepreneurship and employment, strengthen cultural exchanges, and facilitate life.

July 9, 2018
At a regular press conference regarding the passage of two US destroyers through the Taiwan Strait, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying stated that the Taiwan issue bears on China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and is the most important and sensitive issue in China-US relations. The Mainland urges the US side to earnestly abide by the one-China principle and the stipulations in the three China-US joint communiqués and prudently and properly handle Taiwan-related issues, lest it should undermine China-US ties and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

July 13, 2018
During a meeting with a delegation of people from various sectors in Taiwan, led by former Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chan, Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping stated that the pursuit of a just cause and people's common aspirations is unstoppable. The Mainland has the confidence and ability to keep a firm hold on the correct direction, work for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and advance the process toward the peaceful reunification of China. He called on compatriots on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to work together to uphold the "1992 Consensus," which embodies the "one-China" principle, and to resolutely oppose and deter "Taiwan independence," expand and deepen cross-Strait exchange and cooperation in various fields, and improve the kinship among compatriots and their well-being.

July 13, 2018
At a symposium on "Sharing the Responsibility of the Chinese Nation, Working Together for National Revival"Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that the situation in the Taiwan Strait is grim and complex. The Democratic Progressive Party authorities have refused to recognize the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle, undermining the political foundation of cross-Strait relations. They have also obstructed and limited cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation by stubbornly promoting "desinicization"and "progressive Taiwan independence." They have pressured political parties, groups, and individuals acknowledging the "1992 Consensus," opposing "Taiwan independence," and supporting the reunification of China. They have also relied on foreign forces, stirred up trouble, and headed further down a dangerous road. The separatist activities of "Taiwan independence" forces, such as promoting a so-called "rectification of Taiwan's name at the Olympics," "drafting a new constitution," and holding a "referendum," harm the fundamental interests of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, especially the well-being of Taiwanese compatriots. This cannot succeed. Any external forces that play the "Taiwan card" are also bound to fail.

July 17, 2018
During a meeting with a cross-party delegation from the European Parliament, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that Taiwan's sincerity to hold dialogue and communicate with China will not change. However, we absolutely will not bow to pressure. Taiwan will remain committed to upholding freedom and democracy as a way of life and to defending our sovereignty. President Tsai expressed hope that the international community and Taiwan would stand together to defend the values of freedom and democracy.

July 17, 2018
The Executive Yuan promulgated amended provisions of the Regulations Governing the Trial Operation of Transportation Links Between Kinmen/Matsu/Penghu and the Mainland Area. The revised regulations provide a legal basis for subsidizing loss-making Mini-Three-Links routes, relax rules on navigation to the Mainland Area by fishing vessel registered in Kinmen or Matsu, and reduce the minimum number of members required for group tours via the Mini-Three-Links from five to three. The regulations will become effective from August 15, 2018.

July 17, 2018
Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province announced implementation of the Opinions on Deepening Implementation of Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Hangzhou and Taiwan. The 60 articles of the opinions include provisions on granting Taiwanese compatriots investing, learning, starting businesses, working, and living in Hangzhou treatment equal to that enjoyed by Hangzhou residents.

July 18, 2018
MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong presented a keynote speech on "Democracy and Freedom: The Cornerstones for Developing Cross-Strait Relations" at the international conference on “The Opportunities and Challenges of Cross-Strait Relations” in Washington, D.C. Minister Chen spoke on the direction of future efforts by the ROC government for cross-Strait relations, including: Taiwan is willing to consider future interactions between the two sides with a more open attitude, while ensuring national sovereignty and dignity; the two sides should mutually respect each other and work out rules for an orderly interaction; mainland China should stop hurting the feelings of the people of Taiwan through words and actions; and cross-Strait dialogue and communication should be promoted in any form and at any place without political preconditions.

July 18, 2018
At a regular press conference regarding the US visit by MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying stated that the Mainland firmly opposes official interactions between the US and Taiwan in any form and urges the US to abide by the one-China principle and the three joint communiques, prudently handle the Taiwan issue, and uphold the larger picture of the China-US relations with concrete actions.

July 19, 2018
Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying issued a statement at a regular press conference on comments by an official from the US Department of Defense during MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong's participation in a conference in Washington, D.C. She said that Taiwan is an important partner for the US's Indo-Pacific strategy. The Mainland urges the US to abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques and prudently handle the Taiwan issue.

July 23, 2018
In an interview with the US-based Cable News Network, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu stated that Taiwan is a democratic society with a democratically-elected government and congress that exist separately from China. He also emphasized that President Tsai Ing-wen is determined to "maintain the status quo" and work for peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He noted that the Chinese government says it wants to win the hearts and minds of the Taiwanese people, but its military intimidation and diplomatic suppression on Taiwan only increases the resentment of the Taiwanese people towards the Beijing government and have the opposite effect of pushing Taiwan further away from China.

July 23, 2018
Huai'an, Jiangsu Province promulgated the Implementation Measures for Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Huai'an and Taiwan. The 58 articles of the measures include provisions on economic and trade cooperation between Huai'an and Taiwan, business creation by Taiwanese compatriots, attraction of Taiwanese talent, social and cultural exchanges, and Taiwanese compatriots working, studying, interning, and living in Huai'an.

July 24, 2018
At the opening ceremony of the Ketagalan Forum: 2018 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that, in recent years, China has continued to employ sharp power to influence its neighbors, including conducting military exercises in this region and sending aircraft to circumnavigate Taiwan. It has also continued to poach Taiwan's allies and prevent Taiwan from engaging with the international community. It even uses its economic might to pressure multinational companies to change their designation of Taiwan. Taiwan has been at the forefront of defending our shared democratic values, which are the foundation of the existing order that leads to prosperity for all. Our challenge today is to find ways to work together, and ensure that our shared interests will survive and overcome any economic, political, or military coercion.

July 24, 2018
During a meeting with former US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, President Tsai Ing-wen emphasized that the people of Taiwan will not bow to China's pressure, nor will they abandon their precious democratic way of life. She said that Taiwan still believes in the power of dialogue and that the goodwill to engage in dialogue with China remains unchanged. As a responsible member of the international community, Taiwan will continue to work to maintain cross-Strait and regional peace and stability.

July 24, 2018
The Office of the President, Executive Yuan, and Taichung City Government expressed regret over and severely condemned China's pressure on the East Asian Olympic Committees (EAOC) to cancel the 2019 East Asian Youth Games to be hosted by Taichung City. The Office of the President issued a press release stating that, for many years, the government of China has repeatedly used every means at its disposal, including interference in the internal affairs of various countries, to limit Taiwan's space for international participation and the international survival and development of the people of Taiwan. That includes diplomatic suppression of all kinds, pressuring international airlines to change Taiwan's designation, and interfering with privately sponsored art activities for children. In recent years, China has even subjected sports events like the 2016 Paralympics for competitors with disabilities, and now the 2019 East Asian Youth Games, to the same cruel interference. To fully protect the rights and interests of the people, the government absolutely will not concede easily, and will support the Taichung City Government in continuing to fight for its rights. The MAC said that the Beijing-dominated EAOC revoked Taiwan's right to host the East Asian Youth Games in Taichung City due to a referendum initiated by a Taiwan civic organization to rectify the name of Taiwan's team at the Tokyo Olympics. This decision is entirely without reason or basis. It also shows disregard and ignorance of Taiwan's democratic process and further highlights Beijing's irrational actions to peremptorily pressure Taiwan in the international arena. It is an affront to every person of Taiwan and has had a serious negative impact on cross-Strait relations.

July 24, 2018
Shenzhen announced the Collected Policies on Implementation of the "31 Measures" in Shenzhen. The 99 policies were divided into 18 categories, including measures for equal treatment of Taiwanese compatriots studying, starting businesses, working, and living in Shenzhen.

July 24, 2018
At a regular press conference regarding mainland China's request that foreign airlines change the designation of Taiwan on their websites, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang stated that adhering to the one China principle is the political foundation of the steady development of China-US relations. It is also non-negotiable. The Mainland hopes that the US government will urge relevant businesses to abide by the one China principle and make corrections on their websites as soon as possible.

July 25, 2018
During a meeting with international academics participating in the Ketagalan Forum: 2018 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue, President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated that China's suppression will not change Taiwan's determination to engage with the world. Taiwan will continue to strengthen cooperation with like-minded countries, including by enhancing cooperation and connectivity between Taiwan and other countries in the Indo-Pacific region through the New Southbound Policy.

July 25, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities caused Taichung City's loss of hosting rights for the 2019 East Asian Youth Games through their politically self-interested indulgence of the so-called referendum to change Taiwan's name at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, challenging the "Olympic model" and ignoring the interests of Taiwan's athletes, sports community, and people as well as mainland China's repeated reminders. The decision of the East Asian Olympic Committee (EAOC) to cancel the East Asian Youth Games in Taichung was made inevitable by the promotion of the so-called "referendum" by the DPP authorities and "Taiwan independence" forces. Regarding ROC Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu's interview with U.S.-based Cable News Network, the spokesperson said that the Taiwan issue is China's internal affair and that the Mainland will never allow and will resolutely oppose external interference. The reliance of the DPP authorities on foreign forces will only exacerbate the turmoil in the Taiwan Strait and bring Taiwan to a dangerous path.

July 26, 2018
Mainland Ministry of National Defense spokesman Ren Guoqiang issued a statement at a regular press conference on the suggestion under the draft bill of the US National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 that the US and Taiwan strengthen military partnerships. He said that China firmly opposes official contacts and military exchanges in any form between any country and Taiwan. Relying on other countries is a dead end and any attempt to use Taiwan to contain China is doomed to failure. The Mainland urges the US side to abide by the one-China principle and the three joint communiqués between China and US and prudently handle Taiwan-related issues to prevent harming the military-to-military relationship between China and the US and cross-Strait peace and stability.

July 26, 2018
Guangdong Province announced implementation of the Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchange and Cooperation between Guangdong and Taiwan. The 48 articles of the measures include provisions on granting Taiwanese compatriots investing, starting businesses, working, studying, and living in Guangzhou the same treatment enjoyed by Guangdong businesses and residents, as well as promoting economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation between Guangdong and Taiwan.

July 29, 2018
The MAC issued a statement on the decision by the Kinmen County Government to inaugurate water supply diverted from mainland China to Kinmen on August 5. It noted that the water diversion project was funded by the Taiwan central government, Kinmen County Government, and mainland China and that the water service inauguration ceremony should naturally be joined by related personnel from the central government, Mainland China, and Kinmen County. It would be inappropriate to hold the ceremony at this time since personnel from the three sides are not attending. Therefore, there is no issue about a so-called "ceremony." The government can understand the value of the Mainland water diversion project to Kinmen since it involves a daily life issue that has long been promoted by Kinmen. Therefore, in terms of policy, the water service will begin on schedule without change and will not be affected by the lack of an "inauguration ceremony."

