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Mainland Affairs Council

IV. Mainland's Taiwan Policy and Work

2016

January 5, 2016
The Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) announced that, in order to implement the achievements of the meeting between the leaders of the two sides achievement, relevant parties in the Mainland intend to allow Mainland residents to transit at Taoyuan Airport on a trial basis, with Nanchang, Kunming, Chongqing as the first pilot cities. Mainland residents with a passport, interlining ticking and boarding passes to third countries will be allowed to transit through Taoyuan Airport without leaving the airport.

January 6, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's TAO stated at a New Year reception activity for cross-strait and Hong Kong reporters three "convictions" on the development of cross-strait relations, namely 1) the conviction that the peaceful development of cross-strait relations is the right path, 2) conviction on the importance of the common political basis of the "1992 consensus," and 3) conviction that the Chinese people on both sides of the Strait have the wisdom and ability to solve problems between the two sides.

January 16, 2016
TAO spokesperson stated in regard to the Chou Tzu-yu incident that the Mainland has been consistent in its support of cross-strait cultural exchanges and encouraging cross-strait youth exchanges. It is hoped that cross-strait youth may increase understanding through exchange and cooperation. The spokesperson also stated that compatriots on both sides need to be highly vigilant of certain political forces in Taiwan that use specific events in cross-strait civilian exchanges to provoke the feelings of the people on both sides.

January 16, 2016
Authorities at the TAO stated in remarks on the results of the Taiwan area election that the Mainland's overall Taiwan policy has been consistent and will not change due to the election results in Taiwan. The Mainland will continue to adhere to the "1992 Consensus" and firmly oppose any form of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. The Mainland is firmly determined and has been consistent on the principle of protecting China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Mainland is willing to strengthen contact and exchanges with all political parties and groups that acknowledge that both sides belong to "one China," to work with compatriots on both sides to uphold the common political basis of the two sides, and to maintain peaceful development in cross-strait relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

January 21, 2016
TAO Director Director Zhang Zhijun stated during a meeting with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the Mainland's overall Taiwan policy has been consistent and explicit and will not change due to the election results in Taiwan. He also stressed that current developments in Taiwan have brought uncertainty to the development of cross-strait relations and challenges for peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The US should continue to abide the principles of the "one China" policy and three Sino-U.S. joint communiques, conscientiously respect China's major concerns, and appropriately handle Taiwan-related issues.

January 27, 2016
TAO spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated at a regular press conference that in the New Year, the Mainland will continue to implement major Taiwan policies at the central government level, adhere to the "1992 Consensus," and firmly oppose any form of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. On the South China Sea issue, Ma Xiaoguang said that "China" has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands. Protecting China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity and upholding the overall interests of the Chinese nation are the common responsibilities and duties of compatriots on both sides of the Strait. On the matter of Taiwan's participation in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Ma Xiaoguang welcomed Taiwan to participate in the AIIB in an appropriate manner. This attitude has not changed. The AIIB is a newly established international organization. The matter of Taiwan's membership in the bank will be handled according to the "one China" principle and the AIIB charter.

February 2, 2016
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China Yu Zhengsheng stated at the 2016 Working Conference on Taiwan Affairs that the Mainland will unwaveringly adhere to the central government's major Taiwan work policies, adhere to the "one China" principle, firmly oppose and deter any form of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities, resolutely protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and maintain peaceful development in cross-strait relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

February 4, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's TAO expressed hope in a Chinese New Year message that, in the new year, compatriots on both sides would continue to adhere to the "1992 Consensus" and uphold the hard-won results of development, peace, and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

February 5, 2016
The TAO and China Development Bank signed an Agreement on Promoting Cross-Strait Economic Integration, Development and Cooperation. Under the pact, the two sides will strengthen financial services and provide financing support for Taiwan-funded enterprises in the Mainland, promote cross-strait banking exchanges and cooperation, and promote cross-strait economic integration and development.

February 6, 2016
During a Lunar New Year mission visit, PRC Premier Li Keqiang expressed deep condolences to the people of Taiwan following a 6.7-magnitude earthquake in Kaohsiung.

February 7, 2016
General Secretary Xi Jinping of the Chinese Communist Party expressed concern and condolences for the unfortunate victims of the earthquake disaster in southern Taiwan and expressed willingness to provide various assistance.

February 24, 2016
TAO spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference that the "1992 Consensus" is the cornerstone of the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. The Mainland is willing to maintain contact with any party or organization in Taiwan so long as they acknowledge the historical fact of the "1992 Consensus" and identify with the core meaning of both sides belonging to "one China."

March 1, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's TAO stated that the core message emphasized by Mainland Foreign Minister Wang Yi in his "remarks on the Constitution" is that "both sides are part of one China." The Mainland's major policies toward Taiwan are unchanged.

March 3, 2016
Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Yu Zhengsheng proposed in a work report presented at the fourth session of the 12th CPPCC National Committee that the main tasks related to Taiwan this year are to continue, on the basis of adhering to the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence," to promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, continue to develop contact with related social organizations and groups in Taiwan, promote cross-strait economic and trade cooperation and cultural exchanges, develop experience exchange oriented to Taiwan youth, and conduct research on the employment situation of Taiwanese students studying in the Mainland.

March 5, 2016
General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, "President," and Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping stressed during a review of Shanghai deputies at the fourth session of the 12th National People's Congress that the Mainland's major Taiwan policies are clear and consistent and will not be altered due to changes in Taiwan's political situation. The Mainland will adhere to the "1992 Consensus" political foundation, continue to promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, resolutely curb any form of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities, protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and never allow the historical tragedy of secession to be repeated.

March 5, 2016
PRC Premier Li Keqiang stated in a "Government Work Report" presented at the opening of the fourth session of the 12th National People's Congress that it is vital to continue to adhere to major Taiwan work policies, adhere to the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus," resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence" separatist activities, protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, maintain the peaceful development of cross-strait relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, promote cross-strait economic integration and development, promote cross-strait exchanges in the cultural, educational, science and technology fields, strengthen cross-strait exchanges at the grassroots and youth levels, uphold the principle of "one family across the strait," jointly work with Taiwan compatriots for the overall interests of the nation, share development opportunities, and jointly establish a cross-strait common destiny.

