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Mainland Affairs Council

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2011 Jul. ~ 2011 Dec.

July 4, 2011
MAC Minister Lai Shin-yuan announces that the government's office in Macao—the "Taipei Economic and Cultural Center," has been renamed as the "Taipei Economic and Cultural Office," whose functions and status have been upgraded at the same time. The Macao government has also agreed to provide the personnel of Taiwan's Macao office with preferential arrangements similar to those provided to the personnel of other foreign offices.

July 4, 2011
MAC Minister Lai Shin-yuan announces that the Taiwan government's representative office in Hong Kong, which had operated externally as the "Chung Hwa Travel Service" over the past 45 years, is to be renamed as the "Taipei Economic and Cultural Office." In the future, Taiwan's representative office in Hong Kong will be able to directly liaise with relevant agencies of the Hong Kong government according to operational needs. Therefore, its functions, service performance, and relations with the Hong Kong government will be upgraded. At the same time, Taiwan's Executive Yuan has also granted approval for the Hong Kong government to establish the "Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office" in Taiwan.

July 4, 2011
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government announces plans to establish the "Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office" in Taiwan this year.

July 6, 2011
The MAC issues a press release indicating that the 14 Taiwan persons deported from the Philippines to mainland China on suspicions of involvement in cross-border telecommunication fraud have been repatriated to Taiwan from the Mainland through mechanisms established under the Cross-Strait Agreement on Joint Crime-Fighting and Judicial Mutual Assistance to face relevant judicial procedures. In the future handling of criminal cases involving third countries, the law enforcement agencies of the two sides will discuss the treatment of involved persons according to the circumstances and based on the principles of mutual respect, protecting the innocent, and punishing the guilty, so as to protect the life and property rights and interests of the people on both sides.

July 6, 2011
At the Opening Ceremony of the Fourth Tianjin-Taiwan Investment Cooperation Conference, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi emphasizes that the main focus of the Mainland's Taiwan policy is directed at the great number of Taiwanese compatriots. This year, cross-strait relations should "seek progress with stability," meaning that both sides should stabilize and consolidate the common political foundation of opposing "Taiwan independence" and adhering to the "1992 Consensus."

July 7, 2011
At the 74th anniversary memorial day of the "Marco Polo Bridge Incident," President Ma Ying-jeou states that since the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are now gradually achieving political and military reconciliation, they should face the facts and speak the plain truth when it comes to the interpretation of history.

July 7, 2011
During a meeting with Taichung Mayor Jason Hu, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi indicates that city and county exchanges are an important part of major exchanges between various sectors on both sides. They are beneficial to the development of benign cross-strait interactions at the grassroots level, promoting mutual understanding between the people on both sides, mutually sharing urban-rural development and management experience, and laying a social foundation for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

July 8, 2011
While presenting a keynote speech on "The Republic of China's Mainland Policy: Piloting Cross-Strait Relations to Create a Peaceful Environment for Benign Interactions between the Two Sides of the Taiwan Strait" at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., MAC Minister Lai Shin-yuan emphasizes that a century of nation building by the Republic of China (ROC) has coalesced into the common values of "liberty" and "peace" that Taiwan treasures today. The institution safeguarding these values is the democratic constitution of the ROC, which is also Taiwan's unwavering and important core in developing cross-strait relations. In the course of cross-strait interactions, Taiwan has a responsibility to share with mainland China the experience it has gained from the last six decades of economic development as well as the process of democratization. Through contact, dialogue, cooperation, and mutual understanding, Taiwan's core values can be truly understood and even adopted by the people on the other side of the Strait as their own values to promote lasting peace across the Taiwan Strait. This is Taiwan's "piloting" power.

July 9, 2011
While explaining the government's cross-strait policy to overseas Chinese in Washington D.C., MAC Minister Lai Shin-yuan indicates that with the growing frequency of cross-strait interactions and personnel contacts, the influence of the "Taiwan experience" in mainland China will surpass Taiwan's influence on the economic and trade fronts, and it will help the Mainland people appreciate Taiwan's core values and promote the development of long-term peace across the Taiwan Strait. As the government improves cross-strait relations, it also bears responsibility to remind the Mainland authorities to tolerate and cherish the values and contributions of dissenting views in society and boldly undertake political reform, which would help reduce the psychological distance between the people of the two sides.

July 11, 2011
During a meeting with a visiting delegation of Canadian parliamentarian, President Ma Ying-jeou states that the primary objective in improving cross-strait relations is to create a peaceful and secure environment for Taiwan. Therefore, engaging in an arms race with mainland China is not in the interests of either Taiwan or the region, which will be best and most effectively served by rapprochement and institutionalization of relations between the two sides.

July 11, 2011
During an overseas Chinese symposium in New York, MAC Minister Lai Shin-yuan states that in promoting Mainland policy, the government treats the "1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations" as the foundation for resuming institutionalized cross-strait negotiations, and "one China is the Republic of China, and there is no second interpretation." She also emphasizes that there should be no political preconditions in a true reconciliation between the two sides. Up to now, the Mainland still has a targeted military deployment against Taiwan. It should proactively take concrete measures to eliminate unnecessary obstructions in cross-strait relations in order to establish complete mutual trust between the two sides and then move towards a new era of bona fide peace with reconciliation.   

July 16, 2011
The MAC announces the results of its latest public opinion survey, whose results show that nearly 70 percent (68.7 percent) of the public believe that the government's move to allow Mainland tourists to travel independently to Taiwan will help promote Taiwan's economic development, and over half (56.1 percent) of the public support the government's plan to implement the independent travel policy for Mainland tourists visiting Taiwan in a gradual and orderly manner. On the achievements of the 15 agreements signed by the two sides through institutionalized negotiations, nearly 60 percent (57.6 percent) of the public believe the agreements are conducive to Taiwan's overall development. Furthermore, 70 percent of the public support the government's continued negotiations with mainland China on the Cross-Strait Investment Protection Agreement, while over 50 percent (55.5 percent) approve cross-strait negotiations and the signing of an agreement on nuclear power safety cooperation.

July 17, 2011
At the 11th session of the eighth provincial committee meeting, Secretary of CPC Fujian Provincial Committee Sun Chunlan states that in order to strengthen mutual linkages between the "Twelfth Five-Year Plan" and Taiwan's "Golden Decade" blueprint, Fujian will make new breakthroughs in implementing the ECFA, accelerating the development of business incubation parks for Taiwan farmers, and establishing a cross-strait financial service center. Moreover, using the successful experience of the Straits Forum, it will promote the establishment of mechanisms for two-way interactions between various industries in Fujian and Taiwan to form counterpart cooperation and normal contacts.

July 22, 2011
During a joint interview by Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun and Nihon Keizai Shimbun, President Ma Ying-jeou states that the Diaoyu Islands are part of the inherent territory of Taiwan. Taiwan's basic position is, on the one hand, to insist that Taiwan has its sovereignty, and on the other hand, to be willing to resolve this matter peacefully and rationally. Moreover, in the process of resolving the problem, Taiwan will not join with mainland China. It is hoped that in the future it can be possible to "shelve disputes, develop together, and jointly share resources."

July 23, 2011
The SEF contacts the Mainland side to confirm that no Taiwan persons were among those wounded or killed by a train collision on the Mainland high-speed rail system near Wenzhou.

July 27, 2011
The SEF and the ARATS complete an exchange of documents and notification regarding individual travel by Fujian residents to the Kinmen, Matsu, and Penghu areas. The new policy officially begins on July 29.

July 27, 2011
During a meeting with Taiwan representatives in the greater Washington D.C. area, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the Taiwan issue is mainland China's internal affair and should be resolved through equal negotiations between the Chinese people on both sides of the Strait. Moreover, the improvement and development of cross-strait relations requires understanding and support of the international community.

July 28, 2011
Responding to a statement made by Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi in the United States that "the Taiwan issue is mainland China's internal affair and must be resolved through negotiations between the Chinese people on both sides," the MAC reiterates that the Republic of China is a sovereign and independent country instead of the Mainland's internal issue. The basic principle of the ROC’s Mainland policy at this stage is to maintain the status quo of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" in the Taiwan Strait under the framework of the ROC Constitution. The "1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations" is the foundation that has enabled the establishment and steady operation of institutionalized cross-strait negotiations. The institutionalized cross-strait negotiation mechanism is based on "shelving disputes and holding pragmatic negotiations," without touching on politics and other sensitive issues.

July 29, 2011
During an interview with the Asian Wall Street Journal, President Ma Ying-jeou states that regarding the South China Sea, the position of the Republic of China has always been that it claims the sovereignty and all sides should resolve disputes peacefully, ensure the freedom of navigation on the high seas, and jointly develop and share resources.

July 29, 2011
During a meeting with Taiwan representatives in the U.S. at the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the Mainland side's main view on cross-strait relations can be summed up as "Three 'Joints'." First, the fruits of the peaceful development of cross-strait relations should be jointly shared by compatriots on both sides of the Strait; secondly, the peaceful development of cross-strait relations needs to be jointly upheld by compatriots on both sides of the Strait; and thirdly, the peaceful development of cross-strait relations in the future must be jointly created by compatriots on both sides of the Strait.

