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IV. Mainland's Taiwan Policy and Work

2010

January 1, 2010
During a New Year tea party at the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, mainland Chinese President Hu Jintao states that during the just concluded year of 2009, Mainland China firmly seized the theme of the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, promoted cross-strait relations to realize a historic turning point, strengthened cross-strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation, thus ushering in new prospects for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. In the new year, mainland China will adhere to the principles of "peaceful reunification and one country, two systems," and firmly grasp the theme of peace and development in handling cross-strait relations, strengthen and expand cross-strait exchanges and cooperation in economic, cultural and educational fields, bring continuous well-being to compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, and further uphold peace in the Taiwan Strait.

January 1, 2010
In an article entitled "Creating a New Era of Peace and Development Through the Sustained Efforts of Compatriots on Both Sides of the Strait" published in the first 2010 issue of the magazine "Cross-Strait Relations," Wang Yi, director of the Taiwan Work Office of the CPC Central Committee, states that in 2010, he hopes that the two sides can advance mutual political trust, deepen industrial cooperation, promote two-way investment, expand cultural exchanges, carry on Chinese culture, and promote broader, more direct, deeper, and more convenient exchanges between various circles on the two sides, particularly at the grassroots level, and broaden the field of exchanges.

January 2, 2010
The Fujian Communications Department states that in 2010 it will accelerate the establishment of integrated channels for direct cross-strait contact, promote Fujian-Taiwan economic and trade cooperation and new development of the cross-strait "Three Links," and work on: 1) establishing a more convenient, effective, secure and smooth three-dimensional transportation system; 2) promoting the development of the port group on the west side of the Taiwan Strait as an important link between the central and western provinces of the Mainland and Taiwan, as well as an advance platform for the cross-strait "Three Links"; and 3) providing top brand and top-quality service for the "Three Links." In addition, Fujian will plan roundtable meetings on cross-strait direct air links, forums on cooperation and development in the cross-strait shipping industry, and the Eighth Cross-Strait Forum on Bridge and Tunnel Engineering to strengthen cross-strait port and shipping exchanges and cooperation.

January 7, 2010
Mainland China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu emphasizes that the United States' sales of advanced weaponry to Taiwan have seriously violated the principles set in the three China-U.S. Joint Communiqués, especially the August 17 Communiqué, undermined mainland China's security interests and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, as well as interfered in mainland China's internal affairs.

January 8, 2010
Mainland China's Ministry of Commerce states that in 2010 it will actively promote the negotiation and signing of the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), establish an economic cooperation mechanism that embodies cross-strait characteristics, realize cross-strait institutionalized economic cooperation, facilitate economic interactions, and create mechanisms for economic and trade contacts. It adds that preparations are now complete.

January 8, 2010
Mainland China's Defense Ministry Spokesperson Huang Xueping states that mainland China has demanded that the US respect mainland China's core interests and immediately cancel arms sales to Taiwan and stop military contact with Taiwan in order to prevent further damage to Sino-US military relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

January 9, 2010
During a press interview, mainland Chinese Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei states that the US arms sales to Taiwan gravely violate the three Sino-US Joint Communiqués, especially the August 17 Communiqué, undermining mainland China's security interests and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. Mainland China firmly opposes this.

January 12, 2010
During a regular press conference, mainland China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu states that mainland China opposes any form of official interactions and contact between the United States and Taiwan. Mainland China's position has been consistent and clear. Mainland China demands that the United States abide by the principles enshrined in the three Sino-US joint communiqués and prudently handle this issue.

January 13, 2010
During a regular press conference, mainland China's Taiwan Affairs Office states that in the new year, the Mainland side will continue to expand and deepen exchanges and contact between various sectors on the two sides, vigorously promote the normalization of cross-strait educational and cultural exchanges, and promote more types and content of grassroots people-to-people exchanges. The Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) is an economic issue. The two sides can discuss the name of the agreement, but the key is that the two sides should jointly promote the progress of negotiations.

January 14, 2010
Mainland China's Fujian Provincial Government issues the "Key Implementation Opinions on Educational Reform and Development for Fujian Province from 2010 to 2012." The opinions indicate that Fujian will promote the establishment of an experimental park for cross-strait educational cooperation to encourage cooperative educational programs between Taiwan and Mainland universities; develop trial points for cooperative university programs between the two sides; and explore the establishment of standards for professional certification, curriculum linking, certification of educational quality, and mutual recognition of academic credits between universities in Fujian and Taiwan. Fujian will also promote linkage and mutual recognition of academic credits and credentials between Fujian and Taiwan universities; support the development of cooperative research with Taiwan universities; establish joint research organizations, attract Taiwan talent in technological and educational fields, and conduct interdisciplinary research cooperation.

January 18, 2010
Mainland China's Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi issues a paper entitled, "Consolidating a Good Situation, Promoting Peaceful Development." In it, he states that the first priority in Taiwan-related work is to thoroughly implement the directives in President Hu Jintao's major speeches. Second, in promoting cross-strait relations, mainland China must continue to abide by the basic spirit of "building mutual trust, shelving controversies, finding commonalities despite differences, and creating together a win-win solution." Third, mainland China will establish a peaceful development framework and continue to adhere to the basic thinking of handling "easy and economic issues first and difficult and political issues later, and moving forward in a measured, gradual, and orderly manner." Fourth, the opening up of new prospects for cross-strait relations will require further joint participation by compatriots on both sides of the Strait.

January 22, 2010
Research institutes across the Strait have released the "Joint Research Conclusions and Proposals Concerning Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA)." In response, mainland China's Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Yang Yi states that the negotiation and signing of the ECFA should proceed under the principle of handling easy issues first and difficult issues later and in a gradual and orderly sequential manner. The ARATS and the Taiwan-based SEF are now actively in contact with each other to arrange the first work meeting between SEF and ARATS specialists.

January 27, 2010
At a regular press conference, mainland China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) states that at the first work meeting on the Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) the two sides agreed that the basic content of the ECFA would include market opening for the trade in goods and services, rules of origin, the early harvest list, trade relief measures, dispute resolution, and investment and economic cooperation. They also agreed to accelerate the pace of signing the ECFA as soon as possible under the principle of dealing with easy issues first and difficult issues later, seeking common ground while resolving differences, and moving forward in a gradual, orderly, active and suitable manner. The overall principle for promoting the negotiation and signing of the ECFA should be equal mutual benefit and mutual opening. In promoting the signing of the ECFA, both sides should comply with World Trade Organization rules. In addition, the TAO says some Taiwanese businesspeople and other persons, who have resided long-term in the Mainland, hope to participate in local political life in a proper manner. In this regard, the TAO expresses its understanding and respect.

January 28, 2010
At the second ARATS board of directors meeting, mainland China's Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi expresses hope that, in the new year, the ARATS can continue to promote the progress of institutionalized negotiations with the SEF, consolidate the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus," and carry out preparatory work for the two annual SEF-ARATS talks held rotationally in the Mainland and Taiwan; as well as continue to promote exchanges with the SEF and strengthen liaison with people of various circles in Taiwan.

January 28, 2010
In a report on ARATS work over the past year and a half, ARATS Permanent Vice Chairman Zheng Lizhong states that based on the common political foundation of opposing "Taiwan independence" and adhering to the "1992 Consensus," the CPC and KMT as well as both sides across the Strait have built up mutual trust and formed benign interactions. Moreover, they have realized direct two-way "Three Links" and have facilitated the normalization, systematization and institutionalization of cross-strait economic relations. The scope of cross-strait interactions has steadily expanded, related standards have risen, and a state of greater exchanges is taking shape.

