China - Korea

Chronology from Jul 2003 to Oct 2003

: Federation of Korean Industries departs for 50th anniversary celebration of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce in Beijing and to discuss establishment of Korea-China business council conference.

: National Security Advisor Ra Jong-il visits China for consultations on the North Korean nuclear issue and regional security matters.

: At an IT ministers’ conference on Cheju Island, South Korea, China, and Japan agree on joint research and cooperation in seven information technology fields as part of efforts to turn Northeast Asia into a global IT hub.

: The Chinese government is considering reducing its antidumping tariff for Korean steel products, Korea’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy announces.

: PRC National People’s Congress Standing Committee Chairman Wu Bangguo visits South Korea at the invitation of National Assembly Speaker Park Kwan-yong and meets with ROK President Roh.

: PRC hosts first-ever six-party multilateral dialogue on North Korea’s nuclear program in Beijing.

: The Korea Electric Power Corporation announces that it has finalized its first contract to build two 50,000-kilowatt power plants in China, at Henan Province.

: Two PRC delegations headed by Xu Caihou, member of the secretariat of the CCP Central Committee and director of the General Political Department of the People’s Liberation Army and Liu Hongcai, deputy head of the International Liaison Department of the CCP Central Committee, travel to Pyongyang for discussions in preparation for six party talks, including meetings with National Defense Commission First Vice Chairman Jo Myong-rok and a photo session with Kim Jong-il.

: PRC FM Li Zhaoxing visits Seoul to brief FM Yoon Young-kwan on preparations for the six-party dialogue to be held in Beijing.

: ROK Minister of Culture Lee Chang-dong makes his first visit to Beijing for ASEAN Plus Three Tourism Ministers meeting and to host a music concert featuring many leading K-pop celebrities.

: DPRK Ambassador to Russia announces North Korea’s willingness to participate in six-party dialogue to be held in Beijing.

: Taiwan’s China External Trade Development Council announces that it would set up an office in Seoul in September.

: Vice FM Dai visits Washington to discuss prospects for dialogue regarding North Korea’s nuclear program.

: Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo visits Pyongyang for over six hours of talks with National Defense Commission Chairman Kim Jong-il regarding the prospects for dialogue regarding North Korea’s nuclear program.

: ROK President Roh Moo-hyun visits Beijing and Shanghai for his first set of meetings with China’s President Hu Jintao and senior Chinese officials.

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