August 4, 2011
During a regular press conference, MAC Deputy Minister Johnnason Liu states that according to the Constitution of the Republic of China, the South China Sea is part of the inherent territory of the ROC. Related government ministries and departments will convey this position and reiterate sovereignty on occasions of international interactions. He also indicates that the South China Sea issue is not a product of cross-strait exchanges and will not be handled through the methods or negotiations between the SEF and the ARATS.

August 8, 2011
In an opening speech at the 4th Cross-Strait Exchange Week of "Matsu Culture" and 10th Hebei-Taiwan Economic Cooperation Conference," Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that cultural exchange and economic and trade cooperation have been the primary driving fields in cross-strait interactions, like two wheels advancing together and constantly promoting the development of cross-strait relations. An important focal point of the Mainland side in developing Taiwan-related work is to continue to advance the interests and well-being of the grassroots public on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

August 9, 2011
At the opening ceremony of the "2011 Overseas Taiwanese Business in Heilongjiang" activity, Taiwan Affairs Office Deputy Director Sun Yafu indicates that the fundamental condition for the string of important results achieved through the past three years of cross-strait exchanges, cooperation, consultations, and negotiations is that the two sides have a common political basis of opposing "Taiwan independence" and adhering to the "1992 Consensus." With this foundation, the two sides can build mutual trust, seek common ground, and interact benignly, creating a sound environment beneficial to exchanges and cooperation and enabling the resolution of real problems through equal negotiations.

August 16, 2011
At the 2011 ROC Ambassadors and Taiwan Overseas Representatives Meeting, President Ma Ying-jeou states that the government's "flexible diplomacy" has achieved many substantive results in the process of advancing cross-strait peace and prosperity. He also emphasizes that the Republic of China (ROC) will maintain the status quo of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" in the Taiwan Strait under the framework of the Constitution. Moreover, on the foundation of the "1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations," the government will promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. It will absolutely not return to engaging in "scorched earth diplomacy," "dollar diplomacy" or "checkbook diplomacy." Rather, the ROC must return to normal diplomacy.

August 16, 2011
While presiding at a rank and decoration conferral ceremony for armed forces officers, President Ma Ying-jeou states that "resolute defense and effective deterrence" remains the highest guiding principle in defense building. A rock solid military is the foundation and strength for sustained peace across the Taiwan Strait. He states that in the overall layout of national security, the first line of defense is to institutionalize cross-strait relations in order to greatly reduce the chance of the two sides resorting to force; the second line of defense is to enhance Taiwan's contributions to the international community through the economy and foreign relations; and the last line of defense is to strengthen Taiwan's military defense with diplomacy and national defense.

August 16, 2011
An accident in Jilin Province involving a bus of Taiwan tourist group results in the death of four and injury of 15 Taiwan visitors. The ARATS reports the relevant situation to the SEF in Taiwan.

August 18, 2011
In a press release regarding the hope from the Mainland side to sign a cross-strait cultural agreement, the MAC states that since private exchanges between the two sides are currently close and smooth, there is no urgency or necessity for such an agreement. On the Mainland's continued pressuring of Taiwan's international space, the government has reiterated several times that the Republic of China is a sovereign and independent country and has the right and obligation to participate in various international organizations and activities, therefore it does not need mainland China's consent. Taiwan has not held negotiations with the Mainland on this issue.

August 23, 2011
While attending the ROC Centennial Peace Day activity in Kinmen, President Ma Ying-jeou emphasizes that under the framework of the ROC Constitution, the government seeks to maintain the status quo of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" in the Taiwan Strait. In addition, the government has looked to the "1992 Consensus" as the basis from which to promote the development of peace between the two sides. The meaning of the "1992 Consensus" is "one China with respective interpretations." To the ROC side, "one China" means the Republic of China as defined in the Constitution. Therefore, the government's support for the "1992 Consensus" is support for the ROC as well as for the sovereignty, territory, and the status of the two sides of the Strait, as set forth in the Constitution. President Ma also states that "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" is the fundamental principle under which the government currently handles cross-strait relations. If the policies of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" and the "1992 Consensus" are subverted, cross-strait relations will inevitably be of uncertainties, dealing a significant blow to both sides and having an especially serious impact on Taiwan.

August 23, 2011
The MAC issues a press release stating that the government promotes cross-strait economic and trade exchanges and cooperation based on the principle of "putting Taiwan first for the benefit of the people" and moves forward in a gradual, orderly manner. It also pays equal attention to opening up and risk control through cross-strait negotiations based on "reciprocity and dignity," in order to "maximize opportunities and minimize threats." The government's position is that cross-strait economic and trade relations should move forward in a gradual and orderly manner, and the main policy principle at this stage is to institutionalize cross-strait relations so as to promote the liberalization and internationalization of Taiwan's economy and strengthen Taiwan's links with the global market.

August 23, 2011
The MAC issues a press release stating that the government maintains the status quo of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" in the Taiwan Strait under the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of China (ROC), insists that the ROC is a sovereign and independent country, and continues to upgrade Taiwan's self-defense force to safeguard national security. It also states that the "1992 Consensus" means "one China with respective interpretations" and that "one China" is the ROC as constitutionally defined. Support for the 1992 Consensus is support for the ROC as well as support for the constitutionally defined scope of sovereignty, territory, and position of cross-strait relations. On this foundation, the two sides held the "Koo-Wang Talks" in April, 1993, in Singapore, ushering in a new era in cross-strait negotiations. On March 26, 2008, Mainland Chinese leader Hu Jintao and U.S. President George Bush also mentioned this foundation during a phone call. Moreover, public opinion surveys indicate that over 70 percent of the public identify with the promotion of institutionalized cross-strait negotiations on the foundation of the "1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations."

August 23, 2011
The SEF issues a press release indicating that on May 26, 2008, it sent a letter to the ARATS expressing "hope that the SEF and the ARATS can promptly resume institutionalized negotiations on the foundation of the '1992 Consensus'." In a reply letter dated May 29, the ARATS stated that "the ARATS agrees to the SEF's suggestion to promptly resume SEF-ARATS contacts, consultations, and negotiations on the foundation of the '1992 Consensus'." Judging from this, it is evident that the 15 agreements signed between the SEF and the ARATS during the course of six talks have all been based on the "1992 Consensus." Therefore, DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen's denial of the "1992 Consensus" destroys this foundation, not only creating problems for the implementation of present agreements, but also making future negotiations impossible.

August 24, 2011
In a speech presented at the opening ceremony of the 2011 World Vision International Asia Forum, President Ma Ying-jeou states that in recent years, the government has promoted the "three noes" policy of no unification, no independence, and no use of force and the goals of "building mutual trust, shelving controversies, seeking common ground, and jointly creating a win-win outcome." After many years of efforts, achievements can already be seen and contacts between the people on both sides are growing steadily closer. In particular, the signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) is the first stride in creating the future cross-strait win-win situation.

August 24, 2011
Regarding the 10-Year Political Platform of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on cross-strait policy, Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson states that the DPP has not yet changed its "Taiwan independence" position of "one country on each side," and it still refuses to acknowledge the "1992 Consensus." This policy is unrealistic and unacceptable to the Mainland side for the reason that if this policy were to be implemented, it would render cross-strait negotiations impossible and cross-strait relations would again become unstable. The Mainland side does not want to see current cross-strait negotiations and exchanges affected, nor does it wish to see cross-strait relations backtrack.

August 25, 2011
During a meeting with a Taiwan representative exchange delegation, Jia Qinglin, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, states that the key to progress in cross-strait relations lies in mutual trust established between the two sides on the common political basis of opposing "Taiwan independence" and adhering to the "1992 Consensus." With this premise, the two sides can shelve controversies, seek common ground, and move forward in a gradual, orderly manner through equal negotiations to pragmatically resolve issues confronted in the course of cross-strait exchanges and cooperation. If this premise were to be overturned, it would inevitably damage the foundation for cross-strait consultations and negotiations and worsen the climate for cross-strait exchanges and cooperation, resulting in another setback to cross-strait relations or even moving relations again towards turmoil, thereby sacrificing the fruits achieved through the peaceful development of ties between the two sides.

August 27, 2011
While attending the commencement ceremony for the fifth-term of 2011 Executive Yuan National Policy Research Seminar, President Ma Ying-jeou states that the government has proposed maintaining the status quo of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" in the Taiwan Strait under the framework of the ROC Constitution and basing the promotion of cross-strait relations on the "1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations." The current sovereignty issue "is not to solve the problem, but manage the problem," which is the only way not to affect cross-strait peace and prosperity. The two sides can absolutely enable the peaceful development of cross-strait relations on the premise of "respecting each other, building mutual trust, and jointly creating a win-win outcome." On the other hand, in order to make peace and prosperity their common objective, the two sides have also proposed the statement of "mutual non-recognition of sovereignty and mutual non-denial of authority to govern," with an aim to find a legitimate foundation for the current situation.

August 27, 2011
While attending a symposium at the Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, MAC Minister Lai Shin-yuan states that the government asserts that the future of the nation and cross-strait relations must be decided by the people of Taiwan under the framework of the ROC Constitution and in line with constitutional procedures. This is not ultimate unification, nor is it Taiwan independence. Rather, it is a position firmly rooted in the Constitution, which upholds the fact that the Republic of China is a sovereign and independent country as well as the common identity of the great majority of the people of Taiwan in the promotion of cross-strait relations.

August 28, 2011
At a press conference on the "1992 Consensus," President Ma Ying-jeou emphasizes that the significance of the "1992 Consensus" is "one China with respective interpretations," which is the consensus between the two sides. For Taiwan, the so-called "one China" of course means the Republic of China. As a result, applying the "1992 Consensus" as the basis for negotiations between the two sides of the Strait does not harm the sovereignty of the ROC. Rather, it in fact enables the sovereignty of the ROC to play an important role in the process of reaching agreements between the two sides, echoing the status set forth in the ROC Constitution. President Ma also states that the "1992 Consensus" has enabled the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to put aside their differences over the issue of sovereignty for the time being, and on which the two sides have been willing, despite the lack of consensus on the issue of sovereignty, to shelve controversies and move ahead with negotiations.

August 28, 2011
During a talk to the overseas Chinese community in San Francisco on the government's Mainland policy, MAC Minister Lai Shin-yuan indicates that the government has maintained the status quo of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" in the Taiwan Strait under the framework of the ROC Constitution. It has also based institutionalized cross-strait negotiations on the "1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations" and started dialogues and exchanges under the principles of reciprocity and dignity. The "one China" advocated by the government is the Republic of China. Support for the "1992 Consensus" is support for the Republic of China as well as identification with the "ROC as a sovereign and independent country." The essential spirit of the 1992 Consensus is to shelve sovereignty controversies and provide a legitimate basis of mutual non-recognition of sovereignty to enter a substantive phase of mutual non-denial of authority to govern and equal official-to-official negotiations. Denying the "1992 Consensus" is denying the cross-strait shelving of the sovereignty controversies, substantive equal negotiations, and the results of institutionalized negotiations which resolve problems faced by the people. Denying the "1992 Consensus" is depriving Taiwan of an important basis for defending the sovereignty of the ROC in the course of cross-strait interactions.

August 28, 2011
At the 2011 Jiangxi-Taiwan Economic and Trade Cooperation Symposium, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the mission of peacefully developing cross-strait relations is like a great mansion jointly constructed by compatriots on both sides of the Strait, whose foundation is the adherence to the "1992 Consensus," meaning the opposition to "Taiwan independence." On this foundation, each of the agreements signed between the two sides is like the addition of a new floor, increasingly enhancing the functions of this mansion. It is unrealistic for some people to advocate removing this base, while claiming it is possible to retain and even add up more floors. If this kind of thinking were to be acted on, it would have an impact on the peaceful development of cross-strait relations and harm the immediate interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait, especially Taiwan compatriots'. Therefore, it is something the Mainland side cannot approve.

September 1, 2011
During a meeting with guests visiting Taiwan to participate in the 2011 Defense Forum on Regional Security, MAC Minister Lai Shin-yuan states that President Ma Ying-jeou's Mainland policy advocates maintaining the status quo of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" in the Taiwan Strait under the framework of the ROC Constitution. The "1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations" is the basis of institutionalized cross-strait negotiations, on which the two sides have jointly worked hard to express goodwill and steadily built up results and mutual trust, increasing the predictability of cross-strait relations.

September 2, 2011
In a congratulatory speech to strategic military units, President Ma Ying-jeou states that a dependable defense force provides strong backing for the government in consultations and negotiations to achieve the objectives of the nation's long-term security and a cross-strait win-win. He also states that since the Mainland authorities have not yet renounced the use of military force against Taiwan, strength is a necessary rear support for the pursuit of peace. Taiwan must "prepare for war to avoid war as well as to stop war" and work concertedly to build "three lines of defense" for national security: The first line of defense is institutionalizing cross-strait relations to reduce the chance of the use of force between the two sides; the second line of defense is effectively enhancing Taiwan's contributions to the international community to rebuild international trust in and support for the ROC; and the third line of defense is realizing the integrated power of diplomacy and defense to establish a solid bedrock for national defense and fulfill the mission of protecting the nation and its people.

September 6, 2011
At the opening ceremony for the 2011 Summit Forum on Cross-Strait Cooperation in Emerging Industries and Economic Transformation and Upgrading, Taiwan Affairs Office Deputy Director Zheng Lizhong states that the Mainland’s Central Taiwan Work Office and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council will cooperate with related units and areas to establish special funds, provide technical assistance, enhance guidance, set up domestic sales channels, increase brands benefits, and adopt other more effective measures to help Taiwanese-funded enterprises transform and upgrade.

September 8, 2011
MAC Minister Lai Shin-yuan presents a keynote speech at the United Kingdom's Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) on the topic of "Taiwan's Cross-Strait Policy: Building an Irreversible Foundation for Peace." She emphasizes that if the principles and position of the government in promoting cross-strait relations are overturned, cross-strait relations will inevitably enter a state of uncertainty, which would have an enormous impact on cross-strait and regional development, especially on the Taiwan side. She also emphasizes that the government's Mainland policy is the correct road which conforms to the hopes of the people of Taiwan. The ROC government will resolutely continue to follow this path until an irreversible and solid foundation for cross-strait peace has been established.

September 8, 2011
During a regular press conference, MAC Deputy Minister Johnnason Liu states that the government's Mainland policy adheres to the cross-strait status quo of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" in accordance with the ROC Constitution and with the aim to promote the development of peaceful and stable cross-strait relations. It is also hoped that in future interactions in the international arena and organizations, the Mainland side can extend the understanding of the foundation built by cross-strait negotiations to very pragmatically face up to the existence of the Republic of China.

September 8, 2011
In a speech presented at the Sixth Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation and Development Forum, Deputy Minister of Commerce Jiang Yaoping states that over the next five years, the two sides should devote efforts in the following three areas: 1) seize opportunities to comprehensively strengthen cross-strait industrial linkages and cooperation, 2) join forces to upgrade cross-strait industrial competitiveness, and 3) build on momentum to further solidify cross-strait investment protection mechanisms.

September 9, 2011
During an inspection on a military base in northern Taiwan, President Ma Ying-jeou states that in response to regional integration and mainland China's economic rise, the government must adopt contingency and proactive plans to enable Taiwan to step out of the past dilemma of diplomatic and economic isolation. Taiwan therefore needs a set of relevant norms to maintain the status quo of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" in the Taiwan Strait under the framework of the ROC Constitution, as well as to promote cross-strait peace and prosperity under the principle of "1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations." He also states that, without an effective defense force, Taiwan is bound to feel a lack of confidence when promoting cross-strait exchanges. Therefore, Taiwan needs to have sufficient strength to maintain national security in order to improve foreign relations.

September 9, 2011
At the opening ceremony for the Tenth Liaoning Taiwan Week, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that compatriots on both sides of the Strait are part of the Chinese race. The two sides should both cherish this blood-linked racial identity and jointly uphold the brotherhood of their common roots and ancestry. This is the only way to create a truly profound and solid foundation of public support for the development of cross-strait relations, as well as the only way to promote benign interactions and a common course towards each other.

September 10, 2011
During a briefing on Taiwan's Mainland policy to the overseas Chinese community in London, MAC Minister Lai Shin-yuan indicates that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait take the "1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations" as the basis for institutionalized cross-strait negotiations in developing reciprocal and dignified dialogues and exchanges. Taiwan's position is that "one China" stands for the Republic of China. Support for the "1992 Consensus" is support for the Republic of China as well as identification with the stance that the "Republic of China is a sovereign and independent country."

September 13, 2011
In a speech presented at the 2011 mid-Autumn gathering of the Taiwanese Businessmen Associations, President Ma Ying-jeou states that Taiwan and mainland China are geographically close and exchanges in multiple areas are inevitable. Such exchanges require a set of mechanisms and norms for order to be maintained and development promoted. Therefore, the government will maintain the status quo of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" in the Taiwan Strait under the framework of the ROC Constitution and promote peaceful development across the Strait on the basis of the "1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations." Moreover, cross-strait exchanges will still uphold the principle of "putting Taiwan first for the benefit of the people." "Seeking common ground while preserving differences and jointly creating a win-win outcome" will remain the most basic guiding principle for cross-strait relations in the future.

September 13, 2011
A Presidential Office spokesperson quotes President Ma Ying-jeou as saying that the time is not yet ripe for the leaders of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to meet; therefore, President Ma has no plans to visit mainland China. Cross-strait negotiations are still advancing in an orderly manner under the principle of "urgent matters before less-pressing ones, easy issues before difficult ones, and economic issues before political ones." There is no urgency for political negotiations at this time, nor is there any timetable for holding political talks with the Mainland side.

September 13, 2011
At the 2011 mid-Autumn gathering of the Taiwanese Businessmen Associations, SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung states that the SEF-ARATS platform is like a bridge whose pier is the "1992 Consensus," without which there would not have been a platform. If without the platform, the 15 "highways" (meaning the 15 agreements signed between the SEF and the ARATS)" would naturally not have existed.

