China - Russia
Chronology from Jan 2019 to May 2019
: SCO defense ministers hold their 16th meeting in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan.
: Chinese and Russian navies conduct Joint Sea 2019 naval exercise in the Yellow Sea.
: Chinese and Russian navies conduct the second stage of their Joint Sea 2019 naval exercise in the Yellow Sea.
: President Putin travels to Beijing for a “working visit” and to attend the second Belt and Road Forum. Putin and Xi meet separately on April 26 focusing on Korea and Venezuela. Putin also receives an honorary degree from China’s top engineering university Qinghua, which is Xi’s alma mater.
: North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un visits Vladivostok for summit with President Putin.
: Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe (魏凤和) travels to Moscow to attend the Eighth Conference on International Security. In a speech, he talks about China’s “new security concept” (新安全观) of “common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security” and praises the China-Russia military-military relationship.
: People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) conducts a large-scale naval parade off the coast of Qingdao marking 70 years since the founding of China’s Navy. It featured 32 Chinese naval vessels and 39 aircraft, as well as warships from 13 foreign countries including Russia, India, Japan, Vietnam, and Australia.
: Shanghai Cooperation Organization hold 14th Forum in Beijing with more than 100 experts and diplomats of the SCO and other countries participating. Afghanistan is the main topic of discussion.
: Russian and Chinese militaries hold first round of consultations in Beijing for the third joint missile defense computer simulation to be held in Russia sometimes this year.
: Joint working group meeting is held in Beijing by the Commission for Economic and Humanity Cooperation between China’s Yangzi River region and Russia’s Volga River region. China’s Deputy FM Zhang and Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Volga Federal District Oleg Mashkovtsev (Олег Машковцев) co-chair.
: Special representatives of Russia, China, and the US meet in Washington DC for consultations on Afghanistan. They agree to continue efforts to promote Afghan peace process on the basis of Afghan “sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.”
: FM Lavrov, Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj and FM Wang Yi hold 16th meeting of the Russia India Trilateral Conference in Wuzhen. A joint communique is issued after the meeting.
: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Wuzhen, China. They discuss the Indian-Pakistani conflict in Kashmir and a range of bilateral and international issues including Korea, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Iran, etc. They also sign a document for the 2019 plan for the consultations by the two foreign ministries in 2019.
: Deputy Chinese Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui joins reception for the “Defender of the Fatherland Day,” formerly known as the Soviet Army and Navy Day, hosted by the Russian embassy to Beijing.
: Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Russian foreign minister meet in Munich on the sidelines of the 55th Munich Security Conference (Feb. 15-17).
: Zhang Hanhui (张汉晖), assistant to the Chinese foreign minister, and Russian Ambassador to Beijing Andrey Denisov participate in a New Year Spring Reception jointly hosted by the Chinese Foreign Ministry and Russian Embassy in Beijing.
: PM Medvedev visits Chinese Embassy in Moscow for Chinese New Year celebration and meets Ambassador Li Hui. Medvedev’s visit is said to be the first ever time a Russian prime minister visited a foreign embassy in Moscow.