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2017

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

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

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

January 11, 2017
Mainland China's Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama stated during a joint meeting with reporters that the "one China" principle involves "China's" core interests and is the premise and foundation for maintaining and developing friendly relations between "China" and other countries. The Nigerian side asked Taiwanese offices in Nigeria to remove their nameplates, move out of the capital city, and reduce power and personnel. It also reiterated its adherence to the one-China policy, which "China" highly appreciates. Nigerian government officials and agencies have also been prohibited from having any official contacts with Taiwan, resolving historical issues affecting political trust between "China" and Nigeria and eliminating political obstacles to the development of relations between the two countries.

January 11, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated at a regular press conference that the Mainland will continue in 2017 to adhere to the "1992 Consensus" reflecting the "one China" principle and maintain the political basis for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. The Mainland will firmly oppose "Taiwan independence" in any form, staunchly protect "China's" national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The Mainland will also continue to introduce a series of measures to deepen reform and further open up, actively support and promote and expand and strengthen cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in all sectors and fields, and take concrete steps to effectively solve practical problems faced by Taiwan residents studying, interning, working, and living in the Mainland.

January 12, 2017
Mainland Chinese navy spokesperson Liang Yang said that the Liaoning aircraft carrier passed through the Taiwan Strait on the morning of January 12. The ship was heading to the South China Sea for cross-sea drills and tests and would continue to carry out follow-up tasks.

January 13, 2017
Regarding the Nigerian government's demand that Taiwan agencies in Nigeria move out of the capital city and adopt other measures, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang said that the "one China" principle is an indisputable historical fact and legal basis. The inevitable trend is for the international community to universally follow the "one China" policy. Attempting to create "two Chinas," "one China, one Taiwan," or "Taiwan independence" in the international arena is doomed to failure.

January 14, 2017
Responding to a question regarding comments by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump during an interview on "China"-U.S. relations that the "one China" is under negotiation, spokesperson for mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lu Kang said that the "one China" principle is the political basis of "China"-U.S. relations and is non-negotiable. In order to avoid disruption to the sound and steady development of the "China"-U.S. relations and bilateral cooperation in key areas, the Mainland urges relevant parties in the U.S. to fully recognize the high sensitivity of the "Taiwan question," honor the commitment made by all previous U.S. administrations of both parties on adhering to the one-China policy and the principles of the three joint communiques, and approach the "Taiwan question" with prudence.

January 16, 2017
Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying issued a statement at a regular press conference regarding comments by Trump team member Reince Priebus that the "one China" policy is on the table if "China" does not work with the U.S. on trade and the South China Sea. She said that the one-China principle is the prerequisite and political foundation for "China" to grow ties with any other country. Any attempt to undermine the "one-China principle" or use it as a bargaining chip by anyone for any purpose shall be met with firm opposition from the Chinese government and people and the international community.

January 18, 2017
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping stated during a meeting at the World Health Organization (WHO) with WHO Director-General Margaret Chan that the Mainland appreciates the WHO's adherence to the one-China principle, and believes the WHO will continue to uphold this important political principle.

January 18, 2017
Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying issued a statement at a regular press conference regarding the attendance of Yu Shyi-kun, the former head of Taiwan's executive agency, at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that "China" opposes any moves by the Taiwan authorities for whatever excuses to send people to the U.S. to conduct activities that will disturb or undermine "China"-U.S. relations. The Mainland again urges relevant parties in the U.S. to allow no delegation sent by the Taiwan authorities to attend the inauguration ceremony of the president, and not to have any official contact with Taiwan.

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

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

January 20, 2017
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng stated at the 2017 Working Conference on Taiwan Affairs that the Mainland will resolutely implement the major Taiwan work policies of the CPC Central Committee, continue to adhere to the "1992 Consensus" reflecting the "one China" principle, firmly oppose and deter any form of "Taiwan independence" secessionist activities, protect "China's" national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and maintain the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

January 23, 2017
Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying stated at a regular press conference that the "one China" principle is the political foundation for the development of "China"-U.S. relations. Any U.S. administration has the obligation to honor the commitment made by successive Republican and Democratic administrations to upholding the one-China policy, abiding by the three joint communiques with "China" and strictly confining its relations with Taiwan to the unofficial scope.

January 24, 2017
Mainland China's Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi stated in a speech at a Lunar New Year reception that the Mainland has been clear-cut in its adherence to the "one China" principle and firmly binding the development of diplomatic ties with Taiwan, Tibet, and Xinjiang. It also opposes intervention by external powers in Hong Kong and Macao affairs and will effectively protect the nation's interests and dignity.

January 24, 2017
Mainland China's ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai spoke at a Lunar New Year reception press conference on the frequent challenging of the "one China" policy by Donald Trump and his team since the election. He said that the "one China" principle has always been the political basis of "China"-U.S. relations. It is unshakable and non-negotiable. If the Taiwan side wants to put its fears to rest, it should avoid becoming a bargaining chip, return to the basis of the "1992 Consensus," recognize that both sides belong to "one China," and acknowledge that they are "Chinese."

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

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

February 8, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference that adherence to the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle is the political basis for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. The two sides can expand contact and interaction so long as they recognize the historical fact of the "1992 Consensus" and identify with the core meaning of both sides belonging to "one China." He also stressed that the international community and countries having diplomatic relations with Taiwan universally handle Taiwan-related affairs according to the "one China" policy and avoid creating "two Chinas" and "one China, one Taiwan." He further noted, facing the complex and challenging situation in cross-Strait relations today, the Mainland will persist in using legal ways and means to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity. It will never allow any person, any organization, or any political party to divide any part of the territory of "China" from "China" at any time or in any form.

February 10, 2017
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping stated during a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump that the "one China" principle is the political foundation of "China"-U.S. relations. "China" is willing to work together with the U.S. to strengthen communication, expand cooperation, and promote the healthy and stable development of "China"-U.S. relations.

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

February 15, 2017
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office stated in a speech at the Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland (ATIEM) that, facing a changing situation, when the Mainland speaks of principle it means adhering to the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle. This is the political basis for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. The Mainland firmly opposes any separatist activities and will endeavor to safeguard the trend of peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, as well as continue to promote cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields. The Mainland re-pledges to always serve and do practical and good things for Taiwanese businesspeople and enterprises. It also noted that last year the ATIEM asked whether or not it could establish a private bank to assist the development of Taiwanese businesspeople and enterprises; whether Taiwanese businesspeople could participate more effectively in the "One Belt and One Road" project; and whether assistance could be provided to Taiwanese businesspeople and enterprises to better develop e-commerce operations and expand in the domestic market. The Mainland pays close attention to these matters and is actively advancing research in the hope that a breakthrough can be achieved in the new year.

