INCORE guide to Internet sources on conflict in China-Taiwan
Compiled by Hiroshi Yasui (August 2004)
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The Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
Hosted by the University of Texas, this provides a number of maps of Taiwan and the surrounding region.
News Sources - Email Lists
Republic of China (Taiwan) Central News Agency (CNA)
Founded in Guangzhou (Canton), southern China in 1924, CNA has developed into an international news agency that cooperates with many other major international news agencies around the globe. CNA relocated to Taipei along with the Nationalist government in October 1949 where it continues to be headquartered.
Founded in 1952, the China Post has been Taiwan's leading English-language newspaper in daily readership and editorial content. It reaches over 250,000 readers everyday providing comprehensive news coverage of the latest events in Taiwan and from around the world.
Taiwan News (eTaiwan News)
Launched on 15 June 1999, the Taipei Times is a daily English newspaper. It showcases three main sections of local and international news, along with sports and special local features.
People’s Republic of China - CCTV International: China Central Television
CCTV International (CCTV-9) is the English-language channel of China Central Television, China's largest national TV network. Officially launched on 25 September 2000, CCTV International is dedicated to reporting news and information to its global audience, with a special focus on China.
People’s Daily: Taiwan Issue and China's Reunification
People's Daily releases the latest news dispatches of policy information and resolutions of the Chinese Government and major domestic and international news from the People’s Republic of China. It has a section on the Taiwan Issue and China's Reunification.
Xinhuanet.com: Xinhua News Agency
Sponsored by the Xinhua News Agency, the state and worldwide news agency in China, Xinhuanet.com collects news and information at home and abroad and releases news around the clock in seven languages, namely, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and Japanese and updates more than 4,500 news items every day.
National and Local Governmental Institutions and Agencies
Republic of China (Taiwan)
Government of Information Office
The office releases information on Taiwan-China Relations, National Defense, Foreign Affairs and Government
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC)
In August 1988 the Taiwan “cabinet” established the “inter-agency Mainland Affairs Committee” as a task force to coordinate policy matters related to the People’s Republic of China. The cabinet soon realized that a task force could not adequately handle the surging workload, and a permanent cabinet-level agency was called for establishment. Subsequent to the passage of the “Organic Statute for the Mainland Affairs Council” by the legislature on 18 January 18 1991, the president's promulgation of the Statute ten days later established the MAC on 28 January 1991.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (MOFA)
MOFA’s website with diplomatic information.
Research, Development and Evaluation Commission (RDEC)
Established on 1 March 1969, the RDEC is responsible for policy research and development, overall planning, policy implementation control and evaluation, information management, and management of government publications. In conjunction with the functional and organizational changes of the Taiwan Provincial Government in July 1999, the RDEC opened its Central Taiwan Division, which was renamed the Department of Regional Affairs in October 2000, to assist county and city governments in their research and evaluation work.
Embassy of People’s Republic of China in the United States of America
Embassy of People’s Republic of China in the United States of America has a web page on Taiwan issues, especially related to the relation with the US.
Permanent Mission to the People’s Republic of China to the UN: the Question of Taiwan
The Permanent Mission to the People’s Republic of China to the UN has a web page on the question of Taiwan especially related to the United Nations.
Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council
Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council is an administrative institution in charge of Taiwan affairs under the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. The website serves to provide information on the main functions of the Office in detail, release important policies related to Taiwan and publishes information on political affairs involving Taiwan and important activities of the Office. It aims to inform readers from home and abroad of guidelines and policies of the central government and the cross-straits situation.
External Governmental Institutions and Agencies
US Library of Congress: China Country Study
A comprehensive site that contains much information on all aspects of Chinese history, political, economic and social structures including civil war between the Kuomintang regime and the communist People's Liberation Army.
US State Department - China Country page.
Information from the US government on its relations with both the People's Republic of China and Taiwan.
Japan-Taiwan Working Relations
Again, from the Japanese MOFA website, this outlines the non-governmental relations between Japan and Taiwan.
International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGOs), Research Institutes, Non-State Actors
Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA)
Established in 1982 in Los Angeles, the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) is a world-wide, Washington headquartered, non-profit organization that promotes international support for the right of the people of Taiwan to establish an independent and democratic country, and to join the international community.
Taiwan Documents Project
Taiwan Documents Project was established in 1999 to provide researchers and other interested persons a comprehensive source of primary material relating to the dispute over Taiwan. Based in Los Angeles, the Project is a privately funded, non-partisan entity, and is not affiliated with any other organization.