September 14, 2011
The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council states at a regular press conference that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)'s "Taiwan independence" position remains unchanged — denying the "1992 Consensus" and adhering to "one country on each side," which puts much of the so-called "goodwill" out of the questions. The Office also emphasizes that "economic issues first and political ones later and easy issues first and difficult ones later" is a step to promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. In regards to cross-strait economic cooperation, the two sides have reached a number of agreements. The Mainland side hopes that an agreement on cross-strait cultural exchanges can also be considered for inclusion in future cross-strait negotiations.

September 14, 2011
At the opening ceremony of the 2011 Cross-Strait Entrepreneurs Purple Mountain Summit, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the two sides must jointly uphold the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. Cross-strait relations cannot stall, not to mention regress, since volatility in cross-strait relations will hinder peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The business communities of the two sides should seize the opportunity to integrate cross-strait resources and draw on the strength of each to offset the weakness of the other, constantly strengthening innovative development and cooperation in emerging industries across the Strait.

September 20, 2011
SEF Vice Chairman and Secretary-General Kao Koong-lian leads a "Mission Caring for Taiwan Businesses in Zhejiang" to Yiwu, Huzhou, Jiaxing, Jiashan, and Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, mainland China. On September 22, he will meet with ARATS Vice Chairman Zheng Lizhong in Huzhou for an exchange of views.

September 21, 2011
SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung attends the Sixth Taiwan Business Forum in Huai'an and meets with ARATS Vice Chairman Wang Fuqing.

September 21, 2011
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman lodges a strong protest over the U.S. government's announced plans to sell arms to Taiwan, emphasizing that there is only one China in the world and that Taiwan is part of the territory of China. The Taiwan issue is China's internal affair, which concerns China's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and core interests. The Mainland firmly opposes the sale of arms to Taiwan by any foreign government─ a position consistent and clear. The U.S. has repeatedly ignored the Mainland's solemn representations on this issue and kept selling advanced arms to Taiwan under the pretext of the so-called "Taiwan Relations Act." This seriously interferes with China's internal affairs, gravely undermines China's national security and its grand plan of unification, and damages Sino-U.S. relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

September 22, 2011
The MAC issues a press release stating that mainland China's armed forces expansion and military threat to Taiwan have not lessened but in fact increased– an indisputable fact that has long been an issue of concern in the international community. The Mainland should take the initiative to thoroughly eliminate its military menace to Taiwan. In order to maintain the relaxed climate for cross-strait relations as well as to protect regional peace and security, the government will not waver from its position of promoting peaceful and stable cross-strait relations. Furthermore, the Taiwan government is firmly resolved and prepared to maintain Taiwan's self-defense capability. Its military procurement from the United States and other countries is a basic need for safeguarding national security and interests, and also the government's consistent policy. The government welcomes and affirms the United States' firm position on keeping selling arms to Taiwan according to the Taiwan Relations Act and "six guarantees,” and it also hopes that the United States will maintain this policy position and continue to supply Taiwan with needed arms.

September 22, 2011
Regarding the U.S. government's announcement of arms and equipment sales to Taiwan, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council indicates that this action seriously violates the principles of the three U.S.-China Joint Communiques. It also endangers peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, breaks the U.S. pledge to support the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, and harms the fundamental interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait. The Mainland expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition.

September 25, 2011
The MAC announces the results of its latest public opinion survey, which indicates that nearly 80 percent of the public support the handling of issues related to cross-strait exchanges through institutionalized negotiations between the two sides. Moreover, as high as 74.8 percent of the public support the government's Mainland policy of maintaining the status quo of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" in the Taiwan Strait under the framework of the ROC Constitution, showing that the government's Mainland policy is on the right track. Furthermore, nearly 50 percent (49.4 percent) of the public identify with the government's position on "the '1992 Consensus of one China, respective interpretations,' with one China meaning the Republic of China." Additionally, 48.4 percent of the public approve the government's promotion of institutionalized cross-strait negotiations on the basis of the "1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations."

September 26, 2011
In a response to written questions by Professor Winston L. Y. Yang of Seton Hall University, President Ma Ying-jeou states that, under the framework of the ROC Constitution and based on the "1992 Consensus," the government has resumed negotiations and cooperation with mainland China to promote peace in the Taiwan Strait in firmly keeping with the policy of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force." The two sides still have many differences of view on political issues, and they need to put these differences aside and start with economic, trade, and cultural exchanges. The conditions are not yet ripe for cross-strait talks on political disputes and there is insufficient domestic consensus on cross-strait political issues, so it is of no urgency to deal with these issues now.

September 28, 2011
During a press conference, the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense states that the Mainland military expresses utmost indignation and resolute opposition to the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. The U.S. should immediately take effective measures to eliminate the serious damage done to Sino-U.S military relations and abide its solemn commitment to the Mainland on the Taiwan issue by stopping arm sales to Taiwan, in order to support the peaceful development of cross-strait relations with concrete actions.

September 28, 2011
The Taiwan Affairs Office states at a press conference that the peaceful development of cross-strait relations has always been promoted in a gradual and orderly manner, with economic issues before political ones and easy issues before difficult ones. Regarding the U.S. announcement of arms sales to Taiwan under the circumstance that cross-strait relations are steadily improving and developing, the Mainland urges the Taiwan side not to act in ways that might create confrontation and undermine the peaceful development of cross-strait relations overall. Furthermore, the mutual establishment of offices by economic and trade associations on the two sides is one of the areas of promotion under the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA); therefore, it is hoped that two sides can work promptly to respectively set up sound related management measures to realize the stipulations of the Agreement.

September 29, 2011
In a National Day reception speech, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Jia Qinglin states that the two sides of the Strait are steadily enhancing mutual trust and realizing full-scale direct "Three Links" on the joint political foundation of opposing "Taiwan independence" and adhering to the "1992 Consensus." They have signed and implemented the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) and sectors on both sides have strengthened exchanges and contacts, making a series of breakthrough advances in cross-strait relations. The two sides should firmly seize the theme of peaceful development of cross-strait relations, work hard to uphold the hard-won positive situation, constantly consolidate and improve the political foundation for the development of cross-strait relations, and firmly oppose and deter any "Taiwan independence " separatist behaviors.

October 9, 2011
The MAC holds a "ROC Centennial National Day Celebration Party," which is attended by Taiwanese businessmen and persons residing in Hong Kong and Macao, persons from various circles in Hong Kong and Macao, and other important personages. At the event, Minister Lai Shin-yuan indicates in a speech that the government has resumed institutionalized cross-strait negotiations on the basis of the "1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations." While seeking to improve relations with the Mainland, the government has insisted on protecting the sovereignty of the ROC and safeguarding Taiwan's identity, which has created a stable situation of peaceful development in the Taiwan Strait.

October 9, 2011
At a ceremony to commemorate the centennial of the 1911 (Xinhai) Revolution, the General Secretary of the CPC Hu Jintao states that realizing unification by peaceful means best accords with the fundamental interests of all Chinese people, including Taiwan compatriots. The two sides must firmly seize the theme of peaceful development of cross-strait relations, strengthen opposition to "Taiwan independence," adhere to the common political basis of the "1992 Consensus," and end confrontation between the two sides.

October 9, 2011
During a meeting with Taiwan attendees at an event commemorating the centennial of the Xinhai Revolution, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that national unification is a necessary condition for the revitalization of China; and the revitalization of China is for achieving national rejuvenation. After a century of efforts, the ideal of revitalizing China is now being realized, with the prospect of national rejuvenation also unfolding in front of us. Seizing opportunities, resolving challenges, and promoting the process of national rejuvenation must involve participation of Taiwan compatriots. Taiwan compatriots should also embrace the same sense of duty and mission, because the Mainland and Taiwan are our common homeland and we are one family.

October 10, 2011
In a speech delivered at the "ROC Centennial National Day Reception for Central Leaders and Other Parties," President Ma Ying-jeou states that the 1911 Xinhai Revolution is a shared memory and asset of both sides of the Taiwan Strait. In commemorating the Revolution, one cannot forget that the national founding principle of Dr. Sun Yat-sen was to establish a free, democratic, and equally prosperous country. The Mainland needs to boldly advance in this direction so that the gap between the two sides at present can be narrowed. Meanwhile, it cannot divorce itself from history, either. It must face up to the fact that the ROC does exist, not just in the past tense, but in the present continuous tense. Furthermore, the ROC Constitution has long been a foundation of national consensus. Over the past three years, the government has been promoting cross-strait relations under the framework of the ROC Constitution and on the basis of the "1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations." It has also maintained the status quo of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" in the Taiwan Strait and succeeded in greatly reducing tension across the Strait, earning affirmation and support of the international community. President Ma also indicates that the people on the two sides are both ethic Chinese; therefore, he hopes that with the reality being addressed, the two sides can seek common ground while preserving differences, mutually assist and cooperate, and establish peaceful institutionalized relations.

October 12, 2011
During a meeting with a delegation from the Germany-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group, President Ma Ying-jeou indicates that over the past three-plus years, the ROC has forged a new relationship with mainland China under the premise of "shelving controversies and pursuing a win-win solution" and on the foundation of "one China with respective interpretations,”creating peace in the Taiwan Strait while expanding Taiwan’s international participation. He also notes that signing the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) with the Mainland has not only increased cross-strait trade, but also enhanced many countries’ willingness to improve their trade and economic relationship with Taiwan, reintegrating Taiwan into the regional and global economy.