March 7, 2016
At the departure of the Zhejiang delegation at the fourth session of the 12th National People's Congress, Mainland Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated in answer to media questions on his "remarks on the Constitution" that "the Taiwan issue is a issue of China's internal affairs." The Mainland insists that there has been no change to the core of the "1992 Consensus," namely that "the Mainland and Taiwan belong to 'one China'."

March 8, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's TAO indicated during a Taiwan delegation review of the "Government Work Report" at the fourth session of the 12th National People's Congress that denial of the historical fact of the "1992 Consensus" and failure to identify with the core meaning of both sides belonging to "one China" would change the peaceful development of cross-strait relations and the status quo of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

March 16, 2016
PRC Premier Li Keqiang stated at an international press conference during the fourth session of the 12th National People's Congress that the Mainland would continue to introduce initiatives conducive to cross-strait economic cooperation under the premise of maintaining cross-strait peaceful development and on the cornerstone of the "1992 Consensus." So long as this political basis is followed and everyone agrees on belonging to "one China," any issue may be discussed.

March 17, 2016
Mainland Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and Gambia Foreign Minister Neneh MacDouall-Gaye signed a joint communique on the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two sides. The government of the Gambia recognized that, "there is only one China in the world, and that the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory." TAO spokesperson An Fengshan said that the Mainland adheres to the "one China" principle and that there has been no change to the policy to promote peaceful development in cross-strait relations.

March 24, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's TAO stated at the Boao Forum in response to Tsai Ing-wen's statement, that she "hoped the Mainland would show more goodwill," that the Mainland's goodwill has been expressed clearly; insistence on the "1992 Consensus" is the Mainland's principle and also an expression of goodwill.

March 24, 2016
PRC Premier Li Keqiang stated during a meeting with Honorary Chairman of the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation Vincent Siew and his delegation at the Boao Forum that the Mainland's major policies on Taiwan are clear and consistent and will not be altered by changes in Taiwan's political situation. The Mainland will adhere to the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus" to ensure peaceful development in cross-strait relations. He also emphasized that all issues may be discussed so long as the "1992 Consensus" is recognized and the fact that both sides belong to "one China" is acknowledged.

March 30, 2016
TAO spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference that the Mainland's basic position on the South China Sea issue is clear and consistent. Both sides belong to "one China." Compatriots on both sides have a common duty to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity and to safeguard the overall interests and fundamental interests of the Chinese nation.

April 8, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's TAO stated during an inspection visit to Taiwan-funded enterprises and meeting with Taiwanese business representatives in Zhengzhou, Henan forum that the Mainland's policy toward Taiwan is clear and consistent, and it will not change with the change in Taiwan's political situation. The Mainland will continue to adhere to the "1992 Consensus," stick to road of peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and continue to advance cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields. He said that preferential policies toward Taiwan will not change.

April 13, 2016
TAO spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference that the Mainland has jurisdictional rights in the matter of the Mainland Ministry of Public Security's extradition from Kenya of Taiwanese suspects in a case of telecommunications. The Mainland will handle the case in strict accordance with relevant national laws and regulations and earnestly safeguard and protect the property and legitimate rights and interests of the people.

April 16, 2016
TAO spokesperson An Fengshan stated that the extradition of Taiwanese suspects in a telecommunications fraud case in Malaysia to Taiwan merely condones increasingly rampant cross-border telecommunications fraud. It also disregards and further hurts the rights of many victims and hinders cross-Strait cooperation in joint crime combating. The Mainland hopes that Taiwan will immediately correct mistakes.

April 25, 2016
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng stated during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People with fourth-term delegates from the Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland that the Mainland's policy toward Taiwan is clear and consistent, and it will not change with the change in Taiwan's political situation. The Mainland will adhere to the "1992 Consensus" as a political foundation for ties, take efforts to maintain the status quo of peaceful development in cross-Strait relations, continue to deepen exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and promote cross-Strait economic and social integration and development.

April 26, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's TAO stated during a meeting in Beijing with a Taipei City Borough Warden Association delegation led by association president Chin Jung-hui that the mainland China attaches great importance to grassroots cross-Strait exchanges and will continue to support cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation at the grassroots level. The Mainland hopes that more villages, boroughs, and communities in Taiwan will come to the Mainland to participate in cross-Strait exchanges, reflect their hopes at the grassroots level, mutually learn, deepen and broaden cross-Strait exchanges at the grassroots level, and build a more solid base of popular support for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

April 27, 2016
TAO spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference that recognition of the historical fact of the "1992 Consensus" and identification with the core implication of both sides belonging to "one China" forms a common cross-Strait political foundation on which the two sides can maintain benign interaction. It is meaningless to evade direct questions or play word games when talking about the essence of cross-strait relations.

April 30, 2016
TAO spokesperson An Fengshan said that the Mainland police promptly notified the Taiwan side about the status of Taiwanese suspects in a telecommunications fraud case deported from Malaysia and invited the Taiwan side to promptly send a delegation to the Mainland to jointly investigate the case. This demonstrates the orderly operation of the liaison mechanism under the Agreement on Joint Cross-Strait Crime-Fighting and Mutual Judicial Assistance. On April 21, the two sides held an agreement working group meeting and reached a preliminary consensus. This shows the Mainland's attitude of pragmatic cooperation under the agreement framework.

May 6, 2016
TAO spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that on the issue of Taiwan's participation in the activities of international organizations, the Mainland's position is clear and consistent, namely that sensible and reasonable arrangements will be made under the "one China" principle through cross-Strait consulations. This year, the Taiwan side has repeatedly professed willingness to continue participating in the World Health Assembly. The Mainland made arrangements correspondingly, which showed the Mainland’s sincerity in upholding the peaceful development of cross-Strait relaitons. This is also a goodwill gesture from the Mainland side. If the political foundation of cross-Strait relations is to be destroyed, it would be harder to continue such an arrangement.

May 11, 2016
TAO spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated at a regular press conference that the Mainland has repeatedly stressed that its major Taiwan policies will not be altered by changes in Taiwan's political situation. The Mainland must reiterate that, if the two sides come to a standstill or even reach a crisis, those who deviate from the status quo will bear the responsibility. The spokesman also noted that the principle for handling Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly is that cross-Strait relations open up a path of peaceful development on the basis of the "1992 Consensus" adhered by both sides.

