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  A 14,000 sq. mile island in the China Sea, 100 miles from the Chinese coast, was once called Ilha Formosa (Beautiful Island).
 (SFC, 6/10/97, p.A8)(SFC, 9/5/00, p.A10)
The original inhabitants of Taiwan were Malayo-Polynesian speaking peoples akin to those of Indonesia and the Philippines.
    (Econ, 1/15/05, Survey p.4)
  The 18 islands of Matsu belonged to Taiwan but were closer to mainland China. In 2000 there were 3,000 inhabitants.
 (SFEC, 5/7/00, p.B3)
  The population in 2000 was around 22 million. Taiwan is about the size of the Netherlands, or Massachusetts and Connecticut combined.
 (SFC, 9/5/00, p.A10)(SFEC, 11/12/00, p.T4)
The population in 2005 was around 23 million. Taiwan is about the size of the Netherlands, or Massachusetts and Connecticut combined.
    (SFEC, 11/12/00, p.T4)(Econ, 8/27/05, p.54)

10000BC    Austronesians began to settle the island of Taiwan. Their descendents became known as the aboriginal Seediq people.
    (Econ, 9/17/11, p.41)

8000BC    Asian peoples settled the island of Taiwan about this time.
    (SSFC, 2/18/07, p.G6)
8000BC    In Taiwan twined hemp cord was decoratively pressed into the side of clay vessels. As of 2015 this was the earliest known use of hemp.
    (SSFC, 1/18/15, p.E6)

1300BC    The Lapita people took once again to the open seas about this time, pushing east past the Solomon Islands to the Bismarck archipelago and beyond to Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa. Theses Southeast Asian peoples had headed south from Taiwan to Papua New Guinea and as far as the main Solomon islands, where they stopped some 40,000 years ago.
    (AFP, 11/9/10)

1517        Portuguese sailors named Ilha Formosa (beautiful island), later known as Taiwan.
    (SFC, 12/11/99, p.B6)

1661        Apr 29, Chinese Ming dynasty occupied Taiwan.
    (HN, 4/29/98)

1673        Apr 5, Francois Caron (~72), admiral, governor (Formosa), drowned.
    (MC, 4/5/02)

1683        Taiwan was claimed by China's Manchu dynasty after large-scale immigration from the Chinese mainland to the island.
    (AP, 8/12/06)

1854        Robert Swinhoe (1836-1877), English naturalist, became the British council in Amoy (later Xiamen, China). Over the next 2 decades he collected and counted some 650 Chinese species of birds. In 1860 He became the first British representative on Formosa (later Taiwan).
    (Econ, 12/20/08, p.67)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Swinhoe)

1873        Jun 29, China’s Emperor Tongzhi held the first imperial audience with foreign diplomats in 80 years. Japan’s foreign minister asked for compensation for an attack on sailors from the Ryukyu islands by aborigines on Taiwan. China disavowed responsibility.
    (Econ, 12/21/13, p.72)

1874        Japan launched a punitive expedition to Formosa (later Taiwan).
    (Econ, 8/15/15, p.34)

1887-1895    A group of five uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku by Japan, or Diaoyu by China, belonged to the province of Taiwan.
    (Econ, 5/18/13, p.50)

1895        Apr 17, China and Japan signed the peace treaty of Shimonoseki. This followed a war over control of the Korean peninsula. Taiwan and the islands that it controlled were taken over by Japan (see May 8).
    (HN, 4/17/98)(Econ, 1/15/05, Survey p.4)(Econ, 5/18/13, p.50)

1895        May 8, China ceded Taiwan to Japan under the Apr 17 Treaty of Shimonoseki. This followed a war over control of the Korean peninsula. Japan began administering the Senkaku Islands between Okinawa and Taiwan following the Treaty of Shimonoseki. Japanese occupation ended in 1945. The US took over after WW II but returned them to Japan in 1972. China later disputed Japanese control of the islands.
    (SFEC, 10/8/96, A8)(Econ, 1/15/05, Survey p.4)(SSFC, 2/18/07, p.G5)(Econ, 9/25/10, p.54)

1930        In Taiwan hundreds of indigenous Seediq people, led by Mauna Rudao, revolted against Japanese overlords. Over a hundred Japanese were killed in what came to be known as the Wushe incident. This triggered a brutal Japanese response. The story was brought to life in the 2011 Taiwanese film “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale," directed by Wei Te-sheng.
    (Econ, 9/17/11, p.40) 

1933        The art treasures of the Forbidden City of China arrived for safe-keeping.
    (WSJ, 12/29/95, p.A-11)

1933-1973    Feng Shan Ho (d. 1997 at 96) served as a representative of the Nationalist government. He retired in SF and wrote “Forty Years of Diplomatic Life."
    (SFC, 10/3/97, p.B13)

1935        A 7.4 earthquake hit Taiwan and killed 3,276 people.
    (SFC, 9/21/99, p.A13)

1942-1945    The Kinkaseki copper mine was worked by prisoners of war under Japanese dictate. Of the 523 men who went into the mine in Dec 1942, only about 100 were alive at the end of the war.
    (SFEC, 1/11/98, p.A25)

1945        Aug 18, Subhas Chandra Bose (b.1897), a leader of the Indian Independence Movement, died after his overloaded Japanese plane crashed in Japanese-occupied Formosa. He had led some 40,000 soldiers against the British during WWII as an ally of Hitler and imperial Japan.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subhas_Chandra_Bose)(Econ, 5/23/09, p.92)(Econ, 12/20/14, p.57)

1945        Sep 9, The Japanese in S. Korea, Taiwan, China and Indochina surrendered to Allies.
    (MC, 9/9/01)

1945        Oct 25, Japanese surrendered Taiwan to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. Taiwan was returned to Chinese control following the Japanese occupation during WW II.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Taiwan)(SFC, 6/9/97, p.A8)

1947        Feb 28, There was an anti-Kuomintang demonstration on Taiwan. As many as 20,000 civilians were massacred by the Kuomintang (KMT). A riot was sparked by the arrest of a woman selling contraband cigarettes in Taipei. Crowds attacked the Nationalist Party institutions as Nationalist troops and secret police struck back over the ensuing months. In 1996 a 69 cent postage stamp was planned in commemoration of the “228 Incident." In 2006 a team from UC Berkeley won a design competition for a 15-acre “228 National Memorial Park."
    (SFC, 4/6/06, p.B3)(SFC, 12/26/96, p.B1)(SFC, 6/10/97, p.A8)(SFC, 4/6/06, p.B3)

1948-1949    Chiang Kai-shek’s Koumintang forces shipped 230,000 of the best art pieces from the Summer Palace in Beijing’s Forbidden City to Taiwan.
    (Econ, 12/21/13, p.8)

1949        Sep 21, The Communist People’s Republic of China was proclaimed under Mao Tse Tung with Chou En-Lai as Premier. “Today, the Chinese people have stood up." Mao-Tse-Tung led his people to power after half a century (50 yrs.) of civil strife. The Chinese Communists drove Chiang Kai-shek to Formosa. The capitalist stronghold of Shanghai fell to Mao Tse-tung Communist guerrillas. The Communist People’s Liberation Army brought with them to Beijing a northeastern folk dance called yang ge.
    (TOH, 1982, p.1949)(WSJ, 12/10/93)(TMC, 1994, p.1945)(WSJ, 10/26/95, p.A-12)(WSJ, 8/5/96, p.A1)(AP, 9/21/97)

1949        Oct 1, Republic of China (Taiwan) was formed on island of Formosa. The Nationalists under Chiang Kai-shek had been defeated and fled to Taiwan and took control. Chiang Kai-shek established the “temporary" government of the Republic of China in Taipei and established martial law.
    (SFC, 6/9/97, p.A8)(SFC, 6/10/97, p.A9)

1949        Oct 25, Communist troops landed at the small village of Kuningt’ou (Kuningtou), hoping to capture Kinmen Island and prepare an assault on Taiwan. Nationalist Col. Lee Kuang-chi’en died in a 3-day battle, which turned back the communist assault. A plaque in honor of Col Lee was later changed, dropping references to anti-communism.
    (WSJ, 4/21/08, p.A14)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kuningtou)

1949        Dec 7, The Nationalist Chinese government escaped to Formosa.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1684)

1949        Dec 8, The Chinese Nationalist government moved from the Chinese mainland to Formosa as the Communists pressed their attacks.
    (AP, 12/8/97)

1949        The Kuomintang (KMT) introduced conscription for its armed forces. An all-volunteer army for Taiwan was due to begin in 2015.
    (Econ, 8/10/13, p.34)

1949-1987    The Kuomintang (KMT) ruled Taiwan under martial law during this period.
    (Econ, 11/22/08, p.54)

1950        Mar 1, Chiang Kai-shek resumed the presidency of Nationalist China in Taipei.

1951        Oct 22, An earthquake hit Formosa and 100 people were killed.
    (MC, 10/22/01)

1952        Kinmen Koaliang Liquor was founded by a Koumintang general to boost the troops. Kinmen, under Taiwan, is a cluster of two islands off the coast of China’s Fujian province.
    (Econ, 5/23/15, p.32)

1953        Jan 30, President Dwight Eisenhower announced that he would pull the Seventh Fleet out of Formosa to permit the Nationalists to attack Communist China.
    (HN, 1/30/99)

1954        Aug 11, After Chinese Nationalists placed 58,000 troops on Quemoy and 15,000 troops on Matsu the ROC began building defensive structures and the PRC began shelling ROC installations on Quemoy. Zhou Enlai, Premier of the People's Republic of China responded with a declaration that Taiwan must be "liberated." He dispatched the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and began shelling both Quemoy and Matsu.

1954        Sep 3, China began artillery bombing on Quemoy. Despite warnings from the US against any attacks on the Republic of China, the People's Liberation Army unleashed a heavy artillery bombardment of Quemoy, and intensified its actions in November by bombing the Tachen Islands.

1957        May 24, Anti-American rioting broke out in Taipei, Taiwan.
    (AP, 5/24/07)

1957        Paraguay began receiving economic support from Taiwan in exchange for supporting Taiwan at the UN.
    (AP, 9/1/08)

1958        Sep 11, Responding to Communist China's artillery attacks on the Taiwan-held islands of Quemoy and Matsu, President Eisenhower said in a broadcast address the US had to be prepared to fight to prevent a communist takeover of the islands.
    (AP, 9/11/08)

1960        Jun 4, The Taiwan island of Quemoy was hit by 500 artillery shells fired from the coast of Communist China.
    (HN, 6/4/98)

1961-1962    The art of China was put on an international exhibit.
    (SFEC, 10/6/96, DB p.37)

1964        Sep 12, Typhoon Gloria struck Taiwan killing 330, with $17.5 million damage.
    (MC, 9/12/01)

1965        A museum in the style of the Ming and Qing palaces was built on a hillside outside Taipei to house the treasures of the Forbidden City. The National Palace Museum, Taipei, possessed 80,000 art objects.
    (WSJ, 12/29/95, p.A-11)

1966        Master Cheng Yen, a Buddhist nun in Taiwan, founded the Tzu Chi Foundation. Its trained volunteers were taught that charitable givers must thank those they help in person. It began overseas relief work in 1991. By 2008 it had some 10 million supporters with annual donations of $300 million.
    (Econ, 5/31/08, p.47)

1969        Mar 20, Senator Edward Kennedy called on the U.S. to close all bases in Taiwan.
    (HN, 3/20/98)

1970        RCA Corp. opened its Taiwan 1st semiconductor factory. GE bought RCA in 1986 and sold it to Thomson in 1987. Its northern facilities were shut down in 1991 and the area was declared a toxic site. In 2002 it was reported that a 1000 former plant employees suffered from cancer and that 200 had died.
    (SFC, 5/24/02, p.B5)

1971        Oct 25, The UN General Assembly voted to admit the People’s Republic of China and expel Nationalist China (Taiwan).
    (AP, 10/25/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_and_the_United_Nations)

1971        Nov 23, The People's Republic of China was seated in the U.N. Security Council. [The UN vote to admit was Oct 25]
    (WUD, 1994, p. 1688)(AP, 11/23/97)

1972        In Taiwan Giant Manufacturing began producing bicycles for foreign and domestic buyers. By 2008 it was the world’s largest bicycle maker.
    (Econ, 9/20/08, p.79)

1973        Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) was founded.
    (Econ, 5/29/10, p.66)

1975        Apr 5, Chiang Kai-shek (b.1887), Chinese statesman and president of the Republic (1943-1950) and President of the Republic of China, Taiwan (1950-1975), died at age 87. Madame Chiang Kai-shek (Soong Mayling) moved to New York following her husband's death. In 1982 Sterling Seagrave authored "The Soong Dynasty." In 2009 Jay Taylor authored “The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China."
    (WUD, 1994, p.254)(AP, 5/5/97)(SFC, 1/27/00, p.E1,5)(Econ, 5/9/09, p.86)

1978        Dec 15, President Carter announced he would grant diplomatic recognition to the People’s Republic of China, i.e. Communist China, on New Year's Day and sever official relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan).
    (WUD, 1994, p.1691)(AP, 12/15/98)

1978        Dec 31, Taiwanese diplomats struck their colors for the final time from the embassy flagpole in Washington, marking the end of diplomatic relations with the United States.
    (AP, 12/31/97)

1979        Apr 10, The US Government established the Taiwan Relations Act which said: "to make clear that the US decision to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China rests upon the expectation that the future of Taiwan will be determined by peaceful means."
    (WSJ, 1/31/96, p.A-18)(www.taiwandocuments.org/tra01.htm)

1979        In Kao-hsiung human rights activists clashed with riot police in what became known as the Formosa Incident. The Formosa Group helped unify opposition groups.
    (SFEC, 3/19/00, p.A23)

1982        Jan 11, The Reagan Administration announced that it will continue to help Taiwan produce F-5E fighter planes, but will not sell more advanced models.

