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Mainland Affairs Council

IV. Mainland's Taiwan Policy and Work

2019

January 1, 2019
ARATS Chairman Zhang Zhijun issued a New Year message entitled "Joining Forces and Moving Together to a Blue Sea" in the first edition of Relations Across Taiwan Straits magazine, 2019. He said that 2019 is the 40th anniversary of the "Message to Taiwan Compatriots in Taiwan." No matter how serious the external challenges or how troubled the political situation in Taiwan, the determination among compatriots on both sides to oppose "Taiwan independence" is as hard as rock and we jointly bear the responsibility of the Chinese people to accomplish national unification will never stop.

January 1, 2019
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi issued a New Year message entitled "Seizing Opportunities of the Age, Working Together for National Rejuvenation" in the first edition of Relations Across Taiwan Straits magazine, 2019. He said that 2019 is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the new China, as well as the 40th anniversary of the "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan" by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and policy of peaceful unification. The development of cross-Strait relations faces both opportunities and challenges in the new year. He said that the Mainland has the utmost confidence and ability to overcome risks and challenges, unite the great number of Taiwan compatriots in tune with the tide of history, seize the opportunities of the times, promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, advance the process toward the peaceful unification of China, and jointly create a brighter future for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

January 2, 2019
During the 40th anniversary commemoration of the "Message to Taiwan Compatriots in Taiwan," mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping presented a five-point proposal to promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations to achieve reunification of the motherland. Compatriots should work together to promote national rejuvenation and achieve the goal of peaceful reunification; to explore a "two systems" solution for Taiwan and enrich the practice of peaceful unification; to adhere to the "one China" principle and maintain the prospect of peaceful unification; to deepen the development of cross-Strait integration and consolidate the foundation of peaceful unification; and to achieve a shared mindset among compatriots on both sides and build support for peaceful unification. Xi also stressed that there is only "one China" in the world and that adherence to the "one China" principle is a recognized norm of international relations and a general consensus in the international community. China's affairs must be decided by Chinese. The issue of Taiwan is China's internal affair. It is related to the core interest of China and the feelings of the Chinese people. Any foreign interference will not be accpeted.

January 7, 2019
The General Office of the Ministry of Education, Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee's Taiwan Work Office, and Department of Secretary and Administration under the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office jointly announced a Notice on Applications by Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan Residents for Primary and Secondary School Teacher Qualifications." The notice stipulates that Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan residents studying, working, or living in the Mainland and who comply with the constitution and laws of the People's Republic of China and uphold the leadership of the CPC, can apply voluntarily to participate in examinations to become qualified as primary and secondary school teachers.

January 14, 2019
Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying spoke at a regular press conference on the US agreement to allow certain military enterprises to export technology to facilitate Taiwan's Indigenous Defense Submarine (IDS) program and the motion has been welcomed by US, European, Japanese, and Indian companies willing to participate in the program. She stated that China firmly opposes arms sales to Taiwan by any country and military links established in any form between any country and Taiwan. This position is consistent and concise. The Mainland urges the US and other relevant countries to keep in mind the sensitivity and graveness of this issue, earnestly abide by the one-China principle, not to permit relevant enterprises to participate in Taiwan's IDS program in any form, terminate all military links with Taiwan, and prudently and properly handle Taiwan-related issues so as to avoid severely undermining their bilateral relations with China, and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

January 16, 2019
During a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council PRC spokesman Ma Xiaoguang responded to a statement by a White House National Security Council spokesperson that the US "refuses to accept any plan or threat to intimidate the people of Taiwan with military force" and calls on the Mainland to "stop oppressing Taiwan" and resume dialogue with the Taiwan authorities. The spokesperson said that the Taiwan issue is China's internal affair and that foreign interference will not be allowed. The Mainland will never tolerate "Taiwan independence" and reserves the option to take all necessary actions. This does not involve the issue of "intimidating the people of Taiwan with military force" and "oppressing Taiwan." US personnel have turned a blind eye to words and actions by the DPP authorities that damage the political foundation of cross-Strait relations and heighten cross-Strait hostility, and the US continually send out the wrong message. This will only further undermine cross-Strait peace and stability.

January 17, 2019
During an interview with the People's Daily on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the US, mainland State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated that the Taiwan issue has always been the most core and sensitive matter in Sino-US relations. The "one China" principle is the political foundation of Sino-US relations. This issue must be properly handled to ensure the smooth development of Sino-US relations. The US should adhere to the "one China" principle, abide by the three China-US joint communiques, earnestly oppose "Taiwan independence" forces and their separatist activities, and carefully handle Taiwan-related issues.

January 22, 2019
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Wang Yang stated at the 2019 Working Conference on Taiwan Affairs that the situation in the Taiwan Strait is becoming more complicated and grave in 2019. It is vital to reinforce the "four consciousnesses," solidify the "four confidences," and accomplish the "two safeguards," adhere to the "1992 consensus" that embodies the "one China" principle, promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, stand firm in safeguarding China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and never leave any space for "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. The Mainland must deepen the development of cross-Strait integration, continue to expand cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, and fully implement policy measures beneficial to Taiwan compatriots. It must also continue to broaden channels for cross-Strait youth exchanges, provide more opportunities and create better conditions for Taiwanese youth to study, work, start businesses, and engage in exchanges in the Mainland. The task force designed towards Taiwan affairs need to be strengthened from the aspects of political, team and work style, establish clean government, and continuously enhance the ability and level of Taiwan-related work.

January 25, 2019
During a regular press conference, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying stated that China has expressed concern to the US over its statement that the transit of two US warships through the Taiwan Strait was a routine sailing in accordance with international law. The Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive issue in China-US relations. China urges the US to strictly abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques and handle Taiwan-related issues properly and cautiously to prevent undermining China-US relations, and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

January 30, 2019
During a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council PRC spokesman Ma Xiaoguang remarked on MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong's statement at a Lunar New Year press conference that Taiwan would implement a "security network for democracy" and establish a comprehensive security defense mechanism and proposal during a meeting with Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu that limits be placed on cross-Strait exchanges. He said that the DPP authorities have constantly escalated cross-Strait confrontation and restricted cross-Strait exchanges. No matter what "lines of defense" are established or "networks" woven, they cannot stop the steady march of compatriots on both sides. They will ultimately fall into their own trap and be spurned by the great number of Taiwan compatriots. Regarding the US House of Representatives' passage of a bill requiring the US Secretary of State to study strategies to help Taiwan to regain observer status in the World Health Organization (WHO), the spokesperson said that the Taiwan issue is China's internal affair and no external interference will be allowed. The matter of the Taiwan area's participation in the activities of the WHO and other international organizations must be handled in accordance with the "one China" principle. This principle must be acknowledged to enable arrangements for Taiwan's participation in WHO activities through cross-Strait negotiations. Reliance on foreign powers is a dead end.