May 17, 2016
Mainland China's Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi stated during a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the Mainland hopes that the U.S. will adhere to the "one China" policy, abide by the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques, and properly handle the Taiwan issue.

May 18, 2016
Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Hong Lei stated at a regular press conference that the Mainland resolutely opposes the Taiwan-related resolution recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and urged the U.S. side will take effective measures to eliminate the adverse impact. He also noted that Taiwan affairs belong to China’s domestic affairs." The unilateral formulation of the Taiwan Relations Act and "guarantees" made to Taiwan by the U.S. seriously violate the "one China" policy and principles of the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques, as well as interfere in China’s domestic affairs. The Chinese government has long been expressing its opposition.

May 20, 2016
A person in charge at the Mainland's TAO indicated in recent remarks on cross-Strait relations that the key to maintaining the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations is to adhere to the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus." In a speech today, the new leader in Taiwan equivocated on the nature of cross-Strait relations, a fundamental issue of utmost concern to compatriots on both sides. She also did not explicitly recognize the "1992 Consensus" or acknowledge its core meaning, and made no concrete proposal for ensureing the peaceful and stable development of cross-Strait relations. This is an incomplete test paper. The TAO official also stated that the TAO-MAC liaison and communication mechanism and the ARATS-SEF consultation and negotiation mechanism are built on the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus." The political foundation reflecting the "one China" principle must be confirmed if institutionalized cross-Strait exchanges are to continue.

May 20, 2016
Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Hua Chunying stated at a regular press conference that, no matter how the political situation in Taiwan changes, the Chinese government will not alter its commitment to the “one China" principle and its opposition to "Taiwan independence," "two Chinas" and "one China, one Taiwan" positions. The "one China" principle is universally recognized by the international community. Adherence to the "one China" principle is also an important political basis and prerequisite for the development of relations between China and other countries in the world.

May 21, 2016
Officials in charge at ARATS stated that the ARATS-SEF consultation and communication mechanism will be maintained in the future if the SEF is authorized to confirm their adherence to the political foundation of the 1992 consensus embodying the "one China" principle.

May 25, 2016
During a meeting in Beijing with a delegation from an association of secretaries-general for Taiwan industrial and commercial organizations, Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's TAO proposed three views on cross-Strait relations. First, the key to safeguarding the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and peace in the Taiwan Strait is to adhere to a political foundation of the "one China" principle. The new leader in Taiwan has not taken a clear attitude or given clear answers on the important principle of the nature of cross-Strait relations. This is bound to damage the stable development of cross-Strait relations. Second, "Taiwan independence" has no future: it is only a road to ruin. The peaceful development of cross-Strait relations will be able to maintain and promote by returning to the framework that both sides belong to the "one China." Third, the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations must be jointly safeguarded by compatriots on both sides. It is hoped that industrial and commercial organizations and enterprises will resolutely oppose and resist "Taiwan independence" separatist activities.

June 6, 2016
During a regular press conference, mainland China Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Hong Lei stated in regards to the attendance of President Tsai Ing-wen at the completion ceremony for the Panama Canal expansion that "China" has always made adherence to the "one China" principle a fundamental premise for the development and handling of relations with other countries. The "one China" principle is universally accepted by the international community. It is hoped that related countries will handle Taiwan-related issues carefully.

June 11, 2016
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng stated during a cross-Strait youth entrepreneurship activity that young people will shoulder responsibility for cross-Strait relations in the future. More conditions must be created to expand contact and exchanges, enhance mutual understanding, narrow the psychological distance, and foster friendships among young people across the Taiwan Strait. This will be highly meaningful to the long-term development of cross-Strait relations.

June 12, 2016
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng stated at the Eighth Straits Forum that the Mainland's major Taiwan policies are clear and consistent. The Mainland will continue to adhere the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus," resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence," firmly uphold "one China" principle, continue to promote cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and maintain the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The Mainland will continue to improve policy measures and provide greater conveniences for Taiwan compatriots to work and live in the Mainland; actively support the transformation and upgrading of Taiwan-funded enterprises in the Mainland and their participation in "One Belt and One Road" development, as well as promote the integrated development of cross-Strait industries. The Mainland will also welcome the broad masses of Taiwan youth to realize their ambitions in the Mainland and build more study, employment, entrepreneurship, and exchange platforms for them in the Mainland, as well as encourage cross-Strait technology R&D cooperation and deepen cross-Strait academic exchanges. The Mainland attaches great importance to the suggestions of Taiwan compatriots for faster and more convenient Mainland travel and will promptly introduce implementation measures.

June 12, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's TAO stated during a media interview after the opening ceremony of the eighth Straits Forum that the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations must continue to advance on the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus." Cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields, especially people-to-people exchanges and cooperation, cannot be severed: they must be expanded, deepened, and strengthened. The Mainland is fully able to provide opportunities for the young people in Taiwan to study, work, and live in the Mainland. The next step is to build more bridges for communication between youth on the two sides and continue to work hard and create more opportunities for cross-Strait youth employment and entrepreneurship. Cross-Strait youth exchanges must also be further advanced to create conditions to enhance understanding and and trust among young people on the two sides.

June 12, 2016
During a media interview after the opening ceremony of the eighth Straits Forum, ARATS Chairman Chen Deming expressed concern over the political baseline of the new SEF chairman and their exchanges. The "one China" issue is very important. Without this premise, contact will be more uncomfortable and difficult regardless of who serves as the chairman.

June 15, 2016
TAO spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference that the key to continuing the SEF-ARATS negotiation and liaison mechanisms is whether the SEF is authorized to confirm their adherence to the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle. He also noted that the new Taiwan leader has to date remained ambiguous on the nature of cross-Strait relations. A political foundation embodying the "one China" principle must be confirmed to ensure the existing institutional mechanisms for cross-Strait exchanges and the fruits of the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. The Mainland and Taiwan belong to "one China." Correct acknowledgement of the nature of cross-Strait relations is the only way to help normal contact between the two sides.

June 20, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's TAO stated during a meeting in Beijing with a visiting KMT Youth Work Association delegation that young people are the future of both sides and a new force in promoting the development of cross-Strait relations. The Mainland hopes to see more cross-Strait youth contact and exchanges to create a bright future for cross-Strait relations.