January 30, 2010
A spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office states that the US has ignored mainland China's repeated solemn representations and persisted with its erroneous decision to sell arms to Taiwan. This gravely violates the three Sino-US Joint Communiqués, especially the August 17 Communiqué, and also goes against the US pledge to support the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. The US action runs counter to the current good development of cross-strait relations.

February 5, 2010
The Fujian Communications Department states that this year Fujian will vigorously promote deeper, broader and higher-level economic and trade cooperation between Fujian and Taiwan, as well as create a faster, more efficient, safer and smoother three-dimensional transportation system. Fujian will also promote the establishment of a cross-strait shipping center, and promote the development of the port group on the west side of the Taiwan Strait as an important conduit between Taiwan and central and western China and a frontline platform for the "Three Links."

February 10, 2010
Mainland China's Taiwan Affairs Office indicates at a press conference that in negotiating and signing a Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), the two sides across the Strait will promote the signing of the agreement at the earliest possible time under the principles of "handling easy issues first and difficult issues later, finding common ground while resolving differences, and moving forward in a gradual, orderly, active and suitable manner." Serving as the respectively authorized civilian organizations of the two sides, the SEF and the ARATS will mutually establish general offices on each other's side to assist with the handling of issues related to contacts between compatriots on both sides of the Strait. This is keenly needed. Mainland China's State Council has clearly designated the west side of the Taiwan Strait with a strategic position as an "area for pioneering new approaches to exchanges and cooperation between the people on both sides." Mainland China hopes the establishment of the west side of the Taiwan Strait will arouse echoes among the various sectors of society in Taiwan.

February 11, 2010
On www.chinataiwan.org, Wang Yi, director of the Taiwan Work Office of the CPC Central Committee, wished Taiwan compatriots a happy Lunar New Year. He states that 2010 will be a year of steady progress in cross-strait relations. The two sides need to further strengthen mutual trust and maintain the correct development course of cross-strait relations; they need to further deepen mutually beneficial cross-strait cooperation and promote the advance of institutionalized and mechanism-based cross-strait exchanges, focusing at present on negotiating and signing the Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA); they need to further broaden cross-strait exchanges in various sectors and promote mutual understanding and feelings between compatriots on both sides of the Strait; and they need to further solidify and strengthen various policy measure so that the fruits from the development of cross-strait relations can benefit more people at the grassroots level.

February 12, 2010
On Lunar New Year's Eve, mainland Chinese President Hu Jintao states in Fujian that mainland China will do its utmost in any areas that are in the interests of the great number of Taiwan compatriots. The two sides are now discussing an Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) and will fully consider the interests of Taiwan compatriots, especially Taiwan farmers, and handle this matter well.

February 18, 2010
Fujian supports the Fuzhou (Pingtan) Comprehensive Experimental Zone to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with Taiwan's fishing industry and to develop fishing labor cooperation between the zone and Taiwan. Fujian will also actively seek the support of the Ministry of Agriculture to allow the zone to introduce Taiwan's capital and technology. It will also encourage Taiwan's deep-sea fishing companies to establish operational bases in the comprehensive experimental zone, as well as strengthen exchanges and cooperation with private fishing industry organizations in Taiwan to encourage qualified enterprises in the zone to invest in business development in Taiwan and promote exchanges between fishermen's cooperatives on the two sides.

February 24, 2010
Mainland China's Taiwan Affairs Office indicates at a press conference that, in negotiating on the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), the two sides will give the utmost care to Taiwan compatriots and especially to the practical interests of Taiwan farmers so as to make a fair and reasonable arrangement. The Cross-Strait Tourism Exchange Association and the Taiwan Strait Tourism Association are now intensively proceeding with arrangements to set up travel offices on each other's side. During the first work meeting between SEF and ARATS specialists, the two sides agreed that the basic contents of the agreement would focus on cross-strait economic activity, including market opening for the trade in goods and services, rules of origin, the early harvest list, trade relief measures, dispute resolution, and investment and economic cooperation. The specific contents of the agreement still require further negotiations between the two sides.

March 1, 2010
During an interview with Xinhuanet, Mainland China's Premier Wen Jiabao states that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have entered a new era, in which they will need to establish a comprehensive economic cooperation framework with cross-strait characteristics. In order to complete this work, three issues need to be seized: 1) equal negotiations; 2) reciprocity and mutual benefit; and 3) attention to the deep concerns of the other side. Mainland China can yield on its interests since Taiwan compatriots are its brothers.

March 3, 2010
At the opening ceremony of the Third Session of the 11th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), CPPCC National Committee Chairman Jia Qinglin states that China must firmly seize the theme of peaceful development of cross-strait relations; constantly broaden contacts with related political parties, social organizations, and persons in various fields as well as contacts at the grassroots level in Taiwan; conduct surveys and studies on cross-strait economic, trade and cultural cooperation issues; and deepen cross-strait exchanges and cooperation.

March 5, 2010
During an interview at the opening ceremony of the National People's Congress, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the Mainland leader recently has made a series of major statements on the negotiation and signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), conveying the high importance placed by the Mainland on establishing a cross-strait economic cooperation mechanism. These statements can be summed up into four phrases: "equality and mutual benefit; fair and reasonable; showing goodwill; and doing good things well."

March 8, 2010
During an interview, Director Li Weiyi of the Department of Exchange under the Taiwan Affairs Office states that the main mission of cross-strait relations at present is to complete the signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA). The focus of follow-up work should be to advance towards establishing a mechanism for cross-strait cultural exchanges.

March 9, 2010
During an interview with a reporter from Xinhua News Agency, ARATS President Chen Yunlin states that the negotiation and signing of the cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) is a major focal point of SEF/ARATS talks this year. The two sides need to promptly reach consensus on the framework agreement and early harvest issue. He also states that, based on the needs in developing cross-strait relations, talks between the SEF and the ARATS should at the right time further include cultural, education, health, and media issues. The two sides should actively discuss the negotiation and signing of a cross-strait cultural and education exchange agreement, comprehensively develop cross-strait cultural and education exchanges and cooperation, and constantly inject new content into cross-strait negotiations.

March 13, 2010
The Third Session of the 11th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) approves a resolution to promote the establishment of a framework with a solid foundation, strong support and rich content for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. The CPPCC will continue to adhere to the principal policies and guidelines of developing cross-strait relations and promoting peaceful unification of the motherland; firmly seize the theme of peaceful development of cross-strait relations; constantly broaden contacts with related political parties, social organizations, persons in various fields, and at the grassroots level in Taiwan; advance overall integration of cross-strait economy, culture, society and popular sentiment; and bolster identification of Chinese culture and the Chinese nation among compatriots on both sides.

March 14, 2010
During a Chinese and foreign media press conference, Premier Wen Jiabao states that the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) now under talks between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is a comprehensive agreement with cross-strait characteristics. Three principles should be heeded in the negotiation and signing of this agreement: 1) equal negotiations; 2) mutual benefit and win-win; and 3) mutual care and deep concern for the other side. Mainland China should yield the advantage to Taiwan. These concessions include approving tariff reduction and the realization of the early harvest items. In addition, Mainland China should do things to alleviate the concerns of Taiwan farmers.