July 30, 2018
At a meeting with Liberal International President Juli Minoves Triquell, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that China continues to suppress Taiwan and threaten its free and democratic way of life. Due to pressure from China, the 2019 East Asian Youth Games originally awarded to Taiwan were cancelled. However, Taiwan will not bow to pressure. As a responsible member of the international community, it will continue to work to maintain regional peace and stability.

July 31, 2018
At a regular press conference regarding plans by President Tsai Ing-wen to transit in the US en route to Paraguay and Belize, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang stated that the Mainland has consistently opposed the arrangement of such kind of "stopover" in the US and other countries that have established diplomatic ties with China. The Mainland urges the US side to abide by the one-China policy and the principles stipulated by the three China-US joint communiqués, to not allow the Taiwanese leader to "transit," and refrain from sending any wrong signal to the "Taiwan independence" forces and to uphold the overall picture of China-US ties and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait with concrete actions.

August 2, 2018
During a regular press conference on the passage of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act by the US Senate, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang said that the Taiwan issue concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is the most important and sensitive issue at the core of China-US relations. China firmly opposes any official exchange and military contact between Taiwan and any country. It demands that the US abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués to properly handle Taiwan-related issues.

August 2, 2018
Zhuang Autonomous Region in Guangxi Province promulgated and implemented the Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Guangxi and Taiwan. The 80 articles of the measures include provisions to promote investment and economic cooperation, promote study, entrepreneurship, and employment, improve life conveniences, deepen social and cultural exchanges and cooperation, and promote the development of cooperation zones.

August 3, 2018
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release regarding an August 1 statement from the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group supporting restoration of Taiwan's right to host the 2019 East Asian Youth Games. It expressed sincere gratitude and stated that sports are borderless and out of politics. The ROC government will continue to call upon like-minded countries to take consistent and effective actions to counter China's political intervention in international sporting competitions and arbitrary actions to impose its ideology on international sports organizations to safeguard hard-won universal values of democracy, freedom, and human rights.

August 3, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated in regards to the passage of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act by the US Senate that the Taiwan issue concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. China firmly opposes any official exchange and military contact between the US and Taiwan. The Democratic Progressive Party authorities' attempt to rely on foreign forces will only heighten tension and unrest in the Taiwan Strait and make cross-Strait relations more complex and grim.

August 3, 2018
The State Council announced that work authorization requirements for residents of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao who are working in the Mainland will be eliminated.

August 5, 2018
The Kinmen County Government held an event to witness the start of cross-Strait water supply service to Kinmen. The MAC issued a press release conveying its blessings. However, it also strongly condemned Beijing for engaging in political shenanigans over an issue affecting the livelihood of the people with intention to blame Taiwan for the current cross-Strait predicament. The MAC stated that Beijing has, on the one hand, flagrantly constrained the participation of the Taiwanese people in international activities, while on the other hand advancing its united-front tactics aimed at roping in and integrating Taiwan. Beijing government is the instigator of the dark political agenda and should be responsible for sabotaging cross-Strait peace and harming the people's welfare and interests. The MAC also stressed that maintaining cross-Strait peace and stability is the joint responsibility of both sides. It again called on the other side to be rational and pragmatic, respect the cross-Strait reality and mainstream public opinion in Taiwan, resolve differences through communication and dialogue without preconditions, pragmatically communicate, and engage in consultations on matters concerning the rights and interests of the people. This is the only way to usher in a future of peace, stability, and mutual benefit.

August 5, 2018
In response to Kinmen County Government Magistrate Chen Fu-hai’s comments about that the central government had demanded that the county government delay the start of cross-Strait water service and subsequent related statements regarding an electricity link and bridge link between Kinmen and the Mainland, the MAC said that the central government has always supported the Mainland to Kinmen water diversion and provided NT$1.35 billion to  promote the project. The central government has never demanded a delay in the start of water service, which should not be confused with the delay of the ceremony for the inauguration of water service. The Mainland has persistently suppressed Taiwan, resorted to a carrot-and-stick strategy, and made the ceremony part of its political calculations. It is hoped that the ceremony can be delayed since the timing is in fact inappropriate. Regarding the cross-strait electricity and bridge links, though Kinmen has long enjoyed local initiative, such matters are not completely in Taiwan's hands. These construction projects involve cross-Strait coordination and communication, the future development of cross-Strait relations, and other complex and sensitive issues with far-reaching impact. They are not matters of local self-government and still needed to be weighed overall and prudently assessed.

August 5, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated during a ceremony to inaugurate water service from Fujian to Kinmen that some people in Taiwan have, for shady political purposes, gone so far as to create unwarranted obstacles and troubles for the ability of the people to promptly resolve their water problems. They disregard the overwhelming public opinion in Taiwan and deviate from the interests of the people of Taiwan. They will inevitably reap what they have sown.

August 8, 2018
Mainland China announced the Implementation of the Measures to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation in Jiangsu Province. The 60 articles of the measures include provisions on providing equal treatment to Taiwan-funded enterprises and Taiwan compatriots.

August 8, 2018
The Mainland city of Nanjing announced the Measures on Deepening Convenience Services for Taiwan Compatriots Studying, Working, Traveling, and Living in Nanjing. The 75 articles of the measures include provisions for services to Taiwan compatriots, their children, and Taiwanese youth studying, working, traveling, and living in Nanjing.

August 12, 2018
Mainland China announced the Opinions on the Implementation of the Measures to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation in Fuzhou. The 68 articles of the measures include provisions on expanding Fuzhou-Taiwan economic and trade cooperation, supporting internship, employment, and entrepreneurship by Taiwan compatriots in Fuzhou, deepening cultural exchanges between Fuzhou and Taiwan, and providing conveniences for Taiwan compatriots living and working in Fuzhou.

August 14, 2018
Mainland Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang stated in regards to the signing of the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act by US President Donald Trump that the Mainland urges the US to discard the Cold War mentality and zero-sum game mindset, view China and China-US relations in an objective way, abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques and refrain from implementing the relevant negative China-related provisions, lest it should undermine the China-US relations and bilateral cooperation in key areas. Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang indicated that the Mainland resolutely opposes any form of official contact or military ties between the US and Taiwan and resolutely opposes US arms sales to Taiwan. The Mainland urges the US to not implement such provisions. It also warns the Democratic Progressive Party authorities that by relying on foreign forces they will only harm the interests of the Taiwanese people.

August 14, 2018
The Mainland city of Weifang, Shandong Province promulgated and implemented the Measures to further Deepen Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Weifang and Taiwan. The 80 articles of the measures include provisions on economic exchanges and cooperation, culture exchanges and cooperation, and Taiwan compatriots studying, interning, working, starting businesses, and living in Weifang.

August 15, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang remarked on the high school history curriculum passed by Taiwan's Ministry of Education and inclusion of Chinese history as a part of East Asian history. He said that both sides belong to "one China." No "de-sinicization" moves can separate the connections of history and culture across the Strait. "Taiwan independence" separatist activities forget the origins of Taiwan and will be more strongly restrained and combated by by compatriots on both sides

August 15, 2018
Shandong Province announced the Measures on Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Shandong and Taiwan. The 56 articles of the measures include provisions promoting economic cooperation and cultural and educational exchange between Shandong and Taiwan and assisting Taiwan compatriots studying, starting businesses, working, and living in Shandong.

August 16, 2018
The MAC stated that the Information Office of mainland China's State Council announced the Measures on the Application and Issuance of Residence Permits for Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan Residents at a recent press conference. It also said that the Mainland would grant residence permit holders from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao more rights, public services, and other conveniences, including the right to participate in social insurance and labor and employment rights. The MAC believes that such measures are part of the Mainland's united-front strategy of equal treatment. In recent years, the mainland Chinese government has been implementing the Skynet Project to comprehensively monitor the population. The Mainland claims that the "residence permit" uses the same technical standards as the resident identity card. The permit could create definite risks for Taiwanese people planning to work or study in mainland China. The MAC reminded the public to be especially wary.

August 16, 2018
The MAC announced the results of a routine public opinion survey showing that the recent increase of political and military intimidation and diplomatic suppression of Taiwan by mainland China cannot win the approval of the Taiwanese people. More than 80% of the public believe that mainland China's use of political factors to cancel the 2019 East Asian Youth Games in Taichung City (82.4%) and demands that foreign airlines change the designation of Taiwan on their websites (85.2%) are not conducive to cross-Strait relations. Nearly 70% of the public do not identify with mainland China's repeatedly stressed position that "the two sides belong to one China" is a political precondition to cross-Strait interaction and Taiwan's international participation (68.2%). Nearly 60% of the public believe that the Mainland's emphasis on "one family across the Strait" while continuing to suppress Taiwan militarily and in diplomacy amounts to saying one thing but doing another (57.8%). Nearly 70% of the public approve the government's continued efforts to win support in the international community for Taiwan's right to international participation in the face of mainland China's long-term suppression of Taiwan's international space (68.6%). More than 80% of the public support the government's position that cross-Strait related exchanges and activities should exclude political thinking, maintain equality and dignity, and comply with the law (82.5%), and that the two sides should respect each other and resolve differences through communication and dialogue without preconditions (82.9%), as well as feel that Taiwan's future and the development of cross-Strait relations must be decided by the 23 million people of Taiwan (86.1%). More than 60% of the public support President Tsai Ing-wen's position that Taiwan will strive to maintain the status quo of cross-Strait peace and stability and make a greater contribution to a free and open Indo-Pacific region (61.1%). Regarding other cross-Strait issues long observed by the MAC, the MAC indicated that the great majority of the public continue to advocate "maintaining the status quo defined in a broader sense" (85.8%), maintaining a stable long-term trend. As for views on the pace of cross-Strait exchanges, 35.1% of the public believe it to be "just right," followed by the percentages believing the pace to be "too fast" and "too slow" at 8.4% and 42.9% respectively.

August 16, 2018
During a press conference held by the State Council Information Office on measures to facilitate residence documentation for residents of Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, Taiwan Affairs Office Deputy Director Long Mingbiao stated that the biggest difference between the residence permit for Taiwan residents and the Taiwan Compatriot Travel Certificate is that the residence permit is an identification document for Taiwan compatriots studying, working, and living in the Mainland. It cannot be used to enter or exit the Mainland. The Taiwan Compatriot Travel Certificate, by comparison, is the only document that Taiwan residents can use to enter and exit the Mainland. The residence permits adopt the same technical standards as those used in the resident identity cards. This ensures that they are compatible with all ID-reading terminals and equipment in social and public service systems and provide the same daily use experience as IDs. The new permits have numerous features that cannot be implemented with the Taiwan Compatriot Travel Certificate.

August 19, 2018
The State Council General Office issued a notification on the Measures on the Application and Issuance of Residence Permits for Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan Residents. The measures have 21 articles and will become effective on September 1.

August 20, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding President Tsai Ing-wen's visit to the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Mainland Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang stated in that the Mainland urges the US to strictly abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques. The Taiwan separatist forces should not be aided nor be given any space or conveniences on the international stage. The Mainland firmly opposes any country, including the US, that has diplomatic ties with China engaging in any official interaction with Taiwan.

