2019.01.14 - 2023.01.31
- 2019.01.14Premier Su assumes the Premier Su assumes the premiership, and inspects African swine fever prevention efforts at Taoyuan International Airport, where he instructs that 100% of carry-on baggage be inspected, successfully preventing the fever’s spread.
- 2019.01.15Premier Su signs off on the third phase of the Long-term National Space Technology Development Program as the first official document approved in his term.
- 2019.01.17The premier directs banks to simplify customer verification procedures for the convenience of the banking public.
- 2019.02.15Premier Su becomes the first holder of his office to deliver his policy report to the Legislature as a live-broadcast multimedia presentation.
- 2019.02.16The government reaches a deal with four major transporters to resolve logistical issues with weekend delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- 2019.02.21The Cabinet passes a draft bill to enforce Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748, upholding marriage equality in Taiwan.
- 2019.02.27The administration overturns the convictions of a third batch of people sentenced during Taiwan’s authoritarian rule era, this time totaling 1,056 individuals.
- 2019.02.27The premier announces a flexible work schedule policy for workers in the fisheries industry.
- 2019.03.06Premier Su convenes the Executive Yuan public safety board, where he calls on authorities to crack down on lawlessness at adult entertainment venues, including drug use, street gang fighting and drunk driving.
- 2019.03.07The Cabinet approves amendments to the Teachers’ Act aimed at preventing sexual misconduct by teachers.
- 2019.03.12The government announces “loan customer growth” as a new banking evaluation index to spur bank financing to small and medium-sized businesses.
- 2019.03.14The Executive Yuan approves draft amendments to the Protection of Children and Youths Welfare and Rights Act and the Criminal Code to prevent child abuse, street gang fighting and drunk driving.
- 2019.03.21The Cabinet approves draft amendments to the Statute for Industrial Innovation to extend favorable tax treatment by 10 additional years, as well as offer tax credits for investment in smart machinery and 5G technology.
- 2019.03.22A third nationwide drug sweep under operation “safe home” nets 7,315 kilograms of illegal drugs.
- 2019.03.25The Executive Yuan gives approval for a plan to improve medical coverage for police officers, firefighters, maritime patrol and air service corps.
- 2019.03.28The Executive Yuan signs off on draft amendments to the Criminal Code to impose heavier punishments on repeat drunk driving offenders.
- 2019.03.28The Cabinet proposes changes to the Factory Management Act.
- 2019.03.28The Cabinet proposes amendments to the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.
- 2019.04.02Taiwan selects a quadrivalent recombinant influenza vaccine for its immunization drive in 2019.
- 2019.04.10The Executive Yuan approves a feasibility study for a light rail line to the northern port city of Keelung.
- 2019.04.11The Cabinet passes a draft bill encouraging Taiwanese individuals and for-profit enterprises to repatriate offshore assets.
- 2019.04.18The premier approves a program to improve seismic resistance of buildings in all public high schools, junior highs and elementary schools.
- 2019.04.18The Cabinet approves draft amendments to the Income Tax Act and the Criminal Code to increase long-term care tax benefits and combat fake news.
- 2019.04.20Scholarships for the children of agricultural and fisheries workers are raised.
- 2019.04.25A feasibility study for a Yellow Line to be added to the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit System is approved.
- 2019.04.26The Executive Yuan approves a program for the vertical expansion of industrial parks.
- 2019.05.01Tax payers begin enjoying higher deductions on tax filings.
- 2019.05.02The Executive Yuan proposes customs import tariff rule changes to encourage the replacement of large aging diesel vehicles.
- 2019.05.03The Executive Yuan gives approval for phase 3 of a rural revitalization program.
- 2019.05.10The government approves a program to improve air pollution at the Taichung power plant.
- 2019.05.10The Cabinet greenlights the Taiwan 5G action plan.
- 2019.05.24A special law on same-sex marriage takes effect.
- 2019.05.31The Executive Yuan approves phase 2 construction of the Circular Line spanning the Taipei and New Taipei metro systems, as well as a program to invest in the careers of young Taiwanese.
- 2019.06.04Construction kicks off on a pipeline to carry backup water from Taoyuan to Hsinchu.
- 2019.06.05The Cultural Fundamental Act is promulgated and put into effect. The Taiwan Creative Content Agency is founded.
- 2019.06.06The Executive Yuan approves a project to build a national sports park and train athletes.
- 2019.06.11The fall armyworm emergency response task force is established.
- 2019.06.14The Executive Yuan approves seven projects on Hakka culture, including language revival, arts development and community revitalization.
- 2019.06.17The government approves subsidies for the replacement of old taxi cabs.
- 2019.06.24Taiwan announces the success of its foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccination cessation project, and applies to the World Organisation for Animal Health for designation as an FMD-free country where vaccination is not practiced.
- 2019.06.25The Cabinet approves the Three Major Programs for Investing in Taiwan: the Action Plan for Welcoming Overseas Taiwanese Businesses to Return to Invest in Taiwan, Action Plan for Accelerated Investment by Domestic Corporations, and Action Plan for Accelerated Investment by SMEs.
- 2019.06.27Taiwan is removed from the European Union’s illegal fishing watch list.
- 2019.07.01Public Television Service’s Taiwanese-language channel begins broadcasting.
- 2019.07.04Taiwan officially joins the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement.
- 2019.07.07The administration overturns the convictions of a fourth batch of people sentenced during Taiwan’s authoritarian rule era, this time totaling 2,006 individuals.
- 2019.07.16The permit for the decommissioning of Taiwan’s No. 1 nuclear plant takes effect.
- 2019.07.18The Executive Yuan passes draft amendments to the Agricultural Insurance Act to help diversify business risks for farmers.
- 2019.07.23The government announces unlimited subsidies for installation of vision-based driver assistance systems in large vehicles.
- 2019.07.25The Executive Yuan proposes a bill promoting the employment of middle-aged and elderly persons.
- 2019.08.01The 2019 school curriculum guidelines are officially implemented. Telecommunications fees for fishing boats are fully subsidized. All children under age 4 are eligible for childrearing subsidies.
- 2019.08.02A cellular communication base station is activated at the north peak of Yushan.
- 2019.08.15The Executive Yuan approves the second phase of an improvement project for the Tongxiao power plant in Miaoli County.
- 2019.08.15A proposal to hike the nation’s minimum wage rates is approved, with the hourly rate to rise to NT$158 (US$5.03).
- 2019.08.20The government raises tuition subsidies for children of unemployed workers to a maximum of NT$24,000 (US$764) per person.
- 2019.08.28The Executive Yuan greenlights an expanded fall and winter subsidy program for domestic tourism.
- 2019.08.30New uniforms, shower facilities and clothes washers are purchased for trash collection teams across the nation.
- 2019.09.01The government begins offering home rental subsidies for single adults, newlyweds, and families with minor children.
- 2019.09.02During the fourth wave of operation “safe home,” law enforcement seize 2,571 kilograms of illegal drugs and more than NT$10 million (US$318,451) in criminal proceeds.
- 2019.09.10The government announces plans to extend the high-speed rail to Pingtung in southern Taiwan.
- 2019.09.11The Executive Yuan approves the second phase of an expanded fall and winter subsidy program for domestic tourism.
- 2019.09.12The government greenlights a subsidy of NT$60,000 (US$1,932) per person per year for those living in residential long-term care facilities.
- 2019.09.18The Executive Yuan authorizes a program to promote digital transformation among small and medium-sized businesses.