February 10, 2019
Shanghai Municipal Taiwan Affairs Office Director Li Wenhui, Deputy Director Wang Lixin, and Huangpu District Taiwan Affairs Office Director Xu Guoyu visited and expressed condolences to the family members of persons injured in a traffic accident in Shanghai on February 3 involving a tour group organized by Lion Travel.

February 14, 2019
Mainland China Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region announced the “Opinions on Implementing Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Ningxia and Taiwan.” The 38 articles of the opinions include measures to promote economic cooperation between Ningxia and Taiwan, encourage Taiwanese compatriots to start businesses in Ningxia, and provide conveniences for Taiwaese compatriots working and living in Ningxia.

February 14, 2019
Nantong City, Jiangsu Province announced the “Opinions on Deepening Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Nantong and Taiwan.” The 50 articles of the opinions include measures on providing equal treatment to Taiwanese companies in investment and economic cooperation areas and to Taiwanese compatriots studying, starting businesses, working, and living in Nantong.

February 15, 2019
Nanping City, Fujian Province announced the “Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Nanping and Taiwan.” The 52 articles of the measures cover promoting economic and trade cooperation between Nanping and Taiwan, complementing the agricultural tourism strengths of Nanping and Taiwan, strengthening financial support for Taiwanese companies in Nanping, implementing plans to attract Taiwanese talent to Nanping, encouraging Taiwanese compatriots to work and start businesses in Nanping, strengthening cultural exchanges between Nanping and Taiwan, and providing conveniences and protection for Taiwanese compatriots in Nanping.

February 22, 2019
In regard to a statement by MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong that any person from Taiwan who participates in democratic consultations in the Mainland will be in violation of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council PRC spokesperson An Fengshan said that democratic consultations are the right way to promote peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and accord with cross-Strait public opinion and the trend of the times. The DPP authorities frequently wield a big stick to suppress political parties and people supporting unification. This fully reveals that the DPP's harm to the shared interests of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait is against the tide of history.

February 22, 2019
The Fujian High People's Court announced the “Measures to Further Develop Judicial Functions to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation.” The 59 articles of the measures include comprehensively developing protections for the rights and interests of Taiwanese compatriots, conscientiously safeguarding equal litigation rights for Taiwanese compatriots, actively improving litigation service mechanisms for Taiwanese compatriots, and supporting and encouraging the orderly judicial participation of Taiwanese compatriots.

February 25, 2019
Ningde City, Fujian Province announced the “Measures to Deepen Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Ningde and Taiwan.” The 56 articles include provisions to expand economic and trade cooperation between Ningde and Taiwan, support Taiwanese compatriots interning, working, and starting businesses in Ningde, promote cultural exchanges between Ningde and Taiwan, provide conveniences for Taiwanese compatriots living and working in Ningde, and provide equal treatment for Taiwanese compatriots studying, working, starting businesses, and living in Ningde.

February 27, 2019
At a regular press conference to statements by the MAC that most Taiwan Affairs Office officials come to Taiwan for political purposes and that the employment of Taiwanese as assistants to community directors in Haicang District, Xiamen City is "illegal in principle." Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) of State Council PRC spokesperson An Fengshan said that TAO personnel throughout the Mainland visit Taiwan to promote exchanges and cooperation between compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait and enhance the rights, interests, and welfare of Taiwanese compatriots. The obstacles set by the Taiwan authorities are detrimental to good deeds for Taiwanese compatriots. Community neighborhood committees and villagers' committees are grassroots autonomous organizations in the Mainland. Taiwanese assistants to community directors participate in community work and enjoy the same benefits and social protections as other employees. Charges by relevant parties in Taiwan that such employment is "illegal" are pointless and entirely untenable. Furthermore, in regard to the passage of two US warships passing through the Taiwan Strait on February 25, An Fengshan said that the Taiwan issue relates to China's core interests and that the Mainland firmly opposes any external interference.

March 1, 2019
The All-China Federation of Trade Unions, Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, and Taiwan Affairs Office jointly issued a Notice on the Inclusion of Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan Employees Working in the Mainland within the Scope of Selection as Local Model Workers and Other Honorary Titles. The notice stipulated requirements for the general labor unions of all provinces (autonomous regions and special municipalities) to include Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan workers in the Mainland for recommendation as local model workers, May 1st Labor Medal, and other honorary titles.

March 5, 2019
Premier Li Keqiang reiterated in the Government Work Report, delivered to the second session of the 13th National People's Congress, that the Mainland would adhere to the major principles and policies on work related to Taiwan, implement in full the guiding principles embodied in General Secretary Xi Jinping's speech at the meeting to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the issuance of the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan, uphold the “one-China principle” and the “1992 Consensus”, promote the peaceful growth of relations across the Taiwan Strait, and advance China's peaceful reunification. The Mainland would also resolutely oppose and deter any separatist schemes or activities seeking "Taiwan independence," as well as resolutely protect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, deepen integrated development on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, and keep expanding cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation.

March 5, 2019
At the ministers’ “passage interviews” of the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that the "two systems" was to attend to the current situation of Taiwan and protect the interests and welfare of compatriots in Taiwan. After peaceful reunification, the lifestyle and social system of compatriots in Taiwan would be fully respected, and private property, religious beliefs, and legal rights would be fully protected under the precondition that national sovereignty, security, and development interests were ensured.

March 10, 2019
During deliberation with deputies from Fujian Province at the National People's Congress, Chinese leader Xi Jinping stated that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should enhance economic and trade cooperation, infrastructure connectivity, energy and resource exchanges, and shared industry standards. Cross-Strait cooperation and cultural exchanges should be strengthened. Related work should be carried out and felt by the vast number of compatriots in Taiwan and thus enhanced a sense of ethnic and national identify. He stressed the importance of implementing the people-centered development concept in works on Taiwan and urged efforts to benefit compatriots in Taiwan the same way as people on the Mainland were served.