1982        Jan 12, Peking protested the sale of U.S. planes to Taiwan. The sale set an annual process that continued to 2001.
    (HN, 1/12/99)(SFC, 4/25/01, p.A9)

1982        Jul 14, The US made assurances to Taiwan regarding arms sales.

1983        May 10, Dominica PM Dame Eugenia Charles chose to support Taiwan out of political conviction (www.thedominican.net/articles/newsdesk6.htm).
    (Econ, 4/10/04, p.29)

1986        Taiwan’s Pres. Chiang Ching-kuo, the son of Chiang Kai-shek, decided to open up the political life with Democratic reforms.
    (SFEC, 3/19/00, p.A22)(Econ, 12/9/06, p.47)

1986        The Democratic Progressive Party was established in opposition to the Nationalist Party and advocated formal independence from China.
    (SFC, 12/1/97, p.A12)

1987        Jul 15, Taiwan Pres. Chiang Ching-Kuo, son of Chiang Kai-Shek, ended 37 years of martial law.
    (www.gio.gov.tw/taiwan-website/5-gp/rights/politics_01.htm)(SFC, 6/9/97, p.A8)(SFC, 6/10/97, p.A8)

1987        Morris Chang founded the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). His was the first pure foundry making chips for designers with no factories.
    (Econ, 7/27/13, p.54)

1988        Jan 13, Lee Teng-hui (b.1923) became president of Taiwan, the first Taiwan-born head-of-state, following the death of President Chiang Ching-kuo. Lee Teng-hui authorized the establishment of the separatist Democratic Progressive party (DPP).
    (WSJ, 2/26/96, p.A-1)(http://experts.about.com/e/l/le/Lee_Teng-hui.htm)

1988        Hon Hai, a small Taiwanese plastics manufacturer, opened a factory in Shenzhen, China. By 2009 it had grown to the size of a city with over a quarter of a million employees.
    (Econ, 2/21/09, p.70)

1990        Nicaragua switched diplomatic recognition from Beijing to Taipei.
    (Econ, 11/9/13, p.43)

1991        Dec 29, A Boeing 747-200F of China Airlines crashed into a mountain at Taipei and 5 people were killed.

1991        French frigates were sold to Taiwan. In 2004 a fake list of French public figures (including later president Nicolas Sarkozy), who allegedly held accounts at a Luxembourg-based clearing house (Clearstream Banking S.A.), was leaked to a French judge. This came to be known as the 2nd Clearstream affair.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearstream)(Econ, 12/6/08, p.70)

1992        Sep 2, On the campaign trail, President Bush announced nearly $2 billion in new aid for US farmers and a $6 billion jet fighter sale that would largely benefit Texas. Democrat Bill Clinton, meanwhile, charged that Bush would short change middle-class students to finance tax cuts for the rich. Bush announced the agreement to sell Taiwan 150 F-16 jet fighters at the General Dynamics factory in Fort Worth, Texas.
    (AP, 9/2/97)(www.fas.org/news/taiwan/1992/920903-taiwan-usia2.htm)

1993        Feb, Lien Chan was named premier of Taiwan.
    (SFC, 8/29/97, p.A18)

1993        Aug 18, Tseng "Jim" Peng, electronics tycoon, returned to California from a trip to Taiwan and found his mistress, Ranbing "Jennifer" Ji, stabbed to death and his 5-month-old son suffocated. His wife Lisa Peng was found guilty in 1996 after an initial trial ended in deadlock. Lisa Peng's conviction was reversed in 1999 due to questionable police tactics.
    (SFEC, 10/10/99, p.C5)

1993        Nov, Wang Zhihua boarded a scheduled flight from Hangzhou to Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province opposite Taiwan. He showed fake explosives to the crew, saying he had a bomb, and forced the plane to fly to Taiwan. In 2008 Wang was returned to China and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
    (AP, 12/5/08)

1993        The Taiwanese film "The Wedding Banquet" was directed by Ang Lee.
    (USAT, 2/5/04, p.10A)

1993        Taiwan began to allow tourists to visit the Kinmen, a small island nestled against the Chinese coast. Chinese tourists were excluded. The island was ringed with minefields and occupied by 10,000 Taiwanese troops.
    (Econ, 1/15/05, Survey p.8)

1993        Chinese hijackers commandeered jets to Taiwan at least twice. In 1999 two children and 9 hijackers were returned to China.
    (SFC, 2/6/99, p.A12)

1994        Aug, The New Party was established by former KMT legislators who refused to accept Taiwanese separatism.
    (SFC, 6/10/97, p.A9)

1994        Dennis V. Hickey wrote: “United States-Taiwan Security Ties: From Cold War to Beyond Containment," (Praeger). The late President Chiang Ching-kuo was credited with making the greatest contributions to the island's democracy. His successor, Lee Teng-hui, was recognized for his role in Taiwan's political transformation.
    (WSJ, 11/30/95, p.A-22)

1995        Feb 15, A fire roared through a three-story nightclub in Taichung, Taiwan, killing at least 64 people.
    (AP, 2/15/00)

1995        Jul 21-1995 China conducted a series of ballistic missile test firings 85 miles from Taiwan. The missiles were all MTCR class four short range and two intermediate range. All were modern, mobile, nuclear-capable. No country has ever held this level of field tests for nuclear capable missiles before.

1995        Taipei, Oct. trade surplus at $1.42 bil.
    (WSJ, 11/8/95, p.A-14)

1996        Mar 10, Secretary of State Warren Christopher, accusing China of “reckless" provocations against Taiwan, said on NBC that US warships would move closer to Taiwan.
    (AP, 3/10/01)

1996        Mar 23, The first free presidential elections were planned. Lee Teng-hui had a landslide victory.
    (WSJ, 2/26/96, p.A-1)(WSJ, 3/25/96, p.A-1)

1996        Mar 25, China halted its 18-day intimidating naval exercises around Taiwan led by the new guided-missile destroyer Harbin.
    (SFC, 3/22/97, p.A3)

1996        Jun 11, Formosa Plastic Group of Taiwan led by Y.C. Wang was planning to build 6 thermal power plants in the coastal province of Fujian in China for an investment of $3.8 bil.
    (WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A10)

1996        Sep 12, In Taiwan a five-year-old girl's remains were found in a drain outside a toilet at the Air Force Command headquarters in Taipei. In 1997 Taiwanese soldier Chiang Kuo-ching was found guilty of rape and murder and executed by firing squad. A task force found that Chiang had masturbated in the toilet and some drops of his semen fell onto the tissue. He had been tortured into confessing, but was not the murderer. Chiang Kuo-ching was posthumously acquitted by a military court in September, 2011, followed by a ruling that his family be paid Tw$131.85 million ($4.4 million) in compensation. A court in November launched legal action to bar former minister Chen Chao-min and seven other ex-military officers involved in the case from transferring their assets.
    (AFP, 11/29/11)

1996        Sep 24, Taiwan police shut down 188 sex parlors in the last 7 days and pledged to close the remaining 103 by the end of the day.
    (SFC, 9/25/96, p.A9)

1997        Apr, The Taiwanese drama film “The River" was shown at the SF Film Festival.
    (SFC, 4/23/97, p.D3)
1997        Apr, Pai Hsiao-yen, the daughter of TV star Pai Ping-ping, was kidnapped and killed. A wave of crime in Taiwan led to mass demonstrations in July. Chen Chin-hsing was sought in this case and for the killing a plastic surgeon and 2 nurses. His wife and brother-in-law were arrested in the case.
    (SFEC, 7/27/97, Par p.9)(SFC, 11/19/97, p.C3)

1997        Jun 5, The Taiwan film “Mahjong" by Edward Yang was an Int’l. film festival award winner.
    (SFC, 6/5/97, p.E3)

1997        Jul 5, From Taiwan it was reported that the ruling party and the opposition pro-independence party had joined behind a plan to change the constitution and scrap the provincial government, a vestige of an old arrangement that considered Taiwan a part of China.
    (SFC, 7/5/97, p.C2)

1997        Jul, Taiwan’s prime minister launched a 5-year plan to crack down on betel-nut chewing.
    (WSJ, 8/22/97, p.A1)

1997        Aug 10, In Taiwan a 19-seat Formosa Airlines Dornier 228 crashed on the island of Matsu and killed all 16 onboard.
    (SFC, 8/11/97, p.A8)(WSJ, 8/11/97, p.A1)

1997        Aug 18, Typhoon Winnie swept over Taiwan and left 24 people dead.
    (SFC, 8/19/97, p.A9)

1997        Aug 28, Taiwan’s Pres. Lee Teng-hui selected Vincent Siew (58) to replace Lien Chen as premier.
    (SFC, 8/29/97, p.A18)

1997        Nov 18, In Taiwan Chen Chin-hsing held a South African embassy official and his family hostage and demanded the release of his wife and brother-in-law.
    (SFC, 11/19/97, p.C3)

1997        Nov 19, In Taiwan Chen Chin-hsing surrendered to police after releasing his hostages in Taipei.
    (SFC, 11/20/97, p.B7)

1997        Nov 29, Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won 12 of 23 mayoral and county seats and for the first time received more votes than the Nationalist Party.
    (SFC, 12/1/97, p.A12)

1997        Dec 30, South Africa established diplomatic ties with China and ended formal ties with Taiwan.
    (SFC, 12/31/97, p.A9)

1997        In Taiwan the High Tech Computer company was founded as a designer and manufacturer of products sold under other brand names. The company was later renamed HPC and created its own brand name. In 2007 it launched the HTC Touch, a touch screen device whose sales were boosted by the appearance of Apple’s first iPhone.
    (Econ, 4/7/12, p.73)
1997        Taiwan’s MediaTek was founded and began making controllers for CD-ROMS. By 2004 the company was developing chops for mobile phones.
    (Econ, 8/24/13, p.60)

1998        Jan 12, Former US Senator Robert Dole signed a $30,000 per month contract as a foreign agent for Taiwan.
    (WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A1)

1998        Feb 16, In Taiwan a China Airlines Airbus A300-600R crashed at Chiang Kai-shek airport while trying to land in fog. 196 people on board were killed plus 6 on the ground. The passengers included the governor of Taiwan’s Central Bank and other financial officials.
    (SFC, 2/17/98, p.A6)(AP, 2/16/08)

1998        Jun 4, It was reported that an airborne virus had killed 26 children in the last 6 weeks. Another 132 were hospitalized and as many as 9,000 were infected. Efforts to fight the disease were being centralized. Enterovirus 71 soon claimed 7 more children.
    (WSJ, 6/5/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/19/98, p.B4)

1998        Jun 26, Summer camps were ordered to be closed and children under 14 barred from swimming pools to fight an intestinal virus that has killed 52.
    (SFC, 6/27/98, p.A14)

1998        Jul 17, A 6.2 earthquake in Taiwan triggered falling rock that killed 4 people and injured 19.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.A14)

1998        Oct 14, China and Taiwan held their first talks since 1993 and said they were working toward reunification.
    (SFC, 10/15/98, p.A12)

1998        Oct 14, In the Philippines Typhoon Zeb killed 21 people and forced some 31,000 from their homes. The death toll went up to 70. It moved on to Taiwan where 20 people were killed and Japan where 12 died.
    (SFC, 10/15/98, p.C4)(WSJ, 10/19/98, p.A1)

1998        Dec 6, The ruling Nationalists enlarged their legislative majority and captured the mayoralty in Taipei.
    (WSJ, 12/7/98, p.A1)

1998        Dec 20, In Cambodia there were riots in Sihanoukville to protests suspected toxic waste imports from Taiwan. Hundreds of Cambodians fled the city after reports of deaths from 3,000 tons of toxic waste dumped 2 weeks ago. The waste was loaded with mercury and a plan was made to move it away from Sihanoukville. Taiwan ordered Formosa Plastics to take back the 3,000 tons of waste but the firm said the government used tests by an environmental group.
    (WSJ, 12/21/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/22/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/28/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/29/98, p.A1)

1998        The film “Han Chee" (Sweet Potato) by Jean Cheng was a video essay on Taiwanese history.
    (SFEC, 11/1/98, DB p.48)

1999        Feb 9, China severed relations with Macedonia after the government in Skopje recognized Taiwan.
    (WSJ, 2/10/99, p.A1)

1999        Apr 29, The US decided to sell an early-warning radar system to Taiwan.
    (SFC, 4/30/99, p.D4)

1999        Jul 12, In Taiwan Pres. Lee Teng-hui abandoned the operating "one China" principle in favor of "state-to-state" relations.
    (SFC, 7/13/99, p.A1,12)

1999        Jul 31, Chinese authorities seized a Taiwanese freighter near the Taiwanese military post of Matsu Island with accusations of smuggling.
    (SFC, 8/2/99, p.A10)

1999        Aug 6, Taiwan pop music star Ah-mei, Zhang Huimei (26), mesmerized a crowd of 45,000 fans at a rock concert in Beijing.
    (SFEC, 8/8/99, p.A15)

1999        Sep 20, In Taiwan a 7.6 earthquake killed an estimated 2,161 people and injured over 3,500. 2,600 people were believed to be buried alive. Aftershocks the next day registered at 6.8 and 100,000 people were homeless.
    (SFC, 9/21/99, p.A1)(SFC, 9/22/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/22/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/22/99, p.A1) (http://nisee.berkeley.edu/taiwan/)

1999        Sep 21, In Taiwan the 12-story Sungshan hotel collapsed and at least 73 people were killed as numerous after shocks followed the previous day’s 7.6 earthquake. Prosecutors later charged 5 people with negligence in the design and construction of the building. [see Sep 20]
    (SFC, 11/9/99, p.A14)(AP, 9/21/00)

1999        Sep 23, In Taiwan the death toll passed 2100 but the number believed to be trapped was reduced to 300. Chip production was expected to resume in 10 days.
    (WSJ, 9/24/99, p.A1)

1999        Sep 25, In Taiwan powerful aftershocks continued after the government imposed an emergency decree to speed up relief operations.
    (SFEC, 9/26/99, p.A1)

1999        Sep 26, 2 brothers, Sun Chi-kwang (20) and Sun Chi-feng (26), were pulled from wreckage after being trapped for 5 1/2 days.
    (SFC, 9/27/99, p.A12)

1999        Oct 21, In Taiwan a 6.4 earthquake was centered near Chiayi.
    (SFC, 10/22/99, p.B4)(SFC, 10/23/99, p.A11)

1999        Nov 18, James Soong registered for the presidential race one day after being booted from the ruling Nationalists.
    (SFC, 11/19/99, p.D2)

2000        Feb 1, US House members voted to strengthen military ties with Taiwan with a 341-70 vote in favor of the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act.
    (SFC, 2/2/00, p.A14)

2000        Feb 21, China warned Taiwan that a prolonged lack of negotiations could provoke a military attack.
    (SFC, 2/22/00, p.A1)

2000        Mar 13, The Taipei market dropped 617 points in fear of an election win by Democratic Progressive Party candidate Chen Shui-bian.
    (SFC, 3/14/00, p.A8)

2000        Mar 18, Chen Shui-bian was elected as president ending 51 years of Nationalist Party rule. He won with 39% of the vote over James Soong with 37%. Annette Lu (55) was elected as vice-president.
    (SFEC, 3/19/00, p.A1,23)

2000        Mar 21, The Parliament ended a 51-year-old ban on direct trade, transport and postal links between several of its offshore islands and mainland China.
    (SFC, 3/22/00, p.A11)

2000        Mar 19, A mob stormed Nationalist Party's headquarters in Taiwan, forcing Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui to quit as party leader.
    (AP, 3/19/03)

2000        Mar 23, Lee Teng-hui resigned as leader of the ruling Nationalist Party.
    (SFC, 3/24/00, p.D3)

2000        Mar 29, Pres. elect Chen Shui-bian appointed defense minister Tang Fei (68) of the nationalist party as his Prime Minister.
    (SFC, 3/30/00, p.A20)

2000        Apr 17, The Clinton administration approved the sale of upgraded missiles and a long-range radar system for Taiwan but not 4 hi-tech destroyers.
    (SFC, 4/18/00, p.A8)

2000        May 17, A wave of earthquakes left 3 people dead in Taichung County of the central mountain region.
    (SFC, 5/18/00, p.A14)

2000        May 20, In Taiwan Lee Teng-hui (b.1923) ended his 12-year presidency.
    (Econ, 7/9/11, p.42)

2000        Jun 28, Pres. Chen Shui-bian told visiting Americans that he accepts that there is “one China."
    (SFC, 6/29/00, p.A10)

