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Mainland Affairs Council

IV. Mainland's Taiwan Policy and Work

2018

January 4, 2018
The Civil Aviation Administration of China inaugurated the northbound M503 flight route and related extension routes. It also stated that these routes are civil flight routes aimed at relieving traffic congestion on existing routes. The Mainland air traffic control agencies will maintain technical communication with Taiwan. In addition, the routes have been designed to avoid flights between Kinmen/Matsu and Taiwan.

January 10, 2018
The Shanghai Cyberspace Administration launched an investigation over the listing of Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Tibet as "countries" on the Chinese website of Marriott International.

January 11, 2018
With regard to the passage of the Taiwan Travel Act by the US House of Representatives, Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Lu Kang stated that the Mainland resolutely opposes the Act. He also urged the US to prudently handle the Taiwan issue and refrain from engaging in any form of official exchange or contact with Taiwan or sending any wrong signals to the "Taiwan independence" separatist forces.

January 15, 2018
Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and the foreign minister of Sao Tome and Principe stated during a meeting that the "one China" principle is a prerequisite for the resumption of diplomatic relations between mainland China and Sao Tome and Principe. It is also the political foundation for the development of bilateral relations.

January 17, 2018
During a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang presented  four points of view on the launch of the northbound M503 flight route and three extension routes: The routes were opened to relieve pressure from rapid flight growth in the region; the establishment and activation of the routes is a routine operation for the management of civil aviation airspace in the Mainland; the routes are an internal affair of the Mainland and do not involve the issue of unilateral launch; before the routes were opened, the Mainland fully considered Taiwan's concerns and communicated with Taiwan; and air traffic on the routes since their opening has averaged 27 flights per day, demonstrating the safety and reliability of the routes and showing that there is no issue of affecting flight safety in Taiwan. He also pointed out that Taiwan should treat this matter correctly and not allow it interfere with or disrupt cross-Strait relations.

January 19, 2018
A spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Administration of China issued a statement on the decision of the Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration to stall approval of Mainland applications to provide 176 additional cross-strait flights during the Lunar New Year holiday. The spokesman stated that the Taiwan authorities are making an issue of the M503 route and disregarding of the interests of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait by using the humanitarian needs of the Taiwanese people as a bargaining chip. As for the alleged "retaliation" by the Mainland, it is the interests of the airlines and compatriots of the two sides, especially Taiwan compatriots, that are ultimately harmed. The spokesman reiterated that the M503 flight route and its extension routes underwent extensive technical verification by various experts and were approved as international routes by the International Civil Aviation Organization. There is no so-called safety issue.

January 25, 2018
With regard to President Tsai Ing-wen's comment during an interview with SET News that no one can rule out the possibility that China would unify Taiwan by force, Mainland Ministry of National Defense Spokesman Wu Qian stated, that the Mainland has the utmost sincerity to strive for peaceful reunification, but would never allow Taiwan to be separated from China. He also stated, with regard to the two sailings of the Liaoning aircraft carrier battle group through the Taiwan Strait this month, that the Liaoning aircraft carrier battle group recently conducted a cross-region maneuver according to the annual training plan. The purpose was to test the performance of the weapons and equipment and the training level of the troops.

January 30, 2018
A spokesman of the Civil Aviation Administration of China said that, under the pretext of aviation safety issues on the M503 flight route, the Taiwan authorities recently obstructed plans by China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines to add 176 cross-strait flights during the Lunar New Year holiday. The move has affected the normal travel of tens of thousands of people on both sides. Taiwan's action creates difficulties for many cross-strait family reunions, harms the feeling of compatriotism, and causes inconvenience for travelers. Taiwan should bear full responsibility for the consequences.

February 2, 2018
At the 2018 Working Conference on Taiwan Affairs in Beijing, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and PRC Vice Premier Wang Yang stated that studying and implementing the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and General Secretary Xi Jinping's important thought on Taiwan affairs will be a primary political task at present and for years to come. The thought on Taiwan affairs is an important part of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, and serves as a basic principle for the work on Taiwan affairs in the new era. He also noted that the Chinese mainland will uphold the one-China principle and the 1992 Consensus and resolutely oppose and deter "Taiwan independence" separation in any form. The Mainland will actively expand cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation, continue to deepen cross-Strait economic and social integration and development, progressively provide Taiwanese compatriots in studying, starting businesses, working, and living in the mainland with the same treatment as local people, and encourage people from both sides to work together to promote Chinese culture and forge closer bonds between them. The Mainland will fully implement the central government's Taiwan policy, and make new contribution to promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and advance the process of the peaceful reunification of the motherland.

February 5, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun stated in a speech presented at a Lunar New Year social event held in Beijing for the Mainland Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland that the basic guidelines for Taiwan-related work will not change in 2018. The Mainland will continue to adhere to the one-China principle and the 1992 Consensus and resolutely oppose separatist attempts for "Taiwan independence" in any form. It will promote economic and cultural exchanges between the two sides, continue to deepen cross-Strait economic and social integration and development, and progressively provide Taiwanese compatriots studying, starting businesses, working, and living in the mainland with the same treatment as local people. It will vigorously urge compatriots on both sides to jointly promote Chinese culture and advance a shared mindset. Zhang also noted that the Mainland would introduce new policy measure this year to ensure equal treatment for Taiwan compatriots and businesses; work to build and improve cross-Strait industrial cooperation parks and create a group of new gathering areas for industrial cooperation; and work to improve financial services to provide Taiwanese businesses with strong financial support to develop in mainland China. The Mainland will also help Taiwanese companies to go public in the Mainland, as well as take efforts to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Taiwan compatriots.

February 7, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesperson An Fengshan stated in response to a question that related parties in the Mainland are deeply concerned about the earthquake in Hualien, Taiwan. The TAO and Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) initiated Taiwan-related emergency mechanisms and have kept informed of the disaster and relief situation. On the morning of February 7, TAO Director Zhang Zhijun spoke with Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-Chi during an emergency phone call and ARATS Chairman Chen Deming phoned involved parties in Hualien County to express mourning for the Taiwan victims at the earthquake epicenter and convey sincere sympathies to the injured Taiwan compatriots. The ARATS also said it was willing to assist with the disaster relief, including sending rescue teams.

February 9, 2018
Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang stated at a regular press conference that provisions in the Taiwan Travel Act recently deliberated and approved by the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations encouraging the US government to lift restrictions on high-level official exchanges between the US and Taiwan, though not legally binding, still gravely violate the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués. If the bill becomes law, it would severely disrupt China-US and the cross-Straits relations. China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to that, and has lodged stern representations with the US.

February 12, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that immediately after the Hualien earthquake, the TAO, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, Red Cross Society of China, Seismological Society of China, and other related organizations expressed sympathy to compatriots afflicted by the Hualien earthquake and condolences to the victims. According to incomplete statistics, the Mainland has donated RMB20,875,000. An expressed gratitude to relevant parties in Taiwan, including Hualien County and rescue workers, for their full support in the rescue, and for their care and assistance to the injured mainland tourists and families of the deceased. He also hoped that follow-up arrangements for the visitors who perished in the disaster would be handled appropriately.

February 28, 2018
The Taiwan Affairs Office and National Development and Reform Commission announced a "Notification on 'Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation with Taiwan'." The measures become effective from the date of promulgation.

February 28, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference that, among the 31 specific "Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation with Taiwan," 12 concern accelerating the pace of giving Taiwan enterprises equal treatment with Mainland enterprises; and 19 measures offer Taiwan compatriots equality with Mainland compatriots in studying, setting up businesses, working and living in the Mainland. The measures have three features: 1) They revolve around major national action plans and key research and development projects and aim to provide Taiwanese enterprises and compatriots equal treatment with Mainland enterprises and compatriots; 2) They are tailored: the measures were formulated to fully consider the special circumstances and needs of Taiwanese enterprises and compatriots and propose specific robust solutions responding to the widespread concerns of Taiwanese enterprises and compatriots; and 3) They have broad-based benefits, covering industry, tax, land, finance, employment, education, culture, healthcare, film and television, and various other fields, expanding benefits and sense of gain among Taiwanese enterprises and compatriots, especially the grassroots public.

March 1, 2018
Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying stated at a regular press conference that some of the clauses of the Taiwan Travel Act passed by the US Senate, though not legally binding, still severely violate the one-China principle and the three joint communiqués between China and the US. China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposes this and has lodged stern representations with the US side.

March 2, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated that the passage of the Taiwan Travel Act by the US Senate severely violates the one-China principle and the three joint communiqués between China and the US. The Mainland resolutely opposes this. It also warned that Taiwan will only burn itself by relying on foreign powers

March 5, 2018
Mainland Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stated in his Government Work Report that the Mainland will continue to implement major Taiwan work policies, adhere to the "one China" principle, promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations on the basis of the "1992 Consensus," and advance the process toward the peaceful reunification of China; stand firm in safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity and will not tolerate any "Taiwan independence" separatist schemes and actions; and will expand cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation. Over time, people from Taiwan will enjoy the same treatment as local people when they pursue their studies, start businesses, seek jobs, or live in the Mainland.

March 7, 2018
During a meeting with members of a Taiwan delegation participating in the first session of the 13th National People's Congress, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and PRC Vice Premier Wang Yang said that the two sides must adhere to the principles of "peaceful reunification" and "one country, two systems"; uphold the "one China" principle and the "1992 Consensus"; practice the idea of "two sides across the Taiwan strait are one family"; and faithfully implement the Measures to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation to grant Taiwan compatriots studying, starting businesses, working, and living in the Mainland equal treatment as Mainland residents.

March 15, 2018
The political resolution of the first session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference called for: adhering to the "one China" principle, promoting the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations on the basis of the "1992 Consensus," advancing the process toward the peaceful reunification of China, standing firm in safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and not tolerating any "Taiwan independence" separatist schemes and actions.

March 17, 2018
Mainland Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said that US President Trump's signing of the Taiwan Travel Act into law severely violates the one-China principle and the three joint communiqués between China and the US. The Chinese side urges the US to correct its mistake, stop pursuing any official ties with Taiwan or upgrading substantive relations with Taiwan, and handle Taiwan-related issues properly and cautiously. In addition, Mainland Ministry of National Defense Spokesperson Wu Qian said that the US should not implement the relevant clauses of the act, stop seeking any official contacts with Taiwan, and cease military ties or arms sales with Taiwan.