- 2019.10.01The Executive Yuan orders immediate inspections and reconstruction of all aging and dangerous bridges in Taiwan.
- 2019.10.08The government approves a project to relocate residents of Kaohsiung’s Dalinpu village.
- 2019.10.17The government earmarks NT$2.55 billion (US$83.1 million) to compensate the Yami people of Orchid Island for maintaining a nuclear waste storage facility on land reserved for indigenous peoples.
- 2019.10.17The Startup Terrace innovation park in New Taipei is inaugurated and welcomes 15 international accelerators and 130-plus tenant companies.
- 2019.10.21The Executive Yuan announces the Salute to the Mountains policy, lifting public access restrictions on mountains and forests.
- 2019.10.23The Executive Yuan announces funding support for linking roads along the left embankment of the Dahan River in northern Taiwan.
- 2019.10.27The central government announces it will fund the costs of raising the left embankment of the Wugu floodway in New Taipei.
- 2019.10.30The second stage of phase 2 of the Banxin water supply improvement project is completed, allowing Taipei and New Taipei cities to share water from the Feicui Reservoir.
- 2019.11.08An extension of the Sanying metro line to Taoyuan’s Bade District is approved.
- 2019.11.08The Executive Yuan approves a traceable agricultural products verification management program, as well as amendments to a “green payments” subsidy program.
- 2019.11.08The Executive Yuan greenlights a rural health care improvement plan.
- 2019.11.12Taiwan inaugurates its first large-scale offshore windfarm.
- 2019.11.14The Executive Yuan approves phase 2 of a project to transform Kinmen into a low-carbon island.
- 2019.11.20The Ocean Basic Act takes effect.
- 2019.11.22The government announces that Taiwan can export green jujubes to South Korea, becoming the only country in the world to do so.
- 2019.11.25The vessels R/V New Ocean Researchers 2 and 3 are delivered.
- 2019.11.28The Executive Yuan approves a feasibility study on extending National Freeway 10 from Pingtung’s Ligang Interchange to Kaohsiung’s Xinwei Bridge.
- 2019.11.28The Executive Yuan greenlights amendments to an action plan to boost small and medium-sized enterprises’ investments in Taiwan.
- 2019.11.30Construction begins on a roadway connecting National Freeway 1 to Provincial Highway 74.
- 2019.12.06The Executive Yuan approves a preparatory project to build a science park in Kaohsiung’s Qiaotou District as part of the Southern Taiwan Science Park.
- 2019.12.11A project to improve the quality of long-term care residential facilities is approved.
- 2019.12.12The government approves several urban renewal projects in Taipei and New Taipei cities, including development of Shezi Island, dike raising in Wugu, and landfill cleanings in Sanchong and Luzhou.
- 2019.12.13The Executive Yuan approves a feasibility study on extending elevated railway tracks in Chiayi.
- 2019.12.16The Shalun Green Energy Technology Demonstration Site in Tainan opens to tenant companies.
- 2019.12.23A new 600-metric ton patrol vessel is christened, and a 35-metric ton patrol vessel and multifunctional boats are delivered.
- 2019.12.23The South Link Highway is widened, and the entire length of the West Coast Expressway is opened to traffic. Electric train service is inaugurated between Fangliao and Chaozou stations on the South Link Line.
- 2019.12.31Health officials begin screening arriving passengers from Wuhan for coronavirus before they disembark flights. Taiwan is the first country in the world to do so.
- 2020.01.01The government expands the scope of logging ban compensations for lands reserved for indigenous peoples.
- 2020.01.01Increases take effect for minimum wage rates, elderly farmer stipends and social worker salaries.
- 2020.01.06The Suhua Highway along Provincial Highway 9 is open to traffic after improvement work is completed.
- 2020.01.12Taiwan sends health experts to Wuhan to investigate the coronavirus outbreak.
- 2020.01.15The anti-infiltration act is promulgated and put into effect.
- 2020.01.21Taiwan’s first confirmed case of coronavirus infection is discovered by health officials conducting on-board screening of passengers from Wuhan.
- 2020.01.23The Central Epidemic Command Center is upgraded to a level-2 facility as Wuhan imposes lockdown.
- 2020.01.24Taiwan bans the export of face masks.
- 2020.01.31The government requisitions all face masks produced domestically.
- 2020.02.02An announcement is made to delay all school openings for two weeks at the high school level and below.
- 2020.02.03The first charter flight repatriating Taiwanese businesspeople from Wuhan returns to Taiwan.
- 2020.02.04The Taiwan Design Research Institute is established.
- 2020.02.06Taiwan rolls out the Name-based Mask Distribution System for the public.
- 2020.02.13A feasibility study on an eastern section of Taipei metro’s Circular Line is approved.
- 2020.02.17Findings from an investigation into the 1980 massacre of family members of democracy movement leader Lin Yi-hsiung are published.
- 2020.02.20The Executive Yuan proposes a special bill to prevent COVID-19 and provide economic relief and stimulus measures.
- 2020.02.25The Legislature approves the Special Act for Prevention, Relief and Revitalization Measures for Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens, paving the way for relief efforts to begin.
- 2020.02.27The Cabinet passes a proposed special budget for COVID-19 relief and announces the Central Epidemic Command Center’s upgrade to a level-1 facility.
- 2020.03.04A COVID-prevention taxi fleet is set up to transport inbound travelers from the airport directly to their place of quarantine.
- 2020.03.05Face mask production tops 10 million units per day for the first time.
- 2020.03.12Name-based Mask Distribution System 2.0 is rolled out.
- 2020.03.13The Legislature approves a special budget to fund the fight against COVID-19 together with economic relief and stimulus measures.
- 2020.03.24The Executive Yuan announces a second COVID-19 relief package.
- 2020.03.26U.S. President Donald Trump signs the TAIPEI Act, or Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative Act.
- 2020.03.26The Executive Yuan proposes a bill for a farmer pension system, a bill for citizen participation in criminal trials, and an amendment to the guns, ammunition and knives control act.
- 2020.04.01Taiwan donates 10 million face masks to countries hard hit by COVID-19.
- 2020.04.02The Executive Yuan proposes a second-phase COVID-19 relief package worth over NT$1 trillion (US$33 billion).
- 2020.04.21The Legislature approves amendments to the Special Act for Prevention, Relief and Revitalization Measures for Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens, raising the ceiling of the special budget to NT$210 billion (US$7 billion).
- 2020.04.22Name-based Mask Distribution System 3.0 is implemented. A press conference is held on the progress of relief and stimulus efforts.
- 2020.04.23The Executive Yuan proposes a special budget increase to fund an expansion of the COVID-19 response program.
- 2020.04.23The Executive Yuan greenlights expansions to the Tainan campus of the Southern Taiwan Science Park.
- 2020.04.27Home rental subsidies for single adults, newlyweds, and families with minor children are integrated and expanded to cover 120,000 households.
- 2020.04.27A humanitarian campaign is launched to allow people to donate their quota of face masks to countries in need.
- 2020.04.30A feasibility study on extending the Wugu-Yangmei overpass on National Freeway 1 to Miaoli’s Toufen Township is approved.
- 2020.04.30The Executive Yuan approves a project to clean the ocean.
- 2020.05.01Tax payers with long-term care expenses can begin taking a special deduction of NT$120,000 (US$4,013) on tax filings.
- 2020.05.04Findings from an investigation into the 1981 death of democracy advocate Chen Wen-chen are published.
