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This page offers an overview of selected relevant news headlines pertaining to Taiwan politics and background information since January 2020. The main sources for news contents used here include Focus Taiwan, Chinese-language reports of the Central News Agency (CNA), the Taipei Times, the Taiwan News, Taiwan Today, Radio Taiwan International (RTI), TaiwanPlus, and others. Headlines derived directly from one of those media outlets have the URL leading to the original report added.

Earthquakes noted on this page are magnitude 6 or higher, or any temblor causing fatalities. Results of elections for public office are provided by the Central Election Commission (CEC). Olympic medals mentioned here are for members of Taiwan's national team ("Chinese Taipei").

It should be pointed out that in some cases older reports might not be available any more in their original, full form. In particular, the CNA has imposed restrictions for its reports on Focus Taiwan which are older than six months, requiring users to buy a subscription in order to view those reports unabridged. The chief researcher is not authorized to present full texts of such reports. Nevertheless some older Focus Taiwan reports which were republished by the English-language newsletter of the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) are still available there in their full-length form.

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 In the ROC, the year 2023 is also referred to as the year 112 of the republic (民國 112 年). 

February 2023

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January 2023

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 In the ROC, the year 2022 is also referred to as the year 111 of the republic (民國 111 年). 

December 2022

  • Dec. 28 (Wed): The DSCA of the US announces a proposed sale including Volcano anti-tank mine-layer systems and equipment worth an estimated US$ 180 million to Taiwan [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan Today,  DSCA]
  • Dec. 27 (Tue): ROC President Tsai Ing-wen announces that mandatory military service will be extended to one year [⇥  Focus Taiwan,  CNA]
  • Dec. 26–29: A delegation comprising twelve members of Japan's House of Councillors (canyiyuan 參議院, Jap. Sangiin 参議院) visits Taiwan [⇥  Taiwan Today]
  • Dec. 25 (Sun):
  • Dec. 18 (Sun): Postponed election for Chiayi City mayor
  • Dec. 17–22: A US House of Representatives delegation comprising representatives John Curtis (R-UT), Burgess Owens (R-UT), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), and Michelle Steel (R-CA) visits Taiwan [⇥  Taiwan News,  Taiwan Today]
  • Dec. 15 (Thu): Earthquake—magnitude 6.2, epicenter ca. 25 km off Shoufeng (Hualien County), no fatalities
  • Dec. 10 (Sat): The TPP announces that it has re-elected Ko Wen-je as party chairman [⇥  Taipei Times,  Focus Taiwan]
  • Dec. 9 (Fri): The PRC announces a ban for the import of beer, liquor, and beverages from Taiwan [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News]
  • Dec. 8 (Thu): The Pingtung District Court dismisses a request by KMT Pingtung County commissioner candidate in the Nov. 26 local elections Su Ching-chuan 蘇清泉 for a recount [⇥  Taipei Times]
  • Dec. 6 (Tue): The DSCA announces the approval by the US State Department of an arms package worth US$ 428 million which includes stock replenishment of aircraft spare parts, consumables, and accessories, as well as repair and replacement support for the F-16, C-130, Indigenous Defense Fighter and other aircraft and systems of US origin [⇥  Taiwan Today,  DSCA]
  • Dec. 5 (Mon): MOI Minister Hsu Kuo-yung tenders his resignation for health reasons, approved by ROC Premier Su Tseng-chang on Dec. 7 [⇥  Focus Taiwan,  CNA,  Taiwan News]
  • Dec. 4–16: Control Yuan President Chen Chu visits Germany and France [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan Today]
  • Dec. 3 (Sat): AEC Minister Hsieh Shou-shing takes leave while an investigation into accusations made against him of sexual harassment is being conducted [⇥  Focus Taiwan,  CNA,  Taiwan News]

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November 2022

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October 2022

  • Oct. 30 (Sun): The Kinmen Bridge is opened to traffic in Kinmen County [OCAC News,  CNA,  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  PTS]
  • Oct. 28 (Fri):
  • Oct. 14 (Fri): Tsai Pi-ru 蔡壁如 (, TPP, legislator-at-large) steps down as legislator one day after Takming University of Science and Technology (deming caijing keji daxue 德明財經科技大學) announced it had revoked a master's degree conferred on her for improper citations in her master's thesis; the Legislative Yuan confirmed on Oct. 25, 2022 that Tsai would be replaced by Cynthia Wu 吳欣盈 (), effective Nov. 2, 2022 [⇥  Focus Taiwan,  CNA,  Taipei Times]
  • Oct. 11–13: A US House of Representatives delegation comprising representatives Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Michael Waltz (R-FL), and Kai Kahele (D-HI) visits Taiwan [⇥  Taiwan News]
  • Oct. 11 (Tue):
    • The Taiwan Parliamentary All-Out Defense Committee (lifayuan quanmin fangwei lianxian 立法院全民防衛連線) is set up and headed by DPP legislator Lin Ching-yi 林靜儀 (, Taichung City)  [⇥  Taipei Times]
    • The Taiwan-Ukraine Parliament Members Friendship Association (Taiwan yu Wukelan guohui yiyuan youhao xiehui 台灣與烏克蘭國會議員友好協會) is founded by legislator Huang Shih-chieh 黃世杰 (DPP, Taoyuan City)
  • Oct. 9–16: MOEA Minister Wang Mei-hua visits the US
  • Oct. 9 (Sun): US congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) arrives in Taiwan for a 4-day visit [⇥  OCAC News,  CNA,  Taipei Times]
  • Oct. 7 (Fri): The Taiwan-Canada Inter-Parliamentary Amity Association (Taiwan Jianada guohui yiyuan youhao xiehui 台灣 - 加拿大國會議員友好協會) is established and headed by DPP legislator Chen Ting-fei 陳亭妃 (, Tainan City) [⇥  Taipei Times]

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September 2022

  • Sept. 30 (Fri): Taiwan’s first indigenously-built landing platform dock “Yushan” (yushanhao 玉山號) manufactured by CSBC Corp., Taiwan is delivered to the ROC Navy (commissioned in Kaohsiung the following day) [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News,  CNA]
  • Sept. 28 (Wed): The Taiwan and German Parliamentary Friendship Association (Taiwan yu Deguo yihui yiyuan youhao xiehui 臺灣與德國議會議員友好協會) is inaugurated and headed by legislator Chang Hung-lu 張宏陸 (DPP, New Taipei City) [⇥  Taipei Times]
  • Sept. 26 (Mon):
    • The R.O.C. Defense Mission to the U.S.A. (Zhonghua minguo zhu Mei junshi daibiaotuan 中華民國駐美軍事代表團) is inaugurated [⇥  Taiwan News]
    • US State Department spokesperson Ned Price stresses that the US does not take a position on the sovereignty issue between China and Taiwan [⇥  Focus Taiwan,  CNA,  Taiwan News]
  • Sept. 20 (Tue): The FSC approves the merger of Fubon Financial Holding Co. with Jih Sun Financial Holding Co. Ltd. (risheng jinrong konggu gongsi 日盛金融控股公司) [⇥  Focus Taiwan,  CNA]
  • Sept. 18 (Sun):
    • US President Joe Biden reiterates that the US would defend Taiwan if there was an ‘unprecedented attack’ [⇥  BBC]
    • Earthquake—magnitude 6.8, epicenter Chihshang (Taitung County), 1 dead
  • Sept. 17 (Sat): Earthquake—magnitude 6.4, epicenter Guanshan (Taitung County), no fatalities
  • Sept. 12–17: A Legislative Yuan delegation comprising lawmakers Chang Yu-mei 張育美 (, KMT, legislator-at-large), Charles Chen 陳以信 (KMT, legislator-at-large), Chen Yu-jen 陳玉珍 (, KMT, Kinmen County), Ho Chih-wei 何志偉 (DPP, Taipei City) and Yeh Yu-lan 葉毓蘭 (, KMT, legislator-at-large) visits the US and holds talks with members of Congress [⇥  OCAC News,  Taipei Times]
  • Sept. 7 (Wed): A US House of Representatives delegation led by representative Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and comprising Andy Barr (R-KY), Kat Cammack (R-FL), Scott Franklin (R-FL), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Kai Kahele (D-HI), Claudia Tenney (R-NY), and Joe Wilson (R-SC) arrives in Taiwan for a 3-day visit [⇥  Taiwan News]
  • Sept. 2 (Fri): The DSCA of the US announces the approval by the US State Department of an arms package worth US 1.106 billion worth of defense articles that include Harpoon anti-ship missiles, Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles and contract logistics support for the Surveillance Radar Program (SRP) [⇥  Taiwan News,  Taiwan Today,  DSCA]