February 15, 2017
Regarding a report that three Taiwan legislators visited India, and that a proposal was made by them to upgrade the Taiwan office in India, spokesperson for mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Geng Shuang stated at a regular press that the Mainland has long been opposing all forms of official contact and interactions between Taiwan and countries that have diplomatic relations with "China," as well as their mutual deployment of official institutions. The Indian side has made commitments on Taiwan-related issues. It is hoped that the Indian side will respect and understand "China's" core concerns, uphold the one-China principle, properly handle Taiwan-related issues with prudence, and work with China to maintain the sound and steady growth of "China"-India relations.

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

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

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

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

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

February 23, 2017
Regarding media reports that the U.S. will station marines at the new Taipei location of the American Institute in Taiwan, spokesman for mainland China's Ministry of National Defense Ren Guoqiang stated at a regular press conference that the Mainland has consistently and resolutely opposed any form of official contacts and military ties between the U.S. and Taiwan. Regarding the future deployment of the THAAD anti-ballistic missile system as creating conditions for mainland China to unify Taiwan by military force, he said that the "Taiwan issue" concerns "China's" sovereignty and territorial integrity and involves "China's" core interests. The Mainland firmly opposes any form of official contacts and military ties between the U.S. and Taiwan.

March 3, 2017
Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Yu Zhengsheng stated in a work report delivered at the meeting of the fifth session of the 12th National Committee of the CPPCC that the Mainland would implement major Taiwan work policies of the central government, adhere to the common political basis of the "1992 Consensus," and resolutely oppose any form of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. The Mainland will deepen institutionalized exchanges between CPPCC members and representatives of the people of Taiwan, strengthen exchanges with Taiwan's grassroots front-line and younger generation, and solidify the basis of public opinion for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

March 5, 2017
Mainland Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stated in a government work report delivered at the meeting of the fifth session of the 12th National People’s Congress that the Mainland will thoroughly implement major Taiwan-related work policies, uphold the "one China" principle, maintain the common political basis of the "1992 Consensus," safeguard China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and maintain the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The Mainland will firmly oppose and contain "Taiwan independence" separatist activities and will never allow anyone in any form or in any name to separate Taiwan from the motherland. It will also continue to advance cross-Strait economic and social integration and development and provide more conveniences for Taiwan compatriots, especially youth studying, working, starting businesses, and living in the Mainland.

March 6, 2017
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office stated in a review of the Government Work Report with a Taiwan delegation attending the meeting of the fifth session of the 12th National People’s Congress that the Mainland will continue to uphold the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle, firmly oppose and deter any form of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities, safeguard China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and maintain the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The Mainland will continue to advance cross-Strait people-to-people exchanges and cooperation in various fields, study and introduce policy measures for the convenience of Taiwan compatriots studying, working, starting businesses, and living in the Mainland, vigorously promote cross-Strait economic and social integration and development, and firmly advance peaceful unification of the motherland.

March 6, 2017
Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang stated at a regular press conference in regards to Taiwan's announcement that the Association of East Asian Relations, Taiwan's agency for exchanges with Japan, would be renamed as the "Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association" that the Mainland firmly opposes any attempt to create "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan." The Mainland urged Japan to abide by its commitment, firmly uphold the "one China" policy, and properly handle Taiwan-related issues in the spirit of the four political documents between the two sides, including the Sino-Japanese Joint Declaration.

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

March 7, 2017
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Committee of the CPPCC Yu Zhengsheng stated to the Taiwan delegation attending a review of the meeting of the fifth session of the 12th National People’s Congress that it is necessary to seriously learn, understand, and implement General Secretary Xi Jinping's important thoughts on Taiwan work, continue to adhere to the basic principle of "peaceful reunification and one country, two systems," uphold the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle, firmly oppose and deter any form of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities, and endeavor to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The Mainland will adhere to the principle of "one family across the Strait," continue to advance cross-Strait people-to-people exchanges and cooperation in various fields, promote cross-Strait economic and social integration and development, and enhance affinity between and the well-being of compatriots on both sides.

March 8, 2017
Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi stated at a press conference during the meeting of the fifth session of the 12th National People’s Congress that there is only "one China" in the world and that Taiwan is part of "China." The establishment or maintenance of so-called "diplomatic relations" established between the Taiwan Area and any country has no basis in international law, has no legitimacy, and inevitably has no future.

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

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

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

March 20, 2017
Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Hua Chunying stated at a regular press conference on comments by U.S. officials stating that the Trump administration is mulling a plan for large-scale arms sales to Taiwan that the Mainland hopes that the U.S. fully understands the high sensitivity and serious harm of US arms sales to Taiwan, abides the principles of the "one China" policy and the three China-US joint communiques, stops arms sales to Taiwan, cautiously and properly handles the "Taiwan issue," and maintains the general situation of Sino-U.S. relations as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

March 24, 2017
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and Mainland Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli stated during a meeting at the Boao Forum in Hainan with a delegation led by Honorary Chairman of the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation Vincent Siew that the Mainland will continue to adhere to the "1992 Consensus" embodying the political foundation of the "one China" principle and oppose "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. It will also continue to advance cross-Strait economic and social integration and development, deepen cross-Strait people-to-people exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and study new policy measures for the convenience of Taiwan compatriots studying, working, starting businesses, and living in the Mainland. The Mainland is willing to share development opportunities in the Mainland with Taiwan compatriots and to enhance affinity between and well-being of compatriots on both sides.

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

March 27, 2017
Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Hua Chunying stated at a regular press conference regarding the visit by Japan's Senior Vice Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Jiro Akama to Taiwan that a visit to Taiwan by an incumbent vice minister of Japan is a flagrant violation of pledges by Japan to only engage in private and regional exchanges with Taiwan. It severely betrays the spirit of the four Sino-Japanese political documents. The Mainland resolutely opposes this and has made solemn representations to the Japanese side.

