Japan - China

Chronology from May 2015 to Aug 2015

: Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga criticizes Xinhua article on Aug. 25 as pouring water on recent improvement in Japan-China relations brought about by two summit meetings.

: Foreign Minister Kishida informs Upper House Diplomatic and Defense Committee that Japan has protested Chinese incursions into Japanese territorial waters in the Senkaku Islands.

: Japanese Coast Guard request ¥4.4 billion/$36.3 million for FY 2016 to enhance capabilities to deal with increasing Chinese Coast Guard and fishing boats in Senkaku Islands; Miyakojima Coast Guard Station upgraded to Coast Guard Office.

: Xinhua releases article calling on Japan’s emperor to apologize for the war; Japan lodges diplomatic protest on Aug. 27.

: China announces representatives from 49 countries will attend Sept. 3 victory parade in Beijing.

: Abe government announces that it will not send an official representative to Sept. 3 victory parade; China announces former Prime Minister Murayama will attend.

: Prime Minister Abe tells Upper House Budget Committee that he will not attend Sept. 3 event in Beijing and will postpone visit to China.

: China and Russia conduct joint exercise in the Sea of Japan.

: LDP General Council Chairman Nikai tells reporters that he is confident of an early Japan-China summit; supports “shelving” of Senkaku issue.

: Japan’s Ministry of Defense releases record ¥5,091 trillion/$41 billion budget request for FY 2016.

: Emperor expresses “deep remorse” at the National Day of Remembrance for the War Dead at commemorative ceremonies; Prime Minister Abe attends.

: Anti-Japanese war memorial opens in San Francisco’s Chinatown; two officials of China’s State Council, a former deputy chief of mission at the Chinese embassy in Washington attend the ceremony.

: Prime Minister Abe releases Cabinet statement on the war and the future.

: Advisory Panel on the History of the 20th Century and Japan’s Role in the World Order in the 21st Century submits final report to Prime Minister Abe.

: Foreign Ministers Kishida and Wang meet on the sidelines of the ARF meeting.

: Foreign Minister Wang Yi cautions countries that not parties to the South China Sea dispute to refrain from meddling.

: Chinese boat, crew, and captain taken into custody under suspicion of coral poaching off Nagasaki prefecture; released the following day after paying fine.

: Four PLA aircraft transit in international airspace between Okinawa and Miyakojima; Air Self-Defense Force aircraft scrambles in response.

: China’s Foreign Ministry criticizes Japan for allowing visit of former Taiwan President Lee Teng hui.

: China’s Foreign Ministry calls Japan’s request to stop East China Sea gas exploration “unjustified” and defends China’s actions as “completely appropriate and legal.”

: Abe government releases aerial photos of new Chinese exploration platforms in the East China Sea.

: Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui visits Japan and meets Diet members and Prime Minister Abe.

: Abe Cabinet approves release of Japan’s 2015 Defense White Paper.

: Japan’s Lower House adopts security legislation expanding the definition of the right to collective self-defense.

: Secretary General of Japan’s National Security Council Yachi visits China and meets State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Premier Li Keqiang.

: Japan’s Ministry of Defense announces 114 fighter scrambles against Chinese aircraft in April-June period, an increase of 21 over the January-March period.

: Minister of Defense Nakatani Gen tells Lower House that China’s new oil and gas platforms in East China Sea could have military uses.

: 78th anniversary of Marco Polo Bridge incident is commemorated in China.

: Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide announces protest of China’s unilateral development of oil and gas fields in the East China Sea.

: Prime Minister Abe and Vietnamese Prime Minster Nguyen Tan Dung express concern over Chinese land reclamation in the South China Sea.

: Abe government announces plans to establish special unit dedicated to policing territorial waters, including the Senkakus.

: Chinese Embassy cautions Japan against involvement in South China Sea.

: Japan-Philippines conduct naval exercise off the coast of Palawan in the South China Sea.

: Global Times announces Chinese plans to build large-scale Coast Guard base in Wenzhou.

: Prime Minister Abe Shinzo tells Hong Kong Phoenix TV that Japan will never repeat the disasters of the war.

: Yomiuri Shimbun reports China is building a large coast guard base in Wenzhou, 356 km from the Senkakus.

: China accepts November visit of Japan’s war orphans, the first visit in six years.

: Chinese and Japanese finance ministers meet in Beijing, the first meeting in three years.

:   Chinese and Japanese officials meet in Beijing to discuss cooperation under extradition treaty.

: Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide assails Chinese conduct in creating artificial islands in the South China Sea emphasizing the importance of rule of law.

: China’s MND releases China’s Military Strategy report.

: LDP General Council Chairman Nikai Toshihiro leads 3,000-member delegation of business leaders and Japan-China Friendship organizations to Beijing.

: China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) announces People’s Liberation Air Force (PLAAF) bombers transit in international airspace between Okinawa and Miyakojima for exercises in the western Pacific.

: China, Japan, and ROK hold third counter-terrorism consultations in Beijing.

: China Academy of Social Sciences releases 2014 Japan Blue Book and notes opportunity to improve relations but continuing lack of trust.

: Japan-Philippines hold joint exercises in South China Sea.

: Former Minister of Finance Nukaga Fukushiro visits Beijing and meets Tang Jiaxuan and Zhu Zhensheng, the fourth-ranking member of the Politburo and Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

:   Japanese, Chinese and Korean finance ministers meet in Baku, Azerbajian.

: Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Vice President Komura Masahiko and Komeito deputy leader Kitagawa Kazuo lead supra-party of Japan-China Parliamentarians Friendship Union to Beijing and meet Tang Jiaxuan, head of China-Japan Parliamentarians Friendship Union and Zhang Dejiang, third-ranking member of the Politburo Standing Committee.

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