China - Korea

Chronology from Sep 2015 to Dec 2015

: PRC Foreign Ministry calls on Japan to “deal with related issues in a responsible way” after a ROK-Japan history agreement on comfort women.

: Chinese media organizations select President Park Geun-hye among the top ten people of 2015.

: ROK Supreme Court calls on the government to disclose reports on China-ROK FTA negotiations.

: PRC and ROK vice foreign ministers begin the first round of talks on EEZs.

: China Beijing Environment Exchange and Korea Exchange sign a MoU on carbon trading.

: DPRK Vice Sports Minister Son Kwang-ho visits Beijing and signs an agreement with Deputy Secretary of the PRC General Administration of Sports Yang Shuan on sports exchanges in 2016.

: The China-ROK FTA comes into force.

: PRC, ROK, and Japanese culture ministers hold talks in Qingdao.

: PRC Foreign Ministry praises Kim Jong Il on the fourth anniversary of his death.  North Koreans in Beijing pay respects at the DPRK Embassy.

: PRC and ROK Coast Guard heads Meng Hongwei and Hong Ik-tae meet in Beijing.

: UN General Assembly adopts a resolution on referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court for human rights violations.

: ROK Finance Ministry announces it has issued RMB-denominated foreign exchange stabilization bonds in China.

: North Korea’s band Moranbong returns to Pyongyang after canceling performance in Beijing.

: China at a UN Security Council meeting in New York opposes including DPRK human rights issues on the UN agenda.

: North Korea’s Moranbong Band and an Army orchestra arrive in Beijing for a “friendship tour” led by Choe Hwi, first vice-department director of the WPK propaganda division, who meets head of the CPC International Department Song Tao.

: PRC Foreign Ministry calls for the easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula in response to Pyongyang’s claims on nuclear development.

: PRC Foreign Ministry expresses concern over the ROK Navy firing of warning shots at a Chinese patrol boat.

: ROK Navy fires warning shots at a Chinese patrol boat in the Yellow Sea.

: Newly-appointed CPC International Department head Song Tao meets DPRK Ambassador to China Ji Jae-ryong in Beijing.

: People’s Daily and Yonhap News Agency sign a news exchange agreement.

: PRC, ROK, and Japanese health ministers meet in Kyoto.

: PRC Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin leads a delegation to the ROK Embassy in Beijing to pay respects to former ROK President Kim Young-sam.

: PRC and ROK nuclear envoys Wu Dawei and Hwang Joon-kook meet in Beijing.

: South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research reports that China, South Korea, and Japan have agreed to strengthen efforts against yellow dust from China.

: PRC Foreign Ministry extends condolences on the Nov. 22 death of former ROK President Kim Young-sam.

: South Korea’s National Assembly ratifies the China-ROK FTA.

: Seoul hosts the third China-ROK forum on public diplomacy.

: South Korea launches a bipartisan consultative body on the China-ROK FTA.

: PRC and ROK navies hold joint anti-piracy drills in the Gulf of Aden.

: Rep. Suh Chung-won leads a bipartisan ROK parliamentary delegation to China and meets Liu Yunshan and Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui.

: Premier Li Keqiang visits Seoul to attend the sixth China-ROK-Japan summit and separately meets President Park, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, and National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa.

: PRC and ROK Trade Ministers Gao Hucheng and Yoon Sang-jick meet in Seoul.

: Chinese state media reports CPC’s approval of a planned transborder tourism zone on Jilin’s border with North Korea and Russia.

: PRC Civil Affairs Minister Li Liguo meets DPRK Health Minister and Chairman of the North Korea-China Friendship Association Kang Ha-guk in Pyongyang, and pays respects to Chinese and DPRK soldiers killed in the Korean War.

: China-DPRK trade fair is held in Dandong.

: South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries announces plans to expand ROK fishery exports to China in light of the China-ROK FTA.

: China, South Korea, and Japan hold cyber security talks in Seoul.

: Liaoning province opens Guomenwan trade zone in Dandong with North Korea.

: Liu Yunshan, member of the CPC Political Bureau Standing Committee, visits North Korea on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the WPK’s founding.

: PRC, ROK, and Japanese finance ministers hold talks on the sidelines of multilateral meetings in Peru.

: PRC Ambassador to North Korea Li Jinjun meets DPRK Health Minister and Chairman of the North Korea-China Friendship Association Kang Ha-guk on the occasion of China’s National Day.

: Rear Adm. Yu Manjiang, commander of China’s naval unit in the Gulf of Aden, visits ROK destroyer Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin and agrees to hold a joint anti-piracy drill.

: Eighth round of China-ROK-Japan trade talks are held in Beijing.

: PRC Ambassador to North Korea Li Jinjun attends 11th Pyongyang Autumn International Trade Fair.

: ROK deputy nuclear envoy attends a forum in Beijing hosted by the Chinese Institute of International Studies.

: Shooting incident occurs in Changbai near the China-DPRK border.

: China-ROK-Japan Trilateral Policy Dialogue on African Affairs held in Beijing.

: PRC, ROK, and Japanese deputy agriculture ministers meet in Tokyo.

: ROK and DPRK tourism representatives attend an international travel fair in Dandong hosted by Liaoning province.

: PRC officials attend the regional Seoul Defense Dialogue hosted by the ROK Defense Ministry.

: Kim Jong Un, Kim Yong Nam, and Pak Pong Ju receive a message from Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, and Zhang Dejiang on the occasion of the DPRK’s 67th anniversary.

: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) President-designate Jin Liqun visits Seoul to meet ROK officials and businessmen.

: PRC, ROK, and DPRK companies attend the 10th China-Northeast Asia Expo in Changchun.

: PRC and ROK deputy envoys to the Six-Party Talks Xiao Qian and Kim Gunn meet in Seoul.

: PRC and ROK finance ministers meet on the sidelines of the G20 in Turkey.

: Blue House announces a telemedicine project between Seoul’s St. Mary’s Hospital and Ruijin Hospital in Shanghai.

: China and South Korea sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Beijing on non-tariff barriers.

: Choe Ryong-hae, member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee, visits Beijing to attend WWII commemorations.

: President Park Geun-hye visits China and meets President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, attends 70th anniversary commemorations of the end of WWII, and addresses the China-ROK business cooperation forum in Shanghai.

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