China - Korea
Chronology from Jan 2020 to May 2020
: North Korea foreign ministry backs China’s security legislation for Hong Kong.
: China’s foreign ministry expresses Beijing’s opposition to THAAD deployment.
: Premier Li Keqiang expresses support for China-Japan-ROK economic cooperation.
: ROK Coast Guard arrests a Chinese national who illegally entered by boat in May 20 with seven others.
: State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi states that US-DPRK dialogue is a prerequisite for resolving the Korean Peninsula issue and expresses support for China-Japan-ROK cooperation on COVID-19.
: China’s foreign ministry expresses China’s willingness to continue cooperation with South Korea and Japan on COVID-19.
: Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong visits China, where he inspects the company’s Xian chip plant and meets Shaanxi Governor Hu Heping.
: South Korea’s defense ministry indicates that plans to repatriate remains of Chinese soldiers killed in the Korean War have been postponed this spring due to COVID-19.
: PRC, ROK, and Japanese health ministers hold a trilateral teleconference.
: Leaders Xi Jinping and Moon Jae-in and defense ministers Wei Fenghe and Jeong Kyeong-doo hold separate telephone talks.
: China’s National Development and Reform Commission releases guidelines on establishing the China-ROK (Changchun) International Cooperation Demonstration Zone.
: First group of Korean electronics workers depart Seoul for Tianjin through fast-track entry.
: Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping exchange verbal messages of support.
: Two chartered flights depart from Seoul with the first group of Korean high-tech workers returning to Wuhan.
: Director-general talks between PRC and ROK foreign ministries reach an agreement to implement fast-track entry for each other’s business travelers from May 1.
: ROK Vice Foreign Minister Kim Gunn and PRC Ambassador Xing Haiming meet in Seoul.
: The Palace Museum and China Tourism Office in Seoul jointly launch an Online Spring Forbidden City Photo Exhibition.
: China’s foreign ministry indicates that China has sent coronavirus testing kits to North Korea.
: A CCP International Liaison Department senior official reportedly leads a delegation to North Korea amid speculation over Kim Jong Un’s health.
: The ROK Consulate General in Wuhan resumes full operations.
: ROK Vice Foreign Minister Cho Sei-young and PRC counterpart Le Yucheng hold videoconference. ROK Industry Minister Sung Yun-mo and PRC counterpart Zhong Shan hold a videoconference.
: The China Tourism Office in Seoul and Shandong Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism organize an online exhibition.
: General Association of Koreans in China celebrate Kim Il Sung’s 108th birth anniversary.
: ASEAN+3 leaders adopt a joint statement on coronavirus cooperation.
: General Association of Koreans in China celebrate Kim Il Sung’s 108th birth anniversary.
: North Korea fires what appear to be cruise missiles and air-to-ground missiles into the East Sea on the eve of Kim Il Sung’s birthday anniversary and South Korea’s general elections.
: ASEAN+3 partners hold a Special Summit on COVID-19 Response via video.
: North Korea fires what appear to be two short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea.
: ROK foreign ministry calls in PRC Ambassador Xing Haiming for a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Gunn after Beijing’s March 26 announcement on temporarily suspending the entry of foreigners.
: A Chinese military plane enters South Korea’s air defense identification zone.
: North Korea fires two projectiles presumed to be short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea.
: PRC, ROK, and Japanese foreign ministers hold a videoconference.
: State media reports Chinese provincial donations for coronavirus relief.
: Foreign ministries of China, ROK, and Japan hold conference call on coronavirus cooperation.
: Seoul protests Beijing municipality’s March 15 decision to quarantine incoming travelers at designated facilities at their own expense.
: Xi sends a message of support to Moon.
: China and South Korea hold their first working-level video conference under a new inter-agency mechanism led by the foreign ministries.
: China Cultural Center in Seoul organizes online educational and cultural activities.