March 18, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated President Trump's signing of the Taiwan Travel Act into law sent seriously wrong signals to "Taiwan independence" separatist forces. The Mainland again warned that Taiwan will only burn itself by relying on foreign powers.

March 20, 2018
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping stated at the closing of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress that it is the shared aspiration of all Chinese people and in the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation to safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and realize China's complete reunification. It is absolutely impossible to separate any inch of territory of the great country from China.

March 20, 2018
Mainland Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stated during a meeting with Chinese and foreign reporters after the closing of first session of the 13th National People's Congress that any attempt, proposition or activity for "Taiwan independence" must not be tolerated. Mainland China must not allow any external forces to play "the Taiwan card." It is willing to have dialogue and consultation with all political parties and groups on Taiwan which subscribe to the one China principle to discuss resolutions to all issues of concern to the people on both sides and maintain the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

March 20, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated that Premier Lai's comments that Taiwan is a "sovereign and independent country" and the fact of "Taiwan's sovereignty and independence" cannot be changed by any external forces are nude "Taiwan independence" remarks that seriously challenge cross-Strait relations. Taiwan is bound to reap what it sows.

March 26, 2018
During a meeting with New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu in Shanghai, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that the Mainland's major Taiwan policies are clear and consistent, namely to adhere to the "1992 Consensus" reflecting the "one China" principle and oppose "Taiwan independence." Guided by the conviction that both sides are one family, the Mainland will fully implement 31 measures beneficial to Taiwan compatriots to promote cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation, including city exchanges

March 28, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated at a regular press conference that the Executive Yuan's "four directions" and "eight strategies" in response to the 31 Taiwan-related measures in fact further restrict the opportunity and space for the vast number of Taiwan compatriots to develop in the Mainland. The Democratic Progressive Party authorities should positively respond to the demands of the people of Taiwan, respect the desire of people on both sides to deepen cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, respect the laws of the market, and respect the choice of Taiwan compatriots. Regarding the successive visits to Taiwan by US Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Alex N. Wong and US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, the spokesperson said that any outside forces that attempt to play the "Taiwan card" are doomed to fail. This action harms the interests of all Chinese people, including Taiwan compatriots. It also dupes Taiwan compatriots. The Mainland also warned the Taiwan authorities that they will only burn themselves by relying on foreign powers.

March 29, 2018
In response to US President Donald Trump's signing of the Taiwan Travel Act into law, the US visit by Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu, and Taiwan visit by US Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Alex N. Wong, Mainland Ministry of National Defense Spokesman Ren Guoqiang stated at a regular press conference that the Mainland resolutely opposes the development of any form of official exchanges and military contact between Taiwan and any country, including the US. Taiwan is part of China. The full unification of the country and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation cannot be stopped by any person, any power, or any tricks. The Chinese military is firmly determined, confident and sufficiently able to protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

April 2, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that Premier Lai Ching-te has called himself a Taiwanese independence worker, openly made "Taiwan independence" remarks repeatedly, and arrogantly challenged the status quo of cross-Strait relations, undermining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He emphasized that the Mainland and Taiwan belong to "one China." Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. The Mainland resolutely opposes "Taiwan independence" separatist activities.

April 9, 2018
With regard to the US Department of State's announcement on the issuance of a submarine marketing license to Taiwan, Mainland Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Wu Qian stated that the Mainland firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan. The Mainland demands that the US strictly abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques, stop all forms of US-Taiwan military relations, and cease all forms of arms sales to Taiwan.

April 9, 2018
With regard to the US Department of State's approval of a submarine marketing license for Taiwan and the report that newly-appointed US National Security Adviser John Bolton will visit Taiwan, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang at a regular press conference stated that the Mainland firmly opposes the US side carrying out any official exchange and arms-sales with Taiwan. He urge the US to strictly abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques, avoid having official contacts with Taiwan or trying to improve their relations in substantive ways, and stop military contacts and arms-sales with Taiwan so that China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait will not be severely damaged.

April 10, 2018
During a meeting in Hainan with Vincent Siew, honorary chairman of the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation, who was attending the 2018 Boao Forum for Asia annual conference, Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping stated that the Taiwan issue concerns the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation. The Taiwan business community must firmly adhere to the "1992 Consensus," oppose "Taiwan independence," and firmly promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. The two sides across the Taiwan Strait are one family. The Chinese Mainland is willing to share the development opportunities with Taiwan compatriots, deepen cross-Strait economic and cultural exchange and cooperation, and bring tangible benefits to Taiwan compatriots and enterprises.

April 10, 2018
The Xiamen Municipal Government promulgated the "Measures to Deepen Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges between Xiamen and Taiwan." The measures consist of 60 articles in five sections. They provide Taiwan compatriots studying, starting businesses, working, and living in Xiamen equal treatment with Xiamen residents and promote the development of Taiwan enterprises in Xiamen.

April 11, 2018
With regard to a potential visit by incoming White House National Security Advisor John Robert Bolton to Taiwan for the opening of the new Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan and the US State Department's announcement of the issuance of marketing license for Taiwan to manufacture submarines, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang at a regular press conference stated that the Mainland resolutely opposes any form of official contact or military ties between the US and Taiwan and resolutely opposes US arms sales to Taiwan on any pretext. The US should abide by the "one China" principle and the three China-US joint communiques. Regarding Premier Lai Ching-te's comments that he is a "Taiwan independence" worker, the spokesperson stated that Lai Ching-te has openly made "Taiwan independence" remarks repeatedly and arrogantly challenged the status quo of cross-Strait relations. This severely provokes mainstream public opinion on both sides of the Taiwan Strait and undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

April 11, 2018
During a meeting with Honorary Chairman of the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation Vincent Siew, who was attending the Boao Forum for Asia annual conference, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that the Mainland will resolutely carry out the central government's major Taiwan work policies, adhere to the "1992 consensus" that embodies the "one China" principle, promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, never tolerate "Taiwan independence" secessionist schemes, and continue to expand cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation.

April 13, 2018
With regard to a live-fire military drill conducted by the People's Liberation Army in the waters of the Taiwan Strait on April 18, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that the Mainland has the firm will, strong confidence and adequate ability to defeat any form of "Taiwan independence" attempts and actions and safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

April 16, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated during a media interview that the military live-fire drill to be conducted by the People's Liberation Army in the Taiwan Strait on April 18 is a one-time action to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the motherland. The Mainland has sufficient willingness, confidence, and capability to prevent any words or deeds which attempt to split any territory away from the motherland.

April 17, 2018
During a meeting with Nantou County Magistrate Lin Ming-chen in Beijing, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that adhering to the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence" are the keys to maintaining the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. Guided by the conviction that two sides across the Taiwan Strait are one family, the Mainland will continue to promote cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields, including exchanges between counties and cities. It will also implement the 31 measures to promote cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation and expand the scope of benefits and sense of gain for Taiwan compatriots.

April 18, 2018
The Mainland Fujian Maritime Safety Administration announced that the Mainland military will conduct a live-fire military drill from 08:00 to 24:00 in an area of the waters of the Taiwan Strait defined by the four coordinate points of 24-52.9N/118-50.0E, 24-52.9N/118-55.9E, 24-42.6N/118-55.9E, and 24-42.6N/118-50E.

April 18, 2018
During a meeting in Beijing with Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-chi, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that amidst the severe complexities in cross-Strait relations at this time, the two sides must adhere to the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle and resolutely oppose all kinds of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. The Mainland will vigorously promote cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields, fully implement and introduce more policy initiatives to promote cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation in due time, and enhance affinity and well-being of compatriots on both sides.

April 18, 2018
Regarding President Tsai Ing-wen's visit to Swaziland, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying stated at a regular press conference that there is only "one China" in the world. This constitutes the universal consensus of the overwhelming majority of countries around the world. The China-Africa Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership maintains sound development momentum. The one-China principle is an irresistible trend that meets the aspiration of all people. The Mainland hopes that the relevant African countries clearly understand the general trend of the world and join the big family of friendly China-Africa cooperation at an early date.

April 19, 2018
People's Liberation Army Air Force spokesperson Shen Jinke stated that an air force formation consisting of bombers and reconnaissance aircraft recently conducted "island encirclement patrols." He also announced the release of a propaganda video entitled "God of War: New Island Encirclement Flight Path" in multiple languages.

April 19, 2018
With regard to the "island encirclement patrols" by Mainland fighter planes, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that the Mainland firmly opposes any form of "Taiwan independence" attempts and actions. Any plots seeking to separate Taiwan from China are doomed to failure. No individual or power should underestimate the Mainland's firm resolve and strong ability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

April 25, 2018
With regard to meetings between Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi with Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-chi and Nantou County Magistrate Lin Ming-chen respectively and whether there is a possibility for future twin-city forums other than the one between Taipei and Shanghai, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated at a regular press conference that the Mainland consistently promotes cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields in line with the concept of "two sides of the Taiwan Strait are one family." There is no problem with exchanges between any Taiwan’s county or city and the Mainland side so long as there is a correct understanding of cross-Strait relations and the nature of cross-Strait county and city exchanges.

April 25, 2018
With regard to the recent "island encirclement patrol" by a formation of various Mainland military aircraft, Mainland Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Wu Qian stated at a regular press conference that the Mainland has taken a series of actions aimed at "Taiwan independence" forces and their activities. If "Taiwan independence" forces continue to act recklessly, the Mainland will take further action. Regarding the sea and air exercises held by Taiwan's military in the waters off the east coast and President Tsai Ing-wen's naval ship review, the spokesperson said that the Mainland is willing to seek peaceful reunification with the utmost sincerity and effort. However, it must be pointed out that "Taiwan independence" is a dead end and military confrontation is no way out.

April 27, 2018
During the first meeting of the fourth council of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits in Beijing, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Wang Yang stated that the Mainland will thoroughly study and implement the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the CPC. With General Secretary Xi Jinping's important thinking on Taiwan-related work as a fundamental basis and guideline to action, the Mainland will implement the CPC Central Committee's policy decisions on Taiwan-related work and maintain and promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. The Mainland must strengthen contact and exchanges with Taiwan compatriots, promote cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation, and properly handle problems and emergencies arising during exchanges between the people of the two sides.

May 1, 2018
Mainland Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas Maldonado of the Dominican Republic signed a joint communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in Beijing. He said that adhering to the one-China principle is a widely-acknowledged basic norm of international relations, a universal consensus in the international community, and a fundamental prerequisite as well as political foundation for China to establish and develop relations with any other countries.