- 2020.05.07The Executive Yuan puts forth amendments to the Criminal Code, Enforcement Law of the Criminal Code, and Act Governing the Use of Police Weapons.
- 2020.05.08The Legislative Yuan passes a special budget increase to fund an expansion of the COVID-19 response program.
- 2020.05.14Under three major programs to boost investment in Taiwan, approved investments by companies surpass the NT$1 trillion (US$33.4 billion) mark.
- 2020.05.19The Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute is inaugurated.
- 2020.05.22The Executive Yuan authorizes an air pollution control plan.
- 2020.06.02The government announces the “triple stimulus” vouchers program.
- 2020.06.03The Coast Guard Administration launches its first 4,000-metric ton patrol vessel, the Chiayi.
- 2020.06.08On National Oceans Day, the Executive Yuan approves the National Ocean Policy White Paper.
- 2020.06.13Taiwan is declared by the World Organisation for Animal Health to be free of foot-and-mouth disease.
- 2020.06.16Taiwan places 11th in the World Competitiveness Yearbook, its best showing since 2016.
- 2020.06.18The Executive Yuan approves a Hong Kong humanitarian aid project.
- 2020.06.22The Brave Eagle new advanced jet trainer takes its maiden flight.
- 2020.06.305G services are launched as Taiwan enters the 5G era alongside the U.S., Japan and South Korea.
- 2020.07.01The Executive Yuan greenlights programs for elementary and junior high schools to improve audiovisual classrooms and upgrade school kitchens.
- 2020.07.01Sign-up begins for the triple stimulus voucher program.
- 2020.07.03An initiative to help young entrepreneurs fulfill dreams is approved.
- 2020.07.06The Executive Yuan passes a program to improve elementary school playgrounds and another to upgrade power systems at the high school level and below.
- 2020.07.07The government announces that all elementary and junior high school classrooms will have air conditioning by 2022.
- 2020.07.13A preparatory project to build an “X base” at the Hsinchu Science Park is approved.
- 2020.07.21The R/V New Ocean Researcher 1 vessel is delivered.
- 2020.07.23Summer electricity consumption hits a record high with solar power contributing as much as 6 percent to total supply.
- 2020.07.23The Executive Yuan sets forth a second increase to the COVID-19 special budget for Taiwan’s response program.
- 2020.07.31The Executive Yuan approves off-campus rental subsidies for college students, along with a program to modernize dormitories.
- 2020.08.09- 2020-08-12 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar visits Taiwan as the two sides sign a memorandum of understanding on health cooperation.
- 2020.08.14A year since the enactment of an offshore funds repatriation law, the government has received applications to repatriate NT$216.6 billion (US$7.3 billion).
- 2020.08.15Construction begins on an offshore wind power operation and maintenance base in Changhua.
- 2020.08.27The Taipei Music Center is inaugurated.
- 2020.08.27The Executive Yuan passes the Zhuoshui River fugitive dust control project (phase 2). A new passport cover design is approved.
- 2020.08.28Taiwan inaugurates an F-16 fighter aircraft maintenance center.
- 2020.08.28Taiwan announces the easing of restrictions on U.S. pork and beef imports.
- 2020.08.28Law enforcement officials carry out the fifth wave of operation “safe home” to crack down on illicit drugs.
- 2020.08.30- 2020-09-04 Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil leads a delegation to Taiwan.
- 2020.09.01The Executive Yuan approves a project to move railway tracks underground in Taoyuan.
- 2020.09.03The government establishes a NT$10 billion (US$338.6 million) fund to boost the pig farming industry’s competitiveness.
- 2020.09.04Google announces an investment of NT$20 billion (US$677.1 million) to build a third data center in Taiwan.
- 2020.09.17- 2020-09-19 U.S. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach visits Taiwan.
- 2020.09.25The Executive Yuan approves the continued operation of eight water reclamation plants and the construction of three new ones.
- 2020.09.28Taiwan issues the 1,000th employment gold card for foreign nationals.
- 2020.10.01The Irrigation Agency is founded.
- 2020.10.19A feasibility study on elevating railways in Yilan is approved, while plans are made to extend the high-speed railway line to Yilan.
- 2020.10.23Power generators Nos. 9 and 10 are completed at the Tashan Power Plant in Kinmen County.
- 2020.10.23Lawmakers approve a second increase to the COVID-19 special budget for Taiwan’s response program.
- 2020.10.26Microsoft announces investments for four major projects in Taiwan.
- 2020.10.26Intraday odd-lot trading begins.
- 2020.10.29The Executive Yuan proposes amendments to the exclusive economic zone law and the Sand and Gravel Excavation Act to stiffen penalties and fines for illegal cross-border sand mining.
- 2020.10.30Taiwan registers GDP growth of 3.33 percent in the third quarter, the only positive rate among the Four Asian Tigers.
- 2020.11.17The Executive Yuan approves phase 2 of a government-sponsored physicians program.
- 2020.11.20The Taiwan-U.S. Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue is held as the two sides sign a memorandum of understanding.
- 2020.11.24Construction begins on indigenous submarines.
- 2020.11.25Taiwan places fourth—its highest ranking ever—in a survey by the Asian Corporate Governance Association.
- 2020.11.26The Executive Yuan proposes a draft bill to promote industrial-academic cooperation and nurture talent in fields important to national development.
- 2020.11.27The Executive Yuan approves plans for a new, domestically built ferry operating between Taiwan proper and the Penghu Islands.
- 2020.12.03The government announces five measures for managing pork imports.
- 2020.12.03The Executive Yuan proposes a plan to create a healthier real estate market.
- 2020.12.04The Middle-aged and Elderly Employment Promotion Act takes effect.
- 2020.12.08Taiwan is rated as the only “open” country in Asia in a global survey on civic space.
- 2020.12.10The Executive Yuan approves a feasibility study on extending the high-speed rail to Pingtung in southern Taiwan.
- 2020.12.10The National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights is adopted.
- 2020.12.15Taiwan and the U.S. sign a scientific and technological cooperation agreement.
- 2020.12.15Taiwan’s semiconductor industry is the second largest in the world as output value breaks the NT$3 trillion (US$105.4 billion) mark.
- 2020.12.20The South Link railway line becomes fully electrified.
- 2020.12.23Domestically produced meat is used in school lunches at all 3,368 elementary and junior high schools across the nation.
- 2020.12.24Exports for the first 11 months of the year reach US$312.3 billion with export orders hitting US$473.1 billion, both historic highs.
- 2020.12.24The November unemployment rate drops to an eight-month low of 3.75 percent.
- 2020.12.24Basic living expense allowance per person is raised and may be deducted in 2021 tax filings.
- 2020.12.25The Legislative Yuan passes an amendment to the Civil Code to lower the age of majority to 18. The Act Governing Electronic Payment Institutions is also amended.
- 2020.12.30The second phase of the New Generation Anti-drug Strategy is approved.
- 2020.12.30The Legislature approves a new version of the actual-price registration system for property transactions.
- 2020.12.31Construction is completed on a desalination plant in Penghu capable of producing 4,000 metric tons of potable water per day.
- 2020.12.31The TAIEX closes above the 10,000-point mark for the 1,150th day, hitting a historic high of over 14,700 points.
- 2021.01.01Higher minimum wage rates take effect. Subsidies are increased for employers who hire middle-aged and elderly workers.
