Japan - China

Chronology from Apr 2010 to Jul 2010

: FM Okada tells a press conference that G8 membership should be based on a commitment to democracy and shared values.

: PM Kan meets President Hu on sidelines of G20 Summit in Toronto.

: Upper House of the Diet passes legislation identifying Okinotorishima and Minamitorishima as “special distant islands” as preparations are advanced to begin construction of port facilities to strengthen Japan’s EEZ claims.

: PM Kan attends G8 in Toronto and proposes inviting China to attend future G8 meetings.

: Japan’s National Tourist Organization reports 600,000 Chinese citizens visited Japan between January-May, an increase of 36 percent over 2009.

: Yonagumi town assembly discusses possible deployment of Self-Defense Forces (SDF) forces to the island.

: Toyota Motor hit by strike at its Guangzhou assembly plant; a labor agreement reached on June 25.

: Kan tells Upper House that he has no intention to visit Yasukuni Shrine while prime minister and that constitutional reform not a pressing issue.

: Tokyo announces the appointment of Niwa Uichiro as ambassador to China.

: Workers at Toyota affiliate Toyota Gosei go on strike in Tianjin.

: PM Kan makes his initial policy speech to Diet. He casts the US-Japan alliance as the cornerstone of Japan’s diplomacy; relations with China included with other states of Asia.

: Kan government takes office.

: Workers at Honda Motors affiliate Yutaka Giken go on strike in Guangzhou.

: Kan Naoto is elected as Japan’s new prime minister.

: PM Hatoyama resigns.

: Hatoyama government releases policy statement on his concept of an East Asia Community, saying that US involvement as vital.

: Japan’s Foreign Ministry releases a poll of US opinion leaders in which China topped Japan as the most important partner in Asia for the US – 56 percent to 36 percent. In a poll of the general public, Japan and China tied at 44 percent.

: Premier Wen visits Japan and meets PM Hatoyama in Tokyo; Wen commits to early negotiations on East China Sea.

: Japan, China, and ROK summit is held in Jeju, ROK.

: Taiwanese ship enters Japan’s EEZ in Senkaku island chain to assert Taiwan sovereignty claim.

: Japan, China, and ROK trade ministers meet in Seoul to discuss regional economic cooperation.

: Japan,China, and South Korean environment ministers meet in Hokkaido.

: Japanese Consulate in Qingdao is informed by Chinese Customs authorities that a Japanese national has been detained on charges related to the possession of illegal drugs.

: Foreign ministers of Japan, China, and ROK meet in Gyeongju Korea. During a bilateral Japan-China meeting Okada challenges China’s efforts at nuclear arms reduction.

: FM Okada says it is necessary to carefully monitor the development of China’s nuclear and naval power.

: Premier Wen Jiabao meets a visiting Keidanren delegation and expresses hope for the conclusion of China-Japan-ROK FTA.

: Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou expresses hopes for conclusion of Taiwan-Japan FTA.

: Japan announces that it will accept less than 50 percent share of investment in Shirakaba/Chunxiao natural gas field.

: Japan decides to ease visa requirements for individual Chinese tourists. The change will take effect July 1.

: Japan, China, and South Korea hold a working level discussion on a trilateral free trade agreement (FTA) in Seoul.

: Taiwanese fishing trawler enters Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

: China’s Vice President Xi Jinping meets a visiting delegation from the Diet’s Japan-China Friendship League.

: Asahi Shimbun poll finds 67 percent of respondents are opposed to amending Article 9 of Japan’s constitution.

: Japan Pavilion opens at Shanghai Exposition.

: Japanese Foreign Ministry issues web-site warning to travelers visiting China about the potential death penalty for involvement in drug smuggling.

: China’s Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua suggests Japan’s surveillance of PLA Navy’s training exercises indicates a lack of trust on the part of Japan.

: Japan’s Ministry of Defense announces Chinese helicopter approached a Japanese destroyer conducting surveillance activities.

: Foreign Minister (FM) Okada Katsuya acknowledges that Hatoyama did not raise helicopter incident with Hu.

: Kyodo News Service reports the Hatoyama government’s intention to encourage Chinese tourists by easing regulations for individual Chinese visitors.

: Minister of Defense Kitazawa Toshimi announces April 10 transit of PLA Navy.

: PM Hatoyama and President Hu Jintao meet in Washington on sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit.

: PLA Navy ships transit in international waters between Okinawa’s main island and Miyakojima and conduct training exercises through April 23.

: People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy ships conduct training exercises in East China Sea.

: Executions of the Japanese drug smugglers are carried out in China.

: PM Hatoyama Yukio meets journalists attending a Japan-China journalist conference in Tokyo and exchanges views on Japan-China war and history

: Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Kan Naoto in Beijing expresses Japan’s concerns over executions; participates in Japan-China Finance Dialogue.

: China alerts Japan to the pending executions of four Japanese nationals convicted of drug smuggling.

: Senior Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Foreign Ministry officials meet in Jeju, South Korea to advance trilateral foreign ministers’ meeting.

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