May 7, 2018
During a press interview on Taiwan-related World Health Assembly (WHA) issues,  Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated that Taiwan's inability to take part in the WHA this year owes to the lack of political foundation for such participation due to the refusal of the Democratic Progressive Party authorities to recognize the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle.

May 12, 2018
People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force spokesperson Shen Jinke said that the PLA Air Force conducted a joint operation on May 11 in the Eastern and Southern Theater Commands. Bombers and reconnaissance aircraft made a two-way flight around Taiwan. Su-35 fighter jets flew over the Bashi Channel in formation with H-6K bombers for the first time, marking a new breakthrough in island encirclement patrols.

May 16, 2018
During a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated that the Democratic Progressive Party administration's refusal to recognize the 1992 Consensus, which embodies the one-China principle, undermines the common political foundation between the two sides. The Taiwan side obstructs and limits cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation through its laissez-faire connivance of "desinicization" and "incremental Taiwan independence" and bears responsibility for the current tension and opposition in cross-Strait relations. Regarding to the passage of the draft National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 by the US House Committee on Armed Services, the spokesperson said that the "Taiwan issue" concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. China firmly opposes  any form of official contact or military ties between the US and Taiwan and resolutely opposes US arm sales to Taiwan.

May 20, 2018
At a press conference in Geneva, Director Ma Xiaowei of mainland China's National Health Commission stated that mainland China has always closely attended to the health and well-being of Taiwanese compatriots. Nothing prevents experts from the Taiwan Area from participating in the technical activities of the World Health Organization in appropriate capacities. The refusal of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration to recognize the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle undermines the political foundation for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly. The DPP administration is entirely to blame for the lack of invitation for Taiwan to participate in the assembly this year.

May 22, 2018
At a regular press conference, Mainland Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang stated that China welcomes the refusal of this year's World Health Assembly (WHA) to incorporate into its supplementary agenda the so-called proposal of "inviting Taiwan to attend the WHA as an observer." In addition, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated that, as a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), the World Health Organization handles Taiwan-related issues in accordance with the "one China" principle established under UN General Assembly Resolution 2758 and WHA Resolution 25.1. China highly appreciates this.

May 24, 2018
Regarding the termination of diplomatic relations between Burkina Faso and Taiwan, Mainland Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang stated that Resolution 2758 adopted at the 26th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in October 1971 has made it clear that the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government that represents the whole China. The one-China principle recognized by this resolution has become the universal consensus of the international community. It is the prerequisite and political basis for countries around the globe to maintain and develop friendly and cooperative relations with China.

May 26, 2018
Mainland Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Alpha Barry of Burkina Faso signed the Joint Communiqué on Resumption of Diplomatic Relations Between the People's Republic of China and Burkina Faso in Beijing. Minister Wang said that under the communiqué, the government of Burkina Faso recognizes that there is but one China in the world, that the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing the whole China, and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. China highly appreciates this. Furthermore, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that the resumption of diplomatic relations between China and Burkina Faso was the right choice based on the interests of Burkina Faso and its people. This indeed proves again that adhering to the "one China" principle is a universal consensus of the international community.

May 30, 2018
During a press conference responded to a reporter's question regarding a statement by President Tsai Ing-wen following the termination of diplomatic relations between Burkina Faso and Taiwan that China's pressuring has challenged Taiwan’s bottom line and Taiwan will  tolerate no more, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that adhering to the one-China principle is a universal consensus among the international community. The Democratic Progressive Party administration can restore cross-Strait relations to the correct path of peaceful development by promptly recognizing the "1992 Consensus" and acknowledging that both sides belong to "one China."

May 31, 2018
During a regular press conference in regards to the US House of Representatives' passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 calling for strengthening Taiwan's military capability and urging the US to send senior military officials to visit Taiwan, spokesperson Ren Guoqiang of the Mainland's Ministry of National Defense stated that the Taiwan issue concerns China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The China-related content of the US Congress's National Defense Authorization Act is full of Cold War and zero-sum mentality, interferes with China's internal affairs, and harms China's core interests. The Chinese military is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to it. China urges the US side to fully recognize the serious harm of the negative China-related clauses in the Act, abide by the one-China policy and the principles of the three China-US joint communiqués, delete the relevant negative clauses in the Act, prudently and properly handle Taiwan-related issues, and take concrete actions to maintain the military relationship between China and the US and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

June 1, 2018
During a meeting with a delegation of Chinese Nationalist Party legislators in Beijing, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that the Mainland adheres to the "1992 consensus" embodying the "one China" principle and resolutely opposes any "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. Guided by the conviction that both sides are all of the same family, the Mainland will promote a shared mindset among compatriots on both sides, advance cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields, fully implement 31 measures to promote cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation, and expand the scope of benefits and gain felt by Taiwanese compatriots.

June 1, 2018
The Shanghai Municipal Taiwan Affairs Office announced enactment of the Implementation Measures for Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Shanghai and Taiwan. Of the 55 articles under the measures, 28 concern granting Taiwan-invested businesses the same treatment enjoyed by local companies in Shanghai, while 27 articles are related to granting national treatment to Taiwanese people studying, starting businesses, working, and living in Shanghai.

June 5, 2018
Regarding reports that the US military is considering sailing a warship through the Taiwan Strait, Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Hua Chunying during a regular press conference stated that the Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive core issue of the China-US relationship. The US should strictly adhere to the one-China principle and the three Joint Communiqués and prudently handle the Taiwan issue so as to avoid harming bilateral ties and cross-Strait peace and stability. Furthermore, regarding criticism of China by the Australian foreign minister for pressuring the airline Qantas to change how it refers to Taiwan on its website said that all companies operating in China should abide by the Chinese laws and regulations and respect and follow the one-China principle.

June 6, 2018
Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Wang Yang stated in a speech presented at the opening of the 10th Straits Forum that adhering to the "1992 consensus" embodying the "one China" principle is the key to ensuring the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations as well as the basis and condition for the Mainland's engagement with the authorities and political parties in Taiwan. So long as this is achieved, there will be no obstacles to any party or group in interactions with the Mainland. "Taiwan independence" separatist forces and their activities harm national sovereignty and territorial integrity and incite hostility and opposition between compatriots on both sides of the Strait. This is the biggest threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. It must be firmly opposed.

June 6, 2018
Mainland China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced the Circular of the General Office of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on the Organization and Implementation of the 2018 National Tour Guide Qualification Examinations. According to the circular, Taiwan compatriots will be allowed to register from any province, autonomous region, or special municipality in mainland China to take the national tour guide qualification examinations scheduled to be held from November to December in 2018.

June 6, 2018
Fujian Province announced opinions on implementation of the Measures to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation. The 66 articles under the measures include provisions to expand Fujian-Taiwan economic and trade cooperation, support Taiwanese compatriot internships, employment, and entrepreneurship in Fujian, deepen cultural exchanges between Fujian and Taiwan, and help Taiwan compatriots to live peacefully and work happily in Fujian.

June 12, 2018
In his opening remarks at the Seventh Yunnan-Taiwan Expo, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that Taiwan's future and improvement of the development prospects and well-being of Taiwanese compatriots depend on good cross-Strait relations. The key to promoting the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations is to adhere to the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle and maintaining the political foundation of cross-Strait relations. The current state of cross-Strait relations is complex and grim. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities have refused to recognize the "1992 Consensus." They have also indulged "desinicization" and "progressive Taiwan independence," obstructed and curtailed cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, and attempted to create hostility and opposition between compatriots on both sides. This not only threatens peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, but also seriously harms the vital interests and well-being of Taiwanese compatriots.

June 12, 2018
At a regular press conference regarding reports that US Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce attended the dedication ceremony for the new Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang said that the US, by sending officials to Taiwan under whatever pretext, severely violates the one-China principle and three China-US joint communiques, interferes in China's internal affairs and exerts negative impact on China-US relation. The Mainland urges the US to honor its commitments to the Chinese side on the Taiwan issue and correct its wrong actions to avoid undermining China-US ties and cross-Straits peace and stability.

June 13, 2018
At a regular press conference stated regarding reports that US Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce attended the dedication ceremony for the new Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan, Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang that the Mainland resolutely opposes any form of official exchanges and contact between the US and Taiwan. The US should conscientiously abide by the "one China" principle and provisions of the three China-US Joint Communiqués to prevent undermining China-US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The DPP authorities' dependence on foreign forces will only further harm cross-Strait relations. Moreover, regarding a US congressman's proposal that President Tsai Ing-wen speak to Congress during her US transit when visiting Paraguay in August, the spokesperson said that the Mainland resolutely opposes any actions in the international arena attempting to manufacture "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan" and "Taiwan independence."

June 19, 2018
Ningbo City announced implementation of "Measures to Deepen Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Ningbo and Taiwan." The 80 articles under the measures include provisions to support Taiwanese investment, promote trade, social, and cultural exchanges and cooperation with Taiwan, and facilitate the study, internships, employment, entrepreneurship, and life of Taiwanese compatriots in Ningbo.

June 22, 2018
Mainland China's Ministry of Commerce announced that an anti-dumping duty of between 3.8% and 4.2% would be imposed on imported styrene originating from Taiwan, effective from June 23, 2018.

June 27, 2018
At a regular press conference regarding to the hope expressed by President Tsai Ing-wen during an interview with Agence France-Presse that the international community would restrain mainland China, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that statements by of the leader of the Taiwan mislead the public and are not based on facts. Their purpose is to create hostility between compatriots on both sides of the Strait, with the intent to increase the cross-Strait confrontation through reliance on foreign forces. This plot will not succeed.

June 28, 2018
At a regular press conference responded to a question regarding the holding of Taiwan-US at-sea medical emergency exercises in August and suggestions of the US’s military jointing Taiwan’s military exercises under the new version of the National Defense Authorization Act approved by the US Senate, Mainland Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Wu Qian said that the Mainland resolutely opposes any country developing any form of official contact and military ties with Taiwan. This position is clear and explicit. Relying on foreign forces is a dead end and using Taiwan to counter China is doomed to fail. Regarding reports that a People's Liberation Army (PLA) destroyer and frigate sailed southward through the eastern waters of Taiwan and lingered in the southwestern waters of Taiwan, he said that Taiwan is a part of China. Safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity is a sacred mission of the PLA. The Mainland will organize and carry out relevant training and actions according to developments and changes in the Taiwan Strait.

