The following are major events across the Taiwan Straits since Chen Shui-bian was reelected Taiwan leader in May 2004.
May 17, 2004 - The Office for Taiwan Affairs under the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council issued a statement on cross-Straits relations, urging the Taiwan authorities to recognize that there is only one China in the world and both the mainland and Taiwan belong to the one and same China, to abandon the "Taiwan Independence" stance and to stop separatist activities.
Jan. 29, 2005 - Civil aircraft of the Chinese mainland and Taiwan took off from Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Taipei respectively, kicking off the first charter flights across the Taiwan Straits in 56 years. The three-week scheme offered 48 non-stop, round-trip flights exclusively for Taiwan business people working on the mainland and their families during the traditional Chinese New Year.
March 4, 2005 - Chinese President Hu Jintao set forth a four-point guideline on cross-Straits relations under new circumstances-- first, never sway in adhering to the one-China principle; second, never give up efforts to seek peaceful reunification; third, never change the principle of placing hope on the Taiwan people; and fourth, never compromise in opposing secessionist activities aimed at "Taiwan independence."
March 14, 2005 - China's parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), ratified the Anti-Secession Law with an overwhelming vote of 2,896 to nil, setting a legal framework to prevent Taiwan's secession from China and to promote peaceful national reunification.
March 28, 2005 - A delegation led by Kuomintang Vice President Chiang Pin-kung arrived in Guangzhou on the first leg of an "icebreaking trip" to the mainland. The delegation visited the "Huanghuagang" martyrs' cemetery in Guangzhou and the mausoleum of the Kuomintang's founding father Sun Yat-sen in Nanjing before they arrived in Beijing on March 30.
April 26, 2005 - Lien Chan, chairman of the Kuomintang party, arrived in Nanjing, once the capital of the Kuomintang regime in east China's Jiangsu Province, on the first leg of an eight-day visit to the mainland. Lien and his delegation will also visit Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai.