Chronologies

China - Korea

Chronology from Jan 2017 to May 2017


: North Korea tests a ballistic missile.

: China’s Foreign Ministry expresses opposition to THAAD after the arrival of key elements of the system at the Seongju site.

: Chinese man is sentenced to 30 years in prison for murdering a South Korean woman in Jeju last year.

: Air China announces it will resume flights to Pyongyang beginning May 5.

: President Trump discusses North Korea in separate telephone talks with President Xi and Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

: Human Rights Watch urges China not to repatriate eight DPRK defectors detained by Chinese authorities in March.

: South Korean historians and activists protest in Seoul in response to reports on Xi-Trump remarks that Korea “used to be part of China.”

: ROK Foreign Ministry indicates that it is working to confirm reports on Trump-Xi remarks that Korea “used to be part of China.”

: UNSC adopts statement condemning North Korea’s April 16 missile launch.

: ROK Transport Ministry issues plans to help local airlines deal with the decline in travel to and from China.

: PRC Foreign Ministry calls for restraint on the Korean Peninsula after North Korea’s failed missile test on April 16.

: Air China announces will temporarily suspend flights between Beijing and Pyongyang starting April 17.

: China’s Foreign Ministry calls for Korean Peninsula denuclearization talks.

: Presidents Xi and Trump in telephone talks discuss North Korea and other issues.

: Korea Tourism Organization President Jung Chang-soo announces strategies to help South Korea tourism industry recover from a decline in Chinese visitors.

: Radio Free Asia reports that China has closed South Korean cable TV channels.

: Media reports confirm that Beijing ordered trading firms to return North Korean coal imports.

: China’s Foreign Ministry calls for restraint on the Korean Peninsula.

: Twelfth round of China-Japan-ROK FTA talks is held in Tokyo.

: PRC Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei meets ROK counterpart Kim Hong-kyun and major presidential contenders in Seoul

: ROK Foreign Ministry positively assesses the Xi-Trump summit in press release.

: President Donald Trump briefs Acting ROK President Hwang on his April 6-7 summit with President Xi Jinping.

: UN Security Council adopts statement condemning DPRK April 5 missile launch.

: Chinese salvage ship Dali returns to Shanghai after completing operations since August 2015 to recover South Korea’s sunken Sewol ferry.

: North Korea conducts a ballistic missile test.  China’s Foreign Ministry calls for restraint on the Korean Peninsula.

: South Korean plaintiffs represented by Korea Green Foundation President Choi Yul and attorney Ahn Kyung-jae file law suit against governments of Seoul and Beijing over the health impacts of fine dust.

: PRC Ambassador to the DPK Li Jinjun leads Chinese Embassy delegation to ceremonies in Pyongyang commemorating Chinese People’s Volunteer Army members killed during the Korean War.

: Bipartisan group of 26 US senators in a joint letter urges President Trump to “call upon President Xi to reexamine his view of the THAAD deployment.”

: Asiana announces plans to reduce flights to and from China and increase flights to and from Japan and Southeast Asia in April-June in response to lower Chinese demand.

: South Korea’s MBC TV announces that distribution rights for its documentary series DMZ, the Wild have been sold to China’s biggest streaming platform iQiyi.

: ROK Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy states that it raised concerns in the WTO’s Technical Barriers to Trade Committee meeting over China’s economic retaliation.

: ROK military states that it will resume operations against illegal Chinese fishing near the inter-Korean sea border in the West Sea.

: China’s Foreign Ministry confirms China offered assistance for the transit of the body of Kim Jong Nam from Kuala Lumpur via Beijing to Pyongyang.

: Korean National Assembly adopts resolution urging China to cease economic retaliation over THAAD.

: ROK Foreign Ministry states that China and Russia have adopted sanctions affecting North Korea’s aviation industry.

: ROK Foreign Ministry in a press briefing positively assesses Washington’s resolution urging China to cease retaliation against South Korea over THAAD.

: South Korean exporters at a conference held by the Korea International Trade Association call for Seoul and Beijing’s joint efforts to resolve economic frictions resulting from THAAD deployment.

: Seoul sends a formal request to the Chinese government to allow Lotte to resume business operations in China.

: ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the ministry and other websites have come under cyberattacks originating from China.

: China’s Commerce Ministry announces it has launched an anti-dumping probe against ROK exports of a chemical product.

: South Korean civic group holds a memorial in Dalian marking the 107th anniversary of the execution of independence fighter Ahn Jung-geun by Japan.

: ROK’s finance minister pledges actions against China’s THAAD retaliation.

: China beats South Korea 1-0 in Asian qualification round in Changsha for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

: US House of Representatives introduces a bipartisan resolution condemning China’s retaliation against South Korea in response to THAAD deployment.

: Chinese delegation led by former Vice Foreign Minister and PRC Ambassador to the United Nations Wang Yingfan visits Seoul and meets ROK Vice Minister Lim Sung-nam.

: Korea Football Association announces China will mobilize 10,000 police officers for the World Cup qualifier match between China and South Korea in Hunan.

: ROK Ministry of Education announces cancellations of field trips to China by South Korean schools.

: South Korea repatriates remains of Chinese soldiers killed during Korean War.

: Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) calls for secondary sanctions on Chinese firms doing business with North Korea.

: ROK Embassy in Beijing issues a safety advisory ahead of a FIFA World Cup qualifying match between China and South Korea on March 23 in Hunan.

: ROK Finance Ministry announces that China has rejected talks between finance ministers at the G20 Finance Ministers Meeting.

: Seoul appeals to WTO over China’s measures on South Korean tourism and retail businesses.

