China - Korea

Chronology from Sep 2011 to Dec 2011

: Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Xu Caihou, Director of the PLA General Political Department Li Jinai, Deputy Chief of the PLA General Staff Ma Xiaotian, and other senior PLA officers visit the DPRK Embassy in Beijing to offer condolences on Kim Jong Il’s death.

: PRC Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun and ROK First Vice Foreign Minister Park Suk-hwan hold the fourth China-ROK high-level strategic dialogue in Seoul.  Zhang also meets Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan and Unification Minister Yu Woo-ik.

: ROK nuclear envoy Lim Sung-nam visits Beijing and meets PRC counterpart Wu Dawei.

: Senior PRC officials Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang, and Zhou Yongkang offer condolences on Kim Jong Il’s death at the DPRK Embassy in Beijing. PRC Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai, accompanied by DPRK Vice Foreign Minister Kim Song-gi, pays respects at Kumsusan Memorial Palace on behalf of Chinese state entities.

: President Hu Jintao visits the DPRK Embassy in Beijing to offer condolences on Kim Jong Il’s death.  Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi holds telephone conversations with Russian, Japanese, US, and ROK counterparts.  Permanent Representative to the United Nations Li Baodong visits the residence of the DPRK Permanent Mission in New York.

: Korean Central News Agency reports on Kim Jong Il’s death on Dec. 17, 2011.  PRC Foreign Ministry spokesman expresses condolences to the people of the DPRK.  Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi meets Park Myong Ho, charge d’affaires of the DPRK Embassy in Beijing.

: PRC, ROK, and Japanese delegates in Pyeongchang, South Korea, conclude a joint study on a trilateral free trade agreement.

: DPRK Deputy Premier Han Kwang Bok meets PRC Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang in Beijing.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson expresses concern over South Korean protests at the PRC Embassy in Seoul over the Dec. 12 clash between Chinese fishermen and ROK Coast Guard vessels.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson expresses hopes for creating conditions for the resumption of Six-Party Talks in light of meetings between US special envoy and regional counterparts.

: Ri Gun, chief of the American Affairs Bureau of the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs, arrives in Beijing.

: PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson expresses regret over the “unfortunate incident” in the Yellow Sea and pledges to actively cooperate with the ROK.

: Crew members on a Chinese fishing boat clash with two ROK Coast Guard vessels in the Yellow Sea, leaving one dead and the other injured.

: Local PRC officials announce that Dandong will host a Sino-DPRK economic, trade and cultural expo in June 2012.

: A Rodong Sinmun delegation meets Liu Yunshan, head of the CPC Publicity Department, in Beijing.

: Chinese and South Korean navies hold fourth joint search and rescue exercise (SAREX).

: Premier Wen Jiabao and President Lee Myung-bak attend the ASEAN Plus 3 Summit, East Asia Summit, and China-ROK-Japan trilateral in Bali.

: A DPRK youth delegation led by top youth official Ri Yong Chol meets PRC Vice President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

: Director of the PLA General Political Department Li Jinai leads a senior PRC military delegation to North Korea.

: ROK Special Representative Lim Sung-nam visits Beijing to meet PRC counterpart Wu Dawei.

: Kim Jong Il meets PRC Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai in Pyongyang, accompanied by Kim Jong Un, Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission Kim Yong Ho.

: North Korea’s First Vice Foreign Minister and nuclear envoy Kim Kye Gwan arrives in Beijing for a reported meeting with PRC counterpart Wu Dawei.

: PRC, ROK, and Japanese officials hold talks on disaster management and release a joint declaration on trilateral cooperation.

: Vice Premier Li Keqiang meets President Lee Myung-bak, Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik, Parliamentary Speaker Park Hee-tae, and representatives of South Korean economic bodies and ROK-PRC friendship organizations in Seoul.

: ROK Coast Guard releases two Chinese fishing boats detained on Oct. 22 for illegal operations in South Korea’s exclusive economic zone.

: PRC Vice Premier Li Keqiang meets Kim Jong Il, top legislator Kim Yong Nam, and Premier Choe Yong Rim in North Korea.

: Kim Pyong Ho, director general of Korean Central News Agency, meets Liu Yunshan, head of the CPC Publicity Department, in Beijing.

: Former PRC State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan meets ROK Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik in Seoul.

: Jilin province launches a group tour allowing Chinese tourists to travel around North Korea by train.

: Guo Shengkun, alternate member of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Regional Committee, meets top DPRK legislator Kim Yong Nam in Pyongyang during his five-day visit to North Korea.

: PRC Defense Ministry spokesperson calls for restraint on the Korean Peninsula in response to reported US-ROK consultations on the deployment of the US Global Hawk reconnaissance drone near the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

: PRC Foreign Ministry expresses support for inter-Korean dialogue in light of a planned visit to the DPRK by ROK’s governing party leader Hong Joon-pyo.

: Korea, Japan, and China open a secretariat for trilateral cooperation in Seoul.

: DPRK Premier Choe Yong-rim visits Beijing, Shanghai, and Jiangsu provinces, where he meets President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng, and Jiangsu Governor Li Xueyong, and tours Chinese industrial companies.

: Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi calls for dialogue and consultation on the Korean Peninsula through the six-party mechanism at the annual UN General Assembly.

: Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and ROK counterpart Kim Sung-hwan meet on the sidelines of annual UN General Assembly meetings in New York.

: Beijing hosts an international forum to commemorate the signing of the September 2005 Joint Statement, attended by six-party representatives and Ri Yong Ho, vice minister of the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  PRC Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi calls for “creating conditions” for the resumption of dialogue.

: The China-DPRK Hyesan-China Joint Venture Mineral Company launches operations in Hyesan of North Korea’s Ryanggang province.  DPRK Mining Industries Minister Kang Min Chol, Chairman of the Ryanggang Province People’s Committee Kim Chol, and PRC Ambassador to Pyongyang Liu Hongcai attend the opening ceremony.

: PRC envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Cheng Jingye calls for the early resumption of the Six-Party Talks at an IAEA board meeting.

: China and South Korea at the Seventh China Jilin Northeast Asia Investment and Trade Expo in Changchun sign a Memorandum of Understanding on construction of an industrial park in the Liangjiang New Economic Zone in Chongqing.

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