July 3, 2018
During a meeting in Beijing with a Taiwan legislators exchange delegation led by Yao Eng-chi, Member of the Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Wang Yang stated that the Mainland's Taiwan policy is clear, consistent, and stable. The Mainland will not change its policy and ideas on promoting the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and boosting cross-Strait exchanges, cooperation, and a shared mindset. The Mainland will not waver in its firm will to deter "Taiwan independence" attempts and will not weaken the intensity of policies to do practical and good things for Taiwanese compatriots. Wang hoped to continuously deepen exchanges between CPPCC members and Taiwanese legislators, as well as to inspire more new forces to cement the foundation of public opinion for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

July 4, 2018
Tianjin City announced implementation of the Measures to Deepen Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Tianjin and Taiwan. The 52 articles of the measures include provisions on economic, social, and cultural exchanges and cooperation between Tianjin and Taiwan and Taiwanese compatriots interning, working, starting businesses, and living in Tianjin.

July 5, 2018
At the opening ceremony for the 11th Tianjin-Taiwan Trade Fair, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that the "one China" principle is the political foundation of cross-Strait relations. Adherence to the "1992 Consensus" that embodies the "one China" principle and opposition to "Taiwan independence" are the keys to ensuring the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. The situation in the Taiwan Strait is more complicated and grim. The Democratic Progressive Party administration refuses to recognize the "1992 Consensus," which embodies the "one-China" principle. Through its activities advancing "desinicization" and "incremental steps towards Taiwan independence," it deliberately obstructs exchanges and cooperation between compatriots on both sides and slides further down a dangerous road. These plots and actions seriously jeopardize cross-Strait relations and directly threaten peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. They cannot succeed.

July 5, 2018
At a regular press conference regarding the decision by Air India to change the reference of "Taiwan" into "Chinese Taipei" on its website, Mainland Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang stated that it is the basic requirement for any foreign enterprise operating in China to respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, abide by China's laws, and respect the national feelings of the Chinese people.

July 6, 2018
Kunshan, Jiangsu Province announced the Measures to Deepen Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Kunshan and Taiwan. The 68 articles of the measures include provisions on investment and economic cooperation, financial innovation cooperation, social and cultural exchanges and Taiwanese compatriots studying, interning, working, starting businesses, and living in Kunshan.

July 8, 2018
Jiangsu Province announced enactment of the Opinions on Implementation of the Measures to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation in Jiangsu Province. The 76 articles of the opinions include provisions on investment cooperation, technological innovation, employment and entrepreneurship, cultural exchange and living treatment.

July 8, 2018
In a speech presented at the opening ceremony for the first Cross-Straits Youth Development Forum, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that current cross-Strait situation is complex and grim. The Democratic Progressive Party authorities have strongly obstructed and limited cross-Strait exchanges and personnel contact by promoting "desinicization" and "progressive Taiwan independence," as well as by indulging the separatist activities of "Taiwan independence" forces. These plots and actions seriously jeopardize cross-Strait relations and seriously harm the fundamental interests of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, especially Taiwanese compatriots. Taiwan only has a future if cross-Strait relations are good. If cross-Strait relations improve and develop towards the achievement of reunification, Taiwan will have broad latitude to develop and Taiwan youth will have more and better opportunities and stages to grow.

July 9, 2018
Hubei Province announced implementation of the Opinions on Promoting Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation. The 62 articles include provisions to promote economic cooperation, encourage entrepreneurship and employment, strengthen cultural exchanges, and facilitate life.

July 9, 2018
At a regular press conference regarding the passage of two US destroyers through the Taiwan Strait, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying stated that the Taiwan issue bears on China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and is the most important and sensitive issue in China-US relations. The Mainland urges the US side to earnestly abide by the one-China principle and the stipulations in the three China-US joint communiqués and prudently and properly handle Taiwan-related issues, lest it should undermine China-US ties and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

July 13, 2018
During a meeting with a delegation of people from various sectors in Taiwan, led by former Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chan, Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping stated that the pursuit of a just cause and people's common aspirations is unstoppable. The Mainland has the confidence and ability to keep a firm hold on the correct direction, work for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and advance the process toward the peaceful reunification of China. He called on compatriots on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to work together to uphold the "1992 Consensus," which embodies the "one-China" principle, and to resolutely oppose and deter "Taiwan independence," expand and deepen cross-Strait exchange and cooperation in various fields, and improve the kinship among compatriots and their well-being.

July 13, 2018
At a symposium on "Sharing the Responsibility of the Chinese Nation, Working Together for National Revival"Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated that the situation in the Taiwan Strait is grim and complex. The Democratic Progressive Party authorities have refused to recognize the "1992 Consensus" embodying the "one China" principle, undermining the political foundation of cross-Strait relations. They have also obstructed and limited cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation by stubbornly promoting "desinicization"and "progressive Taiwan independence." They have pressured political parties, groups, and individuals acknowledging the "1992 Consensus," opposing "Taiwan independence," and supporting the reunification of China. They have also relied on foreign forces, stirred up trouble, and headed further down a dangerous road. The separatist activities of "Taiwan independence" forces, such as promoting a so-called "rectification of Taiwan's name at the Olympics," "drafting a new constitution," and holding a "referendum," harm the fundamental interests of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, especially the well-being of Taiwanese compatriots. This cannot succeed. Any external forces that play the "Taiwan card" are also bound to fail.

July 17, 2018
Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province announced implementation of the Opinions on Deepening Implementation of Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Hangzhou and Taiwan. The 60 articles of the opinions include provisions on granting Taiwanese compatriots investing, learning, starting businesses, working, and living in Hangzhou treatment equal to that enjoyed by Hangzhou residents.

July 18, 2018
At a regular press conference regarding the US visit by MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying stated that the Mainland firmly opposes official interactions between the US and Taiwan in any form and urges the US to abide by the one-China principle and the three joint communiques, prudently handle the Taiwan issue, and uphold the larger picture of the China-US relations with concrete actions.

July 19, 2018
Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying issued a statement at a regular press conference on comments by an official from the US Department of Defense during MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong's participation in a conference in Washington, D.C. She said that Taiwan is an important partner for the US's Indo-Pacific strategy. The Mainland urges the US to abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques and prudently handle the Taiwan issue.

July 23, 2018
Huai'an, Jiangsu Province promulgated the Implementation Measures for Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Huai'an and Taiwan. The 58 articles of the measures include provisions on economic and trade cooperation between Huai'an and Taiwan, business creation by Taiwanese compatriots, attraction of Taiwanese talent, social and cultural exchanges, and Taiwanese compatriots working, studying, interning, and living in Huai'an.

July 24, 2018
Shenzhen announced the Collected Policies on Implementation of the "31 Measures" in Shenzhen. The 99 policies were divided into 18 categories, including measures for equal treatment of Taiwanese compatriots studying, starting businesses, working, and living in Shenzhen.

July 24, 2018
At a regular press conference regarding mainland China's request that foreign airlines change the designation of Taiwan on their websites, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang stated that adhering to the one China principle is the political foundation of the steady development of China-US relations. It is also non-negotiable. The Mainland hopes that the US government will urge relevant businesses to abide by the one China principle and make corrections on their websites as soon as possible.

July 25, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan stated that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities caused Taichung City's loss of hosting rights for the 2019 East Asian Youth Games through their politically self-interested indulgence of the so-called referendum to change Taiwan's name at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, challenging the "Olympic model" and ignoring the interests of Taiwan's athletes, sports community, and people as well as mainland China's repeated reminders. The decision of the East Asian Olympic Committee (EAOC) to cancel the East Asian Youth Games in Taichung was made inevitable by the promotion of the so-called "referendum" by the DPP authorities and "Taiwan independence" forces. Regarding ROC Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu's interview with U.S.-based Cable News Network, the spokesperson said that the Taiwan issue is China's internal affair and that the Mainland will never allow and will resolutely oppose external interference. The reliance of the DPP authorities on foreign forces will only exacerbate the turmoil in the Taiwan Strait and bring Taiwan to a dangerous path.

July 26, 2018
Mainland Ministry of National Defense spokesman Ren Guoqiang issued a statement at a regular press conference on the suggestion under the draft bill of the US National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 that the US and Taiwan strengthen military partnerships. He said that China firmly opposes official contacts and military exchanges in any form between any country and Taiwan. Relying on other countries is a dead end and any attempt to use Taiwan to contain China is doomed to failure. The Mainland urges the US side to abide by the one-China principle and the three joint communiqués between China and US and prudently handle Taiwan-related issues to prevent harming the military-to-military relationship between China and the US and cross-Strait peace and stability.

July 26, 2018
Guangdong Province announced implementation of the Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchange and Cooperation between Guangdong and Taiwan. The 48 articles of the measures include provisions on granting Taiwanese compatriots investing, starting businesses, working, studying, and living in Guangzhou the same treatment enjoyed by Guangdong businesses and residents, as well as promoting economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation between Guangdong and Taiwan.

July 31, 2018
At a regular press conference regarding plans by President Tsai Ing-wen to transit in the US en route to Paraguay and Belize, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang stated that the Mainland has consistently opposed the arrangement of such kind of "stopover" in the US and other countries that have established diplomatic ties with China. The Mainland urges the US side to abide by the one-China policy and the principles stipulated by the three China-US joint communiqués, to not allow the Taiwanese leader to "transit," and refrain from sending any wrong signal to the "Taiwan independence" forces and to uphold the overall picture of China-US ties and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait with concrete actions.

August 2, 2018
During a regular press conference on the passage of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act by the US Senate, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang said that the Taiwan issue concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is the most important and sensitive issue at the core of China-US relations. China firmly opposes any official exchange and military contact between Taiwan and any country. It demands that the US abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués to properly handle Taiwan-related issues.

August 2, 2018
Zhuang Autonomous Region in Guangxi Province promulgated and implemented the Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Guangxi and Taiwan. The 80 articles of the measures include provisions to promote investment and economic cooperation, promote study, entrepreneurship, and employment, improve life conveniences, deepen social and cultural exchanges and cooperation, and promote the development of cooperation zones.

August 3, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated in regards to the passage of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act by the US Senate that the Taiwan issue concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. China firmly opposes any official exchange and military contact between the US and Taiwan. The Democratic Progressive Party authorities' attempt to rely on foreign forces will only heighten tension and unrest in the Taiwan Strait and make cross-Strait relations more complex and grim.

