Japan - China

Chronology from Jan 2013 to May 2013

: Administration Reform Minister Inada Tomomi pays homage at Yasukuni.

: PM Abe declares that Japan will continue to improve ties with China and South Korea and will calmly deal with issues arising from senior political leaders visits to Yasukuni.

: China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson for the first time refers to Diaoyu Islands as being a core interest of China; official transcript later amended to less direct reference.

: Chinese and Japanese defense officials meet in Beijing; Japanese media report that consultations were to focus on maritime communications mechanism.

: PM Abe announces that the government is considering stationing of public servants and construction of ship facilities on the Senkaku Islands in order to strengthen effective management. Abe emphasizes that Japan will not allow foreign intrusions onto the islands.

: Rear Adm. Song Xue announces China’s plans for more aircraft carrier construction.

: Prime Minister (PM) Abe Shinzo in commenting on Murayama Statement says “aggression” has yet to be defined.

: LDP Deputy President Komura, head of the Japan-China Parliamentarians’ Union, cancels visit to China. Chinese counterparts say arranging meetings with President Xi would be difficult.

: Japanese lawmakers and media representatives board ships and depart Ishigaki bound for the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

: Deputy Prime Minister Aso Taro and State Minister for Abductions Furuya Keiji pay homage at Yasukuni Shrine.

: Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Shindo Yoshitaka pays homage at Yasukuni Shrine.

: Keidanren announces postponement of planned May visit to China.

: Former Lower House speaker Kono Yohei visits Beijing and meets Deputy PM Wang Qishang.

: China’s Ministry of National Defense releases its 2013 Defense White Paper, which accuses Japan of stirring up trouble in the Diaoyus; Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seko Hiroshige reasserts Japanese sovereignty and announces government protest.

: PM Abe compares visiting Yasukuni to US presidents visiting Arlington National Cemetery, where Confederate soldiers are buried.

: Japan and Taiwan announce conclusion of a fisheries agreement, allowing Taiwanese ships to operate in Japan’s EEZ near the Senkakus/Diaoyus; Taiwanese authorities agree not to operate inside Japan’s territorial waters.

: Japanese Foreign Ministry releases Diplomatic Blue Book, which reasserts Japanese sovereignty over Senkakus and refers to island issues as a problem that does not exist.

: Japan’s National Institute for Defense Studies releases 2013 East Asian Strategic Review; report finds Chinese actions as causing friction with neighboring countries.

: Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga announces that the prime minister will make an offering of masakaki during the Yasukuni Spring Festival.

: Keidanren delegation meets with Vice President Li Yuanchao.

: Three MSA ships and one ship of the Fisheries Law Enforcement Command patrol Japan’s contiguous zone in the Senkakus.

: Keidanren Chairman Yonekura leads a business delegation to Beijing and meets Vice Minister of Commerce Chen and Tang Jiaxuan; Tang urges Japan to face history squarely; also calls for close economic ties.

: Chinese ships enter Japan’s contiguous zone in the Senkakus/Diaoyus.

: Three MSA ships enter Japan’s territorial waters, the 34th since nationalization of the Senkakus.

: Kyodo News reports Chinese military admit to lock-on of radars; denials are repeated by Chinese Foreign Ministry.

: PM Abe tells the graduating class of the National Defense Academy that Japan faces a crisis of the here and now in the Senkaku Islands and East China Sea.

: Five MSA ships including the Haijian 8002, the newest and largest of its ships, accompanied by two ships of the Fisheries Law Enforcement Command, enter Japan’s contiguous zone in the Senkakus/Diaoyus.

: PM Abe calls judgments of International Military Tribunal for the Far East victors’ justice; China says the findings represent the righteous judgment of the international community.

: FM Yang accuses Japan of illegally seizing and occupying the Diaoyu Islands and of singlehandedly causing the downturn in relations.

: Two Chinese Maritime Surveillance ships sighted within 12 nm of Senkakus/Diaoyus.

: China announces a 10.7 percent increase in defense spending.

: Japanese Coast Guard arrests a Chinese fishing boat captain on suspicion of fishing within its territorial borders, some 27 miles from Miyako Island.

: Chinese ships enter Japan’s contiguous zone and territorial waters in the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

: Chinese ships enter Japanese territorial waters in the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. A Chinese Y-12 aircraft heading toward the islands is intercepted by Japanese F-4J fighters.