August 21, 2018
President Tsai Ing-wen stated in regards to the severing of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and El Salvador that the termination of diplomatic ties is not an isolated incident. These are all part of a series of diplomatic and military acts of coercion. That includes sending military aircraft to encircle Taiwan, forcing international airlines to change their designation for Taiwan, depriving Taichung City of its right to host the East Asian Youth Games, and the recent 85°C café incident. China has never loosened its grip. Its suppression has only become all-pervasive. Today China's demands and actions have crossed the bottom line for all of Taiwan's major political parties. Now is not the time to compare cross-Strait policies. Now is the time to come together as one, and join forces to defend the shared bottom line of our national sovereignty. Undermining our conduct of diplomatic relations in the name of the Republic of China (Taiwan) violates that bottom line. Pressuring our diplomatic allies to sever ties with the Republic of China (Taiwan) encroaches on our sovereignty. The existence of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is the status quo. It is the greatest common denominator, and the foundation of unity among Taiwan's people. Our unity sends a clear message to China, so they won't misjudge the bottom line of Taiwan's people, or indulge in wishful thinking that they can sow discord between different political parties and political figures.

August 21, 2018
The MAC issued a solemn statement strongly protesting and condemning the Chinese authorities for wresting away and establishing diplomatic relations with Taiwan's ally El Salvador. It stressed that the other side has disregarded the ROC government's continued expression of goodwill for peaceful dialogue and repeatedly sought to pressure and humiliate Taiwan. This is the root cause of the turmoil sabotaging peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the broader region. The MAC reiterated that the ROC government will staunchly defend its sovereignty and dignity, as well as the interests and well-being of the people. Taiwan will keep its course in conducting the cross-Strait affairs. Taiwan has firm conviction to its capability for self-defense. It also has a democratic system to guard itself against Beijing's peremptory behavior. We warn the other side to never attempt to arbitrarily trample on the dignity and will to survive of the people of Taiwan. Our conviction is firm. Taiwan will never yield to pressure.

August 21, 2018
Mainland China's Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and El Salvador's Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda held talks in Beijing and signed a joint communique establishing diplomatic relations between the People's Republic of China and Republic of El Salvador. Wang Yi said that adhering to the one-China principle is a universally recognized international norm and the consensus of the international community, as well as the fundamental foundation for China to establish and develop relations with any country. El Salvador made a political decision to recognize and commit to abiding by the "one-China principle" and to establish diplomatic ties with China without any preconditions recognition. This again proves that adhering to the "one China" principle corresponds with international justice and is the right choice consistent with the times. It is also a shared aspiration of the people and a general trend.

August 21, 2018
The Mainland city of Chongqing promulgated and implemented the Measures on Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Chongqing and Taiwan. The 58 articles of the measures include provisions on economic exchanges and cooperation, social and cultural exchanges and cooperation, and Taiwan compatriots studying, interning, working, starting businesses, and living in Chongqing.

August 22, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding a US State Department statement that the US is deeply disappointed by El Salvador's decision to break its diplomatic ties with Taiwan, Mainland Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said that the US established its diplomatic ties with China almost 40 years ago. But now it is threatening another sovereign country not to recognize the one-China principle and develop normal relations with China while allowing Tsai Ing-wen to stop over and attend activities in the US. These actions by the US are entirely unreasonable. China urges the US to strictly abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques, view the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and El Salvador in an objective way, cautiously and properly handle Taiwan-related issues, and make sure that no wrong signal is sent out to the Taiwan independence forces so as to avoid damaging China-US cooperation and cross-Strait peace and stability.

August 23, 2018
President Tsai Ing-wen met with the new director of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan William Brent Christensen. She stated that China is using every conceivable means to increase pressure on Taiwan. This includes a series of coercive moves like the El Salvador incident two days ago, forcing private-sector airlines to remove "Taiwan" from their websites, and even revoking our right to host an international sports competition. China's actions not only restrict Taiwan's international space, but have already undermined peace and stability throughout the region. Given the situation, we need like-minded countries to voice their concern about China's behavior within the region. That includes oppressing Taiwan by all means possible, changing the status quo, subverting the rules-based international order, and even interfering in other countries' domestic affairs.

August 23, 2018
During a speech presented at the opening ceremony for the 21st Beijing-Taiwan Science and Technology Forum, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi said that improving cross-Strait relations is the starting point and foothold for "one family across the Strait," a "cross-Strait common destiny," and other important principles. Obstructing and undermining cross-Strait exchanges, attempting to sever the historical and cultural links between the two sides, engaging in "de-sinicization" and "Taiwan independence" separatist activities, and persecuting and pressuring forces of justice opposing "Taiwan independence" and supporting unification harm the fundamental interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait and hurt the vital interests of Taiwan compatriots. Such actions are bound to fail.

August 23, 2018
The Mainland Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security promulgated the Decision on Abolishing the "Provisions on the Administration of the Employment of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Residents in the Mainland." It also issued a notice on matters related to employment of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao residents in the Mainland.

August 24, 2018
During a meeting with Admiral Scott H. Swift, former Commander of the US Pacific Fleet, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that over the past few years, China has been actively expanding its military power, and its military and economic clout pose a threat to countries throughout the region. China's naval and air forces have held maneuvers in the seas around Taiwan. China has also repeatedly squeezed Taiwan's international space. All of these things have undermined regional peace and stability. Maintaining security and stability in the Taiwan Strait and within the region is a goal that Taiwan and the United States share. China is continuously escalating its suppression of Taiwan. Taiwan and like-minded countries such as the United States should be cooperating even more closely and play a more active role in regional security matters.

August 24, 2018
The MAC issued a press release stating that MAC Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng visited Japan and South Korea for exchanges. He explained Taiwan's cross-Strait policy at related institutions and think tanks in the two countries and emphasized that a peaceful and stable cross-Strait relationship is an important link in building regional security and prosperity in East Asia. Taiwan will never yield to the recent repeated pressure from Beijing. Such pressuring also cannot change the objective fact that the Republic of China is a sovereign state. Deputy Minister Chiu stressed that mainland China is engaging in "sharp power plunder" around the world, whether by interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, or by undermining the international market order. The Mainland has created a high degree of instability in the world. The international community should heed and prevent the expansion of this hegemonic power. The MA also called on mainland China to immediately stop its repeated military threats and diplomatic suppression against Taiwan. In its Taiwan policy, the Mainland should face the cross-Strait reality, respect Taiwan, and promptly resolve differences with Taiwan through communication and dialogue. This is the only approach beneficial to the development of positive cross-Strait interaction.

August 24, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding a statement released by the White House on El Salvador's decision to establish diplomatic relations with Beijing, Mainland Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang stated that El Salvador established diplomatic ties with China on the basis of the one-China principle. It is justified and aboveboard. China urges the US to view the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and El Salvador in an objective way, respect other countries' independent right to determine their domestic and foreign affairs, and stop hegemonic behavior.

August 27, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding claims by a Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker that the El Salvador and mainland China established diplomatic relations because the Mainland accepted El Salvador's financial aid demands, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying said that the "one-China" principle is by no means a bargaining chip and will never become one. The relevant person who claimed the so-called "checkbook diplomacy" is fabricating something out of thin air and deceiving himself.

August 30, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding United Airlines' website showing that Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong can be selected as locations according to the currency, mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying said that there is only "one China" in the world and Taiwan is part of China. This is the objective fact, common sense and international consensus. It also lays out a basic principle for foreign companies operating in China to follow. However flexible they may try to get, there is simply no way to sidestep the "one-China" principle.

August 30, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding suggestions by former U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Dennis Blair that Japan and Taiwan patrol the coastal areas of the Chinese Mainland or launch simulated attacks on the aircraft carrier Liaoning circling Taiwan, mainland China's Ministry of National Defense spokesman Wu Qian said that provoking a cross-Strait military confrontation and destroying the China-Japan relationship is irresponsible and dangerous. Taiwan is part of China. Any attempt to resist reunification through force and violence is overrated and will lead nowhere.

September 1, 2018
The MAC announced an "Explanation on Mainland China's Comprehensive Promotion of a Policy Allowing Taiwanese People to Apply for Residence Permits since September 1." It indicated that people who apply for a Mainland residence permit without violating Article 9-1 of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area will not need to cancel their household registration in Taiwan. However, the residence permit policy is a part of the Mainland's united front strategy against Taiwan. It is "nominally favorable to Taiwan but actually benefits China." Its political intention is to "internalize" Taiwan. The Republic of China is a sovereign state. The government is determined to safeguard national sovereignty and safeguard the interests and well-being of the people. The MAC called on the Mainland to give up its united front tactic of saying one thing but meaning another. This is the only way to usher in a future of peace, stability, and mutual benefit.

September 1, 2018
In response to reports that Taiwan residents applying for Mainland residence permits may need to pay tax on global personal income, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that applying for a residence permit will not change the tax status or tax liabilities of Taiwan compatriots in the Mainland, nor will residence permit holders in the Mainland bear tax liabilities on income earned abroad.

September 1, 2018
The Mainland's Ministry of Transport issued an "Announcement by the China Maritime Safety Administration on Registration of Taiwan Compatriots for Mainland Seafarer Examinations." From September 1, 2018, Taiwan compatriots with valid residence permits for Taiwan residents in the Mainland or Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents can apply to take seafarer examinations at the Mainland maritime management agency in charge of the relevant exam.

September 3, 2018
Sichuan Province announced implementation of the Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Sichuan and Taiwan. The 70 measures include provisions to expand economic and trade cooperation, provide policy support, and strengthen cultural exchanges.

September 4, 2018
During a meeting with a delegation from the University of Tokyo's cross-Strait relations research group led by Professor Yasuhiro Matsuda, President Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan's position has never changed. Taiwan will always fulfill its regional security responsibilities by maintaining stable, consistent, and predictable cross-Strait relations. However, responsibility for maintaining the status quo is not Taiwan's alone. China has dispatched military aircraft and naval vessels to circle Taiwan, prevented Taiwan from taking part in international activities, and even lured away Taiwan's diplomatic allies. These acts are all attempts to undermine the status quo and introduce uncertainty into the cross-Strait relationship, posing a threat to regional peace and stability.

September 4, 2018
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping presided the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) at the Great Hall of the People. The forum approved the Beijing Declaration—Toward an Even Stronger China-Africa Community with a Shared Future. African FOCAC members pledged to continue to firmly observe the "one China" principle and support the grand undertaking of China's unification.

September 5, 2018
Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province announced the "Opinions on Encouraging and Supporting Young Talent in Taiwan to Work and Start Businesses in Xuzhou." The opinions covered measures to encourage and support the employment and entrepreneurship of young talent from Taiwan.