March 11, 2019
Regarding comments critical of China by the US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback during a visit to Taiwan, Mainland Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang stressed that China firmly opposed any official contacts between the US government and Taiwan. The Mainland firmly opposed these wrong remarks made by the relevant individual and have lodged stern representations with the US. The Mainland also urged the US to view China's religious policies and freedom in an objective way and stop using issues of religion to interfere in China's internal affairs.

March 12, 2019
Regarding countermeasures to the "one country, two systems model for Taiwan" proposed by Tsai Ing-wen and DPP authorities, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan emphasized that "peaceful reunification” and “one country, two systems" were the consistent and basic principles [of PRC]. The actual implemention of the "one country, two systems" framework in Taiwan would fully consider current realities in Taiwan, adequately absorb opinions and suggestions from all sectors on both sides of the Strait, and fully take care for the interests and feelings of compatriots in Taiwan.

March 12, 2019
Regarding Tsai Ing-wen's visit to three of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the Pacific, Mainland Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang stressed that the “one-China principle” was a consensus shared by the international community. Any attempt to create "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan" not only would be strongly opposed by all the Chinese people, but also not in line with the fundamental interests of the people in the Taiwan region.

March 15, 2019
During a press conference after the conclusion of the second session of the 13th National People's Congress, mainland Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stated that the recently approved Foreign Investment Law could be used as a reference for investment from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. The institutional arrangements and actual practices that have long been in place and proven effective would go on unaffected. People on both sides of the Taiwan Strait were bound by kinship. The Mainland intended to introduce more preferential policies toward compatriots in Taiwan to ensure that they would enjoy the same treatment as mainlanders when they come to work, study, live and do business on the Mainland.

March 21, 2019
Regarding Tsai Ing-wen's planned stopover in Hawaii, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang said that China consistently and resolutely opposed the US or other countiries which have diplomatic relations with China arranging this kind of transit. It urged the US to abide by the “one-China principle” and the Three Communiqués, and not to send Taiwanese independence forces any wrong signal. The US should uphold Sino-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits through concrete actions.

March 22, 2019
Regarding reports that the US government has given approval to Taiwan's request to buy F-16 fighter jets, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang said that the Mainland urged the US to fully recognize the high degree of sensitivity and the severe impact of the issue. Geng added that the US should abide by the “one-China principle” and the Three Communiqués, especially the August 17 Communiqué, to stop arms sales to and military contact with Taiwan, and carefully and prudently handle the Taiwan-related issues lest cooperation between China and the US in important areas and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait be seriously damaged.

March 25, 2019
Regarding the passage of a US warship and US Coast Guard ship sailed through Taiwan Strait, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang said that the Chinese side has closely monitored the entire passage by the US warships through the Taiwan Strait, and lodged representations with the US. Beijing also urged the US to strictly abide by the “one-China principle” and the Three Communiqués, and prudently and properly handle Taiwan-related issues to avoid harming Sino-US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

March 26, 2019
Mainland China's Supreme People's Court released 36 measures providing judicial service for deepening integrated development across the Taiwan Strait. They include: fully ensure the litigation rights of Taiwan compatriots; improve convenience measures for the people and provide quality judicial services for Taiwan compatriots; strengthen the institutional development of judicial organizations to further protect safeguard mechanisms for compatriots in Taiwan; and expand participation of compatriots in Taiwan in judicial work and promot cross-Strait judicial exchanges.

March 27, 2019
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated that two administrative permits covered under the State Council Decision on Abolishing and Decentralizing Certain Administrative Permits directly pertained to Taiwan. The first was the lifting of requirements on approval and review of boarding permits for Taiwan laborers. Secondly, permission for institutions from the Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan areas to participate in the organization of exhibitions in the Mainland (including cross-Strait economic and technical exhibitions) would no longer be subject to review and approval and will instead be administered by registration.

March 28, 2019
Regarding the likely US sale of F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan, recent passage of two US ships through the Taiwan Strait and the statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that more actions could be taken in the future to implement the Taiwan Travel Act, Mainland Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Wu Qian stated, at a regular press conference, that Taiwan question was China's internal affair. It related to the  core interest of China and the feelings of the Chinese people, in which foreign interference was intolerable. The "one- China principle” was widely-acknowledged as the basic norm in international relations. It was also the political foundation of Sino-US relations. Any remark and action that undermined the "one-China principle" would shake the foundation of Sino-US relations nor was it in the fundamental interests of China and the United States, not to mention being very dangerous.

April 2, 2019
Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang issued a statement at a regular press conference on US claims that Chinese military fighter jets across the median line of the Taiwan Strait were military provocations. He said that China's position on the Taiwan issue has been consistent and clear-cut. The so-called Taiwan Relations Act unilaterally rolled out by the US runs counter to the basic norms governing international relations and the three China-US joint communiques. China has been firmly against it from the start. China urges relevant individuals in the US to earnestly abide by the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-US joint communiques, and make efforts to advance bilateral relations and cross-Strait peace and stability.

April 4, 2019
Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang responded to a question at a regular press conference regarding the US government's stationing of active military personnel at the American Institute in Taiwan in Taipei. Geng said that the US has made unequivocal commitments on maintaining non-official relations with Taiwan. China firmly opposes any forms of official and military ties between the US and Taiwan. It urges the US to honor its commitments, strictly abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques, correct its wrongdoing and exercise caution and prudence when handling Taiwan-related issues to avoid serious damage to China-US relations and cross-Strait peace and stability.

April 10, 2019
During a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang of China responded to Tsai Ing-wen's statements on social media platforms and other media channels that she will "insist on sovereignty" and claims that "the whole world supports Taiwan's resistance to mainland pressure." He said that there is only "one China" in the world and Taiwan is part of China. The "one China" principle is a basic guideline for international relations followed by the international community. It is universally recognized and a common consensus. Ma indicated that DPP authorities and "Taiwan independence" forces have argued profusely on the "two states theory." “Externally, they have relied on foreign forces. Internally, they have threatened the people of Taiwan. Facing pressure by going against the tide, they are doomed to be isolated,” Ma commented. Regarding the statement by a World Health Organization spokesperson that, in the absence of a cross-Strait understanding, Taiwan would not be invited to this year's World Health Assembly, Ma Xiaoguang said that Taiwan can only participate in activities hosted by international organizations in adherence to the "one China" principle and with due arrangements through cross-Strait negotiations. The DPP authorities' refusal to recognize the "1992 Consensus" undermines the political foundation of cross-Strait relations. Consequently, the premise and foundation for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly no longer exists and the related arrangements are consequently unsustainable.