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August 2022

  • Aug. 28—Sept. 3: MOEA Minister Wang Mei-hua visits Japan with a delegation
  • Aug. 27 (Sat): The Ministry of Digital Affairs (MODA) is formally established [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News]
  • Aug. 25 (Thu): US Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) arrives in Taiwan for a 3-day visit [⇥  Reuters,  CNN,  Washington Post,  OCAC News]
  • Aug. 18 (Thu): Polish technology media outlet WP tech reports that 800 Taiwanese Revolver 860 combat drones (which are described as "flying mortars") were delivered to Ukrainian forces [⇥  Taiwan News,  TNL Media]
  • Aug. 15 (Mon): Following the visit of another US congressional delegation in Taiwan, the PRC announces fresh military drills around the island
  • Aug. 14–15: A delegation led by US Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and comprising representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), John Garamendi (D-CA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS) visits Taiwan [⇥  Taipei Times]
  • Aug. 13 (Sat): ROC President Tsai Ing-wen opens the government-run Asia UAV AI Innovation Application R&D Center (Yazhou wurenji AI chuangxin yingyong yanfa zhongxin 亞洲無人機AI創新應用研發中心, abbrev. yachuang zhongxin 亞創中心) in Chiayi County’s Puzi City, with the Civil Aeronautics Administration under MOTC and the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) providing assistance and cooperation [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News,  CNA,  Liberty Times]
  • Aug. 12 (Fri): The ROC Constitutional Court rules that the nationalization of Taiwan’s 17 irrigation associations under the Agency of Irrigation in July 2020 did not contravene the ROC Constitution [⇥  Taipei Times]
  • Aug. 10–27: KMT Vice Chairman Andrew Hsia 夏立言 visits the PRC to gain a first-hand understanding of the needs of Taiwanese communities there, meets top officials of ARATS and TAO [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  Reuters,  New Bloom,  MAC,  GTI]
  • Aug. 10 (Wed): The PRC releases its white paper “The Taiwan Question and China’s Reunification in the New Era” (Taiwan wenti yu xin shidai Zhongguo tongyi shiye 台灣問題與新時代中國統一事業); Reuters comments that according to the white paper the PRC has withdrawn a promise not to send troops or administrators to Taiwan if it takes control of the island [⇥  Reuters]
  • Aug. 8 (Mon): The PRC announces that it would extend military exercises by sea and air around Taiwan [⇥  Japan Times,  The Diplomat,  Deutsche Welle]
  • Aug. 7 (Sun): PRC state-run TV news station CCTV cites a commentator as saying that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) will start to hold "regular" military drills east of Taiwan's median line [⇥  Taiwan News]
  • Aug. 5 (Fri): The ROC MND reports that approximately 10 PLA naval ships and 20 military aircraft crossed Taiwan's median line [⇥  Taiwan News]
  • Aug. 4 (Thu):
    • The PRC announces a seventh live-fire zone off Taiwan's east coast, in effect until Aug. 8 [⇥  Taiwan News]
    • The ROC MND reports that the PLA launched a total of 11 Dongfeng ballistic missiles into the waters surrounding northern, southern, and eastern Taiwan in several waves [⇥  Taiwan News]
    • Japan's government reports that five ballistic missiles launched by the PRC landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) that day, four of them had flown over Taiwan [⇥  Taiwan News]
  • Aug. 3 (Wed):
  • Aug. 2–3: US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a delegation comprising House of Representatives members Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Andy Kim (D-NJ), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), and Mark Takano (D-CA) visit Taiwan [⇥  Taiwan News]
  • Aug. 2 (Tue): Less than half an hour after the arrival of US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi and her delegation for a 2-day visit in Taiwan the PRC announces military exercises which would include live-fire drills in six zones surrounding Taiwan from Aug. 4 to Aug. 7 [⇥  Taiwan News]
  • Aug. 1 (Mon): National Taitung University (NTTU) becomes the first higher education institution in the ROC to offer a doctoral program in Austronesian culture [⇥  Taipei Times]

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July 2022

  • July 29 (Fri): The Taichung High Court sentences former Ting Hsin International Group Chair Wei Ying-chun 魏應充 to serve an additional nine years and two months in prison for selling oil products mixed with low-grade oil [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  Focus Taiwan,  CNA]
  • July 27 (Wed): The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) is reorganized as National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) [⇥  Taipei Times]
  • July 18–28: A Legislative Yuan delegation comprising LY President You Si-kun, legislators Huang Shih-chieh 黃世杰 (DPP, Taoyuan City), Jang Chyi-lu 張其祿 (TPP, legislator-at-large), Kung Wen-chi 孔文吉 (KMT, Mountain Aborigines) and Wan Mei-ling 萬美玲 (, KMT, Taoyuan City) tours Europe in July 2022, visiting the Czech Republic (July 18–21), making a stopover in Poland on July 21, Lithuania (July 21–24), and France (July 24–28) on a trip that had been postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic [⇥  OCAC News,  CNA,  Taiwan News]; the Czech Senate displays the ROC national flag at its entrance to welcome the Taiwan delegation [⇥  Taipei Times]
  • July 17 (Sun): The 20th national party congress of the DPP convenes in Taipei [⇥  Taiwan News,  Reuters]
  • July 15 (Fri):
    • Hsueh Jui-yuan takes office as MOHW minister [⇥  CNA,  Taiwan News]
    • The DSCA of the US announces the approval by the US State Department of an arms package worth US$ 108 million which includes replacement and spare parts for military combat vehicles like tanks and providing logistical support [⇥  Focus Taiwan,  Taipei Times,  Taiwan Today,  DSCA]
    • The Taiwan High Court acquits former President Chen Shui-bian of charges related to his personal use of presidential state affairs funds following a recent change to the Accounting Act (kuaijifa 會計法) applied retrospectively [⇥  Focus Taiwan]
  • July 14 (Thu): MOHW Minister Chen Shih-chung announces his resignation in order to focus on his run for Taipei mayor ahead of Nov. 26's election (which he lost)  [⇥  Focus Taiwan,  CNA]
  • July 11–12: ROC Vice President Lai Ching-te visits Japan to honour Japan's former PM Shinzo Abe who was assassinated on July 8 in Nara, attends a private funeral service on July 12; highest-level visit of an ROC representative in Japan since 1972
  • July 10 (Sun): A 4.8-meter, 365-kilogram HTTP-3A hybrid sounding rocket designed by the Advanced Rocket Research Center (ARRC) at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University lifts off for a successful test from a launch site in Pingtung county's Mudan Township [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  OCAC News,  CNA]
  • July 7 (Thu): US Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) arrives in Taiwan for a 2-day visit
  • July 6 (Wed): The Taipei District Court finds legislators Su Chen-ching 蘇震清 (Ind./formerly DPP, Pingtung County), Sufin Siluko 廖國棟 (KMT, Plains Aborigines), Chen Chao-ming 陳超明 (KMT, Miaoli County) as well as former lawmaker Hsu Yung-ming 徐永明 (NPP, legislator-at-large in the 9th Legislative Yuan) guilty of receiving bribes in a case regarding the ownership of the Pacific SOGO department store chain and sentenced them to prison terms—Su to 10 years, Sufin Siluko to 8 years and six months, Chen to 7 years and 8 months, Hsu to 7 years and four months for violating the Anti-Corruption Act (tanwu zhizui tiaoli 貪污治罪條例); all defendants vow to appeal [⇥  Taipei Times,  Focus Taiwan,  CNA]