August 3, 2018
The State Council announced that work authorization requirements for residents of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao who are working in the Mainland will be eliminated.

August 5, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi stated during a ceremony to inaugurate water service from Fujian to Kinmen that some people in Taiwan have, for shady political purposes, gone so far as to create unwarranted obstacles and troubles for the ability of the people to promptly resolve their water problems. They disregard the overwhelming public opinion in Taiwan and deviate from the interests of the people of Taiwan. They will inevitably reap what they have sown.

August 8, 2018
Mainland China announced the Implementation of the Measures to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation in Jiangsu Province. The 60 articles of the measures include provisions on providing equal treatment to Taiwan-funded enterprises and Taiwan compatriots.

August 8, 2018
The Mainland city of Nanjing announced the Measures on Deepening Convenience Services for Taiwan Compatriots Studying, Working, Traveling, and Living in Nanjing. The 75 articles of the measures include provisions for services to Taiwan compatriots, their children, and Taiwanese youth studying, working, traveling, and living in Nanjing.

August 12, 2018
Mainland China announced the Opinions on the Implementation of the Measures to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation in Fuzhou. The 68 articles of the measures include provisions on expanding Fuzhou-Taiwan economic and trade cooperation, supporting internship, employment, and entrepreneurship by Taiwan compatriots in Fuzhou, deepening cultural exchanges between Fuzhou and Taiwan, and providing conveniences for Taiwan compatriots living and working in Fuzhou.

August 14, 2018
Mainland Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang stated in regards to the signing of the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act by US President Donald Trump that the Mainland urges the US to discard the Cold War mentality and zero-sum game mindset, view China and China-US relations in an objective way, abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques and refrain from implementing the relevant negative China-related provisions, lest it should undermine the China-US relations and bilateral cooperation in key areas. Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang indicated that the Mainland resolutely opposes any form of official contact or military ties between the US and Taiwan and resolutely opposes US arms sales to Taiwan. The Mainland urges the US to not implement such provisions. It also warns the Democratic Progressive Party authorities that by relying on foreign forces they will only harm the interests of the Taiwanese people.

August 14, 2018
The Mainland city of Weifang, Shandong Province promulgated and implemented the Measures to further Deepen Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Weifang and Taiwan. The 80 articles of the measures include provisions on economic exchanges and cooperation, culture exchanges and cooperation, and Taiwan compatriots studying, interning, working, starting businesses, and living in Weifang.

August 15, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang remarked on the high school history curriculum passed by Taiwan's Ministry of Education and inclusion of Chinese history as a part of East Asian history. He said that both sides belong to "one China." No "de-sinicization" moves can separate the connections of history and culture across the Strait. "Taiwan independence" separatist activities forget the origins of Taiwan and will be more strongly restrained and combated by by compatriots on both sides

August 15, 2018
Shandong Province announced the Measures on Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Shandong and Taiwan. The 56 articles of the measures include provisions promoting economic cooperation and cultural and educational exchange between Shandong and Taiwan and assisting Taiwan compatriots studying, starting businesses, working, and living in Shandong.

August 16, 2018
During a press conference held by the State Council Information Office on measures to facilitate residence documentation for residents of Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, Taiwan Affairs Office Deputy Director Long Mingbiao stated that the biggest difference between the residence permit for Taiwan residents and the Taiwan Compatriot Travel Certificate is that the residence permit is an identification document for Taiwan compatriots studying, working, and living in the Mainland. It cannot be used to enter or exit the Mainland. The Taiwan Compatriot Travel Certificate, by comparison, is the only document that Taiwan residents can use to enter and exit the Mainland. The residence permits adopt the same technical standards as those used in the resident identity cards. This ensures that they are compatible with all ID-reading terminals and equipment in social and public service systems and provide the same daily use experience as IDs. The new permits have numerous features that cannot be implemented with the Taiwan Compatriot Travel Certificate.

August 19, 2018
The State Council General Office issued a notification on the Measures on the Application and Issuance of Residence Permits for Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan Residents. The measures have 21 articles and will become effective on September 1.

August 20, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding President Tsai Ing-wen's visit to the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Mainland Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang stated in that the Mainland urges the US to strictly abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques. The Taiwan separatist forces should not be aided nor be given any space or conveniences on the international stage. The Mainland firmly opposes any country, including the US, that has diplomatic ties with China engaging in any official interaction with Taiwan.

August 21, 2018
Mainland China's Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and El Salvador's Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda held talks in Beijing and signed a joint communique establishing diplomatic relations between the People's Republic of China and Republic of El Salvador. Wang Yi said that adhering to the one-China principle is a universally recognized international norm and the consensus of the international community, as well as the fundamental foundation for China to establish and develop relations with any country. El Salvador made a political decision to recognize and commit to abiding by the "one-China principle" and to establish diplomatic ties with China without any preconditions recognition. This again proves that adhering to the "one China" principle corresponds with international justice and is the right choice consistent with the times. It is also a shared aspiration of the people and a general trend.

August 21, 2018
The Mainland city of Chongqing promulgated and implemented the Measures on Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Chongqing and Taiwan. The 58 articles of the measures include provisions on economic exchanges and cooperation, social and cultural exchanges and cooperation, and Taiwan compatriots studying, interning, working, starting businesses, and living in Chongqing.

August 22, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding a US State Department statement that the US is deeply disappointed by El Salvador's decision to break its diplomatic ties with Taiwan, Mainland Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said that the US established its diplomatic ties with China almost 40 years ago. But now it is threatening another sovereign country not to recognize the one-China principle and develop normal relations with China while allowing Tsai Ing-wen to stop over and attend activities in the US. These actions by the US are entirely unreasonable. China urges the US to strictly abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques, view the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and El Salvador in an objective way, cautiously and properly handle Taiwan-related issues, and make sure that no wrong signal is sent out to the Taiwan independence forces so as to avoid damaging China-US cooperation and cross-Strait peace and stability.

August 23, 2018
During a speech presented at the opening ceremony for the 21st Beijing-Taiwan Science and Technology Forum, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi said that improving cross-Strait relations is the starting point and foothold for "one family across the Strait," a "cross-Strait common destiny," and other important principles. Obstructing and undermining cross-Strait exchanges, attempting to sever the historical and cultural links between the two sides, engaging in "de-sinicization" and "Taiwan independence" separatist activities, and persecuting and pressuring forces of justice opposing "Taiwan independence" and supporting unification harm the fundamental interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait and hurt the vital interests of Taiwan compatriots. Such actions are bound to fail.

August 23, 2018
The Mainland Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security promulgated the Decision on Abolishing the "Provisions on the Administration of the Employment of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Residents in the Mainland." It also issued a notice on matters related to employment of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao residents in the Mainland.

August 24, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding a statement released by the White House on El Salvador's decision to establish diplomatic relations with Beijing, Mainland Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang stated that El Salvador established diplomatic ties with China on the basis of the one-China principle. It is justified and aboveboard. China urges the US to view the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and El Salvador in an objective way, respect other countries' independent right to determine their domestic and foreign affairs, and stop hegemonic behavior.

August 27, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding claims by a Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker that the El Salvador and mainland China established diplomatic relations because the Mainland accepted El Salvador's financial aid demands, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying said that the "one-China" principle is by no means a bargaining chip and will never become one. The relevant person who claimed the so-called "checkbook diplomacy" is fabricating something out of thin air and deceiving himself.

August 30, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding United Airlines' website showing that Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong can be selected as locations according to the currency, mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying said that there is only "one China" in the world and Taiwan is part of China. This is the objective fact, common sense and international consensus. It also lays out a basic principle for foreign companies operating in China to follow. However flexible they may try to get, there is simply no way to sidestep the "one-China" principle.

August 30, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding suggestions by former U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Dennis Blair that Japan and Taiwan patrol the coastal areas of the Chinese Mainland or launch simulated attacks on the aircraft carrier Liaoning circling Taiwan, mainland China's Ministry of National Defense spokesman Wu Qian said that provoking a cross-Strait military confrontation and destroying the China-Japan relationship is irresponsible and dangerous. Taiwan is part of China. Any attempt to resist reunification through force and violence is overrated and will lead nowhere.

September 1, 2018
In response to reports that Taiwan residents applying for Mainland residence permits may need to pay tax on global personal income, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that applying for a residence permit will not change the tax status or tax liabilities of Taiwan compatriots in the Mainland, nor will residence permit holders in the Mainland bear tax liabilities on income earned abroad.

September 1, 2018
The Mainland's Ministry of Transport issued an "Announcement by the China Maritime Safety Administration on Registration of Taiwan Compatriots for Mainland Seafarer Examinations." From September 1, 2018, Taiwan compatriots with valid residence permits for Taiwan residents in the Mainland or Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents can apply to take seafarer examinations at the Mainland maritime management agency in charge of the relevant exam.

September 3, 2018
Sichuan Province announced implementation of the Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Sichuan and Taiwan. The 70 measures include provisions to expand economic and trade cooperation, provide policy support, and strengthen cultural exchanges.

September 4, 2018
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping presided the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) at the Great Hall of the People. The forum approved the Beijing Declaration—Toward an Even Stronger China-Africa Community with a Shared Future. African FOCAC members pledged to continue to firmly observe the "one China" principle and support the grand undertaking of China's unification.

September 5, 2018
Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province announced the "Opinions on Encouraging and Supporting Young Talent in Taiwan to Work and Start Businesses in Xuzhou." The opinions covered measures to encourage and support the employment and entrepreneurship of young talent from Taiwan.

September 5, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding Nauru's interference with the Chinese delegation attending the 30th Pacific Islands Forum, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying said that the one-China principle is part of the well-recognized norms governing international relations and a consensus shared by the international community. Any attempt to create "two Chinas" or "one China or one Taiwan" will be rejected and is doomed to fail. The Mainland advised Nauru to have a clear grasp of the overarching trend, correct its mistakes, and stop working against the trend of the times.

September 10, 2018
Jiashan County, Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province promulgated and implemented "Opinions on Strengthening Exchanges and Cooperation and Promoting Integrated Development between Jiashan and Taiwan." The 50 opinions covered economic and trade investment, entrepreneurship, innovation, work, and daily life.

September 10, 2018
Zhuhai, Guangdong Province announced "Measures on Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Zhuhai and Taiwan." The 52 measures covered deepening economic and trade cooperation, promoting social and cultural exchanges, supporting the study, internship, employment, and entrepreneurship of Taiwan compatriots, and providing life conveniences for Taiwan compatriots.

