China - Korea

Chronology from Jan 2018 to May 2018

: PRC announces plans to send Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to North Korea on May 2-3.

: Chinese military plane enters South Korea’s air defense identification zone without notice.

: Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un meet in Panmunjom and agree to an end to all hostilities on the Korean Peninsula.

: Xi praises inter-Korean declaration and efforts to relieve tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

: Kim sees off a train carrying the bodies of 32 Chinese killed in the bus accident.

: Xi expresses his wishes for a successful inter-Korean summit.

: Kim Jong Un visits the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang to express condolences for the 32 Chinese nationals killed in a bus accident.

: Xi Jinping relays China’s appreciation for Kim’s condolences regarding the deadly traffic accident of the previous day.

: Thirty-two Chinese tourists and four North Koreans die in a traffic accident in the DPRK.

: PRC applauds DPRK’s decision to indefinitely halt nuclear and missile tests and close its test sites.

: China and South Korea hold first economic cooperation committee meeting in over two years in Beijing.

: Chinese Foreign Ministry says the PRC supports a DPRK-ROK peace treaty.

: Chinese state media announces that Xi Jinping will visit North Korea after the US-DPRK summit due for May.

: Kim Jong Un expresses hope that cultural exchanges between China and the DPRK will solidify a peaceful environment in East Asia.

: China and South Korea announce plans to resume cooperative talks on fisheries.

: China releases 30 North Korean defectors detained since March.

: DPRK expresses hope to consolidate its relationship with China.

: Kim Jong Un meets Song Tao and a visiting Chinese art troupe in Pyongyang.

: South Korean Coast Guard seizes Chinese vessel fishing off its west coast.

: Kim Yo Jong meets Song Tao and a visiting Chinese art troupe in Pyongyang.

: Song Young-gil, head of South Korea’s Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation, visits China and meets AIIB President Jin Liqun.

: DPRK media say CPC international department head Song Tao and a Chinese art troupe will visit North Korea to improve cultural exchange.

: ROK presidential office announces that China, South Korea, and Japan will hold a trilateral summit in May.

: China bans the export of 32 “dual-use” items to North Korea in accordance with UN sanctions on the DPRK.

: South Korea’s Foreign Ministry announces plans to resume its annual joint economic committee session with China.

: Theaters in Beijing screen South Korean films for the first time since the THAAD dispute of 2016.

: DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho expresses hope over conciliatory atmosphere between China and the Koreas.

: PRC and DPRK foreign ministers meet in Beijing.

: China submits a report of ongoing efforts to implement UN sanctions on the DPRK to the UN sanctions committee.

: PRC State Councilor Yang expresses Beijing’s support for upcoming inter-Korean summit.

: China promises to lift economic restrictions on South Korean businesses imposed during the THAAD row.

: PRC State Councilor Yang Jiechi visits Seoul to meet National Security Advisor Eui-yong, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, and President Moon.

: China hails the DPRK and ROK for fixing a date for their diplomatic summit.

: South Korea’s National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun welcomes China-DPRK rapprochement.

: DPRK media confirm Xi Jinping invited Kim Jong Un for talks in Beijing.

: South Korea’s presidential office confirms that China notified ROK officials in advance of Kim Jong Un’s visit to Beijing.

: PRC and DPRK media report that Kim during his four-day visit to Beijing reaffirmed Pyongyang’s commitment to denuclearization.

: ROK presidential office applauds positive outcome of Kim Jong Un’s Beijing visit.

: South Korea repatriates remains of 20 Chinese soldiers killed during the Korean War.

: Kim Jong Un visits Beijing for talks with Xi Jinping.

: Wang Shouwen, China’s vice commerce minister, and Kim Young-sam, South Korea’s deputy minister of trade and investment, lead the first round of talks on FTA expansion.

: Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in congratulate Xi on his re-election as Chinese president.

: China, with Russia, pledges its full support for upcoming talks between North and South Korea and the US.

: Top security advisor Chung Eui-yong and intelligence chief Suh Hoon leave for China and Japan, respectively, as Moon’s special envoy to brief Xi Jinping and Abe Shinzo on February talks with Kim Jong Un.

: Moon’s envoy meets President Xi and State Councilor Yang in Beijing.

: President Trump publicly accepts a meeting invitation from Kim Jong Un.  China’s Foreign Ministry praises his positive message.