October 12, 2011
During a joint interview by domestic and foreign media, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Cui Tiankai states that the United States' repeated arms sales to Taiwan have seriously damaged mainland China's core interests and Sino-US relations, and are at odds with the trend and needs of peaceful development in the Taiwan Strait today.

October 12, 2011
The Taiwan Affairs Office states at a routine press conference that cross-strait relations were not, are not, will not and cannot be a "state-to-state" relationship. The foundation for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations cannot be undermined and the forward momentum of development cannot be weakened.

October 17, 2011
While hosting the fifth press conference of the "Golden Decade" series, President Ma Ying-jeou explains the policy prospects for "cross-strait peace," which includes "cross-strait relations" and "defence security." Over the next decade, the govermemt will continue lying the main policy focuses of cross-strait relations on "consolidating the sovereignty of the ROC," "building up the strength of Taiwan," "taking the development of cross-strait relations in a positive direction" and "establishing long-term peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait." The President also states that an important principle in promoting cross-strait relations is "to proceed step by step in an orderly fashion," which mean“address urgent issues before less pressing ones, easy issues before difficult ones, and economic matters before political ones.” During the next 10 years, the government should carefully consider signing a cross-strait peace agreement under this principle. Therefore, the government would never take the first step toward seeking such an agreement unless the following three preconditions were met: first, the agreement would have to be strongly supported by the public; second, it would have to be truly necessary to the ROC; and third, the entire process would have to be subject to legislative oversight.

October 17, 2011
During a meeting with a delegation visiting Taiwan for a closed-door forum on Taiwan-US-Japan security dialogue, President Ma Ying-jeou states that the government will adopt a prudent and resolute attitude with regard to the idea of signing a "cross-strait peace agreement," which acquires the following three preconditions: it must be 1) necessary to the ROC; 2) strongly supported by the public; and 3) subject to legislative oversight. President Ma also stresses that such an agreement is not tantamount to negotiating unification with mainland China but addressed in order to sustain the existing cross-strait peace.

October 18, 2011
During a press conference, MAC Minister Lai Shin-yuan states that the government has proactively proposed "to carefully consider the negotiation and signing of a cross-strait peace agreement under the premises of achieving a high degree of consensus in domestic public opinion and building up sufficient cross-strait mutual trust and based on the principles of "national need, public support, and legislative oversight." From the perspective of Taiwan, the government has consolidated the status quo of no unification, no independence, and no use of force in the Taiwan Strait. This is not ultimate unification. More importantly, Taiwan has let the world see that in facing the "peace agreement" issue, it holds its own national position and will set the premise for "promoting a peace agreement" according to its interests and needs.

October 18, 2011
At the press conference before the Seventh Chiang-Chen Talks, SEF Chairmen Chiang Pin-kung states that the SEF and the ARATS have discussed and then decided to hold the seventh talks from October 19 to 21 in Tianjin City. At the talks, the two sides will sign the Cross-Strait Nuclear Power Safety Cooperation Agreement. As for the Cross-Strait Investment Protection Agreement, due to the broad scope and its highly specialized nature, as well as differences between the internal laws, regulations, procedures, and systems of the two sides, more time is needed for internal coordination on both sides as well as for further communication between the two sides. Therefore, the SEF and the ARATS have agreed to continue discussion on this issue and sign the Agreement at the next round of talks.

October 19, 2011
While receiving a visiting delegation from the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP), President Ma Ying-jeou states that in accordance with the three premises of "national need, high level of public support, and legislative oversight," Taiwan will give careful consideration to whether it should engage in negotiations with mainland China on a peace agreement in the next decade. The government will continue to embrace the principle of "putting Taiwan first for the benefit of the people" and also seek to establish a high degree of mutual trust between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait with "equality, dignity, and reciprocity" serving as the foundation. In addition, such an agreement would be discussed only when it is anticipated by the region and the international community.

October 19, 2011
During a meeting with a delegation from the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP), MAC Minister Lai Shin-yuan states that the main objective in considering promoting the negotiation and signing of a cross-strait peace agreement is the hope that it can be based on Taiwan's perspective and position and institutionalize the status quo of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" in the Taiwan Strait, which is supported by 90 percent of the people of Taiwan, creating lasting peace across the Strait.

October 19, 2011
SEF Chairmen Chiang Pin-kung leaves for mainland China to attend the Seventh Chiang-Chen Talks. At Taoyuan Airport, he outlines the mission this time: 1) "Security": The Cross-Strait Nuclear Power Safety Cooperation Agreement to be signed is a very important pact for handling future cross-strait nuclear power safety issues and protecting the life and property of the people; 2) "Guarantee": It is hoped that the agreement on guaranteeing the investment rights and interests of Taiwan businesses in mainland China can be smoothly signed at the eighth talks; 3) "Industrial Development": Cross-strait industrial cooperation is absolutely beneficial not only to Taiwan's economy but also to economic developments on both sides; 4) "Follow Up": The two sides are to fully exchange views on the implementation status of the 15 agreements signed earlier and seriously discuss about where improvements can be made on each agreement; 5) "Planning": The two sides are to carry out discussion of the issues that they hope to complete at the eighth talks; and lastly, "Exchanges": They are to plan areas in which the two sides can continue to strengthen exchanges over the coming year.

October 19, 2011
At a welcome reception for the members of the negotiation delegation led by SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung, ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin states that the SEF and the ARATS have signed 15 agreements and reached two major points of consensus during the course of six talks. These achievements have contributed to the fruitful results of peaceful development between the two sides. The past three years of practice have also demonstrated again that the peaceful development of cross-strait relations is the right choice for compatriots on both sides and accords with their shared interests.

October 19, 2011
At the 2011 Henan-Taiwan Economic and Trade Fair, Taiwan Affairs Office Deputy Director Sun Yafu states that the Office, related agencies, and local governments have rolled out a series of policy measures to support Taiwanese-funded enterprises, leading them to transform and upgrade and encouraging Mainland banks to provide them with capital support. The continued implementation of the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement has created enormous space for development for Taiwan businesses to invest in the Mainland, production and operation by Taiwanese-funded enterprises in the Mainland, and cross-strait industrial cooperation in various sectors.

October 20, 2011
At a press conference on the cross-strait peace agreement issue, President Ma Ying-jeou states that the government sets no timetable for signing a peace agreement with the Mainland. The three important premises for such an agreement are: "national need, public support, and legislative oversight." The methods of public support and legislative oversight will certainly not exclude public opinion surveys, Legislative Yuan resolutions, or referendums.

October 20, 2011
In a speech presented at the Seventh Chiang-Chen Talks, SEF Chairmen Chiang Pin-kung states that institutionalized negotiations and interactions between the SEF and the ARATS are yardsticks of the benign development of cross-strait relations as well as guarantees of regional peace and prosperity. The agreements signed through institutionalized cross-strait negotiations have brought many substantive benefits for exchanges across the Strait. It is hoped that the two sides can continue to effectively advance on urgent matters of deep concern to both sides via the contact channels and platforms established under various agreements. Furthermore, the two sides should continue to build peaceful and stable long-term cross-strait relations on the existing foundation. Moreover, through the mature operation of institutionalized negotiations, they should consolidate the foundation of mutual trust and promote cross-strait exchanges in economic, trade, cultural, and other spheres in a gradual and orderly manner, and establish an external environment beneficial to cross-strait developments and developments on each side.

October 20, 2011
SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung and ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin sign the Cross-Strait Nuclear Power Safety Cooperation Agreement at the seventh talks in Tianjin. They also reach joint opinions on phased achievements for the Cross-Strait Investment Protection Agreement and on the issue of strengthening industrial cooperation between the two sides. Furthermore, the two sides agree to list the yet unconcluded Cross-Strait Investment Protection Agreement as a focal issue for promotion at the eighth SEF-ARATS talks. In addition, the two sides will still continue to focus on negotiations related to follow-up agreements to the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) and can sign agreements on any related items of mutual consensus. For example, "customs cooperation" can be listed as a priority issue for negotiation.

October 20, 2011
Director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council Li Haifeng states that the Mainland will study and promote cross-strait cooperation in overseas Chinese education and Chinese culture, advancing private, routine, and academic exchanges through channels for overseas Chinese affairs.

October 20, 2011
During a meeting with the delegation led by SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the "1992 Consensus" is the premise and foundation on which the SEF and the ARATS have carried out talks. Identifying with and upholding the Consensus is a prerequisiet for the development of talks between the two sides. Without it, SEF-ARATS talks would come to a halt and cross-strait relations would also be seriously affected. Handling easy issues before difficult ones and economic issues before political ones is a practical and feasible line of thinking. It is beneficial not only to the continued progress of talks, but also to advance mutual understanding as well as to build mutual trust, in order to accumulate consensus and create conditions for resolving complex and sensitive issues in the future. People-orientation is the basic principle in SEF-ARATS talks, while mutual benefit and reciprocity are the necessary conditions for the sustained vitality of SEF-ARATS talks.