September 10, 2018
During a regular press conference on the US State Department's decision to recall diplomats from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang reminded the relevant country to not forget the fact that it established diplomatic ties with the People's Republic of China decades ago on the basis of acknowledging the one-China principle. It should adopt a correct view of other countries' establishment of diplomatic ties with China, cautiously and properly handle Taiwan-related issues, and refrain from further saying or doing anything irresponsible for the sake of its own image and cross-Strait peace and stability.

September 12, 2018
During a regular press conference on measures taken by the US to support Taiwan and help Taiwan secure diplomatic relations, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that the US remarks and approach peremptorily interfere in the internal affairs of other countries and seriously violate pledges on the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques. The Democratic Progressive Party authorities will ultimately pay the price for relying on foreign powers. Regarding the push by Taiwan independence camp Formosa Alliance for approval of a referendum changing the name of the Republic of China to Taiwan, he said that not a single inch of territory can be separated from the motherland of China. The Mainland will never tolerate trouble from "Taiwan independence" forces. All plots for "Taiwan independence" are bound to fail.

September 12, 2018
In a speech presented at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Zhejiang-Taiwan Cooperation Week, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi said that the Mainland is guided by the conviction that both sides of the Strait are all part of the same family. The Mainland will adopt a people-centered development mindset and continue to introduce and promote the "31 measures" on cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation. Residence permits for Taiwan residents, support for the transformation and upgrading of Taiwan-funded enterprises, and other measures have been effective and are welcomed by the great number of Taiwan compatriots and enterprises. The Mainland provides support for overseas Taiwan compatriots who have suffered from natural disaster and war. The motherland provides strong backing for Taiwan compatriots.

September 12, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Director Liu Jieyi presented a plaque for 23 newly established cross-Strait youth employment and entrepreneurship bases and demonstration sites in Ningbo. The TAO has established 76 such bases and demonstration sites in Beijing and 19 other Mainland provinces and cities.

September 12, 2018
Jiangsu Province promulgated and implemented the "Opinions on Deepening Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Jiangsu and Taiwan." The 76 opinions cover support for synergy among Taiwan-funded enterprises to increase quality, expanding talent exchange and cooperation, deepening social and cultural integration, and progressively providing Taiwan compatriots with equal treatment in learning, employment, entrepreneurship, and life.

September 12, 2018
Yancheng, Jiangsu Province announced the "Measures on Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Yancheng and Taiwan." The 50 measures include providing Taiwan compatriots with the same treatment enjoyed by Mainland compatriots in investment, employment, entrepreneurship, and daily life and deepening economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation.

September 13, 2018
Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province announced the "Regulations on Implementation of the Measures to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation in Jiaxing." The 48 provisions cover advancing development of high quality Taiwan capital hubs and encouraging and supporting business creation and innovation by Taiwan compatriots, with a focus on creating an environment in which Taiwan compatriots can live in peace and work happily.

September 13, 2018
During a regular press conference on reports that officials in Taiwan have said that China and the Vatican are close to making a deal on diplomatic recognition, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang said that China and the Vatican have maintained effective contact all along. China is always sincere about improving its ties with the Vatican and has been making unremitting efforts to that end. The Mainland stands ready to work with the Vatican to ensure that our bilateral constructive dialogues and the improvement of bilateral ties could continue to achieve new progress.

September 15, 2018
Shaanxi Province announced the "Opinions on the Implementation of Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Shaanxi and Taiwan." The 60 opinions include views on promoting economic cooperation and cultural exchange, encouraging entrepreneurship and employment, and providing conveniences for Taiwan compatriots studying and living in Shaanxi.

September 16, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that Taiwan spy agencies have been targeting the Mainland for some time. They have deliberately stepped up espionage, infiltration, and sabotage activities against the Mainland. The Mainland demands that Taiwan immediately stop such activities and avoid further harm to increasingly complex and serious cross-Strait relations.

September 20, 2018
In a speech presented at the "2018 Cross-Strait Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Seminar" in Kunshan, Jiangsu, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi said that "Taiwan independence" forces and the Democratic Progressive Party authorities have tried to intimidate Taiwan compatriots who voluntarily apply for residence permits. This harms the shared interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait and the immediate interests of the vast number of Taiwan compatriots. Such behavior is unpopular and destined to fail.

September 21, 2018
During a joint press conference in Dominican Republic with Dominican Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas, Mainland State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the political forces now in power in the Taiwan area have not stopped advocating for Taiwan independence. The actions of the Democratic Progressive Party undermine the status quo of acknowledging that both sides belonging to one country and that ties between Taiwan and China are not "state-to-state relations." This not only hinders the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, but also undermines peace and stability in the region.

September 22, 2018
Mainland Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Chao and Vatican delegation leader Under-Secretary for Relations with States Antoine Camilleri held talks in Beijing and signed a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops. China and the Vatican will remain in contact and promote relations between the two sides to improve progress on continued forward development.

September 25, 2018
During a regular press conference on US plans to sell military equipment to Taiwan, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang said that the US arms sales to Taiwan severely violates the international law, the basic norms governing international relations, the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués and undermines China's sovereignty and security interests. The Chinese side urges the US side to earnestly abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués, immediately cancel the above-mentioned plan on arms sales to Taiwan, and stop its military links with Taiwan lest it should cause more harm to China-US ties and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

September 25, 2018
Mainland Ministry of National Defense spokesman Ren Guoqiang stated in regards to the announced US arms sales to Taiwan that Taiwan is part of China. The "one China" principle is the political foundation of China-US relations. The Mainland firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan. The US action severely violates the one-China principle and the three joint communiqués between China and the US. It also interferes with China's internal affairs, harms China's sovereignty and security interests, and seriously damages military relations between China and the US and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The Mainland strongly demands that the US immediately cancel the related arms sales to Taiwan and stop arms sales to Taiwan and US-Taiwan military relations to avoid further damaging China-US military relations and cross-Strait peace and stability.

September 26, 2018
During a regular press conference on President Tsai Ing-wen's claim that the Mainland sowed social discord in Taiwan by fabricating "fake information" during Taiwan's local elections, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that the Democratic Progressive Party authorities, to disguise their ineffective administration and divert people’s criticism, have manipulated hostility and opposition to the Mainland, which has undermined cross-Strait relations. These statements and practices are the real "fake news" fabricated and spread. Regarding the MAC's claim that allegations of using money to lure Mainland students to collect intelligence is "pure imagination," he said that Taiwan spy agency has used despicable means to latch onto naive young Mainland students studying in Taiwan. This has seriously harmed the rights and interests of Mainland students, as well as gravely damaged cross-Strait educational exchanges. The Mainland demanded that the relevant parties in Taiwan immediately stop all infiltration and sabotage activities that endanger national security and effectively protect the safety of Mainland students. Regarding former American Institute in Taiwan Director William A. Stanton's statement that the US will intervene if the Mainland militarily attacks Taiwan without provocation from Taiwan, the spokesperson said that the Taiwan question is China's internal affair. The Mainland firmly opposes interference by any external power. Taiwan's future should be jointly decided by the more than 1.3 billion people of China, including Taiwan compatriots. The Mainland is steadfast in its determination to protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity. It will never allow "Taiwan independence" separatist forces to divide Taiwan from China in any form or under any name.

September 27, 2018
Regarding the announcement of amendments to the "Regulations Governing Permission of Entry to Taiwan by People of the Mainland" by Taiwan's National Immigration Agency, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said that the Democratic Progressive Party authorities are trying to reverse history for the party's personal benefit and ulterior political objectives. They have constantly set roadblocks to cross-Strait personnel contacts and exchange, further undermining the fruits of the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. This has harmed the interests of compatriots on both sides, especially in Taiwan, and deviates from popular feelings and opinion. The DPP authorities will only further lose public support by going against the tide.

September 28, 2018
During a National Day reception jointly held by the Chinese People’s Political Consulative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee General Office, United Front Work Department of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee, and State Council Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, and Taiwan Affairs Office, Member of the Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the CPPCC Wang Yang stated that promoting the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and advancing the process toward the peaceful reunification of China are the people's common aspirations. The two sides must unswervingly adhere to the "1992 Consensus" and oppose "Taiwan independence." Guided by the conviction that both sides are part of the same family, the Mainland will implement measures to promote cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation so that Taiwanese enterprises and compatriots can progressively enjoy treatment on par with Mainland enterprises and compatriots.

September 29, 2018
Guizhou Province announced the "Opinions on Implementing Promotion of Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Guizhou and Taiwan," The 64 opinions cover providing Taiwan compatriots with better conditions for investment, entrepreneurship, employment, learning, and daily life and greater conveniences for housing, house buying, applying for bank cards, and other areas.

September 30, 2018
In a speech presented at a National Day reception at the Great Hall of the People, Mainland Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stated that the Mainland will continue to implement major Taiwan work policies, adhere to the "one China" principle, uphold the "1992 Consensus," firmly safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and not tolerate any "Taiwan independence" separatist schemes and actions. The expansion of cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation will provide the vast number of Taiwan compatriots and enterprise access to a wider market and broader development opportunities.

October 5, 2018
In response to comments by US Vice President Mike Pence that mainland China's persuasion of three Latin American countries to sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan threatens the stability of Taiwan, Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that the US was confusing right and wrong and speaking irrationally. Failure to recognize the "1992 Consensus" and engage in "Taiwan Independence" activities is the biggest threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

October 5, 2018
In response to Taiwan-related comments made by US Vice President Mike Pence, mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying said that there is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inseparable part of China. The US has no right at all to pick on relevant countries who chose to develop relations with China on the basis of the one-China principle. "Taiwan independence" forces and their separatist activities pose the gravest threat to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

October 8, 2018
During a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Beijing, PRC Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged the US side to abide by the one-China principle and the regulations of the three China-US Joint Communiqués, stop official and military contact with Taiwan, revoke arms sales to Taiwan, stop unreasonable intervention in countries that have established or are hoping to establish diplomatic relations with China, effectively restrain and restrict the development of the "Taiwan independence" forces, and take practical actions to maintain China-US relations as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

October 12, 2018
The Mainland city of Suzhou in Jiangsu Province announced the Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Suzhou and Taiwan. The 55 articles include provisions to support transformation, upgrading, and innovative development of Taiwan-funded enterprises as well as refine and clarify measures on Taiwan compatriots.