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June 2022

  • June 30 (Thu):
    • The CIP announces that Taiwan, Canada, New Zealand and Australia jointly inaugurated the Indigenous Peoples Economic and Trade Cooperation Arrangement (IPETCA) aimed at empowering indigenous peoples to set up businesses on a global scale [⇥  OCAC News,  CNA]
    • Huang Ming-chao 黃明昭 takes over as NPA director-general from Chen Chia-chin 陳家欽 [⇥  OCAC,  CNA]
  • June 28 (Tue):
  • June 27 (Mon): The US and Taiwan hold their first Taiwan–U.S. 21st Century Trade Initiative meeting [⇥  Taiwan Today,  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News]
  • June 26 (Sun): An indigenous unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) Teng Yun 2 completes a 10-hour-non-stop test flight circumnavigating Taiwan's Air Identification Defense Zone (ADIZ) [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News,  CNA]
  • June 25 (Sat): "TaiArctic", Taiwan's first permanent polar research workstation in the Arctic Circle, officially opens on Spitsbergen (Svalbard)  [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News,  CNA]
  • June 24 (Fri): Julian T. A. Lin 林梓安, one of the founders of the “Taiwan Civil Government” (Taiwan minzhengfu 台灣民政府)—which claims Taiwan is legally under US administration following Japan's surrender in World War II—is sentenced to 19 years in prison and fined NT$ 2 million by the Taoyuan District Court for defrauding around 300 individuals out of NT$ 100 million [⇥  Taipei Times,  Focus Taiwan,  CNA]
  • June 20 (Mon): Earthquake—magnitude 6.0, epicenter Guangfu (Hualien County), no fatalities
  • June 14 (Tue): ROC MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou 歐江安 reiterates that the ROC government considers the Taiwan Strait to be international waters, except for the 12-nautical-mile strip defined as territorial waters
  • June 13 (Mon):
    • PRC MOFA spokesman Wang Wenbin 汪文斌 claims that the Taiwan Strait fell within the PRC’s ‘territorial waters and EEZ as defined by UNCLOS and domestic law’ [⇥  Taipei Times]
    • The PRC announces a ban for the import of groupers and other fishery products from Taiwan [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News]
  • June 9 (Thu): The Taiwan-Slovakia Inter-Parliamentary Amity Association (Taiwan Siluofake guohui lianyihui 臺灣 斯洛伐克國會聯誼會) is inaugurated and headed by DPP legislator Hsu Chih-chieh 許智傑 (Kaohsiung City)
  • June 8 (Wed):
    • The DSCA of the US announces the approval of a proposed sale of US$ 120 million in ship spare parts, ship system spare parts, and related equipment to Taiwan [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan Today,  DSCA,  OCAC News,  CNA]
    • The KMT Representative Office in the United States (Zhongguo guomindang zhu Mei daibiaochu 中國國民黨駐美代表處) opens in Washington DC [⇥  Taiwan News,  Focus Taiwan]
  • June 1 (Wed): Taipei and Washington announce the launch of the Taiwan–US Initiative on 21st-Century Trade  [⇥  Taiwan Today]

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May 2022

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April 2022

  • April 22 (Fri): PTS chairwoman Tchen Yu-chiou 陳郁秀 resigns [⇥  Taipei Times]
  • April 21 (Thu): The Penghu Defense Command (lujun Penghu fangwei zhihuibu 陸軍澎湖防衛指揮部, abbrev. pengfangbu 澎防部) conducts live-fire training as part of Taiwan’s Outlying Islands Defense Operations (wailidao fangwei zuozhan 外離島防衛作戰)  [⇥  Taiwan News,  Liberty Times]
  • April 19 (Tue): The Legislative Yuan approves the Act for the Establishment of the Taiwan Space Agency (guojia taikong zhongxin shezhi tiaoli 國家太空中心設置條例)  [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News,  CNA]
  • April 15 (Fri):
    • A delegation led by US senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and comprising senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Robert Portman (R-OH), Richard Burr (R-NC) as well as US House of Representatives member Ronny Jackson (R-TX) visits Taiwan, meets ROC President Tsai Ing-wen, MND Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng and FM Joseph Wu [⇥  Taiwan Today,  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  Focus Taiwan,  CNA]
    • Taiwanese pro-democracy activist and former DPP staffer Lee Ming-che 李明哲 arrives in Taiwan on a flight from the PRC's Xiamen City after having been released from prison where he had served a five-year sentence for "subversion of state power"  [⇥  Focus Taiwan,  CNA]
  • April 12 (Tue): The Congressional Diplomacy and Strategy Consensus Committee (guohui waijiao zhanlüe gongshihui 國會外交戰略共識會) is established with the goal of improving the nation’s international standing by achieving unity among legislators from different parties, and it also aims to maintain regional peace through defense collaboration, as well as promote the nation’s international participation; Ho Chih-wei 何志偉 (DPP, Taipei City) is selected to serve as committee chairman [⇥  Taipei Times]
  • April 6 (Wed): The Taiwan-Poland Inter-Parliamentary Amity Association (Taiwan yu Polan guohui youhao lianyihui 臺灣與波蘭國會友好聯誼會) is inaugurated
  • April 5 (Tue): The DSCA of the US announces the approval by the US State Department of an arms package worth US$ 95 million which includes equipment and services aimed at maintaining Taiwan's existing Patriot missile defense system [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  Taiwan Today,  DSCA,  OCAC News]
  • April 3 (Sun): The Council of Agriculture (COA) establishes a Pet Management Division (chongwu guanlike 寵物管理科) [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News,  CNA]
  • April 1 (Fri): The ROC Constitutional Court declares a legal provision that grants indigenous status to individuals with one indigenous and one non-indigenous parent based strictly on their name unconstitutional [⇥  Taipei Times,  Focus Taiwan,  CNA]