2000        Jul 21, The Liberty Times published an excerpt from former Pres. Lee Teng-hui’s new book “Asia’s Strategy," in which he called for Taiwan to declare itself a sovereign nation.
    (SFC, 7/22/00, p.C1)

2000        Jul, In Kaohsiung the water supply from the Kaoping River was shut down after tanker workers were caught pouring tons of the cancer-causing solvent dimethyl benzene into a tributary of the river.
    (SFC, 8/16/00, p.A18)

2000        Aug 14, Pres. Chen Shui-bian arrived in Los Angeles to begin a 2-week trip to strengthen ties with some of the 29 small nations that still support diplomatic relations.
    (SFC, 8/14/00, p.A12)

2000        Aug 22, Typhoon Bilis struck with winds over 100 mph and 3 people were killed.
    (SFC, 8/23/00, p.A11)

2000        Sep 4, It was reported that river pollution was a major problem and that Taiwan was capable of processing only 40% of its industrial waste.
    (SFC, 9/5/00, p.A12)

2000        Sep 29, A US AM-RAAM missile sale to Taiwan was designed so that delivery would not occur unless China threatened an attack.
    (SFC, 9/30/00, p.A14)

2000        Oct 3, Premier Tang Fei resigned after 4 ½ months in office.
    (WSJ, 10/4/00, p.A1)

2000        Oct 4, Pres. Chen named Chang Chun-hsuing as premier.
    (WSJ, 10/5/00, p.A1)

2000        Oct 27, Pres. Chen Shui Bian halted construction of a 4th nuclear power plant near Kungliao. The $5.5 bil project was one-third complete.
    (SFC, 10/28/00, p.A14)

2000        Oct 31, A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 jet crashed on takeoff from Taiwan as Typhoon Xangsane approached. Flight SQ006 was bound for Los Angeles. The plane apparently hit construction equipment on a closed runway. The airlines announced a $400,000 payment to victim’s families after admitting to pilot error. 83 people were killed when the pilots took off on the wrong runway. The pilots were not prosecuted.
    (WSJ, 11/1/00, p.A1)(SFC, 11/3/00, p.A16)(SFEC, 11/5/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/02)

2000        Nov 7, The legislature adopted bills to clear the way for a recall vote against Pres. Chen Shui-bian.
    (SFC, 11/8/00, p.B2)

2001        Jan 1, Taiwan planned to let Chinese merchants and tourists sail to Kinmen Island, a move to decriminalize reality and a possible preparation for wider links.
    (SFC, 12/28/00, p.C2)

2001        Feb 1, In Taiwan the legislature voted to reverse Pres. Shui-bian’s decision to scrap a partly built nuclear power plant.
    (SFC, 2/2/01, p.D4)

2001        Feb 5, The government backed off from opposing the restart of construction on the cancelled nuclear power plant.
    (SFC, 2/6/01, p.A10)

2001        Mar 31, The Dalai Lama arrived for a spiritual visit.
    (SFC, 4/2/01, p.A9)

2001        Apr 23, Pres. Bush decided to sell Taiwan older ships and planes, but not the advanced Aegis radar system.
    (SFC, 4/24/01, p.A1)

2001        Apr 24, Pres. Bush said that the annual process of selling arms to Taiwan, a US policy since 1982, would end. China condemned the recent $5 billion arms sale.
    (SFC, 4/25/01, p.A9)

2001        Apr 25, In unusually blunt terms, President Bush warned China that an attack on Taiwan could provoke a U.S. military response.
    (AP, 4/25/02)

2001        Jul 24, The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) was founded by former Pres. Lee Teng-hui. It actively campaigned for the creation of a de jure Republic of Taiwan. The party prided itself on being the first to include "Taiwan" in its name.
    (Econ, 7/9/11, p.42)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_Solidarity_Union)

2001        Jul 30, In Taiwan Typhoon Toraji left some 200 people dead.   
    (SFC, 7/31/01, p.A7)(AP, 7/30/06)

2001        Aug 26, Pres. Chen Shui-bian endorsed an economic council’s proposals to expand commercial ties with China.
    (SFC, 8/27/01, p.A6)

2001        Sep 17, Tropical storm Nari flooded Taipei and other cities. At least 66 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 9/19/01, p.A1)

2001        Sep 26, Typhoon Llekima hit Taiwan causing mudslides and power losses. 2 fishermen drowned and 1 was missing.
    (SFC, 9/27/01, p.A11)

2001        Nov 7, Taiwan ended a 50-year-old ban on direct trade and investment in China.
    (SFC, 11/8/01, p.A19)

2001        Nov 11, Taiwan officially joined the WTO after ministers in Qatar approved its membership.
    (SSFC, 11/11/01, p.A14)

2001        Nov 23, Taiwan announced that it would allow Chinese living abroad to visit as tourists. This relaxed a 50-year ban intended to keep out spies from the Chinese mainland.
    (SFC, 11/24/01, p.A11)

2001        Dec 1, Taiwan held parliamentary elections. The Nationalist Party lost 42 seats and their majority in the 225-seat legislature. The Democratic Progressive Party of Pres. Chen Shui-bian gained 21 seats. The results forced a new coalition government.
    (SFC, 12/1/01, p.A2)

2001        Acer, a Taiwan computer maker, spun off BenQ, a maker of LCD monitors.
    (Econ, 8/27/05, p.54)

2002        Mar 22, It was reported that the government had seized copies of Next magazine that included details of a secret $100 million fund used by former pres. Lee Teng-hui and current officials for diplomatic missions and policy initiatives. Some 220,000 copies did get distributed.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A10)(SFC, 3/30/02, p.A5)

2002        Mar 31, In Taiwan a 6.8-7.1 earthquake hit and 5 construction workers were killed in Taipei when 2 construction cranes fell from the 60th floor of a new building projected to be the tallest in the city. Taipei 101 reached 1,679 feet on completion and claimed to be have the highest structural top, tallest roof and highest occupied floor.
    (SFC, 4/1/02, p.A7)(WSJ, 4/1/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A22)

2002        May 15, Authorities imposed water rationing in Taipei for the 1st time in 22 years as drought reduced the main water reservoir to its lowest level since 1987.
    (SSFC, 5/19/02, p.C15)

2002        May 25, A Taiwanese China Airlines Boeing 747 airliner bound for Hong Kong crashed into the sea and 225 people were killed.
    (SSFC, 5/26/02, p.A12)(SFC, 5/27/02, p.A7)(AP, 5/25/03)

2002        Aug 3, Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian declared in a speech that Taiwan was "not someone else's province" but rather an independent country separate from China. Chen's comments sparked an uproar both in China and at home, prompting him to back away from his pointed rhetoric.
    (AP, 8/3/03)

2002        Aug 8, Taiwan said it may forge ahead with legislation for a referendum on formal independence from China, but sought to soften the blow with an assurance it would not hold a vote unless forced into a corner.
    (AP, 8/8/02)

2002        Sep 28, About 50,000 Taiwan teachers marched through the capital to demand the right to form labor unions in the island's biggest protest in years.
    (AP, 9/28/02)

2002        Nov 4, China signed a landmark agreement, “Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea," with ASEAN (Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam) on avoiding open conflict in the disputed South China Sea Spratly Islands. Indonesia objected and Taiwan was barred from signing.
    (Reuters, 11/4/02)(Econ, 5/22/04, p.40)(www.aseansec.org/13163.htm)

2002        Nov 23, Tens of thousands of Taiwan farmers took to the streets to protest against the planned reform of shaky agricultural co-ops, a day after the premier and finance minister offered to resign over the controversy.
    (Reuters, 11/23/02)

2002        Dec, Therese Shaheen was appointed as managing director and chairwoman of the American Institute in Taiwan. She resigned Apr 7, 2004.
    (WSJ, 4/20/04, p.A18)

2002        In Taiwan a language Romanization system known as tongyong pinyim was introduced. The Chinese favored the hanyu pinyim phonetic system developed in the 1950s. 
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.46)
2002        China surpassed the US as Taiwan's top trading partner.
    (WSJ, 4/20/04, p.A18)

2003          Mar 1, In central Taiwan a train filled with tourists on a weekend outing overturned while descending a mountain, killing 17 people and injuring 102.
    (AP, 3/1/03)

2003        May 2, In Taiwan 11 more cases of SARS were confirmed with 5 new deaths. Confirmed cases totaled 100 with the death toll at 8. Mutations of the virus were also reported.
    (SFC, 5/3/03, p.A7)

2003        May 18, Taiwan reported a record 36 new cases of SARS and 3 deaths.
    (SFC, 5/19/03, p.A3)

2003        May 21, Taiwan reported 35 new cases of SARS for a total of 418 with 52 deaths.
    (SFC, 5/22/03, p.A3)

2003        Jul 2, The WHO said Toronto was no longer SARS infected, leaving Taiwan as the only place in the world where the disease was not yet fully under control.
    (AP, 7/2/03)

2003        Jul 5, The WHO removed Taiwan from its list of SARS-infected areas and declared a provisional victory over the epidemic, which had killed 812 people over 5 continents. The economic losses from SARS was later estimated at about $200 billion. SARS was later classified as one of a number of zoonoses, i.e. diseases that come from animals.
    (SSFC, 7/6/03, p.A3)(Econ, 11/19/05, p.84)

2003        Aug 31, In Taiwan a fire engulfed an apartment building on the outskirts of Taipei before dawn, killing at least 13 people and injuring dozens.
    (AP, 8/31/03)

2003        Sep 6, In Taiwan thousands of pro-independence activists marched in the capital, demanding that the island's official name be changed from the Republic of China to Taiwan.
    (AP, 9/6/03)

2003        Oct 12, Taiwan's dwindling number of diplomatic allies shrank by one as Liberia switched ties to the island's rival, China. This reduced Taiwan's recognition to 26 nations, most of them small, developing countries in Africa and Latin America.
    (AP, 10/12/03)

2003        Oct 17, Taiwanese officials celebrated the completion of the world's tallest skyscraper after crews installed the pinnacle on the 1,676-foot-tall building.
    (AP, 10/17/03)

2003        Oct 31, Taiwan's Pres. Chen Shui-bian took his campaign for a new constitution to New York, as Taiwanese media widely reported protests by Beijing supporters against his visit. He described his campaign for a new constitution as an effort to increase government efficiency.
    (AP, 11/1/03)

2003        Nov 1, In Taipei, Taiwan, some 500 people marched in the Chinese world's 1st gay pride parade. In 2012 some 65,000 marched in the event.
    (USAT, 2/5/04, p.10A)(Econ, 1/25/14, p.52)

2003        Nov 26, Taiwan arrested Maj. Pai Chin-yang (42), an intelligence officer, on charges of spying for rival China to raise money to pay off stock market debts. It was the 3rd espionage case announced by the military in less than a month.
    (AP, 12/3/03)

2003        Nov 27, Taiwanese lawmakers passed a historic proposal that gives the president the power to hold an independence vote if China tries to use force to make the island unify with the mainland.
    (AP, 11/27/03)

2003        Nov 29, China said it broke diplomatic relations with Kiribati after the tiny Pacific island nation opened ties with rival Taiwan.
    (AP, 11/29/03)

2003        Dec 16, Taiwan's lawmakers banned the selling of dog meat and introduced heavy fines for killing pets for food or fur.
    (AP, 12/18/03)

2003        Dec 31, China offered to allow Taiwan to fly unlimited numbers of direct charter flights to the mainland in 2004, if the island's government agrees to allow Chinese airlines to do the same the following year.
    (AP, 12/31/03)

2004        Jan 1, In Taiwan tens of thousands of protesters marched peacefully to push for full democracy in this former British colony.
    (AP, 1/1/04)

2004        Feb 28, In Taiwan an estimated 1.2 million people linked hands in a human chain the length of the island as President Chen Shui-bian urged protesters to oppose China's military threats and create the "Great Wall of Taiwan's democracy."
    (AP, 2/28/04)

2004        Mar 19, Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian and his vice president were shot and slightly wounded in an assassination attempt as they rode in an open vehicle while campaigning a day before an election.
    (AP, 3/19/04)

2004        Mar 20, Taiwan Pres. Chen Shui-bian narrowly won re-election, a day after being shot in an assassination attempt, but a referendum he had championed on beefing up defenses against China failed because not enough voters took part.
    (AP, 3/20/04)(SSFC, 3/21/04, p.A1)

2004        Mar 27, A half million people swarmed into Taiwan's capital to protest the disputed presidential election.
    (AP, 3/27/04)

2004        Apr 5, China promised $122 million to Pres. Skerritt in return for revoking Dominica’s recognition of Taiwan.
    (Econ, 4/10/04, p.29)

2004        Apr 10, Some 100,000 people in Taiwan protested the disputed presidential election.
    (WSJ, 4/12/04, p.A1)

2004        Jul 3, Tropical storm Mindulle, the Korean word for dandelion, pushed toward South Korea after killing at least 31 people in the Philippines and 18 in Taiwan.
    (Reuters, 7/3/04)(AP, 7/4/04)

2004        Aug 24, China evacuated hundreds of thousands of people as Typhoon Aere lashed neighboring Taiwan, triggering landslides and disruption and leaving at least seven people feared dead and one missing.
    (AFP, 8/24/04)

2004        Sep 16, Taiwan celebrated the opening of what officials called the world's fifth-longest road tunnel. The 12.9-kilometre Hsueh Mountain tunnel was part of the newly built 55-kilometer Taipei-Ilan Expressway, which runs through mountains and river valleys in northeastern Taiwan.
    (AP, 9/16/04)

2004        Sep, Taiwan’s PM Yu Shyi-kun suggested that Taiwan should consider building a missile force with the aim of establishing a “balance of terror" to fend off China’s threats.
    (Econ, 10/2/04, p.44)

2004        Oct 25, Typhoon Nock-ten hit Taiwan and at least 3 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 10/26/04, p.A1)

2004        Nov 10, Taiwan's leader, making a new appeal to China to hold talks, urged the communist giant to ban the development and use of weapons of mass destruction.
    (AP, 11/10/04)

2004        Dec 11, Taiwan's pro-independence parties were defeated in legislative elections.
    (AP, 12/11/04)

2004        Dec 21, Janes’ Defense Weekly said the US will assign serving military officers to its de facto embassy in Taiwan for the first time since 1979 in a reversal of a longstanding policy.
    (AFP, 12/21/04)

2004        Dec 22, The US signed a 99-year lease on a site for its new de facto embassy in Taiwan, an event described as a milestone in relations.
    (AP, 12/22/04)

2004        Dec 30, Taiwan increased interest rates by .125% pushing the discount rate to 1.75%.
    (WSJ, 12/31/04, p.A6)

2005        Jan 1, Taiwan was forecast for 4.8% annual GDP growth with a population at 22.9 million and GDP per head at $14,560.
    (Econ, 1/8/05, p.92)
2005        Jan 1, Taiwan’s Statement of Financial Standards No. 35 took effect.
    (WSJ, 4/6/05, p.C18)