April 12, 2019
Tai'an City, Shandong Province announced the Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchange and Cooperation between Tai'an and Taiwan. The 66 articles of the measures cover promotion of economic cooperation and cultural and educational exchanges between Tai'an and Taiwan and equal treatment for Taiwan compatriots studying, starting businesses, working, and living in Tai'an.

April 15, 2019
People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater spokesperson Zhang Chunhui said that warships, bombers and reconnaissance aircraft of the PLA Eastern Theater recently conducted necessary training around Taiwan as part of the annually scheduled exercises to test joint sea-air assault capabilities. Zhang emphasized that this is completely within the normal legal rights of a sovereign country and helps maintain peace and security in the Taiwan Strait.

April 18, 2019
During a meeting with People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that the Mainland will commit to fulfilling the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speech at the 40th anniversary commemoration of the "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan," which aspires to unite the great number of Taiwan compatriots and jointly promote the progress of cross-Strait relations along the correct course. On the basis of upholding the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence," China is willing to work together with all parties, groups, and individuals in Taiwan, including the PFP, to promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and advance the process of peaceful unification.

April 24, 2019
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang commented at a regular press conference on claims by Taiwan that it would take measures to control the propagation of "one country, two systems" and "unification by force" by Mainlanders visiting Taiwan. He said that the Mainland supports "peaceful reunification and one country, two systems." Ma accuses the DPP authorities for consistently obstructing and limiting exchanges and contact between compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, suppressing calls for unification across the Taiwan Strait, and escalating cross-Strait opposition. Ma argues that the DPP reveals their true purpose of seeking gains for their own party and pursuing "Taiwan independence."

April 24, 2019
Regarding the US Department of State's April 15 approval of a US$500 million arms sale to Taiwan, Mainland China's Ministry of National Defense spokesman Wu Qian stated that China resolutely opposes any country selling arms to or having military interactions with Taiwan. The action by the US seriously violates the one-China principle and the three Sino-US joint communiques. It interferes with China's internal affairs, undermining its sovereignty and security interests. It also poisons the Sino-US military relationship and seriously damages cross-Strait relations as well as peace and security in the region. The Taiwan issue is related to China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as its core interests. It is also the most sensitive issue in Sino-US relations. Taiwan's attempts to rely on foreign forces and America's use of Taiwan to contain China, according to Wu, are doomed to fail. China demands that the US immediately cancel related arms sales to Taiwan and stop all military interaction with Taiwan.

April 25, 2019
In response to a question regarding the Hong Kong court's ruling on the "Occupy Central" case, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that the illegal 79-day "Occupy Central" movement had a serious impact on the rule of law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and gravely harmed the prosperity, stability and people's normal order of life in Hong Kong. The central government firmly supports HKSAR 's punishment according to law of the main organizers and planners of the illegal "Occupy Central" movement. Ma reprimanded DPP authorities' disregard for the rule of law in Hong Kong and irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong affairs which reveal DPP’s habitual confusion of right and wrong and distortion of the truth.

April 29, 2019
At a regular press conference on the passage of two US warships through Taiwan Strait yesterday, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang stated that the Chinese side has been closely monitoring from start to end the passage by the US warships through the Taiwan Strait and has expressed concerns to the US side. The Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive element in China-US relations. China urges the US to abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques and prudently and properly handle issues related to Taiwan to avoid negative impact on China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

May 5, 2019
At the opening ceremony of the 2019 Cross-Strait Youth Exchange and Cooperation Summit in Beijing, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations is an important part of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Realizing the grand endeavor of national unification is necessary to achieving such rejuvenation. Cross-Strait youth must treasure this great time, and should shoulder their responsibility as the youth of today and do their share.

May 6, 2019
During a regular press conference, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang stated that China has a consistent and clear stance toward Taiwan’s regional participation in international organizations, including the World Health Organization. It must be arranged based on the one-China principle. This is also an important principle affirmed in United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 2758 and World Health Assembly (WHA) Resolution 25.1. Since taking power in 2016, the Democratic Progressive Party has been putting political calculations above the welfare of Taiwanese people and entrenching itself in the secessionist position of "Taiwan independence," thus undermining the political foundation for the regional participation in the WHA. To uphold the one-China principle and the solemnity and authority of UNGA and WHA resolutions, China has decided  to veto Taiwan's participation in the WHA this year.

May 6, 2019
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that the issue of Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA) must be handled based on "one China principle." The Mainland has always highly valued the health and well being of Taiwan compatriots. It has taken many measures to promote cross-Strait cooperation and exchanges on healthcare and proper arrangements for Taiwan to participate in global health affairs, under the one China principle. The DPP authorities have manufactured and escalated cross-Strait opposition and undermined the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations through political plots that place the party's own interests above the well-being of Taiwan compatriots. They are bound to be opposed by compatriots on both sides.

May 6, 2019
The Shenyang Municipal Taiwan Affairs Office and Shenyang Municipal Development and Reform Commission announced Opinions on Deepening Implementation of Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Shenyang and Taiwan. A total of 75 measures includes further deepening economic and trade cooperation between Shenyang and Taiwan, actively supporting Taiwan compatriots to come to Shenyang to intern, work, and start businesses, continually expanding cultural exchanges between Shenyang and Taiwan, and effectively providing conveniences for Taiwan compatriots living in Shenyang. The "Directory of National Vocational Qualification Tests Open to Taiwan Residents" was also announced.

May 7, 2019
Yunnan Province promulgated and implemented Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Yunnan and Taiwan. A total of 75 measures includes deepening economic and trade exchanges and cooperation between Yunnan and Taiwan, expanding social and cultural exchanges and cooperation between the two sides, and progressively granting Taiwan compatriots studying, interning, working, starting businesses, and living in Yunnan equal treatment that enjoyed by Yunnan residents.

