China - Korea

Chronology from Sep 2018 to Dec 2018

: Chinese military plane enters South Korea’s air defense identification zone three times without warning.

: ROK Ministry of Justice immigration office in Jeju grants refugee status to a Chinese broker who helped hundreds of North Korean defectors to South Korea.

: ROK Defense Ministry’s Director General for International Policy Lee Won-ik and PRC counterpart Song Yanchao hold 17th round of defense policy consultations in Beijing.

:  ROK and DPRK delegations attend a regional conference in Xian on forestry cooperation hosted by a South Korean civic group and Chinese scientists association.

:  PRC Foreign Ministry delegation visits South Korea to resume a working-level exchange program suspended over the THAAD dispute.

: DPRK Foreign Ministry Ri Yong Ho visits China for talks with Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other leaders.

: China, South Korea, and Japan hold the 14th round of trilateral FTA talks in Beijing.

: China’s Commerce Ministry and South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy hold working-level talks in Beijing on trade and investment promotion.

: South Korean government data indicates a 252 percent on-year increase in new FDI pledges from China to $2.56 billion, driven by the service industry.

: PRC military aircraft enters ROK airspace without warning.

:  Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon visits Beijing for events marking the 25th anniversary of sister-city ties.

: PRC, ROK, and Japanese health ministers hold trilateral talks in Japan.

: South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries announces the resumption of joint fishing patrols with China in the Yellow Sea through Nov. 26.

: PRC and ROK trade officials hold 18th bilateral trade remedy meeting in Beijing.

:  ROK Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon meets PRC State Councilor Wang Yong on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia Seoul Conference on economic cooperation.

: Korean Central News Agency reports on Kim Jong Un’s visit to Sinuiju to guide his master plan for developing the China-DPRK border city.

: Chinese, South Korean, and Japanese agriculture ministers meet in Beijing.

: South Korea’s Foreign Ministry releases its first white paper under the Moon administration reviewing ties with China and other regional players.

: 18th round of China-ROK fisheries talks produces an agreement on annual quotas in each other’s exclusive economic zones in 2019.

: Kim Jong Un and other DPRK officials attend a joint performance by Chinese and DPRK artists in Pyongyang.

: Chinese arts delegation led by Culture and Tourism Minister Luo Shugang arrives in North Korea at the invitation of the DPRK Ministry of Culture.

: Bank of Korea’s Business Survey Index shows worsening expectations among South Korean manufacturing companies amid escalating US-China trade tensions.

:  PRC military aircraft enters ROK airspace without warning.

: DPRK Vice Minister of Urban Management Choe Song Chol and PRC Ambassador Li Jinjun attend a ceremony marking the renovation of a cemetery of Chinese People’s Volunteers killed in the Korean War.

: Li Hongzhong, Tianjin’s CPC secretary and Politburo member, visits South Korea and meets ROK officials including Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, National Assembly Vice Speaker Rep. Lee Ju-young, and ruling Democratic Party leader Lee Hae-chan.  He attends ceremony celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tianjin-Incheon friendship.  

: ROK Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk visits Beijing for the Xiangshan military forum.

: DPRK delegation led by Kim Hyong Ryong, vice minister of the People’s Armed Forces, and Song Il Hyok, deputy director general of the DPRK Foreign Ministry’s Institute for Disarmament and Peace, arrive in Beijing to attend the eighth Xiangshan Forum on Oct. 24-26.

: ROK Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and PRC counterpart Wei Fenghe meet in Singapore on the sidelines of fifth ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus meeting.

: PRC and ROK nuclear envoys Kong Xuanyou and Lee Do-hoon meet in Beijing.

: China and North Korea hold a friendly basketball game in Pyongyang attended by top DPRK officials including Vice Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Choe Ryong Hae, Vice Chairmen of the WPK Central Committee Ri Su Yong, An Jong Su, and Choe Hwi, Foreign Ministry Ri Yong Ho, and Vice Premier Ro Tu Chol.

: Fishing industry association in Taizhou sends a message of gratitude to the ROK Coast Guard for the rescue of eight Chinese sailors in a fishing boat fire on Sept. 19.

: Chinese travel agency announces plans to expand its services in South Korea including a 24-hour customer center in Seoul in October.

: CPC Central Committee and Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang send messages to the Worker’s Party of Korea celebrating the WPK’s 73rd founding anniversary.

: North Korea’s Culture and Sports Minister Kim Il Guk and visiting PRC counterpart Gou Zhongwen hold bilateral sports cooperation talks in Pyongyang.

: PRC and DPRK Vice Foreign Ministers Kong Xuanyou and Choe Son Hui hold their first trilateral talks with Russian counterpart Igor Morgulov in Moscow.

: Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in separate meetings with Secretary Pompeo in Beijing reaffirm their joint goal of DPRK denuclearization.

: DPRK Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui visits Beijing for talks with Chinese officials, ahead of visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun to Pyongyang.

: DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho visits Beijing on his return to Pyongyang after attending the UN General Assembly.

: Kim Jong Un releases a congratulatory message through Korean Central News Agency to President Xi on the occasion of the 69th anniversary of China’s founding.

: Chairman of South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party Lee Hae-chan and PRC Ambassador to South Korea Qui Guohong meet in Seoul.

: PRC Ambassador to North Korea Li Jinjun hosts DPRK officials including Workers’ Party of Korea Vice Chairman Choe Ryong Hae and Culture Minister Pak Chun Nam at the PRC Embassy’s National Day reception.

: ROK National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang and PRC Ambassador to South Korea Qui Guohong meet in Seoul.

:  ROK Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha holds separate bilateral talks with PRC and Japanese counterparts Wang Yi and Kono Taro on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

: China’s Foreign Ministry expresses support for Korean Peninsula peace talks after the Trump-Moon summit on Sept. 24 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

: ROK Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and Ding Zhongli, vice chairman of China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee, meet in Seoul on the sidelines of an annual China-ROK parliamentary meeting.

: China’s Foreign Ministry expresses support for inter-Korean talks; President Moon’s third summit with Kim Jong-un.

: South Korea’s Defense Ministry announces the military will continue monitoring China’s installation of buoys in overlapping exclusive economic zones in the Yellow Sea.

: North Korea resumes flights between Pyongyang and Dalian.

: South Korea’s Lawyers for a Democratic Society announces that all former DPRK restaurant workers who defected from China in April 2016 have been granted passports.

: South Korea hosts “K-Food Fair” in Beijing to boost agricultural exports.

: ROK Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon visits Vladivostok for the Eastern Economic Forum, attended by President Xi Jinping and other regional leaders.

: North Korean restaurant Morangwan reopens in Shenyang after eight months of closure under UN sanctions.

: Kim Jong Un and wife Ri Sol Ju host an art performance and banquet for Li Zhanshu in Pyongyang.

: Li Zhanshu attends the DPRK National Day military parade, meets Kim Jong Un and delivers a congratulatory message from President Xi.

: CPC Political Bureau Standing Committee member Li Zhanshu visits Pyongyang for North Korea’s 70th founding anniversary events.

: North Korea allows China’s Global Times to tour Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory.

: ROK President Moon Jae-in’s top security advisor Chung Eui-yong briefs Yang Jiechi in Beijing on the outcome of Chung’s visit to North Korea.

: Air Koryo temporarily increases Beijing-Pyongyang flights to accommodate foreign travelers ahead of National Day commemorations.

: Seoul hosts the eighth Northeast Asia Forum on Air Quality Improvement attended by Chinese and other regional partners.

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