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Chronology Of Recent Events In U.S. Taiwan And U.S. China Relations

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1995January 30, 1995 Chinese President Jiang Zemin presents his ill-fated "eight-point plan" on Taiwan. Old wine in a leaky bottle.April 8, 1995 Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui offers a "six-point" response to Jiang.Early May 1995 Both houses of the U.S. Congress pass resolutions (by votes of 97 to 1 in the Senate and 396 to 0 in the House) urging Clinton to permit Lee to visit the U.S.May 15, 1995 China conducts underground nuclear tests.May 22, 1995 The U.S. announces the decision to allow Lee Teng-hui to make a private visit to his alma mater in June.June 7-12, 1995 Lee Teng-hui makes his landmark visit to his alma mater, Cornell University.June 15-22, 1995 Taiwanese Premier Lien Chan makes a private trip to Austria and the Czech Republic. Lien's destination is not revealed until his arrival in Vienna. It is the first trip to Europe by a top leader from Taiwan.June 16, 1995 Beijing postpones the July cross-strait talks with Taiwan.June 17, 1995 Chinese and U.S. ambassadors return home.July-August 1995 China's propaganda organs publish increasingly harsh and highly personal attacks on Lee, accusing him of promoting Taiwan's independence and abandoning a commitment to unification with China.July 18, 1995 China announces missile exercises just north of Taipei. The following day, Taiwan's stockmarket drops 229 points, or 4.2%.July 22-24 1995 China conducts the first round of missile exercises into waters north of Taiwan, firing 4 land-to-land M-9 missiles and 2 mid-range missiles (all tactical ballistic missiles). The exercises force the diversion of hundreds of international flights and ships.August 10, 1995 China announces a second round of missile exercises north of Taiwan.August 15-25, 1995 The Chinese declare an area 50 times larger than the first exercise off limits, amounting to a partial blockade of Taiwan, the world's 14th largest trading nation. The ten-day live ammunition naval exercise (including antiship cruise missiles) are expanded to include the firing of live artillery.August 23, 1995 Lee Teng-hui announces his candidacy for president in the March 1996 election. Beijing's Xinhua (New China) News Agency calls on "all the Chinese people" to sweep Lee "into the dustbin of history."September 3, 1995 Taiwan takes delivery of two E-2Ts, an aircraft which will extend Taiwan's advance warning of any attack to 25 minutes from the current five. Taiwan had bought four E-2Ts from U.S. defense contractor Grumman, valued at US$749.5 million.September 15, 1995 The China Times reports that Taiwan will start rehearsals on September 27 for a military exercise scheduled for October. The exercise, described as a routine military inspection named Hua Hsing, will be held at the southern navy headquarters of Tsoying before October 10.September 19, 1995 At the start of the annual UN General Assembly session, Taiwanese in the United States hold a demonstration in front of the UN in favor of Taiwan membership in the United Nations under the name...

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