: China rejects Japanese claim that their Maritime Surveillance ship, Haijian 66, aimed a machine gun at a Japanese fishing boat on Feb. 18.

: PM Abe delivers policy address to the Diet calling on China to refrain from dangerous actions and use of force to change the status quo.

: Chinese ships enter Japan’s territorial waters in the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

: PM Abe calls for a maritime communications mechanism.

: Keidanren Chairman Yonekura Hiromasa leads a business delegation to Beijing and meets Tang Jiaxuan.

: PM Abe calls for Japan-China summit during a press conference in Washington.

: Washington Post publishes an interview with PM Abe in which he accuses Chinese leadership of stirring up anti-Japanese sentiment to support the Chinese Communist Party’s claim to legitimacy.

: Chinese ships enter Japan’s contiguous zone in the Senkaku/Diaoyu region; Chinese Foreign Ministry explains that ships are conducting routine operations in areas under Chinese jurisdiction.

:  Four Chinese ships enter Japan’s contiguous zone in the Senkaku/Diaoyu region.

: China’s Ministry of Defense rejects the radar lock-on allegation; Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls Japanese allegation a fabrication.

: Prime Minister’s advisory panel on security issues holds its initial meeting; the panel is chaired by former Ambassador to the US Yanai Shunji.

: Director General for Defense Policy Nishi tells LDP legislators that Chinese ships did not aim guns or missiles at the Japanese destroyer when they locked on their radar.

: Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsunobu calls for the resumption of talks on a maritime communications mechanism between Japan and China.

: Defense Minister Onodera Itsunori announces that Chinese warships locked fire-control radars on a Japanese helicopter and destroyer in the East China Sea, in late January.

: Deputy FM Saiki calls in Ambassador Cheng to protest the radar lock-on incident; Cheng declines to accept the protest.

: PM Abe establishes a Planning and Liaison Office for Territorial and Sovereignty Issues in Cabinet Secretariat.

: Head of LDP Policy Research Council Sanae Takaichi tells War Bereaved Families that the prime minister and other senior government officials should be able to visit Yasukuni Shrine.

: Chinese ships enter Japanese territorial waters in Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

: Japanese authorities release the detained Chinese fishing crew.

:   Chinese fishing vessel is detained by Japanese authorities near the Okinawa Prefecture for “unauthorized coral fishing.”

: PLA Deputy Chief of Staff Qi Jiangguo tells US legislators that China will resolve the Diaoyu Islands dispute through diplomacy not use of force.

: Japanese and Taiwanese Coast Guard ships exchange water cannon volleys near the Senkakus/Diaoyus, discouraging a group of Taiwanese activists from landing on the islands to “maintain sovereignty.”

: Komeito Party leader Yamaguchi Natsuo visits Beijing and meets Tang Jiaxuan, FM Yang, Wang Jiarui, head of the Central Committee’s International Department, and President Xi Jinping. He hands Xi a personal letter from PM Abe Shinzo.

: Three MSA ships enter Japanese territorial waters in the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

: Foreign Minister (FM) Kishida Fumio meets US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who states US opposition to any unilateral efforts to undermine Japan’s administration of the Senkaku Islands.

: Former PM Hatoyama visits the Nanjing War Memorial.

: Former Japanese Prime Minister (PM) Hatoyama Yukio visits China and meets Jia Qinglin, chairman of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi; Hatoyama calls for shelving of Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute.

: Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) hold an exercise focused on protecting remote islands; an estimated 11,000 observers watch the exercise.

: China scrambles two J-10 fighters to monitor activities of two JASDF F-15s tracking Chinese aircraft engaged in patrol activities over oil and natural gas fields in the East China Sea.

: Beijing announces its decision to regularize patrols in Diaoyu Islands.

: Chinese ships enter Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Deputy Foreign Minister Saiki Naoko calls in Chinese Ambassador Cheng Yonghua to protest; Cheng refuses to accept the protest.

: Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) fighters scramble as a Chinese Y-12 aircraft approaches the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

: Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide says the Abe government will issue a future-oriented 21st statement in line with the Murayama statement and that the government has no intention of turning Kono statement into a political or diplomatic problem.

: Chinese ships enter Japan’s contiguous zone in Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

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