: China’s Foreign Ministry defends China’s opposition to THAAD.

: US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun travels to Beijing and Seoul and meets counterparts Wu Dawei and Kim Hong-kyun.

: South Korea’s Culture Ministry in collaboration with entertainment agencies establishes a damage report center on China’s restrictions on Korean cultural content in China.

: China’s travel ban to South Korea goes into effect.

: Activist group “Justice for North Korea” reports that Chinese authorities have arrested two South Korean pastors for protecting DPRK defectors in China.

: South Korean air carriers announce plans to reduce China-bound flights to deal with declining demand.

: Korea Football Association announces that it has requested safety precautions be taken by the Asian Football Confederation and the Chinese Football Association for the March 23 World Cup qualifying match in Changsha, Hunan.

: Seoul Constitutional Court upholds Dec. 9 National Assembly impeachment of Park Geun-hye, ending Park’s presidency.

: Park Sam-koo, chairman of Kumho Asiana Group, is re-elected head of Korea-China Friendship Association.

: Korea Development Bank-led creditors of Kumho Tire Co. announces an agreement to sell Kumho Tire to Chinese tire maker Qingdao Doublestar Co.

: South Korea’s ruling Liberal Korea Party expresses concerns over China’s THAAD retaliation.

: Lotte Group indicates that more than half its China-based hypermarket chains have been forced to temporarily suspend operations.

: PRC Foreign Minister Wang Yi at China’s annual parliamentary session in Beijing renews China’s positions on the Korean peninsula.

: ROK Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn reiterates Seoul’s plans to deploy THAAD.

: ROK Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announces an emergency relief fund to SMEs exposed to financial risks from Chinese trade restrictions.

: PRC Foreign Ministry threatens further retaliatory actions against ROK for THAAD deployment.

: Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation (ZTE) agrees to pay $1.2 billion in fines for illegal exports to Iran and North Korea.

: North Korea fires four ballistic missiles toward the East Sea.

: Lotte Group holds meeting to discuss countermeasures against China’s THAAD retaliation.

: ROK Trade Minister Joo Hyung-hwan and Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se separately warn against possible Chinese violations of WTO and China-ROK FTA agreements.

: China suspends Lotte Mart operations in Dandong.  Chinese hold protests against THAAD in front of Lotte Department Store in Shenyang.

: PRC and ROK envoys Wu Dawei and Kim Hong-kyun talk by telephone.

: ROK Acting President Hwang states that South Korea will push forward with THAAD deployment plans.

: ROK Foreign Ministry expresses concern over China’s travel restrictions to South Korea.

: South Korea’s political parties criticize China’s economic retaliation against THAAD.

: ROK Embassy in China’s new task force on countering China’s THAAD retaliation holds its first meeting.

: China National Tourism Administration announces a travel ban to South Korea for China-based travel agencies.

: Six DPRK soldiers illegally cross the border into China.

: Incheon Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries announces that China and South Korea will conduct annual joint inspections of international ferries operating between China’s eastern port cities and Incheon.

: DPRK Vice Foreign Minister Ri Kil Song leads a delegation to China and meets PRC Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other officials.

: PRC and ROK Foreign Ministers Wang Yi and Yun Byung-se meet on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

: PRC Commerce Ministry announces that it will suspend imports of North Korean coal, for the remainder of the year.

: South Korean lower court sentences Chinese man to 25 years in prison for murdering a South Korean woman in Jeju.

: South Korea agrees to return on March 22 remains of Chinese soldiers killed in the Korean War.

: UN Security Council condemns North Korea’s missile test.

: Kim Jong Nam is killed at Kuala Lumpur airport.

: North Korea conducts a ballistic missile test. PRC Foreign Ministry expresses China’s opposition.

: Third round of China-Japan-Korea Cyber Policy Consultation is held in Tokyo.

: Lotte Group confirms that it closed down its store on China’s leading online shopping outlet Tmall on Jan. 12.

: ROK Unification Ministry states that it has asked China to prohibit Chinese buyers from purchasing goods produced at the Kaesong Industrial Complex.

: Officials from North and South Korea’s committees for the joint implementation of the June 15 summit declaration meet in Shenyang.

: DPRK officials attend Lunar New Year reception at Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang.

: China, Japan, and South Korea hold 10th round of talks between Central and South American affairs director generals, including bilateral talks on the sidelines.

: ROK Ministry of Strategy and Finance announces plan to establish subcommittees for industrial sectors under Seoul’s task force on Chinese nontariff trade barriers.

: Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn orders ROK Coast Guard officials to respond firmly to illegal Chinese fishing.

: ROK Coast Guard seizes two Chinese fishing boats for entering South Korean waters.

: ROK Safety Minister Park In-yong in a New Year policy briefing to Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn urges China to crack down on illegal fishing in ROK waters.

: Eleventh round of China-Japan-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) talks is held in Beijing.

: PRC Foreign Ministry calls for restraint on the Korean Peninsula in response to Pyongyang’s Jan. 8 threats on launching an inter-continental ballistic missile.

: About 10 PRC military planes enter Korean air defense identification zone (KADIZ), prompting ROK Air Force to send warning messages and fighter jets to intercept.

: ROK Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announces plans to develop customized tour programs for Chinese.

: South Korea’s Foreign Ministry summons PRC Ambassador to Seoul Qiu Guohong to protest China’s economic retaliation against THAAD.

: The PRC Foreign Ministry expresses China’s opposition to THAAD.

: ROK delegation of the main opposition Democratic Party (Minjoo Party) visits Beijing and meets Foreign Minister Wang Yi, other CPC officials, and members of the National People’s Congress Foreign Affairs Committee.

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