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

March 29, 2017
In regards to statements by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs that cross-Strait relations are not "diplomatic relations" and the MAC's statement that cross-Strait relations are cross-Strait relations, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated at a regular press conference that the Mainland and Taiwan belong to "one China." The cross-Strait relationship is not a state-to-state relationship. The nature of cross-Strait relations must be correctly understood before there can be talk on improving and developing cross-Strait relations. On the case of Li Ming-che, the spokesman said that Li Ming-che was suspected of involvement in activities endangering national security and was under investigation by the relevant departments. Regarding convenience measures or policies for Taiwan compatriots, he said that the relevant departments are studying convenience for Taiwan compatriots. Measures for Taiwan youth studying, pursuing careers, working, and living in the Mainland will be successively announced and implemented within the year. As for President Tsai Ing-wen's hope to establish an upgraded strategic partnership with the U.S., the spokesman said that the Mainland resolutely opposes Taiwan establishing any form of military exchanges and official contacts with countries that have diplomatic ties with the Mainland.

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

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

April 12, 2017
TAO spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated at a regular press conference that the case of Li Ming-che is under legal investigation by the relevant agencies for suspected activities "endangering national security." Related parties in the Mainland are handling this case in accordance with the law and will protect the the legitimate rights and interests of the involved parties according to law. Any deliberate trouble making or attempt to interfere with the handling of this case in accordance with the law will only further complicate the problem and harm the rights and interests of the involved parties. Related parties in Taiwan have deliberately steered this case towards cross-Strait relations. Maliciously attacking the Mainland and playing up the case will only further harm the already severe relations between the Mainland and Taiwan.

April 13, 2017
Mainland China announced a resolution (Order No. 43) by the National Tourism Administration, Ministry of Public Security, and TAO on the amended "Measures for the Administration of the Travel of Mainland Residents to the Taiwan Region." The amended measures came into force on the date of promulgation.

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

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

April 24, 2017
Several provinces and cities in mainland China today officially began using the electronic version of the Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents and stopped issuing the existing book-type permit.

April 26, 2017
TAO Director Zhang Zhijun stated at the "Sichuan-Taiwan Industrial Cooperation Presentation" that upholding the "1992 Consensus" and oppose "Taiwan independence" separatism is the key to maintaining the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations in the new situation.

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

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

April 27, 2017
Spokesman Yang Yujun of mainland China's Ministry of National Defense at a regular press conference stated, in regards to two second-hand Perry-Class frigates purchased by Taiwan's military from the United States, that the Mainland has always been firmly opposed to any country's selling arms to Taiwan. Any attempt to deny unification by force is doomed to fail.

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

April 28, 2017
TAO spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated in response to a question on President Tsai Ing-wen's exclusive interview with Reuters that the only way to resolve the current impasse in cross-Strait relations is for the Taiwan authorities recognize the "1992 Consensus" and identify with "One China."

May 5, 2017
A study by the Taiwan Affairs Office and Leading Group of the National Philosophy and Social Sciences Planning determined that Taiwan researchers employed at Mainland institutes of higher education and scientific research institutes should be allowed to apply for projects from the National Social Science Fund comparable to the treatment of Mainland residents.

May 6, 2017
Regarding an incident in which relevant parties in Taiwan seized a Mainland fishing boat and wounded Mainland fishermen in waters near Penghu, Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson An Fengshan said that Taiwan should respect the fact of operations by fishermen on both sides in traditional fishing areas and respect the rights and interests of Mainland fishermen. He also demanded that Taiwan immediately and seriously investigate and deal with this incident and promptly release the crew and vessel.

May 6, 2017
The Civil Aviation Administration of China indicated in a press release that civil aviation self-service equipment was upgraded at the end of 2016 to resolve issues related to automatic identification of Taiwan Compatriot Travel Certificate by self-service equipment. It expects to complete software and hardware upgrade and replacement for more than 1,700 self-service check-in kiosks at civil airports in the Mainland by the end of the year.

May 6, 2017
Mainland China's Ministry of Justice announced three policies to further open up the legal services sector to Taiwan. First, the geographic area in which Taiwan law firms are allowed to set up representative offices in the Mainland will be expanded from Fuzhou and Xiamen in Fujian to all of Fujian Province, Shanghai, Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province, and Guangdong Province. Secondly, Taiwan law firms with representative offices established in the Mainland for at least three years will be allowed to conduct joint operations with Mainland law firms in Fujian, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Guangdong. Thirdly, law firms in the said areas will be allowed to hire practicing Taiwan lawyers as consultants on legal matters related to Taiwan.

May 8, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun stated at the "Taiwan to E-Commerce" and "JD.com · Famous Taiwan Product Store" online activity that the Mainland will adhere unwaveringly to major Taiwan policies, adhere to the "1992 Consensus" reflecting the "one China" principle, resolutely oppose any form of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities, vigorously promote cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields, deepen cross-Strait economic and social integration and development, and constantly advance the welfare of and affinity between compatriots on both sides of the Strait. The relevant departments in the Mainland are gradually introducing policies and measures to provide further conveniences for Taiwan compatriots studying, working, starting businesses, and living in the Mainland.

May 8, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated during an interview on Taiwan-related issues concerning the World Health Assembly (WHA) that the refusal of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities to recognize the "1992 Consensus" reflecting the "one China" principle is a barrier to the Taiwan Area's participation in the WHA. The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). It must handle Taiwan-related issues of the WHA according to UN General Assembly Resolution 2758 and the "one China principle" as confirmed in WHA Resolution 25.1. He also stressed that the Mainland has been clear and consistent in its position on participation by the Taiwan Area in the activities of international organizations. Namely, such participation must be arranged through cross-Strait negotiations under the "one China" principle.

May 8, 2017
Regarding the lack of invitation for Taiwan to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA) and recent expressions of support by the United States and Canada for Taiwan's continued participation in the WHA as an observer, Spokesman Geng Shuang of mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the "one-China" principle must be followed when dealing with Taiwan's participation in activities of international organizations. The Mainland firmly opposes the irresponsible remarks made by individual countries on this issue. In fact, most countries support the handling of the issue in keeping with the "one-China" principle.

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

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

May 10, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference that related departments in the Mainland have successively announced new policy measures to provide further conveniences for Taiwan compatriots studying, working, starting businesses, and living in the Mainland, including: 1) the Mainland railway and civil aviation authorities have announced that self-service equipment will be upgraded to allow self-service purchases, ticketing, and check in by Taiwan compatriots; 2) the Ministry of Education and other departments amended and improved provisions related to Taiwan students studying in the Mainland; 3) Taiwan researchers working in the Mainland will be allowed to apply for projects under the National Social Science Fund; 4) the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security will expand the trial regions for employment of Taiwan compatriots at Mainland institutions; and 5) the Ministry of Justice resolved to further open up the legal services sector to Taiwan. Moreover, in order to encourage and support Taiwan youth working and starting businesses in the Mainland, the TAO last year introduced relevant provisions to guide all localities in providing start-up capital, financing, office space, and other support. Furthermore, on the so-called "three news"—"new situation, new answer sheet, and new model"—in cross-Strait interactions advocated by President Tsai, the spokesman stated that the root cause of the current changes in cross-Strait relations is that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities do not recognize the "1992 Consensus" and do not acknowledge that both sides belong to "one China." This has unilaterally damaged the common political basis for cross-Strait relations. No amount of new rhetoric by the DPP authorities can alter or cover up this fact.

