China - Korea

Chronology from Jan 2014 to May 2014

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson calls for easing tensions on the peninsula in response to DPRK military drills.

: PRC Vice Environment Minister Li Ganjie, and ROK and Japanese Environment Ministers Yoon Seong-kyu and Ishihara Nobuteru hold 16th trilateral Environment Ministers Meeting in Daegu, Korea.

: President Park at a joint press conference with President Obama emphasizes China’s role in addressing the DPRK nuclear issue.

: Presidents Xi and Park hold telephone talks.

: China-ROK-Japan Northeast Asia Trilateral Forum, sponsored by Xinhua, JoongAng Ilbo, and Nikkei, opens in Jiangsu province, China.

: PRC President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang send condolence messages to ROK counterparts over the fatal ferry accident.

: China-ROK-Japan International Forum for the Trilateral Cooperation 2014 is held in Seoul.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson pledges that China will play a “positive role” on the Korean Peninsula.

: A train route opens from Jian, Jilin to North Korea.

: PRC nuclear envoy Wu Dawei meets ROK counterpart Hwang Joon-kook.

: PRC and ROK Foreign Ministers Wang Yi and Yun Byung-se hold telephone talks on Korean Peninsula tensions.

: PRC Premier Li Keqiang meets ROK Prime Minister Jung Hong-won on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson calls for “caution” on the Korean Peninsula after US, ROK, and Japanese nuclear envoys hold trilateral talks in Washington on April 7.

: Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun and Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon meet in Beijing.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson expresses support for inter-Korean reconciliation in response to ROK President Park Geun-hye’s proposals toward unification.

: Remains of 437 Chinese soldiers killed in the Korean War are returned from South Korea to China.

: Ri Ho-son, vice department director of the WPK Central Committee, leads a delegation of WPK economic officials to major Chinese cities.

: President Xi calls for the resumption of Six-Party Talks at a meeting with President Obama on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands.

: Presidents Xi and Park hold talks on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson calls for stability on Korean Peninsula.

: PRC Special Representative for Korean Peninsular Affairs Wu Dawei visits North Korea.  Wu pays a courtesy call on Kim Yong Dae, vice president of the DPRK Supreme People Assembly Presidium, on March 20.

: Tenth round of China-ROK FTA talks is held in Ilsan, South Korea.

: Delegation of the DPRK International Exhibition Cooperation meets Dandong City Vice Mayor Pan Shuang and the Dandong City Council for the Promotion of International Trade to discuss the PRC-DPRK Expo.

: PRC, DPRK, and Russian directors of tourism departments in the Tumen River Area hold a conference in Hunchun.

: Delegation of the DPRK State General Bureau of Tourism led by Vice Director-General Cho Song Kol visits China for personnel training at Chinese tourism institutes in Beijing and Shanghai.

: PRC Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a press conference for China’s annual parliamentary session expresses China’s opposition to war or instability on the Korean Peninsula and calls for early resumption of the Six-Party Talks.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson expresses concern over Chinese civil aviation safety after North Korea’s reported rocket launch.

: Second China-ROK-Japan Trilateral Table Top Exercise on disaster management is held in Tokyo.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson expresses concern over North Korea’s reported missile launches.

: DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju sends a message of sympathy to PRC Premier Li Keqiang on the terrorist incident in Kunming.

: China, South Korea, and Japan hold their fourth round of FTA talks in Seoul.

: Direct postal service from Hunchun to Rason begins.

: ROK Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Kyung-soo meets PRC Ambassador Qui Guohong and expresses Seoul’s condemnation of terrorist attacks in Kunming.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson calls for easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea’s reported missile launches on Feb. 27.

: Guo Shengkun, PRC state councilor and minister of public security, and ROK counterpart Lee Sung-han hold talks in Beijing.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson hopes for inter-Korean reconciliation.

: Jilin Provincial Tourism Bureau Director Zhao Xiaojun and Chon Tong-chol, director of the DPRK Rason Special City Tourism Bureau, hold talks in Changchun.

: Bureau Director Kye Song-nam of the DPRK National Committee for Economic Development leads an economic and trade delegation to China Liaoning International Cooperation Group for negotiations on a fish farming project.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson supports inter-Korean family reunions.