: China’s Foreign Ministry announces plans to send State Councilor Yang Jiechi to Seoul for further talks on inter-Korean dialogue.

: ROK Foreign Ministry summons China’s ambassador to file a complaint against the unauthorized entry of a Chinese reconnaissance plane into South Korean airspace on Feb. 27.

: President Moon and PRC Vice Premier Liu Yandong meet in Seoul.

: At closing of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Moon Jae-in reiterates his call for China to keep the momentum of inter-Korean dialogue moving ahead.

: China’s Foreign Ministry applauds the visit to Pyongyang by South Korean envoys, expressing hope that the talks will lead to US-DPRK dialogue.

: Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong leads China’s delegation to the Olympics closing ceremony and visits Seoul National University.

: PRC Ambassador to Seoul Qiu Guohong and Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon meet in Seoul.

: China’s Foreign Ministry expresses hope that inter-Korean advances during the Olympics will lead to US-DPRK dialogue.

: Fu Ying of the CPC’s Foreign Affairs Committee and Chief of South Korea’s Democratic Party Choo Mi-ae meet on the sidelines of the 54th Munich Security Conference.

: Moon Jae-in congratulates Chinese athletes participating in the Olympics and wishes Beijing a happy Lunar New Year.

: ROK and PRC officials meet in Seoul to discuss inter-Korean developments.

: PRC Vice Premier Liu Yandong announces plans to attend the closing ceremony of the Olympics and hold meetings with ROK officials.

: PRC delegation head Han Zheng meets senior DPRK official Kim Yong Nam on the sidelines of the 2018 Olympic opening ceremony.

: PRC State Councilor Yang Jiechi calls on the international community to support continued inter-Korean dialogue.

: President Moon meets Han Zheng, CPC Politburo Standing Committee member and head of China’s delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

: PRC Foreign Minister Wang Yi calls for continued inter-Korean interactions in anticipation of the Winter Olympics.

: Park Won-soon, the mayor of Seoul, says he will meet Communist Party of China (CPC) Secretary Cai Qi to discuss cooperation between the two capitals.

: China and South Korea reach agreement to boost their bilateral aviation market to accommodate increased air traffic.

: ROK Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon meets He Lifeng, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, in Beijing.

: DPRK Ambassador to Beijing Ji Jae Ryong appears publicly in Beijing for the first time in over two months.

: ROK Trade Ministry agrees to hold future talks with China in hope of expanding industries under the free trade agreement (FTA).

: Samsung announces plans to sign a MOU with China’s National Development and Reform Commission.

: Chinese military aircraft crosses unannounced into ROK airspace before being escorted out by South Korean fighter jets.

: China, South Korea, and Japan agree to hold high-level talks “as soon as possible.”

: China’s Foreign Ministry expresses hope that inter-Korean Olympics talks will progress into political dialogue.

: ROK Oceans Ministry promises crackdown on illegal Chinese fishing in the Yellow Sea.

: China reiterates hopes for improvement of US-DPRK ties in the wake of easing tensions on the Peninsula.

: PRC Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai in interview with USA Today calls for more diplomatic efforts on North Korea.

: South Korean steelmaker POSCO announces joint ventures with Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co.

: US imposes new sanctions on entities and individuals with ties to North Korea, including two Chinese enterprises.

: South Korea opens a new cultural center in Hong Kong.

: China states that UN Security Council sanctions on the DPRK should not affect humanitarian aid.

: South Korean Finance Ministry levies antidumping duties of 12.1 percent on coated paper from China in an effort to safeguard the domestic industry.

: China and South Korea announce plans to expand car ferry operations between the two countries.

: A PRC-ROK joint committee pledges cooperation to prevent and mitigate environmental degradation.

: PRC Foreign Ministry hails inter-Korean cooperation on the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

: Presidents Xi and Trump in telephone talks praise their cooperation on the Korean Peninsula.

: Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi meets a delegation of ROK lawmakers in Beijing led by Park Byeong-seug.

: Foreign ministers from 20 countries meet in Vancouver to discuss North Korea’s nuclear program. China and Russia, excluded from the meeting, release a joint statement condemning the meeting as illegal and illegitimate.

: Moon Jae-In holds separate telephone talks on North Korea with President Trump and President.

: PRC Foreign Ministry welcomes inter-Korean cooperation as DPRK and ROK delegations hold high-level talks for the first time in over two years.

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