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March 2022

  • March 31 (Thu): The Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association (Taiwan tongzhi zixun rexian xiehui 台灣同志諮詢熱線協會) reports that the governments of Taipei City and Kaohsiung City agreed to allow transgender residents to attach a sticker to their ID cards, specifying their gender identity [⇥  Taipei Times,  Focus Taiwan]
  • March 29 (Tue): Taiwan, New Zealand, Canada and Australia jointly establish the Indigenous Peoples Economic and Trade Cooperation Arrangement (yuanzhu minzu jingji maoyi hezuo xieyi 原住民族經濟貿易合作協議) [⇥  Taiwan Today]
  • March 23 (Wed): Earthquake—magnitude 6.7, epicenter ca. 5 km off Taiwan's east coast (near Hualien's Fengbin Township), no fatalities
  • March 22 (Tue): Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and ROC President Tsai Ing-wen meet via videoconference [⇥  Taiwan Today]
  • March 11 (Fri): A clause under Sec. 7043 [East Asia and the Pacific] in the “Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act 2022” signed into law by POTUS Joe Biden includes a ban on the use of any maps by the US Department of State and its foreign operations that “inaccurately” depict Taiwan as part of China [⇥  Taipei Times]
  • March 4 (Fri): Taipower Chairman Yang Wei-fuu 楊偉甫 and General Manager Chung Bin-li 鍾炳利 both resign over the massive power blackouts which struck Taiwan the previous day [⇥  Taiwan News]
  • March 2–5: Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Taiwan [⇥  Taiwan Today]
  • March 1–2: A delegation comprising former top US defense officials—including Michael G. Mullen (former JCS chairman), Meghan L. O'Sullivan (ex-deputy national security advisor under US President George W. Bush), Michèle A. Flournoy (former undersecretary of defense under US President Obama) and others—sent by POTUS Joe Biden visits Taiwan [⇥  Taiwan Today]

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February 2022

  • Feb. 25 (Fri): The ROC government strongly condemns the military invasion of Ukraine by Russia [⇥  Taiwan Today]
  • Feb. 17 (Thu): The European Parliament adopts two policy reports—the Common Foreign and Security Policy report and the Common Security and Defense Policy report—which express support for Taiwan [⇥  Taiwan Today]
  • Feb. 11 (Fri): The US State Department releases its Indo-Pacific Strategy which includes Taiwan [⇥  Taiwan Today]
  • Feb. 8 (Tue): The European Commission proposes the European Chips Act which highlights the importance of Taiwan in the global semiconductor sector [⇥  Taiwan Today]
  • Feb. 7 (Mon): The DSCA of the US notifies the US Congress after the State Department approved the sale of a package including equipment and services to support participation in the Patriot International Engineering Services Program (IESP) and Field Surveillance Program (FSP) for five years, as well as missile field surveillance support for legacy (Guidance Enhanced Missile/GEM) and Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles, a deal worth an estimated US$ 100 million  [⇥  Taiwan Today,  DSCA]

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January 2022

  • Jan. 24 (Mon): The Taiwan-Europe Interparliamentary Amity Association (Taiwan yu Ouzhou yihui youhao xiehui 臺灣與歐洲議會友好協會) is inaugurated [⇥  Taipei Times,  CNA]
  • Jan. 22 (Sat): The Ching-kuo Chi-hai Cultural Park (Jingguo qihai wenhua yuanqu 經國七海文化園區) with Taiwan’s first presidential library is opened in Taipei City’s Songshan District [⇥  Taiwan NewsTaipei TimesOCAC News,  CNA]
  • Jan. 19 (Wed): The Academia Historica launches the Chiang Ching-kuo Digital Archive (Jiang Jingguo zongtong ziliaoku 蔣經國總統資料庫) comprising 55,000 written or multimedia records related to the late ROC president [⇥  OCAC News]
  • Jan. 9 (Sun):
    • A by-election for Taichung City’s electoral district 2 takes place, winner is DPP candidate Lin Ching-yi 林靜儀 (); for complete result details click here
    • Independent legislator Freddy Lim 林昶佐 (electoral district 5 of Taipei City) survives a recall election—although a majority of valid votes cast supported Lim to be recalled, their number did not reach the required minimum of a quarter of eligible voters; for complete result details click here
  • Jan. 5 (Wed): Former MOTC Minister Lin Chia-lung is appointed ambassador-at-large for digital New Southbound Policy initiatives (shuwei xinnanxiang wurensuo dashi 數位新南向無任所大使) [⇥  Taipei Times,  Liberty Times]
  • Jan. 4 (Tue): The Central Geological Survey (CGS) under the MOEA discloses that three new active faults were discovered in Taiwan, bringing the total number of faults on the earthquake-prone island to 36 [⇥  Taiwan News,  Focus Taiwan]
  • Jan. 3 (Mon): Earthquake—magnitude 6.0, epicenter ca. 52 km off Taiwan's east coast (near Hualien's Guguzi Cliff 姑姑子斷崖), no fatalities

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 In the ROC, the year 2021 is also referred to as the year 110 of the republic (民國 110 年). 

December 2021

  • Dec. 30 (Thu): The All-out Defense Mobilization Agency (quanmin fangwei dongyuanshu 全民防衛動員署) under the MND is set up to improve the combat readiness of the country's reserve forces  [⇥  Taiwan News,  Focus Taiwan,  CNA]
  • Dec. 27 (Mon): The National Tsing Hua University’s College of Semiconductor Research (guoli qinghua daxue bandaoti yanjiu xueyuan 國立清華大學半導體研究學院) opens, following the inaugurations of the Graduate School of Advanced Technology (zhongdian keji yanjiu xueyuan 重點科技研究學院) under NTU on Dec. 24, the Industry Academia Innovation School (chanxue chuangxin yanjiu xueyuan 產學創新研究學院, abbrev. IAIS) under NYCU on Dec. 21 and the Academy of Innovative Semiconductor and Sustainable Manufacturing (zhihui bandaoti ji yongxu zhizao xueyuan 智慧半導體及永續製造學院) under NCKU on Oct. 22, 2021 [⇥  RTI]
  • Dec. 20 (Mon): A Kosovo-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group (Kesuowo Taiwan guohui youyi xiaozu 科索沃–台灣國會友誼小組) holds its inaugural meeting [⇥  Taiwan News,  Taipei Times,  Focus Taiwan]
  • Dec. 18 (Sat): Nationwide referendums 17–20; Local referendum 6 (Hsinchu City)
  • Dec. 15 (Wed): Lithuania pulls its last diplomats out of Beijing and closes its embassy in the PRC [⇥  Reuters,  AP,  Deutsche Welle,  Euro News,  Economist,  South China Morning Post,  NPR]
  • Dec. 9–10: Hsiao Bi-khim 蕭美琴 and Audrey Tang 唐鳳 from Taiwan participate in the Summit for Democracy hosted by the US, 110 other countries and territories from around the world were invited but not the PRC [⇥  Taiwan Today]
  • Dec. 9 (Thu): Nicaragua switches diplomatic recognition from the ROC to the PRC, leaving the ROC with 14 diplomatic allies [⇥  BBC,  Taipei Times]
  • Dec. 1 (Wed): Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe says that ‘Japan cannot allow Taiwan to be invaded by force’ and ‘any emergency over Taiwan would mean an emergency for Tokyo as well’ [⇥  CNN,  Financial Times,  Nippon.com]