March 16, 2010
During a meeting with high-level executives of Hong Kong's Ta Kung Pao, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the key phrase in the development of cross-strait relations this year is "steady advancement." The two sides need to seize a good rhythm, maintain good momentum, and adhere to the right course of cross-strait relations. Cross-strait exchanges should focus on further broadening two-way interactions, on benefiting more of the general public on both sides, and on broadening participation by compatriots on both sides of the Strait. He also indicates that this year cross-strait relations will first focus on further deepening cross-strait economic cooperation. Secondly, it is hoped that the two sides can further strengthen cross-strait cultural and educational exchanges and cooperation. Thirdly, the two sides should further promote the participation in cross-strait exchanges by the people on both sides.

March 16, 2010
The Province of Fujian indicates that it will speed up its promotion in establishing a base for cross-strait technology industry cooperation at the national level, in order to actively connect with Taiwan’s "Cross-Strait Bridge-Building Project." With the efforts, Fujian and Taiwan can jointly promote and organize special cross-strait technology cooperation projects to enhance profound connection in the emerging and high-tech areas of Chinese medicine, solar photovoltaic, auto electronics, and telecommunication. In addition, Fujian will start to organize business creation activities in Haixi and set up an innovative business incubator center to attract experts, scholars, and technology talents from both sides to start business in Haixi. Furthermore, Fujian encourages and supports Taiwan businesses to invest in Fujian and build all types of sci-tech parks, R&D institutions, and external agencies in Fujian.

March 17, 2010
Taiwan Affairs Office regular press conference indicates that it approves of the two sides’ conducting exchanges on military issues at a suitable time to discuss the establishment of a mutual trust mechanism for military security, gradually advancing with easy issues first and difficult issues later. For example, the two sides could begin with exchanges between retired military personnel and related experts and scholars.

March 17, 2010
During a meeting with Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Katsuya Okada, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the Taiwan issue is an internal affair of China and should be resolved by peaceful methods through negotiations between the Chinese people on both sides of the Strait. At the same time, the Taiwan issue also pertains to stability in the Taiwan Strait and peace in the region. Mainland China hopes that its neighbors, including Japan, can understand and support this.

March 25, 2010
During an interview with Yazhou Zhoukan, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi indicates that the Mainland does not have any timetable for starting political negotiations. As for resolving political differences, there would be no harm in beginning with discussions between scholars and experts of the two sides to slowly form consensus. All issues can be discussed so long as they adhere to the "one China" principle.

March 25, 2010
Vice Minister of Commerce Jiang Zengwei states that the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) will be based on the principle of equal negotiations and to further achieve mutual benefit. It also will consider the different economic scales and industrial differences in Taiwan and in the Mainland. He hopes that the two sides can work hard to advance the date of the singing of the Agreement.

March 31, 2010
Taiwan Affairs Office press conference indicates that the Second Straits Forum will continue to focus on the theme of "broadening private exchanges, strengthening cross-strait cooperation, and promoting joint development" to further highlight the private sector, the general public quality, and the breadth of such contacts. The Taiwan Affairs Office also emphasizes that opposition to "Taiwan independence" and adherence to the "1992 Consensus" are important foundations for the two sides to establish mutual political trust. It also advocates comprehensive promotion of the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, according to the principle of economic issues first and political issues later, easy issues first and difficult issues later, and moving forward in a gradual, orderly manner. Currently, Mainland China is vigorously promoting cross-strait negotiations on economic cooperation, especially through the ongoing negotiations on the cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA). It also hopes that, at an appropriate time, the two sides can expand negotiations to cultural and education spheres. The Taiwan Affairs Office also states that it believes the two sides should face the future by creating conditions and making preparations for resolving difficult political issues.

March 31, 2010
During an interview with Want Daily, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) is an economic cooperation agreement and will not have any political content or political language. Negotiations on the Early Harvest List will have "five benefits for Taiwan": the amount and exports of tariff-reduced Mainland products will be less than for Taiwan products; tariff-reduced products will benefit small and medium enterprises and the general public; weaker industries in Taiwan will not be affected; there will be no demand for Taiwan market access for Mainland agricultural products; and there is no intention to export labor to Taiwan.

April 4, 2010
In an interview with Yazhou Zhoukan in Tokyo on March 18, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the Mainland currently has no timetable for political negotiations. Regarding the resolution of political differences, it would be better to begin with discussions between scholars and experts from the two sides and slowly form consensus. On the foundation of adhering to the one China principle, any problems can be discussed. The Mainland side first intends to continue to deepen cross-strait economic cooperation, focusing on the prompt negotiation and signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA). Next will be vigorous development of cultural and education exchanges. Third will see robust promotion of exchanges between the people on the two sides. Fourth will be to actively strengthen and perfect various policy measures. And fifth is to steadily deepen mutual political trust across the Strait through equal negotiations.

April 6, 2010
During a meeting with a visiting mission of retired high-ranking generals of the Taiwan New Alliance, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that in order to maintain the correct course and good momentum in the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, it is necessary to constantly deepen cross-strait mutual political trust, steadily advance a sense of ethnic identity among compatriots on both sides of the Strait, and continuously strengthen cross-strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields.

April 7, 2010
During a meeting with a visiting mission of retired high-ranking generals of the Taiwan New Alliance, Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Chairman Jia Qinglin states that the PRC will continue to adhere to the spirit of building mutual trust, shelving controversies, seeking common ground while reserving differences, and jointly creating a win-win outcome. In line with the thinking of focusing on economic issues first and political issues later, easy issues first and difficult issues later, and moving forward in a gradual, orderly manner, the PRC will promote continued benign interactions and deepen mutual political trust across the Strait, work together with compatriots in various fields on both sides, consolidate and develop current comprehensive exchanges, overcome obstacles, eliminate interference, and promote the steady development of cross-strait relations.

April 8, 2010
At the China Xiamen Machinery and Electronics Exhibition (CXMEE), Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council Deputy Director Zheng Lizhong expresses hope that the two sides can treat each other with sincerity, move towards the same direction, accelerate negotiations, work to promptly sign the cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), and jointly promote the development of the Mainland and that of Taiwan. The two sides should adhere firmly to equal negotiations, work for mutual benefit and a win-win situation, and be attentive to the deep concerns of the other side. The utmost effort should be made to prevent the signing of the ECFA from affecting Taiwan's vulnerable industries and small and medium enterprises.

April 10, 2010
During a meeting with Fredrick Chien, top advisor to the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation, PRC Vice President Xi Jinping states that advancing ethnic identity among compatriots on both sides of the Strait is a fundamental guarantee for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations and should become a theme in the development of cross-strait relations. The two sides should constantly enrich the content of cooperation, expand cooperation coverage, innovate cooperation modes, and establish complete cooperation mechanisms. The two sides also should take active measures to promote new types of industrial cooperation, broaden two-way investment, and strengthen exchanges and cooperation in financial service industry and other fields.

April 10, 2010
During a meeting with Fredrick Chien, top advisor to the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation, at the Boao Forum for Asia, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the closer cross-strait economic cooperation is and the more institutionalized cross-strait economic contacts are, the more beneficial it will be to promote joint development of the cross-strait economy.