June 24, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's TAO stated during a meeting in Beijing with a delegation led by Nantou County Commissioner Lin Ming-chen that the key to maintaining the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations at this time is to adhere to the "1992 Consensus" and identify with the core meaning of both sides belonging to "one China." The Mainland will continue to promote cross-Strait people-to-people exchanges and cooperation in various fields and continue to work for the well-being of the people on both sides.

June 25, 2016
TAO spokesperson An Fengshan stated that the cross-Strait liaison and communication mechanism has been suspended because Taiwan has not confirmed the common political foundation of the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle since May 20.

June 29, 2016
TAO spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference that the "1992 Consensus" is a common political foundation for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, as well as the foundation and prerequisite for the establishment of institutionalized cross-Strait liaison mechanisms. He also indicated that institutionalized cross-Strait exchanges could be continued if explicit and correct statements are made regarding the fundamental nature of cross-Strait relations and fundamental issues regarding the development of cross-Strait relations. The key to the continuation of the SEF-ARATS negotiation and liaison mechanism is whether the SEF is authorized to confirm their adherence to the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle.

July 1, 2016
General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, President, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping stated at an assembly to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Communist Party of China that the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations is the correct path to maintain cross-Strait peace, promote joint development, and benefit compatriots on both sides. It also is a bright road leading to peaceful reunification. Adhering to the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence" is the political foundation for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. The Mainland firmly opposes "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces.

July 1, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office stated at the opening ceremony for the Second Cross-Strait Passenger and Boot Camp that the Mainland has closely watched the interest of Taiwan youth to the Mainland development. All local governments and departments are actively introducing policies, establishing platforms, improving services, and optimizing the environment to create conditions and make it easier for Taiwan youth to come to the Mainland for internships, employment, and entrepreneurship.

July 1, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office stated the Mainland has repeatedly emphasized that incidents such as the Taiwan military missile misfire incident have a serious impact on maintaining the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and safeguarding peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait on the political foundation of the "1992 consensus." The Taiwan side must give a responsible explanation.

July 4, 2016
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng stated during a meeting with a visiting mission from the Want Want China Times Media Group at Beijing's Great Hall of the People that peaceful development of cross-Strait relations aligns with the shared interests of compatriots on both sides. Maintaining the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations requires adhering to the "1992 Consensus" reflecting the "one China" principle and making clear that the Mainland and Taiwan belong to "one China." The cross-Strait relationship is not a state-to-state relationship. "Taiwan independence" is a dead end. Any secessionist activities would be opposed by over 1.3 billion Chinese people, including Taiwan compatriots, and be condemned by history.

July 12, 2016
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated regarding the Taiwan authorities' refusal to accept the outcome of the South China Sea arbitration case that compatriots on both sides are duty-bound to jointly safeguard territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea and the overall and fundamental interests of the Chinese nation.

July 17, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office stated at the Fifth World Peace Forum that the "one China" principle is a pillar pacifying the seas in cross-Strait relations. Adhering to this principle is the only way to steadily advance cross-Strait relations and maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The Mainland is willing to develop exchanges and jointly promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations with any political parties or organizations in Taiwan, regardless of their past stances, so long as they acknowledge the historical fact of the "1992 Consensus" and identify with its core meaning.

July 20, 2016
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson stated in response to questions that, after the bus fire accident in Taiwan, Premier Li Keqiang instructed the Taiwan Affairs Office, National Tourism Administration, and other departments to understand the situation as soon as possible and properly handle the aftermath of the accident.

July 22, 2016
Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman Ma Xiaoguang issued a statement regarding comments made by President Tsai Ying-wen during an interview with the U.S.-based Washington Post that maintaining the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations is the mainstream public opinion on both sides of the Strait. Ma said that adhering to the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus" and its core meaning of both sides belonging to "one China" can ensure the peaceful and stable development of cross-Strait relations. He also stated that the liaison and communication mechanism between the TAO and Taiwan's MAC, as well as the consultation and negotiation mechanism between the ARATS and Taiwan's SEF, are built on the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus." This political foundation embodying the "one China" principle must be confirmed for institutionalized cross-Strait exchanges to continue.

August 4, 2016
Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated in regards to Taiwan's participation in the activities of international organizations that the political foundation embodying the "one China" principle must be confirmed for institutionalized cross-Strait exchanges to continue. Only then can the two sides engage in consultations on Taiwan's participation in the activities of international organizations.

August 8, 2016
TAO spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated, in regards to the MAC's protest through cross-Strait liaison mechanisms to the Mainland over the deportation from Kenya and detention in the Mainland of five Taiwanese suspects in a telecommunications fraud, that combating telecommunications fraud according to law is supported by the public on both sides. Regarding cross-Strait liaison and communication mechanisms, since the Taiwan authorities have not acknowledged the common political foundation of the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle, the TAO-MAC and SEF-ARATS communication links and discussion mechanisms have been suspended. Taiwan should face up to this fact and make earnest efforts to resume operation of these mechanisms.

August 12, 2016
TAO spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated in regard to the Shanghai-Taipei City forum to be held in late August that the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations can be maintained by adhering to the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle. So long as there is a correct understanding of the nature of cross-Strait relations and cross-Strait city exchanges, the Mainland will take a positive and open attitude on cross-Strait city exchanges.

August 13, 2016
Following a traffic accident in Longyan, Fujian, Mainland China involving Taiwan tourists, the TAO and National Tourism Administration directed the concerned parties to handle follow-up affairs. Fujian Province immediately launched emergency response mechanisms, established an emergency management team, sent personnel to the scene of the accident, and fully engaged in follow-up matters. The Cross-Strait Tourism Exchange Association has informed the Taiwan side of the situation.

August 18, 2016
In a speech delivered at the plaque-raising ceremony for the Cross-Strait Youth Entrepreneurship Base and Cross-Strait Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Demonstration Site, TAO Director Zhang Zhijun expressed hope that cross-Strait youth will bravely shoulder the responsibility entrusted to them by history, firmly uphold a political foundation embodying the "one China" principle, maintain the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and resolutely oppose all acts harmful to the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation.

