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Mainland Affairs Council

IV. Mainland's Taiwan Policy and Work

2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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