April 14, 2010
The Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) states at a press conference that this year, Mainland universities will not require admission testing for Taiwan high school graduates scoring at the top level on Taiwan's basic academic aptitude tests. The TAO also states that the two sides have agreed to accelerate progress in promoting the negotiation and signing of the cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) and hold the third round of negotiations in the Mainland at the earliest possible date. During the second round of negotiations, the Mainland side did not ask the Taiwan side to further open up its markets to Mainland agricultural products. Agricultural products also will not be included in the early harvest plan.

April 27, 2010
The Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) states at a press conference that it supports the holding of negotiations on the establishment of a cross-strait currency settlement mechanism. In the current phase, priority should be placed on issues related to the handling of cash currency exchange, supply and remittance operations. The TAO also expresses hope that related parties in Taiwan can formulate policies and measures beneficial to the development of cross-strait education exchanges and cooperation, so that further progress can be achieved in this field.

April 28, 2010
At the opening ceremony for the 2010 Cross-Strait Entrepreneurs Purple Mountain Summit, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that opposing "Taiwan independence" and adhering to the "1992 Consensus" form an important political foundation for improving and developing cross-strait relations, as well as provide sustainable and reliable political protection for cross-strait economic cooperation.

May 7, 2010
At the opening ceremony of the Fifth World Gathering of Overseas Chinese Associations, Director Li Haifeng of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council states that, under the new situation of the current peaceful development of cross-strait relations, overseas Chinese with different political ideas are gradually overcoming their differences based on the principles of handling "easy issues first and difficult issues later" and "economic and cultural issues first, political issues later," shelving controversies, seeking common ground, and strengthening contact and communication with a tolerant, peaceful and pragmatic mindset. Adhering to the "One China" principle, mainland China encourages overseas Chinese to continue to arrange events to "oppose independence and promote unification," oppose "one China, one Taiwan" and "two Chinas," and invite overseas Chinese individuals and groups from Taiwan to form delegations to visit and inspect mainland China, improve understanding, develop enterprises, promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, and support the peaceful unification of China.

May 7, 2010
During a meeting with Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Honorary Chairman Lien Chan, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Jia Qinglin states that PRC President Hu Jintao presented a four-point guideline at the opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo: 1) continue to advance cross-strait mutual political trust to constantly strengthen the impetus for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations; 2) continue to broaden cross-strait exchange in various fields to constantly stimulate the vitality of the peaceful development of cross-strait relations; 3) continue to deepen economic cooperation to constantly upgrade the competitiveness of both sides’ economies; and 4) continue to promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations to constantly bolster the solidarity of the Chinese people. This four-point guideline outlines the four major affairs that mainland China must firmly grasp and vigorously promote in the current phase.

May 12, 2010
Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council indicates at a regular press conference that the "Opinions on Supporting Fujian Province to Accelerate the Development of the Economic Zone on the West Coast of the Taiwan Strait" issued by the State Council clearly puts the Economic Zone on the West Coast of the Taiwan Strait in the strategic position of "first trial area for exchanges and cooperation between the people on both sides." It designates the zone as a new platform for cross-strait economic exchanges and cooperation in various areas. The Office further reiterates that its opposition to "Taiwan independence" and adherence to the "1992 Consensus" are political preconditions for the improvement and development of cross-strait relations.

May 14, 2010
At the anniversary celebration for the Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland (ATIEM), Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the ATIEM clearly and vocally opposes "Taiwan independence" and staunchly supports the improvement of cross-strait relations. He expresses hope that in its new year, the ATIEM will: 1) more actively participate in and support the peaceful development of cross-strait relations; and 2) adapt to the changing methods of economic development in the Mainland to constantly deepen cross-strait economic cooperation.

May 18, 2010
The 12th Cross-Straits Fair for Economy and Trade opens in Fuzhou. The five-day event will close on May 22. This year's theme is "Win-Win Exchanges with Taiwan." The Fair aims to promote complementary links between industries on both sides through the matching of investment items.

May 25, 2010
The Fujian Provincial Department of Culture states that Fujian will take the initiative to undertake the shift of Taiwan's cultural industry and actively attract Taiwan’s cultural enterprises and talents to establish businesses, invest and develop in Fujian. It will accelerate the establishment of a cross-strait cultural industrial park and a cultural industrial cooperation center, forming a base for cultural exchanges and cooperation with Taiwan.

May 25, 2010
The State Council approves the establishment of the Fuzhou Bonded Port and signs a "Sister Port Agreement" with Keelung Free Port. The two ports will first develop extensive cooperation in various fields related to modern logistics across the Taiwan Strait and work to open the first link between free ports on the two sides.

May 26, 2010
At a regular press conference, the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office indicates that the Second Straits Forum is focused on broadening private exchanges between the two sides, stressing the initial trial of the West Coast of the Taiwan Strait and the private, general public, and extensive nature of the Forum. It further invites the participation of Taiwan’s grassroots, southern and central area residents, minorities and individuals of private organizations, promoting the normalization of cross-strait basic-level exchanges. Regarding the Early Harvest plan, the two sides agree on following the principles of "fast, easy, and few" and moving forward in a gradual, orderly manner. After the Agreement comes into effect, the two sides can promptly begin negotiating agreements on trade in goods and services to resolve issues related to tariff reductions on goods not included in the Early Harvest plan as well as service market opening.

June 12, 2010
At a press conference, the Taiwan Affairs Office indicates that the 2nd Cross-Strait Forum Organizing Committee will invite representatives from 30 sectors in Taiwan to the forum, including trade union, youth, women, culture, sports, folk religion, commercial and industrial, agriculture and tourism fields. The number of Taiwan participants is expected to exceed 10,000. The forum will continue to promote cross-strait negotiations in line with the thinking of economic issues first and political issues later, easy issues first and difficult issues later, seize a good rhythm, and move forward in a gradual and orderly manner. At the same time, the Mainland side also hopes that the two sides can work together and make preparations to create conditions to resolve difficult political issues.

June 19, 2010
During a meeting with cross-strait participants in the 2nd Straits Forum, Jia Qinglin, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the CPC, states that the Mainland would like to attract more Taiwan compatriots to participate in the forum, and in particular, warmly welcoming Taiwan compatriots who have never been to the Mainland. Everyone can participate in the exchanges and interactions, regardless of party or sector, so long as they support the strengthening cross-strait exchanges and cooperation.

June 20, 2010
The Civil Aviation Administration of China announces nine policy measures to further promote the development of the Economic Zone on the West Coast of the Taiwan Strait and cross-strait air transport.

June 20, 2010
At the 2nd Straits Forum, Secretary of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee Sun Chunlan states that she will focus on pilot programs to build close Fujian-Taiwan exchanges and cooperation and actively explore useful experiences on promoting the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. Fujian also will strengthen comprehensive and multi-level cooperation with Taiwan according to the central government's proposal to establish an area for close cross-strait economic and trade cooperation, an important base for cross-strait exchanges, and an integrated hub for direct cross-strait exchanges.

June 20, 2010
In a speech delivered at the 2nd Straits Forum, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi indicates that cross-strait exchanges should in future make further efforts in the following three directions. First, exchanges should be broader: participation in cross-strait exchanges should be expanded across regions and sectors and across party and ideology. The scope of exchanges should expand from the economic sphere to other areas; the exchange counterparts should deepen from political and economic circles to the grassroots level in society, and the places of exchange should be extended from the cities to rural areas and from the north to the south. Second, exchanges should be more in-depth: the substance of cross-strait exchanges should constantly be enriched, and the two sides should seek common ground and assimilate differences. Third, exchanges should be more enduring: the Mainland hopes that various sectors of both sides will actively innovate exchange methods and form a comprehensive, multi-level and mechanism-based structure for cross-strait exchanges.