May 8, 2019
During a regular press conference, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang stated that the bill passed by the US House of Representatives reaffirming the US commitment to Taiwan is a grave violation of the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques and a gross interference in China's domestic affairs. China firmly opposes and has lodged solemn representations to the US side. China urges the US to stay committed to the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques by stopping Congress from reviewing and passing the bill and properly handling Taiwan-related issues to prevent severe damages to bilateral cooperation in key areas and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

May 10, 2019
In comments to media representatives at the Fourth Cross-Strait Media Summit in Beijing, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Wang Yang stated that at the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of issuing the "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan", General Secretary Xi Jinping proposed major policy positions in his important speech such as adhering to the "1992 Consensus," exploring a "two systems" model for Taiwan, and enriching the practice of peaceful unification. This points the way for the development of cross-Strait relations in the new era. "Time" and "conditions" are on the Mainland's side. Engaging in "Taiwan Independence" and pawning treasures to foreign forces cannot be relied on. The progress in cross-Strait relations is a trend that no person or power can stop. Yang urged the cross-Strait media to uphold overall nationalism, fulfill their social responsibilities, continue to promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, advance the process toward the peaceful unification of China, and strive to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

May 10, 2019
During the Fourth Cross-Strait Media People’s Summit in Beijing, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi expressed hopes to the cross-Strait media: first, uphold national sentiment to create a shared mindset among compatriots on both sides; second, stick to the right course to promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations; third, resolutely oppose Taiwan independence and protect peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait; and fourth, innovate novel approaches to usher in a new era of cross-Strait media cooperation.

May 13, 2019
During a meeting with a delegation of personages from various circles in Taiwan led by Hung Hsiu-chu, former chairperson of the KMT, Wang Yang, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said that on the common political basis of upholding the 1992 Consensus and opposing Taiwan independence, the Mainland is willing to engage in dialogues and consultations in various forms and on wide range of content with political parties, organizations, and individuals in Taiwan to build consensus and iron out differences.

May 15, 2019
During a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that the Mainland is willing to hold consultations and dialogue with political parties, groups, and individuals in Taiwan based on adhering to the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence." He reiterated that the "1992 Consensus" is a common political basis for peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. Notwithstanding the long-standing political differences between the two sides, he said that, in the process of seeking cross-Strait unification, the two sides should work together to resolve differences based on the one-China principle and with an attitude responsible to the Chinese nation and future generations. He also emphasized that there is only "one China" in the world. The Mainland and Taiwan belong to "one China" China's sovereignty and territory brooks no division. The Mainland resolutely opposes any attempts to challenge the "one China principle" and undermine cross-Strait relations.

May 16, 2019
During a meeting with delegates to the fifth members' congress of the Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland (ATIEM), Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee Wang Yang urged the ATIEM to deeply study and understand the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping's letter on the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the ATIEM, which is to observe the prevailing trends, and understand what is right. The two sides should adhere to the "1992 Consensus" and "one China principle," resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence," build confidence in the Mainland's development and cross-Strait economic cooperation, and contribute their forces to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. He welcomed the greater Taiwanese business community to actively participate in cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields and serve as participants, promoters, and frontrunners in cross-Strait economic and social integration and development. Guided by the conviction that the two sides are both part of the same family, the Mainland take the initiative to share development opportunities in the Mainland with Taiwan compatriots, implement and improve the "31 measures" and other policies favorable to Taiwan, and further facilitate investment and business creation by Taiwanese businesspeople in the Mainland.

May 21, 2019
During a regular press conference, Mainland Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang stated that the World Health Assembly (WHA) has again refused to include the so-called proposal of "inviting Taiwan to attend the WHA as an observer" in the conference's provisional agenda. This decision, consistent with provisions of relevant resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly and the WHA, is a further testament that the one-China principle is an overriding trend with wide support that cannot be challenged. The participation of China's Taiwan region in the activities of international organizations must and can only be handled in accordance with the one-China principle.

May 28, 2019
During a regular press conference, mainland Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang responded to a question on warming Taiwan-US relations. He stated that the one-China principle is the political foundation for the development of China-US relations in the past four decades. Only when the US strictly abides by this principle and the three joint communiques can there be sound development in bilateral relations. Regarding the recent wrong moves by the US relating to Taiwan, China has stated its solemn position to the US side and urged it to honor its commitment to avoid disrupting relations and cooperation between the two sides in key areas.

May 28, 2019
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated that any remarks and actions that undermine the one-China principle are tantamount to shaking the foundation of China-US relations and are against the fundamental interests of the two countries. The Mainland also strongly opposes such dangerous behavior. He again warned Taiwan's DPP administration that "Taiwan independence" goes against the historical tide and is a road to nowhere. Relying on foreigners to build oneself up is doomed to fail and one will certainly pay a price for such deeds.

May 29, 2019
During a meeting with a delegation from Taiwan led by New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming, Wang Yang, Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee, expressed that on the basis of adhering the 1992 Consensus and opposing Taiwan independence, the Mainland is willing to engage in talks and consultation with political parties, organizations and individuals in Taiwan to resolve differences and build consensus on "peaceful reunification and one country, two systems." The Mainland will actively promote implementation of the consensus reached during consultations, deepen cross-Strait exchanges and integrated development, promote more favorable policies benefiting Taiwan, and encourage young people from Taiwan to study, work and start businesses on the Mainland. This will enable more Taiwan compatriots to see and participate in the Mainland’s development and change, and enchance their sense of identity and participation in national rejuvenation.

May 29, 2019
During a regular press conference, An Fengshan, the spokeperson with Taiwan Affairs Office, stated that the DPP authorities' refusal to acknowledge the "1992 Consensus" unilaterally damages the common political ground for the development of cross-Strait relations. Supporting "Taiwan independence," obstructing and limiting cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, relying on foreign forces, repeatedly made divisive remarks steeped in the "two states theory" have aggravated cross-Strait relations and seriously harmed the interests and welfare of Taiwan compatriots. An reiterated that there is only "one China" in the world. China's sovereignty and territory have never been divided and will never be divided. The fact that both the Mainland and Taiwan belong to "one China" has never changed and can never be changed. Institutional differences do not constitute a barrier to unification, nor a pretext for separation. Any words or actions attempting to change the fact that the Mainland and Taiwan belong to "one China" constitute a serious provocation to the overall interests of the Chinese nation and the shared interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait. The spokesperson also stressed that "peaceful unification and one country, two systems" is the best way to resolve the Taiwan issue and achieve national unification. As "One country, two systems" is to accommodate the present state in Taiwan and to assure the interests and welfare of Taiwan compatriots, the form in which it is realized will fully consider the actual situation in Taiwan.