August 26, 2016
TAO Director Zhang Zhijun stated during a meeting in Beijing with a delegation led by Taiwan Labor Party Chairman Wu Rong-yuan that regardless of how Taiwan's political situation changes, the Mainland's fundamental Taiwan policy will not change, nor will there be any change to the position of maintaining the "one China" principle and the common political foundation for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. Peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait can only be maintained by upholding the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations based on the "1992 Consensus." Only then can cross-Strait relations further improve and develop and the well-being of the people on both sides continue to advance. Zhang Zhijun also stressed that the Mainland will resolutely protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity and firmly oppose and deter secessionist acts in any form.

August 31, 2016
TAO Director Zhang Zhijun stated during an interview with reporters in Weifang, Shandong that "one China" under the "1992 Consensus" cannot be formulated as "two Chinas," "one China, one Taiwan." The "1992 Consensus" defines cross-Strait relations as having the fundamental nature of both sides belonging to "one China." The two sides should resolve the long-standing political differences and problems between them through dialogue and discussion based on the "one China" principle and mutual respect.

September 1, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Taiwan Affairs Office stated at the 22nd Shandong-Taiwan Economic and Trade Fair in Weifang, Shandong that the Mainland will adhere to the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus", firmly oppose and deter any form of "Taiwan independence" secessionist activities, and endeavor to maintain and promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. It will also continue to promote cross-Strait economic and trade exchanges and cooperation; introduce policy measures beneficial to cross-Strait industry cooperation and development, and constantly optimize the business environment; vigorously promote administration according to law to effectively protect the rights and interests of Taiwanese business people; encourage Taiwan youth, SMEs, grassroots farmers and fishermen to participate in cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation; and further facilitate the ability for the people of Taiwan to study, live, engage in internships, seek employment, and start businesses in the Mainland.

September 5, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Taiwan Affairs Office met in Beijing with a United Association of Humanistic Buddhism Chunghua delegation led by Master Hui Chuan. He said that the three words needing to be discussed in cross-Strait relations and exchanges are "fate," "blessings," and "hope." "Fate" refers to the common destiny shared by compatriots on both sides and the common religious traditions and folk beliefs between the two sides. "Blessing" refers to the need to treasure the hard-won fruits of the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations over the past eight years. "Hope" is the expectation that cross-Strait relations can maintain the momentum of peaceful development on the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus" and that compatriots on both sides can join hands to bring about a great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

September 8, 2016
The Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) jointly issued a "Notification on Further Promoting the Use of Arbitration by Taiwan-funded enterprises to Resolve Trade Disputes." The notification requires TAO units at all levels and the CCPIT to take full advantage of arbitration to protect the rights and interests of Taiwan compatriots, proactively guide Taiwan-funded enterprises in reinforcing awareness of contracts and arbitration, help Taiwan-funded enterprises protect their legitimate rights and interests through arbitration, and maintain the stable development of cross-Strait economic and trade relations according to the law.

September 10, 2016
A Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson stated in regards to the results of a survey on the July 19 tour bus fire incident that the Mainland strongly condemns the malignant criminal cases deliberately manufactured in this matter and expresses intense indignation over this unconscionable and inhumane action. The concerned parties in the Mainland will continue to urge the Taiwan side to deal with claims and other follow-up affairs and will fully assist family members in handling related matters.

September 12, 2016
ARATS Chairman Chen Deming stated in response to reporter questions regarding a letter sent by the SEF to the ARATS informing the latter of personnel changes that, on matters involving SEF-ARATS contact and interaction, the SEF and the ARATS authorized consultation and liaison mechanism can be continued as long as the SEF is authorized and confirms with the ARATS that it adheres to the common political foundaiton of the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle.

September 14, 2016
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated at a regular press conference that the United Nations (UN) is an international organization composed of sovereign states and follows the "one China" policy. Taiwan is part of "China." "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces have attempted, through articles on the UN issue, to provocatively claim that the "one China" policy universally followed by the international community cannot succeed. The premise for Taiwan's participation in the activities of international organizations is the "one China" principle and handling arrangements through cross-Strait negotiations. The current authorities in Taiwan do not recognize the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle. This has caused the cross-Strait liaison and communication mechanism to be suspended and prevented the handling of related issues. On the strengthening of Taiwan-US military ties, the Mainland has always opposed external meddling and interference in Taiwan affairs. It advises the Taiwan authorities that the option to truly maintain peace in the Taiwan Strait and truly benefit Taiwan's future is to return to the correct path of the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

September 17, 2016
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that a delegation of Taiwan county magistrates and mayors from New Taipei City, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, Nantou County, Hualien County, Taitung County, Kinmen County, and Lienchiang County visited Beijing on September 17 at the invitation of the Beijing Municipal Taiwan Affairs Office for discussions with the Mainland on economic, cultural, and tourism exchanges and cooperation.

September 18, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) stated during a forum in Beijing with a delegation of Taiwan county magistrates and mayors that the Mainland will adhere to the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus", firmly oppose and deter "Taiwan independence," promote exchanges and cooperation in various fields, including cross-Strait county and city exchanges, resolve practical issues of concern to compatriots on both sides, and promote cross-Strait economic and social integration and development. Moreover, TAO spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that the Mainland will take eight measures to promote exchanges with the eight counties and cities in Taiwan, including: holding specialty agricultural product fairs in the Mainland; negotiating agricultural product procurement by Mainland enterprises; establishing contact windows with tourism authorities throughout the Mainland and holding tourism promotion activities; strengthening green and high-tech industry and smart city exchanges and cooperation; strengthening cultural and humanities exchanges and promoting cross-Strait cooperation in cultural and creative industries; expanding youth exchanges and facilitating Taiwan youth internships, employment, and business creation in the Mainland; expanding economic, trade and personnel exchanges between Fujian and Kinmen and Matsu; and strengthening contact and expanding exchanges with eight counties and cities.

September 18, 2016
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng stated during a meeting with a delegation of Taiwan county magistrates and mayors at the Beijing's Great Hall of the People that the Mainland's principles and policies toward Taiwan will not change. First, the Mainland will not change its position of adhering to the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle. Second, it will not change its position of firmly opposing any form of "Taiwan independence" and resolutely protecting China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Third, there will be no change in advancing cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields and the determination and sincerity to work for the welfare of compatriots on both sides. Yu Zhengsheng also noted that, as long as the nature of cross-Strait relations and county and city exchange is correctly understood, the Mainland is willing to dedicate efforts and take a positive attitude to advancing the welfare of and affinity between compatriots on both sides of the Strait.

