China - Korea

Chronology from May 2019 to Aug 2019

: Culture ministers at the 11th China-Japan-ROK Cultural Ministers’ Meeting hosted by Incheon Metropolitan City sign an agreement outlining a 10-year vision for trilateral cultural cooperation, and designate China’s Yangzhou, South Korea’s Suncheon, and Japan’s Kitakyushu as Culture Cities of East Asia 2020.

: Minju Joson, the daily of the DPRK’s Cabinet, publishes an article claiming Washington is using Hong Kong protests to strengthen its position in trade disputes with China.

: Fourteen South Korean lawmakers from ruling and opposition parties attend the sixth China-ROK meeting of next-generation political leaders in Beijing sponsored by the Korea-China Leaders Society and the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs.

: Tenth High-level Forum on Northeast Asia Cooperation, 12th China-Northeast Asia Expo, and 1st China-Japan-ROK Entrepreneur Summit open in Changchun, Jilin province. Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua, Jilin Party Secretary Bayin Chaolu, Chairman of South Korea’s North Economic Cooperation Commission Kwon Goo-hoon, and Vice Minister of the PRC Commerce Ministry Wang Shouwen deliver speeches.

: The 19th Greater Tumen Initiative meeting in Changchun renews calls on North Korea to rejoin the regional development initiative.

: ROK Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha visits Beijing to meet PRC counterpart Wang Yi and Premier Li Keqiang, and hold the 9th China-Japan-ROK meeting of foreign ministers, the first such meeting since August 2016.

: Kim Su Gil, director of the Korean People’s Army General Political Bureau, arrives in Beijing for meetings with Chinese officials including Zhang Youxia, CMC vice chairman; Miao Hua, director of the CMC Political Affairs Department, and Song Tao, head of the CPC International Liaison Department.

: Rodong Sinmun commentary expresses North Korea’s support for China’s “one country, two systems” principle.

: DPRK Foreign Ministry representative in a Korean Central News Agency article expresses North Korea’s support for China’s handling of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

: South China Morning Post reports US investigations into financial transactions involving Chinese banks that allegedly funded North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

: PRC Foreign Ministry calls for dialogue on the Korean Peninsula after North Korea launches two projectiles on Aug. 6.

: China’s Foreign Ministry expresses support for dialogue between Japan and South Korea.

: South Korea’s National Assembly adopts a resolution condemning an airspace incursion by Russian and Chinese warplanes, and Japan’s territorial claim to Dokdo/Takeshima.

: ROK Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and PRC State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meet in Bangkok on the sidelines of annual ASEAN meetings.

: PRC Foreign Ministry praises Rodong Sinmun for reasserting Beijing’s position on Hong Kong.

: China’s Foreign Ministry says China hopes for the resumption of US-DPRK talks after Pyongyang fires two unidentified projectiles into the sea.

: PRC Ministry of National Defense denies the violation of international regulations on airspace during the joint patrol exercises with Russian counterparts on July 23.

: South Korea’s Consulate General in Hong Kong issues a travel advisory to South Korean nationals traveling to Hong Kong amid pro-democracy protests.

: US Justice Department announces that four Chinese and a Chinese company were charged with assisting DPRK entities involved in weapons of mass destruction proliferation.

: Chinese and Russian warplanes participating in a joint military exercise enter the Korea Air Defense Identification Zone according to the ROK Defense Ministry.

: ROK Vice Foreign Minister Lee Tae-ho and PRC counterpart Luo Zhaohui lead talks in Beijing on the demarcation of maritime boundaries.

: Air Koryo resumes flights between Pyongyang and Dalian.

: China’s Ministry of Commerce announces anti-dumping measures on imported stainless steel products from the European Union, Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia.

: Beijing-based Koryo Tours begins sales of a tour package to Pyongyang for a World Cup qualification soccer match between South and North Korea.

: Guo Shengkun, CPC Political Bureau member and head of the CPC Commission for Political and Legal Affairs, meets DPRK Central Court President Kang Yun Sok in Beijing.

: Zhou Qiang, chief justice and president of China’s Supreme People’s Court, and DPRK Central Court President Kang Yun-sok meet in Beijing and sign an MOU on judicial cooperation in Beijing.

: PRC Vice Premier Hu Chunhua and DPRK Ambassador to China Chi Jae Ryong address a banquet in Beijing celebrating the 58th anniversary of the signing of the China-DPRK Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance.

: Rodong Sinmun highlights China-DPRK relations on the occasion of the 58th anniversary of the signing of the 1961 Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance.

: PRC Foreign Ministry confirms arrival in Beijing of a delegation of the WPK International Department led by First Vice Department Director Kim Song Nam, and departure to Pyongyang of a Chinese delegation led by Lu Kang, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Information Department.

: Vice President of the China Public Diplomacy Association Hu Zhengyue assesses   China-Japan-ROK cooperation in China Daily.

: A friendship delegation of North Korea’s Ministry of People’s Security headed by Councilor Ri Song Chol departs North Korea to visit China.