May 30, 2019
During a regular press conference, Wu Qian, a spokeperson with the mainland China's Ministry of National Defense, responded to the US’s recent actions involving Taiwan-related issues, stating that Taiwan is part of China. The Taiwan question is China's internal affairs, which ties in with China's core interests and the feelings of the Chinese people. Foreign interference will not be allowed. Recently, the US has frequently played the "Taiwan card" in a vain attempt to "use Taiwan to control China." This is nothing but wishful thinking. The "one China principle" is universally recognized by the international community, and is an important political foundation for diplomatic and development relations between China and the US. The US actions have severly damaged the development of the relationships between the two countries and two militaries, undermining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. "Taiwan independence" is the biggest extistent threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The Mainland adheres to the principles of "peaceful unification" and "one country, two systems," promotes the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and advances the process toward the peaceful reunification of China. However, the Mainland resolutely opposes all secessionist plots and acts. Any attempt to achieve "independence" by force is doomed to fail. Engaging in "Taiwan Independence" and pawning one's treasures to foreign forces are not to be relied on, and for those who do will reap what they sow. The Chinese People's Liberation Army has firm determination, full confidence, and sufficient ability to thwart all separatist activities and safeguard China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

June 2, 2019
During a speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore, Mainland Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe stated that the Taiwan issue concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. No country in the world will tolerate national division. China must be unified and will be unified. If anyone dares to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese military has no choice but to fight at all costs for national unity. The Mainland warns the DPP authorities and interfering external powers: First, any attempt to split China will not succeed. Second, intervention in the Taiwan question is doomed to failure. Third, any underestimation of the People's Liberation Army's resolve and will is extremely dangerous. We will strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification with utmost sincerity and greatest efforts. However, we make no promise to renounce the use of force. Safeguarding national unity is the sacred duty of the PLA.

June 3, 2019
Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang commented at a regular press conference on the recent warming of relations between Taiwan and the US. He said that China firmly opposes any official exchange between the US and Taiwan and any attempt to create "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan." This has been China's clear and consistent position. China urges the US to abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques and act prudently to prevent damages to bilateral relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. China develops friendly and cooperative relations with all countries based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and the one-China principle. The one-China principle has become a norm of international relations.

June 4, 2019
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated in regards to President Tsai's speech on the Tiananmen Incident that, under the strong leadership of the CCP, the Chinese people have continued to advance along the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and adhere to reform and opening. This has produced glorious achievements that are universally recognized and apparent to all. Some DPP politicians have, for the selfish interests of one party, slandered and attacked the Mainland, incited cross-Strait opposition, created cross-Strait hostility, undermined cross-Strait relations, and relied on foreign forces. This undermines the interests of Taiwan compatriots and the Chinese people. The sinister nature of the party's political intentions is well-known. Taiwan's future lies in the unification of the motherland. The well-being of Taiwan compatriots is linked to national revival. No person or power can stop the peaceful reunification of the two sides and the historical trend of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

June 6, 2019
During a regular press conference, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang stated that China firmly, consistently, and unequivocally opposes US arms sales to Taiwan. It urges the US to fully realize the high degree of sensitivity and severe impact of this issue and honor its commitment to the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques, stop selling arms to or having military ties with Taiwan, handle Taiwan-related issues prudently and properly, and avoid serious damage to bilateral relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

June 12, 2019
During a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesperson An Fengshan commented on allegations that the TAO has manipulated the Taiwan media and steered Taiwan's elections. He stressed that adhering to the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence" form the common political basis for starting exchanges with all parties, groups, and individuals in Taiwan. The Mainland has never intervened in elections in the Taiwan area. It opposes all words and actions that slander or discredit the Mainland and undermine cross-Strait relations. The spokesperson further stated that the two sides belong to one China and that compatriots on both sides of the Strait belong to one family. Cross-Strait affairs are the family affairs of compatriots on both sides of the Strait. The nature of cross-Strait relations must be correctly understood and the concept of "one family across the Strait" upheld for cross-Strait relations to improve development and enhance and protect the well-being of Taiwan compatriots. Regarding the listing of Taiwan as a country by the US Department of Defense, the spokesperson reiterated that there is only one China in the world. Taiwan is an inseparable part of China. It has never been a country. This fact has never changed and cannot be changed. China has been very clear about its position of firmly opposing any form of official exchanges and military ties between the US and Taiwan.

June 16, 2019
Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Wang Yang stated in a speech at the opening ceremony of the 11th Straits Forum that the Mainland has been actively developing dialogue and consultation between political parties, groups, and people on both sides of the Strait since General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speech. The DPP authorities and forces behind "rapid independence" deliberately create hostility and opposition and obstruct cross-Strait civil exchanges. Moreover, external forces frequently play the "Taiwan Card." However, Taiwanese compatriots continue to enthusiastically come to the Mainland to develop. The forum is the first large-scale reunion of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait since General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speech. It attracted a record number of participants. It is a major event with special significance in expanding cross-Strait private exchanges and deepening integrated development under the new circumstances. First, no force can stop the trend of cross-Strait economic exchange and integration. Second, no power can shake the determination and confidence of compatriots on both sides of the Strait to maintain national unification. Third, no force can sever the cultural bonds linking the people on both sides of the Strait. Fourth, no power can block the will of the people of all walks of life on both sides to achieve national rejuvenation.

June 16, 2019
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi visited Xiamen to inspect the operation of the Mini Three Links routes between Xiamen and Kinmen. He stated that Kinmen has unique geographical advantages over other counties and cities in the Taiwan area due to its proximity to Xiamen and convenient transportation. Through smoother economic and trade cooperation, infrastructure linkages, energy resource interoperability, and common industry standards, Kinmen can be the first to achieve water, electricity, gas, and bridge links with the coastal areas of Fujian. Kinmen could rely entirely on Fujian and on Xiamen in particular. It could amply benefit from the broad development space and opportunity in the Mainland to rapidly develop and reach new heights of economic development aligned with the trends of the times. This is not only beneficial to Kinmen, but also good for development in the Taiwan area overall. We are pragmatically promoting all of the preliminary work that can be done. When the conditions are ripe, Kinmen can rely on the Mainland. The two sides can also link their infrastructure and energy resources. This will greatly improve the development environment in Kinmen, increase Kinmen's innate power for development, and broaden the prospects for Kinmen's development. The Mainland hopes that compatriots on both sides will work together and remove obstacles so that appropriate linkages can be promptly realized.