October 20, 2011
At a press conference on the achievements of the seventh talks, ARATS Executive Vice Chairman Zheng Lizhong states that the reason why the resumption of talks between the SEF and the ARATS has enabled the signing of so many agreements and the establishment of so many mutually beneficial bridges is that the two sides have built up mutual trust and realized benign interactions on the basis of the "1992 Consensus." If this common political foundation is undermined, it will not only make it difficult to continue SEF-ARATS negotiations, but will also damage cross-strait relations.

October 21, 2011
The MAC issues a press release entitled "Institutionalized Cross-Strait Negotiations are not Premised on the Mainland's ‘One China Principle,'" which states that the government has never accepted the Mainland's "one China principle." Moreover, there are no political preconditions to cross-strait negotiations at this time. The spirit of institutionalized negotiations is that the two sides shelve their dispute over sovereignty in order to pragmatically negotiate issues of deep concern to the people through the governments’mechanism-to-mechanism channels. In promoting cross-strait negotiations, our government has consistently upheld the principles of "putting Taiwan first for the benefit of the people" and "equality, dignity, and reciprocity." The 16 agreements signed between the two sides to date are entirely unrelated to the sovereignty dispute and none contains "the one China principle." The improvement and development of cross-strait relations over the past more than three years have been premised on "shelving controversies, pragmatically negotiating, and pursuing a win-win situation." The Mainland side has its set political views, and the government of Taiwan has also been unwavering in its firm position and repeatedly called on the Mainland to squarely face up to the reality of the existence of the Republic of China.

October 24, 2011
The Office of the President issues a press release explaining President Ma Ying-jeou's "ten guarantees" on the issue of "cross-strait negotiations,’ which indicates that the government would like to promote the signing of a "cross-strait peace accord" to institutionalize the status quo of cross-strait peace. There is no timetable for it, and the government will not promote the accord if the conditions are not mature and the preconditions not fully met. Only when there are full public support amd ample mutual trust between the two sides can the peace accord move forward It is also emphasized that the government has been very clear about its position of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force;”therefore, it will not discuss the issue of unification with the Mainland. However, it is hoped that the procedure of signing a "cross-strait peace accord" can ensure a large and enduring environment of peace for Taiwan so that its people can live and work in peace and happiness.

October 26, 2011
The Taiwan Affairs Office states at a regular press conference that the termination of the state of cross-strait hostilities and formation of a peace accord are an inevitable prospect for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. It is hoped that the two sides can strengthen exchanges, improve mutual trust, and progressively create conditions to this end. It also indicates that, in the handling of all major issues concerning cross-strait relations, consideration should be given to the wishes of compatriots on both sides as well as to what is beneficial to the stability of cross-strait relations. It should also be recognized that the development of political negotiations is a constantly created condition and success will come naturally when the condition is ripe. No political forces should be allowed to take advantage of and use this for political manipulation to gain political interests.

October 28, 2011
At the Taiwan-Japan Forum, MAC Minister Lai Shin-yuan states that the principle of the ROC government's Mainland policy is to "consolidate sovereignty, strengthen Taiwan, and achieve cross-strait peace." This was also emphasized by President Ma Ying-jeou in his recent announcement on the "Golden Decade" vision of cross-strait peace, namely: to consolidate the sovereignty of the ROC, to maintain the status quo of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" in the Taiwan Strait under the framework of the ROC Constitution, and to establish long-term, stable, and institutionalized cross-strait relations in the course of cross-strait interactions based on "mutual non-recognition of sovereignty and mutual non-denial of authority to govern" and with adherence to the principle of "equality, dignity, and reciprocity." It is also emphasized that the government has no timetable for promoting a cross-strait peace accord and the future decision on whether or not to sign it will be made by the people of Taiwan through a referendum.

October 28, 2011
At the First Cross-Strait Industrial Cooperation Forum in Kunshan, Jiangsu, Deputy Director of the National Development and Reform Commission Zhang Xiaoqiang makes five suggestions for cross-strait industrial cooperation: 1) to expand the scope of cross-strait industrial cooperation and strengthen research on modes; 2) to enhance cooperation in strategic emerging industries and upgrade the level of cooperation; 3) to continually improve the environment for cross-strait investment and promote two-way investment; 4) to assist the development of small and medium enterprises on the two sides and realize the function of industrial parks; and 5) to strengthen the function of organizational coordination services to resolve practical problems.

October 28, 2011
At the First Cross-Strait Industrial Cooperation Forum in Kunshan, Jiangsu, Taiwan Affairs Office Deputy Director Zheng Lizhong raises a four-point guideline for cross-strait industrial cooperation: 1) to cherish and maintain the benign situation of the peaceful development of cross-strait relations; 2) to constantly upgrade the institutionalization level and mechanism basis of cross-strait industrial cooperation and explore new models for cross-strait industrial cooperation; 3) to fully realize the complementary strengths of the two sides; and 4) to more vigorously attract involvement by small and medium enterprises.

October 28, 2011
At the First Cross-Strait and Hong Kong Economic Times Financial and Economic Summit Forum, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the two sides should promote economic and trade cooperation in the following areas: 1) progressively implement the Early Harvest Program under the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) and actively advance talks on various follow-up issues; 2) integrate cross-strait economic resources and strengthen cooperation in emerging industries; 3) accelerate cross-strait financial cooperation; and 4) help Mainland-based Taiwan enterprises transform and upgrade, in order to realize second undertakings in the process of accelerating and changing economic development modes in the Mainland. He also states that there is one fundamental safeguard for realizing the positive prospects for cross-strait mutual benefits and a win-win outcome, which is to uphold the common political basis reached by the two sides.

November 1, 2011
The SEF and the ARATS hold the second regular meeting of the ECFA Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee in Hangzhou, mainland China. The meeting is convened by SEF Vice Chairman Kao Koong-lian and ARATS Executive Vice Chairman Zheng Lizhong. The two sides profoundly exchange views on the implementation status of the ECFA Early Harvest Program for trade in goods and services, negotiations on the four ECFA follow-up agreements, industrial cooperation, customs cooperation, mutual establishment of offices by economic and trade groups on the two sides, the promotion of other economic cooperation affairs, and key promotion areas and planning related to the ECFA over the next six months.

November 2, 2011
In a press release on the results of its latest public opinion survey, the MAC indicates that as high as over 80 percent (84.8 percent) of the public support the government's continued handling of cross-strait exchange issues through institutionalized negotiation mechanisms. Besides, over 70 percent (71.3 percent) of the public are satisfied with the results of negotiations on the Cross-Strait Nuclear Power Safety Cooperation Agreement. Nearly 80 percent (78.5 percent) approve the government's principle that "it is better to sign a good agreement than an early one" in promoting negotiations to ensure the rights, interests, and personal safety of more Taiwan people investing in the Mainland. The survey also indicates that over 60 percent (60.9 percent) of the public believe that the 16 agreements signed between the two sides through institutionalized negotiations have upheld Taiwan's interests, while 56.3 percent believe they have protected our national sovereignty.

November 3, 2011
During a meeting with foreign guests participating in the international academic symposium on "The Chinese Models of Development: Domestic and Global Aspects," President Ma Ying-jeou states that the ROC's development of relations with mainland China is following neither the "Hong Kong model" nor the "Tibet model," but rather a unique "cross-Strait model".This has enabled the two sides to maintain a peaceful environment and to carry out in-depth exchanges over the long term. The fundamental content of the cross-strait model is that the status quo of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" shall be maintained under the framework of the ROC Constitution at the same time as the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations is promoted on the basis of the "1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations."

November 4, 2011
At the week-long Xiamen International Ocean Forum, Fujian Provincial Department of Ocean and Fisheries Director-General Liu Xiude states that Fujian will establish a Fujian-Taiwan Marine Economic Community to promote the creation of a Taiwan Strait Blue Economic Trial Zone. Fujian will also plan "outstanding Fujian-Taiwan cooperation."

November 5, 2011
The Mainland's State Intellectual Property Office announces that in response to the current situation of constant developments in cross-strait economic, trade, and cultural exchanges, all residents of the Taiwan Area who have passed the National Qualification Examination for Patent Agents, obtained a qualification certificate, and completed a one-year internship at an approved patent agency in the Mainland will be allowed to apply for a "patent agent practicing certificate" and can practice at a Mainland patent agency.

November 7, 2011
At the "14th Beijing-Taiwan Science and Technology Forum and 2011 Taiwan Trade Fair in Beijing," Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China Jia Qinglin states that cross-strait relations have developed to a crucial juncture linking both previous and future stages. Identification with the "1992 Consensus" is the premise of cross-strait negotiations as well as the foundation for developing cross-strait relations. Denial of the "1992 Consensus" will inevitably halt cross-strait negotiations and damage the foundation for the development of cross-strait relations, creating new upheavals in cross-strait relations.

November 8, 2011
The SEF issues a press release on a case involving the mugging of Taiwan resident Hu Chi-yang while in mainland China. It states that the SEF contacted the victim's family on November 7 to express deep concern and immediately notified the ARATS. Through SEF-ARATS contact channels, the Foundation contacted the Fujian Provincial Office of Taiwan Affairs. That evening, the ARATS replied that the matter had been resolved and that Hu could return to Taiwan. The family returns to Taiwan on November 8.