2005        Jan 15, China and Taiwan agreed to allow the first direct flights since 1949.
    (AP, 1/15/05)

2005        Jan 27, Taiwan formally severed ties with Grenada after accusing the tiny Caribbean island of trying to exploit the rivalry between China and Taiwan to get more financial aid.
    (AP, 1/27/05)

2005        Jan 29, Chinese jetliners touched down in Taiwan, completing the first nonstop flights between the rivals since a bloody civil war split the two sides 56 years ago.
    (AP, 1/29/05)

2005        Feb 26, In Taiwan a fire raged through the top floors of a highrise building in the central city of Taichung, killing at least two people.
    (AP, 2/26/05)

2005        Mar 6, More than 15,000 protesters marched in Taiwan, denouncing China's planned anti-secession law and pledging to fight what they claim is Beijing's attempt to force this self-ruled, democratic island to unify with the mainland.
    (AP, 3/6/05)

2005        Mar 8, China unveiled the Taiwan Anti-Secession Law, authorizing an attack if Taiwan moves toward formal independence, increasing pressure on the self-ruled island while warning other countries not to interfere.
    (AP, 3/8/05)(Econ, 4/7/12, p.30)

2005        Mar 14, China's parliament enacted a law authorizing force to stop rival Taiwan from pursuing formal independence.
    (AP, 3/14/05)

2005        Mar 26, in Taiwan about a million people marched through the capital to protest a new Chinese law that authorizes an attack on the island if it moves toward formal independence.
    (AP, 3/26/05)

2005        Apr 26, Lien Chan, the leader of Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party, arrived in China on an 8-day trip for the first meeting between the party of Chaing Kai-shek and the communists since both sides split amid civil war nearly six decades ago.
    (AP, 4/26/05)

2005        May 10, Taiwan arrested 17 military officers and civilians on suspicion of passing secrets about the island's intelligence capability to rival China.
    (AP, 5/11/05)

2005        May 14, A surprise election victory for Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), marred by a record-low voter turnout, gave a limited endorsement of President Chen Shui-bian's policy of standing up to China.
    (AP, 5/15/05)

2005        May 20, Chinese state media reported China is to lift a decades-old ban on mainland tourists visiting political rival Taiwan. Ultimately, however, it was up to the Taiwan government to decide whether the floodgates should be opened.
    (Reuters, 5/20/05)

2005        May 29, In Taipei thousands of men in black gangster garb took part in the funeral procession of a reputed Taiwan mob godfather, nicknamed "Mosquito" and "The Great Arbitrator." Hsu Hai-ching died this month at 93 after a long illness.
    (AP, 5/29/05)

2005        Jun 5, Taiwan reported that it had successfully test-fired a locally developed cruise missile capable of striking southeastern areas of mainland China.
    (AP, 6/5/05)

2005        Jun 7, A convention adopted sweeping changes to Taiwan's constitution that will boost its top two political parties and require future amendments to go directly before voters, a measure opposed by China.
    (AP, 6/7/05)

2005        Jun 21, Taiwan sent two warships to protect fishermen who have repeatedly been chased by Japanese patrol boats away from rich fishing grounds near disputed islands in the East China Sea, a decision likely to raise diplomatic tensions.
    (AP, 6/21/05)

2005        Jun 25, Taiwan reimposed a ban on imports of American beef after the US confirmed its second case of mad cow disease.
    (AP, 6/25/05)

2005        Jul 18, China evacuated over 600,000 people from coastal areas after typhoon Haitang slammed into Taiwan, killing up to four people.
    (Reuters, 7/18/05)

2005        Jul 20, Haitang was downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm as it moved into southeast China, leaving a trail of destruction. The death toll in Taiwan and in China rose to 15.
    (AFP, 7/20/05)

2005        Jul 22, Taiwan will allow computer maker Lenovo Ltd. to become the first mainland Chinese company to establish a subsidiary on the island in a significant step forward in commercial ties between the two rivals.
    (AP, 7/22/05)

2005        Aug 5, China’s government said Ching Cheong, a Hong-Kong based reporter, has been charged with spying for Taiwan. China accusing him of obtaining huge amounts of classified information under an alias.
    (AP, 8/5/05)

2005        Sep 1, Typhoon Talim left Taiwan leaving 3 people killed and 59 injured. Strong winds and heavy rains, forced offices, schools and financial markets to close.
    (AP, 9/1/05)

2005        Sep 14, Taiwan failed for the 13th straight year to get a seat at the United Nations, a move that has been blocked annually since 1993 by archrival China and its allies.
    (AP, 9/14/05)

2005        Oct 20, In Taiwan, the Agricultural Council confirmed the island's first case of bird flu. Birds taken from a Panama-registered freighter that was stopped by the Taiwanese coast guard on Oct. 14 tested positive for the H5N1 virus.
    (AP, 10/20/05)

2005        Oct 23, Taiwan said it is ready to produce its own Tamiflu, the antiviral avian flu drug, and will not let patent talks with Swiss drug maker Roche AG stand in the way.

2005        Dec 3, Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party won an overwhelming victory in island-wide municipal elections, putting it in position to push its agenda of reunification with China during the 2008 presidential campaign.
    (AP, 12/03/05)

2005        Dec 12, Donald Keyser, a US State Department official, pleaded guilty to removing top secret government documents while conducting a "personal relationship" with a Taiwanese spy, Isabelle Cheng, from 1992-2004.
    (Reuters, 12/12/05)

2005        Dec 15, Taiwan said it was building a landing strip on one of the Spratly Islands, whose ownership was contested by Vietnam.
    (Econ, 1/28/06, p.42)

2005        M.J. Nee, Taiwanese actor, committed suicide by hanging.
    (Econ, 6/23/07, p.67)

2005        Taiwan’s population was around 23 million.
    (Econ, 8/27/05, p.54)

2006        Jan 15, Taiwan's ruling party elected a former close aide to President Chen Shui-bian as its new leader, a move seen as an endorsement of Chen and his pro-independence stance.
    (AFP, 1/15/06)

2006        Jan 17, Taiwan's PM Frank Hsieh announced his resignation, paving the way for a Cabinet reshuffle.
    (AP, 1/17/06)

2006        Jan 19, Taiwan's president appointed Su Tseng-chang, a popular politician and former party chief, as the island's next premier in a move aimed at regaining support for the ruling party ahead of the 2008 presidential election.
    (AP, 1/19/06)

2006        Jan 20, Taiwan allowed students and tour groups to fly direct to China for the first time in the third annual installment of symbolic Chinese New Year flights aimed at warming tense relations with the mainland.
    (AP, 1/20/06)

2006        Feb 11, The Taiwan-India Cooperation Council was launched in Taipei. It was intended to raise India’s profile among Taiwan businesses.
    (Econ, 2/18/06, p.42)

2006        Feb 27, Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian terminated the governmental committee responsible for unifying with rival China, significantly deepening tensions with Beijing and defying opinion in Washington. The National Unification Council had been inactive for 6 years.
    (AP, 2/27/06)(Econ, 3/4/06, p.38)

2006        Feb 28, Chinese President Hu Jintao denounced the Taiwanese president's decision to scrap an agency dedicated to uniting Taiwan with the communist mainland, and warned that Beijing will not permit the self-ruled island to pursue formal independence.
    (AP, 2/28/06)

2006        Mar 12, Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Taipei to protest the Taiwanese president's decision to abolish a committee responsible for unification with rival China.
    (AP, 3/12/06)

2006        Mar 18, Tens of thousands of slogan-chanting Taiwanese took to the streets to protest rival China's military threats against the island.
    (AFP, 3/18/06)

2006        Mar 25, Taiwan’s annual 8-day Matsu festival began. Tradition says she originated in the 11th century in China's southern Fujian province, directly across from Taiwan. Once revered as a protector of mariners and a guarantor of bountiful harvests, she is now seen as an all-purpose purveyor of health, wealth and happiness.
    (AP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 25, The Vatican's foreign minister said that the "time is ripe" for the Holy See and Beijing to establish diplomatic relations, and confirmed it is ready to move its embassy from Taiwan.
    (AP, 3/26/06)

2006        Apr 15, China announced tariff cuts on imports of fruit and fish from Taiwan, offering the self-ruled island new trade concessions in an effort to boost sentiment for uniting with the communist mainland.
    (AP, 4/15/06)

2006        Apr 21, In China Tong Daning, an official from the social security fund, was executed on charges of spying for rival Taiwan. Government employees were then required to watch a video about the case. Tong had passed information to the island's leaders about China's currency regime, allowing them to avoid massive losses due to exchange rate changes.
    (AP, 8/8/06)(AP, 8/29/11)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tong_Daning)

2006        May 10, Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian made a surprise visit to Libya, after he turned down an offer to make a refueling stop in Alaska in an apparent sign of diplomatic pique.
    (AP, 5/10/06)

2006        May 25, The son in law of Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian was detained after hours of questioning about his involvement in an alleged insider trading scandal which rocked the island.
    (AFP, 5/25/06)

2006        May 31, Taiwan's president handed over day-to-day control of the island's government to the premier in the wake of a series of scandals. Pres. Chen Shui-bian pledged in a written statement night to give authority to Premier Su Tseng-chang to control Taiwan's Cabinet. Police on May 24 arrested Chen's son-in-law Chao Chien-min on suspicion he used insider information to profit on the purchases of shares in partly state-owned property company Taiwan Development Corp.
    (AP, 5/31/06)

2006        Jun 10, Some 20,000 Taiwanese demonstrated in the capital, demanding the president resign over allegations some of his relatives engaged in insider trading.
    (AP, 6/10/06)

2006        Jun 14, China and Taiwan they've agreed to launch direct charter passenger flights between them during major holidays, a key trust-building step toward restoring regular direct flights cut five decades ago amid civil war.
    (AP, 6/14/06)

2006        Jul 10, In Taiwan the son-in-law of President Chen Shui-bian was indicted on insider trading charges, one of several high-profile corruption cases involving Chen's family and inner circle.
    (AP, 7/10/06)

2006        Jul 19, Taiwan’s largest air carrier launched the 1st direct cargo flight between the island and China since 1949.
    (WSJ, 7/20/06, p.A6)

2006        Jul 28, Taiwanese prosecutors indicted a man for murder, alleging he helped his brother stage a train derailment that ultimately led to the death of his brother's wife, and said they will seek the death penalty. The wife of Lee Suan-chuan, a train-ticket seller, was injured when the train she was traveling on derailed and tumbled into a deep valley on March 27 in southern Taiwan's Pingtung region.
    (AP, 7/28/06)

2006        Aug 6, Taiwan condemned China after oil producer Chad switched diplomatic ties to Beijing from Taipei, forcing Premier Su Tseng-chang to scrap his plans to visit the African nation at the last minute.
    (Reuters, 8/6/06)

2006        Aug 23, Taiwan's cabinet decided to increase military spending by nearly 30% next year as President Chen Shui-bian warned of rival China's continuing hostility towards the island.
    (AP, 8/23/06)

2006        Sep 9, Tens of thousands of red-clad protesters thronged Taiwan's capital, demanding that President Chen Shui-bian resign over a series of alleged corruption scandals involving his family and inner circle. Shih Ming-teh, a former chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), began camping with fellow protesters in the center of Taipei.  
    (AP, 9/9/06)(Econ, 9/23/06, p.48)

2006        Sep 15, More than 100,000 chanting protesters marched through downtown Taipei, trying to pressure Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian to resign over a series of corruption scandals.
    (AP, 9/15/06)

2006        Oct 10, Tens of thousands of protesters, many dressed in red to show their anger, demanded that Taiwan's president step down over a series of corruption allegations.
    (AP, 10/10/06)

2006        Oct 18, El Salvador’s Pres. Antonio Saca pledged to support Taiwan's bid to join world bodies and called for a free trade agreement between the two countries. El Salvador is one of only 24 countries that affords Taiwan diplomatic recognition over the island's rival China.
    (AFP, 10/18/06)

2006        Nov 3, In Taiwan prosecutors said they have enough evidence to indict President Chen Shui-bian on corruption charges in connection with his handling of a secret diplomatic fund, increasing the pressure on him to resign. Prosecutors charged Wu Shu-chen, the president’s wife, with embezzling $450,000 from a fund used for secret diplomacy.
    (AP, 11/3/06)(Econ, 11/11/06, p.48)

2006        Nov 4, Thousands of people took to the streets across Taiwan to demand President Chen Shui-bian's resignation over a corruption scandal that could land his wife in prison.
    (AP, 11/4/06)

2006        Nov 5, Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian apologized for causing political turmoil that hurt "the nation's image," but he denied prosecutors' allegations that he was involved in embezzling money from a special fund for diplomacy. Chen Shui-bian said he would resign from office if his wife was found guilty of corruption and forgery charges.
    (AFP, 11/5/06)

2006        Nov 24, Taiwan's president won a reprieve when opposition lawmakers failed for the third time to muster enough support for a referendum on removing him from office.
    (AP, 11/24/06)

2006        Dec 3, In southern Taiwan a double-decker tour bus crashed into a steep ravine in a scenic mountain area, killing 22 and seriously injuring two dozen others.
    (AP, 12/4/06)

2006        Dec 9, Taiwan's ruling party narrowly won a crucial mayoral election in one southern city, while the opposition candidate won comfortably in the capital of Taipei in a pair of votes seen by many as a referendum for President Chen Shui-bian.
    (AP, 12/9/06)

2006        Dec 27, A Taiwanese court convicted Chao Chien-min, the son-in-law of President Chen Shui-bian, of insider trading and sentenced him to six years in prison.
    (AP, 12/27/06)
2006        Dec 27, Telephone lines and Internet service went dead across much of Asia after two powerful earthquakes off Taiwan damaged undersea cables used by several countries to route calls and online traffic.
    (AP, 12/27/06)

2007        Jan 5, Taiwan's high-speed rail system welcomed its 1st paying passengers amid lingering safety concerns and embarrassing ticketing glitches. Construction of the system began in 2000 with an original launch date of October 2005, but a delay in the completion of the project's core electrical systems forced a postponement to October 2006.
    (AP, 1/4/07)(AFP, 1/5/07)

2007        Jan 7, Eight Taiwanese banks took charge of a failing subsidiary of the country's Rebar conglomerate, just a day after the financial regulator rescued a private bank owned by the same group.
    (AFP, 1/7/07)

2007        Jan 13, China said Wang You-theng, founder of the Rebar Asia Pacific Group, left China for the US. You-theng had vanished earlier this month amid accusations he stole millions of dollars from his Taiwan company.
    (Reuters, 1/19/07)

2007        Feb 8, President Chen Shui-bian said the name 'Taiwan' would soon replace 'China' on the island's stamps, a move likely to anger Beijing.
    (AP, 2/8/07)

2007        Feb 12, Ma Ying-jeou, chairman of Taiwan’s main opposition party (KMT), was indicted for embezzlement. He defiantly announced he was running for president.
    (AFP, 2/13/07)(Econ, 2/17/07, p.44)

2007        Mar 1, The US Department of Defense notified Congress that it plans to sell Taiwan missiles worth $421 million dollars.
    (AFP, 3/1/07)

2007        Mar 2, China demanded the United States scrap a planned sale of hundreds of missiles to Taiwan, warning the deal would harm regional stability and bilateral ties.
    (AFP, 3/2/07)