June 19, 2019
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi met with the Mainland Economic and Trade Delegation of the General Chamber of Commerce of the ROC. He said that the Mainland adheres to a people-centered development mindset, such as providing benefits to Taiwan compatriots similar to services for the Mainland people. The Mainland will share development opportunities first with Taiwan compatriots and Taiwan businesses and give them equal treatment. It will deepen the development of cross-Strait integration, promote cross-Strait connectivity wherever necessary, and create a common market for the two sides. Director Liu expressed the hope that Taiwanese companies would seize the opportunity to achieve better growth with high-quality development in the Mainland, work together to build closer ties across the Strait, advance the process toward the peaceful reunification of China, and jointly fulfill the "Chinese Dream" of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

June 26, 2019
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan commented on the "Reject Red Media" protest in Taiwan during a regular press conference. He said that the DPP authorities and "Taiwan independence" forces are frightened by the growing closeness and improvement in cross-Strait relations. They have wantonly discredited and smeared as "Red" the media able to objectively report on the situation in the Mainland and support the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. They have also worked brazenly and underhandedly to pressure, persecute, and escalate the cross-Strait confrontation. Regarding amendments to the National Security Act, the spokesperson stressed that the DPP authorities have plotted to create "one country on each side." They have deliberately created cross-Strait hostility and increased cross-Strait confrontation. Such actions are bound to be spurned by compatriots on both sides. The spokesperson also indicated that "peaceful unification and one country, two systems" fully considers the realities in Taiwan and is the best way to achieve national unification. The specific form of implementing the "one country, two systems" framework in Taiwan will fully consider the actual situation in Taiwan and incorporate the views and proposals of various sectors on both sides. It will amply full care for the interests and feelings of Taiwan compatriots. Regarding Tsai Ing-wen's overseas visit, the spokesperson said that there is only one China in the world and that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China. The Mainland firmly opposes any actions in the international arena designed to create "two Chinas," "one China, one Taiwan" and "Taiwan independence." Any attempts or actions to rely on foreign forces and undermine cross-Strait relations will meet with due consequences.

June 27, 2019
During a regular press conference, Mainland Ministry of National Defense Spokesman Ren Guoqiang commented on US concerns that Beijing's continued pressuring and militarily coercion of Taiwan is undermining stability in Taiwan and the region. He said that some people in the US hold fast to a Cold War mentality, speculate on competition between China and the US, and provoke cross-Strait confrontation. The Mainland firmly opposes this. China has always been a builder of world peace, contributor to global development, and a defender of the international order. The Taiwan question relates to a core interest of China and the feelings of the Chinese people. Foreign interference will not be allowed. China will staunchly safeguard its national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

June 28, 2019
Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Director Liu Jieyi visited the Xishan Unknown Heroes Memorial Square for the launch of an activity that month on the theme of revolutionary traditional education. He said that the motherland must be unified and will be unified. The new era is a time of major development and great achievements by the Chinese people. It is also a time of major development and great achievements in Taiwan-related work. The TAO has a proud tradition and red genes. Party members and cadres all draw power from an education rooted in the theme of "not forgetting one's original heart and keeping one's mission firmly in mind." They inherit and develop the spirit of martyrs of the revolution and the older generations in their loyalty to the party, adherence to the mission, fearlessness of sacrifice, and selfless dedication in Taiwan-related work. He called for reinforcing the "four consciousnesses," strengthening the "four confidences," accomplishing the "two maintains," and uniting more closely around the CCP Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core to solidly carry out Taiwan-related work in the new era, complete the grand endeavor of national unification at an early date, and struggle tirelessly to realize the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

June 29, 2019
Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Wang Yang met representatives of the people of Taiwan and delegation of ethnic minorities. He said that national revival and unification are general trends and the direction of public sentiment. The time and conditions both affirm and support unification. Closer cross-Strait relations and benefits for compatriots on both sides of the Strait can only be achieved through dialogue, consultations, exchanges, and cooperation. Only then will the Chinese nation be strongly united. The Mainland is willing to engage in dialogue and consultations regarding cross-Strait relations and the future of the Chinese nation with all parties, groups and individuals in Taiwan who adhere to the 1992 Consensus and oppose "Taiwan independence." The Mainland is ready to listen to the voice of Taiwan compatriots and fully implement various favorable policies benefiting Taiwan, especially to help improve the living standards of ethnic minorities and those at the grassroots level in Taiwan.

July 1, 2019
Mainland China Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang commented on President Tsai transit stop in the US at a regular press conference. He said that China has long opposed official interactions between the US and Taiwan and that this position remains firm and clear. The Mainland China urges the US to abide by the one-China principle and the three Sino-US Joint Communiques, not allow Tsai to transit, and cautiously and appropriately handle Taiwan related issues to avoid harming Sino-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. China has also expressed concerns to the US and lodged stern representations.

July 2, 2019
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang responded to questions regarding the cancellation of Joyce Huang's television program. He stated that Ms. Joyce Huang, a political commentator/TV host, has repeatedly come under irrational attacks by Taiwan independence forces lately. The cancellation of her TV program, the "Late-Night Punch", due to pressure from the DPP authorities, has caused great indignation among compatriots on both sides. TAO strongly condemned the actions of the DPP authorities.

July 4, 2019
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi spoke at the 12th Tianjin Taiwan Investment Fair and the 2019 Tianjin Taiwan Commodity Expo. He said that compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one family; strengthening economic exchange and integrated development across the strait not only are in line with the fundamental interests of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, but will also enhance the well-being of Taiwan compatriots in the future. Since June, former KMT Chairman Hung Hsiu-chu, New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming, Taiwan legislator Kao Chin Su-mei, and other people of insight have led delegations to the Mainland to start dialogue and consultations. Consensus in a number of important areas was reached, including jointly opposing Taiwan independence separatism, jointly advancing the process toward peaceful [re]unification of China, achieving national rejuvenation, deepening the development of cross-strait integration, promoting cross-strait cultural interchange as well as exchanges among the youth and the grassroots, strengthening national unity, and etc. Liu said this development fully illustrates that the pursuit of a just cause and people's shared aspirations are unstoppable.

July 4, 2019
In a speech at the Shanghai-Taipei City Forum, Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong stated that Shanghai has always upheld the concept of "two sides of the Taiwan Strait are one family." Shanghai has progressively provided Taiwan compatriots equal treatments, as enjoyed by Shanghai residents, when it comes to studying, starting businesses, working, and living.  By doing so, this would help to further promote economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation between Shanghai and Taiwan.