- 2021.01.01Under the preferential home mortgage program for young adults, the interest rate on the one-off variable rate option is lowered from 1.43 to 1.4 percent.
- 2021.01.01Telemedicine is incorporated into the National Health Insurance system. A preferential home mortgage program for young adults is extended.
- 2021.01.01Farmer pension and crop insurance laws take effect. Elementary and junior high schools receive increased subsidies for school lunches.
- 2021.01.05Taiwan places sixth globally and first in Asia for gender equality (assessment based on a model used by the U.N. Development Programme).
- 2021.01.06Taiwan’s foreign exchange reserves reach US$529.9 million.
- 2021.01.07The Executive Yuan proposes amendments to the Commodity Tax Act to extend for five more years commodity tax discounts when trading in old scooters or vehicles. Subsidies for purchasing electric scooters will also be continued.
- 2021.01.10The Executive Yuan directs the Council of Agriculture to publish compensation standards for agricultural losses caused by cold weather, ensuring farmers receive compensation as quickly as possible.
- 2021.01.10U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces a decision to lift restrictions on official exchanges between Taiwan and the U.S.
- 2021.01.10The government announces plans for a science park in Pingtung.
- 2021.01.11The Maritime Technology Innovation Center is launched.
- 2021.01.11Passports are issued with a new cover design highlighting “Taiwan.”
- 2021.05.06The Cabinet passes three policies to build a supportive environment for pregnancy and childrearing, expanding fertility treatment subsidies, increasing subsidies for parental leave without pay, and raising the number and scope of free prenatal exams.
- 2021.07.29The Cabinet approves the five-year NT$40.7 billion (US$1.5 billion) second phase of a program to strengthen Taiwan’s social safety net, bolstering community support services and mental health programs.
- 2021.09.22Sign-up begins for the quintuple stimulus voucher program.
- 2021.12.30The Cabinet approves development plans for Chiayi Science Park and Pingtung Science Park.
- 2022.04.21The Cabinet passes draft amendments to the Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act, changing the act’s name to the Climate Change Response Act and codifying the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
- 2022.04.25An air conditioning installation program is completed in nearly 3,500 elementary and junior high schools nationwide.
- 2022.05.05The Cabinet approves Taiwan’s first National Human Rights Action Plan.
- 2022.05.23The Cabinet approves an NT$30 billion (US$1 billion) expanded rent subsidy program.
- 2022.09.01The government launches programs to provide internet access for every classroom, tablet access for every student, and central kitchen services for rural schools.
- 2022.12.30The government completes a 141-kilometer underground cable and tree-planting project along the Ping-E Highway at the southern tip of Taiwan.
- 2023.01.12The Cabinet passed a proposed special bill to boost economic and social resilience and share the proceeds of growth in the post-pandemic era, containing a one-time payment of NT$6,000 (US$197) to every person.
2017.09.08 - 2019.01.14
- 2017.09.12The Executive Yuan orders a 3-percent salary increase, to begin 2018, for all military personnel, civil servants and public school teachers to spur pay raises for workers in the private sector and stimulate the overall economy.
- 2017.09.27Premier Lai hosts an interministerial meeting on boosting investment in Taiwan, the first in a series of 27 gatherings held through January 7, 2019. The meetings focus on raising salaries, cutting taxes, removing barriers to investment and improving the investment environment.
- 2017.10.12The Executive Yuan approves amendments to the Income Tax Act that ease the burden on salary earners, low and medium-income taxpayers, small and medium-sized enterprises, and startup businesses.
- 2017.11.09Amendments to the Labor Standards Act receive Executive Yuan approval, providing for a safe yet flexible labor system.
- 2017.11.23The Executive Yuan passes revisions to the Urban Renewal Act to speed redevelopment in Taiwan’s cities.
- 2017.12.21The Executive Yuan proposes an air pollution control action plan that sets out several indicator-based policy targets and outlines specific control and prevention measures to improve overall air quality.
- 2017.12.21The Executive Yuan approves revisions to the Company Act aimed at creating a friendly environment for innovation and entrepreneurship.
- 2018.01.18The AI Taiwan Action Plan is introduced by the Executive Yuan to speed local industry’s full adoption of artificial intelligence and hasten the implementation of the “five plus two” innovative industries policy.
- 2018.02.22The Executive Yuan launches an action plan for improving the funding environment for startups by fully developing a supportive ecosystem for new firms.
- 2018.02.26The Executive Yuan finalizes a plan to assemble a stronger social safety net geared towards the control and elimination of risk factors that underlie social ills.
- 2018.05.17The Executive Yuan passes an unmanned vehicle experimentation bill to lay the groundwork for smart transportation and traffic management.
- 2018.05.21The Executive Yuan establishes a Cabinet-level board for regional revitalization, declares 2019 as the inaugural year of regional revitalization, and presents a strategy to energize regional communities and economies across Taiwan.
- 2018.06.14A financial sector development action plan is unveiled with an eye to building Taiwan into an advanced and globally competitive financial market.
- 2018.07.26The Executive Yuan announces comprehensive countermeasures for Taiwan’s declining birthrate, including expanded public education and child care services and a “quasi-public” day care and preschool system, all of which are expected to create a supportive childrearing environment.
- 2018.09.01A student loan relief program kicks off to assist the economically disadvantaged and enable young people to better plan a career path.
- 2018.09.05The Executive Yuan approves increases in minimum wage rates to NT$23,100 (US$750) per month and NT$150 (US$4.87) per hour, to take effect January 1, 2019.
- 2018.11.01A farmers’ occupational injury insurance scheme is launched on a trial basis to ensure on-the-job safety and economic compensation for agricultural workers.
- 2018.11.29The Executive Yuan passes a new economic immigration bill to expand the talent pool and workforce needed for the nation’s industrial development.
- 2018.12.06Premier Lai lays out a blueprint for making Taiwan a bilingual nation by 2030. The policy is designed to improve the nation’s English proficiency and boost Taiwan’s competitiveness.
- 2018.12.20The Executive Yuan passes draft amendments to the Statute for Industrial Innovation, encouraging industries to embrace smart manufacturing and 5G, or fifth-generation, mobile communication applications.
- 2019.01.01The government launches an action plan for attracting investments from Taiwanese firms operating overseas, with the aim of bringing outstanding companies back home and promoting industrial upgrade and transformation.
- 2019.01.10A fundamental bill on culture is passed by the Executive Yuan to advance the public’s cultural rights and achieve the vision of a “cultural Taiwan.”
- 2019.01.10A smart governance strategic plan is approved to drive the government’s digital transformation, enhance policymaking quality, and encourage civic engagement along with social innovation.
2016.05.20 - 2017.09.08
- 2016.06.23The Executive Yuan approves a five-point promotional strategy and action plan for food safety.
- 2016.09.01The Executive Yuan approves draft amendments to the Housing Act to promote social housing and ensure housing justice. The amendments were then approved by the Legislature on December 23, 2016 and promulgated by the president on January 11, 2017.
- 2016.10.06The Executive Yuan approves draft amendments to the Long-Term Care Services Act to promote and ensure stable funding for the 10-year long-term care 2.0 plan. The amendments were approved by the Legislature on January 11, 2017 and promulgated by the president on January 26, 2017.
- 2016.10.20The Executive Yuan passes draft amendments to the Electricity Act to push for transformation of the domestic energy sector. The amendments approved by the Legislature were promulgated by the president on January 26, 2017.
- 2016.11.20The Executive Yuan approves a biomedical industrial innovation plan as part of the “five-plus-two” innovative industries policy.