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

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

May 17, 2017
Regarding the withdrawal of Fiji's representative office in Taiwan, Spokesperson Hua Chunying of mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated at a regular press conference that there is only "one China" in the world and Taiwan is part of "China." This is also a consensus of the international community affirmed by a series of international documents, including United Nations resolutions. Regarding the renaming of the organization handling ties between Taiwan and Japan from the "Association of East Asian Relations" to the "Taiwan-Japan Relations Association," the spokesperson said that the Chinese government resolutely opposes any official exchanges between Taiwan and countries having diplomatic ties with the Mainland. The Mainland urges the Japanese side to adhere to the principles of the Sino-Japanese Joint Declaration and the promises it has made so far, uphold the One China principle, take concrete actions to correct its mistakes, and avoid sending a wrong message to the Taiwan authority and the international community, nor creating new disturbance to China-Japan relations. The Mainland also admonishes the Taiwan authority that all attempts to create "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan" are destined to fail.

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

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

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

May 19, 2017
Responding to questions on the current status of cross-Strait relations, Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson An Fengshan stated that the nature of cross-Strait relations is a question of principle related to the future destiny of compatriots on both sides. There is no room for ambiguity. He stressed that the fact of Mainland and Taiwan belonging to "one China" is unchangeable. The "one China" principle universally upheld in the international community can not be challenged. The Mainland will firmly uphold the "one China" principle and firmly safeguard the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus." It will never tolerate "Taiwan independence" separatism in any form.

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

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

May 23, 2017
Spokesperson Hua Chunying of Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs at a regular press conference responded to a question on the claim by MAC Minister  Chang Hsiao Yeah that some countries were forced by mainland China to sign an agreement on joining the "Belt and Road Initiative" under the "one China" principle. She said that the one-China principle is a universal consensus among the international community. There is but "one China" in the world and Taiwan is part of "China."

May 24, 2017
Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng stated at a celebration for the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland that any attempt to change the "1992 Consensus" or the political position of opposition to Taiwan independence is unacceptable. He also emphasizes that any " disguised Taiwan independence" is destined to fail.

May 24, 2017
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter on the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland (ATIEM) expressing hope that the ATIEM would adhere to the "one China" principle to maintain the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and make new contributions to achieving a great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. The Mainland is willing to first share the development opportunities in the Mainland with Taiwan compatriots. The Mainland also welcomes Taiwan compatriots to invest in business establishment in the Mainland. It will continue to study and introduce policies and measures to provide further conveniences for Taiwan compatriots studying, working, starting businesses, and living in the Mainland. It will also earnestly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Taiwan compatriots.

May 24, 2017
Director Zhang Zhijun of the the Taiwan Affairs Office stated at the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland that the historical ups and downs in cross-Strait relations amply prove that the "1992 Consensus" is the pillar pacifying the seas in cross-Strait ties. There can be no ambiguity on the matter of principle that both sides belong to "one China." Zhang also presented five hopes: to bolster confidence in development in the Mainland; to maintain the general situation of peaceful development of cross-Strait relations; to enthusiastically serve Taiwanese businesspeople and enterprises; to care for and help the younger generation; and to fulfill corporate social responsibility.

May 25, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson An Fengshan stressed at a regular press conference that the "Belt and Road Initiative" is an open and inclusive development platform in which countries around the world hope to discover business opportunities. Moreover, the "one China" principle is universally recognized by the international community. This is the current reality of the world economy and international politics. In addition, the Mainland's position is very clear: there is only "one China" in the world. The Mainland and Taiwan belong to "one China." This is an undeniable historical fact.

May 26, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated in response to a question that Taiwan resident Li Ming-che was, in accordance with the law and with approval of the procuratorial organs, recently placed under arrest by the security agency in Hunan Province for suspected involvement in "the crime of subversion of state power." During the trial, Li Ming-che and others confessed to engaging in activities harmful to national security. The judiciary will deal with this case according to law.

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

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

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

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

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

June 4, 2017
Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Hua Chunying said that mainland China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters. While safeguarding its territorial sovereignty and maritime interests in the South China Sea, the Mainland stays committed to peacefully resolving disputes with countries directly concerned through negotiation and consultation, and upholding peace and stability of the South China Sea with ASEAN countries. Moreover, the Chinese side stands firmly against the so-called "Taiwan Relations Act" unilaterally made by the US and requires the US to honor the one-China policy and the three China-US joint communiqués, stop selling arms to Taiwan, stop all forms of official interaction with Taiwan and any attempt to elevate its relations with Taiwan, and take solid steps to maintain the overall China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

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

June 7, 2017
Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Hua Chunying stated at a regular press conference regarding Taiwan-related content in the "Report on the Military Power of the People's Republic of China" announced by the US Department of Defense on June 6 that the so-called "Taiwan Relations Act" unilaterally enacted by the US severely violates the one-China policy and the principles of the three China-US joint communiqués. The Chinese government has firmly opposed it all along. The Mainland demands that the US honor the one-China policy and the principles of the three China-US joint communiqués, cease arms sales to and military ties with Taiwan and cautiously handle Taiwan-related issues, so as not to hurt the overall interests of China-US relations and cross-Strait peace and stability.

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

June 10, 2017
Responding to a question on Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's reiteration during a media interview of the "2015 new standpoint," "one family across the Strait," and organization of the "Taipei-Shanghai City Forum," Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that the Mainland maintains a positive and open attitude to cross-Strait city exchanges and interaction so long as the nature of cross-Strait relations and cross-Strait city exchanges is correctly understood. Shanghai and Taipei City are communicating and consulting specifically on affairs related to this year's "Taipei-Shanghai City Forum."

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

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

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

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

June 13, 2017
Mainland Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and Vice President of the Republic of Panama and Foreign Minister Isabel Cecilia de Saint Malo García de Alvarado met for talks in Beijing. The two sides signed a joint communiqué to establish diplomatic relations and immediately terminate "diplomatic relations" between Panama and Taiwan. Panama also pledged to never again maintain official relations or have any official contact with Taiwan.