: DPRK Ambassador Ji Jae Ryong and PRC Vice Minister of Culture Ding Wei attend a reception hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Culture on the 55th anniversary of the conclusion of China-DPRK agreements on cultural cooperation.

: PRC Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin visits South Korea, where he meets ROK counterpart Lee Kyung-soo, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, and Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae, who is also senior foreign affairs and security advisor to President Park.

: Chung Mong-joon, head of the ROK-China Inter-Parliamentary Council, leads a delegation of more than 40 ROK National Assembly members to China, where he meets President Xi Jinping, chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People Congress (NPC), and Wang Chen, vice chairman and secretary general of the NPC Standing Committee.

: PRC Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin visits North Korea for consultations with officials from the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Workers’ Party of Korea, DPRK Economic Development Commission, and other departments.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson defends China’s position on human rights in response to a report by UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea.

: China Chamber of International Commerce and the DPRK Chinese Chamber of Commerce hold an economic and trade forum in Dandong.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson expresses support for an inter-Korean three-point agreement reached at high-level talks.

: PRC Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry in Beijing that China will never allow instability on the Korean Peninsula.

: DPRK Embassy in Beijing hosts a reception celebrating Kim Jong Il’s birthday, attended by Wang Jiarui, head of the CPC International Liaison Department, Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin, and Chairman of the China-Korea Friendship Association Wu Donghe.

: PRC Foreign Ministry confirms a visit to Pyongyang by the chief of the ministry’s Asia Department.

: Dandong Sanyi Business Advisory Service Agency and DPRK Yanggakdo Trade Corporation launch a joint project for Chinese business study in North Korea.

: China Southern Airlines announces plans to launch a direct air route between Xinjiang and Seoul, the first international route linking Xinjiang with Northeast Asia.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson expresses support for the start of the first high-level inter-Korean talks in seven years.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson expresses concern over US-ROK military drills scheduled for February-April.

: Chinese and ROK experts at a Shanghai Normal University and Sung Kyun Kwan University forum agree to strengthen cooperation on protecting “comfort women” documents.

: Korean Central News Agency reports that President Xi and President of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly Kim Yong Nam meet on sidelines of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

: Kim Jong Un sends New Year cards to President Xi and other Chinese officials.

: PRC, ROK, and DPRK representatives at a UN Security Council debate criticize Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson expresses support for inter-Korean reconciliation.

: Ambassador Liu hosts a meeting with officials of the DPRK Foreign Ministry on the occasion of the New Year, attended by Vice Foreign Minister Kim Hyon Chun.

: 2014 Lunar New Year China-DPRK friendship meeting is held in Sunan District, Pyongyang, attended by Ambassador Liu, KCCRFC Vice Chairman Kim, and Vice Chairman of Pyongyang City People’s Committee Hong Kwang Ung.

: PRC Ambassador Liu Hongcai holds a meeting at the Taedonggang Diplomatic Club to mark Spring Festival. Kim Chin Bom, KCCRFC and KCFA vice chairman, and Ri Sun Chol, vice minister of culture attend.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson upholds China’s commemoration of Korean “anti-Japanese activist” Ahn Jung-geun in response to Japanese criticism.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson justifies the establishment of the Ahn Jung-geun memorial in response to Japanese opposition.

: Ahn Jung-geun memorial hall opens in Harbin.  South Korea’s Foreign Ministry expresses support.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson calls for inter-Korean reconciliation.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson calls for restraint on the Korean nuclear issue amid tensions over US-ROK plans for annual joint military exercises in February.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson expresses China’s willingness to work with South Korea on history issues related to Japan.

: Kim Ki Sok, chairman of the DPRK State Commission for Economic Development, Huang Shizai, president of the Great China International Group, and Yang Zuoyuan, economic and commercial councilor of the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang, participate in an opening ceremony for an East Pyongyang shopping center.

: Hunchun Vice Mayor Han Changfa announces the launch of the Hunchun-Rason cross-border electric power transmission project.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson positively assesses President Park’s Jan. 6 statements on bilateral ties.

: ROK Defense Ministry spokesperson reports to Xinhua ROK efforts to return by April 2014 the remains of Chinese People’s Volunteer soldiers killed in the Korean War.

: ROK President Park Geun-hye at a national news conference hails the current status of China-ROK relations.

: Ninth round of China-ROK Free Trade Agreement (FTA) talks are held in Xian, Shaanxi.

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