2007        Apr 3, Taiwan Presidential front-runner Ma Ying-jeou pleaded not guilty at his corruption trial in Taipei, saying that his use of a special municipal fund was in keeping with government standards. A helicopter crashed into a radio tower near Kaohsiung and killed 8 crew members.
    (AP, 4/3/07)(AP, 4/4/07)

2007        Apr 28, China's president called for closer business ties with Taiwan to help squelch the self-ruled island's pro-independence movement as he met with a former Taiwanese opposition leader.
    (AP, 4/28/07)

2007        May 2, Taiwan's opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou was nominated by his Kuomintang party to run for the 2008 presidential election and pledged to improve economic ties with China.
    (AP, 5/2/07)

2007        May 6, Frank Hsieh, former prime minister of Taiwan, won the ballot of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), as candidate for next year’s presidential elections. Hsieh favored better relations with China.
    (Econ, 5/12/07, p.44)

2007        May 8, In Taiwan rival lawmakers exchanged punches, climbed on each other's shoulders and jostled violently for position around the speaker's dais as the Legislature dissolved into chaos over an electoral reform bill.
    (AP, 5/8/07)

2007        May 12, Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng-chang resigned, days after he was defeated in the ruling party's presidential primary.
    (AP, 5/12/07)

2007        May 14, Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian named his sixth premier in seven years amid paralysis in the island's relations with rival China and gridlock in its deeply divided legislature. The World Health Organization rejected Taiwan's bid for membership after Chinese officials accused the island of trying to strengthen its claim to sovereignty.
    (AP, 5/14/07)

2007        Jun 15, In northeastern Taiwan 2 trains collided, killing 5 people and injuring 16 others.
    (AP, 6/15/07)

2007        Jun 26, Taiwan's High Court rejected an appeal by President Chen Shui-bian's son-in-law against his insider trading conviction and increased his sentence to seven years' imprisonment.
    (AP, 6/26/07)

2007        Jun 29, Edward Yang (b.1947), who won best director in 2000 at the Cannes Film Festival and was known for his realistic portrayals of modern Taiwan, died at his home in California of complications from colon cancer.
    (AP, 7/1/07)

2007        Jul 4, Taiwan's vice president kicked off a Latin American tour in the Dominican Republic, an ally rapidly increasing its economic and political ties with the island's diplomatic rival, China.
    (AP, 7/4/07)

2007        Jul 12, Burkina Faso and Taiwan renewed a commitment to boost their diplomatic ties during a visit to the west African nation by Taiwan's Foreign Minister James Huang.
    (AP, 7/13/07)

2007        Jul 23, The United Nations rejected Taiwan's application to become a member of the world body, citing UN adherence to the "one China" policy and its recognition of the Chinese government in Beijing.
    (AP, 7/24/07)

2007        Aug 14, A Taiwanese court acquitted opposition presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou of corruption charges, giving a big boost to the campaign of a politician who backs better relations with rival China.
    (AP, 8/14/07)

2007        Aug 18, A powerful typhoon slammed into Taiwan, killing at least one person, forcing thousands to evacuate and disrupting power supplies across the already-saturated landscape.
    (AP, 8/18/07)

2007        Aug 27, Taiwan's leading computer vendor Acer Inc moved to substantially boost its market share by acquiring US rival Gateway amid a major consolidation among the world's top computer companies. Acer said it would pay $710 million for Gateway.
    (AP, 8/27/07)(Econ, 9/1/07, p.60)

2007        Sep 6, The US and Chinese presidents set aside their differences on Taiwan and put pressure on the island to drop plans for a referendum on UN membership.
    (AP, 9/6/07)

2007        Sep 8, Taiwan-born Ang Lee's erotic spy thriller "Lust, Caution" won the Venice Film Festival's top award, two years after he captured the same prize here with "Brokeback Mountain."
    (AP, 9/9/07)

2007        Sep 9, Thousands of protesters blocked a central Taipei street and displayed candles in the shape of the Chinese character for "fart" to demand that Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian step down over suspected corruption.
    (AP, 9/9/07)

2007        Sep 15, Hundreds of thousands of Taiwanese took to the streets in support of the island's latest bid for UN membership, which has been criticized by China and the US.
    (AP, 9/15/07)

2007        Sep 18, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that Taiwan's application to join the UN wasn't accepted for legal reasons linked to the 1971 UN resolution that gave China's seat to the Beijing-based People's Republic of China.
    (AP, 9/18/07)

2007        Sep 22, Yu Shyi-kun, the chairman of Taiwan's ruling party, resigned after prosecutors indicted him on graft charges. Annette Lu, the island's vice president facing similar charges, said she would fight the allegations.
    (AP, 9/22/07)

2007        Sep 30, Taiwan's ruling party passed a resolution asserting the island's separate identity from rival China and calling for a referendum on Taiwan's sovereignty, the latest in a series of moves aimed at strengthening the island's de-facto independence.
    (AP, 9/30/07)

2007        Oct 6, Typhoon Krosa lashed Taiwan with strong winds and heavy rains, cutting power to nearly half a million homes and disrupting air and sea traffic. Krosa killed five people in Taiwan as it knocked out power to 2 million homes and drenched the island.
    (AP, 10/6/07)(AP, 10/7/07)

2007        Oct 10, Taiwan held a National Day military parade for the first time since it halted such displays of war-fighting prowess in 1991 to ease tensions with rival China.
    (AP, 10/10/07)

2007        Dec 8, Taiwanese director Ang Lee's erotic spy thriller "Lust, Caution" swept the top honors at the Golden Horse Film Awards, seen as the Chinese-language "Oscars."
    (AFP, 12/8/07)

2007        Dec 24, Authorities closed the mausoleum of Taiwan's late dictator Chiang Kai-shek as part of the ruling party's vigorous campaign to diminish the legacy of the late leader.
    (AP, 12/24/07)

2007        Dec 28, Taiwan's High Court cleared opposition presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou of graft charges, securing a place for the former Taipei mayor in the March presidential race.
    (AP, 12/28/07)

2008        Jan 4, Taiwan's ties with its ally Malawi were shaky after the African country snubbed the island's top diplomat in an aborted visit to the African nation aimed at persuading it to resist diplomatic wooing by China.
    (AP, 1/4/08)

2008        Jan 8, A government spokeswoman said Taiwan cannot match China's reported $6 billion aid offer to Malawi, but hopes a legacy of goodwill can convince the African nation not to switch allegiance to its giant neighbor.
    (AP, 1/8/08)

2008        Jan 12, Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party (KMT) won a landslide victory over the ruling DPP in legislative elections, dealing a humiliating blow to the government's hardline China policies two months before a presidential poll. Of 113 seats, 73 were directly elected, with 34 at-large and 6 reserved for aboriginal candidates.
    (Reuters, 1/12/08)(Econ, 1/5/08, p.35)

2008        Jan 14, Taiwan reported that Malawi has cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of relations with China, which has been using its rising political and economic clout to reduce the number of countries who recognize the island. Chinese state media said Beijing and Malawi had established diplomatic relations late last month.
    (AP, 1/14/08)

2008        Jan 15, Singing schoolchildren welcomed Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian to St. Lucia for his first visit since the small Caribbean island shifted diplomatic ties to Taipei instead of rival China.
    (AP, 1/16/08)

2008        Jan 24, Taiwan's Premier Chang Chun-hsiung and his cabinet resigned en masse, less than two weeks after the governing Democratic Progressive Party's crushing defeat in parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 1/24/08)

2008        Feb 2, Taiwan's president inaugurated a runway on disputed Taiping island in the Spratlys chain in the South China Sea, sparking a protest from the Philippines which also claims sovereignty over the isle.
    (AP, 2/3/08)

2008        Feb 5, Ching Cheong (58), a Hong Kong journalist charged with spying for Taiwan, was released from prison in mainland China after being detained for nearly three years.
    (AP, 2/5/08)

2008        Mar 22, Ma Ying-jeou (57), Taiwan's opposition candidate of the KMT, cruised to victory in the presidential election, promising to expand economic ties with China while protecting the island from being swallowed up politically by its giant communist neighbor. Ma, a Harvard-educated lawyer and a former mayor of Taipei, won 58% of the votes compared to 41.5% for DPP challenger Frank Hsieh. The official Central Election Commission said Taiwan's two referendums on joining the UN have failed.
    (AP, 3/22/08)(Econ, 3/29/08, p.54)

2008        Apr 11, In Taiwan Liu Chao-shiuan (65), who heads Taipei's prestigious Soochow University, said President-elect Ma Ying-jeou asked him to head the Cabinet.
    (AP, 4/11/08)

2008        Apr 12, Taiwan's vice president-elect said he and Chinese President Hu Jintao held "candid and harmonious" talks in the highest-level contact ever between the sides, and they had brought results.
    (AP, 4/12/08)

2008        Apr 24, Taiwan's Supreme Court cleared the island's president-elect Ma Ying-jeou of corruption charges, delivering a final ruling in the high-profile case less than a month before he takes office.
    (AFP, 4/24/08)

2008        Apr 29, In Taiwan the de facto US envoy assured incoming president Ma Ying-jeou that Washington will continue to back Taiwan militarily while it pushes for peace talks with China.
    (AP, 4/29/08)

2008        May 6, Two senior Taiwanese officials resigned over the loss of millions of dollars in a failed attempt to persuade Papua New Guinea to officially recognize Taiwan.
    (AP, 5/6/08)

2008        May 20, Taiwanese prosecutors launched a corruption probe against outgoing President Chen Shui-bian, hours after he completed eight combative years in office. Ma Ying-jeou (57) took office and exhorted Beijing to build a better future for people on both sides of the 100-mile-wide Taiwan Strait.
    (AP, 5/20/08)

2008        Jun 12, Taiwan and China agreed for the first time ever to set up permanent offices in each others' territories as the two sides met for their first formal talks in more than a decade.
    (AP, 6/12/08)

2008        Jul 4, China and Taiwan launched regular direct flights for the first time in nearly six decades, ushering in what Beijing called a "new start" in their tense and testy relations.
    (AP, 7/4/08)

2008        Jul 11, A fishing boat, carrying eight Taiwanese, one Chinese and six crew members from Madagascar, sank after reporting engine problems.
    (AP, 7/14/08)

2008        Jul 15, Taiwan indicted 5 former ministers, who had served under former Pres. Chen Shui-bian, on corruption charges relating to misuse of special expense accounts.
    (SFC, 7/16/08, p.A15)

2008        Jul 18, Tropical Storm Kalmaegi wreaked havoc across Taiwan, leaving at least 19 people dead and seven missing.
    (AFP, 7/20/08)

2008        Aug 6, Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou declassified documents allegedly implicating his predecessor Chen Shui-bian in a high-profile embezzlement case.
    (AP, 8/6/08)

2008        Aug 14, Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian's admitted that he broke the law by not truthfully declaring campaign donations he received, and said that his wife sent an unspecified amount of money abroad.
    (AP, 8/14/08)

2008        Aug 31, Paraguay’s Pres. Fernando Lugo said Paraguay will reverse its historic support for Taiwan (since 1957) at the upcoming UN General Assembly, and also is reconsidering its relations with communist regimes. In return for Paraguay's 51 years of support, Taiwan has sent millions of dollars to the impoverished country for low-income housing, agricultural development and scholarships.
    (AP, 9/1/08)

2008        Sep 5, Taiwan newspapers said authorities in central Taiwan have turned off the red light at the county's last legal brothel after the death of its pimp aged 87. Prostitution has been illegal in Taiwan since 1997. Licensing of new brothels stopped in 1974, but isolated illegal brothels can be found all over the island. Brothels licensed prior to 1974 were allowed to keep operating.
    (Reuters, 9/8/08)

2008        Sep 13, Typhoon Sinlaku lashed Taiwan with powerful winds and heavy rains, disrupting flights and train services as well as celebrations for a major holiday.
    (AFP, 9/13/08)

2008        Sep 14, Typhoon Sinlaku pounded Taiwan with fierce winds and torrential rains, leaving at least 11 people dead.
    (AP, 9/14/08)(AFP, 9/16/08)

2008        Sep 29, Typhoon Jangmi roared toward eastern China after lashing Taiwan with torrential rains and powerful winds that killed two people and injured more than 30.
    (AP, 9/29/08)

2008        Oct 4, Taiwan's president welcomed a US decision to sell the island up to $6.5 billion in advanced weaponry, while China warned the move would damage relations between Beijing and Washington.
    (AP, 10/4/08)

2008        Oct 9, The central banks of Taiwan and South Korea cut interest rates as Japan and others pumped more cash into the financial markets.
    (WSJ, 10/10/08, p.A4)

2008        Oct 15, Wang Yung-Ching (b.1917), founder of Formosa Plastics Group, died leaving a fortune estimated at $7 billion. He had set up a small PVC plant in 1954 in Taiwan with money from a US aid program.
    (WSJ, 10/18/08, p.A10)

2008        Oct 25, Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched through Taiwan's capital to protest an upcoming visit by a senior Chinese envoy, saying the trip was part of Chinese efforts to assert control over the self-ruled island.
    (AP, 10/25/08)

2008        Nov 3, Chen Yunlin, the most senior Chinese official to visit Taiwan since the end of a civil war 60 years ago, arrived in Taipei on a charter flight from Beijing for talks on strengthening economic ties, as supporters of independence for the island staged demonstrations and planned mass protest rallies against his visit.
    (AFP, 11/3/08)

2008        Nov 4, Taiwan and China set aside decades of hostilities and agreed to drastically expand flights and allow shipping links across the Taiwan Strait, a potential hotspot that has long threatened to become a war zone.
    (AP, 11/4/08)

2008        Nov 6, Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou made history when he met with a senior Chinese official as tens of thousands of anti-Beijing protesters brought the island's capital to a standstill.
    (AFP, 11/6/08)

2008        Nov 9, Taiwan’s central bank cut its key interest rate for the 4th time in less than 8 weeks. The cut was .25%.
    (WSJ, 11/10/08, p.A13)
2008        Nov 9, Kuo Te-tsai (42), a Taiwanese drug trafficker, was arrested at a Thai beach resort with 229 pounds of heroin worth millions of dollars in a joint operation by American, Taiwanese and Thai drug enforcement authorities.
    (AP, 11/10/08)

2008        Nov 10, Taiwan's coast guard rescued 9 crewmen and searched for 19 missing seamen after their fishing boat foundered in rough seas.
    (AP, 11/10/08)

2008        Nov 11, In Taiwan former Pres. Chen Sui-bian was detained by police after prosecutors sought his formal arrest on corruption and money laundering charges. He was later taken to hospital complaining that police had roughed him up.
    (SFC, 11/12/08, p.A4)

2008        Nov 12, LCD makers LG Display of South Korea, Sharp of Japan, and Chunghwa Picture tubes of Taiwan pleaded guilty to US charges of price fixing and will pay fines totaling $585 million.
    (WSJ, 11/13/08, p.B3)

2008        Dec 12, Taiwanese prosecutors indicted former President Chen Shui-bian on graft charges, a stunning blow for a man who rode to power 8 1/2 years ago on promises to reform the island's corrupt political culture.
    (AP, 12/12/08)