September 5, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding Nauru's interference with the Chinese delegation attending the 30th Pacific Islands Forum, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying said that the one-China principle is part of the well-recognized norms governing international relations and a consensus shared by the international community. Any attempt to create "two Chinas" or "one China or one Taiwan" will be rejected and is doomed to fail. The Mainland advised Nauru to have a clear grasp of the overarching trend, correct its mistakes, and stop working against the trend of the times.

September 6, 2018
In a report on the implementation results of the "Eight Strategies for a Stronger Taiwan: Responses to Mainland China's 31 Taiwan-Related Measures," the MAC indicated that mainland China's two-pronged strategy against Taiwan has created a national security challenge for Taiwan. The Mainland recently has raised the banners of "one China principle" and "anti-independence." On the one hand, it has engaged in military intimidation, diplomatic coercion, and political suppression against Taiwan, while on the other hand it has advanced a policy of "assimilating Taiwan" through economic absorption and wooing the Taiwanese people in the name of promoting cross-Strait economic and social integration. Through "equal treatment" and other preferential means, the "31 Taiwan-related measures" strategically induce the people of Taiwan to give up their right to self-determination and ultimately pay the price of losing their democracy, freedom, and human rights. This presents a tremendous national security challenge for Taiwan. The MAC will continue, in conjunction with other relevant agencies, to track and understand the impact and changing dynamics of the Mainland's related measures and actions, as well as strengthen response measures.

September 6, 2018
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) issued a press release on the introduction of 2018 Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act by Cory Gardner, chairman of the US Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, on September 4 (US Eastern Standard Time). The ministry sincerely thanked the senators introducing the act for taking concrete legislative action and expressing full support for a democratic and free Taiwan and Taiwan-US relations. MOFA will closely watch the progress and deliberations of the bill. It will also continue to maintain close communication and contact with the U.S. government to ensure peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and region.

September 10, 2018
Jiashan County, Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province promulgated and implemented "Opinions on Strengthening Exchanges and Cooperation and Promoting Integrated Development between Jiashan and Taiwan." The 50 opinions covered economic and trade investment, entrepreneurship, innovation, work, and daily life.

September 10, 2018
Zhuhai, Guangdong Province announced "Measures on Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Zhuhai and Taiwan." The 52 measures covered deepening economic and trade cooperation, promoting social and cultural exchanges, supporting the study, internship, employment, and entrepreneurship of Taiwan compatriots, and providing life conveniences for Taiwan compatriots.

September 10, 2018
During a regular press conference on the US State Department's decision to recall diplomats from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang reminded the relevant country to not forget the fact that it established diplomatic ties with the People's Republic of China decades ago on the basis of acknowledging the one-China principle. It should adopt a correct view of other countries' establishment of diplomatic ties with China, cautiously and properly handle Taiwan-related issues, and refrain from further saying or doing anything irresponsible for the sake of its own image and cross-Strait peace and stability.

September 12, 2018
During a regular press conference on measures taken by the US to support Taiwan and help Taiwan secure diplomatic relations, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that the US remarks and approach peremptorily interfere in the internal affairs of other countries and seriously violate pledges on the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques. The Democratic Progressive Party authorities will ultimately pay the price for relying on foreign powers. Regarding the push by Taiwan independence camp Formosa Alliance for approval of a referendum changing the name of the Republic of China to Taiwan, he said that not a single inch of territory can be separated from the motherland of China. The Mainland will never tolerate trouble from "Taiwan independence" forces. All plots for "Taiwan independence" are bound to fail.

September 12, 2018
In a speech presented at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Zhejiang-Taiwan Cooperation Week, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi said that the Mainland is guided by the conviction that both sides of the Strait are all part of the same family. The Mainland will adopt a people-centered development mindset and continue to introduce and promote the "31 measures" on cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation. Residence permits for Taiwan residents, support for the transformation and upgrading of Taiwan-funded enterprises, and other measures have been effective and are welcomed by the great number of Taiwan compatriots and enterprises. The Mainland provides support for overseas Taiwan compatriots who have suffered from natural disaster and war. The motherland provides strong backing for Taiwan compatriots.

September 12, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Director Liu Jieyi presented a plaque for 23 newly established cross-Strait youth employment and entrepreneurship bases and demonstration sites in Ningbo. The TAO has established 76 such bases and demonstration sites in Beijing and 19 other Mainland provinces and cities.

September 12, 2018
Jiangsu Province promulgated and implemented the "Opinions on Deepening Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Jiangsu and Taiwan." The 76 opinions cover support for synergy among Taiwan-funded enterprises to increase quality, expanding talent exchange and cooperation, deepening social and cultural integration, and progressively providing Taiwan compatriots with equal treatment in learning, employment, entrepreneurship, and life.

September 12, 2018
Yancheng, Jiangsu Province announced the "Measures on Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Yancheng and Taiwan." The 50 measures include providing Taiwan compatriots with the same treatment enjoyed by Mainland compatriots in investment, employment, entrepreneurship, and daily life and deepening economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation.

September 13, 2018
The MAC issued a statement on the introduction of "residence permits" by mainland China. It said that Beijing aims to induce Taiwanese people to apply for a "residence permit" under the slogan of providing "convenience for the people." It is also deliberately attempting to circumvent Taiwan's single household registration legal system under the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area. The permits are in fact part of the Mainland's progressive extension of substantive control over the people of Taiwan and advancement of unification under the position that "both sides are part of one China." It completely disrespects public opinion in Taiwan and has the clear political intention of changing the status quo across the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan will never accept this. Receiving a residence permit is nearly equivalent to gaining citizenship in mainland China. The political rights and obligations granted depend solely on the Beijing's whims. Therefore, the issuance of residence permits is essentially intended as an attack against the interpretation of "obtaining household registration in the mainland" under Taiwan's Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area. It challenges Taiwan's legal bottom line on differences between the identity of the people on the two sides. Taiwan cannot allow this to deliberately confuse and undermine the legal order in Taiwan.

September 13, 2018
Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaushieh Joseph Wu presented a prerecorded video address on "Democratic Taiwan will Win" at the Global Taiwan Institute (GTI) Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. He said that, Taiwan faces increasingly intensive, unreasonable, and persistent pressuring from China, from coercing international airlines to change their designation of Taiwan and retaliating against Japanese media publishing interviews with Minister Wu to threatening the University of Salamanca in Spain to cancel its "Taiwan Culture Day" activity. The real problem is China, not Taiwan. China's intimidation and oppression of Taiwan affects Taiwan and endangers regional security and balance of power. It also harms the core values of global freedom and democracy.

September 13, 2018
Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province announced the "Regulations on Implementation of the Measures to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation in Jiaxing." The 48 provisions cover advancing development of high quality Taiwan capital hubs and encouraging and supporting business creation and innovation by Taiwan compatriots, with a focus on creating an environment in which Taiwan compatriots can live in peace and work happily.

September 13, 2018
During a regular press conference on reports that officials in Taiwan have said that China and the Vatican are close to making a deal on diplomatic recognition, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang said that China and the Vatican have maintained effective contact all along. China is always sincere about improving its ties with the Vatican and has been making unremitting efforts to that end. The Mainland stands ready to work with the Vatican to ensure that our bilateral constructive dialogues and the improvement of bilateral ties could continue to achieve new progress.

September 14, 2018
The MAC issued a press release on mainland China's frame-up of Taiwanese persons for engaging in espionage. It stated that Taiwan is a society of democracy, freedom, and the rule of law. The government's policy on allowing Mainland students to study in Taiwan is focused on improving campus diversity and promoting awareness and understanding between young people on both sides of the Strait. Mainland students also enjoy freedom and human rights protections in Taiwan. The MAC demanded that the Mainland stop politically manipulating Mainland students coming to Taiwan and interfering with the operation of Taiwan's democratic and free society under the rule of law. The Mainland should stop its persistent method of using an authoritarian and totalitarian society and incrimination to prevent Mainland students from studying in Taiwan. If the Mainland insists on such manipulation, it will increase doubts and misunderstanding between the two sides and harm the development of cross-Strait relations.

September 15, 2018
Shaanxi Province announced the "Opinions on the Implementation of Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Shaanxi and Taiwan." The 60 opinions include views on promoting economic cooperation and cultural exchange, encouraging entrepreneurship and employment, and providing conveniences for Taiwan compatriots studying and living in Shaanxi.

September 16, 2018
The MAC issued a press release stating that mainland China has successively passed a Counterespionage Law, National Security Law, Cybersecurity Law, Law on the Administration of Activities of Overseas Non-Governmental Organizations within the Territory of China, National Intelligence Law, and other so-called national security laws in an unbridled attempt to expand the scope of actions considered to endanger national security. In addition to strengthening internal control demands, the Mainland is also continually extending espionage abroad. Mainland China continues its political manipulation through inappropriate media propaganda, malicious framing, and baseless accusations. Taiwan calls on the Mainland to wake up before it is too late in order to prevent further adversely affecting cross-Strait relations.

September 16, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that Taiwan spy agencies have been targeting the Mainland for some time. They have deliberately stepped up espionage, infiltration, and sabotage activities against the Mainland. The Mainland demands that Taiwan immediately stop such activities and avoid further harm to increasingly complex and serious cross-Strait relations.

September 17, 2018
The MAC issued a press release expressing condolences and concern for the hundreds of people injured and the heavy damages caused by Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong, Macao, and Guangdong and Guangxi in mainland China. It also said that Taiwan stands ready to provide any necessary assistance.

September 20, 2018
During a meeting with a delegation from the Atlantic Council, a think tank based in Washington, D.C., President Tsai Ing-wen said that China has recently continued to suppress Taiwan, including dispatching fighter jets to circle Taiwan, luring away our diplomatic allies, obstructing Taiwan's international participation, and depriving Taiwan of its right to host the East Asian Youth Games. In facing these challenges, Taiwan will not bow to pressure. China has also continued to use the Internet to maliciously spread false information in an attempt to influence international public opinion. This new type of maneuvering through political influence has already had a negative impact on the operation of democratic countries. Taiwan hopes that the international community will pay attention and stay vigilant.

September 20, 2018
In a speech presented at the "2018 Cross-Strait Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Seminar" in Kunshan, Jiangsu, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi said that "Taiwan independence" forces and the Democratic Progressive Party authorities have tried to intimidate Taiwan compatriots who voluntarily apply for residence permits. This harms the shared interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait and the immediate interests of the vast number of Taiwan compatriots. Such behavior is unpopular and destined to fail.

September 21, 2018
During a joint press conference in Dominican Republic with Dominican Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas, Mainland State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the political forces now in power in the Taiwan area have not stopped advocating for Taiwan independence. The actions of the Democratic Progressive Party undermine the status quo of acknowledging that both sides belonging to one country and that ties between Taiwan and China are not "state-to-state relations." This not only hinders the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, but also undermines peace and stability in the region.