June 20, 2010
In a speech delivered at the 2nd Straits Forum, Jia Qinglin, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the CPC, indicates that the Mainland will continue to pragmatically promote the development of cross-strait relations according to the thinking of handling easy issues first and difficult issues later, economic issues first and political issues later, seizing a good rhythm, and moving forward in a gradual, orderly manner. Moreover, in the future, the two sides also should focus on gradually resolving problems of cross-strait relations on the road ahead. On the basis of opposing Taiwan independence and adhering to the "1992 Consensus," the two sides should further strengthen cross-strait political trust. Also, cross-strait exchanges under the new circumstances should advance into broader fields, bigger scale and deeper levels. Cross-strait exchanges should treat compatriots on both sides of the Strait as the main subject, the promotion and continuation of Chinese culture as the core, and the enhancement of feelings of compatriotism and the welfare of the people as the end goals. Cross-strait exchanges have no partisan divisions or regional distinctions. They should extend to the cities and rural areas, deeply into the counties, cities, townships, campuses, and communities, and deeply into the sectors of workers, farmers, youth, women and minority people.

June 29, 2010
During a meeting with SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung in Chongqing, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the most important thing in cross-strait talks is to adhere to equal negotiations and goodwill interactions, focus on moving forward in a gradual, orderly manner from the easy to the difficult, deepen cooperation and jointly create a new situation. The signing of the Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) symbolizes that cross-strait economic relations has advanced to a new stage and also will have a major and far-reaching impact on future cross-strait economic development.

June 29, 2010
During a media interview, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi emphasizes that countries maintaining diplomatic relations with the Mainland all observe the "one China" policy. This is an objective international reality. However, it is understandable that, for economic development needs, Taiwan establishes economic relations with other countries. Under the general direction of peaceful development, it should be possible to find a solution. The Mainland will treat this matter with fairness and reason and handle it pragmatically and properly. Director Wang also states that political issues are the core and crux of cross-strait relations. With the continuous development of cross-strait relations, the two sides sooner or later will have to face up to political issues and find solutions through negotiations, but not now. At present, the two sides need to create conditions for opportunities that arise in the future.

July 1, 2010
Vice Minister of Commerce Jiang Zengwei states during an interview with reporters from Xinhua News Agency that the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) is just the first step in institutionalizing cross-strait economic cooperation, and the early harvest lists just have a demonstration effect. The Mainland hopes that the two sides can seize this opportunity to accelerate the pace of their respective industrial restructuring, as well as to lay a solid foundation for the two sides to carry out comprehensive and deep economic cooperation in the next phase. Moreover, in order to ensure the smooth implementation of the Agreement, the Mainland will conduct the following work: Firstly, promptly reach a consensus with the Taiwan side on the establishment of the "Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee" to handle negotiations on future implementation, supervision, dispute settlement for the ECFA and individual follow-up agreements and other affairs; secondly, according to the Agreement commitments, amend related supporting policies and measures to ensure the prompt implementation of the early harvest lists; and thirdly, interpret the policies appropriately.

July 5, 2010
Governor of Fujian Province Huang Xiaojing states at a press conference that he will work hard on two-way investment, trade expansion, industrial linkages, and financial services, so as to form a close cross-strait economic and trade cooperation zone. The five main areas of work are: 1) Industrial linkages; 2) Advance initiatives in the financial sector; 3) Agricultural cooperation; 4) Platform establishment; and 5) mutual investment.

July 7, 2010
While attending the Third Tianjin-Taiwan Investment Cooperation Conference, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the Mainland will actively promote the implementation of the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA); continue to guide Taiwanese-funded enterprises in transforming, upgrading and industrial transfer; actively assist Taiwanese-funded enterprises in establishing marketing channels to tap the Mainland's domestic market; and further assist Taiwanese-funded enterprises in resolving new production and operation problems. Moreover, mainland China will make sure to uphold the legitimate rights and interests of Taiwanese-funded enterprises.

July 10, 2010
In an opening speech at the Sixth Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Cultural Forum, member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China Jia Qinglin states that the two sides must promptly embark on the establishment of a multi-level, multi-channel, and long-term mechanism for economic cooperation. After the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) comes into effect, a Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee will be formed to carry out follow-up negotiations on trade in goods, trade in services, and the promotion of investment and economic cooperation. These all play important roles and have long-term effects on advancing cross-strait economic cooperation.

July 10, 2010
At the Sixth Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Cultural Forum (KMT-CPC Forum), Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the theme of this year's forum—"Strengthening Cooperation in Emerging Industries to Improve Cross-Strait Competitiveness"—revolves around discussions on the three issues of promoting cooperation in new energy industries, strengthening cooperation in energy-saving and environmental protection industries, and deepening cross-strait economic cooperation. During the Forum, a cross-strait cultural and educational symposium will also be held to simultaneously discuss issues related to further strengthening cross-strait cultural and educational exchanges.

July 11, 2010
At the closing ceremony of the Sixth Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Cultural Forum, member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China Jia Qinglin states that the deepening development of cross-strait relations will be decided by the thinking and understanding of the public on both sides to keep pace with the times, as well as by the introduction of new policy and measures to replace the old ones of the two sides. Compatriots on both sides of the Strait are all Chinese descents and should firmly uphold and advance the collective interests of the Chinese race.

July 12, 2010
During a meeting with the delegation led by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung, CPC General Secretary Hu Jintao emphasizes that the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) is an agreement with profound influence which marks a new phase in cross-strait economic cooperation. He hopes that the Agreement can be promptly implemented in order to continue promoting normalized, mechanism-based, and institutionalized cross-strait economic relations as well to lay a more solid foundation for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. He also states that, on the joint political ground of opposing "Taiwan independence" and adhering to the "1992 Consensus," the two sides can promote the continuous development of cross-strait relations. They can also find feasible methods to gradually resolve problems that are restricting the development of cross-strait relations. The building of mutual trust on a common political ground is of the utmost importance to the next step in the development of relations between the two Parties and two sides.

July 22, 2010
During a plenary session of the Fujian Provincial Committee, Secretary of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee Sun Chunlan states that Fujian will seize the favorable timing presented by the signing of the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) and lead implementation of the ECFA early harvest list and related content, providing an example for the comprehensive official implementation of the ECFA. He also states that Fujian is strengthening research and continuing to promote the inclusion of advance pilot content for Fujian-Taiwan cooperation in different phases and related areas in the ECFA supplementary agreements. It is also working hard to consolidate and expand Fujian's position and function as an advance platform for cross-strait exchanges and cooperation.

July 26, 2010
During a State Council press conference, Vice Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng states that the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) is an agreement signed between the two sides under the One China principle without involving the issue of sovereignty. The Mainland opposes Taiwan to sign free trade agreements with ASEAN and other countries if the signing involves sovereign state issues.