September 23, 2016
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated in regards to the Taiwan authorities' protest over the lack of invitation to attend this year's International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly that the Mainland's position on Taiwan's participation in the activities of international organizations is that such matters must follow the "one China" principle and be handled through cross-Strait negotiations.

September 30, 2016
Mainland Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stated at a reception celebrating the 67th anniversary of the establishment of the Mainland government that the Mainland will continue to adhere to the "one China" principle, adhere to the "1992 Consensus," resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence," and maintain and promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

September 30, 2016
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated in response to President Tsai Ing-wen's comments on "resisting pressure from China" in an open letter to Democratic Progressive Party members that the tide of history is strong and unstoppable. National unification is historically inevitable in the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. No "Taiwan independence" secessionist scheme can succeed.

October 5, 2016
TAO spokesperson An Fengshan stated in regards to Taiwan’s announcement of candidate APEC participants that people from Taiwan attending the APEC-related events should follow the rules of the relevant APEC memorandum of understanding.

October 6, 2016
TAO spokesperson An Fengshan stated in regards to comments on cross-Strait relations made by President Tsai Ing-wen during an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the Mainland and Taiwan belong to "one China." The Mainland will protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity with rock-solid determination. Adherence to the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus" embodying "one China" is unshakable and the position of opposing "Taiwan independence" separatist activities in any form is unswerving. No force and no person should underestimate the determined will of the Mainland’s more than 1.3 billion people.

October 10, 2016
TAO spokesperson An Fengshan stated in regards to President Tsai Ing-wen National Day address that the "1992 Consensus" and the "one China" principle it embodies corresponds to the legal principles and the cornerstone for maintaining the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. The touchstone in examining the so-called "goodwill" of the leader of the Taiwan authorities is whether or not the "1992 Consensus" is accepted. So long as the core meaning of the historical fact of the "1992 Consensus" is acknowledged, the two sides can hold consultations on an equal footing and interact positively.

October 12, 2016
TAO spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference that the key to maintaining the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations is to adhere to the common political basis of the "1992 Consensus." There is no room for obscurity on the political foundation of cross-Strait relations and the fundamental issue of the nature of cross-Strait relations. It is also an unavoidable question that must be answered. The Mainland has been very explicit in its position on issues related to cross-Strait relations. Although the two sides have yet to be reunified, the Mainland and Taiwan belong to "one China." The two sides are not in a "state-to-state" relationship. Long-standing political differences between the two sides should be handled under the "one China" principle through cross-Strait negotiations. On Taiwan's application to participate in this year's INTERPOL General Assembly, the spokesperson said that the Taiwan issue is China's internal affair. The Mainland has always insisted on handling the issues of Taiwan's foreign exchanges and participation in the activities of international organizations under the "one China" principle and has resolutely opposed intervention by foreign forces. The Mainland also hopes that the United States will continue to abide by the "one China" policy and its pledges under the three US-China joint communiques and appropriately handle Taiwan-related issues. Moreover, regarding exchanges and cooperation between related parties in the Mainland and some counties and cities in Taiwan, the Mainland takes a positive attitude on such exchanges, regardless of which Taiwan county or city, so long as there is a correct understanding of the nature of cross-Strait relations and the nature of cross-Strait county and city exchanges.

October 15, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's TAO stated in an article in Qiushi magazine entitled "Maintaining and Promoting the Peaceful Development of Cross-Strait Relations to Jointly Fulfill the Chinese Dream of the Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation: Deeply Learning the Important Thinking of General Secretary Xi Jinping on Taiwan Work" that the consistent and unshakable position of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government is to resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence" separatists and defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Adhering to "one family across the Taiwan strait" means that compatriots should sincerely help each other and maintain and enhance the overall interests of the Chinese nation. Exchanges in various fields and people-to-people contact need to be strengthened to deepen cross-Strait economic and social integration and development. Resolving "the Taiwan question" to achieve reunification of the motherland is an aspiration of the entire nation and the historical responsibility and sacred mission of the CPC and the Chinese government.

October 24, 2016
TAO spokesperson An Fengshan stated that 22 of the 26 crew members of the Oman-registered Taiwanese fishing boat NAHAM3 hijacked by Somali pirates four and a half years ago were rescued. Nine of the Mainland crew members and one Taiwanese crew member were repatriated to Guangzhou.

October 24, 2016
TAO spokesperson An Fengshan stated in response to a reporter's question on "irresponsible remarks made recently by relevant parties in Taiwan on the eligibility of specific elected council members of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region" that the Mainland firmly opposes intervention and interference by Taiwan authorities in Hong Kong's practice of "one country, two systems" and words and actions that undermine Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.

October 26, 2016
At a regular press conference, TAO spokesperson An Fengshan stated in regards to Judicial Yuan President Hsu Tzong-li's description of cross-Strait relations as a "special state-to-state relationship" that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's sacred territory and has never been a "state." This is the basic fact and legal basis of cross-Strait relations. This point is recognized by the international community. It has never changed, nor can it ever be changed. On the matter of the inclusion of Mainland students in Taiwan's health insurance system, this is a measure taken by Taiwan to improve the medical treatment conditions of Mainland students in Taiwan. It is hoped that Taiwan can further eliminate policies that discriminate against the rights and interests of Mainland students.

November 1, 2016
CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping made a six-point proposition on the development of cross-Strait relations during a meeting in Beijing with KMT Chairman Hung Hsiu-chu: Adhere to the "1992 Consensus" embodied in the one China principle; resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence" separatist forces and their activities; advance cross-Strait economic and social integration and development; jointly promote Chinese culture; advance the welfare of compatriots on both sides of the Strait; and work together to bring about a great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

November 1, 2016
Member of the CPC Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative ConferenceYu Zhengsheng stated during a meeting with KMT Chairman Hung Hsiu-chu at Beijing's Great Hall of the People that the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations can be maintained if the Taiwan authorities recognize the "1992 Consensus" and acknowledge its implication that both sides belong to "one China."

November 2, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office proposed five views in his opening remarks at the Cross-Strait Peaceful Development Forum. The two sides must: first, join hearts and forces to maintain the political foundation of the "1992 Consensus"; second, provide impetus for deepening the cross-Strait economic integration and development; third, brainstorm ways to promote exchanges between compatriots across the Taiwan Strait; fourth, contribute more to strengthening cross-Strait cultural and educational cooperation; and, fifth, develop the function of promoting joint growth among cross-Strait youth.