June 13, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated in response to a question regarding the establishment of diplomatic relations between mainland China and Panama that there is only one China in the world. There is a general consensus in the international community on adhering to the one China principle. The "1992 Consensus" reflecting the one China principle is a pillar pacifying the seas for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. Cross-Strait relations can return to the right direction of peaceful development if both sides recognize the "1992 Consensus" and acknowledge its core significance that both sides are part of one China.

June 14, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated at a regular press conference that the "Taiwan independence" platform has become the biggest barrier to cross-Strait exchanges. Amending this platform is a pragmatic and feasible approach. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) must abandon the "Taiwan independence" platform and change its position on "Taiwan independence" to improve relations with the Mainland. Regarding statements by some DPP county magistrates and mayors proposing to "be close to China and love Taiwan," "make peace with China," and "be friends with China," Ma said that regardless of the statements, the fundamental issue of the nature of cross-Strait relations should be spelled out. It is self-contradictory to adhere to a "Taiwan independence" position on the one hand, while on the other hand speaking at length about "affinity and friendship." If DPP members are truly sincere about improving and developing cross-Strait relations, they should change policy and thoroughly abandon the "Taiwan independence" position, not just in their language, but in their actions as well.

June 15, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun stated during a meeting in Nanjing with KMT Chairman Hung Hsiu-chu that the Mainland is willing to continue to liaise, strengthen exchange and dialogue, and maintain the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait on the common political foundation of adhering to the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence."

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

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

June 18, 2017
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng presented a speech at the opening ceremony of the Ninth Straits Forum in Xiamen. He proposed five views on "expanding private exchanges and deepening integrated development": First, deepening integrated development requires upholding the principle of "one family across the Strait" and jointly safeguarding the overall interests of the Chinese nation. Second, deepening integrated development requires further upgrading the level of cross-Strait economic cooperation and building up common interests across the Strait. Third, deepening integrated development requires joint efforts to promote Chinese culture and enhance the spiritual ties among compatriots on both sides of the Strait. Fourth, deepening integrated development requires giving full play to the creativity of compatriots on both sides and further building momentum for integrated development. Fifth, deepening integrated development requires compatriots on both sides to work together to overcome difficulties and eliminate obstacles. Adhering to the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus" reflecting the "one China" principle and maintaining the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations are necessary conditions for deepening cross-Strait integrated development. "Taiwan independence" is the the greatest threat and scourge to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the fundamental interests of compatriots on both sides. Compatriots on both sides should resolutely oppose secession in any form and all actions that damage the fundamental interests of the people in order to maintain their common homeland.

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

June 28, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated at a regular press conference that 20 years of practice have proven that "one country, two systems" is not only the best solution for resolving the Hong Kong issues left by history, but also the best institutional arrangement to maintain Hong Kong's long-term prosperity and stability since its return to the Mainland. The Mainland resolutely opposes any person in any form interfering with Hong Kong's implementation of "one country, two systems" and undermining prosperity and stability in Hong Kong.

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

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

June 30, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated in regards to the recent US arms sales to Taiwan and strengthening of military cooperation with Taiwan that the Mainland resolutely opposes any form of official contact and military ties between Taiwan and the US and resolutely oppose US arms sales to Taiwan on any pretext.

June 30, 2017
Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Lu Kang stated at a regular press conference in regards to the US government's announced arms sale to Taiwan that by selling arms to Taiwan, the US has severely violated international law, basic norms governing international relations and the three China-US joint communiqués, and jeopardized China's sovereignty and security interests. The Chinese side firmly opposes that. The Mainland urges the US side to honor its solemn commitments in the three China-US joint communiqués, cancel the planned arms sales, and stop its military contact with Taiwan so as not to cause further damage to China-US relations and bilateral cooperation in major areas.

June 30, 2017
Mainland Ministry of National Defense spokesman Ren Guoqiang stated in regards to the US announcement of arms sales to Taiwan that the US behavior seriously violates the principles of the three China-US joint communiqués, especially the August 17 communiqué. The Mainland urges the US to abide by the principles of the three China-US joint communiques, cancel projects related to arms sales to Taiwan and terminate arms sales to Taiwan and US-Taiwan military relations to avoid further harming China-US military relations and peace in the Taiwan Strait.

July 3, 2017
Director Zhang Zhijun of the mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office met in Shanghai with a delegation led by Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je to attend the Taipei-Shanghai City Forum. He said that the two sides are part of an inseparable "community of fate" and one family across the Strait. The family will prosper if it lives in harmony. The Mainland welcomes any political party, organization, or person in Taiwan that correctly understands the nature of cross-Strait relations and is willing to actively engage in and promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait ties. The development of cross-Strait city exchanges is conducive to enhancing mutual understanding and mutual learning and benefits the people. The Mainland hopes to maintain a correct understanding and direction in cross-Strait city exchanges and to continuously innovate and expand the areas of cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation to contribute to the advancement of the well being and sense of affinity between compatriots on both sides of the Strait.

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

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

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

July 12, 2017
Responding to a question on reports that the Cairo Declaration will no longer be part of the curriculum in Taiwan's high schools, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that the Cairo Declaration stipulated that Chinese territory taken by Japan, such as Manchuria, Taiwan and the Penghu Islands, should be returned to China. He emphasized that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an integral part of China. This is an indisputable historical fact with a legal basis. Any attempt to change the position that Taiwan is a part of China part position is futile.

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

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

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

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

July 14, 2017
Responding to a question on statements by Taiwan concerning the death of Liu Xiaobo, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that the Democratic Progressive Party authorities and leaders have further pulled off the veil of "maintaining the status quo." They have repeatedly attacked the Mainland, heightened cross-Strait confrontation, and attempted to drag cross-Strait relations back the old path of tension and turmoil. This is a dangerous behavior. He also stated that the Mainland people alone have the greatest right to speak on the political economic and social development situation in mainland China.

July 14, 2017
In response to questions during a regular press conference regarding a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 approved by the U.S. House of Representatives requiring that the U.S. Secretary of Defense assess the possibility of exchange visits of U.S. and Taiwan warships, mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang stated that the relevant provision is a serious breach the "One China" policy of the U.S. and the principles of the three China-US joint communities. The Mainland has made solemn representations to the U.S. side. It emphasized that the Mainland has consistently and resolutely opposed any form of official contacts and military ties between the U.S. and Taiwan. It urged the U.S. to fully understand that the provision in the said bill is seriously harmful and that a bill with this provision should not be allowed to become law.