October 15, 2018
Liaoning Province announced the Opinions on Implementing Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Liaoning Province and Taiwan. The 52 articles include provisions to deepen economic and trade cooperation between Liaoning and Taiwan, support Taiwan compatriots doing internship, working, and starting businesses in Liaoning, expand cultural exchanges and enhance convenience for Taiwan compatriots living in Liaoning.

October 15, 2018
Anhui Province announced the Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Anhui and Taiwan. The 55 articles include provisions to expand economic cooperation between Anhui and Taiwan, support Taiwan compatriots doing internship, working, and starting businesses in Anhui, deepen cultural exchanges, and provide convenience for Taiwan compatriots studying and living in Anhui.

October 16, 2018
Hunan Province announced the Opinions on Implementing Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Hunan and Taiwan. The 59 articles include provisions on deepening economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation between Hunan and Taiwan and provide Taiwan compatriots equal studying, starting businesses, working, and living treatments as Hunan residents.

October 17, 2018
During a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that Taiwan's Central Election Commission allowed the public to hold a referendum for Taiwan athletes to compete under the name Taiwan in the next Olympics  a move to rectify the name of Taiwan, is a self-deceiving farce. Regarding the New Power Party's proposed draft amendments to make the Referendum Act applicable to the establishment of new constitution, Ma said that the Mainland resolutely opposes all so-called "amendments to the Referendum Act" and all forms of engagement in "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. The Mainland and Taiwan both belong to "one China," of which Taiwan is an inseparable part. Taiwan has never been a country and will never become a country in the future. "Taiwan independence" is a dead end that will only bring the people of Taiwan into a disastrous abyss.

October 18, 2018
The Mainland city of Changzhou in Jiangsu Province announced the Opinions on Implementing Measures to Promote Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Changzhou and Taiwan. The 36 articles include provisions to promote the transformation and upgrading of Taiwanese enterprises, continue to promote integrated development between Changzhou and Taiwan, encourage Taiwan compatriots to start businesses and work in Changzhou, provide conveniences to Taiwan compatriots living and studying in Changzhou, and deepen cultural and tourism exchanges and cooperation between the two sides.

October 19, 2018
The Mainland city of Longyan in Fujian Province announced the Opinions on Implementing Measures to Promote Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Longyan and Taiwan. The 46 articles include provisions to expand economic and trade cooperation between Longyan and Taiwan, support Taiwan compatriots doing internship, working, and starting businesses in Longyan, deepen cultural exchanges, and provide conveniences for Taiwan compatriots to live in peace and work happily in Longyan.

October 22, 2018
The Taiwan Affairs Office and the ARATS expressed condolences and sympathy for victims of the Taiwan Puyuma Express derailment accident on October 21.

October 23, 2018
In a speech at a seminar on trade protectionism and cross-Strait technology industry cooperation at Tsinghua University, ARATS Vice President Sun Yafu said that, since last year, the US has clearly intensified provocation and supported Taiwan's DPP authorities in their confrontation with the Mainland. This has reached the most serious level since China and the US established diplomatic relations in 1979. Among the matters that have grown more serious than in the past are support for mutual navy vessels visits between the US and Taiwan, increase exchange visits by US and Taiwan officials at all levels, the normalization and facilitation of arms sales to Taiwan, and intervention in the establishment or resumption of diplomatic relations between foreign countries and China. Once US conducts mutual naval vessel visits with Taiwan and facilitates senior officials visits would violate US pledges to China when diplomatic relations were established between the two sides, as well as undermine the political foundation for China-US diplomatic relations and bring rough waves to the Taiwan Strait.

October 23, 2018
During a regular press conference on the passage of US navy warships through the Taiwan Strait on October 22, Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying said that the Chinese side has been closely monitoring from start to end the passage by the US warships through the Taiwan Strait and has expressed concern to the US side. The Mainland urges the US to observe the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-US joint communiqués and prudently and properly handle Taiwan-related issues so as to avoid undermining China-US relations and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

October 23, 2018
Beijing announced the Measures on Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Beijing and Taiwan. The 55 articles include provisions to provide equal treatments to Taiwanese companies investing and engaging in economic cooperation with Beijing, encourage education and cultural exchanges and cooperation, and progressively provide equal treatments to Taiwan compatriots studying, starting businesses, working, and living in Beijing.

October 23, 2018
The Mainland city of Zhangzhou in Fujian Province announced the Opinions on Implementing Measures to Promote Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Zhangzhou and Taiwan. The 58 articles include provisions to deepen economic and trade cooperation between Zhangzhou and Taiwan, expand social and cultural exchanges and cooperation between Zhangzhou and Taiwan, support Taiwan compatriots studying, doing internship, working, and starting businesses in Zhangzhou, and provide conveniences to Taiwan compatriots living in Zhangzhou.

October 24, 2018
During the welcome banquet for the 8th Beijing Xiangshan Forum, Li Zhanshu, Politburo Standing Committee member of CPC Central Committee and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, stressed that there is only "one China" in the world and that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China. Some countries have taken wrong actions on the Taiwan issue that not only undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, but also threaten regional peace and stability. The Mainland thus firmly opposed this. PRC will continue to adhere to the principles of "peaceful reunification" and "one country, two systems" and seek peaceful reunification with utmost sincerity and effort. At the same time, the Mainland will staunchly defend China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and thwart attempts for "Taiwan independence" in any form.

October 24, 2018
The Mainland city of Qingdao in Shandong Province announced the Measures on Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Qingdao and Taiwan. The 64 articles include provisions to promote economic, cultural and education exchanges and cooperation between Qingdao and Taiwan, and provide Taiwan compatriots equal treatments in study, entrepreneurship, employment, and living.

October 25, 2018
During an annual conference celebrating the 30th anniversary of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification, Wang Yang,  Politburo Standing Committee member and Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said that the Mainland must firmly seize the right path of opposing "independence" and promoting unification, implement the concept of opposing "independence" and promoting unification, always be vigilant to the development of separatist forces in all forms, expose and refute separatist schemes, and publicize the Chinese Communist Party's Taiwan, Tibet, and Xinjiang policy. The Mainland must use new online media to carry out "keyboard-to-keyboard" work and to effectively oppose "independence" and promote unification with patience, care, sincerity and confidence.

October 29, 2018
Mainland China's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security issued a notice seeking public comment on "Interim Measures for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Residents to join the Social Insurance Scheme in the Mainland (Draft for Comment)." The measures would applicable to employed, unemployed and university-enrolled Taiwan compatriots in the Mainland. This would resolve the problem of "double insurance" faced by Taiwan compatriots, which stipulate that Taiwan compatriots, who are already covered by related social insurance in Taiwan and retain such social insurance relationship, be exempted from participating in Mainland’s pension insurance and unemployment insurance systems when able to present proof of such coverage issued by related authorities.

October 30, 2018
Henan Province announced the Opinions on Implementing Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Henan and Taiwan. The 60 articles include provisions to provide equal treatments to Taiwan compatriots investing, starting businesses, working, studying, and living in Henan.

October 31, 2018
During a regular press conference on the passage of two US warships through the Taiwan Strait on October 22, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that Taiwan issue is related to China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Mainland firmly opposes all forms of official contacts and military ties between the US and the Taiwan area. Relying on and colluding with foreign forces undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and is bound to have repercussions.

November 6, 2018
During a meeting with a delegation of directors and supervisors from Taiwan's Chinese National Federation of Industries, Member of the Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Wang Yang stated that the features of complementary economic advantages across the Taiwan Strait have not changed. He also stressed that Chinese people on both sides of the Strait must keep abreast of historical trends, share the responsibility of the Chinese nation, staunchly safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity, firmly oppose and deter "Taiwan independence" separatist schemes and actions, and take concrete action to promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

November 7, 2018
During a meeting with the White House and US National Security Advisor John Bolton, Member of the Political Bureau and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CCP Central Committee Yang Jiechi stated that the Taiwan question is the most important and sensitive core issue in Sino-US relations. He expressed hope that the US will abide by the "one China" principle and provisions in the three China-US joint communiques and properly handle Taiwan-related issues.

November 7, 2018
Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province announced the "Opinions on Implementing Measures to Deepen Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Wuxi and Taiwan." The 66 articles include measures to promote the high-quality development of Taiwan-invested businesses, deepen talent exchange and cooperation, promote social and cultural integration and development and improve the learning, employment, business creation, and living environments for Taiwan compatriots.

November 8, 2018
At a regular press conference, Mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying stated that China's support and assistance for El Salvador has nothing to do with the so-called "dollar diplomacy" as Taiwan alleged.

November 9, 2018
During the Second Round of the China-US Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, Mainland Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe stated in regard to the Taiwan question that the Chinese military firmly opposes any acts to separate China and will safeguard China's national sovereignty, security, and territory at all costs.

November 14, 2018
During a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang responded to a US statement of opposition to any unilateral actions resorting to force or coercion to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, following comments by mainland Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe on the Taiwan issue during the Second Round of the China-US Diplomatic and Security Dialogue. He stated that the Taiwan issue concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and involves China's core interests. The Mainland will never waver in its determination and will to protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity. It will never allow any person, any organization, or any political party to divide any part of Chinese territory from China at any time or in any form.

November 14, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding US Vice President Mike Pence's planned meeting with Taiwan's APEC representative at the APEC informal leaders' meeting, mainland China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying stated that adhering to the one-China principle and observing the stipulations in the APEC memorandum of understanding is the basis and prerequisite for Taiwan's participation in APEC. Any party should abide by the one-China principle instead of playing tricks. The Mainland urges the US side to abide by the one-China principle and refrain from having any form of official exchanges with Taiwan.

November 19, 2018
The Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in mainland China announced the "Opinions on Implementation of the Measures to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation." The 48 articles include measures for equal treatment of Taiwnese compatriots investing, studying, starting businesses, working, and living in Inner Mongolia, and to deepen economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation between the two sides.

November 20, 2018
At a ceremony to commemorate the 40th anniversary of issuing "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan" in Hong Kong, Deputy Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office Chen Yuanfeng stated that adhering to the "one China" principle and resolutely opposing "Taiwan independence" are important prerequisites for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. Reform, opening-up, and modernization in the Mainland are a solid guarantee for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. The shared blood, history, and culture between the two sides have always been an inexhaustible driving force for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. National rejuvenation and reunification is the common aspiration of all sons and daughters of the Chinese nation.