Based in US, Taiwan Communiqué is a bi-monthly journal focused on political developments in and around Taiwan. Started in 1980, it has been published by the International Committee for Human Rights in Taiwan
Local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations, Research Institutes, Non-State Actors
Chinataiwan.org, opened in July 1999, is the first large mainland-based non-governmental website carrying releases and information on Taiwan. Focusing on an accurate objective coverage on Taiwan issues and cross-Straits relationship, the web aims to boost China's reunification, communications and brotherly ties of compatriots living on both sides of the Taiwan Straits
Taiwan Headlines was established on 8 September 1999 to provide Internet users around the world with accurate, in-depth and up-to-date news about the Republic of China on Taiwan. The Government Information Office's Internet Team adds to the site a selection of articles from Taiwan's English-language newspapers. Views expressed in the web are those of the original publishers, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the government.
Foundation on International & Cross-Strait Studies
Founded in 1994, the Foundation on International & Cross-Strait Studies is a private, nonprofit research institution dedicated to public policy analysis and impact. Its primary missions are: to raise public awareness of national security interests, to provide policy options for government and private sectors, to enhance studies in Europe, Americas, and Asia-Pacific, to promote understandings across the Taiwan Strait, and to sponsor international exchanges and collaborations.
Institute of International Relation (IIR): National Chengchi University
IIR started in 1953 as a government think-tank providing analysis to high-level government departments. The Institute collaborated with the National Chengchi University in 1968 to open the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies. In 1970 the Institute hosted its first Sino-American Conference on Mainland China?an annual international event which brings together scholars from the US, Taiwan, and elsewhere to discuss issues central to relations between China and the US.
Chinese Academy of Social Science
The Chinese Academy of Social Science is the national academy of the People's Republic of China. It is an institution of the State Council of China.
Founded in 1898, Peking University is the oldest university in China. The University has a Center for Taiwan Studies, Center of Asian Pacific Studies and the Institute of International Relations.
Sun Yat-sen University
In 1924, the Sun Yat-sen University was founded by Dr. Sun Yat-sen. The University has established wide connections with a number of universities and institutes from the United States, Britain, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
Xiamen University was founded in 1921 by Tan Kah Kee, the well-known Chinese reader. It was the first university in the history modern Chinese education founded by an oversea Chinese. The University possesses the Center for Taiwan Studies
Articles, Papers, Reports, Agreements
Republic of China (Taiwan) - Mainland Affairs Council (MAC)
Mac has historical and current documents on Taiwanese Policies to the People’s Republic of China
Opinion on Cross-Strait Relations
* Public Opinion on Cross-Strait Relations in the Republic of China (May 2004)
Taiwan Stands Up: Advancing to an Uplifting Era
President Chen's 520 Inaugural Speech: Taiwan Stands Up: Advancing to an Uplifting Era (excerpt) on 20 May 2000: Mainland Affairs Council
Taiwan-China Relations: Government of Information Office
Government of Information Office has information pages on Taiwan-China Relations consisting of 6 parts: Historical Overview, New Era, Public Opinion Polls, Cross-strait Exchanges, The "Mini-Three-Links", and Looking into the Future.
Constitution of the People’s Republic of China: People’s Daily
After pushing the Kuomintang government from mainland, Mao Zedong, chairman of the Central People’s Government, proclaimed on 1 October 1949 the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) which regards Taiwan a part of PRC
United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758 - Restoration of the Lawful Rights of the People’s Republic of China in the United Nations
With UN General Assembly Resolution 2758, the People’s Republic of China was recognized as the lawful representatives of China to the United Nations and as one of the five permanent members of the Security Council instead of the Chiang Kai-shek’s government of the Republic of China.
The Incident on 28 February 1947 - February 28 Holocaust: Dr.Jeff Tsay
Jeff Tsay, an US based academic, introduces the incident on his web page.
Democratisation of the Republic of China
Presidential Election 1996: Government and Public Service Pavilion
On 23 March 1996 the Republic of China had the first ever direct elections for President and Vice President. Previously they had been elected by the deputies of the National Assembly. By this election, the incumbent Lee Teng-hui (Kuomintang), the first Taiwan born president, won a majority of 54% of the votes.
Presidential Election 2000: Government Information Office
Presidential candidate Chen Shui-bian and his running mate Annette Lu, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won with 4,977,737 votes in the 2000 presidential election. It was the first change of power from the Kuomintang regime. The voters’ turn-out rate was 82.69%, approximately six percentage points higher than the presidential election four years ago.
Presidential Election 2004: Government Information Office
In this closely fought presidential election of 2004, the total number of ballots cast for the No.1 candidates Chen Shui-bian and Lu Hsiu-lien was 6,471,970; while that for the No.2 candidates Lien Chan and James C. Y. Soong was 6,442,452 ballots. The number of the eligible voters was 16,507,179, and the turnout rate was 80.28 percent.
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiated the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy project in 2002. After much research and careful evaluation, the Ministry integrated the required resources from many sectors of society. In January 2003, the Ministry obtained the support of all political parties to pass the budget for the Foundation in the legislature. The TFD formally came into being on 17 June 2003 with its first meeting of the Board of Trustees and Supervisory Board.