September 22, 2018
The MAC issued a press release regarding the signing of a provisional agreement between China and the Vatican on the appointment of bishops. It stated that the Mainland authorities continue to strictly control religion and deprive the people of their basic human right to freedom of faith, causing intense suffering for adherents of all religions. It is hoped that the agreement can lead to real improvements in the appointments of Catholic bishops in mainland China and to pastoral and religious freedom, as well as prevent political interference, suppression, and other thorny issues. The MAC also stressed that the government will continue to watch the implementation of the agreement and religious development in mainland China, as well as strengthen cross-Strait religious culture exchanges and interactions to protect the basic human right to freedom of religion and promote communion between the Mainland church and universal church.

September 22, 2018
Mainland Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Chao and Vatican delegation leader Under-Secretary for Relations with States Antoine Camilleri held talks in Beijing and signed a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops. China and the Vatican will remain in contact and promote relations between the two sides to improve progress on continued forward development.

September 25, 2018
During a meeting with a delegation of scholars and experts from the Project 2049 Institute, President Tsai Ing-wen said that China has recently stepped up pressure on Taiwan, triggering international attention. This proves that China's series of suppressive acts against Taiwan has affected the cross-Strait status quo and challenged regional peace and stability. As a responsible member of international society, Taiwan has been striving to maintain the cross-Strait status quo and ensure regional peace, prosperity, and growth. It is also actively pursuing self-sufficiency in national defense and strengthening combat and defense capabilities to safeguard national security.

September 25, 2018
MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong presented a speech at the 2018 Mid-Autumn Festival Gathering of Taiwanese Businessmen's Associations. He said the government understands that Taiwanese people hold "residence permits" in the Mainland for economic or daily life convenience. The government will handle such matters leniently. However, the government will also rigorously block the hidden political agenda behind the Mainland's "residence permits," as well as continue to communicate with the public and listen to opinions from all sides on this matter. In addition, mainland China continues to provoke Taiwan through increased military, political, and diplomatic pressure. It has also intensified united front efforts to coopt the people of Taiwan. In the face of this new situation and possible developments, the government will continue to safeguard national sovereignty. Its commitment and goodwill to mainland China will not change. The MAC called on the Mainland to adopt forward-looking and innovative thinking, break away from negative perceptions and behavior, resolve differences with Taiwan through dialogue and communication, and establish a new model of interaction. Only then can the two sides develop constructive and mutually beneficial relations.

September 25, 2018
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) issued a press release on the US government's approval of a US$330 arms sale to Taiwan. It stated that the US continues to provide defensive weapons to Taiwan based on the Taiwan Relations Act and "Six Assurances." This is a foundation for maintaining regional stability. Arms sales help to strengthen Taiwan's self-defense capabilities and ensure peace in the Taiwan Strait. The MND expressed gratitude to the US for its decision on the arms sales.

September 25, 2018
During a regular press conference on US plans to sell military equipment to Taiwan, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang said that the US arms sales to Taiwan severely violates the international law, the basic norms governing international relations, the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués and undermines China's sovereignty and security interests. The Chinese side urges the US side to earnestly abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués, immediately cancel the above-mentioned plan on arms sales to Taiwan, and stop its military links with Taiwan lest it should cause more harm to China-US ties and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

September 25, 2018
Mainland Ministry of National Defense spokesman Ren Guoqiang stated in regards to the announced US arms sales to Taiwan that Taiwan is part of China. The "one China" principle is the political foundation of China-US relations. The Mainland firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan. The US action severely violates the one-China principle and the three joint communiqués between China and the US. It also interferes with China's internal affairs, harms China's sovereignty and security interests, and seriously damages military relations between China and the US and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The Mainland strongly demands that the US immediately cancel the related arms sales to Taiwan and stop arms sales to Taiwan and US-Taiwan military relations to avoid further damaging China-US military relations and cross-Strait peace and stability.

September 26, 2018
During a regular press conference on President Tsai Ing-wen's claim that the Mainland sowed social discord in Taiwan by fabricating "fake information" during Taiwan's local elections, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that the Democratic Progressive Party authorities, to disguise their ineffective administration and divert people’s criticism, have manipulated hostility and opposition to the Mainland, which has undermined cross-Strait relations. These statements and practices are the real "fake news" fabricated and spread. Regarding the MAC's claim that allegations of using money to lure Mainland students to collect intelligence is "pure imagination," he said that Taiwan spy agency has used despicable means to latch onto naive young Mainland students studying in Taiwan. This has seriously harmed the rights and interests of Mainland students, as well as gravely damaged cross-Strait educational exchanges. The Mainland demanded that the relevant parties in Taiwan immediately stop all infiltration and sabotage activities that endanger national security and effectively protect the safety of Mainland students. Regarding former American Institute in Taiwan Director William A. Stanton's statement that the US will intervene if the Mainland militarily attacks Taiwan without provocation from Taiwan, the spokesperson said that the Taiwan question is China's internal affair. The Mainland firmly opposes interference by any external power. Taiwan's future should be jointly decided by the more than 1.3 billion people of China, including Taiwan compatriots. The Mainland is steadfast in its determination to protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity. It will never allow "Taiwan independence" separatist forces to divide Taiwan from China in any form or under any name.

September 27, 2018
The Executive Yuan passed draft amendments to Article 93-1 of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area. The changes raise the ceiling on fines for unauthorized Mainland investment in Taiwan and subject Mainland financed enterprises circumventing inspection by the competent authority to penalties. The amendments are aimed at stopping illegal Mainland capital investment or violations. The draft will be submitted to the Legislative Yuan for deliberation.

September 27, 2018
Regarding the announcement of amendments to the "Regulations Governing Permission of Entry to Taiwan by People of the Mainland" by Taiwan's National Immigration Agency, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that the Democratic Progressive Party authorities are trying to reverse history for the party's personal benefit and ulterior political objectives. They have constantly set roadblocks to cross-Strait personnel contacts and exchange, further undermining the fruits of the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. This has harmed the interests of compatriots on both sides, especially in Taiwan, and deviates from popular feelings and opinion. The DPP authorities will only further lose public support by going against the tide.

September 28, 2018
During a National Day reception jointly held by the Chinese People’s Political Consulative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee General Office, United Front Work Department of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee, and State Council Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, and Taiwan Affairs Office, Member of the Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the CPPCC Wang Yang stated that promoting the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and advancing the process toward the peaceful reunification of China are the people's common aspirations. The two sides must unswervingly adhere to the "1992 Consensus" and oppose "Taiwan independence." Guided by the conviction that both sides are part of the same family, the Mainland will implement measures to promote cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation so that Taiwanese enterprises and compatriots can progressively enjoy treatment on par with Mainland enterprises and compatriots.

September 29, 2018
Guizhou Province announced the "Opinions on Implementing Promotion of Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Guizhou and Taiwan," The 64 opinions cover providing Taiwan compatriots with better conditions for investment, entrepreneurship, employment, learning, and daily life and greater conveniences for housing, house buying, applying for bank cards, and other areas.

September 30, 2018
In a speech presented at a National Day reception at the Great Hall of the People, Mainland Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stated that the Mainland will continue to implement major Taiwan work policies, adhere to the "one China" principle, uphold the "1992 Consensus," firmly safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and not tolerate any "Taiwan independence" separatist schemes and actions. The expansion of cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation will provide the vast number of Taiwan compatriots and enterprise access to a wider market and broader development opportunities.

October 2, 2018
The MAC issued a press release on mainland China's new Individual Income Tax Law. It stated that, to protect the rights, interests, and well-being of people doing business in the Mainland, the Mainland should promptly and clearly respond to questions concerning the obligation of Taiwanese businesspeople paying tax on worldwide income to mainland China. It should stop using vague language that only adds to the concerns and difficulties of Taiwanese businesspeople.

October 5, 2018
US Vice President Mike Pence mentioned Taiwan several times during a speech given at the Hudson Institute, a Washington DC based think tank, which expressed America's attention to the regional environment and concern over China's actions in the international community. Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin thanked the US government for affirming Taiwan's democratic achievements, supporting Taiwan's international space, and closely watching the regional security situation.

October 5, 2018
In response to comments by US Vice President Mike Pence that mainland China's persuasion of three Latin American countries to sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan threatens the stability of Taiwan, Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that the US was confusing right and wrong and speaking irrationally. Failure to recognize the "1992 Consensus" and engage in "Taiwan Independence" activities is the biggest threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

October 5, 2018
In response to Taiwan-related comments made by US Vice President Mike Pence, mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying said that there is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inseparable part of China. The US has no right at all to pick on relevant countries who chose to develop relations with China on the basis of the one-China principle. "Taiwan independence" forces and their separatist activities pose the gravest threat to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

October 8, 2018
MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong gave a speech at a banquet to welcome Hong Kong and Macau residents to Taiwan for the 2018 Double Tenth National Day celebration. He said that recent times have witnessed global volatility and presented unprecedented challenges for cross-Strait relations. Mainland China has incessantly plotted to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait. It has also intentionally prodded and pushed the people of Taiwan into becoming followers and relinquishing the right to be their own master. However, mainland China won’t be able to achieve its goal. As a member of the vanguard team for Taiwan's democracy, Minister Chen said that he has witnessed the ROC's gradual process of democratic transition over the past years, where democratic values have become rooted in the thinking and way of life for the people of Taiwan. Democracy is no longer an "aspiration," but has become a "natural way of life" and is the reason that Taiwan is able to advance unswervingly, resolutely, and confidently in the face of severe challenges. Minister Chen also emphasized that the ROC will definitely adhere to its position on sovereignty, safeguard national dignity, continue to strengthen self-defense ability, and defend its free and democratic way of life. This is the bottom line for all people of Taiwan, as well as an unquestionable universal axiom.

October 8, 2018
During a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Beijing, PRC Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged the US side to abide by the one-China principle and the regulations of the three China-US Joint Communiqués, stop official and military contact with Taiwan, revoke arms sales to Taiwan, stop unreasonable intervention in countries that have established or are hoping to establish diplomatic relations with China, effectively restrain and restrict the development of the "Taiwan independence" forces, and take practical actions to maintain China-US relations as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

October 10, 2018
In an address entitled "Democratic Taiwan Lights up the World" at the  ROC’s 107th Double Tenth National Day Celebration, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that, for some time now, China's unilateral verbal intimidation and military coercion, have not only harmed cross-Strait relations, but also seriously challenged the status quo and stability in the Taiwan Strait. She also noted that Taiwan will neither act rashly to escalate confrontation, nor will we give in. As the President of ROC (Taiwan), she will not be provoked into confrontation or conflicts that endanger cross-Strait relations, nor will she deviate from the will of the people, and sacrifice Taiwan's sovereignty. In a world of dramatic changes, we must not misjudge the situation. Escalating conflicts or giving in will only make things worse. Instead, we will respond by seeking stability, adaptability, and making progress. There are many challenges on the path ahead, but at this stage, we must travel this path with sure and steady steps.

October 12, 2018
The Mainland city of Suzhou in Jiangsu Province announced the Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Suzhou and Taiwan. The 55 articles include provisions to support transformation, upgrading, and innovative development of Taiwan-funded enterprises as well as refine and clarify measures on Taiwan compatriots.

October 15, 2018
Liaoning Province announced the Opinions on Implementing Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Liaoning Province and Taiwan. The 52 articles include provisions to deepen economic and trade cooperation between Liaoning and Taiwan, support Taiwan compatriots doing internship, working, and starting businesses in Liaoning, expand cultural exchanges and enhance convenience for Taiwan compatriots living in Liaoning.

October 15, 2018
Anhui Province announced the Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Anhui and Taiwan. The 55 articles include provisions to expand economic cooperation between Anhui and Taiwan, support Taiwan compatriots doing internship, working, and starting businesses in Anhui, deepen cultural exchanges, and provide convenience for Taiwan compatriots studying and living in Anhui.

October 16, 2018
Hunan Province announced the Opinions on Implementing Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Hunan and Taiwan. The 59 articles include provisions on deepening economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation between Hunan and Taiwan and provide Taiwan compatriots equal studying, starting businesses, working, and living treatments as Hunan residents.

October 17, 2018
During a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that Taiwan's Central Election Commission allowed the public to hold a referendum for Taiwan athletes to compete under the name Taiwan in the next Olympics  a move to rectify the name of Taiwan, is a self-deceiving farce. Regarding the New Power Party's proposed draft amendments to make the Referendum Act applicable to the establishment of new constitution, Ma said that the Mainland resolutely opposes all so-called "amendments to the Referendum Act" and all forms of engagement in "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. The Mainland and Taiwan both belong to "one China," of which Taiwan is an inseparable part. Taiwan has never been a country and will never become a country in the future. "Taiwan independence" is a dead end that will only bring the people of Taiwan into a disastrous abyss.

October 18, 2018
The Mainland city of Changzhou in Jiangsu Province announced the Opinions on Implementing Measures to Promote Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Changzhou and Taiwan. The 36 articles include provisions to promote the transformation and upgrading of Taiwanese enterprises, continue to promote integrated development between Changzhou and Taiwan, encourage Taiwan compatriots to start businesses and work in Changzhou, provide conveniences to Taiwan compatriots living and studying in Changzhou, and deepen cultural and tourism exchanges and cooperation between the two sides.

October 19, 2018
MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong delivered an opening speech at the International Conference on "mainland China's Reform and Opening Up, 1978-2018: Prospect and Challenge." He stated that the ROC government has conducted cross-Strait affairs in accordance with the ROC Constitution, the Act Governing Relations between the People of Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, and other relevant legislation. Maintaining status quo is the joint responsibility for two sides across the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan faces provocation, intimidation, and extreme pressure from Beijing with firm resilience, and adheres to the principle of seeking stability, adaptability and making progress. It will neither escalate confrontation, nor give in or back down. It will not be provoked into confrontation or conflicts, nor will it deviate from the will of the people. The Republic of China (Taiwan) is the greatest common denominator of our society. We will hold fast to this bottom line. The "one-China Principle”, unilaterally defined by the Chinese Communist Party, violates the free will of the people of Taiwan. Minister Chen called on Beijing to pragmatically face the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, replace confrontation with dialogue, and containment with exchange. He also expressed hope that mainland China can reverse its hostile and confrontational thinking, join Taiwan in ushering in a new era of reform and opening-up in cross-Strait relations and restore peace and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait.

October 19, 2018
The Mainland city of Longyan in Fujian Province announced the Opinions on Implementing Measures to Promote Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Longyan and Taiwan. The 46 articles include provisions to expand economic and trade cooperation between Longyan and Taiwan, support Taiwan compatriots doing internship, working, and starting businesses in Longyan, deepen cultural exchanges, and provide conveniences for Taiwan compatriots to live in peace and work happily in Longyan.

October 22, 2018
The MAC issued a press release expressing the government's gratitude to the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) for its October 21 condolences and concern over the derailment of Taiwan Railway's Puyuma Express. It had also informed the TAO twice about the rescue and medical status of the two Mainland spouses injured in the accident.

October 22, 2018
The Taiwan Affairs Office and the ARATS expressed condolences and sympathy for victims of the Taiwan Puyuma Express derailment accident on October 21.

October 23, 2018
In a speech at a seminar on trade protectionism and cross-Strait technology industry cooperation at Tsinghua University, ARATS Vice President Sun Yafu said that, since last year, the US has clearly intensified provocation and supported Taiwan's DPP authorities in their confrontation with the Mainland. This has reached the most serious level since China and the US established diplomatic relations in 1979. Among the matters that have grown more serious than in the past are support for mutual navy vessels visits between the US and Taiwan, increase exchange visits by US and Taiwan officials at all levels, the normalization and facilitation of arms sales to Taiwan, and intervention in the establishment or resumption of diplomatic relations between foreign countries and China. Once US conducts mutual naval vessel visits with Taiwan and facilitates senior officials visits would violate US pledges to China when diplomatic relations were established between the two sides, as well as undermine the political foundation for China-US diplomatic relations and bring rough waves to the Taiwan Strait.

October 23, 2018
During a regular press conference on the passage of US navy warships through the Taiwan Strait on October 22, Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying said that the Chinese side has been closely monitoring from start to end the passage by the US warships through the Taiwan Strait and has expressed concern to the US side. The Mainland urges the US to observe the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-US joint communiqués and prudently and properly handle Taiwan-related issues so as to avoid undermining China-US relations and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

October 23, 2018
Beijing announced the Measures on Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Beijing and Taiwan. The 55 articles include provisions to provide equal treatments to Taiwanese companies investing and engaging in economic cooperation with Beijing, encourage education and cultural exchanges and cooperation, and progressively provide equal treatments to Taiwan compatriots studying, starting businesses, working, and living in Beijing.

October 23, 2018
The Mainland city of Zhangzhou in Fujian Province announced the Opinions on Implementing Measures to Promote Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Zhangzhou and Taiwan. The 58 articles include provisions to deepen economic and trade cooperation between Zhangzhou and Taiwan, expand social and cultural exchanges and cooperation between Zhangzhou and Taiwan, support Taiwan compatriots studying, doing internship, working, and starting businesses in Zhangzhou, and provide conveniences to Taiwan compatriots living in Zhangzhou.

October 24, 2018
During the welcome banquet for the 8th Beijing Xiangshan Forum, Li Zhanshu, Politburo Standing Committee member of CPC Central Committee and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, stressed that there is only "one China" in the world and that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China. Some countries have taken wrong actions on the Taiwan issue that not only undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, but also threaten regional peace and stability. The Mainland thus firmly opposed this. PRC will continue to adhere to the principles of "peaceful reunification" and "one country, two systems" and seek peaceful reunification with utmost sincerity and effort. At the same time, the Mainland will staunchly defend China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and thwart attempts for "Taiwan independence" in any form.

October 24, 2018
The Mainland city of Qingdao in Shandong Province announced the Measures on Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Qingdao and Taiwan. The 64 articles include provisions to promote economic, cultural and education exchanges and cooperation between Qingdao and Taiwan, and provide Taiwan compatriots equal treatments in study, entrepreneurship, employment, and living.

October 25, 2018
During an annual conference celebrating the 30th anniversary of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification, Wang Yang,  Politburo Standing Committee member and Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said that the Mainland must firmly seize the right path of opposing "independence" and promoting unification, implement the concept of opposing "independence" and promoting unification, always be vigilant to the development of separatist forces in all forms, expose and refute separatist schemes, and publicize the Chinese Communist Party's Taiwan, Tibet, and Xinjiang policy. The Mainland must use new online media to carry out "keyboard-to-keyboard" work and to effectively oppose "independence" and promote unification with patience, care, sincerity and confidence.

October 29, 2018
Mainland China's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security issued a notice seeking public comment on "Interim Measures for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Residents to join the Social Insurance Scheme in the Mainland (Draft for Comment)." The measures would applicable to employed, unemployed and university-enrolled Taiwan compatriots in the Mainland. This would resolve the problem of "double insurance" faced by Taiwan compatriots, which stipulate that Taiwan compatriots, who are already covered by related social insurance in Taiwan and retain such social insurance relationship, be exempted from participating in Mainland’s pension insurance and unemployment insurance systems when able to present proof of such coverage issued by related authorities.

October 30, 2018
Henan Province announced the Opinions on Implementing Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Henan and Taiwan. The 60 articles include provisions to provide equal treatments to Taiwan compatriots investing, starting businesses, working, studying, and living in Henan.

October 31, 2018
During a regular press conference on the passage of two US warships through the Taiwan Strait on October 22, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that Taiwan issue is related to China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Mainland firmly opposes all forms of official contacts and military ties between the US and the Taiwan area. Relying on and colluding with foreign forces undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and is bound to have repercussions.

November 1, 2018
The MAC announced the results of a routine public opinion survey. Nearly 80% of the public believe that mainland China's persistent political, diplomatic, and military intimidation and suppression of Taiwan undermines the cross-Strait status quo and regional peace (78.3%); and nearly 70% disapprove of mainland China's repeated emphasis on a political precondition that "the two sides belong to one China" before cross-Strait interaction and Taiwan's international participation (68.7%). A majority of the public support President Tsai’s position that defending the sustainable development of the ROC and maintaining cross-Strait peace and regional stability are the greatest common denominators among all people of Taiwan (63%); and facing pressure from mainland China, Taiwan will not escalate confrontation, will not give in, will not be provoked into confrontation or conflicts, and will not deviate from the will of the people (62.1%). Furthermore, over 70% of the public support strengthening cross-Strait related laws and regulations and carrying out necessary management measures (72.5%). More than 80% support the government's position that the two sides should first communicate and interact before having cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation which concern the rights and interests of the people and government authority. (86.8%).

November 6, 2018
During a meeting with a delegation of directors and supervisors from Taiwan's Chinese National Federation of Industries, Member of the Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Wang Yang stated that the features of complementary economic advantages across the Taiwan Strait have not changed. He also stressed that Chinese people on both sides of the Strait must keep abreast of historical trends, share the responsibility of the Chinese nation, staunchly safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity, firmly oppose and deter "Taiwan independence" separatist schemes and actions, and take concrete action to promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

November 7, 2018
During a meeting with the White House and US National Security Advisor John Bolton, Member of the Political Bureau and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CCP Central Committee Yang Jiechi stated that the Taiwan question is the most important and sensitive core issue in Sino-US relations. He expressed hope that the US will abide by the "one China" principle and provisions in the three China-US joint communiques and properly handle Taiwan-related issues.

November 7, 2018
Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province announced the "Opinions on Implementing Measures to Deepen Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Wuxi and Taiwan." The 66 articles include measures to promote the high-quality development of Taiwan-invested businesses, deepen talent exchange and cooperation, promote social and cultural integration and development and improve the learning, employment, business creation, and living environments for Taiwan compatriots.

November 8, 2018
At a regular press conference, Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying stated that China's support and assistance for El Salvador has nothing to do with the so-called "dollar diplomacy" as Taiwan alleged.