July 30, 2010
Mainland Ministry of National Defense Spokesperson Geng Yansheng states that realizing the peaceful development of cross-strait relations requires the two sides to hold discussions on the basis of the “One China” principle and talk formally on ending the state of hostility across the Taiwan Strait, reaching a peace agreement and establishing a framework for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. At a suitable time, the two sides can liaise and hold exchanges on military issues and discuss the establishment of a military security mutual trust mechanism, advancing with the method of "easy issues first and difficult issues later” and “moving forward in a gradual, orderly manner." The issue of cross-strait military deployment can be discussed when the two sides are taking about establishing a military security mutual trust mechanism. He states that missile withdrawal is not of major difficulties, but the main thing is to uphold the "One China" principle. Under the premise of "One China," the two sides are one family.

August 5, 2010
The spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office states that "regarding Singapore's intention to discuss the feasibility of negotiating and signing an economic agreement with the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu, China is confident that Singapore will continue to follow the one China policy and appropriately handle economic and trade relations with Taiwan accordingly." "At the same time, China hopes that the Taiwan side will earnestly safeguard the common political basis formed between the two sides and uphold the peaceful development of cross-strait relations overall."

August 5, 2010
Regarding Singapore's discussions with Taiwan over the feasibility of negotiating and signing an economic agreement, PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Jiang Yu states that China has been clear about its position on foreign countries developing economic and trade contacts with Taiwan. It hopes that related countries will continue to strictly abide the one China principle and to handle such matters carefully.

August 6, 2010
While attending the "Peaceful Cross-strait Development Summit" in Sydney, Australia, ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin states that, based on the spirit of "building mutual trust, shelving controversies, seeking common ground, and jointly creating a win-win outcome," the two sides of the Taiwan Strait staunchly oppose "Taiwan independence" and adhere to the common political basis of the "1992 Consensus." The recently signed cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) is another new milestone in the development of cross-strait relations.

August 9, 2010
During a meeting with a delegation from the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association, Taiwan Affairs Office Deputy Director Sun Yafu states that the two sides have signed the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA). He hopes that the Taiwan side can bring the Agreement into force at an early date, and also that the two sides can soon form an Economic Cooperation Committee to facilitate follow-up negotiation work and the early implementation of the ECFA.

August 11, 2010
ARATS Vice Chairman Secretary-general Li Yafei states in a speech at the "Cross-strait Peace and Wealth Creation Forum" that the fundamental reason the two sides have been able to replace confrontation with cooperation is that both sides have built a foundation of mutual trust. This so-called foundation of mutual trust is the political foundation that has been laid from the two sides' joint opposition of "Taiwan independence" and the adherence to the "1992 Consensus" since 2008.

August 17, 2010
While attending the "Second Cross-strait (Taiwan-Shaanxi) Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation Conference," Taiwan Affairs Office Deputy Director Ye Kedong states that China will continue to promote the development of normalized, mechanism-based, and institutionalized cross-strait economic cooperation; it will continue to encourage Mainland enterprises to invest in Taiwan, as well as promote the free flow of capital and factors of production across the strait and jointly upgrade the international competitiveness of the cross-strait economy. In addition, China will explore economic models suitable to the characteristics of both sides and consistent with the needs of industry on both sides, focusing on the promotion of new energy, energy-saving and other strategic and emerging industries across the Strait.

August 20, 2010
Departments of the Ministry of Education express hope that related parties in Taiwan complete planning, make attractive institutions of higher education and professions available to Mainland students, and adopt practical measures to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Mainland students in Taiwan.

August 22, 2010
Vice Chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee Zhou Tienong proposes that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait use the centennial anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution as an exchange platform to promote cross-strait mutual trust and the reunification of the motherland.

September 1, 2010
At the 16th Shandong-Taiwan Economic and Trade Fair, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the two sides will jointly establish an Economic Cooperation Committee. The Committee will be established and always operate under the SEF-ARATS framework and be dedicated to resolving practical problems. Therefore, the Committee personnel structure and specific operations should be pragmatic, flexible and effective, as well as constantly improved and innovated to meet cross-strait economic development needs. Furthermore, the Committee should operate under the principle of "equal negotiations, goodwill communication, mutual benefit, openness and transparency."

September 6, 2010
In a speech delivered at a celebration for the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, mainland China President Hu Jintao emphasizes that, by adhering to the guiding the principle of "one country, two systems," Shenzhen has played a role as bridge for the Mainland to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, for the nation's prosperity, stability and peaceful reunification.

September 8, 2010
At the "Fifth Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation and Development Forum" in Xiamen, Vice Minister of Commerce Jiang Zengwei states that the content of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) basically covers major economic activity between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, supplementing and rounding out the current cross-strait economic mechanisms. The two sides have agreed to begin negotiations on individual agreements six months after the ECFA comes into effect. The two sides need to continue adhering to the principle of "equal negotiations, mutual benefit and a win-win situation, and mutual care for the concerns of the other side" and jointly promote follow-up talks of the framework agreement.

September 10, 2010
At the opening ceremony for a forum of social groups of Taiwan compatriots in Shanghai, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Jia Qinglin states that so long as the two sides adhere to "the 1992 Consensus" and oppose "Taiwan independence," they can jointly create a new terrain for cross-strait relations through negotiations and effective promotion of exchanges and cooperation in various fields. He also emphasizes that, at this time, the two sides should further deepen and sustainably develop the broad cross-strait exchanges. First, they should further broaden the fields of exchange. Second, they should work hard to deepen the content of exchanges. Third, they should focus on strengthening cultural exchanges. He expresses hope that social groups of Taiwan compatriot can further tap their respective advantages and positive function to constantly consolidate the political, material, cultural and social foundations for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

September 14, 2010
During a business management symposium for Taiwanese-funded enterprises in Hangzhou, Deputy Director Wang Zheng of the Department of Economy, the Taiwan Affairs Office states that the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) follows the principle of "easy issues first and difficult issues later and moving forward in a gradual, orderly manner." It is an open and progressive agreement. It also is a comprehensive and integrated economic cooperation framework agreement that covers the main aspects of cross-strait economic exchanges and cooperation. The Agreement will promote the normalization, institutionalization, and liberalization of cross-strait economic and trade relations.

September 15, 2010
During a regular press conference, a Ministry of Commerce (MOC) spokesperson states that the MOC's main first step after the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) formally comes into effect, is to promote the implementation of work in three areas: promoting the implementation of the early harvest program as planned; coordinating with the ARATS in promoting the establishment of a Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Committee under the SEF-ARATS framework; and at an early date beginning work on the negotiation and signing of the four individual follow-up agreements.

September 15, 2010
The Taiwan Affairs Office indicates at a press conference that it will promote individual travel to Taiwan by mainland residents according to the line of thinking of "moving forward in a gradual, orderly, active and reliable" manner. When conditions are ripe, it will choose suitable cities and areas as trial points for allowing mainland residents to travel individually to Taiwan. It also will uphold the common interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait regarding the sovereignty of Diaoyu Islands, in line with the long-term and fundamental interests of the Chinese people.

September 16, 2010
The China Banking Regulatory Commission announces approval for four Taiwan banks—the Land Bank of Taiwan, First Commercial Bank, Taiwan Cooperative Bank and Chang Hwa Bank—to carry out preparatory work for the opening of branches in the Mainland.

