China - Korea

Chronology from May 2013 to Aug 2013

: PRC and ROK Defense Ministers Chang Wanquan and Kim Kwan-jin hold talks on the sidelines of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus in Brunei.

: DPRK state media reports that Chinese state-owned automaker FAW Group Corp has signed a letter of intent with the Rason local government to invest in building a car manufacturing factory in North Korea.

: PRC nuclear envoy Wu Dawei arrives in North Korea for talks with DPRK counterpart Kim Kye Gwan.

: Chinese and ROK Trade Ministers Gao Hucheng and Yoon Sang-jick hold bilateral talks on the sidelines of a regional economic meeting in Brunei.

: Lee Byung-suk, vice speaker of the ROK National Assembly, meets Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, during a visit to China for the 8th round of regular parliamentary exchanges.

: ROK delegation led by former Prime Minister Lee Soo-song meets Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and attends the 13th China-ROK Elite Forum in Beijing.

: Chinese state media reports that China has submitted a claim to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf extending the East China Sea continental shelf to the Okinawa Trough.

: Foreign Ministers Wang Yi and Yun Byung-se, hold telephone talks.  Wang expresses support for inter-Korean agreement to reopen Kaesong Industrial Zone.

: ROK Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announces the closure of the China-ROK district in the Yellow Sea free economic zone.

: PRC nuclear envoy Wu Dawei holds talks with Japanese counterpart Junichi Ihara in Beijing on the DPRK nuclear issue.

: PLA Navy vessel visits a South Korean port as part of training exercises.

: Second round of FTA talks between China, South Korea, and Japan are held in Shanghai.

: ROK delegation led by Kim Han-Kyu, chairman of the 21st Century Korea-China Exchange Association, attends the fifth High-Level Dialogue of China-ROK Media and meets Liu Qibao, head of the CPC Publicity Department.

: A delegation of the China Institute of International Studies led by Vice President Guo Xiangang arrives in Pyongyang.

: China-DPRK Korean Fine Art Exhibition opens in Beijing to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

: PRC Vice President Li Yuanchao, a PLA art and culture delegation, and a delegation of war veterans of the Chinese People’s Volunteers (CPV) arrive in Pyongyang for 60th anniversary commemorations of the Korean War armistice.  Li meets Kim Jong Un. North Korea’s National Defense Commission hosts a banquet for CPV war veterans.

: ROK National Assembly delegation led by Chung Mong-joon, head of the ROK-China Inter-Parliamentary Council, meets PRC Vice President Li Yuanchao.

: South Korea’s Asiana Airlines apologizes in Chinese newspapers for its plane crash in San Francisco that killed three Chinese students.

: ROK Navy Chief Adm. Choi Yoon-hee and PRC counterpart Wu Shengli in Qingdao reach agreement on China-ROK fisheries control cooperation in the Yellow Sea.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson calls for the resumption of operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex.

: China’s Ministry of Agriculture bans Chinese fishermen from fishing in waters off North Korea’s east coast.

: Chinese soldiers conduct a river-crossing exercise on the Yalu River in Dandong City bordering North Korea.

: ROK maritime minister announces that China has agreed in principle to intensify crack downs on illegal Chinese fishing in waters shared with South Korea

: Wang Jiarui, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and head of the CPC International Department meets a WPK delegation led by Kim Song Nam, vice director of the WPK International Affairs Department.

: Thousands of South Korean farmers and fishermen hold protests in Busan against a potential FTA with China.

: The sixth round of China-ROK FTA negotiations are held in Busan, Korea.

: Foreign Minister Wang Yi and DPRK counterpart Pak Ui Chun hold bilateral talks on the sidelines of the ASEAN regional security conference in Brunei

: Foreign Ministers Wang Yi and Yun Byung-se hold bilateral talks on the sidelines of ASEAN meetings in Brunei.

: South Korea’s SK Innovation Co. announces the signing of a joint venture deal between SK Global Chemical Co. and China National Petrochemical Corp. (SINOPEC).

: Foreign Minister Wang Yi calls for the resumption of Six-Party Talks on the sidelines of the World Peace Forum in Beijing.

: President Park makes a state visit to China and meets President Xi.

: North Korea launches four short-range projectiles into waters off its east coast according to ROK sources.

: UN report shows that Pyongyang breached a contract with a Chinese company by converting lumber transporters into missile launch transporters.

: Fifth Trilateral Governors Meeting of the central banks of China, Japan, and South Korea is held in Basel, Switzerland.

: PRC Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei and ROK nuclear envoy Cho Tae-yong hold talks in China.

: DPRK First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan visits China for a strategic dialogue, co-chaired by PRC Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui.

: Chinese and Korean business leaders attend the Korea-China Economic Forum in Seoul, hosted by the World Federation of Overseas Korean Traders Association.

: Kim Jong Un sends a birthday message to PRC President Xi Jinping.

: Former PRC State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan meets President Park Geun-hye in Seoul.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson expresses support for inter-Korean reconciliation after Pyongyang proposes the holding of inter-Korean talks.

: ROK JCS Chairman Gen. Jung Seung-jo visits China and meets Gen. Fang Fenghui, chairman of the PLA General Staff.

: PRC Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui and ROK First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kyou-hyun hold the sixth high-level China-ROK strategic dialogue in Beijing.

: ROK and PRC senior diplomats meet ahead of Park Geun-hye’s visit to China.

: ROK Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin and Lt. Gen. Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of the PLA General Staff, hold talks on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

: Choe Ryong Hae, director of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) General Political Bureau and member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, visits China as Kim Jong Un’s special envoy, accompanied by KPA Col. Gen. Ri Yong Gil, Vice Department Director of the Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee Kim Song Nam, Vice Foreign Minister Kim Hyong Jun, and KPA Lt. Gen. Kim Su Gil.

: DPRK authorities release 16 Chinese fishermen who were detained on May 5.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson calls for full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions after North Korea fires missiles into the East Sea on May 18-20.

: ROK media reports that Chinese banks suspend transactions with a DPRK bank suspected of funding Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.

: Chinese ship owner Yu Xuejun appeals to the PRC Embassy in Pyongyang for help on the release of 16 Chinese fishermen detained in North Korea.

: US Treasury Department announces it has imposed sanctions on a Taiwanese firm and CEO for ties with North Korea’s weapons program.

: Bank of China shuts down a North Korean Foreign Trade Bank account with ties to North Korean nuclear and missile development programs.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson affirms China’s positive role in easing Korean Peninsula tensions.

: ROK President Park Geun-hye urges China to exercise more leverage over Pyongyang for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

: DPRK authorities demand a 600,000 RMB ($96,774) ransom for the release of a Chinese fishing boat from Dalian with 16 fishermen according to Chinese state media.

: The 15th Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting between China, South Korea, and Japan is held in Kitakyushu, Japan.

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