July 20, 2017
Responding to media reports that a naval formation led by the Liaoning aircraft carrier sailed through the Taiwan Strait and that the formation was tracked through the Strait by a U.S. navy destroyer, the information office of mainland China's Ministry of National Defense stated that it is watching related reports. The Mainland military is closely monitoring and will effectively handle any situation confronted on the sea.

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

July 24, 2017
National Taiwan Research Association President and former state councilor Dai Bingguo stated in his opening remarks at the 26th Seminar on Cross-Strait Relations that, since coming into power, the Democratic Progressive Party has attempted to strengthen substantive relations between the U.S. and Taiwan. Concerned parties in the U.S. have also aggressively played the "Taiwan card." China resolutely opposes any form of official contact and military relations between Taiwan and the U.S. He warned the U.S. to understand the seriousness of the issue and to abide the three China-US joint communities. He also stated that the Mainland will adhere to the "1992 Consensus" and oppose "Taiwan independence" in the future development of cross-Strait relations. Furthermore, he expressed hope that the Taiwan authorities would change their "Taiwan independence" position, stop "Taiwan independence" actions in any form, and return to the correct path on the common political basis of the "1992 Consensus." He also noted the the level of cross-Strait economic cooperation needs to be upgraded to build on common interests across the Taiwan Strait. Moreover, exchanges between the people on both sides need to be further expanded to deepen the integrated development of the societies on both sides.

July 24, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun stated in a speech at the 26th Seminar on Cross-Strait Relations that the key to cross-Strait relations at this time is "integrated development" and "political foundations." In the new situation, deepening cross-Strait economic and social integration and development is an important way to benefit compatriots on both sides and to promote the further advancement of cross-Strait relations. Facing the complex and serious situation in the Taiwan Strait, the Mainland will adhere to the "1992 Consensus" reflecting the "one China" principle and never waver in its determined stance on firmly opposing "Taiwan independence" activities in any form; it will not lessen efforts advance cross-Strait non-governmental exchanges and cooperation; will not slow efforts to deepen cross-Strait economic and social integration and development; and will not change its sincerity in working for the well-being of compatriots on both sides, doing practical things, and enhancing common interests and affinity between the two sides.

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

July 27, 2017
During a regular press conference, mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang responded to a question on the Cambodian government's deportation to mainland China of people Taiwan persons suspected of involvement in telecommunications fraud. He stated that the Mainland commends Cambodia's cooperation to crack down on cross-border crimes including telecommunication scams.

August 1, 2017
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping stated at an assembly to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army that the Mainland absolutely will not permit any person, any organization, any political party—at any time, in any form—to separate any piece of Chinese territory from China. No one should expect us to swallow the bitter fruit of damage to our sovereignty, security and development interests.

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

August 5, 2017
Relevant local agencies have recently discouraged Mainland students from applying to study in Taiwan. Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that, under the current circumstances of cross-Strait relations, it is normal for the relevant local authorities in the performance of their duties to bring attention to affairs regarding study in Taiwan. The decision on whether or not to study in Taiwan is still made by the exam candidates and their parents.

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

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

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

August 9, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang expressed gratitude to various parties in Taiwan for their concern and condolences and to certain Taiwan-funded enterprises for their support of local relief work after a strong earthquake struck Jiuzhaigou County in the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province.

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

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

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

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

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

August 18, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun stated at the Eighth Experience the Charm of Damei Qinghai and Qinghai and Taiwan Ethnic Minorities Exchange activity that the Mainland and Taiwan are our shared homeland and the prosperity and development of the ethnic minorities of both sides is our shared hope and dream. Compatriots of all ethnic groups on both sides of the Strait should join hands and work together for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, promote and continue Chinese culture, and advance cross-Strait economic and social integration and development.

August 21, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office Deputy Director Zheng Shanjie stated at the Fifth Guizhou-Taiwan Cooperation Conference on Economy and Trade that compatriots on both sides are part of an inseparable community of fate. The Mainland will not diminish efforts to advance cross-Strait economic and civil exchanges and cooperation and to deepen cross-Strait economic and social integration and development. In the new situation, the Mainland is willing to first share development opportunities in the Mainland with the vast number of Taiwan compatriots, work to expand the social benefits of cross-Strait economic cooperation, and enhance the scope of benefits and sense of gain among compatriots on both sides.

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

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

August 30, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun stated at the 15th Jiangxi-Taiwan Economic, Trade and Cultural Cooperation and Exchange Conference that the Mainland has always taken active policy measures to promote cross-Strait economic exchanges and cooperation. The Mainland will continue to adhere the "1992 Consensus" reflecting the "one China" principle, firmly oppose and deter any form of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities, and maintain the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. It will also continue to promote cross-Strait civilian exchanges and cooperation in various fields and deepen cross-Strait economic and social integration and development.

August 31, 2017
At a regular press conference, Mainland Ministry of National Defense Spokesman Ren Guoqiang stated in response to a question on the steadily increasing number of Mainland military aircraft flights around Taiwan that the military aircraft training was a routine air force training activity.

September 4, 2017
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Taiwan Affairs Office stated in a speech at a commemorative event for the 30th anniversary of cross-Strait exchanges that barriers to cross-Strait relations must be eliminated. The following points must be held to firmly for the two sides to continue to advance in the right direction: First, adhere to the political foundation embodying the "one China" principle and resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence" separatists; second, continue to advance exchanges and cooperation in various fields and deepen cross-Strait economic and social integration and development; third, promote Chinese culture and build up a common spiritual bond; and fourth, jointly establish the Chinese Dream and work together to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

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

September 13, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference that the investigation and trial of the case of Li Ming-che was handled by the Mainland agencies in charge strictly in accordance with the law and legal procedures. He also emphasized that any attempt to use this case for political ends, affect or discredit the Mainland's handling of this case in accordance with the law, or attack the Mainland's political and legal systems is futile. Regarding Taiwan's participation in the APEC activity in November, he said that this matter should be handled according to the one China principle and related provisions under the APEC memorandum of understanding. Furthermore, regarding Taiwan's push during the United Nations (UN) General Assembly this year, he said that the UN is an international organization composed of sovereign states that observe the "one China" policy. Any actions challenging the "one China" principle universally observed by the international community are bound to fail.