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November 2021

  • Nov. 26 (Fri):
    • A US congressional delegation comprising representatives Nancy Mace (R-SC), Colin Allred (D-TX), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), and Sara Jacobs (D-CA) arrives in Taipei for a 2-day visit [⇥  OCAC News]
    • The VAC announces that retired Major General Ni Bang-chen 倪邦辰 has been appointed as the first person representing the council to be stationed in the US long-term [⇥  Taiwan News,  Focus Taiwan]
  • Nov. 19–20: Former ROC Vice President Chen Chien-jen attends the “Future of Democracy” forum in Vilnius at the invitation of Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis [⇥  Taiwan News,  Taiwan Today]
  • Nov. 18 (Thu): Taiwan News cites a recent Formes report according to which only the two Dutch-made subs could be considered combat-ready, and Taiwan’s current stock of ca. 200 outdated Indonesian-made SUT torpedoes was inadequate as well [⇥  Taiwan News]
  • Nov. 12 (Fri): TSMC founder Morris Chang represents ROC President Tsai Ing-wen at the virtual 29th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in New Zealand [⇥  Taiwan Today]
  • Nov. 10 (Wed): US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tells reporters that the US would take action if the PRC were to use force against Taiwan [⇥  Taiwan News]
  • Nov. 9–11: A delegation comprising six members of the US Congress—including senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Mike Lee (R-UT) as well as representatives Tony Gonzales and Jake Ellzey (both R-TX)—makes a low-key surprise visit to Taiwan [⇥  Taiwan News,  Focus Taiwan]
  • Nov. 8 (Mon): The MOE orders the Cross-Strait Tsinghua Research Institute (qinghua haixia yanjiuyuan 清華海峽研究院)—which had been set up on the NTHU campus by the NTHU Alumni Association (Xinzhu qinghua xiaoyouhui 新竹清華校友會) in cooperation with the Xiamen City Government (in Fujian province, PRC) and the PRC’s Tsinghua University on April 28, 2016 without securing approval from the government—to be closed immediately after the National Security Bureau (NSB) reported that the institute was Chinese-funded and allegedly used to recruit talent to the PRC’s semiconductor industry, violating the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (Taiwan diqu yu dalu diqu renmin guanxi tiaoli 臺灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例)  [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News]

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October 2021

  • Oct. 30 (Sat): The 21st national congress of the KMT convenes in Taipei [⇥  Taipei Times]
  • Oct. 28 (Thu): In an interview released by CNN ROC President Tsai Ing-wen confirms for the first time the presence of US military personnel in Taiwan [⇥  CNN,  Taipei Times,  Reuters]
  • Oct. 26–30: MOFA Minister Joseph Wu visits the Czech Republic and Slovakia, addresses the GLOBSEC conference in Bratislava and an IPAC meeting in Rome [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  Taiwan Today,  IPAC,  Reuters,  VOA]
  • Oct. 24 (Sun): Earthquake—magnitude 6.5, epicenter Nan'ao (Yilan County), no fatalities
  • Oct. 23 (Sat): Legislator Wonda Chen 陳柏惟 (Taiwan Statebuilding Party, Taichung City) aka Chen Po-wei loses a recall election, for complete result details click here; the recall election had originally been scheduled for Aug. 28 that year but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Oct. 21 (Thu): US President Biden states during a CNN town hall meeting in Baltimore that the US would come to Taiwan’s defense in the event of an attack by the PRC (replying to a relevant question ‘yes, we have a commitment to do that’) [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News]
  • Oct. 20 (Wed): A Taiwanese delegation led by NDC Minister Kung Ming-hsin departs for a 9-day trade and investment tour to the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Slovakia [⇥  Taiwan Today]
  • Oct. 17 (Sun): Legislator Huang Kuo-shu 黃國書 (Taichung City) announces his withdrawal from the DPP and pledges not to be seeking re-election following a report that he was an informant for the KMT as a university student [⇥  Taipei Times,  Focus Taiwan]
  • Oct. 7 (Thu): A Pentagon official tells AFP that US special operations forces have been quietly training Taiwanese troops for months  [⇥  France24]
  • Oct. 2 (Sat): The TJC exonerates five political prisoners who were executed in 1970 from the charge of overthrowing the government [⇥  Taipei Times,  Focus Taiwan]

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September 2021

  • Sept. 25 (Sat): Eric Chu 朱立倫 wins the KMT chairmanship election, for complete election results click here; takes office on Oct. 5, 2021 [⇥  Taipei Times,  Reuters,  The Diplomat,  Focus Taiwan]
  • Sept. 24 (Fri): NCKU opens Taiwan’s first carbon-negative factory (futanpai shifan gongchang 負碳排示範工廠) to promote carbon removal technology across various industries in Taiwan [⇥  Taiwan News]
  • Sept. 22 (Wed):
    • Former ROC Vice President Chen Chien-jen represents Taiwan at the virtual Global COVID-19 Summit convened by US President Joe Biden from the White House [⇥  Taiwan Today]
    • Australia’s Southern Launch announces it would no longer try and launch the Hapith I rocket built by Taiwan Innovative Space Company (jinsheng taikong gufen youxian gongsi 晉陞太空股份有限公司, abbrev. TiSPACE) following three failed attempts, the third of which on Sept. 16 sparked a fire [⇥  Taiwan News]
  • Sept. 19 (Sun): The PRC announces a ban for the import of wax apples from Taiwan [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News]
  • Sept. 17 (Fri): Taiwan donates Japan 10,000 pulse oximeters and 1,008 oxygen concentrators  [⇥  Taiwan Today]
  • Sept. 13 (Mon): The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) via its official Twitter account releases a video in support of Taiwan-Lithuania ties  [⇥  Taiwan Today]

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August 2021

  • Aug. 26 (Thu): Taiwan donates Haiti approximately 18 tons of post-earthquake emergency supplies, including cooling blankets, foldable beds, sleeping bags, surgical masks and tents [⇥  Taiwan Today]
  • Aug. 17 (Tue): Following an earthquake disaster in Haiti (7.2 magnitude temblor), Taiwan donates food products, oxygen concentrators, personal protective equipment, sleeping bags and surgical masks [⇥  Taiwan Today]
  • Aug. 11 (Wed): Taiwan and the US hold their first Coast Guard Working Group (haixun gongzuo xiaozu 海巡工作小組) meeting virtually [⇥  Taiwan Today]
  • Aug. 5 (Thu): At the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Wen Tzu-yun 文姿云 wins bronze 🥉 [Karate, women's 55 kg]
  • Aug. 4 (Wed):
    • The DSCA of the US notifies the US Congress after the State Department approved the sale of 40 M109A6 "Paladin" self-propelled howitzers and related equipment to Taiwan at an estimated cost of US$ 750 million, first weapons sale since the Biden administration took office [⇥  Taiwan Today,  DSCA,  OCAC News]
    • At the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Huang Hsiao-wen 黃筱雯 wins bronze 🥉 [Boxing, women's flyweight]
  • Aug. 1 (Sun): At the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Pan Cheng-tsung 潘政琮 wins bronze 🥉 [Golf, men's individual]; Lee Chih-kai 李智凱 wins silver 🥈 [Gymnastics, men's pommel horse]; Tai Tzu-ying 戴資穎 wins silver 🥈 [Badminton, women's singles]