- 2016.12.08The Executive Yuan passes a draft of the Indigenous Languages Development Act. The draft is approved by the Legislature on May 26, 2017 and promulgated by the president on June 14, 2017.
- 2016.12.28The Toxic and Chemical Substances Bureau begins operations to promote food safety management.
- 2017.03.30The Executive Yuan approves a bill governing the retirement and pensions of public school teachers and employees. The bill approved by the Legislature was promulgated by the president on August 9, 2017.
- 2017.04.05The Executive Yuan approves the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program.
- 2017.07.21The Executive Yuan approves a new-generation anti-drug strategy guideline.
- 2017.08.25After approving raises on September 12, 2016, the Executive Yuan again approves increases in minimum wage rates to NT$22,000 (US$727) per month and NT$140 (US$4.63) per hour, to take effect from January 1, 2018.
- 2017.09.01Under Executive Yuan guidance, the Ministry of Finance proposes a tax reform package.
2016.02.01 - 2016.05.20
- 2016.01.26Acting Premier Chang surveys massive losses at coastal Tainan fish farms due to extreme cold weather. Aside from ordering the creation of a task force to deal with the impact of the cold spell, Chang asks central and local governments to assess losses quickly and subsidize fishermen generously.
- 2016.02.06After a deadly earthquake rattles Tainan, Premier Chang promptly visits hard-hit areas and orders the formation of a disaster recovery task force. Chang returned to Tainan more than 10 times thereafter to monitor rescue and recovery operations, calling for full assistance from central and local authorities.
- 2016.02.25The Executive Yuan Council passes draft amendments to the Urban Renewal Act, the Disaster Prevention and Protection Act, and the Building Act.
- 2016.03.14The government announces soil liquefaction risk areas and launches a package of preventive measures. On April 28, 2016, the Executive Yuan approves a plan to improve the safety of residential buildings around Taiwan.
- 2016.04.22A national research center for mosquito-borne diseases is inaugurated, with branches in Tainan and Kaohsiung cities.
- 2016.05.05The Executive Yuan Council proposes five laws on digital convergence: an electronic communications broadcast act, an act governing telecommunications infrastructure and resources, a telecommunications enterprise act, an act governing cable multichannel platform services, and a radio and television enterprises and channel enterprises administration act.
2014.12.08 - 2016.02.01
- 2014.12.31The Executive Yuan establishes the Innovation and Startups Taskforce. In the following months, it successively approves the draft of the Act Governing Electronic Payment Institutions as well as draft amendments to the Company Act (specifically regarding “close companies”) and the Limited Partnership Act.
- 2015.06.03The Long-term Care Services Act is promulgated by the president; it will be implemented two years after promulgation.
- 2015.06.16The Executive Yuan launches a board to coordinate measures concerning new immigrants.
- 2015.07.01The Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act is promulgated and implemented.
- 2015.07.21The Executive Yuan approves a financial restructuring plan for Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp.
- 2015.09.17The Executive Yuan approves the Productivity 4.0 plan.
- 2015.10.13The Executive Yuan approves a white paper about Taiwan’s graying population.
- 2015.11.16The Executive Yuan approves the country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution for greenhouse gas reduction.
- 2015.12.20Taiwan welcomes the 10 millionth visitor of the year to the country, a milestone for its tourism development.
- 2016.01.01An integrated land and housing tax system is implemented.
2013.02.18 - 2014.12.08
- 2013.04.10Execution of the Taipei-Tokyo Fisheries Agreement.
- 2013.04.20The Wugu-Yangmei Overpass on National Freeway No. 1 is opened.
- 2013.04.29The Executive Yuan approves the free economic pilot zone program.
- 2013.05.03The Executive Yuan approves the merger of Taoyuan City and Taoyuan County into a special municipality, set to take effect December 25, 2014.
- 2013.07.10The Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu on Economic Cooperation is signed.
- 2013.09.26The Executive Yuan approves the second phase of a project to reshape technical and vocational education.
- 2013.11.07The Agreement between Singapore and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Partnership is signed.
- 2014.02.10The Executive Yuan approves the Integrated Program to Cultivate, Retain, and Attract Talent.
- 2014.05.28The Executive Yuan promotes the “Taiwan 368 Care Services Plan” to provide adult day care services in each of Taiwan’s 368 townships, cities and districts.
- 2014.07.16The electrified Hualien-Taitung railway begins service.
- 2014.08.19The Executive Yuan approves the HeadStart Taiwan Project.
- 2014.09.04The Executive Yuan approves an action plan to promote social enterprises.
- 2014.10.13The Executive Yuan approves the Industrial Upgrading and Transformation Action Plan.
Sean C. CHEN
2012.02.06 - 2013.02.18
- 2012.03.20The Executive Yuan approves the High-Value Petrochemical Industry Promotion Project.
- 2012.07.19The Executive Yuan approves a project to strengthen the development of basic industrial technologies.
- 2012.08.01A national registry for the actual prices of real estate property transactions is implemented.
- 2012.08.31The ROC Central Bank announces the signing of the Memorandum on Cross-strait Currency Clearing Cooperation with mainland China, paving the way for domestic banks to conduct renminbi business beginning February 6, 2013.
- 2012.09.11The Executive Yuan announces the Economic Power-Up Plan to promote industrial innovation and stimulate markets.
- 2012.10.02The U.S. announces Taiwan’s membership in its Visa Waiver Program, making Taiwan the world’s 37th and Asia’s seventh country to receive the privilege.
- 2012.10.08The Executive Yuan approves the Mittelstand Upgrading Project to nurture industry-leading small and medium-sized enterprises.
- 2012.12.31Became an official member of the The Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention and Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S).
- 2013.01.01The second-generation National Health Insurance program is implemented. Taiwan becomes a member of the Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention and Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme.
2009.09.10 - 2012.02.06
- 2009.12.02The Executive Yuan approves the i-Taiwan 12 Projects.
- 2010.01.12The Legislative Yuan approves government reorganization laws to streamline the Executive Yuan from 37 to 29 ministries and commissions and to limit the civil servant workforce to 173,000.
- 2010.06.29Taiwan and mainland China sign the Cross-Straits Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement.
- 2010.11.25The EU approved the Schengen Visa waiver treatment for the ROC.
- 2010.12.16The Executive Yuan approves the Suhua Highway Mountain Section Improvement Project.
- 2011.06.21Taiwan and mainland China confirm an arrangement allowing mainland residents to visit Taiwan proper as independent travelers; the first such travelers arrived on June 28, 2011. The three outlying islands of Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu are also opened to independent travelers on July 29, 2011.
- 2011.09.20The Executive Yuan approves the 12-year national fundamental education plan, to be implemented in the 2014-2015 school year.
- 2011.09.22Taiwan and Japan ink an arrangement for mutual cooperation on the liberalization, promotion and protection of investments. The arrangement is then approved by the Executive Yuan on September 29, 2011, ratified by the Legislature on November 22, 2011, and promulgated by the president on January 20, 2012.
2008.05.20 - 2009.09.10
- 2008.06.19The Executive Yuan Council approves a plan to normalize the “Mini Three Links,” allowing mainlanders with valid permits to travel between Taiwan and the mainland via Kinmen and Matsu.
- 2008.10.01The National Pension Act takes effect.
- 2008.10.07Amid the global economic crisis, the government announces full coverage of deposits in financial institutions to stabilize Taiwan’s financial system and boost depositor confidence.