November 22, 2018
Dongguan City announced the "Measures to Further Deepen Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchanges between Dongguan and Taiwan." The 77 articles include measures to deepen economic and trade cooperation between Dongguan and Taiwan, promote the multiplication of Taiwan-invested businesses in Dongguan, promote social and cultural exchanges and cooperation between Dongguan and Taiwan, support Taiwanese compatriot internships, employment, and entrepreneurship in Dongguan, and provide conveniences for Taiwanese people living in Dongguan.

November 22, 2018
Yangzhou City announced the "Measures to Deepen Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Yangzhou and Taiwan." The 68 articles include measures to promote the development of Taiwan-invested businesses, strengthen talent exchange and cooperation, promote social and cultural exchanges and cooperation, and provide good conditions for Taiwan compatriots studying, interning, working, starting businesses, and living in Yangzhou.

November 23, 2018
Wuhan, Hubei Province announced the "Implementation Measures for Promoting Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Wuhan and Taiwan." The 45 articles include measures to deepen economic cooperation between Wuhan and Taiwan, support the transformation and upgrading of Taiwan-invested businesses, advance projects to bring Taiwanese know-how and youth to Wuhan, forge close cultural cooperation between Wuhan and Taiwan, and grant Taiwanese compatriots in Wuhan the same treatment as city residents.

November 23, 2018
In a speech presented at the Second National Rule of Law and Petition Progress Award ceremony, Taiwan Affairs Office Deputy Director Long Mingbiao proposed that the Mainland consolidate and deepen the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations through the rule of law, improve laws and regulations related to Taiwan, regulate and guarantee relations between the people on the two sides, and advance cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation according to the law. He also said that the Mainland should work to accelerate the pace of legislation on work related to Taiwan-related petitions, actively establish a range of resolution mechanisms for petitions involving Taiwan, and transform work mechanisms for petitions involving Taiwan from a "service" mode to "rule of law" mode.

November 25, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that defeat of the so-called "referendum on the rectification of Taiwan's name at the Olympics" shows the unpopularity of taking advantage of the interests of Taiwanese athletes and that engaging in "Taiwan Independence" is doomed to fail. He also stated that the results of the "nine-in-one" local elections in Taiwan reflect the hope of the majority in Taiwan to continue sharing the "dividends" of the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and strongly desire to improve the economy and people's livelihoods. The Mainland will continue to adhere to the "1992 consensus" and resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence" separatist forces and their activities. Based on a correct understanding of the nature of cross-Strait relations and the nature of cross-Strait urban exchanges, the Mainland welcomes more counties and cities in Taiwan to participate in cross-Strait city exchanges and cooperation.

November 28, 2018
During a regular press conference on the resignation of President Tsai Ing-wen as chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after the "nine-in-one" election, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said that the DPP and its authorities must give up their "Taiwan independence" position and acknowledge the "1992 Consensus" to find a way out for cross-Strait relations. Regarding the twin-city forum, he said that, based on a correct understanding of the nature of cross-Strait relations and cross-Strait urban exchanges, the Mainland hopes to continue strengthening cross-Strait city exchanges and cooperation. It also welcomes the participation of more counties and cities in Taiwan to jointly promote affinity and the welfare of the people on both sides of the Strait. Regarding US Vice President Michael Pence's comment during a meeting with Taiwan representative Morris Chang that cooperation between Taiwan and the US is the best option, he said that the Mainland resolutely opposes any form of official contact between Taiwan and countries that have diplomatic relations with the Mainland. Taiwanese persons participating in APEC meetings must be in line with the one China principle and provisions on the relevant memorandum of understanding.

November 28, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi attended an appreciation reception on 30th anniversary of the Taiwan Sheen Chuen-Chi Cultural and Educational Foundation and activity to announce a rescue plan for the "Relocation to Taiwan Historical Memory Bank." He stated that compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait form a community of fate through thick and thin. The people's hearts and public opinion are always for forming closer and better cross-Strait relations. The Mainland continues to introduce a number of initiatives and will further deepen cross-Strait economic and cultural exchange and cooperation.

November 29, 2018
At a regular press conference on the passage of the two US warships through the Taiwan Strait on November 28, Mainland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang said that the Taiwan issue concerns the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China. It is the most important and sensitive issue in China-US relations. He urged the US to abide by the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-US joint communiqués, as well as to prudently and properly handle Taiwan-related issues to avoid undermining China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

November 29, 2018
During a regular press conference on the passage of two US warships through the Taiwan Strait on November 28, Mainland Ministry of National Defense Spokesman Ren Guoqiang demanded that the US observe the one China principle and provisions of the three China-US joint communiqués. He said the US should carefully handle Taiwan-related issues to prevent undermining China-US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The People's Liberation Army will remain on high alert and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

November 29, 2018
During a seminar on "Research on the Unification of the Motherland from the Perspective of the New Era," Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Vice President Sun Yafu said that Taiwan must handle relations with the Mainland if it wants to develop its economy and improve the people's livelihood. The refusal of the Taiwan authorities to recognize the "1992 Consensus" and the one-China principle runs counter to the public's desire for a better life and has caused intense social discontent. In the future, the situation in the Taiwan Strait will remain complicated and serious. Circumstances in Taiwan have not yet fundamentally changed. Cross-Strait relations still face challenges and risks. The Mainland must resolutely implement the central government's policies on Taiwan-related work, unswervingly adhere to the one-China principle and the "1992 Consensus," firmly oppose and contain "Taiwan independence," and, as always, unite with Taiwan compatriots to work all out for the development of cross-Strait civil exchanges and cooperation, guided by the conviction that we are all one family.

December 4, 2018
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee and Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Wang Yang stated at the 2018 Cross-Strait CEO Summit annual meeting that, while the international situation is in constant change, the general trend of the stable development of cross-Strait economic cooperation has not changed. The Mainland's mode of economic growth evolved profoundly, but the general pattern of complementing the economic strengths of the two sides has not changed. The investment environment in the Mainland has truly changed, but the policy direction of providing good services to Taiwan businesspeople has not changed. Wang also noted the need to uphold the "1992 consensus" embodying the "one China" principle, resolutely oppose and curb "Taiwan independence," boost the efforts for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and devote to realize the Chinese Dream of the rejuvenation of great China.

December 6, 2018
The Dalian Municipal Taiwan Affairs Office and Dalian Municipal Development and Reform Commission jointly promulgated and implemented the “Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Dalian and Taiwan.” The 61 articles of the measures include provisions to expand economic and trade cooperation, deepen education and cultural exchanges between Dalian and Taiwan, as well as to support Taiwanese people interning, working, starting up businesses, and settling in Dalian.

December 7, 2018
The Hebei Provincial Taiwan Affairs Office and Development and Reform Commission announced the “Measures to Deepen Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Hebei and Taiwan.” The 53 articles of the measures include provisions on economic and trade cooperation between Hebei and Taiwan, Taiwanese people working and starting businesses in Hebei, cultural exchanges and cooperation between Hebei and Taiwan, and facilitating settlement in Hebei.

December 10, 2018
Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council Director Liu Jieyi met with a delegation led by the Chairman of Taiwan's Non-Partisan Solidarity Union Lin Pin-kuan and Penghu County Magistrate-elect Lai Feng-wei. They also exchanged opinions on the cooperation between the Mainland and Penghu County.

December 11, 2018
Hainan Province announced the “Opinions on Implementation of the Measures to Promote Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation by the Hainan Provincial Development and Reform Commission of the United Front Work Department under the CPC Hainan Provincial Committee.” The 30 articles of the measures include provisions to increase investment and economic cooperation, promote social and cultural exchanges and cooperation, attract Taiwanese people to Hainan for study, internships, employment, and entrepreneurship, and guarantee an easy settlement for Taiwanese people in Hainan.

December 12, 2018
During a regular press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that sections of the “Asia Reassurance Initiative Act” passed by the US Senate regarding regular arms sales to Taiwan, encouragement of US senior officials visit Taiwan, and other Taiwan-related content of the act severely violate the “one-China principle” and the three joint communiqués between China and the US. The Mainland resolutely opposes this. In regard to cross-Strait city exchanges, the spokesman reiterated that there can be spacious room for cross-Strait city exchanges and cooperation as long as the nature of cross-Strait relations and cross-Strait city exchanges can be correctly acknowledged.

December 18, 2018
During a meeting to celebrate the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up, mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping expressed the need to adhere to the "one China" principle and the "1992 Consensus," consolidate and develop the basis for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and deepen cross-Strait economic and cultural exchange and cooperation to benefit compatriots on both sides. He also emphasized that the Mainland has firm political resolution and power to protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is impossible to separate even one inch of land from China's sacred territory.

December 18, 2018
Zhenjiang City, Jiangsu Province announced the “Opinions on the Implementation of the Measures to Promote Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation between Zhenjiang and Taiwan.” The 56 articles of the measures include provisions to advance economic and trade cooperation between Zhenjiang and Taiwan, promote the innovation and development of Taiwan enterprises in Zhenjiang, provide support for Taiwanese people working and starting businesses in Zhenjiang, deepen social and cultural integration between Zhenjiang and Taiwan, and provide conveniences for Taiwanese people settling in Zhenjiang.

December 26, 2018
During a regular press conference regarding mainland China's failure to notify Taiwan about African swine fever (ASF), Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council spokesman Ma Xiaoguang stated that the two sides signed the “Cross-Strait Arrangement on Cooperation of Agricultural Product Quarantine and Inspection” to address issues related to the cross-Strait trade of agricultural products and notification of food safety information. However, Taiwan has not imported Mainland pork for a long time, so this agreement does not apply to ASF notifications. On the establishment of a new twin-city forum, the spokesman said that the Mainland has always maintained a positive and open attitude towards cross-Strait city exchanges. As long as the nature of cross-Strait relations and city exchanges can be correctly acknowledged, the Mainland welcomes more counties and cities in Taiwan to participate in cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation to work together for the well-being of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

December 27, 2018
The Qinghai Provincial Taiwan Affairs Office and Qinghai Provincial Development and Reform Commission jointly issued the “Opinions on the Implementation of Measures by Qinghai Province to Promote Cross-Strait Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation.” The 64 articles of the measures include provisions to promote economic and trade cooperation, cultural and educational exchange between the two sides, support Taiwanese people studying, working, starting businesses, and interning in Qinghai, and facilitate the settlement of Taiwanese people in Qinghai.