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July 2021

  • July 31 (Sat): At the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Lee Yang 李洋 and Wang Chi-lin 王齊麟 win gold 🥇 [Badminton, men's doubles]
  • July 30 (Fri): Economy Division Director Ni Bo-chia 倪伯嘉 of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Hong Kong returns to Taipei after HKSAR authorities refused to extend his visa, leaving the office with only local staff [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News]
  • July 28 (Wed): The US House of Representatives passes the fiscal year 2022 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations bill which includes an amendment forbidding the use of any funds to create, procure or display maps that depict Taiwan as part of the PRC [⇥  Taiwan News,  OCAC News]
  • July 27 (Tue): At the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Kuo Hsing-chun 郭婞淳 wins gold 🥇 [Weightlifting, women's 59 kg]; Chen Wen-huei 陳玟卉 wins bronze 🥉 [Weightlifting, women's 64 kg]
  • July 26 (Mon): At the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Deng Yu-cheng 鄧宇成, Tang Chih-chun 湯智鈞, and Wei Chun-heng 魏均珩 win silver 🥈 [Archery, men’s team]; Cheng I-ching 鄭怡靜 and Lin Yun-ju 林昀儒 win bronze 🥉 [Table tennis, mixed doubles]
  • July 25 (Sun): At the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Lo Chia-ling 羅嘉翎 wins bronze 🥉 [Taekwondo, women's 57 kg]
  • July 24 (Sat): At the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Yang Yung-wei 楊勇緯 wins silver 🥈 [Judo, men’s extra lightweight (–60 kg)]
  • July 6 (Tue): The AIT announces that Sandra Oudkirk, US deputy assistant secretary of state for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, has been appointed as the new director of its Taipei office as successor for outgoing director William Brent Christensen [⇥  Taiwan Today,  Focus Taiwan,  CNA]
  • July 2 (Fri): The CEC postpones the four nationwide referendums scheduled for Aug. 28, 2021 to Dec. 18 the same year due to an outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  Reuters]

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June 2021

  • June 30 (Wed): Taipower announces that the generator No. 1 at Taiwan's second nuclear power plant will be shut down permanently and enter its decommissioning stage on July 1 [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  OCAC News,  Euroview]
  • June 24 (Thu): The MND announces that Army Commander General Chen Pao-yu 陳寶餘 will assume the post of Chief of the General Staff beginning July 2022, replacing Huang Shu-kuang 黃曙光 [⇥  OCAC News]
  • June 23 (Wed): JCS Chairman Mark Milley says that maintaining peace in the Taiwan Strait is of critical importance to the US  [⇥  OCAC News]
  • June 22 (Tue): The Executive Yuan announces it had issued a permit for Taipower to build two natural gas-powered units at the Taichung Thermal Power Plant [⇥  Taipei Times,  ICRT,  Focus Taiwan]
  • June 20 (Sun): All except one of the eight remaining staff members at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Hong Kong are forced to return to Taipei on Sunday, after they failed to obtain visa extensions [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News]
  • June 17 (Thu): The MND announces that Taiwan has signed two arms procurement contracts with the US, buying two packages including the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS)  [⇥  Taiwan News,  OCAC News,  Asia Pacific Defense Journal, Army Recognition]
  • June 16 (Wed): Macao's representative office in Taiwan (Delegação Económica e Cultural de Macau / Aomen jingji wenhua banshichu 澳門經濟文化辦事處) announces the indefinite suspension of its operations starting June 19, giving no reason for the decision  [⇥  Radio Free Asia,  Nikkei Asia,  Focus Taiwan,  CNA]
  • June 4 (Fri):
    • Japan donates Taiwan 1.24 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines (additional shipments on July 8, July 15, Sept. 7, Sept. 14, and Oct. 27, totalling 4.2 million doses)
    • The "Taiwan Politics Database" is officially launched 🍾

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May 2021

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April 2021

  • April 28 (Wed): MOTC Minister Wang Kwo-tsai confirms plans that the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) would be transformed into a state-owned company within three years  [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News,  CNA]
  • April 23 (Fri): A legislative group labelled "Taiwan Parliament Group for Uyghur" (Taiwan guohui weiwuer lianxian 台灣國會維吾爾連線) is set up by independent legislator Freddy Lim 林昶佐 and other lawmakers  [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News]
  • April 20 (Tue): A report sent by the MND to legislators for review includes plans for the existing All-out Defense Mobilization Office (quanmin fangwei dongyuanshi 全民防衛動員室) and the Armed Forces Reserve Command (houbei zhihuibu 後備指揮部) to be merged to a Defense Reserve Mobilization Agency (fangwei houbei dongyuanshu 防衛後備動員署) by January 2022 [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News,  CNA]
  • April 18 (Sun): Earthquake—magnitude 6.2, epicenter Shoufeng (Hualien County), no fatalities
  • April 9 (Fri): The US State Department announces new guidelines for government contacts with Taiwan, enabling US officials to meet more freely with their Taiwanese counterparts [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  OCAC News]
  • April 2 (Fri): A TRA Taroko Express eight-carriage train carrying 492 passengers derails at the north entrance of Qingshui Tunnel (qingshui suidao 清水隧道) in Xiulin Township (Hualien County) after colliding with a construction truck that had fallen down a slope onto the tracks, killing 49 people and injuring 213 [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  BBC,  The Guardian,  CNN]

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March 2021

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February 2021

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January 2021

  • Jan. 29 (Fri): The ROC Legislative Yuan passes a resolution instructing the MOI to evaluate the possibility of changing the ROC national emblem (which strongly resembles the KMT party emblem, see image) [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  OCAC News]
  • Jan. 25 (Mon): The NARLabs announce that rocket scientist Gou Chong-sin 吳宗信 will head the National Space Organization (NSPO) from Aug. 1, 2022, and his main mission would be to establish a rocket launch site; before Gou’s appointment NSPO Deputy Director-General Yu Shiann-jen 余憲政 would serve as acting director-general  [⇥  Taipei Times]
  • Jan. 24 (Sun):
    • A SpaceX rocket carrying two Taiwanese satellites successfully lifts off from Cape Canaveral in Florida  [⇥  Taiwan News,  Taipei Times,  Focus Taiwan]
    • The Hualien Archeological Museum (Hualien xian kaogu bowuguan 花蓮縣考古博物館) in Hualien County’s Shoufeng Township opens to the public [⇥  Taipei Times]
  • Jan. 23 (Sat): Taiwan independence advocates launch the Taiwan New Constitution Alliance (Taiwan xinxian lianhe zhenxian 台灣新憲聯合陣線) to promote drafting a new, localized constitution [⇥  Taipei Times,  Liberty Times]
  • Jan. 22 (Fri): The Central Election Commission (CEC) confirms that a national referendum on activating the long-mothballed Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City would be held on Aug. 28, 2021  [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  OCAC News,  Liberty Times]
  • Jan. 21 (Thu): The Hakka Affairs Council announces it restructured its organization to create a new Department of Language Development (yuyan fazhanchu 語言發展處) dedicated to promoting the use of the Hakka language in schools, families and communities [⇥  Taipei Times]
  • Jan. 20 (Wed):
    • A Taiwan-Japan Friendship Union (Tai Ri jiaoliu lianyihui 台日交流聯誼會) is set up and headed by Legislative Speaker You Si-kun [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News]
    • ROC Representative to the US Hsiao Bi-khim attends the 59th Presidential Inauguration Ceremonies in Washington DC, the first time since 1979 that an ROC representative was officially invited to the event by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) [⇥  TECRO,  Taiwan News,  Taipei Times]
    • Academia Sinica announces the establishment of an Air Quality Research Center (kongqi pinzhi zhuanti zhongxin 空氣品質專題中心) and an Anthropogenic Climate Change Center (renwei qihou bianqian zhuanti zhongxin 人為氣候變遷專題中心) which would both operate under its Research Center for Environmental Changes (huanjing bianqian yanjiu zhongxin 環境變遷研究中心, abbrev. RCEC)  [⇥  Focus Taiwan,  CNA]
  • Jan. 15 (Fri): Legislator Sufin Siluko (KMT, Plains Aborigines—charged with bribery and breaches of the Anti-Corruption Act (tanwu zhizui tiaoli 貪污治罪條例)—is released on NT$ 10 million bail after his defense lawyers successfully petitioned the Taipei District Court that he should be freed due to deteriorating health [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  Focus Taiwan]
  • Jan. 9 (Sat): US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces that the US are lifting all self-imposed restrictions to regulate their diplomats, servicemembers, and other officials’ interactions with Taiwanese counterparts [⇥  Taipei Times,  Reuters,  CNN,  BBC,  The Guardian,  Deutsche Welle,  The Diplomat,  Straits Times,  Al Jazeera,  OCAC News]

