Japan - China

Chronology from Jan 2012 to May 2012

:   Tokyo Metropolitan Government opens an account at Mizuho Bank to allow citizens to contribute toward purchase of Senkaku Islands.

:   Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Kono Yohei meets Vice President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

:   Chinese and Japanese citizens plant 1,000 trees in Beijing as part of ceremonies marking 40th anniversary of normalization; Ambassador Niwa and Chairman of the China-Japan Friendship Association Tang Jiaxuan participate.

:   Supra-party delegation of 81 parliamentarians visits the Yasukuni Shrine in advance of Spring Festival; no Cabinet members are among the group.

:   Japan National Tourist Organization reports a 5.7 percent increase in tourists from China in March, a total of 130,000 visitors.

:   China’s Foreign Ministry reiterates China’s claim to the Diaoyu Islands.

:   Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary General Ishihara Nobuteru, son of Tokyo governor, announces postponement of his scheduled visit to China.

:   Tokyo Gov. Ishihara Shintaro announces that the Tokyo Municipal Government is negotiating to purchase three of the privately owned Senkaku Islands.

:   Fixed-wing aircraft of SOAA approaches Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) ship in East China Sea.  China defends the action as being in accordance with international regulations and part of regular flight activities.

:   Japanese, Chinese, and ROK foreign ministers meet in Ningbo, China.

:   Japanese and Chinese foreign ministers meet in Ningbo, China.

:   Japanese and Chinese finance ministers meet in Tokyo.

:   Japanese Foreign Ministry releases its annual Diplomatic Bluebook.

:   Japanese Coast Guard finds two Chinese ships operating within Japan’s contiguous zone in the Senkaku Islands.

:   Xinhua reports an agreement between China’s National Library and Shanghai Transport University to establish a Center for the Study of the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal.

:   Chief Cabinet Secretary Fujimura announces that Japan has registered one of the Senkaku Islands as a national asset.

:   Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Koshiishi Azuma leads a DPJ delegation to Beijing and meets Vice President Xi Jinping and Li Yuancho, head of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee Organization Department.

:   Prime Minister Noda expresses concerns over China’s growing military capabilities in an address to National Defense Academy graduates.

:   Chinese ships Haijan 50 and Haijan 66 enter Japan’s contiguous zone in the Senkaku Islands.

:   Okinawan citizens’ judicial panel indicts, in absentia, Chinese captain of fishing boat involved in September 2010 Senkaku incident.

:   Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Edano Yukio expresses dissatisfaction with China’s protection of trademarks.

:   Foreign Minister Gemba says Japan has no intention to turn China’s restrictions on rare earth exports into a political issue.

:   People’s Daily publishes Prime Minister Noda’s appreciation for China’s assistance following the 2011 tsunami-Fukushima disaster.

: US, EU, and Japan bring China’s restrictions on rare earth exports to the World Trade Organization.

:   Minister of Defense Tanaka announces appointment of Keio University professor and China scholar Kokubun Ryosei to head the National Defense Academy.

:   Kawamura replies that his true meaning was misunderstood and refuses to withdraw remarks.

:   Nanjing authorities state that restoration of official sister-to-sister ties will depend on a Kawamura apology.

:   Foreign Minister Gemba Koichiro finds China’s decision to give names to Senkaku Islands extremely regrettable; announces a diplomatic protest.

:   Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi calls on Japan to understand the sensitivity of history and Diaoyu issues and to manage them appropriately.

: The seventh Korea-Japan-China Senior Foreign Affairs Officials’ Consultation and the first Asian Policy Dialogue are held in Beijing.

:   China announces it has given names to 71 islands, including Diaoyu Islands.

:   Japan gives names to 39 distant islands, including four in the Senkaku Islands; Taiwan protests.

:   Prime Minister Noda calls for Nagoya-Nanjing matter to be resolved quickly in an appropriate manner.

:   Chief Cabinet Secretary Fujimura states that research activities will continue and announces a diplomatic protest.  China says it is dissatisfied with Japan’s unilateral activities.

:   Japan’s National Institute for Defense Studies releases China Security Report.

:   China’s SOAA ship orders Japanese Coast Guard ship to stop research activities.

: “Genki Nihon” exhibition opens in Beijing as part of ceremonies to mark 40th anniversary of normalization.

:   Mayor Kawamura says his remarks on the Nanjing massacre were misunderstood and refuses to withdraw or apologize.  Nanjing says civil exchanges can continue.

:   Nanjing announces temporary suspension of official contact with Nagoya.

:   Leaders of Nagoya-Nanjing sister cities meet in Nagoya; Mayor Kawamura Takashi expresses doubts over Nanjing massacre.

:   Chinese State Oceanic Administration Agency (SOAA) orders a Japanese Coast Guard research ship to cease activities in waters on the Japanese side of Japan’s claimed mid-line boundary in the East China Sea.

:   China and Japan agree to extend until 2022 the final elimination of chemical weapons abandoned in China by the Imperial Army.

:   Ceremonies marking the 40th anniversary of normalization are held in Beijing.

:   Supra-party delegation of Diet members calls on the Japanese government to take measures to strengthen Japan’s effective control over the Senkaku Islands.

:   Japanese Coast Guard ships find Chinese Maritime Fisheries Agency ships operating in Japan’s contiguous zone near the Senkaku Islands.

:  Beijing responds that Tianwaitan gas field is indisputably within Chinese waters.

:   Chief Cabinet Secretary Fujimura states that China’s unilateral development of the East China natural gas fields is unacceptable

:   Tokyo files a diplomatic protest concerning Chinese activities in the Tianwaitan natural gas field.

:   Kyodo reports China’s Maritime Safety Administration plans to increase reconnaissance flights over disputed areas in the East China Sea.

:   People’s Daily proclaims the Diaoyu Islands to be a “core interest” of China.

:   Chief Cabinet Secretary Fujimura announces the government’s intention to give names to Japan’s distant islands, including four in the Senkakus.

:   Japanese and Chinese parliamentarians meet in Beijing for seventh meeting of parliamentary dialogue.

:   China invites Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako to visit China to celebrate the 40th anniversary of normalization.

:   Chief Cabinet Secretary Fujimura Osamu rebukes Consumer Affairs Minister Yamaoka Kenji for remarks on the possible bursting of China’s economic bubble.

:   Four members of Ishigaki Municipal Assembly land on the disputed island of Uotsuri – known to the Chinese as Diaoyu.

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