November 9, 2018
During the Second Round of the China-US Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, Mainland Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe stated in regard to the Taiwan question that the Chinese military firmly opposes any acts to separate China and will safeguard China's national sovereignty, security, and territory at all costs.

November 10, 2018
The MAC issued a response to inappropriate statements about Taiwan by high-level officials from mainland China's foreign affairs and defense ministries at a press conference after the US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue. It solemnly stated that the ROC is a sovereign state and that Taiwan has never been part of the other side. Beijing has long belittled Taiwan in the international arena, increasingly exerted political and military pressure and intimidation against Taiwan, and attempted to annex Taiwan by force. Such actions constitute the greatest threat to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the development of cross-Strait relations. They are absolutely unacceptable to the Taiwanese people. Beijing's zero-sum thinking is the driver of the escalating spiral of hostility across the Taiwan Strait. Beijing should face up to the serious consequences of this and stop its inappropriate comments and actions.

November 14, 2018
During a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang responded to a US statement of opposition to any unilateral actions resorting to force or coercion to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, following comments by mainland Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe on the Taiwan issue during the Second Round of the China-US Diplomatic and Security Dialogue. He stated that the Taiwan issue concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and involves China's core interests. The Mainland will never waver in its determination and will to protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity. It will never allow any person, any organization, or any political party to divide any part of Chinese territory from China at any time or in any form.

November 14, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding US Vice President Mike Pence's planned meeting with Taiwan's APEC representative at the APEC informal leaders' meeting, mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying stated that adhering to the one-China principle and observing the stipulations in the APEC memorandum of understanding is the basis and prerequisite for Taiwan's participation in APEC. Any party should abide by the one-China principle instead of playing tricks. The Mainland urges the US side to abide by the one-China principle and refrain from having any form of official exchanges with Taiwan.

November 15, 2018
During a routine news briefing, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Andrew Lee issued a statement on Beijing's demand, following an exchange between US Vice President Michael Pence and Taiwan representative Morris Chang at the APEC Summit, that the US comply with the "one China principle" at APEC and not make any official contact with Taiwan. He stated that it is very normal and natural for the Taiwan leader's representative to exchange views on issues of common interest during exchanges and interactions with the leaders or representatives of other members at the annual meeting. The Chinese government has no right to make irresponsible remarks. China's "one China Principle" also undermines APEC's founding principles and long-term practices.

November 19, 2018
The Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in mainland China announced the "Opinions on Implementation of the Measures to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation." The 48 articles include measures for equal treatment of Taiwnese compatriots investing, studying, starting businesses, working, and living in Inner Mongolia, and to deepen economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation between the two sides.

November 20, 2018
At a ceremony to commemorate the 40th anniversary of issuing "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan" in Hong Kong, Deputy Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office Chen Yuanfeng stated that adhering to the "one China" principle and resolutely opposing "Taiwan independence" are important prerequisites for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. Reform, opening-up, and modernization in the Mainland are a solid guarantee for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. The shared blood, history, and culture between the two sides have always been an inexhaustible driving force for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. National rejuvenation and reunification is the common aspiration of all sons and daughters of the Chinese nation.

November 22, 2018
Dongguan City announced the "Measures to Further Deepen Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges between Dongguan and Taiwan." The 77 articles include measures to deepen economic and trade cooperation between Dongguan and Taiwan, promote the multiplication of Taiwan-invested businesses in Dongguan, promote social and cultural exchanges and cooperation between Dongguan and Taiwan, support Taiwanese compatriot internships, employment, and entrepreneurship in Dongguan, and provide conveniences for Taiwanese people living in Dongguan.

November 22, 2018
Yangzhou City announced the "Measures to Deepen Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Yangzhou and Taiwan." The 68 articles include measures to promote the development of Taiwan-invested businesses, strengthen talent exchange and cooperation, promote social and cultural exchanges and cooperation, and provide good conditions for Taiwan compatriots studying, interning, working, starting businesses, and living in Yangzhou.

November 23, 2018
Wuhan, Hubei Province announced the "Implementation Measures for Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Wuhan and Taiwan." The 45 articles include measures to deepen economic cooperation between Wuhan and Taiwan, support the transformation and upgrading of Taiwan-invested businesses, advance projects to bring Taiwanese know-how and youth to Wuhan, forge close cultural cooperation between Wuhan and Taiwan, and grant Taiwanese compatriots in Wuhan the same treatment as city residents.

November 23, 2018
In a speech presented at the Second National Rule of Law and Petition Progress Award ceremony, Taiwan Affairs Office Deputy Director Long Mingbiao proposed that the Mainland consolidate and deepen the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations through the rule of law, improve laws and regulations related to Taiwan, regulate and guarantee relations between the people on the two sides, and advance cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation according to the law. He also said that the Mainland should work to accelerate the pace of legislation on work related to Taiwan-related petitions, actively establish a range of resolution mechanisms for petitions involving Taiwan, and transform work mechanisms for petitions involving Taiwan from a "service" mode to "rule of law" mode.

November 25, 2018
Regarding comments by the Taiwan Affairs Office on Taiwan's election and referendum results, the MAC indicated that Taiwan's local elections and referendums are Taiwan's internal affairs. The election results show the mature development of Taiwan's democracy. The Mainland authorities should respect and correctly understand that this is the core of Taiwan's democratic values. They also should not interfere in Taiwan's internal affairs nor should deliberately and unilaterally interpret the Taiwanese people's expectations for cross-Strait relations, which leads to misjudgments of future developments in the Taiwan Strait. The MAC also stressed that the government has been consistent in its position to firmly uphold the status quo of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and safeguard national sovereignty. This is the consensus of the people of Taiwan and the expectation of the international community. Taiwan's policy position will not change. The MAC called on the Mainland authorities to pragmatically face cross-Strait realities. It stated that all united front operations and efforts to divide local governments and the people of Taiwan do not help the positive interaction between the two sides. Communication and exchanges without political preconditions is the only way to resolve differences and advance the well-being of the people on both sides of the Strait.

November 25, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that defeat of the so-called "referendum on the rectification of Taiwan's name at the Olympics" shows the unpopularity of taking advantage of the interests of Taiwanese athletes and that engaging in "Taiwan Independence" is doomed to fail. He also stated that the results of the "nine-in-one" local elections in Taiwan reflect the hope of the majority in Taiwan to continue sharing the "dividends" of the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and strongly desire to improve the economy and people's livelihoods. The Mainland will continue to adhere to the "1992 consensus" and resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence" separatist forces and their activities. Based on a correct understanding of the nature of cross-Strait relations and the nature of cross-Strait urban exchanges, the Mainland welcomes more counties and cities in Taiwan to participate in cross-Strait city exchanges and cooperation.

November 28, 2018
The MAC reiterated that the government has never varied from its position of welcoming Mainland visitors to Taiwan and will continue to relax and review related measures. It called on mainland China to consider Mainland tourists visiting Taiwan with an open mind,  not to set political preconditions and to avoid political interference in cross-Strait tourism operations.

November 28, 2018
During a regular press conference on the resignation of President Tsai Ing-wen as chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after the "nine-in-one" election, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that the DPP and its authorities must give up their "Taiwan independence" position and acknowledge the "1992 Consensus" to find a way out for cross-Strait relations. Regarding the twin-city forum, he said that, based on a correct understanding of the nature of cross-Strait relations and cross-Strait urban exchanges, the Mainland hopes to continue strengthening cross-Strait city exchanges and cooperation. It also welcomes the participation of more counties and cities in Taiwan to jointly promote affinity and the welfare of the people on both sides of the Strait. Regarding US Vice President Michael Pence's comment during a meeting with Taiwan representative Morris Chang that cooperation between Taiwan and the US is the best option, he said that the Mainland resolutely opposes any form of official contact between Taiwan and countries that have diplomatic relations with the Mainland. Taiwanese persons participating in APEC meetings must be in line with the one China principle and provisions on the relevant memorandum of understanding.

November 28, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi attended an appreciation reception on 30th anniversary of the Taiwan Sheen Chuen-Chi Cultural and Educational Foundation and activity to announce a rescue plan for the "Relocation to Taiwan Historical Memory Bank." He stated that compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait form a community of fate through thick and thin. The people's hearts and public opinion are always for forming closer and better cross-Strait relations. The Mainland continues to introduce a number of initiatives and will further deepen cross-Strait economic and cultural exchange and cooperation.

November 29, 2018
In his opening remarks at the 47th Taiwan-American Conference on "Contemporary China: US-China Relations at the Cross Roads?", Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu stressed that Taiwan has also been affected by recent changes in the regional situation. Beijing continues to increase pressure on Taiwan, including military threat, poaching diplomatic allies, and obstructing Taiwan's international participation. Taiwan will never bow in the face of these serious challenges. The ROC government will still remain committed to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. It will also continue to deepen relations with the US, Japan, Australia, the European Union, and other like-minded countries.

November 29, 2018
At a regular press conference on the passage of the two US warships through the Taiwan Strait on November 28, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang said that the Taiwan issue concerns the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China. It is the most important and sensitive issue in China-US relations. He urged the US to abide by the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-US joint communiqués, as well as to prudently and properly handle Taiwan-related issues to avoid undermining China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

November 29, 2018
During a regular press conference on the passage of two US warships through the Taiwan Strait on November 28, Mainland Ministry of National Defense Spokesman Ren Guoqiang demanded that the US observe the one China principle and provisions of the three China-US joint communiqués. He said the US should carefully handle Taiwan-related issues to prevent undermining China-US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The People's Liberation Army will remain on high alert and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

November 29, 2018
During a seminar on "Research on the Unification of the Motherland from the Perspective of the New Era," Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Vice President Sun Yafu said that Taiwan must handle relations with the Mainland if it wants to develop its economy and improve the people's livelihood. The refusal of the Taiwan authorities to recognize the "1992 Consensus" and the one-China principle runs counter to the public's desire for a better life and has caused intense social discontent. In the future, the situation in the Taiwan Strait will remain complicated and serious. Circumstances in Taiwan have not yet fundamentally changed. Cross-Strait relations still face challenges and risks. The Mainland must resolutely implement the central government's policies on Taiwan-related work, unswervingly adhere to the one-China principle and the "1992 Consensus," firmly oppose and contain "Taiwan independence," and, as always, unite with Taiwan compatriots to work all out for the development of cross-Strait civil exchanges and cooperation, guided by the conviction that we are all one family.

November 30, 2018
During a meeting with a delegation from the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that the local elections this time did not reflect people's choices or major changes regarding cross-Strait policy. Therefore, after the nine-in-one elections, our policy of maintaining the status quo remains unchanged. We have always maintained a positive and open attitude towards cross-Strait city-to-city exchanges. However, we hope that these city-to-city exchanges are not subject to political preconditions, so that such preconditions do not interfere with exchanges.

