Chronologies

US - China

Chronology from May 2012 to Aug 2012


: Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng announces that US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will visit China in mid-September.

: US Department of State announces that Secretary Clinton will visit Beijing on September 4-5 as one of the stops on a trip that includes the Cook Islands, Indonesia, China, Timor-Leste, Brunei, and Russia.

: PLA delegation led by Deputy Chief of the General Staff Cai Yingting makes an official visit to the US.

: Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun hold the inaugural round of US-China Middle East Dialogue in Beijing.

: US Department of State releases a statement on the South China Sea that singles out China for criticism.

: In the UN General Assembly, China votes against a resolution condemning the Syrian government. Resolution passes with 133 votes in favor, 12 opposed, and 31 abstentions.

: US Senate unanimously passes Senate Resolution 524 declaring that China’s recent actions in the South China Sea “are contrary to agreed upon principles with regard to resolving disputes and impede a peaceful resolution.”

: Chen Guangcheng visits Capitol Hill and meets House majority leader John Boehner and minority leader Nancy Pelosi.

: US imposes sanctions on China’s Bank of Kunlun for providing financial resources to Iranian banks.

: In its annual report on religious freedom, the US Department of State names China as one of eight “countries of particular concern.”

: US Department of Commerce finds in a preliminary hearing that Chinese manufacturers have been illegally selling steel towers, components for wind turbines, below the cost of production and issues duties of 20.85 to 72.69 percent.

: China’s Ministry of Commerce opens an antidumping investigation into imports of polysilicon from the US, which is a key material used in the production of solar panels.

: Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives holds a hearing on “Investigating the Chinese Threat, Part Two: Human Rights Abuses, Torture and Disappearances.”

: US National Security Adviser Donilon visits China and meets President Hu Jintao and other leaders.

: US-China Human Rights Dialogue is held in Washington.

: China announces it will appeal part of a preliminary WTO ruling that favored the US regarding Chinese antidumping duties on US electrical steel products.

: Article co-authored by Vice Minister Cui Tiankai titled, “China-US Relations in China’s Overall Diplomacy in the New Era,” is posted on Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

: Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives holds a hearing on “Unfair Trading Practices against the US: Intellectual Property Rights Infringement, Property Expropriation, and other Barriers.”

: China (along with Russia) vetoes a US-backed United Nations Security Council resolution that threatened the Syrian government with sanctions.

: Vice Premier Li Keqiang meets a delegation from the US business community which includes Thomas Donohue, chairman of the US Chamber of Commerce, former Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, and former US Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky.

: US wins a WTO ruling regarding restrictions on foreign companies processing credit card payments and other electronic transactions in China.

: Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meet on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meetings in Phnom Penh.

: Reports that the US Olympic team uniforms for the open ceremony in London are made in China prompt criticism from some members of the US House of Representatives.

: USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group makes a Hong Kong port visit.

: US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights holds a hearing titled “Continued Human Rights Attacks on Families in China.”

: US files a complaint with the WTO against China over antidumping and countervailing duties on US-made cars.

: Obama administration exempts China from economic sanctions because it has significantly reduced imports of Iranian oil.

: One day before the largest-ever Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercises begin in Hawaii, Defense Minister Liang Guanglie and Deputy Chief of the General Staff Ma Xiaotian meet US Pacific Command Commander Adm. Samuel Locklear in Beijing.

: The 5th US-China Security Dialogue is held in Washington, with discussions on arms control, nonproliferation, disarmament, and other international security issues.

: US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement holds a hearing titled “The Chinese Media Reciprocity Act of 2011.”

: President Obama and President Hu Jintao meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico.

: US House of Representatives passes Resolution 683, which expresses regret for the passage of discriminatory laws against Chinese immigrants to the US, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

: Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo and US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon discuss China-US relations via phone.

: Officials and representatives of enterprises from China and the US gather in Beijing for a forum on energy efficiency co-hosted by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the US Department of Energy.

: Military Maritime Consultative Agreement meeting is held in Hawaii.

: The Obama administration announces that it will exempt seven major importers of Iranian oil from US sanctions, but China is not on the list.

: China’s Ministry of Public Security announces that US and Chinese police jointly cracked a major transnational arms trafficking case that included 105 guns and over 50,000 bullets.

: China wins a WTO ruling against US antidumping duties on shipments of diamond saw blades and frozen warm-water shrimp from China.

: Following US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says that deploying more military forces and strengthening military alliances in the Asia-Pacific region is “inappropriate.”

: On the eve of the 23rd anniversary of the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square demonstrations, the State Department spokesman recalls the “tragic loss of innocent lives” and encourages the Chinese government to release all those still serving sentences, and to “protect the universal human rights of all its citizens.”

: US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade holds a hearing titled “Increasing Market Access for U.S. Financial Firms in China: Update on Progress of the Strategic & Economic Dialogue.”

: US Commerce Department hands down a preliminary decision requiring Chinese manufacturers of towers for wind turbines to pay duties of 13.7 to 26 percent.

: US International Trade Commission rules that the US may levy antidumping and countervailing duties against imports of high-pressure steel cylinders from China.

: China denounces the human rights report and issues its own report on human rights in the United States.

: US Treasury Department releases its semiannual report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rage Policies in which it says China has not met standards of a currency manipulator.

: China challenges US countervailing duties on 22 categories of Chinese products and accuses the US of inconsistent application of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

: US State Department releases its annual country report on human rights practices, including a report on China.

: US envoy for North Korea Glyn Davies meets Chinese counterpart Wu Dawei and Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying in Beijing.

: Third round of the US-China Dialogue on Law of the Sea and Polar Issues is held in Beijing.

: Chen Guangcheng arrives in the US with his family to study at New York University.

: Five Chinese warships are reportedly deployed near Philippine waters following the visit of the USS North Carolina.

: Pentagon releases its annual report to Congress on the People’s Liberation Army.

: US House of Representatives passes the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a recommendation to sell F-16 C/Ds to Taiwan.

: US Department of Commerce announces it will impose an antidumping duty of between 31.14 percent and 249.96 percent on China-made solar cells.

:   US State Department sends a policy directive to US universities that sponsor Confucius Institutes, requiring Chinese faculty member with improper visas to return to China by June 31 to revise their visa status.

: US House of Representatives  Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights holds a hearing titled “Chen Guangcheng: His Case, Cause, Family, and Those Who are Helping Him.”

: The USS North Carolina, a nuclear-powered submarine, surfaces in the Philippines near the Scarborough Shoal for replenishment.

: In the first such visit in nine years, Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie travels to the US, visits military installations, and meets US government and military leaders.

: The third US-China High Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) is held in Beijing.

: Activist Chen Guangcheng calls into a congressional hearing organized by the Congressional Economic Commission on China (CECC) and says that he fears for the safety of his family and wants to leave China.

: Fourth US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) is held in Beijing.

: The second US-China Strategic Security Dialogue, bringing together civilian and military officers to discuss security matters, is held in Beijing.

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