2008        Dec 15, Taiwanese jetliners and cargo ships left for China to open a new era of direct air and shipping services with the mainland, formally ending a nearly six-decade ban on regular links between the rivals.
    (AP, 12/15/08)

2008        Dec 26, China National Offshore Oil Corp., the country's largest offshore oil and gas producer, signed four oil cooperation agreements with Taiwan's CPC Corp.
    (AP, 12/26/08)

2009        Jan 7, Taiwan’s central bank unexpectedly cut its key interest rates by half a percentage point and urged banks to increase corporate lending. The finance ministry had just reported that ex[ports in December had fallen 41.9% from a year earlier.
    (WSJ, 1/8/09, p.A8)

2009        Jan 12, Taiwan's parliament voted through a controversial bill lifting a decades-old ban on casinos, despite protests that gambling could lead to a damaging decline in public morality.
    (AP, 1/12/09)

2009        Jan 21, Three relatives of Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering, as part of a massive corruption case in which the ex-leader has been implicated.
    (AFP, 1/21/09)

2009        Feb 10, Taiwan's former first lady admitted to laundering $2.2 million and forging documents, the latest in a judicial process that has seen her husband stage a jailhouse hunger strike, her daughter lash out at media, and her son plead guilty to similar charges.
    (AP, 2/10/09)

2009        Feb 18, Taiwan’s central bank cut interest rates to a record low as a government statistician predicted that its economy will shrink for five consecutive quarters.
    (WSJ, 2/19/09, p.A1)

2009        Mar 6, A senior employee of Taiwan's presidential office was indicted on charges of providing classified information to rival China. Wang Jen-bing was charged with violating the national security law by leaking documents gathered during the last three years of former President Chen Shui-bian's eight-year tenure. Chen Pin-jen, a legislative aid, was indicted on similar charges.
    (AP, 3/6/09)

2009        Mar 13, Taiwan’s economic stimulus package was reported to include a $104 shopping voucher for every one of the island’s 23 million people to be used between the Chinese New year and the end of April. Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin added $150 food vouchers for the poor along with job training programs, financial incentives for new hires and loan guarantees for small businesses.
    (SFC, 3/13/09, p.C1)

2009        Apr 28, Taiwan was formally invited by the World Health Organization (WHO) to take part as an observer in the May 18 meeting of its governing body under the name “Chinese Taipei." This was the first time the nation has officially participated in a United Nations meeting or event since the ROC walked out of the world body in 1971. 
    (Econ, 9/26/09, p.52)(www.taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=59969&ctNode=427)

2009        Apr 29, Taiwan said it had persuaded China to allow it to participate in a key UN body, offering a victory for President Ma Ying-jeou's campaign to win greater international recognition for the democratic island. China confirmed that Taiwan will attend next month's meeting of the World Health Assembly in Geneva as an observer.
    (AP, 4/29/09)
2009        Apr 29, China Mobile said it would buy 12% of Far EasTone Telecommunications, a big Taiwanese mobile operator.
    (Econ, 5/9/09, p.65)

2009        May 5, Former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian was indicted on new graft charges as his high-profile corruption trial continued into its second month.
    (AP, 5/5/09)

2009        May 17, In Taiwan tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched through downtown Taipei to protest against President Ma Ying-jeou's policy of greater engagement with rival China, saying it could undermine the island's self-rule.
    (AP, 5/17/09)

2009        May 30, Taiwan officials said they had confiscated nearly 18,000 cases of Red Bull imported from Austria after finding traces of cocaine. On June 1 Hong Kong officials reported founding traces of cocaine in Red Bull cans. Red Bull moved quickly to deny the findings and said independent tests on the same batch of drinks had found no traces of cocaine.
    (AP, 6/2/09)

2009        Jun 22, The United States dedicated the site of a new $170 million representative office in Taiwan.
    (AP, 6/22/09)

2009        Jul 16, In Taiwan’s southern city of Kaohsiung, more than 3,000 athletes and staff from 105 countries and territories marched into the World Games Stadium, a new, eye-catching structure designed by renowned Japanese architect Toyo Ito. China’s 100-strong delegation boycotted the opening ceremony of the World Games in Taiwan, underscoring the limits of the historic breakthrough in relations between Taipei and Beijing.
    (AP, 7/16/09)

2009        Aug 8, Typhoon Morakot lashed Taiwan with powerful winds and downpours leaving at least 3 people killed and 31 missing.
    (AFP, 8/8/09)(AP, 8/9/09)

2009        Aug 9, In southern Taiwan Typhoon Morakot spawned a mudslide engulfing the mountain village of Shiao Lin, burying up to 600 people. The official death toll from Morakot stood at 14. Another 51, not including the people in Shiao Lin.
    (AP, 8/10/09)

2009        Aug 11, Taiwanese authorities put the confirmed death toll from Morakot at 62 and listed 57 people as missing, but that did not include residents in the village of Shiao Lin.
    (AP, 8/11/09)

2009        Aug 13, Taiwan deployed thousands of extra troops as it faced growing public anger and pressure to rescue people trapped by landslides. The confirmed death toll from the destruction wreaked by the typhoon rose to at least 116.
    (AFP, 8/13/09)

2009        Aug 14, Taiwan's president said floods and mudslides unleashed by Typhoon Morakot last weekend have killed about 500 people on the island, as he called on rescue crews to step up their efforts. Ma said the death toll includes 120 confirmed deaths, and about 380 people believed to be buried in the debris of a landslide in Shiao Lin, the hardest-hit village. Taiwan asked major world donors for heavy equipment to alleviate damages from Typhoon Morakot. Aid offers were initially refused on Aug 11. On Aug 23 the death toll from Typhoon Morakot was raised to at least 650.
    (AP, 8/14/09)(Reuters, 8/15/09)(AP, 8/23/09)
2009        Aug 14, A Taiwanese telephone company said Seabed movements believed caused by Typhoon Morakat damaged seven undersea cables linking Asian nations, disrupting Internet and telephone services.
    (AP, 8/14/09)

2009        Aug 15, Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou bowed to public anger, apologizing for his government's slow response to Typhoon Morakot, which devastated central and southern parts of the island.
    (AFP, 8/15/09)

2009        Aug 16, An American cargo plane arrived in Taiwan with supplies for victims of the recent Typhoon Morakot disaster. It was the first American military aircraft to land in Taiwan in the 30 years since the US severed its diplomatic ties in favor of China.
    (Econ, 8/22/09, p.36)

2009        Aug 20, Taiwan's Cabinet approved a NT$100 billion ($3 billion) reconstruction budget after the island's worst typhoon in more than 50 years killed hundreds of people and wiped out roads and bridges in the mountainous south.
    (AP, 8/20/09)

2009        Aug 24, Taiwan's government confirmed that 292 people were killed and 385 missing after Typhoon Morakot struck the island and caused its worst flooding in half a century earlier this month.
    (AP, 8/24/09)

2009        Aug 27, Taiwan's president angered China with his surprise announcement that he has agreed to let the Dalai Lama visit the island to comfort survivors of a devastating typhoon.
    (AP, 8/27/09)

2009        Sep 1, In Taiwan the wife and adult children of Taiwan's former Pres. Chen Shui-bian were convicted of perjury and sentenced to prison for lying to investigators in a high-profile corruption case against the ex-leader. Chen (58) was accused of embezzling $3.15 million during his 2000-2008 presidency from a special presidential fund, receiving bribes worth at least $9 million in connection with a government land deal, and laundering some of the money through Swiss bank accounts.
    (AP, 9/2/09)

2009        Sep 4, The Dalai Lama’s visit to Taiwan ended following prayers for the souls of almost 700 dead from the recent ravages of Typhoon Morakot.
    (Econ, 9/5/09, p.46)

2009        Sep 7, Taiwan's Premier Liu Chao-shiuan resigned amid strong criticism of the government's slow response to the most devastating storm to hit the island in 50 years. Pres. Ma Ying-jeou named Nationalist Party Secretary General Wu Den-yih (61) to replace Liu.
    (AP, 9/7/09)

2009        Sep 11, A Taiwan court sentenced ex-president Chen Shui-bian (58) to life in jail after a corruption trial he claims was political revenge for his lifelong push to declare independence from China. The court also handed a life term to his wheelchair-bound wife Wu Shu-chen.
    (AFP, 9/11/09)

2009        Sep 21, Taiwan’s former President Chen Shui-bian filed a petition to the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, DC, claiming that the US still controls Taiwan because former colonial power Japan never officially transferred the island to another nation after being defeated in World War II.
    (AP, 9/23/09)

2009        Sep 22, In Taiwan former President Chen Shui-bian was indicted on new embezzlement charges just weeks after being sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 9/23/09)

2009        Oct 13, American International Group said it would sell its Taiwan unit for 2.15 billion US dollars as the insurance giant raised money to pay off a huge US government bail-out loan.
    (AP, 10/13/09)

2009        Dec 5, Taiwan's ruling party lost ground in closely watched local elections described by analysts as a test of China-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou's performance during 19 months in office.
    (AFP, 12/5/09)

2009        Dec 19, A 6.4-magnitude quake was centered off the eastern coast of Taiwan. 14 people were injured and with minor damage in Taipei as well as near the epicenter.
    (AP, 12/19/09)

2009        Dec 20, In Taiwan tens of thousands of opposition demonstrators marched through the streets of the central Taichung, ahead of the arrival of a senior Chinese envoy for trade talks that some on the island fear could eventually lead to unification. They condemned a pact the government wanted to sign with China, formally known as the Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement (ECFA).
    (AP, 12/20/09)(Econ, 1/2/10, p.32)

2009        Dec 24, Taiwanese prosecutors indicted former President Chen Shui-bian on new bribery and money-laundering charges. The new indictment said Chen received bribes worth 610 million New Taiwan Dollars ($19 million) from bankers in connection with two merger deals. It said he shared part of the money with his wife, Wu Shu-chen.
    (AP, 12/24/09)

2010        Jan 5, Taiwan’s parliament voted to reinstate a ban on imports of US ground beef and offal amid mad cow concerns, challenging a decision by Pres. Ma Ying-jeou to allow some shipments.
    (SFC, 1/6/10, p.A2)

2010        Jan 8, Steven Lin of Hsinchu-based Heli-Ocean Technology, a Taiwanese company, said his company had agreed to a request from a firm in China to procure sensitive components with nuclear uses, then shipped them to Iran. Such transactions violate UN sanctions imposed on the Middle Eastern nation. Lin said he received an Internet order from a Chinese firm in January or February 2008 to obtain an unspecified number of pressure transducers, which convert pressure into analog electrical signals.
    (AP, 1/8/10)

2010        Jan 30, China suspended military exchanges with the United States and threatened sanctions against American defense companies, just hours after Washington announced $6.4 billion in planned arms sales to Taiwan.
    (AP, 1/30/10)

2010        Mar 4, In Taiwan a powerful 6.4 earthquake and more than a dozen aftershocks jolted southern Taiwan, injuring 96 people, toppling farm houses and derailing a carriage on a high-speed train.
    (AP, 3/4/10)

2010        Mar 31, Taiwan officials lost contact with the 79-ton Jih-chun Tsai 68 fishing trawler and the government feared the boat may have been hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast.
    (AP, 4/1/10)

2010        Apr 30, Taiwan carried out a death sentence for the first time since 2005, executing 4 inmates as a heated debate rages on the island over whether capital punishment should be abolished.
    (AP, 5/1/10)

2010        May 4, Taiwan opened a tourism office in Beijing that represents the island's first official presence in China's capital since the two sides split amid civil war in 1949.
    (AP, 5/4/10)

2010        May 6, A Taiwanese fishing boat, the Tai Yuan 227, was hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast who demanded a ransom for the crew.
    (AP, 5/8/10)

2010        Jun 8, A Taiwan court acquitted the island's imprisoned former Pres. Chen Shui-bian of embezzling from a special diplomatic fund. Prosecutors failed to provide evidence that Chen Shui-bian gave $330,000 to son Chen Chih-chung while he was studying in the US.
    (AP, 6/8/10)

2010        Jun 11, Taiwan's High Court upheld former President Chen Shui-bian's conviction on graft charges but cut his life sentence to 20 years, in a small victory for the man who once excited great passions on the island but is now largely ignored.
    (AP, 6/11/10)

2010        Jun 26, In Taiwan tens of thousands of opposition supporters chanted anti-communist slogans as they marched in Taipei to protest a planned trade agreement with rival China that they say will undermine the island's self-rule and harm its economy.
    (AP, 6/26/10)

2010        Jun 29, Taiwan’s government signed an Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement (EFCA) with China.
    (Econ, 7/3/10, p.39)

2010        Jul 3, In the Gulf of Mexico a Taiwanese converted tanker, dubbed "A Whale" and billed as the world's largest oil skimmer, arrived in the Gulf of Mexico for testing. Officials hoped it would scrub 21 million gallons of oil-tainted seawater per day.
    (AP, 7/03/10)(SSFC, 7/4/10, p.A8)

2010        Jul 20, Taiwan’s Pres. Ma Ying-jeou announced the formation of a new commission to battle corruption and vote buying. A week earlier 3 high court judges and a prosecutor were detained amid allegations that they took bribes to fix the outcome of a high profile case.
    (Econ, 7/24/10, p.42)

2010        Aug 17, Taiwan's parliament approved a historic but controversial trade deal with China which is expected to bring the two former rivals closer than ever before. Taiwan's Defense Ministry urged the US to sell the island advanced weapons systems, after a Pentagon report concluded that China's arms buildup is giving it a wider military advantage over Taiwan.
    (AFP, 8/17/10)

2010        Sep 19, Typhoon Fanapi made a direct hit on Taiwan, dumping more than 40 inches (one meter) of rain in some places. Two people were left dead along with tens of millions of dollars of damage. After crossing Taiwan, it slammed into southern China.
    (AP, 9/21/10)

2010        Oct 14, Taiwan's government reported plans to allow sex workers to set up small businesses in the latest change to laws that had once forced the huge industry underground. Prostitution was legal only in Taiwan's  capital, Taipei, until 1997 when the city authorities made it a criminal offence to be a prostitute though not to patronize one. In 2009 it stopped punishing sex workers. Estimates from activists put the number of people involved in sex-related jobs in Taiwan at 600,000.
    (Reuters, 10/14/10)

2010        Oct 22, In Taiwan at least 7 people died when a temple collapsed in Suao, a coastal town in the northeast Ilan county. Torrential rains unleashed by Typhoon Megi triggered landslides that also left dozens missing and hundreds stranded. 19 Chinese bus passengers were among 23 people still missing on the island. As many as 31 people were left dead.
    (AFP, 10/22/10)(AP, 10/23/10)(SFC, 10/25/10, p.A2)

2010        Oct 28, US microchip giant Intel said it plans to team up with Taiwan to set up a multi-million dollar Internet computing research laboratory.
    (AFP, 10/28/10)

2010        Nov 11, Taiwan's Supreme Court cut ex-leader Chen Shui-bian's prison sentence for corruption in a land deal to 11 years, in its first ruling on the island's most high-profile graft scandal.
    (AFP, 11/11/10)

