China - Russia

Chronology from May 2018 to Aug 2018

: Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov meets Deputy Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou in Moscow. They discuss the Korean Peninsula.

: Gen Li Zuocheng (李作成), chief of the PLA’s General Staff, visits Russia for fifth meeting of the chiefs of general staff for the SCO member states. The chiefs also observe the SCO Peace-mission 2018 exercise.

: Indian city of Cholpon-Ata hosts sixth SCO Ministers of Justice of the Member States meeting.

: SCO conducts Peace-mission 2018 exercise at Russia’s Chebarkul training ground. More than 3,000 troops and 500 pieces of equipment participate, including those from India and Pakistan for the first time. China dispatches more than 700 troops.

: China opens Kazan Consulate General, the sixth in Russia (others are in Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, St Petersburg. and Khabarovsk). The Kazan office covers 14 regions of the Volga Federal District.

: China’s defense minister reveals that 3,200 Chinese troops, 30 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, and more than 900 pieces of large land equipment will join Russia’s month-long Vostok 2018.

: Russian Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov meets in Moscow with Chinese Ambassador Li Hui.

: Foreign Minister Lavrov meets Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting in Singapore.

:  The fourth International Army Games 2018 are held in Russia. A total of 207 teams from 33 countries join the games.

:   China reportedly receives its first Russian S400 air defense system, becoming the first foreign country to receive the system.

:  The 10th BRICS Summit is held in Johannesburg.

: Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program in Vienna.

: Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou and Russian counterpart Igor Morgulov co-chair the Russian-Chinese Regular Dialogue on Northeast Asia Security.

: Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov meets China’s Special Envoy for the Middle East Gong Xiaosheng on the sidelines of the BRICS consultative meeting on the Middle East and North Africa in Pretoria. They discuss Syria and agree to closely coordinate approaches and practical steps in a national capacity and within BRICS to contribute to the peace, security, and development of the Middle East and North Africa.

:  China hosts 18th annual SCO Summit in Qingdao. Heads of state issue the Qingdao Declaration and a “Joint Statement of SCO Member States for Streamlining Trade Procedures.” They approve a five-year plan for implementing the “Treaty on Good-Neighborly Relations, Friendship and Cooperation between the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.”

: President Putin visits China for a state visit and to participate in the SCO Summit.

:  Moscow hosts the 22nd session of Joint Russian-Chinese Border Commission.

:  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Pretoria prior to the BRICS foreign ministerial meeting.

: SCO’s first “Model SCO-2018” Youth Conference is held in Beijing.

: SCO’s first Media Summit is held in Beijing.

:   Beijing hosts fourth Sino-Russian Think Tank Senior Forum (中俄智库高端论坛) “Russia and China: Cooperation in a new era” co-sponsored by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Russia’s Council of International Affairs. Retired Chinese senior diplomat Dai Bingguo, former Russian Foreign Minister Ivanov and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov join the forum.

:   Beijing hosts second meeting of SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group at the level of deputy foreign ministers.

:   First SCO Forum of Political Parties is held in Zhenzhen, China.

: President Putin meets Vice President Wang Qishan at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Wang delivered a speech at the forum.

:  Second SCO-Afghan Liaison Group meeting (at the deputy foreign ministerial level) is held in Beijing.

:  SCO anti-terror meeting is held in Islamabad. India sent a delegation.

:   Moscow hosts 16th Trilateral Academic Conference on “RIC: Opportunities and Challenges in the Context of International Changes and Dynamics of Bilateral Relations.” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov meets conference participants.

: Thirteenth meeting of SCO National Security Council Secretaries held in Beijing.

: Eighth Meeting of Heads of the SCO Member States’ Counter-Narcotics Agencies is held in Tianjin.

: Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) holds first Women Forum in Beijing.

: Astana and Almaty (Kazakhstan) host 38th session of the Joint Control Group monitoring implementation of the Agreement between Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan, Russia, Tajikistan and China on Confidence Building in the Military Field in the Border Area (1996) and the Agreement on Mutual Reductions of Armed Forces in the Border Area (1997).

: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov meets Chinese Ambassador Li Hui in Moscow.

: Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as Russian president for the fourth time since 2000.

: An “International Conference on Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism” is held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

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