November 2, 2016
During a meeting in Beijing with some representatives at the Cross-Strait Peaceful Development Forum and head of the sponsoring organization, Member of the CPC Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng made three suggestions: that the two sides adhere to the "1992 Consensus" and oppose "Taiwan independence"; work for the welfare of compatriots on both sides; and blood ties enhance kinship ties among compatriots on both sides.

November 7, 2016
Member of the CPC Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng raised a four-point guideline at the 2016 Cross-Straits Entrepreneurs' Summit and Annual Meeting": first, work together to cope with changing world economic development; second, innovate models to promote the integrated development of cross-Strait industries; third, create conditions to enhance the welfare of the grassroots public and youth on both sides; fourth, fulfill the responsibility to maintain the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

November 8, 2016
In response to MAC Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh's call for the Mainland to abide by the pledge of "Hong Kong governed by the Hong Kong people with a high degree of autonomy," Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that the Mainland resolutely opposes irresponsible remarks by relevant parties in Taiwan that confuse right and wrong and deliberately misguide on this matter. The relevant parties in Taiwan should stop all interference in Hong Kong's implementation of "one country, two systems" and words and actions that undermine Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.

November 11, 2016
General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, President, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping stated at a gathering to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Sun Yat-sen's birth that the Mainland is willing to have contact with any political party, organization, or individual in Taiwan, regardless of their past positions, so long as they recognize the "1992 Consensus" and acknowledge that the Mainland and Taiwan both belong to "one China." He also stressed that the Mainland will never allow any individual, any organization, or any party to split off any part of the territory of China at any time or in any way.

November 15, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office stated in opening remarks at the 13th Hubei-Taiwan Week that the Mainland would continue to promote cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields and share development opportunities in the Mainland with Taiwan compatriots based on the concept of "one family across the strait." He also noted that the Mainland will provide more opportunities and space for cross-Strait economic cooperation and the development of Taiwan businesses in the Mainland. Relevant policies and measures will be introduced at an appropriate time to provide greater conveniences for Taiwan compatriots, especially Taiwanese youth studying, working, starting businesses, and living in the Mainland.

November 16, 2016
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang at a regular press conference stated in regards to Taiwan's accession to the RCEP that political trust across the Taiwan Strait will no longer exist if the "one China" principle cannot be upheld. Delays in the process of institutionalizing cross-Strait economic cooperation are bound to negatively impact the matter of Taiwan's participation in regional economic cooperation. Moreover, on the chance that the new US President Donald Trump will expand the space for arms sales to Taiwan, the spokesman said that the Taiwan issue is the most important and most sensitive issue in "China"-US relations. He expressed hope that the new US administration will appropriately handle Taiwan-related issues in abidance of the principles of the "one China" policy and the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques.

November 17, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office stated in opening remarks at the Third Cross-Strait Sun Yat-sen Forum that the Mainland will continue to adhere to the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle and maintain and promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. It will also resolutely protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity and curb "Taiwan independence" separatist activities in any form, continue to promote cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and work for the welfare of compatriots on both sides. Director Zhang also noted that "peaceful reunification and one country, two systems" are the basic principles of the Mainland in resolving the Taiwan issue, as well as the best way to achieve national unification. The Mainland is unwavering in its will and determination to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity and never allow the historical tragedy of secession to recur.

November 22, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office stated in opening remarks at the Forum on Chinese Culture" that, in the struggle to firmly oppose and deter "Taiwan independence," the two sides must jointly protect the root of Chinese culture, secure the spiritual bond between compatriots on both sides, and continue to promote shared mindset among compatriots on both sides.

November 23, 2016
During a meeting in Beijing with representatives of a Taiwan exchange delegation led by Yao Eng-chi, Member of the CPC Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng expressed the hope to continue deepening exchange mechanism between CPPCC members and legislators and to absorb and mobilize more grassroots, front line, and young new blood to participate in cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation to build up the foundation of public support for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

November 30, 2016
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang issued a statement at a routine press conference in regards to comments by MAC Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh that the Mainland should positively understand the goodwill in Taiwan's words and actions and not make overly negative interpretations or criticisms. He said that acceptance or rejection of the "1992 Consensus" relates to the fundamental nature of cross-Strait relations and is a litmus test in examining the so-called "goodwill" of the Taiwan authorities.

December 2, 2016
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office expressed four hopes for the work of various Taiwan Business Associations (TBA) chapters and the Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland (ATIEM) at the 2016 symposium for TBA and ATIEM heads: first, to help members solve difficulties encountered in production, business, and life and support the sustained and healthy development of Taiwan-funded enterprises; second, to serve as a good communication bridge between Taiwan-funded enterprises and the government, reflecting the aspirations of Taiwan businesspeople and promoting the common development of associations and enterprises; third, to encourage Taiwan youth to engage in cross-Strait exchanges to enhance the sense of common destiny across the Taiwan Strait; and fourth, to staunchly maintain the "one China" principle, oppose "Taiwan independence," and maintain and promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

December 3, 2016
In regards to the December 3 phone call between U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that Taiwan's little tricks cannot change the status that Taiwan is a part of "China," nor can it change the "one China" structure universally recognized by the international community.

December 6, 2016
In opening remarks presented at the Cross-Strait Forum on New Economy, Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office made three suggestions to advance cross-Strait economic exchanges and cooperation: first, endeavor to safeguard the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and create a favorable environment for cross-Strait economic cooperation; second, seize opportunities in the rising new economy and upgrade the level and results of cross-Strait economic cooperation; and third, more effectively promote cross-Strait Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), grassroots, and youth exchanges and cooperation.

December 9, 2016
Spokesman for the Mainland Ministry of National Defense Yang Yujun issued a statement on the unprecedented inclusion of language to promote high-level U.S.-Taiwan military exchanges in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act approved by the United States Senate and the House. He said that "China" resolutely opposes official contacts and military liaison of any kind between the United States and Taiwan and opposes U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. The U.S. Congress is stubbornly trying to turn back the clock and promote U.S.-Taiwan military exchanges. This approach interferes with "China's" internal affairs, undermines stability in the Taiwan Strait, damages the sovereignty and security interests of "China," and eventually will harm America's own interests.

