China - Korea

Chronology from Apr 2008 to Jul 2008

: Korea Kumho Petrochemical Co. announces the completion of construction of a petrochemical plant in Nanjing, China.

: North Korea hands over its long-overdue nuclear declaration to China.

: A prisoner of war (POW), Kim Jin-soo, who fought in the Korean War, escapes from North Korea 55 years after being captured.

: DPRK National Defense Commission Chairman Kim Jong-il is invited to attend the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games during a meeting in Pyongyang with PRC Vice President Xi Jinping.

: Lotte Mart opens stores in Beijing claiming to be the first Korean retailer to officially operate in Chinese capital

: South Korea, China, and Japan agree to regularize the foreign ministerial meeting as part of their efforts to systemize three-way cooperation. The ministers also agree to pursue three-way summit talks this September in Japan.

: Financial Services Commission Chairman Jun Kwang-woo calls on more Chinese firms to go public in the Seoul bourse.

: Busan police announce the arrest 10 people for arranging sham international marriage. Separately, Gangwon provincial police arrest 6 brokers and charge 188 others, including 33 Chinese, one South African and one Vietnamese.

: South Korea and China sign a memorandum to recognize courses academic transcripts to promote student exchange.

: During a visit to China, President Lee Myung-bak and President Hu Jintao agree to forge a “strategic cooperative partnership” between the two countries. Lee meets other top members of China’s leadership and business community, including Wen Jiabao.

: Korea Electric Power Corp. announces that it will sign a contract to acquire 14 Chinese thermal power plants including four plants being built by the Korean firm.

: North Korean and Chinese militaries are reported to have boosted border patrols to stem the outflow of North Korean refugees in advance of the Olympics Games.

: Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Ning Fukui expresses his appreciation for the government’s support and aid in response to the earthquake that hit Sichuan Province.

: South Korea announces that it will provide earthquake-hit China with emergency funds and aid materials worth $1 million,

: ROK chief nuclear envoy Kim Sook consults in Beijing with Chinese counterpart on the resumption of Six-Party Talks and North Korea’s anticipated declaration of its nuclear programs.

: “D-War,” a science-fiction film directed by former comedian Shim Hyung-rae, is released in China at more than 500 theaters in about 100 cities.

: Supreme Prosecutor’s Office announces that between June 2006 and March 2008, authorities arrested 3,460 people including 558 Chinese for voice phishing and other internet-based crimes.

: Samsung Electronics Co. announces that it has recorded its highest ever market share for sales of Chinese mobile telephones.

: A Korean court rejects the application for an arrest warrant for a Chinese student accused of assaulting a 49-year-old Korean man during the Olympic torch relay in Seoul.

: Civic groups request police investigate the Chinese ambassador to South Korea on charges of abetting student violence during the Olympic torch relay.

: South Korea’s National Cyber Security Center reports that hacker attacks on computer networks of major state institutions exceeded an average of 2 million per day in March.

: South Korea expresses “strong regret” and announces that it will take a stern measure against Chinese demonstrators who wielded bamboo sticks and hurled stones at anti-Chinese activists and riot police during the Beijing Olympic torch relay.

: China-based hackers are reported to have invaded Internet Auction’s server and stolen personal information of 11 million of the company’s 18 million subscribers.

: Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung asserts during a speech in the U.S. that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il fears possible subordination of its economy to China.

: Hyundai Mobis Co., an affiliate of Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group and South Korea’s largest auto parts maker, completes a new transmission testing center in Beijing.

: President Lee Myung-bak designates career diplomat Shin Jung-seung ambassador to the PRC.

: Seoul metropolitan government officials fail to approve the PRC Embassy’s architectural plan to rebuild its compound in Myeong-dong, central Seoul.

: The Export-Import Bank of Korea releases a study showing that it takes about three years for Korean companies operating in China to generate a net profit.

: Beijing Hyundai Motor Co. opens its second plant in Beijing in a ceremony attended by 600 dignitaries, including Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group chairman Chung Mong-koo and Beijing Mayor Guo Jinlong.

: LG Display announces plans to set up a research and development (R&D) center in Shenzhen, China, with Skyworth Digital Holdings, a Chinese TV set manufacturer.

: ROK Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Kim Eun-ki begins trip to Russia, China, and Japan for talks with counterparts on bilateral ties.

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