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— — — 2020 — — —

 In the ROC, the year 2020 is also referred to as the year 109 of the republic (民國 109 年). 

December 2020

  • Dec. 31 (Thu):
    • Chou Mei-wu 周美伍 takes office as new CGA director-general, replacing Chuang Ching-ta 莊慶達 [⇥  Taiwan News]
    • The American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (Taibeishi Meiguo shanghui 台北市美國商會) announces that it will start using its new name, the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan (Taiwan Meiguo shanghui 台灣美國商會), from Jan. 1, 2021 [⇥  AmCham,  OCAC News]
  • Dec. 29 (Tue): Taiwan’s first time ever volcano alert drill is conducted in a neighborhood of Taipei City’s Beitou District with a text message on residents’ cell phones [⇥  Taiwan News]
  • Dec. 25 (Fri): The ROC Legislative Yuan approves setting the legal age of adulthood at 18 (previously 20), following a third-reading review of proposed amendments to the Civil Code (minfa 民法); change takes effect on Jan. 1, 2023 [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  Focus Taiwan,  CNA]
  • Dec. 22 (Tue): Tatung Co. Chairman Lin Wen-yuan 林文淵 announces that he would officially step down with immediate effect after one month in office [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  Focus Taiwan]
  • Dec. 10 (Thu): Earthquake—magnitude 6.6, epicenter off Taiwan’s northeast coast (close to Zhuangwei 壯圍, Yilan County)
  • Dec. 7 (Mon): The US State Department approves the possible sale of a Field Information Communications System (FICS) and related equipment to Taiwan at an estimated cost of US$ 280 million [⇥  Taiwan News,  Taiwan Today,  DSCA]
  • Dec. 4 (Fri): The Tibetan government in exile announces that it will move its envoy in Australia Kelsang Gyaltsen Bawa to Taiwan to serve as its de facto representative [⇥  Taiwan News]

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November 2020

  • Nov. 24 (Tue):
    • US Navy Admiral Michael Studeman leaves Taiwan following a 3-day visit [⇥  Taiwan News,  CNN]
    • Construction on Taiwan’s first indigenous submarine begins at a Kaohsiung shipyard  [⇥  Taiwan News]
  • Nov. 20 (Fri):
    • The US and Taiwan conduct their first Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue in Washington DC and sign a 5-year MOU to establish annual economic talks [⇥  Taiwan News,  Taipei Times]
    • Legislator Lo Mei-ling 羅美玲 (, DPP, legislator-at-large) launches the Taiwanese New Immigrants’ Rights Advocacy Alliance (lifayuan Taiwan xin zhumin quanyi fazhan cujin lianmeng 立法院台灣新住民權益發展促進聯盟) [⇥  Taipei Times]
    • The Taiwan Space Union is inaugurated at National Central University (NCU) with the aim to facilitate the development of space research [⇥  Taipei Times]
    • The Taipei District Court sentences former SinoPac Financial Holdings Co. Chairman Ho Shou-chuan 何壽川 to eight years and six months in prison for illegal loans, his attorney vows to file an appeal [⇥  Taiwan News]
  • Nov. 15 (Sun): Executive Yuan spokesman Ting Yi-ming 丁怡銘 tenders his resignation after having wrongly claimed that an award-winning beef noodle soup restaurant served meat that contained ractopamine, resignation was approved by Premier Su Tseng-chang with immediate effect, Ting’s position being temporarily filled by Li Meng-yen 李孟諺 [⇥  Taipei Times,  Focus Taiwan]
  • Nov. 14 (Sat): Following protests from the PRC against US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement, the US State Department comments that the US ‘takes no position on sovereignty over Taiwan’ [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News,  Focus Taiwan]
  • Nov. 12 (Thu): US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo states in an interview with Hugh Hewitt that ‘Taiwan has not been a part of China’ [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News]
  • Nov. 10 (Tue): The Ama Museum (amajia heping yu nüxing renquanguan 阿嬤家 - 和平與女性人權館) in Taipei operated by the Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation (TWRF), commemorating Taiwan’s comfort women (weianfu 慰安婦), closes due to financial difficulties [⇥  Taipei Times,  Focus Taiwan]
  • Nov. 3 (Tue):
    • The DSCA of the US notifies the US Congress after the State Department approved the sale of four MQ-9B remotely piloted aircraft and related equipment to Taiwan at an estimated cost of US$ 600 million [⇥  Taiwan News,  DefenseNews,  Taiwan Today,  DSCA,  OCAC News]
    • A Taiwan-ASEAN Parliamentary Friendship Association (Taiwan yu dongnanya guojia xiehui guohui yiyuan youhao xiehui 臺灣與東南亞國家協會國會議員友好協會) is formed, DPP lawmaker Chen Ou-po 陳歐珀 (Yilan County) is elected as its chairman  [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News]
    • The Transitional Justice Commission (TJC) reports that it had overturned criminal charges against 12 people persecuted during the White Terror era, bringing the commission’s total exonerations to 5,874 [⇥  Taipei Times]
    • NPP Chairwoman Chairwoman Kao Yu-ting 高鈺婷 resigns  [⇥  Taipei Times,  Focus Taiwan]