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

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

September 20, 2017
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China Yu Zhengsheng, during a meeting with members of the China Overseas Friendship Association (COFA) attending COFA's 20th anniversary celebration assembly and Fourth Executive Council plenum, called on the association members to uphold the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus" reflecting the "one China" principle, organize and participate in various types of cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges, build closer ties with the grassroots public and young people in Taiwan, oppose "Taiwan independence" separatist activities in any form, deepen private-sector links across the Taiwan Strait, and accumulate social resources and solidify the basis of public opinion for peaceful unification.

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

September 27, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated at a regular press conference that, as an inseparable part of China's territory, Taiwan has never been a country, and will not become a country. The Chinese Mainland resolutely opposes "Taiwan independence" in any form and will never allow the past tragedy of national secession to be repeated. "Taiwan independence" separatists will reap what they sow. He also reiterated that the red line on cross-Strait relations is clear. The Mainland is firmly determined to protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

September 28, 2017
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China Yu Zhengsheng stated in a speech at the reception to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the national founding that the Mainland will unwaveringly adhere to the "one China" principle, and the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus," resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence," strive to deepen cross-Strait economic and social integration and development, continue implementing policy initiatives beneficial to compatriots on both sides, enable closer contact and exchanges between the grassroots public on both sides, especially the younger generation, and maintain and promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

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

September 30, 2017
Mainland Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reiterated in a speech at a reception for the 68th anniversary of the national founding that the Mainland will continue to adhere to the "one China" principle and the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus," resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence," unite all forces supporting the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, including Taiwan compatriots, and constantly advance towards achieving national reunification.

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

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

October 10, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated in regards to President Tsai Ing-wen's National Day address that, irrespective of the model the Taiwan authorities propose, the key is the fundamental issue of clearly stating the nature of cross-Strait relations and confirming the principle that Taiwan and mainland China belong to one China remains the core understanding. Only by adhering to the “one-China’ principle and opposing Taiwan independence can relations between the sides develop with peace and stability; only then can cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation smoothly advance; and only then can the welfare of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait continuously improve.

October 11, 2017
The website of mainland China's Taiwan Affairs Office indicated that the Mainland's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Liu Jieyi succeeded to the position of deputy director of the Taiwan Affairs Office and was granted a ministerial title.

October 13, 2017
Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying emphasized at a regular press conference in regards to the passage of the Taiwan Travel Act by the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee that the relevant bill has severely violated the one-China policy and the principles of the three China-US joint communiques. The Mainland urged the US to comply with these principle, cautiously handle the Taiwan issue, and not send any wrong signals to the "Taiwan independence" separatists.

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

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

October 15, 2017
The Taiwan Affairs Office emphasized in an essay published in the 20th issue of "Qiushi" magazine that the Mainland will continue to thoroughly study and implement General Secretary Xi Jinping's important thinking on Taiwan-related work and deploy the central government's Taiwan policy. It will resolutely maintain the "one China" principle, resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence," continue to unite political parties, organizations, and compatriots from all walks of life in Taiwan to jointly safeguard and promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, continue to promote and deepen cross-Strait economic and social integration, endeavor to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and firmly advance towards the peaceful reunification of China.

October 15, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang expressed deep condolences over the death of three Taiwanese tourists in a rockfall accident at a scenic site near the Three Gorges in Yichang, Hubei. He also said that follow-up affairs would be properly handled through emergency mechanisms according to the relevant regulations and policies.

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

October 18, 2017
General Secretary Xi Jinping of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) stated in a report presented at 19th CPC National Congress that it is vital to uphold the principles of "peaceful reunification" and"one country, two systems," work for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and advance the process toward the peaceful reunification of China. He also emphasized that the Mainland would stand firm in safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Mainland has the resolve, the confidence, and the ability to defeat separatist attempts for "Taiwan independence" in any form. The Mainland will never allow anyone, any organization, or any party to split off any tract of territory from China at anytime or in any way. Recognize the historical fact of the 1992 Consensus and that the two sides both belong to one China, and then the two sides can conduct dialogue. Guided by the conviction that both sides are all of the same family, Xi expressed respect for the current social system and way of life in Taiwan. The Mainland will expand cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation, and over time, people from Taiwan will enjoy the same treatment as local people when they pursue their studies, start businesses, seek jobs, or live on the Mainland. He also encouraged people from both sides to work together to promote Chinese culture and forge closer bonds between them.

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

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

October 26, 2017
Spokesman Ren Guoqiang of the mainland China's Ministry of National Defense stated at a regular press conference in regards to whether the People's Liberation Army (PLA) would strengthen combat-ready cruises around Taiwan and military pressure against Taiwan that the PLA will organize routine training according to its annual plans. Taiwan is part of China. The Mainland is willing to seek peaceful reunification with the utmost sincerity and effort. It also has the ability, confidence, and means to maintain the unity, sovereignty, security, and territorial integrity of the motherland.

October 27, 2017
Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang stated at a regular press conference in regards to President Tsai Ing-wen's transit in Hawaii and Guam during a trip that the one-China principle is a universal consensus among the international community, as well as a principle that the Mainland always adheres to in handling the issue of Taiwan's foreign relations. The Mainland hopes that the US will abide by the one-China policy and the principles of the three China-US joint communiques, not permit President Tsai's "transit," refrain from sending any wrong messages to the Taiwan independence forces, and uphold the larger interests of China-US relations and cross-Strait peace and stability. The Mainland has also lodged stern representations with the US side on this matter.

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

October 28, 2017
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office stated in a speech at a seminar on "Review and Prospects of 30 Years of Cross-Strait Relations" that the "1992 Consensus" reflecting the "one China" principle clearly defines the fundamental nature of cross-Strait relations. Without this pillar pacifying the seas, the boat for peaceful development will face stormy waters and could even capsize. So long as the two sides recognize the historical fact of the "1992 Consensus" and recognize that the two sides belong to one China, cross-Strait relations can take a turn for the better and escape the impasse. "Taiwan independence" forces and their activities are the most real threat to the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and the biggest obstacle to cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation. The Mainland has clearly drawn a red line on issues concerning national sovereignty and territorial integrity and will never allow the historical tragedy of national division to repeat itself.

October 28, 2017
Public security agencies in mainland China escorted 19 Taiwan nationals suspected of involvement in telecommunications fraud from Cambodia to Guangzhou.

October 30, 2017
Mainland China's Ministry of Justice recently released a "Resolution on Revision of the 'Administrative Measures for the Practice of Law in the Mainland by Taiwan Residents Holding the National Legal Profession Qualifications'." From 2017 November 1, the scope of Taiwan-related civil cases that a Taiwan resident may represent, where such person has been approved to practice law in the Mainland, has acquired a Mainland Legal Profession Qualification Certificate, and is practicing in the Mainland of the People's Republic of China, will be expanded to 237 items under five categories.