November 9, 2011
The ARATS sends a reply letter to the SEF on the case involving Taiwan resident Hu Chi-yang. The letter states that a special investigation team is now carrying out full-scale investigations.

November 10, 2011
During a meeting with representatives of national county and city Hakka associations, President Ma Ying-jeou indicates that the government has not only defended the ROC’s sovereignty and upheld Taiwan's dignity internationally, but also continued to improve cross-strait relations and work for peace in the Taiwan Strait. The government established institutionalized mechanisms for cross-strait relations to enable peaceful negotiations. The two sides of the Taiwan Strait have become a "peace square" and Taiwan's foreign relations have also grown more peaceful. Taiwan has not only been able to participate in international organizations and activities for many times, but its status and title of participation have also been more dignified than in the past.

November 10, 2011
Regarding the hand-severing incident in the Mainland involving Taiwan resident Hu Chi-yang, SEF Deputy Secretary-General Ma Shao-chang states that the Foundation has sent a follow-up letter to the Ministry of Justice and the ARATS requesting that the judicial mutual assistance agreement be applied to determine the truth and apprehend the assailant as soon as possible.

November 11, 2011
During a talk with KMT Honorary Chairman Lien Chan at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting, PRC President Hu Jintao states that the two sides should firmly seize the theme of peaceful development of cross-strait relations, strongly oppose "Taiwan independence," and identify with the common political basis of the "1992 Consensus." The "1992 Consensus" was reached in 1992 by civic organizations officially authorized by the two sides. The very essence of the Consensus is to seek common ground while preserving differences. Identification with the Consensus is the necessary premise for the development of dialogues and negotiations between the two sides. It is also an important foundation for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

November 12, 2011
In reference to talks between former ROC Vice President Lien Chan and PRC President Hu Jintao at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting, the MAC states that the government insists on promoting its Mainland policy under the framework of the ROC Constitution and has developed cross-strait institutionalized negotiations based on the "1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations" and in the spirit of "shelving controversies and holding pragmatic negotiations." On the foundation of this consistent principle and position, the government has upheld the national sovereignty and the rights and interests of the people in the course of dialogues and exchanges.

November 13, 2011
During an interview with the U.S.-based Time magazine, President Ma Ying-jeou states that the conditions at present are not ripe at all for high-level exchanges or meetings between the two sides of the Strait, nor is there any timetable for such contacts. Cross-strait relations should be promoted based on the principles of dealing with "urgent matters before less pressing ones, easy issues before difficult ones, and economic issues before political ones." This is also the position that enjoys the greatest public support in Taiwan.

November 13, 2011
During a promotional activity in front of Ciji Temple in Xuejia Township, Tainan County, MAC Minister Lai Shin-yuan states that the 16 cross-strait agreements signed by the government with mainland China have established explicit norms for the order of cross-strait exchanges. Improved cross-strait relations not only provide key benefits for Taiwan's own development, but also create a new route for Taiwan's economy to link with the world.

November 14, 2011
When receiving members and supervisors of the boards of the Taipei Computer Association and the Association of Industries in Science Parks, President Ma Ying-jeou states that the government's cross-strait policy position starts from the Constitution of the Republic of China, focuses on cross-strait relations, and targets at peace and prosperity. He also reiterates that the "Peace Accord" proposal deals with an issue that will be unavoidable in the coming decade. The proposal attempts to further institutionalize the position of "no use of force" and achieve the goal of ensuring the first line of defense in Taiwan's security-"institutionalization of the cross-strait reconciluation."

November 14, 2011
During a meeting with domestic and overseas Taiwan compatriots attending a celebration for the 30th anniversary of the founding of All-China Federation of Taiwan Compatriots (ACFTC), Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China Jia Qinglin states that four key points need to be seized in promoting the peaceful development of cross-strait relations: 1) to adhere to the political foundation that both the Mainland and Taiwan belong to one China; 2) to follow the major route of deepening exchanges and cooperation as well as promoting consultations and negotiations; 3) to promote united struggle among compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait as a powerful force; and 4) to continue to oppose "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. These are the necessary conditions for promoting the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. In recent years, the two sides have built up mutual trust on the common political foundation of opposing "Taiwan independence" and identifying with the "1992 Consensus." The foundation has been vital to the creation of a benign environment conducive to cross-strait exchanges and cooperation, constantly bringing active achievements through cross-strait negotiations.

November 15, 2011
At the Ninth Fujian Provincial Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Secretary of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee Sun Chunlan notes that over the next five years, Fujian will seize the theme of peaceful development of cross-strait relations, fully realize the advantage of the "Five Bonds," and accelerate developments as a close cross-strait economic and trade cooperation zone, a major base for cultural exchange, and an integrated hub for direct contacts. It will also promote developments in order to become a major negotiation base for cross-strait consultations on routine affairs.

November 16, 2011
The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council states at a regular press conference that the Mainland has long advocated for the end of the hostile state across the Taiwan Strait and for the conclusion of a peace agreement. Currently, SEF-ARATS negotiations will still focus on economic issues first and political ones later and on easy issues first and difficult ones later. The two sides should continue to adhere to and uphold the "1992 Consensus," advance political mutual trust, and keep leading and promoting the opening of new prospects in cross-strait relations.

November 17, 2011
In a speech presented at the opening ceremony of the Third Chongqing-Taiwan Week in Chongqing, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the "1992 Consensus" is the necessary premise for the development of cross-strait dialogues and negotiations, as well as an important foundation for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. The "1992 Consensus" cannot be denied, cross-strait relations cannot fall back, peace once gained in the Taiwan Strait cannot be lost, and the well-being of compatriots on both sides of the Strait cannot be undermined. In order to uphold stability in the Taiwan Strait and for the well-being of Taiwan compatriots, the two sides must adhere to and uphold the "1992 Consensus," thereby introducing and constantly opening up new prospects for cross-strait relations.

November 20, 2011
Regarding the development of Taiwanese-funded enterprises and investigation and research on cross-strait agricultural cooperation, ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin states in Guangdong that the "1992 Consensus" is the necessary premise for cross-strait negotiations and a foundation for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. Denial of the "1992 Consensus" will make it difficult to continue negotiations between the SEF and the ARATS and smoothly implement the signed agreements. Cross-strait relations will certainly stall or even fall back. The Consensus is the necessary premise for cross-strait dialogues and negotiations, as well as an important foundation for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

November 21, 2011
In a speech presented at the "2011 Ministry of National Defense Symposium for High-Ranking Officers," President Ma Ying-jeou states that Taiwan's strategy in the face of mainland China's growing military might is to create a "small but powerful, elite, and skilled" military and to establish an innovative and asymmetric military strategy to deter any potential use of force against Taiwan. Over the past three years, the government has achieved substantive results in improving cross-strait relations, including rays of hope for peace across the Taiwan Strait, economic and social benefits brought by the opening of cross-strait contacts, participation in regional economic integration, and the resumption of high-level mutual trust with the United States. In this process, the government has never sacrificed in any way the sovereignty of the ROC, Taiwan's dignity, or the well-being of the people.

November 22, 2011
In a speech presented at the 2011 Annual General Meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei, President Ma Ying-jeou states that the government will continue to uphold the principle of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" under the framework of the ROC Constitution to maintain the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, as well as to develop relations with the Mainland and promote the institutionalization of cross-strait reconciliation on the basis of the "1992 Consensus of one China with respective interpretations." Up to now, Taiwan has signed 16 agreements with the Mainland. The improvement of cross-strait relations has also given shape to a "virtuous cycle" in international relations. There is no timetable for the cross-strait deliberation, negotiations, and signing of a peace agreement. The first step in such negotiations would only be taken after a referendum of the people of Taiwan showed a high level of public support.

November 22, 2011
At the "Association of Taiwan Compatriots' Investment Enterprises Leaders Meeting" in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, ARATS Vice Chairman Zheng Lizhong emphasizes that cross-strait relations have been able to achieve major breakthroughs because both sides have adhered to the "1992 Consensus," which is the necessary premise for negotiations between the SEF and the ARATS, an important foundation for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, and the key to further deepening developments in the future.

November 22, 2011
At the "Association of Taiwan Compatriots' Investment Enterprises Leaders Meeting" in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, ARATS Vice Chairman Zheng Lizhong emphasizes that cross-strait relations have been able to achieve major breakthroughs because both sides have adhered to the "1992 Consensus," which is the necessary premise for SEF-ARATS negotiations, an important foundation for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, and the key to further deepening the developments across the Strait in the future.

November 25, 2011
In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), President Ma Ying-jeou states that cross-strait relations must handle "easy issues first and difficult ones later, urgent matters before less pressing ones, and economic issues before political ones." This pace will not change. A meeting between the leaders of the two sides of the Strait is not the most urgent matter. He also states that Taiwan will adhere to the position of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" under the framework of the ROC Constitution. "No unification" means that no negotiations will be held on the issue of unification, "No independence" means that Taiwan will not seek independence. "No use of force" meaning that Taiwan opposes any use of military force. This approach and principle is highly effective for the two sides at this time. Moreover, the "1992 Consensus" refers to "one China with respective interpretations." Though the two sides have different definitions, they have shelved this issue so that other more urgent matters can be promoted. This framework has served as an important foundation for the many achievements made in the course of cross-strait relations in the past three years.