: WHO calls COVID-19 a pandemic, and identifies China and South Korea as countries with “significantly declining” cases.
: North Korea test-fires short-range projectiles into the East Sea.
: Moon declares “war” against the coronavirus.
: US Treasury Department sanctions two PRC nationals linked to a North Korean state-sponsored cyber group.
: North Korea fires what appears to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea. China’s foreign ministry calls for dialogue.
: ROK justice ministry indicates that 42 followers of the Daegu-based Christian sect Shincheonji are presumed to have entered the country from Wuhan over the last eight months.
: ROK education ministry announces a cooperation agreement with China to advise students against returning to school in each other’s countries.
: ROK foreign ministry announces that South Korea will provide about half its promised $5 million worth of aid to China.
: Foreign ministers Wang and Kang hold telephone talks.
: ROK Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Gunn and PRC Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming meet in Seoul.
: Chinese cities start tightening entry measures against South Korean and other foreign visitors.
: China’s foreign ministry expresses support for cooperation with South Korea and Japan on fighting the coronavirus.
: WHO indicates that, besides the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, South Korea has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases outside China.
: A UN Security Council report shows that China and Russia supplied 22,730 tons and 30,180 tons of refined oil respectively to North Korea in 2019.
: Hubei Party Secretary Ying Yong and ROK Consul General in Wuhan Kang Seung-seok meet.
: Xi and Moon hold telephone talks.
: PRC, ROK, and Japanese foreign ministers hold a trilateral videoconference on coronavirus cooperation.
: ROK foreign ministry sends a fourth round of relief supplies to Wuhan, and announces plans to send aid to other Chinese regions.
: Hubei Provincial Foreign Affairs Office Director Qin Yu welcomes new ROK Consul General in Wuhan Kang Seung-seok, who arrives with relief supplies.
: Kim Jong Un receives a congratulatory letter from the General Association of Koreans in China on the occasion of Kim Jong Il’s birth anniversary.
: Wang and Kang meet on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.
: PRC State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in a Reuters interview during the Munich Security Conference reiterates China’s position on the Korean Peninsula.
: Korea Customs Service announces it has detected illegal shipments of 730,000 masks worth $1.18 million, mostly by Chinese nationals, in a crackdown since February 6.
: ROK Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae announces planned support measures for Chinese students returning to local universities.
: South Korea’s third evacuation plane arrives in Seoul from Wuhan carrying ROK citizens and Chinese relatives.
: Rodong Sinmun praises Xi’s medical site visits in China’s efforts to fight the coronavirus.
: China’s Permanent Mission to the UN expresses concern over leak of a UN draft report on DPRK sanctions.
: A Red Cross report shows that North Korea has dispatched about 500 workers to the border with China to prevent a coronavirus outbreak.
: North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun reports the WHO’s recommendation not to use “Wuhan” in naming the coronavirus.
: A draft UN report shows that North Korea exported about $370 million worth of coal last year in violation of UN sanctions, largely via illicit ship-to-ship transfers with China.
: China’s foreign ministry in an online daily briefing expresses appreciation for South Korean assistance to fight the coronavirus.
: Moon receives the credentials of PRC Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming.
: ROK Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Kim Gunn and Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming meet in Seoul.
: Ambassador Xing Haiming holds his first press conference at the PRC Embassy.
: An Asiana Airlines cargo flight leaves for Wuhan to deliver relief aid.
: ASEAN and dialogue partners hold a high-level meeting on RCEP in Bali.
: South Korea announces a temporary entry ban on foreigners who have recently been in Hubei, effective Feb. 4.
: South Korea’s second evacuation plane arrives in Seoul with nationals from Wuhan.
: Kim Song-nam, first vice director of the WPK, arrives at Beijing Capital International Airport.
: KCNA reports that Kim Jong Un has sent a letter of sympathy to Xi, and that North Korea has sent financial aid to the CCP.