: Opening ceremony of China (Guangxi)-South Korea Friendly Exchange Week is held in Nanning.

: South Korea’s Foreign Ministry announces a train tour across China by 100 South Koreans to mark the centennial anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Provisional Government in Shanghai on April 11, 1919.

: 2019 Korea Smart City Inside China event is held in Xian, where the ROK Ministry of Science and Information and Communications Technology promotes South Korea’s presence in China’s smart city market.

: PRC Foreign Ministry expresses China’s support for the meetings among US, ROK, and DPRK leaders in Panmunjom.

: China’s top political advisor Wang Yang and Kim Wan Su, chairman of the Central Committee of the Democratic Front for National Reunification of the DPRK, meet in Beijing.

: DPRK Ambassador to China Ji Jae Ryong presents a floral basket from the Workers’ Party of Korea to deputy head of the CCP International Liaison Department Wang Yajun to mark the 98th founding anniversary of the CCP.

: Presidents Xi and Moon meet in Osaka on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.

: Conference held in Changchun to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of friendly relations between Jilin province and Gangwon-do in South Korea, where Jilin’s Deputy Party Secretary Jing Junhai and Gangwon-do Governor Choi Moon-soon deliver speeches.

: China-Japan-ROK Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum is held in Yantai, Shandong province.

: South Korea, China, and Japan open a joint photo exhibition at the Seoul Metro Art Center featuring 20 years of trilateral cooperation.

: Xi visits North Korea and meets Kim Jong-un.

: Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping publishes article on China-DPRK ties in the DPRK’s mainstream media.

: ROK Vice Foreign Minister Lee Tae-ho and representative from other ministries meet a Chinese delegation led by PRC Assistant Commerce Minister Li Chenggang for the 23rd Joint Economic Committee session in Seoul.

: Sixth China-Russia Expo concludes in Harbin, where North Korean artists display their work at an art exhibition on the sidelines.

: ROK Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Korea Tourism Organization data shows that Chinese tourists were the national group that spent the most in South Korea in the first quarter of 2019, followed by Taiwanese and Americans.

: South Korean politicians, students, and netizens support anti-extradition bill protests in Hong Kong, according to a South China Morning Post report.

: Guangzhou and Gwangju representatives at a meeting in Seoul share experiences of 23 years of sister-city friendship and cooperation.

: South Korea’s Presidential Office, Cheong Wa Dae, says Huawei’s 5G poses no immediate threat to national security.

: Beijing-based tour agency Koryo Tours launches a stamp design competition for Pyongyang’s annual Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon to celebrate the April 15 birthday of DPRK founder Kim Il Sung.

: Ban Ki-moon visits China for general meeting of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development and celebrations of 2019 World Environment Day in Hangzhou. Ban meets China’s Minister of Ecology and Environment Li Ganjie and Zhejiang Provincial Party Secretary Che Jun.

: ROK Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and PRC Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe meet on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

: Several Chinese TV series are scheduled to compete in the 14th Seoul International Drama Awards in August, following a two-year absence in protest against THAAD.

: Huawei Technologies Co. opens its first 5G lab in Seoul to expand its presence in the South Korean market.

: Delegation of the DPRK’s General Administration of Civil Aviation led by General Director Rim Kwang Ung leaves Pyongyang for China.

: Wuxi Deputy Mayor Wang Jinjian and a Jiangsu provincial delegation visit South Korea and Japan to deepen trade and economic cooperation.

: Delegation of the DPRK’s Institute of International Studies headed by President O Yong Ran leaves Pyongyang for China.

: Kim Sang-jo, head of South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission, and Gan Lin, vice minister of China’s State Administration for Market Regulation, sign an MOU in Seoul on antitrust cooperation.

: Seoul and Beijing municipal officials have a closed-door meeting on reducing fine dust particles on the sidelines of the 2019 Seoul International Forum on Air Quality Improvement.

: Hyundai Transys Inc. announces that it has signed an MOU with BYD Co. Ltd, China’s largest electronic vehicle maker, in Shenzhen, Guangdong province.

: Delegation of North Korea’s Red Cross Society, led by Executive Vice Chairman Paek Yong Ho, leaves Pyongyang for China.

: Gan Lin, vice minister of China’s State Administration for Market Regulation, and Ji Chul-ho, vice chairman of South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission, meet on the sidelines of the China competition policy forum in Hainan Province.

: ROK National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang leads a parliamentary delegation to China, where he meets CCP Political Bureau member Yang Jiechi, chief of the NPC Standing Committee Li Zhanshu, and Vice President Wang Qishan.

: South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announces that it has granted low-cost carriers rights to increase the number of flights to China.

: South Korean President Moon Jae-in grants credentials to newly-appointed ambassadors, including ROK Ambassador to China Jang Ha-sung.

: Chief of South Korea’s National Council on Climate and Air Quality Ban Ki-moon calls for closer cooperation with China on improving air quality in both countries.

: Finance ministers and central bank chiefs from China, South Korea, and Japan attend the 19th Trilateral Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting in Nadi, Fiji.

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