September 16, 2010
In a speech presented at the "Jiangsu-Taiwan Week," Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that mainland China would continue to maintain communication with relevant parties in Taiwan through the SEF and the ARATS and begin to implement the various objectives set by the framework agreement. These include: preparatory work for the early harvest trade in goods, establishing a Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Committee, launching follow-up talks on individual agreements, and strengthening cross-strait exchanges and cooperation in new and high technology and emerging industries. Wang Yi states that the main agents for promoting cross-strait relations are the people on both sides. The two sides should encourage and support various areas to integrate their unique characteristics and needs, and more actively develop varied and content-rich exchanges and cooperation. Both sides should also encourage and support the establishment of stable mechanisms for exchanges between cities, townships, villages, and communities, and welcome and encourage more county, city, and township organizations and people in all walks of life in Taiwan to visit the Mainland.

September 17, 2010
During an overseas Chinese conference in Paris, France, Deputy Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office, Ye Kedong, states that cross-strait relations can only develop smoothly by resolutely opposing "Taiwan independence" and adhering to the principle of the "1992 Consensus" and "one China." The problems between the two sides can all be discussed through pragmatic and equal negotiations based on the principle of the "1992 Consensus."

September 20, 2010
A forum commemorating the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Kinmen Accord, is held in Xiamen from September 19 to 20. The forum reviews the historical development of cross-strait relations and looks ahead to the prospects for the peaceful development of relations between the two sides.

September 21, 2010
The Overseas Chinese World Conference for Promoting Peaceful Reunification of China, is held on September 21 in Hong Kong. The conference passes a guideline document entitled the "Hong Kong Declaration."

September 24, 2010
During a meeting in Beijing with a delegation from the Taiwan Mazu Fellowship, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the most basic cross-strait exchanges are on a private level. The most effective method is direct contact between the people, and the first and foremost task is to promote mutual understanding. It is hoped that more grassroots of Taiwan can visit the Mainland.

September 27, 2010
During a welcome reception for the first mainland delegation of the World Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the two sides share a common ancestry, culture, traditions and historical responsibility. The Mainland and Taiwan are part of Chinese territory. China, including the Mainland and Taiwan, is the common home for the survival, development and reproduction of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

September 28, 2010
While attending the "2010 Henan-Taiwan Month and Zhengzhou-Taiwan Product Fair," Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the two sides uphold the common political basis of opposing Taiwan independence and adhering to "the 1992 Consensus." It is hoped that the two sides will follow the line of thinking of handling "economic issues first and political issues later" and "easy issues first and difficult issues later", focusing on the steady development of cross-strait relations. It is also hoped that the two sides will continue, on the basis of the consensus they have reached, to deepen cross-strait mutual political trust, work hard on the agenda items for cross-strait economic cooperation, and deepen cross-strait exchanges in various fields, especially in cultural and education fields.

September 29, 2010
The Taiwan Affairs Office indicates at a press conference that, in the implementation and interpretation of the Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), the Chinese version of the Agreement shall prevail. The foundation of the peaceful development of cross-strait relations is to oppose "Taiwan independence" and adhere to "the 1992 Consensus." The two sides should jointly work and earnestly safeguard and consolidate this foundation. The Mainland Side will promote individual travel to Taiwan by mainland residents according to the line of thinking of "moving forward in a gradual, orderly, active and reliable manner". When conditions are ripe, it will choose suitable cities and areas as trial points for allowing mainland residents to travel individually to Taiwan.

September 29, 2010
The General Office of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (NCCPPCC), United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee, and the State Council's Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, and Taiwan Affairs Office jointly hold a National Day reception. During the reception, NCCPPCC Chairman Jia Qinglin presents a speech in which he states that China will continue to adhere to the development of cross-strait relations, promote the principle policy and guideline of peaceful unification of the motherland, and fully realize the important thought and policy position of fully realizing the peaceful development of cross-strait relations and maintaining the correct course of the development of cross-strait relations. Mainland China will continue to strengthen mutual political trust based on shelving controversies, seeking common ground, and jointly creating a win-win outcome and the foundation of opposing "Taiwan independence" and adhering to "the 1992 Consensus."

September 30, 2010
The Fujian Provincial Supreme People's Court recently approves cross-strait judicial cooperation channels. It first conveys to Taiwan a copy of an indictment against a litigant surnamed Lin from Kaohsiung City, along with other legal documents.

October 1, 2010
The Standing Committee of Fujian Provincial People's Congress approves the Regulations Governing the Promotion of Modern Logistics Industry Development in Fujian Province, which will come into effect on January 1, 2011. The regulations stipulate that Taiwan enterprises be encouraged to invest in the establishment and operation of logistics infrastructure in Fujian, as well as establish regional headquarters, support bases, and procurement, logistics, operations and R&D centers in the province.

October 9, 2010
The China Insurance Regulatory Commission and Xiamen Municipal Government sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of an Insurance Reform and Development Pilot Area in Xiamen. The MOU clearly confirms Xiamen as a pilot area for insurance reform and development in mainland China and calls for accelerating the establishment of a cross-strait regional financial service center to make Xiamen an important platform for integrating the cross-strait insurance industry.

October 13, 2010
The Taiwan Affairs Office states at a press conference that the two sides should carry out contact and exchanges on military issues through the appropriate channels and at a suitable time. On the issue of individual travel by Mainland residents to Taiwan, appropriate cities and areas should be selected as trial points at an early date. As for the issue of Taiwan's participation in the activities of international organizations, appropriate arrangements can be made through pragmatic negotiations between the two sides on the premise of not resultting in "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan." The Office also emphasizes that the two sides should continue to appropriately handle complex and sensitive issues and political differences in the spirit of building mutual trust, shelving controversies, seeking common ground, and jointly creating a win-win outcome.

October 20, 2010
During a reception with overseas Chinese in New York, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi says that improvements in cross-strait relations come from opposing Taiwan independence and adhering to the "1992 Consensus." Steady development of cross-strait relations has been promoted according to the basic line of thinking of dealing with "economic issues first and political issues later, easy issues first and difficult issues later." However "economic issues first and political issues later, easy issues first and difficult issues later," is not mechanical and absolute. "Easy issues first and difficult issues later," actually means that there are difficulties in the easy; while "economic issues first and political issues later" meaning that political exists in economic issues. It is an objective fact that difficult problems and political differences have built up over many years of cross-strait relations, and sooner or later it will be necessary, when conditions are ripe, for the two sides to appropriately handle these differences through negotiations on the basis of equality. At the moment, it is not possible for the two sides to hold talks on political, military and other complex issues. However, they can develop various forms of political dialogue to increase understanding and build consensus; and through private academic exchanges, they can hold discussions and prepare for future talks.

October 21, 2010
During a meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi emphasizes that, the Taiwan question is mainland China's internal affair and should be resolved through cross-strait negotiations. Mainland China hopes that the US will continue to adhere to the One China policy, sincerely observe the principles established by the three Sino-US joint communiqués, and take practical action to support the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

October 23, 2010
During discussions with the leaders of overseas Chinese groups and Taiwanese nationals in Seattle, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi emphasizes that mainland China will continue to oppose any form of Taiwan independence and adhere to the 1992 Consensus. Opposing Taiwan independence means opposing secession. Adhering to the 1992 Consensus, means seeking common ground while adhering to the One China framework. Wang Yi indicates that the Mainland will continue to strengthen cross-strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields according to the basic line of thinking of handling easy issues first and difficult issues later, economic issues first and political issues later, and moving forward in a gradual, orderly manner to seek the well-being of the people on both sides and peace in the Taiwan Strait.

