Japan - China
Chronology from Jan 2014 to May 2014
: Gov. Masuzoe briefs PM Abe on Beijing meetings.
: PRC Vice Environment Minister Li Ganjie, and ROK and Japanese Environment Ministers Yoon Seong-kyu and Ishihara Nobuteru hold 16th trilateral Environment Ministers Meeting in Daegu, Korea.
: Gov. Masuzoe meets with Tang Jiaxuan, former state councilor and chairman of the China-Japan Friendship Committee.
: Mitsui settles Baosteel Emotion ship impoundment for about ¥4 billion.
: Tokyo Gov. Masuzoe Yoichi visits Beijing.
: China-ROK-Japan Northeast Asia Trilateral Forum, sponsored by Xinhua, JoongAng Ilbo, and Nikkei, opens in Jiangsu province, China.
: One hundred forty-six Diet members, including two Cabinet members, visit Yasukuni Shrine.
: Spring festival at Yasukuni Shrine; Abe does not visit, electing to send plant offering instead.
: Adm. Kawano Katsutoshi and Adm. Wu Shengli hold 15-minute conversation at Western Pacific Naval Symposium in Qingdao.
: Shanghai Court approves seizure of Mitsui ship Baosteel Emotion in commercial dispute dating to 1930s.
: China-ROK-Japan International Forum for the Trilateral Cooperation 2014 is held in Seoul.
: Foreign Minister Wang tells reporters that China’s door to dialogue on issues related to the Diaoyu Islands, the South China Sea is open.
: Japanese and Chinese business leaders meet in Tokyo; discussions focus on economic cooperation.
: Hu Deping son of Hu Yaobang and confidant of President Xi visits Japan and meets PM Abe.
: Japanese Ministry of Education announces new textbooks for 2015 that will include references to territorial issues related to Senkakus and Takeshima.
: Abe Cabinet approves Japan’s 2014 Diplomatic Blue Book.
: Kyodo reports that Nanjing government is considering registration as cultural sites buildings used as comfort stations.
: PM Abe government revises Japan’s Three Principles on Arms Exports.
: President Xi Jinping raises Nanjing Massacre in Berlin speech.
: Chinese defense officials attend international PKO symposium in Tokyo.
: Foreign Minister Kishida tells Upper House that reported Chinese court decision to hear suit for wartime compensation for forced labor would cast deep shadow on bilateral relations and open door to similar legal proceedings. He says the suit lacks legal standing because all issues related to reparations had been settled at time of normalization.
: Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga tells reporters the Kono Statement will stand.
: Chinese and North Korean representatives unite to criticize PM Abe’s handling of the comfort women issue as well as his visit to Yasukuni Shrine.
: PM Abe tells Upper House Budget Committee that he is not thinking of revising the Kono Statement and that his government will continue to hold to the Murayama Statement will not be revised.
: Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga tells reporters that regardless of the findings of the review panel, the government will maintain the Kono Statement.
: Foreign Minister Wang Yi in press conference during NPC that China has no room for compromise on issues related to history or sovereignty.
: Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary General Ishiba Shigeru calls for Asia NATO to deal with China’s increasing defense budget and US declining influence.
: Premier Li Keqiang tells opening session of the NPC that China will oppose any attempts to reverse the course of history.
: China announces 12.2 percent defense spending increase to $132 billion.
: During Lower House meeting, PM Abe acknowledges that Japan had caused suffering and damages to the people of Asia during World War II; reaffirms his government shares views of previous governments with respect to Kono and Murayama Statements.
: Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide appoints a research panel to review the Kono Statement.
: Sankei Shimbun reports China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) is considering Sept. 3, Victory over Japan, and Dec. 13, Nanjing Massacre, as national holidays.
: Former PM Murayama tells Japan’s National Press Club that Kono Statement should not be reviewed.
: Thirty-seven Chinese plaintiffs file suit in Beijing Court for compensation for wartime forced labor under the Japanese.
: Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio releases Japan’s 2014 Overseas Development Assistance White Paper emphasizing increased aid to Africa and Southeast Asia.
: Former Prime Minister Murayama Tomiichi tells a Seoul audience that his Murayama Statement should not be revised.
: China’s ambassador to the UK accuses Japan of raising tensions in Asia and shutting the door to dialogue.
: Former Minister of Defense Morimoto Satoshi calls for close cooperation with the US to counter China’s repeated challenges to Japan’s sovereignty in the Senkakus.
: Hyakuta Naoki, member of NHK Board of Governors, denies Nanjing Massacre.
: Japan’s National Institute for Defense Studies issues 2014 China Security Report.
: Japanese Ministry of Education issues instructions and textbooks to teach that Senkakus are part of Japan’s sovereign territory.
: In a policy address to the Diet, PM Abe calls for the return to a mutually beneficial strategic relationship with China and greater transparency in China’s military budget. He announces that Japan will firmly deal with incursion of Chinese ships in the Senkakus and will never yield to attempts to change the status quo by force.
: Reports of PM Abe’s remarks at Davos suggest that he raised possibility of conflict between China and Japan, drawing parallel with UK and Germany prior to World War I.
: China opens a shrine in Harbin railroad station to honor Korean resistance leader Ahn Jung-geun who assassinated Ito Hirobumi, Japan’s governor general of Korea in 1909.
: Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui says the Senkakus belong to Japan.
: China announces plans to construct 20 new Coast Guard ships.
: China’s General Customs Administration releases 2013 trade statistics, indicating that trade with Japan declined 5.1 percent over 2012 to $312 billion.
: Through Japanese Embassy in Beijing, China asks for the postponement of young media leader exchange; On, Feb. 24 proposes rescheduling to March.
: Top executives of Keidanren, Japan Chamber of Commerce, and Japan Association of Corporate Executives call on PM Abe in a joint press conference to quickly improve relations with China and South Korea.
: New Komeito’s Secretary General Inoue Yoshihisa calls on PM Abe to improve relations with China.
: PM Abe holds first press conference of 2014 and acknowledges difficulties in relations with China; calls for dialogue with Beijing.
: PM Abe visits Isei Shrine.
: Jiji Press reports that maps issued by the Chinese government from 1949 until July 1971 make no reference to the Diaoyu Islands.