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October 2020

  • Oct. 27 (Tue): A Taiwan-France Interparliamentary Amity Association (Taiwan yu Faguo guohui youhao xiehui 臺灣與法國國會友好協會) is formed with legislator Tsai Shih-ying 蔡適應 (DPP, Keelung City) as its chairman [⇥  Taipei Times,  YouTube,  Epoch Times]
  • Oct. 26 (Mon):
  • Oct. 23 (Fri): A ROC Switzerland Inter-Parliamentary Amity Association (Zhonghua minguo yu Ruishi guohui yiyuan youhao lianyihui 中華民國與瑞士國會議員友好聯誼會) holds its inaugural meeting and elects legislator Chang Yu-mei 張育美 (, KMT, legislator-at-large) as its head [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News]
  • Oct. 21 (Wed): The DSCA announces the approval by the US State Department of an arms package worth US$ 1.81 billion which includes AGM-84H Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) Missiles, High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) M142 Launchers and MS-110 Recce Pods, as well as related equipment [⇥  Taiwan Today,  DSCA]
  • Oct. 16 (Fri): The ROC Legislative Yuan establishes a U.N. Sustainable Development Goals Advisory Council (lifayuan lianheguo yongxu fazhan mubiao cejinhui 立法院聯合國永續發展目標策進會) headed by Deputy Legislative Speaker Tsai Chi-chang [⇥  Taipei Times]
  • Oct. 15 (Thu): The Economic Democracy Union (jingji minzhu lianhe 經濟民主連合, abbrev. jingminlian 經民連) think tank calls for swift amendments to the Regulations Governing Investment in Securities by Overseas Chinese and Foreign Nationals (huaqiao ji waiguoren touzi zhengquan guanli banfa 華僑及外國人投資證券管理辦法) to prevent economic espionage in Taiwan by Chinese corporations [⇥  Taipei Times]
  • Oct. 6 (Tue): The constitutional amendment committee (xiuxian weiyuanhui 修憲委員會) under the Legislative Yuan is launched [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News]
  • Oct. 1 (Sun):
    • The Agency of Irrigation under the COA is established
    • The ROC MOFA protests after Japan's Ishigaki City government announced the intention to rename the administrative district of the Senkaku Islands from "Tonoshiro" (Shiyuan shi Dengye cheng 石垣市登野城, Jap. Ishigaki shi Tonoshiro) to "Tonoshiro Senkaku" (Shiyuan shi Dengye cheng Jian’ge 石垣市登野城尖閣, Jap. Ishigaki shi Tonoshiro Senkaku) [⇥  Taipei Times,  OCAC News,  CNA]

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September 2020

  • Sept. 25 (Fri): The MOTC reports that Yeh Hsieh-lung was appointed director-general of the Maritime and Port Bureau [⇥  CNA]
  • Sept. 21 (Mon): PRC Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin 汪文斌 denies the existence of the median line in the Taiwan Strait [⇥  Taiwan News,  RTI,  CNN,  MAC]
  • Sept. 19 (Sat):
    • The Taipei Times runs a story about the efforts of the Gangshan Veterans’ Village Culture Association (Gangshan juancun wenhua xiehui 岡山眷村文化協會) investigating details of the crash of an ROC Air Force plane on June 3, 1968 [⇥  Taipei Times,  Liberty Times]
    • Hehuan Mountain Dark Sky Park (hehuanshan ankong gongyuan 合歡山暗空公園), Taiwan’s first international dark sky park (guanxing youshan pingtai 觀星友善平台) is officially launched on central Taiwan's Hehuanshan 合歡山, setting a milestone for astronomy communities in the country [⇥  Taiwan News]
  • Sept. 17 (Thu): US Under-Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Keith J. Krach arrives at Songshan Airport in Taipei on a commercial charter flight to attend the memorial service for late ROC President Lee Teng-hui on Sept. 19 at Aletheia University in Tamsui District (New Taipei City), meets ROC Premier Su Tseng-chang and ROC President Tsai Ing-wen on Sept. 18 and leaves Taiwan less than 48 hours after arrival; highest-ranking State Department official to visit Taiwan since 1979 [⇥  Taiwan News,  CNN,  OCAC News]
  • Sept. 16 (Wed): Taiwanese media report that the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Taipei and the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council (USTBC) have formed a coalition to promote efforts toward signing a Bilateral Trade Agreement between the two countries [⇥  Taiwan News,  Liberty Times]
  • Sept. 14 (Mon): The Legislative Yuan decides the formation of the 39-member constitutional amendment committee (xiuxian weiyuanhui 修憲委員會), consisting 22 members from the DPP, 14 from the KMT, 2 from the TPP and 1 from the NPP [⇥  Euro View,  Focus Taiwan,  CNA]
  • Sept. 12 (Sat): At a rally outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, the Tayal National Assembly (taiyaer zu minzu yihui 泰雅爾族民族議會), the Indigenous Peoples’ Action Coalition of Taiwan (Taiwan yuanzhu minzu buluo xingdong lianmeng 台灣原住民族部落行動聯盟, abbrev. IPACT), the Association for Taiwan Indigenous Peoples Policy (Taiwan yuanzhu minzu zhengce xiehui 台灣原住民族政策協會, abbrev. ATIPP) and other organizations denounced what they called the PRC’s policy of “cultural genocide”  [⇥  Taipei Times]
  • Sept. 9 (Wed): A legislative friendship group (no formal English name, name in Chinese: Taiwan yu poluode hai sanguo guohui yiyuan youhao xiehui 台灣與波羅的海三國國會議員友好協會) that seeks to build closer ties between Taiwanese legislators and lawmakers in the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, is established and headed by legislator Chiu Chih-wei 邱志偉 (DPP, Kaohsiung City) [⇥  Taiwan News,  OCAC News]
  • Sept. 6 (Sun): On the fourth session of its 20th national congress, the KMT backs the ‘1992 Consensus’ [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  Focus Taiwan]
  • Sept. 2 (Wed): The ROC government releases a new design for the country's passport highlighting the English word for "Taiwan" in the hope of drawing a clearer distinction between Taiwan and the PRC; passports with the new design have been issued since Jan. 2, 2021 [⇥  Taiwan News,  OCAC News,  CNA]

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  • Feb. 27 (Thu):
    • ROC Premier Su Tseng-chang accepts MOHW Minister Chen Shih-chung's recommendation to upgrade the Central Epidemic Command Center (zhongyang liuxing yiqing zhihui zhongxin 中央流行疫情指揮中心, abbrev. CECC) to a level-1 facility (yiji kaishe 一級開設) in light of the mounting, global urgency to contain COVID-19 [⇥  Taipei Times,  Executive Yuan,  MOHW]
    • The TJC launches the Taiwan Transitional Justice Database (Taiwan zhuanxing zhengyi ziliaoku 臺灣轉型正義資料庫), containing records and photographs of victims of political persecution during the White Terror era, as well as the names and ranks of perpetrators [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News]
  • Feb. 21 (Fri): ROC Premier Su Tseng-chang announces that the mandate of the Transitional Justice Commission (TJC) will be extended by at least one year [⇥  Taiwan News,  CNA]
  • Feb. 13 (Thu): The launch of Taiwan’s first domestically built rocket HAPITH-1 (feishu yihao 飛鼠一號) from a launchpad in Nantian Village 南田村 (Daren Township 達仁鄉, Taitung County) is postponed due to inclement weather [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News,  Focus Taiwan]
  • Feb. 5 (Wed): Legislator Fu Kun-chi 傅崐萁 (Ind., Hualien County) gains approval from the KMT Central Standing Committee for having his KMT membership restored (Fu had been expelled from the KMT on Oct. 10, 2009, one day after registering for the Hualien County Magistrate election as an independent candidate without permission from the party; Fu won that election), but the Legislative Yuan subsequently kept Fu listed as independent [⇥  Taipei Times,  CNA]
  • Feb. 1 (Sat): The newly elected Tenth Legislative Yuan convenes and elects DPP legislator-at-large You Si-kun legislative speaker [⇥  Taipei Times,  Taiwan News]

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