November 26, 2011
Regarding the case involving the missing Taiwan's Asia University student Chen Shih-huai who was traveling to Shenzhen, the SEF states that on the morning of November 17, it sent an official letter to related units in the Mainland. The SEF will continue to actively handle this case with assistances from the ARATS and the Shenzhen Municipal Taiwan Affairs Office.

November 30, 2011
Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council Spokesperson Fan Liqing states at a regular press conference that the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT) will continue to strengthen promotion of concrete measures for cross-strait film and television cooperation and exchanges. So long as the momentum for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations is maintained, cross-strait exchanges and cooperation can be further expanded and cross-strait negotiations continued. Identification with the "1992 Consensus" is the necessary premise for developing cross-strait dialogues and negotiations, as well as an important foundation for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

December 1, 2011
During a banquet with Taiwan media, ARATS Vice Chairman and Secretary General Li Yafei states that so long as cross-strait relations are able to smoothly develop, Taiwan's participation in regional and international cooperation as well as cross-strait economic cooperation is the major direction that can be optimistically anticipated. The condition and premise for the "smooth development of cross-strait relations" and continued communication between the ARATS and the SEF is that the "1992 Consensus" underpinning cross-strait mutual trust cannot be undermined. The "1992 Consensus" is a consensus reached with official authorization from the two sides. It is not a consensus between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party (CPC). The competent agencies in the Mainland are considering facilitation measures to further promote cross-strait personnel exchanges, and the form of the "Taiwan Compatriots Certificate" is likely to be further streamlined in the next few years.

December 2, 2011
During a signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for Taiwanese enterprises, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the Mainland side will support the establishment of operational institutions in the Mainland by more Taiwan-invested banks and allow such banks to expand their business networks in the central west and northeast areas of mainland China. Furthermore,the Mainland supports the deepening of business cooperation between financial institutions on the two sides and encourages Taiwanese financial institutions to establish lease finance companies or surety companies in the Mainland and to strengthen cooperation with Mainland financial institutions.

December 9, 2011
The MAC issues a press release on the "1992 Consensus," indicating that when the two sides held a meeting in Hong Kong in October 1992, the Mainland side proposed the "one China" political issue and to which Taiwan suggested that each side make an oral statement. Taiwan bases the substance of this oral statement on the "meaning of one China" as decided by the resolution of the National Unification Council Meeting presided by former President Lee Teng-hui on August 1, 1992. The resolution mentions that "the two sides of the Taiwan Strait will adhere to the 'one China' principle," though they give different meanings to this. The mainland Chinese authorities believe that 'one China' refers to the 'People's Republic of China,' while Taiwan believes that it refers to the 'Republic of China' established in 1912. In November 1992, the ARATS stated that it "fully respected and accepted" the proposal of Taiwan that "each side expresses its position orally." In other words, each side has a different means that each side orally expresses its different position of the meanibg of "one China". The consensus of "one China with respective interpretations."
The MAC states that the government bases its position of the "1992 Consensus" on the policy decision of the government at that time, namely: to comply with constitutional framework of the Republic of China as well as to take into account the reality on the two sides. Although the terminology of the "1992 Consensus" did not exist in 1992, the two sides had reached a consensus of "one China with respective interpretations." Taiwan's position is that "one China" of course refers to the Republic of China. The spirit of the "1992 Consensus" is "shelving controversies and carrying out pragmatic negotiations." This is also an important basis for the resumption of institutionalized cross-strait negotiations.

December 13, 2011
During a meeting with a delegation of lawyers from Hong Kong's China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, MAC Minister Lai Shin-yuan states that the development of freedom, democracy, and human rights in the Mainland is a yardstick in observing whether or not the relations between the two sides can be drawn closer. This is also the view of the people of Taiwan on the development of cross-strait relations. Therefore, the government has repeatedly called on the Mainland, as its economic power rapidly grows, to pay priority attention to political reforms aimed at social equality, justice, and the protection of human rights, as well as to the development of a civil society, in order to improve the spiritual well-being of the people.

December 14, 2011
The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council emphasizes at a regular press conference that the "1992 Consensus" is a consensus reached between authorized organizations of the two sides, not between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party (CPC). It represents a consensus between the two sides. This is an objective fact. The 16 agreements signed between the SEF and the ARATS since the two sides resumed negotiations in June 2008 were all achieved on the basis of the "1992 Consensus." This Consensus is a necessary premise for the development of cross-strait dialogues and negotiations. It is also an important foundation for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. Denial of the "1992 Consensus" will prevent the continuation of cross-strait negotiations.

December 16, 2011
In a speech presented at a meeting commemorating the 20th anniversary of the ARATS, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that by adhering to the "1992 Consensus," mutual trust between the two sides can be maintained, the foundation can be consolidated, and talks can be carried on . Denial or renunciation of the "1992 Consensus" will not only stall talks between the SEF and the ARATS but also lead to a retreat in cross-strait relations. He also emphasizes that the SEF-ARATS talks established on the basis of the "1992 Consensus" are equal negotiations between Chinese people on both sides and goodwill communications between compatriots on both sides of the Strait. This is not the same as country-to-country negotiations.

December 16, 2011
In a speech presented at a meeting commemorating the 20th anniversary of the ARATS, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Jia Qinglin expresses active support for promoting follow-up negotiations to the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) in order to provide more effective institutional guarantees for deepening cross-strait economic cooperation. The Mainland hopes to actively promote the negotiations and the signing of cross-strait cultural and education exchange agreements to facilitate cultural and education developments on the two sides. The two sides should avoid unnecessary infighting on foreign affairs. The Mainland understands and attaches importance to the issue of Taiwan compatriots' participation in international activities and is willing to make sensible and reasonable arrangements through cross-strait negotiations. He also emphasizes that the "1992 Consensus" is an objective fact. If the "1992 Consensus" is denied, it will be difficult to continue cross-strait negotiations and some of the negotiation achievements will be difficult to implement. Cross-strait relations will also inevitably return to the turbulent state in the past and ultimately harm the interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait.

December 22, 2011
Regarding an incident in Wukan Village, Guangdong, MAC Deputy Minister Johnnason Liu calls on Mainland officials to face up very rationally to the people's rights to existence, property, freedom, and democracy. The Mainland should rationally, respectfully, and forthrightly consider the needs of the people.

December 24, 2011
During a speech in front of Shuntian Fushun General Temple in Taichung, MAC Minister Lai Shin-yuan states that the 16 agreements signed and one consensus reached between the SEF and the ARATS over the past three or so years have pragmatically resolved cross-strait issues arising from cross-strait exchanges, established order in cross-strait exchanges, and safeguarded the rights and interests of the people. Take the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) for example, it was negotiated and signed through institutionalized negotiations in the manner of "mechanism-to-mechanism" and "official-to-official" cross-strait talks.

December 27, 2011
The results of the latest MAC public opinion survey indicate that over 70 percent of the public are satisfied with the government's policy to open direct cross-strait transportation links and continue to increase the number of flights and flight points. Additionally, 72 percent of the public believe that the government's policy to allow Mainland tourist visits to Taiwan is helpful to Taiwan's economy. Regarding the current pace of cross-strait exchanges, a plurality (48.1 percent) still believes it is "just right," higher than the ratio believing it is either"too fast" (25.7 percent) or "too slow (12.9 percent)."

December 28, 2011
The MAC issues a press release stating that the Republic of China (ROC) has been a sovereign and independent country since its founding in 1912. This is an objective fact. President Ma has also repeatedly expressed that the ROC is our country and Taiwan is our homeland. Taiwan calls on the Mainland side to pragmatically face up to the existence of the ROC in the long-term development of cross-strait relations.

December 28, 2011
The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council states at a press conference that the Mainland will allow Taiwan residents to apply for the establishment of privately or individually-owned businesses in some provinces and cities. The first 9 provinces and cities to be opened will be Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hubei, Sichuan, and Chongqing. Allowed industries will include the food and retail industries. Moreover, the Pingtan Comprehensive Experimental Zone will be built as a puoneer area for cross-strait exchanges and cooperation, a demonstration area for the reform and innovation of institutional mechanisms, a suitable residential area where compatriots of both sides can live together, and a pilot area for scientific developments on the west coast of the Taiwan Strait. Furthermore, relations between the two sides were not, are not, and will not be a "country-to-country" relationship. Both sides belong to one country. Adherence to the "1992 Consensus" is a necessary premise for the development of cross-strait dialogues and negotiations. Denial of the "1992 Consensus" will undermine the foundation for cross-strait negotiations, which will of course then be unable to continue. Adherence to the "Taiwan independence" position of "one country on each side" will definitely endanger the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. In order to maintain stability in the Taiwan Strait and reduce concern over military security, the two sides can communicate on military issues and discuss the issue of establishing a military CBMS.

December 29, 2011
In a speech presented at a year-end press conference, SEF Vice Chairman Kao Koong-lian emphasizes that the "1992 Consensus" was authorized by the competent authority, and then confirmed by an exchange of correspondence between the SEF and the ARATS in 1992. This is a fact.