- 2008.11.24The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft of the Special Act for Distributing Consumer Vouchers to Boost the Economy, which is later approved by the Legislature on December 5, 2008 and promulgated by the president on the same day.
- 2009.01.01The Labor Insurance Pension scheme takes effect.
- 2009.02.05The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft of the Non-Departmental Public Bodies Act, which is approved by the Legislature on April 8, 2011 and promulgated by the president on April 27, 2011.
- 2009.03.26The Executive Yuan announces the promotion of six key emerging industries. It also approves a draft amendment to the Act of Military Service System to gradually change the ROC military from a conscripted to a volunteer force; the amendment is later passed by the Legislature on December 13, 2011 and promulgated by the president on December 28, 2011.
- 2009.06.11The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft amendment to the Income Tax Act, which is approved by the Legislature on January 7, 2011 and promulgated by the president on January 19, 2011. The amendments revoke income tax exemptions for teachers and military personnel effective January 1, 2012.
- 2009.08.08Typhoon Morakot brings devastation to southern Taiwan and other parts of the island, prompting the Executive Yuan to establish the Morakot Post-Disaster Reconstruction Council a week later. On August 27, 2009, the Legislative Yuan approves a special act for post-Morakot reconstruction and allocates a budget of NT$116.5 billion. This act is promulgated by the president on August 28, 2009.
- 2009.08.27The Executive Yuan approves the creation of four special municipalities from Taipei County, Taichung County and City, Tainan County and City, and Kaohsiung County and City, to take effect December 25, 2010.
2007.05.21 - 2008.05.20
- 2007.07.11The Executive Yuan Council passes a flagship program to turn Taiwan into a major destination for medical tourism.
- 2007.10.01The Executive Yuan designates October 24 as Taiwan United Nations Day.
- 2008.03.19The Executive Yuan Council passes the “Mini Three Links” expansion plan.
2006.01.25 - 2007.05.21
- 2006.03.01Per presidential order, the Executive Yuan Council announces that the Guidelines for National Unification will cease to apply.
- 2006.06.16The Hsuehshan Tunnel officially opens after 13 years of construction.
- 2006.10.25The Executive Yuan announces the “Big Investment, Big Warmth” plan covering industrial development, financial markets, the industrial workforce, public infrastructure and social welfare.
- 2007.03.02Taiwan High Speed Rail full-line service from Taipei to Kaohsiung is launched after 15 years of construction.
2005.02.01 - 2006.01.25
- 2005.03.30The Executive Yuan announces National Health Insurance subsidies for children under 3 from low- and medium-income families, to begin April 4, 2005.
- 2005.04.11The Taiwan Six-Star Plan for a Healthy Community is promoted to build healthy communities through six areas of industrial development.
- 2005.07.06The Executive Yuan Council passes the Regulation Project of Flood-Prone Areas.
2002.02.01 - 2005.02.01
- 2002.05.13The Executive Yuan approves the Keelung River Comprehensive Improvement Plan.
- 2002.05.31The Executive Yuan approves the Challenge 2008: Six-Year National Development Plan.
- 2003.03.16Experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrive in Taiwan, confirming three cases of atypical pneumonia to be severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). On April 28, 2003, the Executive Yuan passes a draft of the provisional act for the prevention and relief of SARS. The bill clears the Legislature on May 2, 2003 and is promulgated by the president the same day. On July 5, 2003, Taiwan is removed from the World Health Organization list of SARS-affected areas.
- 2003.10.29The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft of the Referendum Act, which is ratified by the Legislature on November 27, 2003 and promulgated by the president on December 31, 2003.
- 2003.11.25The Executive Yuan announces the New Ten Major Construction Projects with a budget of NT$500 billion over five years.
- 2004.02.11The ROC joins the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission as a “fishing entity.”
- 2004.08.23The Legislative Yuan approves constitutional amendments to halve the number of seats in the Legislative Yuan, adopt a “single-member-district, two-ballot” system for legislative elections, abolish the National Assembly, and codify the right to referendum in the Constitution.
- 2005.01.29Direct chartered flights are launched between Taiwan and mainland China for the Lunar New Year holiday.
2000.10.06 - 2002.02.01
- 2001.01.02The “Mini Three Links” are launched in Kinmen and Matsu, opening direct postal, trade and transportation channels with mainland China.
- 2001.01.30The Executive Yuan Council passes the Program for Economic Revitalization through Expanded Investment in Public Construction.
- 2001.11.06The Executive Yuan Council replaces the “no haste, be patient” policy with a “proactive liberalization, effective management” plan, allowing Taiwanese companies to invest in mainland China starting January 2002.
- 2001.12.26The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft of the Labor Pension Act, which is approved by the Legislature on June 11, 2004 and promulgated by the president on June 30, 2004.
- 2002.01.01The ROC becomes an official member of the World Trade Organization.
2000.05.20 - 2000.10.06
- 2000.05.26An Executive Yuan-hosted meeting approves the “333 Welfare Policy” to release of a monthly subsidy of NT$3,000 for seniors age 65 and older beginning July 1.
- 2000.08.30The Executive Yuan Council passes the Plan to Develop a Knowledge-Based Economy.
Vincent C. SIEW
1997.09.01 - 2000.05.20
- 1998.04.16The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft of the Offshore Islands Development Act, approved by the Legislature on March 21, 2000 and promulgated by the president on April 5, 2000.
- 1998.08.20The Executive Yuan Council passes a stimulus program to expand domestic demand by enhancing public and private investment.
- 1998.09.10The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft of the Provisional Statute for the Reorganization of Taiwan Provincial Government, approved by the Legislature on October 9, 1998 and promulgated by the president October 28, 1998.
- 1998.12.03The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft of the Local Government Act, which is approved by the Legislature on January 13, 1999 and promulgated by the president on January 25, 1999. The act marks a milestone in local self-government as it defines the complete structure of Taiwan’s local government system and the relationship between the central and local governments.
- 1998.12.16The Executive Yuan establishes the Improper Martial Law Period Insurgency and Espionage Convictions Compensation Foundation.
- 1999.02.24The Executive Yuan Council passes a program to strengthen the nation’s economic health.
- 1999.05.27The Government Procurement Act is implemented to bring Taiwan’s procurement environment into compliance with World Trade Organization rules, helping the nation’s bid to join the organization.
- 1999.09.21A magnitude 7.3 earthquake devastates Taiwan and claims thousands of lives. The president later issues an emergency decree and the Executive Yuan passes a draft of the Provisional Act Governing 921 Earthquake Post-Disaster Reconstruction, which is approved by the Legislature on January 14, 2000 and promulgated by the president on February 3, 2000.
- 1999.12.01Taiwan launches the public welfare lottery.
- 1999.12.10Asia’s first human rights monument is unveiled on the Green Island.
1993.02.27 - 1997.09.01
- 1993.04.27In Singapore, a historic cross-strait meeting takes place between leaders of Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation and mainland China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits.
- 1993.06.10The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft of the February 28 Incident Disposition and Compensation Act, which is approved by the Legislature on March 23, 1995 and promulgated by the president on April 7, 1995.
- 1994.07.14The Executive Yuan Council approves a plan to promote 12 key construction projects.
- 1995.01.05The Executive Yuan Council passes the Plan for Developing Taiwan as an Asia-Pacific Regional Operations Center.
- 1995.03.01The National Health Insurance program is launched.