December 10, 2016
Spokesman for the Mainland Ministry of National Defense Yang Yujun said that Chinese Air Force aircraft passed through the airspace of the Miyako Strait en route to the Western Pacific to conduct a routine high sea drill. The Miyako Strait is a recognized international waterway. The high sea drill by the Chinese air force was routinely arranged under an annual plan, not directed against any particular country or target. It is also in conformance with relevant international law and practice.

December 12, 2016
Member of the CPC Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng stated at a symposium commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Xi'an Incident that the two sides must adhere to the common political basis of the "1992 Consensus," oppose without compromise all forms of "Taiwan independence" separatist forces and their activities, promote cross-Strait economic and social integration and development, promote a shared mindset among compatriots on both sides, continuously enhance national identity and cultural identity, and reinforce the confidence of the Chinese nation and Chinese cultural self-confidence.

December 14, 2016
In regards to U.S. President-elect Trump's comment that he does not understand why the United States must be bound to the "one China" policy, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference said that the "Taiwan issue" is related to "China's" sovereignty and territorial integrity and concerns "China's" core interests. Adhering to the "one China" principle is the political basis for the development of "China"-U.S. relations. It is also the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. If this foundation is disturbed and destroyed, the healthy and stable development of "China"-U.S. relations is out of the question. Peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait will also suffer a serious blow. The spokesman also remarked on comments by some Mainland scholars that the two sides can choose a new consensus based on not violating the "one China" principle. He said that the core meaning of the "1992 Consensus" is that both sides belong to "one China." This point must be clear for the common political basis between the two sides to exist and contact and interaction to proceed.

December 14, 2016
Regarding comments by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Abraham Denmark that Taiwan should increase military spending in response to the growing military threat from "China," Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang stated at a regular press conference that "China" opposes any form of official contact and military ties between the United States and Taiwan. The Mainland urges the U.S. to scrupulously abide its commitment to the "one China" policy and adherence to the principles of the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques, prudently and steadily handle the Taiwan question, and avoid unnecessary interference in overall "China"-U.S. relations.

December 19, 2016
Regarding U.S. President Barack Obama's suggestion that Donald Trump carefully considers any changes to the "one China" policy, mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Hua Chunying expressed hope at a regular press conference that concerned parties in the U.S. are fully aware of the extreme importance and sensitivity of the "the Taiwan issue," will abide the pledge to pursue the "one China" policy and comply with three Sino-U.S. joint communiques, and prudently and properly handle Taiwan-related issues.

December 20, 2016
Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Hua Chunying at a regular press conference stated in regards to Tsai Ing-wen's upcoming "visit" to Central America that the "one China" principle is universally recognized by the international community, as well as the consistent principle of the Mainland in handling matters related to Taiwan's foreign relations. It is hoped that the U.S. will abide the "one China" policy and principles of the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques, not allow Tsai to "transit," not send any wrong signals to "Taiwan independence" forces, and take concrete actions to safeguard overall "China"-U.S. relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

December 20, 2016
The website of Mainland China's Ministry of Public Security announced the ministry's decision to launch an electronic version of the Taiwan travel permit. On December 26, the Exit and Entry Administration of the Public Security Department of Fujian Province will begin accepting applications for the electronic permit on a trial basis. At the same time, it will suspend the issuance of the current paper-type Taiwan travel permit.

December 21, 2016
In regards to the decision announced by the government of Sao Tome and Principe to sever "diplomatic relations" with Taiwan, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that the Mainland adheres to the "one China" principle and is unswerving in its stance of opposing "Taiwan independence." This is also bound to win ever broader recognition and support in the international community.

December 21, 2016
Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Hua Chunying expressed appreciation over Sao Tome and Principe's termination of "diplomatic relations" with Taiwan and welcomed Sao Tome and Principe back to the correct track of the "one China" principle.

December 26, 2016
In regards to the decision announced by the government of Sao Tome and Principe to resume diplomatic relations with "China" after severing diplomatic ties with Taiwan, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that the Mainland has always handled the issue of Taiwan's foreign relations according to the "one China" principle. Any attempt to create "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan" is doomed to fail.

December 26, 2016
Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Hua Chunying said that the Mainland firmly opposes the Taiwan-related content in the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 and has made solemn representations to the U.S. The U.S.'s serious violation of the principles of the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques and interference with "China's" internal affairs is totally unacceptable to "China." The Mainland urges the U.S. to abide commitments made to "China" on the "Taiwan issue" and to stop U.S. -Taiwan military ties and arms sales to Taiwan in order to not damage "China"- U.S. relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

December 28, 2016
In regards to MAC Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh's comment that a new cross-Strait consensus must return to the ROC Constitution, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference the Taiwan authorities need to spell out and clearly explain the fundamental nature of cross-Strait relations and foundation for the development of cross-Strait relations. Cross-strait relations can only return to the correct track of peaceful development by returning to the common political basis of recognizing the "1992 Consensus" and acknowledging that both sides belong to "one China."

December 29, 2016
Spokesman for the Mainland Ministry of National Defense Yang Yujun stated at a regular press conference that a recently held training drill and activity was routine and planned exercises. The armed forces conducted the drill to heighten the Mainland's ability to oppose "Taiwan independence" and defend the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity. This is beneficial to maintaining the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

December 30, 2016
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping stated at a New Year reception for the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee that the Mainland must adhere to the common political basis of the "1992 Consensus," promote cross-Strait economic and social integration and development, promote a shared mindset among compatriots on both sides, and work tirelessly for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and accomplishment of complete national reunification.

December 31, 2016
In a New Year message entitled "Grasping the Big Picture, Doing the Right Thing" published in the first 2017 issue of Relations Across Taiwan Straits magazine, Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office stated that, in the new year, the Mainland will continue to adhere the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle and maintain the political basis for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations; resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence" separatists and maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait; advance cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields and promote cross-Strait economic and social integration and development; and study and resolve practical issues of concern to people on both sides to benefit compatriots on the two sides.

December 31, 2016
In a New Year message article entitled "Turbulent Times Expose Pillars of Strength, Seeing the Peak of the Majestic Mountains" published in the first 2017 issue of Relations Across Taiwan Straits magazine, ARATS Chairman Chen Deming said that in New Year, the Mainland will curb "Taiwan independence" separatist activities, safeguard the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and continue to deepen cross-Strait civilian exchanges and cooperation in various fields.