October 24, 2010
The Fourth Forum on the Peaceful Reunification of China (Asia) was held in the Philippine capital Manila. The Forum approved a joint declaration on "Opposing Independence and Promoting Unification." It called on overseas Chinese at home and abroad to jointly encourage the two sides to formally end hostilities through discussions and to sign a cross-strait peace agreement on the joint political foundation of opposing "Taiwan independence" and adhering to the "1992 Consensus," so as to create a peaceful atmosphere and good environment for development in the Taiwan Strait.

October 27, 2010
The Taiwan Affairs Office states at a press conference that the Mainland side has decided to officially implement opening up measures in five sectors of the Early Harvest List for Trade in services on October 28, 2010. Furthermore, the development of cross-strait relations has its internal demands and objective laws. Therefore it is not important whether progress is a bit slower or a bit faster. The key is to work together for the stable development of cross-strait relations, ensure the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, and maintain the correct course.

November 2, 2010
The Fujian Provincial Department of Science and Technology formulates the "New Model for Supporting Trial Cross-strait Science and Technology Cooperation in the Pingtan Comprehensive Experimental Zone." The new model calls for supporting the establishment of an experimental zone to link with Taiwan's new and high technology industries, research and development services, production services, and financial services, serving as a specialty development zone for new and high technology industry, in order to build the experimental zone into an important carrier for a national-level new and high technology industry zone on the west side of the Taiwan Strait.

November 9, 2010
During a regular press conference, the Taiwan Affairs Office expresses hope that the SEF and the ARATS can establish normalized mutual assistance and safeguard mechanisms for disaster early warning and emergency response, so as to learn from the recent disaster incident in Taiwan and provide greater protections for cross-strait exchanges and people-to-people contact.

November 13, 2010
During a meeting with Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Honorary Chairman Lien Chan in Yokohama, Japan, PRC President Hu Jintao indicates that "China will continue to deepen cross-strait economic cooperation, promote cross-strait cultural and educational exchanges, expand cross-strait exchanges between various sectors, and steadily advance cross-strait relations according to the line of thinking of easy issues first and difficult issues later, economic issues first and political issues later, and moving forward in a gradual, orderly manner."

November 18, 2010
The State Administration for Industry and Commerce announces its decision to begin accepting priority applications by trademark registration applicants of the Taiwan area from November 22, 2010.

November 19, 2010
While attending the 2010 Chongqing-Taiwan Week activity, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that next year, the Mainland will implement the "Twelfth Five-year Plan." The plan will create more opportunities for cross-strait exchanges, more space for cross-strait cooperation, and greater wellbeing for compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

November 23, 2010
The State Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Commerce, and Taiwan Affairs Office jointly formulate the Measures Governing Investment by Mainland Enterprises in the Taiwan Area. The measures stipulate that mainland enterprises investing in Taiwan should proactively adapt to cross-strait economic and industrial development characteristics, earnestly understand and abide by the local laws and regulations, respect local customs and practices, pay attention to environmental protection, and fulfil their requisite social responsibility.

November 24, 2010
During a regular press conference, the Taiwan Affairs Office indicates that the early harvest plan of the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) will be fully implemented on January 1 next year. The Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Committee will shoulder the responsibility to ensure the smooth implementation of the early harvest plan. Furthermore, the Asian Games is an international event. Although it is not convenient to comment on the relevant judgement, the office will continue to urge the related international sports organizations to earnestly look into the facts and make a pragmatic and truthful explanation to uphold athletes' legitimate rights and interests.

November 28, 2010
The Taiwan Affairs Office announces through the official media that mainland China will continue to jointly work with various circles in Taiwan to constantly expand and deepen cross-strait exchanges and cooperation and steadily promote the development of cross-strait relations. In future, the steps in Taiwan-related work will not be affected by the share of votes and seats in the parliament won by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and Democratic Progressive Party in this election.

December 4, 2010
In a speech at the opening ceremony of the Symposium on Peaceful Development of Cross-Strait Relations, Taiwan Affairs Office Deputy Director Sun Yafu states that peaceful development is the mainstream in the basic pattern of cross-strait relations. The two sides must strongly oppose "Taiwan independence," adhere firmly to the common political basis of the "1992 Consensus," and on this foundation advance and deepen political mutual trust. At present, the time is not yet ripe for the two sides to begin talks on political, military, and other complex issues; however, the two sides should progressively create conditions for such talks. The key to resolving problems is to form a clearer and more explicit consensus on the issue that both the Mainland and Taiwan belong to one China. The way to resolve problems is to seek common ground while shelving differences.

December 6, 2010
The State Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Commerce, and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council publish a circular on the Administrative Measures for Investment by Mainland Enterprises in the Taiwan Area.

December 15, 2010
The Taiwan Affairs Office states at a press conference that adhering to the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence" form the foundation and premise for improving and developing cross-strait relations. It is hoped that the two sides can continue, in keeping with the spirit of building mutual trust, shelving controversies, seeking common ground, and jointly creating a win-win outcome, to appropriately handle policy differences and maintain the correct course of developing cross-strait relations peacefully. Furthermore, the Cross-Strait Investment Protection Agreement should contain investment protection clauses and contents on promoting mutual investment. These two aspects are complementary, interdependent, and cannot be neglected.

December 16, 2010
In a speech on "Joining Forces to Promote Mainland China" at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Cross-Strait Sun Yat-sen Forum, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the greatest pain of the Chinese people is that the two sides of the Strait have not yet been unified. In the process of realizing the grand revival of the Chinese nation, the two sides must seek the peaceful unification of the motherland with the utmost sincerity and efforts. They should also overcome their historical grievances, promote mutual understanding, appropriately handle differences, strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation in various areas, safeguard and advance the overall interests of the Chinese race, and create new prospects for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

December 16, 2010
During an interview with a reporter from the China News Service, Deputy Director Hou Xinaghua of the Bureau for External Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture, states that mainland China will continue to strengthen dialogues between competent agencies for cultural affairs on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait and promote the early inclusion of a cross-strait cultural exchange agreement in SEF-ARATS negotiations.

December 17, 2010
During a celebration for the Dongguan Taiwan Business Association, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that there are three keys to the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. The first is orderly development: the two sides should follow the basic line of thinking of "easy issues first and difficult issues later", "economic issues first and political issues later", and vigorously promote cultural and education exchanges. The second is stable development: the development must not stall nor regress. The third is benign development: the two sides need to show mutual understanding, goodwill, and sincerity.

December 20, 2010
While seeing off Chen Yunlin and the ARATS delegation, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Wang Yi states that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are now in the phase of major exchanges, where many affairs need to be negotiated and discussed through the SEF and the ARATS. The SEF and the ARATS have many affairs to handle and their next step is to seriously discuss how to operate. SEF-ARATS negotiations must adapt to the new terrain in cross-strait exchanges and cooperation in order to further realize their functions.

December 29, 2010
At a press conference, the Taiwan Affairs Office states that opposition to "Taiwan independence" and adherence to the "1992 Consensus" form an important foundation for the establishment of cross-strait political mutual trust. They are also the premise and foundation for improving and developing cross-strait relations. People of all circles in Taiwan who approve the peaceful development of cross-strait relations are all welcome to visit the Mainland with appropriate identities. Mainland China also welcomes members of the Democratic Progressive Party to visit the Mainland with suitable identities. As the two sides hold negotiations on economic cooperation issues, they should also hold negotiations on cross-strait cultural and educational exchanges at a suitable time and promote the establishment of mechanisms for cross-strait cultural and educational exchanges and cooperation.