December 4, 2018
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Wang Yang stated at the 2018 Cross-Strait CEO Summit annual meeting that, while the international situation is in constant change, the general trend of the stable development of cross-Strait economic cooperation has not changed. The Mainland's mode of economic growth evolved profoundly, but the general pattern of complementing the economic strengths of the two sides has not changed. The investment environment in the Mainland has truly changed, but the policy direction of providing good services to Taiwan businesspeople has not changed. Wang also noted the need to uphold the "1992 consensus" embodying the "one China" principle, resolutely oppose and curb "Taiwan independence," boost the efforts for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and devote to realize the Chinese Dream of the rejuvenation of great China.

December 6, 2018
The MAC issued a press release solemnly protesting to the Chinese authorities over the forcible deportation to the Mainland of more than 40 Taiwanese nationals involved in telecommunication fraud in Cambodia. The MAC also called again for cross-Strait cooperation in combating crime to protect the rights and interests of the people on both sides. The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) also expressed disappointment. It demanded that the Mainland promptly provide notification of confinement to personal freedom and facilitate family visitations to Taiwanese suspects in the Mainland as stipulated in the Cross-Strait Joint Crime-Fighting and Mutual Judicial Assistance Agreement. The MOJ expressed hope that the Mainland would ensure the personal safety of Taiwanese suspects and the suspects' right to choose their attorney and protect their procedural law rights.

December 6, 2018
The Dalian Municipal Taiwan Affairs Office and Dalian Municipal Development and Reform Commission jointly promulgated and implemented the “Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Dalian and Taiwan.” The 61 articles of the measures include provisions to expand economic and trade cooperation, deepen education and cultural exchanges between Dalian and Taiwan, as well as to support Taiwanese people interning, working, starting up businesses, and settling in Dalian.

December 7, 2018
The Hebei Provincial Taiwan Affairs Office and Development and Reform Commission announced the “Measures to Deepen Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Hebei and Taiwan.” The 53 articles of the measures include provisions on economic and trade cooperation between Hebei and Taiwan, Taiwanese people working and starting businesses in Hebei, cultural exchanges and cooperation between Hebei and Taiwan, and facilitating settlement in Hebei.

December 10, 2018
During a meeting with a delegation from the German Marshall Fund (GMF), a Washington -based think tank, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that the US Senate passed the “Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018”, which supports close economic, political, and security relations between the US and Taiwan, calls on President Trump to conduct regular transfers of defense articles to Taiwan and to approve visits to Taiwan by high-ranking US officials in accordance with the Taiwan Travel Act. The act emphatically demonstrates the friendship between Taiwan and the US, as well as the US's staunch support for Taiwan. Taiwan's path to democracy has been a hard one. Taiwan is willing to share its democratic experience with the world and is determined to defend its hard-won democracy and freedom. The president also expressed hope that Taiwan can work together with its like-minded partners, such as the US and EU, to contribute even more to the development of democracy around the world.

December 10, 2018
Former SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung passed away. The MAC issued a press release expressing deep mourning and admiration of former Chairman Chiang for his contribution to promoting cross-Strait negotiations and maintaining cross-Strait exchanges and interactions during his tenure as chairman of the SEF.

December 10, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council Director Liu Jieyi met with a delegation led by the Chairman of Taiwan's Non-Partisan Solidarity Union Lin Pin-kuan and Penghu County Magistrate-elect Lai Feng-wei. They also exchanged opinions on the cooperation between the Mainland and Penghu County.

December 11, 2018
During a "corridor chat" at the Office of the President, President Tsai Ing-wen remarked that master baker Wu Pao-chun's December 10 statement that he is "Chinese Taiwanese" and "supports the 1992 Consensus" reflects China's actions to politically distort economic and trade activity. Such practices are unacceptable to the people of Taiwan and the world. This pervasive threat is the crucial reason that cross-Strait relations go backward. The president also expressed hope that China should remove political preconditions to enable normal and healthy cross-Strait exchanges.

December 11, 2018
Hainan Province announced the “Opinions on Implementation of the Measures to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation by the Hainan Provincial Development and Reform Commission of the United Front Work Department under the CPC Hainan Provincial Committee.” The 30 articles of the measures include provisions to increase investment and economic cooperation, promote social and cultural exchanges and cooperation, attract Taiwanese people to Hainan for study, internships, employment, and entrepreneurship, and guarantee an easy settlement for Taiwanese people in Hainan.

December 12, 2018
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs thanks the European Parliament for passing the resolution encouraging cross-Strait dialogue and supporting Taiwan's participation in international organizations. MOFA stated in a press release that, as an important member of the Indo-Pacific region, the ROC is committed to working closely with other nations in the region to ensure peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and making proactive and positive contribution to regional security.

December 12, 2018
During a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that sections of the “Asia Reassurance Initiative Act” passed by the US Senate regarding regular arms sales to Taiwan, encouragement of US senior officials visit Taiwan, and other Taiwan-related content of the act severely violate the “one-China principle” and the three joint communiqués between China and the US. The Mainland resolutely opposes this. In regard to cross-Strait city exchanges, the spokesman reiterated that there can be spacious room for cross-Strait city exchanges and cooperation as long as the nature of cross-Strait relations and cross-Strait city exchanges can be correctly acknowledged.

December 13, 2018
The Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Council of Agriculture stated that, to effectively prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF), Article 45-1 of the Statue for Prevention and Control of Infectious Animal Disease was amended to increase the fine for passengers who illegally bring meat products into Taiwan to the amount ranging from NT$10,000 to NT$1 million. The amended law was promulgated by the president on December 12 and came into effect on December 14.

December 18, 2018
President Tsai Ing-wen emphasized during a "corridor chat" that African swine fever (ASF) is a very important issue that needs to be tackled promptly. The Legislative Yuan has passed the bill to increase fines for violators. The Executive Yuan has also announced that an emergency response mechanism will be established and that disease prevention stage has moved to the nationwide mobilization. The president asked everyone to do their utmost to prevent the spread of ASF to Taiwan. She also warned mainland China's government that it cannot hide from this affair and must notify Taiwan of relevant information in a timely manner.

December 18, 2018
The MAC issued a press release regarding statements by the mainland Chinese leader at a meeting celebrating the 40th anniversary of mainland China's reform and opening-up. The MAC stated that the two sides have followed different development paths. Mainland China has made certain achievements in economic development in the 40 years since embarking on reforms, while Taiwan's mature democracy has become a model for Asia and the Chinese community. MAC expressed its belief that a more free, open, diverse, and tolerant mainland China could bring new prospects for reform and opening in the development of cross-Strait relations. It called on the Mainland authorities to pragmatically face the insistence from the Taiwanese people on the system of ROC, democracy, and freedom. The two sides should pragmatically communicate and resolve differences without political preconditions and dedicate energies to their respective internal governance and development.

December 18, 2018
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release thanks for the unanimous approval by the US Senate and House of Representatives on December 4 and 12 (US Eastern Standard Time), respectively, of the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018 with numerous provisions supportive of Taiwan. It also stated that Taiwan and the US have shared values and common goals in the region. Taiwan looks forward to working with the US and other like-minded nations in the region to promote peace, prosperity, and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

December 18, 2018
The Ministry of National Defense issued a press release stating that a number of People's Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft, including Xian H-6 bombers, Shaanxi Y-8 transport aircraft, and Sukhoi-30 fighter jets, flew over the Bashi Channel en route to the West Pacific for long-haul training. ROC military closely monitored the movement of the mainland aircraft and ships through joint intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in accordance. Taiwan also dispatched planes and ships for surveillance, reconnaissance, and response to ensure the safety of Taiwan's airspace and coastal areas. No abnormalities occurred during this period.

December 18, 2018
Executive Yuan convened the First African Swine Fever (ASF) Inter-Agency Liaison Task Force of the Central Emergency Operation Center. During the meeting, Premier Lai Ching-te stated that mainland China has notified the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that ASF has spread to 22 provinces, indicating the seriousness of the situation. Considering the proximity of Taiwan with China only divided by a strait and the number of travelers back and forth amounted more than eight million a year, Taiwan must be vigilant against the seriousness of the ASF spread.

December 18, 2018
During a meeting to celebrate the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up, mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping expressed the need to adhere to the "one China" principle and the "1992 Consensus," consolidate and develop the basis for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and deepen cross-Strait economic and cultural exchange and cooperation to benefit compatriots on both sides. He also emphasized that the Mainland has firm political resolution and power to protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is impossible to separate even one inch of land from China's sacred territory.

December 18, 2018
Zhenjiang City, Jiangsu Province announced the “Opinions on the Implementation of the Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Zhenjiang and Taiwan.” The 56 articles of the measures include provisions to advance economic and trade cooperation between Zhenjiang and Taiwan, promote the innovation and development of Taiwan enterprises in Zhenjiang, provide support for Taiwanese people working and starting businesses in Zhenjiang, deepen social and cultural integration between Zhenjiang and Taiwan, and provide conveniences for Taiwanese people settling in Zhenjiang.

December 19, 2018
President Tsai Ing-wen visited Taoyuan International Airport to inspect border control measures aimed at preventing the spread of African swine fever (ASF) and related diseases. She again urged mainland China to face the fact that ASF is an important issue between the two sides. Given the frequency of cross-Strait exchanges of personnel and goods, the Mainland needs to be open and transparent regarding the epidemic situation and provide Taiwan ample information as soon as possible to eliminate any gaps in Taiwan's disease prevention work. The president said that, "This is something a responsible country should do." She also expressed high expectations that the mainland Chinese government should actively cooperate with Taiwan on this matter.

December 20, 2018
Premier Lai Ching-te visited Kinmen to inspect the status of the Mini Three Links and animal and plant quarantine. He said that both sides of the Strait have common enemies and shared goals. The common enemies are natural disasters requiring mutual aid and joint prevention of infectious diseases. The shared goals are the people's life, health, and well-being. Premier Lai expressed hope that China can cooperate with Taiwan and the international community to ensure open and transparent information on disease prevention.

December 26, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding mainland China's failure to notify Taiwan about African swine fever (ASF), Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that the two sides signed the “Cross-Strait Arrangement on Cooperation of Agricultural Product Quarantine and Inspection” to address issues related to the cross-Strait trade of agricultural products and notification of food safety information. However, Taiwan has not imported Mainland pork for a long time, so this agreement does not apply to ASF notifications. On the establishment of a new twin-city forum, the spokesman said that the Mainland has always maintained a positive and open attitude towards cross-Strait city exchanges. As long as the nature of cross-Strait relations and city exchanges can be correctly acknowledged, the Mainland welcomes more counties and cities in Taiwan to participate in cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation to work together for the well-being of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

December 27, 2018
The Qinghai Provincial Taiwan Affairs Office and Qinghai Provincial Development and Reform Commission jointly issued the “Opinions on the Implementation of Measures by Qinghai Province to Promote Cross-Strait Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation.” The 64 articles of the measures include provisions to promote economic and trade cooperation, cultural and educational exchange between the two sides, support Taiwanese people studying, working, starting businesses, and interning in Qinghai, and facilitate the settlement of Taiwanese people in Qinghai.