- 1995.09.19The first round of subsidies for elderly farmers is paid out.
- 1995.12.08The Taiwan-Macau flight route begins service, allowing passengers to fly between Taiwan and Beijing via Macau without changing aircraft.
- 1996.03.23In the ROC’s first-ever direct election of president and vice president, Lee Teng-hui and Lien Chan win, respectively.
- 1996.12.19The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft of the Budget Act, approved by the Legislature on October 15, 1998 and promulgated by the president on October 29, 1998. This law shifts the start of the government’s fiscal year from July 1 to January 1.
- 1996.12.23The National Development Conference is held, culminating in a cross-party consensus on December 27, 1996 on five key points: (1) a premier nominated by the president need not be approved by the Legislature; (2) the president is entitled to dismiss the Legislature; (3) all provincial elections are to be frozen; (4) township and town executives are to be government-appointed; and (5) cabinet dismissal power and impeachment power against the president and vice president are to be given to the Legislature.
- 1997.08.12For civil servants, the Executive Yuan approves two-day weekends for the second and fourth weeks of each month and changes eight national holidays to regular work days, to take effect January 1, 1998.
- 1997.08.24The second north-south freeway (National Highway No. 3) opens in its entirety.
1990.06.01 - 1993.02.27
- 1990.06.05Premier Hau convenes the Executive Yuan public security meeting, giving agencies three directives and eight specific tasks.
- 1990.06.28The National Affairs Conference is held to discuss five issues: (1) national assembly reform, (2) local governance, (3) the central government system, (4) mainland policy and cross-strait relations, and (5) revisions to the ROC Constitution and to the Temporary Provisions Effective During the Period of National Mobilization for Suppression of the Communist Rebellion.
- 1990.11.01The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area. The act is later passed by the Legislative Yuan on July 16, 1992 and promulgated by the president on July 31, 1992.
- 1991.01.31The Executive Yuan Council passes a six-year National Development Plan with a total budget of NT$8.2 trillion.
- 1991.03.14The Executive Yuan Council passes the Guidelines for National Unification.
- 1991.05.01The president declares the termination of the Temporary Provisions Effective During the Period of National Mobilization for Suppression of the Communist Rebellion.
- 1992.07.01Household registration affairs are turned over from the police to civil affairs authorities.
- 1992.08.22ROC-South Korea formal diplomatic relations are severed.
- 1992.09.29The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) council of representatives begin examining the application for accession by the “Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu.”
- 1992.11.07The Act Governing the Security and Guidance of Kinmen, Matsu, Dongsha and Nansha Areas takes effect, allowing Kinmen and Matsu to revert from military administration to civilian rule.
- 1992.11.19The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft of the Act on Property-Declaration by Public Servants. The act is approved by the Legislature on June 15, 1993, promulgated by the president on July 2, 1993, and implemented on September 1, 1993.
1989.06.01 - 1990.06.01
- 1989.08.15The Executive Yuan sets up a task force to promote privatization of state-owned enterprises.
- 1990.02.01The Executive Yuan Council passes drafts of the Statute for Upgrading Industry (passed by the Legislative Yuan on December 28, 1990 and promulgated by the president on December 29, 1990) and the Foreign Futures Trading Act (passed by the Legislative Yuan on June 19, 1992 and promulgated by the president on July 10, 1992).
1984.06.01 - 1989.06.01
- 1986.01.16The Executive Yuan Council passes a plan for VLSI (very large-scale integration) circuit manufacturing, setting the foundation for developing semiconductor technology in the ROC.
- 1987.07.15Martial law is lifted in Taiwan.
- 1987.11.02Local residents are permitted to visit relatives in mainland China.
- 1988.01.01The ban on establishment of new newspapers is lifted, and restrictions on the number of pages per issue are relaxed.
- 1988.01.13President 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.
- 1988.05.05The 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.
- 1988.12.22The 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.
- 1989.01.26The 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.
- 1989.05.04The 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.
1978.06.01 - 1984.06.01
- 1978.09.14The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft amendment to the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, which is passed by the Legislative Yuan on December 8, 1978 and promulgated by the president on December 20, 1978. Under the amendment, exchange rates will no longer be set by the government, and holders of foreign exchange will no longer need to deal solely with the Central Bank.
- 1978.11.09The Executive Yuan Council approves the upgrade of Kaohsiung City to a special municipality, to take effect July 1, 1979.
- 1978.11.23The Executive Yuan Council passes the draft of the Act for Establishment and Administration of Science Parks, which is approved by the Legislative Yuan on July 17, 1979 and promulgated by the president on July 27, 1979.
- 1978.12.16ROC-U.S. formal diplomatic relations are severed, and the president of the ROC issues an emergency decree.
- 1979.02.22To establish a new relationship with the U.S., the Executive Yuan announces an organizational framework for the Coordination Council for North American Affairs.
- 1979.05.24The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft of the Handicapped Welfare Act, which is passed by the Legislature on May 20, 1980 and promulgated by the president on June 2, 1980.
- 1979.11.01In response to the second oil crisis, the Executive Yuan establishes the Energy Commission under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the president promulgates the Energy Administration Act on August 8, 1990.
- 1979.12.10The Kaohsiung Incident (Formosa Incident) breaks out.
- 1980.01.10The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act during the Period of National Mobilization for the Suppression of the Communist Rebellion, which is later approved by the Legislature on May 6, 1980 and promulgated by the president on May 14, 1980.
- 1980.03.27The Executive Yuan Council passes the draft of the State Compensation Law. The law is approved by the Legislature on June 20, 1980, promulgated by the president on July 2, 1980, and implemented on July 1, 1981.
- 1980.06.05The Executive Yuan Council requests the president to issue a mandate resuming regular supplementary elections of the Legislative Yuan, National Assembly and Control Yuan. The elections are held on December 6, 1980.
- 1980.07.01The court and prosecutorial systems are separated, and the Ministry of Judicial Administration is reorganized into the Ministry of Justice.
- 1981.07.01The State Compensation Law is enacted.
- 1982.02.25The Executive Yuan Council passes the draft of the Labor Standards Act, which is approved by the Legislative Yuan on July 19, 1984 and promulgated by the president on July 30, 1984.
- 1982.04.07The Executive Yuan approves the Kenting National Park Project. This is the first national park of the ROC.
1972.06.01 - 1978.05.20
- 1972.06.08Premier Chiang proposes a 10-point reform plan for the nation’s administrative officials to follow.
- 1972.09.27Premier Chiang holds an agricultural development seminar and announces nine measures to boost rural economic development.
- 1972.09.29The ROC’s formal diplomatic relations with Japan are severed.
- 1973.02.22The Executive Yuan Council passes the draft of the Agricultural Development Act, which is approved by the Legislative Yuan on August 22, 1973 and promulgated by the president on September 3, 1973.
- 1973.03.20Premier Chiang submits to the legislature a special budget to accelerate rural development, allocating NT$2 billion to improve rural life and raise farmers’ income.
- 1973.10.18The Executive Yuan proposes price stabilization measures amid the first oil crisis. An economic stabilization program is also approved on January 26, 1974 to stabilize oil, electricity and transportation prices; change the price structure of essential goods; adjust deposit and loan interest rates; and raise wages for military employees, civil servants and teachers.
- 1974.09.20Premier Chiang announces nine infrastructure projects and adds another nuclear power plant project to form the Ten Major Construction Projects.
- 1977.12.08Premier Chiang instructs the Council for Economic Planning and Development to map out the Twelve New Development Projects.