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

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

November 9, 2017
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping stated during a meeting with US President Donald Trump in Beijing that the Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive core issue in Sino-US relations and concerns the political foundation of Sino-US relations as well. He hoped that the US would continue to abide by the "one China" principle.

November 11, 2017
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping stressed during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Da Nang, Vietnam, that the four political documents and consensus between the Mainland and Japan must be followed on history, Taiwan, and other important matters of principle concerning the political foundation of Sino-Japanese relations.

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

November 15, 2017
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang responded to a question at a regular press conference on Taiwan's bid to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). He stated that the Mainland resolutely opposes the signing of any official agreements with sovereign implications between mainland China’s diplomatic allies and Taiwan.

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

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

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

November 24, 2017
In a speech presented at the opening ceremony of the Third Cross-Strait Media Summit in Beijing, Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office summarized the Taiwan-related work content in the 19th Party Congress report in "Six Ones": one fundamental goal—resolve the Taiwan issue and achieve complete national reunification; one basic guideline—adhere to the guideline of "peaceful reunification" and "one country, two systems"; one major task—promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and advance the process toward motherland’s peaceful reunification; one basic principle— the "one China" principle; one clear red line—firmly safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity and never allow the historical tragedy of national division to repeat itself; and one important idea—uphold the idea of "one family across the Strait," respect the current social system and way of life in Taiwan, and be willing to first share development opportunities in the Mainland with Taiwan compatriots.

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

November 28, 2017
The Yueyang City Intermediate People's Court in Hunan Province pronounced a sentence in the case of Li Ming-che for subversion of state power. The court sentenced Li Ming-che to imprisonment for five years and deprivation of political rights for two years.

November 29, 2017
With regard to the case of Lei Ming-che, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated at a regular press conference that the Mainland is a rule of law society. Any organization or individual in the Mainland must respect and observe its’ laws and regulations and public order, and all violations of the law must be investigated by law. He also emphasized that the guiding principles on Taiwan decided at the 19th Party Congress have not changed and will continue to be implemented in various aspects of cross-Strait relations.

November 30, 2017
In response to a question on the normalization of long distance training missions by Mainland military aircraft beyond the island chain during a regular press conference, Spokesman for the Mainland's Ministry of National Defense Wu Qian stated that Taiwan is part of China. Such training is routinely arranged under annual plans and will continue. He also emphasized that that there are no chains that can bind China.

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

December 12, 2017
Spokesperson Shen Jinke of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force said that the Mainland air force began routine normalized long-distance training missions on December 11. Several bombers and reconnaissance aircraft conducted "island encirclement patrols" to enhance ability to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

December 13, 2017
With regard to amended provisions in Taiwan's Referendum Act and passage of the Statute Governing the Promotion of Transformational Justice, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference that the Mainland resolutely opposes advancement of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities by any force or in any form, including the so-called referendum, as well as the opening of doors of convenience for "Taiwan independence" separatist activities and "de-sinonization" activities under any name.

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

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

December 19, 2017
Regarding the US National Security Strategic Report stated that the US "will maintain its strong ties with Taiwan in accordance with its one-China policy," spokesperson Hua Chunying of mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said at a regular press conference that the Mainland urges the US side to abide by the one-China principle and three China-US joint communiqués and properly handle the Taiwan-related issues, thus avoiding disturbing the overall picture of China-US cooperation.

December 19, 2017
Regarding the police investigation and search of four individuals, including Taiwan New Party member Wang Bing-Chung, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated that the Mainland strongly condemns the Taiwan authorities for protecting and indulging the "Taiwan independence" separatists while recklessly suppressing and persecuting forces and individuals who support peaceful reunification and will closely watch related developments.

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

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

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

December 21, 2017
The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court rendered a verdict on the cross-border telecommunications fraud case in Kenya. Key Taiwanese suspects in the case were sentenced to 15 years in prison for fraud.

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

December 27, 2017
At the 2017 National Taiwan Association Chairmen Symposium, Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office stated that the Mainland will resolutely implement the major Taiwan work policies determined at the CCP 19th National Congress. It will also firmly safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and never allow the historical tragedy of national division to repeat itself. He also said that the Taiwan Affairs Office, National Development and Reform Commission, and Ministry of Commerce would announce the establishment of a Cross-Strait Industrial Cooperation Zone in Sichuan at the meeting.

December 28, 2017
Spokesperson Ren Guoqiang of mainland China's Ministry of National Defense stated at a regular press conference with regard to the release of Taiwan's 2017 National Defense Report that the determination of the Mainland to protect its national sovereignty and territorial integrity is unswerving. Any attempt to resist the reunification by relying on outside forces is doomed to fail. Regarding the frequent exercises conducted in East Asia by PLA ships and aircraft in mid-November and the repeated circumnavigation of Taiwan by military aircraft, he said that Taiwan is part of China, the relevant training activities of the PLA navy and air force, are arranged under annual plans, and similar training will continue to be conducted in the future. The open-sea movement and training of the PLA navy and air force are becoming increasingly normalized and in accordance with relevant international law and practice.

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

December 29, 2017
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping stated at a New Year reception for the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference that the Mainland will adhere to the "one China" principle, push forward the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations based on the 1992 Consensus, and oppose separatist activities in any form.

December 31, 2017
In a New Year message entitled "Jointly Undertaking the Greater Interests of the People, Writing a New Chapter for the Age" published in the first issue of Relations Across Taiwan Straits magazine in 2018, Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office stated that in the new year, the Mainland will not waver in its resolve to promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and solidly advance the process toward the peaceful reunification of China; will not waver from its position of adhering to the one China principle and the "1992 Consensus"; will not be ambiguous in its resolution to oppose and deter all forms of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities; and will not stop taking steps to deepen cross-Strait economic and social integration and development and advance the well-being and affinity of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

December 31, 2017
In a New Year message entitled "Forging Ahead, Jointly Accomplishing the Great Project of the Generation" published in the first issue of Relations Across Taiwan Straits magazine in 2018, ARATS Chairman Chen Deming said that cross-Strait relations still face many variables ahead. The Mainland has the full confidence and capability to respond the many risks in the development of cross-Strait relations, to maintain the right course of peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and to advance the process of national unification in the realization of the historical process of national rejuvenation.