: ROK Vice Foreign Minister Cho Sei-young and PRC Ambassador Xing Haiming meet in Seoul.
: Korean evacuees from Wuhan arrive in Seoul. Asan and Jincheon residents remove protest signage. President Moon thanks them via Twitter.
: North Korea is reported to have closed all air and railway routes across borders with China, and suspended plans to remove South Korean-built facilities at the Mt. Kumgang resort.
: South Korea reports its first suspected human-to-human transmission case of coronavirus.
: A South Korean plane arrives in Wuhan to evacuate South Korean nationals.
: South and North Korea temporarily close their Kaesong liaison office due to coronavirus concerns. North Korea plans to close all foreign transportation routes according to South Korean media.
: Jeju government and justice ministry discuss a temporary suspension of a visa-free program for Chinese visitors.
: New PRC Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming arrives in Seoul.
: Asan and Jincheon residents protest South Korea’s decision to bring evacuees from Wuhan. Jeju residents urge the regional government to ban Chinese travelers under its visa-free program.
: ROK foreign ministry announces medical aid to China from two Korean civic groups and separate plans to send China $5 million in aid to fight the coronavirus.
: In his reply to President Xi Jinping’s congratulatory birthday letter, Moon expresses support for Beijing’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.
: ROK foreign ministry issues a travel alert for all of China, Hong Kong, and Macau.
: Foreign ministers Wang Yi and Kang Kyung-wha hold telephone talks.
: North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun reports strengthened measures against the coronavirus.
: KCDC designates China entirely as a “coronavirus watch” zone. ROK foreign ministry raises its travel advisory level for Wuhan and surrounding areas in Hubei province.
: Korean Air Lines is South Korea’s first airline to announce a planned suspension of flights to Wuhan.
: Foreign tour agencies report that North Korea has temporarily closed its borders with China.
: DPRK Embassy in Beijing hosts a Lunar New Year reception, attended by PRC Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui and other officials.
: Korea-China Air Quality Joint Research Team releases research findings that show ultrafine dust in Beijing and Seoul contain similar elements.
: A DPRK delegation including North Korea’s Ambassador to China Ji Jae-ryong and Ambassador to the UN Kim Song leave Beijing for Pyongyang.
: PRC and ROK officials attend the 19th Meeting of ASEAN+3 Tourism Ministers in Brunei.
: China and South Korea hold working-level defense talks in Seoul.
: Pak Kyong Il, vice-chairman of the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries and chairman of the DPRK-China Friendship Association, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK Li Jinjun, and other officials attend a friendship film show in North Korea.
: President Trump during a signing ceremony for a phase-one trade deal with China acknowledges China for “helping us with North Korea.”
: People’s Republic of China foreign ministry responds to Moon’s New Year press conference.
: Pak Kyong Il, vice-chairman of the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries and chairman of the DPRK-China Friendship Association, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK Li Jinjun, and other officials attend a friendship meeting in North Korea for Lunar New Year.
: The United States sanctions two DPRK entities including a China-based lodging facility for involvement in labor exports violating international sanctions.
: Moon discusses cooperation with China in his New Year’s press conference.
: The Korea Tourism Organization announces that about 3,500 Chinese students will travel to South Korea on winter field trips until early February.
: South Korea asks China to provide information on a new type of coronavirus.
: The Korean Centers for Disease Control begins reporting suspected cases of pneumonia-like illness spreading in China.
: South Korean activists protest Chinese actions against Hong Kong demonstrators.
: South Korean President Moon Jae-in in his New Year’s address expresses hopes for advancing China-ROK ties.
: South Korea seizes Chinese fishing boats for illegally fishing in its waters in the Yellow Sea.
: China’s UN Ambassador Zhang Jun expresses support for a China-Russia resolution aimed at easing sanctions on North Korea.
: After Kim declares plans to develop “new strategic weapons,” China urges the United States and North Korea to remain committed to peacefully resolving the nuclear issue.