1963.12.16 - 1972.06.01
- 1964.05.02The MacArthur Thruway opens to traffic.
- 1964.05.28The U.S. Department of State announces its decision to phase out economic aid to Taiwan by 1965. Military and agricultural assistance would continue, however.
- 1966.12.03Taiwan’s first export processing zone (EPZ) is established in Kaohsiung. Thereafter, the Executive Yuan Council approves the construction of a shipbuilding yard and steelworks in Kaohsiung, a port in Su-ao, and an EPZ in Taichung. It also designates Kaohsiung Airport in Xiaogang District as an international cargo station.
- 1966.12.30The Executive Yuan Council approves the upgrade of Taipei City to a special municipality, to take effect July 1, 1967.
- 1967.08.15The Executive Yuan announces the Enforcement Act for Nine-year Compulsory Education, extending compulsory education to nine years beginning with the 1968-1969 school year.
- 1968.03.30The Executive Yuan establishes a tax reform commission.
- 1968.05.17The Executive Yuan announces the Taiwan Area Family Planning Enforcement Regulations. The following year, it enacts the ROC Population Policy Guidelines as a legal basis for family planning programs. In 1971, the Executive Yuan puts forward the “3331” policy and encourages families to have only two children, valuing boys and girls equally.
- 1968.07.01The civil servant position classification system is implemented.
- 1969.05.15The Executive Yuan announces the Regulations Governing Household Registration Improvement in the Period of National Mobilization for Suppression of the Communist Rebellion, placing household registration tasks under the charge of the police. The one-year pilot plan is implemented July 1, 1969.
- 1969.08.30In furtherance of the land-to-the-tiller policy, the Executive Yuan Council approves the equalization of land rights for all land throughout Taiwan. Public land is sold in two phases.
- 1971.08.26The Executive Yuan Council approves a project to electrify the trunk lines of the railway system.
- 1971.10.25The U.N. General Assembly passes a resolution proposed by Albania to withdraw recognition of the ROC in favor of the People’s Republic of China. Before the vote, ROC Representative to the U.N. Chou Shu-kai announces the ROC’s decision to withdraw from the U.N.
1958.07.15 - 1963.12.16
- 1958.11.20The Executive Yuan announces reforms to the foreign exchange system, implementing a single exchange rate.
- 1959.08.07Severe flooding strikes 13 counties and cities in central and southern Taiwan. In response, the Taiwan Provincial Government puts forward a post-disaster reconstruction plan, and the president issues an emergency decree modifying tax regulations and budgets for governments of all levels.
- 1959.10.29The Executive Yuan Council approves the establishment of the Atomic Energy Council. On August 22, 1963, the Executive Yuan also approves Taiwan’s signing of the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
- 1960.05.09The Central Cross-island Highway (Provincial Highway No. 8) is opened to traffic.
- 1960.08.18The Executive Yuan Council resolves to relocate the treasured collections brought from the mainland’s Palace Museum and National Central Museum from their temporary home in Taichung to Taipei.
- 1961.02.09The Executive Yuan Council passes regulations and standards governing the organization of county and city governments in Taiwan Province.
- 1961.02.21Twenty-one local city and county councils are established throughout Taiwan Province.
- 1961.07.01The Central Bank resumes its operations.
1954.06.01 - 1958.07.15
- 1954.12.16The Executive Yuan Council approves the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty.
- 1955.02.17The Executive Yuan Council approves a plan to adjust the structure of the Foreign Exchange and Trade Control Commission and passes regulations governing the commission’s organization.
- 1956.06.23The Executive Yuan promulgates provisional regulations for battleground administration in Kinmen and Matsu.
- 1957.01.30The Executive Yuan promulgates strategic materials control regulations.
1950.03.10 - 1954.06.01
- 1950.04.24The Taiwan Provincial Government promulgates the Regulations Governing the Implementation of Self-government in Counties and Cities in Taiwan Province, paving the way for local self-governance in Taiwan.
- 1950.08.16The Executive Yuan Council approves an administrative division plan to rezone Taiwan into five provincial municipalities and 16 counties (originally eight counties, nine provincial municipalities, and two county municipalities).
- 1950.11.22The Executive Yuan Council approves the draft of the 37.5-Percent Arable Land Rent Reduction Act, which is later passed by the Legislative Yuan on May 30, 1951 and promulgated by the president on June 7, 1951.
- 1951.05.30The Executive Yuan Council passes the Enforcement Regulations Governing Support for Peasant Proprietors through the Sale of Public Lands.
- 1951.09.25The Executive Yuan announces the Articles of Organization of the Taiwan Temporary Provincial Council as well as the Taiwan Temporary Provincial Councilors Election and Recall Regulations.
- 1951.12.11The Taiwan Provincial Assembly is established.
- 1952.04.28The Treaty of Peace between the Republic of China and Japan is signed in Taipei. The treaty is then approved by the Executive Yuan on April 30, 1952, ratified by the Legislature on July 31, 1952, and promulgated by the president on August 2, 1952.
- 1952.11.12The Executive Yuan Council passes the draft of the Land-to-the-Tiller Act, which is then approved by the Legislative Yuan on January 20, 1953 and promulgated by the president on January 26, 1953.
- 1954.05.19The Executive Yuan Council passes the draft of the Equalization of Urban Land Rights Act, which is approved by the Legislative Yuan on August 15, 1954 and promulgated by the president on August 26, 1954. The act governs land value assessment, land value tax, and land value increment tax.
1949.06.13 - 1950.03.10
- 1949.06.15The Taiwan Provincial Government promulgates regulations governing the issuance of New Taiwan Dollars.
- 1949.07.05The Executive Yuan resolves to issue Patriotic Bonds.
- 1949.10.15The Executive Yuan relocates to Chongqing.
- 1949.12.09The Executive Yuan begins operations in Taipei and holds its first Cabinet meeting after relocating to Taiwan.
- 1950.01.27The Executive Yuan promulgates regulations on mobilizing resources to fight Communism.
1949.03.12 - 1949.06.13
- 1949.05.20Martial law is declared in Taiwan.
1948.11.26 - 1949.03.12
- 1948.12.29The Executive Yuan Council approves Chen Cheng as chairman of the Taiwan Provincial Government.
- 1949.01.25The Executive Yuan resolves to move the government from Nanjing to Guangzhou.
1948.05.25 - 1948.11.26
- 1948.06.05The Executive Yuan promulgates the Rules of Procedure of the Executive Yuan Council.
- 1948.08.20The Executive Yuan promulgates the Organizational Regulations of the Gold Yuan Notes Issuance Supervisory Commission, the Organizational Regulations of the Executive Yuan Economic Control Commission, and the New Regulations for Economic Stabilization.
- 1948.08.31The Executive Yuan promulgates the Enforcement Rules for the Operation of Taiwan Provincial Government Offices and the Organizational Regulations of Taiwan Provincial and County Governments.
1947.04.23 - 1948.05.24
- 1947.12.25The Constitution of the Republic of China is officially adopted.
- 1948.03.01The Executive Yuan promulgates the Organizational Regulations of the Taipei City Government.
- 1948.03.18The Executive Yuan promulgates organizational regulations for counties and cities including Tainan, Taichung, Keelung, Hsinchu, Changhua, Kaohsiung, Chiayi and Pingtung.
- 1948.05.13The Executive Yuan promulgates the Organizational Regulations of the Council for U.S. Aid.