2010        Nov 26, In Taiwan a gunman opened fire on a campaign rally on the eve of key local elections, killing one man and critically wounding the son of former Vice-President Lien Chan. A suspect was in custody and may belong to a gang.
    (AP, 11/26/10)

2010        Nov 27, Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party won three out of five mayoral races, providing a boost for President Ma Ying-jeou's policy of improving relations with China ahead of the island's 2012 presidential poll.
    (AP, 11/27/10)

2010        Dec 2, Former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian was moved from a jail to a nearby penitentiary to formally begin serving a 19-year sentence, after the Supreme Court upheld his conviction on wide-ranging graft charges.
    (AP, 12/2/10)

2010        Dec 8, The EU competition watchdog fined 5 Taiwanese and South Korean electronics companies euro649 million ($857 million) for fixing prices on LCD panels between 2001 and 2006. Samsung Electronics Co., also participated in the price fixing but escaped a fine because it blew the whistle on the cartel.
    (AP, 12/8/10)

2010        Dec 9, In China the inaugural Confucius Peace Prize was awarded to former Taiwan vice-president Lien Chan at a chaotic press conference held by a handful of Chinese university professors. Lien's office in Taiwan declined comment, saying they had no knowledge of the award. Chinese poet Qiao Damo, one of the "candidates", told reporters the lack of any word from Lien represented "silent acceptance" of the prize, prompting laughter from assembled journalists.
    (AFP, 12/9/10)

2010        Up to 3,000 female babies were presumed "missing" from Taiwan's population this year due to illegal sex-selective abortion.
    (AP, 5/15/11)
2010        China opened a 4-km bridge from the mainland to the island of Pingtan, directly across from Taiwan. By 2011 China hoped to develop the island together with Taiwan as a duty free enclave.
    (Econ, 5/19/12, p.52)

2011        Jan 18, Taiwan publicly test-fired 19 missiles. Six of the 19 surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles failed in drills. The tests were the first held in full view of the press for almost a decade.
    (AP, 1/18/11)

2011        Jan 27, A Taiwanese general was arrested over claims he spied for China. Army Major General Lo Hsien-che (51) was recruited by China while stationed in Thailand between 2002 and 2005 The defense ministry scrambled to limit the damage from what it called the worst espionage case in 50 years.
    (www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12401472)(AFP, 2/9/11)

2011        Mar 1, Taiwan and China have cooperated as Taiwan’s coast guard personnel rescued a businessman, surnamed Hsia (40), on an uninhabited Taiwanese islet after his kidnappers deposited him there. He was kidnapped in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in early January and held for a $3.3 million ransom.
    (AP, 3/2/11)

2011        Mar 6, In Taiwan 9 people died and 12 others were injured in a fire at a pub in the central city of Taichung. Local media reported that the packed pub first caught fire from sparks from an LED torch used by a performer.
    (AP, 3/6/11)

2011        Mar 20, In Taiwan some 2,000 anti-nuclear protesters demonstrated, demanding an immediate halt to the construction of an atomic power plant.
    (AFP, 3/20/11)

2010        Mar 31, Taiwan officials lost contact with the 79-ton Jih-chun Tsai 68 fishing trawler and the government feared the boat may have been hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast. On May 10, 2011, Wu Lai-yu, captain of the Jih-Chun Tsai 68, was killed by ammunition fired from a US ship. He was buried at sea from his vessel, which was "unseaworthy after the exchange of fire and was sunk.
    (AP, 4/1/10)(AFP, 7/25/11)

2011        Apr 27, In Taiwan a popular tourist train overturned in the southern mountains, killing at least six Chinese visitors.
    (AP, 4/27/11)

2011        Apr 30, In Taiwan some 2,000 protesters demanded that the government scrap plans to operate a newly built nuclear power plant and turn the facility into a museum to highlight the dangers of nuclear power.
    (AP, 4/30/11)

2011        May 17, Taiwanese health authorities investigating illegal gender-selective abortions warned that doctors found guilty of the practice may have their licenses revoked.
    (AFP, 5/17/11)

2011        May, Taiwan’s biggest-ever food scare began when government inspectors testing sports drinks and soft drinks discovered dangerous levels of industrial plasticizers. Two food additive suppliers had substituted the plasticizers for palm oil as clouding agents. Traces of plasticizers were soon found in pharmaceuticals.
    (Econ, 6/18/11, p.48)

2011        Jun 1, Taiwan-based Acer Inc, the world No. 2 PC maker, said it will take a $150 million charge to write off inventory and doubtful payments in Europe and will cut 300 jobs there in the latest upheaval following the sudden departure of its CEO in March. Acer charged its former chief executive officer, Gianfranco Lanci, with performance issues, after he had criticized the company's resistance to globalization in interviews with the media.
    (Reuters, 6/1/11)

2011        Jun 30, In Taiwan former Pres. Lee Teng-hui (88) was indicted for embezzlement and money-laundering during his time in office (1988-2000).
    (SFC, 7/1/11, p.A6)(Econ, 7/9/11, p.40)

2011        Jul 25, Taiwanese Major General Lo Hsien-che (51), lured by a honey trap into spying for China, was sentenced to life in prison by a military high court, in one of the island's worst espionage cases for half a century. He was indicted in May for spying and taking bribes from China beginning in 2004.
    (AFP, 7/25/11)

2011        Aug 24, One of Taiwan's best regarded hospitals mistakenly transplanted HIV-infected organs into five patients after a hospital staffer misheard the donor's test results by telephone.
    (AP, 8/29/11)

2011        Aug 29, Typhoon Nanmadol made landfall near the city of Taitung on the east coast of Taiwan and pummeled some of the island's most densely populated areas.
    (AFP, 8/29/11)

2011        Aug 30, Chiou I-jen, Taiwan's ex-spy chief and right-hand man of jailed former president Chen Shui-bian, was cleared of embezzling diplomatic funds during Chen's term in office due to a lack of evidence. Former vice foreign minister Kao Ying-mao was also cleared of being an accomplice in the 2005 case.
    (AP, 8/30/11)

2011        Sep 4, In Taiwan some 1,000 chanting pro-independence activists took to the streets of Taipei, President Ma Ying-jeou of surrendering the island's sovereignty to China.
    (AFP, 9/4/11)

2011        Sep 13, Taiwan's Defense Ministry searched for three pilots aboard two reconnaissance F-5 aircraft which crashed on a training flight. The remains of the three pilots were recovered from a mountain crash site.
    (AP, 9/13/11)(www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14913785)

2011        Sep 28, Taiwan said that it plans to upgrade a fleet of 56 home-grown fighters and buy more than 50 trainers as part of a major air force modernization package.
    (AFP, 9/28/11)

2011        Oct 9, China's President Hu Jintao called for Taiwan and the Chinese mainland to reunite, as he marked the 100th anniversary of the revolution that ended the nation's long imperial history.
    (AFP, 10/9/11)

2011        Oct 12, Taiwan said that it was seeking nearly $100 million in compensation from France, in the latest twist to a long-running kickback scandal over the 1991 sale of warships to the island.
    (AFP, 10/12/11)

2011        Oct 29, In Taiwan thousands of gay rights supporters marched through Taipei, its ninth annual gay rights parade, calling for increased tolerance and the enactment of anti-discrimination legislation.
    (AP, 10/29/11)

2011        Nov 6, Fishermen on a Taiwanese boat fought back against Somali pirates and freed themselves after a hijacking in the Indian Ocean. 5 Vietnamese war vets on the Chin Yi Wen overcame the hijackers and then the boat met up with British anti-piracy vessels nearby. The war fighters had been recruited by Taiwan to be part of a 28-man crew on the 290-ton vessel, along with 9 Chinese, 8 Filipinos and 6 Indonesians. The crew forced the six armed Somali pirates to jump overboard, and successfully took back control of the ship.
    (AP, 11/6/11)(AFP, 11/7/11)

2011        Nov 10, A Taiwanese man demanded Chinese authorities return his left hand, which he said was amputated after a savage robbery and then kept by mainland police as evidence. Hu Chi-yang (59) said he was attacked by three men in the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian last week. He said they robbed him of about $600 in cash and nearly cut his left hand off to get at his ring and Rolex watch. On Nov 28 police in Fujian said they believed Hu's injuries were self-inflicted, saying the cuts were precise and that blood collected at the alleged crime scene contained traces of anesthetic.
    (AFP, 11/10/11)(AFP, 11/28/11)

2011        Nov 17, Taiwan media reported that the government is planning to send naval vessels to waters off Somalia for the first time to protect the island's fishing boats against pirates.
    (AFP, 11/17/11)

2011        Dec 6, Taiwan's state-owned CPC Corporation signed a 20-year contract with Qatar's RasGas to buy 1.5 million tons of liquefied natural gas a year.
    (AP, 12/6/11)

2011        Dec 11, In Taiwan almost a thousand protesters took to the streets of Taipei demanding that the government make a weekly day off a legal right for Taiwan's 200,000 foreign live-in caregivers.
    (AP, 12/11/11)

2012        Jan 14, Taiwan's president won re-election, paving the way for a continuation of the China-friendly policies that have delighted Beijing and Washington, and caused consternation among some in Taiwan worried about the durability of their de facto independence. Ma Ying-jeou garnered 51.6% of the total against 45.6% for Tsai Ing-wen of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party. In May Ma Ying-jeou was fined Tw$500,000 ($17,000) by electoral authorities for urging his Facebook followers to vote for him on polling day.
    (AP, 1/14/12)(AFP, 5/16/12)

2012        Feb 4, Taiwan authorities arrested three people and seized nearly half a ton of narcotics in their biggest drugs bust in 10 years. Alleged smuggling ring leader Chiang Pai-li (53) and a married couple operating a customs brokerage firm were arrested.
    (AFP, 2/5/12)

2012        Mar 2, US authorities charged 29 people who were conspiring to illegally import counterfeit luxury fashion goods and deadly drugs worth hundreds of millions of dollars from China and Taiwan. Some 20 arrests took place in New Jersey, Florida, Texas, New York, and in the Philippines, as part of an international investigation.
    (AFP, 3/2/12)

2012        Mar 3, Taiwan confirmed that nearly 58,000 chickens had been culled at two farms on the island following the latest outbreak of bird flu, most of them at a farm in central Changhua county. The next day Hsu Tien-lai, the chief of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine tendered his resignation. He had been accused in a documentary of covering up outbreaks of H5N2 bird flu, a less virulent strain of the virus.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)

2012        Mar 8, Taiwanese pork farmers pelted police with rotten eggs and animal feces as anger over policies on US meat imports sparked a mass protest. Thousands of protesters gathered in downtown Taipei to voice fears that President Ma Ying-jeou's government will lift a ban on US pork treated with ractopamine, a controversial additive used to promote lean meat. Early this week the government announced a plan to lift a ban on ractopamine-treated US beef. But a government guarantee to keep a ban on US pork containing the additive failed to convince the pig farmers.
    (AFP, 3/8/12)

2012        Mar 11, In Taiwan thousands of protesters took to the streets calling on the government to shut down the island's nuclear power plants, citing the painful lesson of Japan's 9.0-magnitude earthquake one year ago.
    (AFP, 3/11/12)

2012        Mar 17, In Taiwan Lin Mei-heng (31) posted messages on Facebook saying she wanted to take her life after growing suspicious that her boyfriend was having an affair. 9 of her friends attempted to dissuade her from taking her life, but none alerted the police. She was found dead the following day by her boyfriend at her flat in a suburb of Taipei.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)

2012        Apr 1, Taiwan said it will double its quota of independent Chinese tourists to allow up to 1,000 visitors a day, effective April 28, less than a year after lifting a ban on solo travel from the mainland.
    (AFP, 4/1/12)

2012        Apr 3, US Internet giant Google started building one of its three planned data centers in Asia to meet fast growing online demand from the region. A ceremony was held to begin work on the $300 million, 15 hectare (37 acre) site in Changhua county, western Taiwan.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)

2012        Apr 8, Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou made a surprise stopover in Mumbai on his way to Africa in what officials said was a sign of improving ties with India despite a lack of diplomatic recognition. His three-leg trip will take Ma to Burkina Faso, Gambia and Swaziland.
    (AFP, 4/8/12)

2012        Apr 16, Taiwan kicked off its biggest annual war game, testing its ability to defend of the capital Taipei against a Chinese attack and ward off a blockade of its main naval base.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)

2012        Apr 22, Taiwan local media reported government plans to purchase four warships from the United States as part of the island's efforts to modernize its forces and offset the perceived military threat from China.
    (AFP, 4/22/12)

2012        May 19, In Taiwan tens of thousands rallied in Taipei to voice their anger at Pres. Ma Ying-jeou over a spate of controversial policies, on the eve of his inauguration for a 2nd term.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)

2012        May 28, Taiwan local media said Taiwan has for the first time deployed cruise missiles capable of striking key military bases along the southeast coast of the Chinese mainland.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)

2012        Jun 11, Taiwan's military said it is looking into how a top-secret computer from a "stealth" warship went missing, amid concerns it might have fallen into Chinese hands. The laptop, installed on board a "Kuang Hua No. 6" class guided-missile vessel, disappeared late last month while the vessel was anchored at the southern port of Tsoying.
    (AFP, 6/11/12)

2012        Jul 2, Taiwan's ex-vice president Annette Lu and a former top presidential aide were cleared of corruption and forgery charges after prosecutors failed to prove the case against them. They were indicted in 2007 for allegedly abusing their positions to claim millions of Taiwan dollars in expenses with false receipts.
    (AFP, 7/2/12)
2012        Jul 2, Lin Yi-shih (42), a top official in Taiwan's cabinet, admitted to taking millions of dollars in bribes from a wealthy businessman. He resigned as the cabinet secretary-general last week. The weekly magazine Next reported Lin had allegedly taken Tw$63 million ($2.1 million) from a businessman in 2010 to help him gain a contract with a state firm.
    (AFP, 7/2/12)

2012        Jul 3, Taiwan opened a space research control center, as part of an ambitious international project aimed at exploring the origins of the universe. Facilities at the Payload Operations and Control Center in the northern Lungtan township started monitoring signals transmitted from the International Space Station immediately after the inauguration.
    (AFP, 7/3/12)

2012        Jul 7, Taiwanese residents of the offshore island of Matsu voted in favor of opening Taiwan's first legal casino.
    (AFP, 7/7/12)

2012        Jul 25, Taiwan decided to levy capital gains tax on share trading, more than two decades after a previous attempt to do so sparked a plunge in the stock market and was eventually abandoned. The new measures, which will take effect in January, were passed by the 113-seat parliament, controlled by the ruling Kuomintang.
    (AFP, 7/25/12)

2012        Aug 11, Two women tied the knot in Taiwan's first same-sex Buddhist wedding, a move rights groups hope will help make the island become the first place in Asia to legalize gay marriage.
    (AFP, 8/11/12)

2012        Aug 23, Philippine police arrested more than 350 people over a major telephone scam that swindled people out of millions of dollars in Taiwan and mainland China.
    (AFP, 8/23/12)

2012        Aug 29, Taiwan's former fire chief Huang Chi-min, hailed as a hero for leading rescue efforts during Typhoon Morakot in 2009, was arrested on corruption allegations.
    (AFP, 8/30/12)