July 5, 2019
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated during a meeting with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je in Shanghai that compatriots on both sides are bound together by a community of fate. The two sides should be guided by the conviction that they are of one family, actively promote cross-strait exchanges and cooperation, and continue to deepen the development of cross-strait integration. General Secretary Xi Jinping in his important speech on the 40th anniversary commemoration of the "Message to Taiwan Compatriots" had specified the way forward for cross-strait relations, which called compatriots on both sides to unite, jointly safeguard peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and together create a bright future for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

July 6, 2019
In a speech delivered at the Second Cross-Strait Youth Development Forum, Secretary of Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee Che Jun stated that Zhejiang would introduce five specific measures based on the "76 implementation opinions" for carrying out the CCP central government's "31 measures": 1) Fully implemented the "31 measures" and the "76 implementation opinions"; 2) Provide 3,000 internship/working opportunities for Taiwanese youth, including around 1,800 high-quality positions at private and state-owned enterprises, financial institutions, and business units in Zhejiang Province and around 1,200 positions at Taiwanese enterprises in the province; 3) Provide free e-commerce training for no fewer than 1,000 young people from Taiwan each year; 4) Allow Taiwan students to enroll at 29 colleges and universities, including Zhejiang University and China Academy of Art; and 5) Encourage young Makers from Taiwan to participate in the Chinese Design Award and other important design competitions held in Zhejiang Province to share opportunities for innovative development in Zhejiang.

July 9, 2019
Mainland China Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang stated at a regular press conference that US arms sales to Taiwan gravely violated international law and basic norms in international relations, flagrantly interfered in China's domestic affairs, and harmed China's sovereignty and security interests. China deplores and resolutely opposes such action and has lodged stern representations with the US. China urges the US to honour its commitment to the one-China principle and the three Sino-US Joint Communiqués, immediately withdraw the planned arms sales and sever military ties with Taiwan to prevent further damage to China-US bilateral relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

July 9, 2019
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang commented on US arms sales to Taiwan at a regular press conference. He said that the US move flagrantly interferes in China's domestic affairs and serious damages peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The Mainland firmly opposes it. The US should immediately withdraw all planned arms sales to Taiwan and stop sending seriously wrong signals to Taiwan independence separatist forces. The Mainland China once again warned the DPP authorities that they will only bring trouble to themselves and reap what they sow by relying on foreign forces and elevating opposition. Regarding media reports claiming that Taiwan would be gathering data on agricultural product procurement by Mainland enterprises, Ma said that agricultural products sales pertain to the immediate interests of Taiwanese farmers, yet the DPP authorities, caring only for their immediate election interests, constantly use such an issue to create cross-strait hostility by various means and undermine cross-strait relations. DPP's current manipulation of agricultural product procurement directly violates the interests of Taiwan's farmers and fishermen and is universally condemned by the people of Taiwan.

July 11, 2019
Mainland China's Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said that China is strongly dissatisfied and resolute opposed to the US arms sales to Taiwan and has already made stern representations to the US. US erroneous behavior seriously violates the "one China" principle and the three Sino-US Joint Communiqués, especially the August 17 Communiqué, which stressed on interference with China's internal affairs and damaging of China's sovereignty and security interests. Such action seriously harms the development of Sino-US military relations, and gravely threatens peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. China urges the US keep its promises, abide by the one-China principle and the three Sino-US joint communiqués, so as to immediately withdraw the planned arms sales to Taiwan, and stop all forms of US-Taiwan military communication to avoid causing further damage to the Sino-US military relationship.

July 12, 2019
Mainland China Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang commented on President Tsai Ing-wen's transit stop in the US at a regular press conference. He said that China firmly opposes official exchange between the US and Taiwan. This position is firm and clear. China has made stern representations to the US side. It urges the US to abide by the one-China principle and the three Sino-US Joint Communiqués, not allow Tsai Ing-wen's transit, and stop official exchanges with Taiwan. It must also stop providing any platform for the separatists forces to advocate "Taiwan Independence." Geng further stated that Washington needs to deal with Taiwan-related issues properly and with caution to avoid damaging Sino-US relationship, as well as the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

July 12, 2019
When asked about President Tsai Ing-wen's transit stop in the US at a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that Tsai Ing-wen and the DPP authorities try to use external forces to challenge the "one China" principle for the benefit of selective individuals and its own party, and seriously undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait for political gain. No power should underestimate mainland China's determination and ability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The DPP authorities rely on foreign forces heedless of the safety and well-being of the people of Taiwan and are willing to serve as a pawn of external forces interfering in China's internal affairs. Such misjudgment of the situation by the DPP, not only deviates from popular sentiment, but will also inevitably be casted aside by the people in the end.

July 15, 2019
Mainland China Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang commented on President Tsai Ing-wen's remark in the US at a regular press conference. He said that the "one China" principle is the universal consensus of the international community. The Taiwan side attempts to mislead the international community, defraud sympathy, and look for excuses for "Taiwan independence" in the disguise of democracy. The world has seen through her true intention long ago. Relying on foreign forces and depending on other's whims will result in a loss of dignity and is destined to lead to a dead end.

July 31, 2019
Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman Ma Xiaoguang responded to a question regarding the Financial Times report on the TAO’s manipulation of the Taiwan media. He said that the report is entirely fabricated and has ulterior motives. The DPP authorities and Taiwan independence forces, seeking their own electoral gains, have comprehensively incited cross-strait confrontation and created cross-strait hostility. They have attacked at full force the Taiwan media with different positions, attempted to clamp down on criticism in Taiwan, and created a chilling effect through its "green terror." Using foreign media to concoct rumors is another of their clumsy political and election tricks. The people of Taiwan will not be fooled by this nakedly fake news.

July 31, 2019
Mainland China's Defense Ministry issued a white paper titled "China's National Defense in the New Era." The report indicated the security risks and challenges mainland China now faces cannot be overlooked. The fight against separatists has become more acute. The DPP authorities stubbornly stick to "Taiwan independence" and refuse to recognize the 1992 Consensus, which embodies the one-China principle. They have gone further down the path of separatism by stepping up efforts to sever the connection with the Mainland in favor of gradual independence, pushing for de jure independence, intensifying hostility and confrontation, and borrowing the strength of foreign influence. The "Taiwan independence" separatist forces and their actions remain the gravest immediate threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the biggest barrier hindering the peaceful reunification of the country. The Mainland China makes no promise to renounce the use of force, and reserve the option of taking all necessary measures. This is by no means targeted at compatriots in Taiwan, but at the interference of external forces and the very small number of "Taiwan independence" separatists and their activities. The PLA will resolutely defeat anyone attempting to separate Taiwan from China and safeguard national unity at all costs.

July 31, 2019
Mainland China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued a press release stating that in view of current cross-strait relations, individual tourists to Taiwan from 47 trial point cities in the Mainland are to be suspended from August 1, 2019.