1986-01-16 The Executive Yuan Council passes a plan for VLSI (very large-scale integration) circuit manufacturing, setting the foundation for developing semiconductor technology in the ROC.
1987-07-15 Martial law is lifted in Taiwan.
1987-11-02 Local residents are permitted to visit relatives in mainland China.
1988-01-01 The ban on establishment of new newspapers is lifted, and restrictions on the number of pages per issue are relaxed.
1988-01-13 President Ching-kuo Chiang passed away. Vice President Teng-hui Lee became the 7th president of the Republic of China and proclaimed an emergency settlement order.
1988-05-05 The Executive Yuan Council passes the draft of the Consumer Protection Law, which is later approved by the Legislature on January 11, 1994 and promulgated by the president on the same day.
1988-12-22 The Executive Yuan Council passes the draft of the Farmer Health Insurance Act, later approved by the Legislature on June 6, 1989 and promulgated by the president on June 23, 1989.
1989-01-26 The Legislature passes the Act Governing the Voluntary Retirement of the First-Term Senior Congressperson, ending a system in which parliamentarians had not faced re-election for decades.
1989-05-04 The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft amendment to the Handicapped Welfare Act, approved by the Legislature on January 12, 1990 and promulgated by the president on January 24, 1990. Later renamed People with Disabilities Rights Protection Act, this law stipulates that people with disabilities must make up at least 2 percent of the work force at government agencies, public schools, and state businesses that have over 100 employees.