2012        Oct 23, In Taiwan an early morning fire ripped through a nursing home, killing 12 people and injuring 60, many of them too weak to get out of their beds to escape. A nursing home resident confessed to setting the fire.
    (AP, 10/23/12)

2013        Feb 6, Taiwan banks began offering deposit accounts in Chinese currency following a clearing agreement between China central bank and Taipei signed last August.
    (Econ, 2/9/13, p.69)

2013        Mar 27, A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck central Taiwan, killing at one person and injuring 19 as it damaged buildings on the island.
    (AP, 3/27/13)

2013        Apr 2, Philippine authorities arrested 16 Taiwanese, 15 males and a female, in connection with an online scam that mostly targeted retirees living in China and Taiwan.
    (AP, 4/3/13)

2013        May 9, Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng (65) was shot dead by Philippine coast guard sailors in disputed waters. On May 15 Philippine Pres. Benigno Aquino III apologized to Taiwan for the shooting.
    (SFC, 5/11/13, p.A2)(SFC, 5/16/13, p.A2)

2013        May 16, Taiwan announced a 2nd wave of sanctions against Manila in response the Philippines coast guard’s fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman on May 9.
    (SSFC, 5/19/13, p.A4)

2013        Jun 2, A magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolted Taiwan, killing two people and injuring at least 21 others and causing panicked shoppers to rush out of a shaking multi-story department store.
    (AP, 6/2/13)

2013        Jun 4, Intel launched the latest version of Its Core processor, known as Haswell, at Computex Taipei.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.67)

2013        Jun 6, In Taiwan 2 men were charged with planting cyanide-tainted bombs on a high-speed train and at an office where the head of global electronics powerhouse Foxconn was scheduled to visit in April. The devices failed to explode. Lawyer Hu Tsung-hsien (44) and Chu Ya-dong were indicted on charges of attempted homicide and endangering public security.
    (AP, 6/6/13)

2013        Jul 10, Taiwan signed a trade pact with New Zealand, its first with a country that recognizes China.
    (Econ, 7/13/13, p.37)

2013        Jul 3, Taiwanese soldier Hung Chung-chiu (24) died after being forced to perform a vigorous regime of sit-ups, push-ups, jumping jacks and squats in sweltering heat at a base in suburban Taipei, just three days away from completing his mandatory 20-month service requirement. His punishment was ordered because he brought a banned cell phone onto his base. On July 24 Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou apologized for the death and ordered military officials to investigate the tragedy.
    (AP, 7/24/13)

2013        Aug 2, Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and threw water at each other ahead of an expected vote that would authorize a referendum on whether to finish a fourth nuclear power plant on the densely populated island of 23 million people.
    (AP, 8/2/13)

2013        Aug 3, Over 100,000 Taiwanese protesters converged on the presidential office in Taipei accusing the defense ministry of cover-ups over the death last month of army conscript Hung Chung-chiu.
    (Econ, 8/10/13, p.34)

2013        Aug 9, A Taiwan government watchdog reported that the First Nuclear Power Plant in Shihmen may have been leaking radioactive water for three years, adding to uncertainty over the fate of a new 4th nuclear power plant.
    (AP, 8/9/13)

2013        Sep 11, The disciplinary panel of Taiwan's ruling party suspended the speaker of the legislature, a move that could fracture the party and threaten its efforts to develop closer ties with China. Wang Jin-pyng was suspended for allegedly pressuring prosecutors not to appeal the acquittal of an opposition lawmaker.
    (AP, 9/11/13)(Econ, 9/21/13, p.41)

2013        Sep 21, Super Typhoon Usagi, the most powerful storm of the year, brought torrential rain and ferocious winds to Taiwan, leaving tens of thousands without power and throwing travel plans into disarray as it barreled towards Hong Kong.
    (AFP, 9/21/13)

2013        Oct 26, In Taiwan tens of thousands of people rallied in Asia's largest gay parade, as the island's parliament was set to review a bill on same-sex marriages.
    (AFP, 10/26/13)

2013        Nov 14, Gambia’s Pres. Yahya Jammeh announced a break off of diplomatic relations with Taiwan after 18 years. The move was greeted with "shock and regret" by Taipei, which is now recognised by just 22 nations.
    (AFP, 11/15/13)

2013        Nov 30, In South Africa dozens of Indonesian fishermen, who spent months stranded in Cape Town's harbor, sleeping in cramped and suffocating quarters, were taken ashore to a repatriation center after being stuck at sea on Taiwanese vessels for years without pay.
    (AFP, 12/1/13)

2014        Jan 17, Taiwan lifted a ban on imports of Canadian beef-on-the-bone as part of its efforts to promote investment talks with the country and its participation in regional trade blocs. The new measure will take effect in mid-February.
    (AFP, 1/17/14)

2014        Feb 11, China and Taiwan held talks in Nanjing, their highest level talks since splitting amid a civil war in 1949.
    (SFC, 2/11/14, p.A2

2014        Mar 18, Taiwanese activists occupied the main chamber of the Legislative Yuan to try to stop the government ratifying a contentious trade agreement with China. The three-week protest became known as the “Sunflower Movement."
    (Econ, 3/29/14, p.39)(Econ, 12/6/14, p.44)

2014        Mar 19, Hundreds of Taiwanese activists were locked in a tense standoff with police after they stormed parliament to try to stop the government ratifying a contentious trade agreement with China.
    (AFP, 3/19/14)

2014        Mar 23, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said that the island needed to pass a contentious trade pact with China for the sake of its economy. Hundreds of protesters opposed to the far-reaching trade pact invaded Cabinet offices, marking a sharp escalation in a student-led movement against the island's rapidly developing ties with the communist mainland.
    (Reuters, 3/23/14)(AP, 3/23/14)

2014        Mar 30, In Taiwan hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in the streets around Parliament to voice their opposition to a trade pact with China.
    (AP, 3/30/14)

2014        Apr 5, In China workers in Guangdong province walked out of factories owned by Yue Yuen, a Taiwanese maker of branded shoes. The walkout grew to involve tens of thousands of workers.
    (Econ, 4/26/14, p.41)

2014        Apr 10, Taiwan students ended their unprecedented, 24-day occupation of the Parliament late today after receiving assurances that a Chinese trade pact they see as imperiling the island's autonomy would undergo legislative review.
    (AP, 4/10/14)

2014        Apr 27, In Taiwan nearly 30,000 rallied in opposition to the proposed 4th Longmen nuclear power plant near Taipei. PM Jiang Yi-huah backed down and agreed mothball two plants, stop construction at a third and hold a referendum prior to any operations.
    (Econ, 5/3/14, p.36)

2014        Apr 28, Police in Taiwan fired water cannons to disperse hundreds of anti-nuclear protesters refusing to give up their campaign despite a government pledge to halt work on the island's fourth nuclear power plant.
    (Reuters, 4/28/14)

2014        May 21, In Taiwan a university student (21) wielding a knife attacked riders aboard a subway train in Taipei, killing 4 people and injuring at least 21 others.
    (AP, 5/21/14)

2014        Jun 21, Albie Sachs (79), the South African judge who rose to fame for his role in the anti-apartheid struggle, was awarded the Tang Prize, touted as Asia's version of the Nobels, for his contributions to human rights and justice. Earlier this week, Norwegian ex-premier Gro Harlem Brundtland was named as the first recipient of the prize for her work as the "godmother" of sustainable development, while noted Chinese American historian Yu Ying-shih was awarded for his accomplishment in sinology. Immunologists James P. Allison of the United States and Tasuku Honjo of Japan became joint recipients in the biopharmaceutical sciences category for their contributions in the fight against cancer. Named after China's Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), the Asian prize was founded by Taiwanese billionaire Samuel Yin in 2012 with a donation of Tw$3 billion.
    (AP, 6/21/14)

2014        Jun 25, China sent its first ever ministerial-level official to Taiwan for four days of meetings.
    (SFC, 6/26/14, p.A2)

2014        Jun 28, In Taiwan Zhang Zhijun, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister, canceled two events after protesters threw paint on his motorcade.
    (SSFC, 6/29/14, p.A6)

2014        Jul 5, In Australia six Taiwanese men were arrested for importing Aus$42 million ($39 million) worth of methamphetamine into Australia.  They faced life sentences.
    (AFP, 7/6/14)

2014        Jul 23, Taiwan-based TransAsia Airways plane crashed on landing on Penghu island off the west coast, killing 48 people. 10 people survived. Typhoon Matmo slammed into Taiwan today with heavy rains and strong winds.
    (Reuters, 7/23/14)(Reuters, 7/24/14)(AP, 7/25/14)

2014        Jul 31, In Taiwan five late night explosions caused by a gas leak in Kaohsiung the country's second city killed 26 people, injured 267 and sent flames shooting 15 storeys into the air.
    (Reuters, 8/1/14)(SFC, 8/1/14, p.A2)(SFC, 8/2/14, p.A3)

2014        Aug 1, Japan named five uninhabited small isles belonging to an island group in the center of a dispute with China as part of efforts to reinforce its claim, a move likely to spark anger from Beijing and another claimant, Taiwan.
    (Reuters, 8/1/14)

2014        Aug 25, Taiwan's TransAsia Airways said it has offered record compensation to the families of each passenger killed in the July 23 domestic flight even though the cause of the crash is still unclear.
    (AFP, 8/25/14)

2014        Sep 8, Hong Kong pulled pineapple buns and dumplings from the shelves after Taiwanese authorities said a factory in the south of the island illegally used 243 tons of tainted products, often referred to as "gutter oil", to mix with lard oil. Oil from Chang Guann, the Taiwanese oil manufacturer, was at the heart of the scandal.
    (AFP, 9/8/14)

2014        Sep 17, Japan agreed to cut purchases of eel fry from neighboring countries by 20 percent as part of moves to protect the endangered species. The agreement with China, South Korea and Taiwan called for reducing eel hauls by 20 percent for one year, beginning in November.
    (AP, 9/18/14)

2014        Nov 22, In Taiwan "Blind Massage," a Chinese-French film about blind masseurs, and Chinese actor and director Chen Jianbin scooped the most accolades at the 51st Golden Horse movie awards, considered the Chinese-language equivalent of the Oscars.
    (AP, 11/23/14)

2014        Nov 29, Taiwan's China-friendly ruling party lost a slew of traditional strongholds in local elections, triggering the resignation of the island's premier and the cabinet. The departure of premier Jiang Yi-huah just hours after polls closed left President Ma, who is also KMT chairman, to rebuild a government.
    (Reuters, 11/29/14)

2015        Jan 5, Taiwan’s justice ministry granted former president Chen Shui-bian (2000-2006) medical parole as he served a 20-year prison sentence on corruption charges.
    (Econ, 1/10/15, p.35)

2015        Jan 13, Taiwan slaughtered nearly 6,000 geese after 14 more farms were confirmed to have been infected in the latest outbreak of avian influenza that has led to the culling of more than 140,000 birds.
    (AFP, 1/13/15)

2015        Feb 4, TransAsia Airways Flight GE235, a turboprop ATR 72-600  with 58 passengers and crew, careered into a river shortly after taking off from a downtown Taipei airport. 35 people were confirmed dead with 8 missing and 15 rescued. 31 of those on board were tourists from China’s southeastern city of Xiamen.
    (Reuters, 2/4/15)(AP, 2/4/15)(SFC, 2/5/15, p.A4)(SFC, 2/7/15, p.A3)

2015        Feb 12, In Taiwan 6 inmates led by a mob boss committed suicide at a prison after a failed breakout attempt in which they seized weapons and held a warden and guards hostage in the southern port city of Kaohsiung.
    (AP, 2/12/15)

2015        Feb 26, A Taiwanese fishing boat went missing off southeastern Argentina with 49 crew members.
    (AP, 3/7/15)

2015        Mar 20, Taiwan authorities introduced emergency water rationing as the country faced its worst drought in over a decade and the lowest rainfall in nearly 70 years. The government last imposed water rationing and anti-drought measures in 2001 in parts of Taiwan, including Taipei.
    (AFP, 3/20/15)

2015        May 23, In Taipei protesters calling for Taiwan not to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank clashed with unidentified men in black T-shirts outside a meeting of officials from the two administrations.
    (Reuters, 5/23/15)

2015        Jun 27, In Taiwan a fire spread into a crowd of spectators at a music party at a water park late today. The fire was sparked by an accidental explosion of a colored theatrical powder thrown from the stage in front of about 1,000 people. One person was killed and 498 people suffered burns.
    (AP, 6/28/15)(AP, 6/29/15)

2015        Jul 24, Prominent exiled Chinese dissident Wu'er Kaixi announced his candidacy for a seat in Taiwan's parliament, saying he wants to serve as a check on the ruling Nationalist Party and help shore up the island's global status.
    (AP, 7/24/15)

2015        Aug 8, Typhoon Soudelor battered Taiwan with strong wind and torrential rain, cutting power to 3.62 million households as the death toll rose to 6 with four missing. The eye of the typhoon passed Taiwan and headed toward mainland China.
    (Reuters, 8/8/15)

2015        Sep 26, Two Taiwanese pilots were found dead in the cabin of the aircraft that went down in a mountainous area of central Taiwan earlier in the week.
    (AP, 9/26/15)

2015        Sep 29, Taiwan authorities said super typhoon Dujuan has killed 3 people and left more than 300 injured after it swept across the island before making landfall in eastern China.
    (AP, 9/29/15)

2015        Oct 17, Taiwan's ruling party on named chairman Eric Chu to run for the island's top spot in coming national elections, replacing an existing pick in a move aimed at avoiding a trouncing by an opposition it fears could derail warming ties with China.
    (Reuters, 10/17/15)

2015        Oct 31, In Taiwan tens of thousands marched in Taipei in Asia's biggest gay pride parade, with many hoping presidential elections next year bring to power a pro-gay government that will legalize same-sex marriage.
    (AFP, 10/31/15)

2015        Nov 7, China and Taiwan must not let proponents of Taiwan's independence split them, China's President Xi Jinping told Taiwan's president at the first meeting between leaders of the two sides since China's civil war ended in 1949. Hundreds of angry protesters massed outside Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou's office, condemning his warm exchange with China's leader in a summit in Singapore that has fueled fears the democratic island will be swallowed up by its giant rival.
    (Reuters, 11/7/15)(AFP, 11/7/15)

2015        Nov 22, In Taiwan a service helicopter crashed outside of Taipei, killing both people on board.
    (AP, 11/22/15)

2015        Nov 30, China and Taiwan said they have swapped three high-level convicted spies in a sign of goodwill linked to the first meeting ever between their presidents. China first sent back the two Taiwanese men, Chu Kung-hsun and Hsu Chang-kuo on Oct 13. Taiwan followed with the release of Li Zhihao.
    (AP, 11/30/15)

2015        Dec 16, Indonesia deported 49 Taiwanese and one Chinese citizen who were members of a cross-border telephone and Internet fraud ring.
    (AP, 12/16/15)
2015        Dec 16, The Obama administration announced the approval of a $1.83 billion arms deal with Taiwan.
    (AP, 12/16/15)

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