Japan - China

Chronology from May 2016 to Aug 2016

:   National Security Advisor Yachi Shotaro meets Premier Li and State Councilor Yang in Beijing.

: Foreign Minister Wang meets LDP Secretary General Nikai.

: Foreign Minister Wang meets Foreign Minister Kishida in Tokyo.

: Seventy-first anniversary of the end of World War II.

: LDP Secretary General Nikai meets Ambassador Cheng to transmit Japanese concerns with China’s repeated incursions into Japanese territorial waters.

: Foreign Minister Kishida calls in Ambassador Cheng to protest; charges that Chinese actions have led to a marked deterioration in relations.

: Ambassador Yokoi protests Chinese presence in Senkaku Islands.

: Vice Foreign Minister Sugiyama calls in China’s Ambassador Cheng to protest.

: 200-300 Chinese fishing boats accompanied by Coast Guard ships enter Japan’s contiguous zone near the Senkakus; incursions into Japanese territorial waters ensue.

: Abe government approves Defense of Japan 2016 White Paper.  China’s Ministry of National Defense brands paper as “full of lousy clichés.”

: Keizai Doyukai delegation visits Beijing; meets with Tang Jiaxuan, former president of China-Japan Friendship Association.

: Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui visits Japan.

: Foreign Ministers Kishida and Wang meet during ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Vientiane.

: Newly appointed Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Sugiyama Shinsuke visits China, meets Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Yesui.

: Foreign Minister Kishida denies July 12 UNCLOS Arbitral Tribunal ruling affects status of Okinotori Island.

: Prime Minister Abe Shinzo meets Premier Li Keqiang during Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Ulaanbaatar.

: China Daily (electronic edition) reports former Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio is appointed to serve on international advisory board of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

: Permanent Court of Arbitration issues ruling in favor of the Philippines in South China Sea case.

: Sixty-ninth anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge incident; President Xi does not attend ceremonies.

: China’s Ministry of National Defense issues statement charging Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) with using fire-control radar to lock onto Chinese aircraft.

: LDP’s National Defense Committee adopts resolution calling on the government to protest Chinese actions.

: PLA Navy ship enters Japan’s territorial waters.

: People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships enter Japan’s contiguous zone; Vice Minister Saiki Akitaka calls in China’s Ambassador Cheng Yonghua to protest.

: Defense Minister Nakatani Gen at Shangri-La Dialogue, without naming China, calls attention to island construction in the South China Sea.

: Japan’s Foreign Ministry posts pictures of renewed Chinese oil and gas exploration in the East China Sea on its home page.

: Mitsubishi Material Corp. announces apology and compensation for Chinese victims of forced labor in Japan during World War II.

: Institute for Japanese Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences issues 2016 Blue Book Report on Japan; cites Abe government’s security legislation as posing a grave threat to areas surrounding China.

: G7 leaders meet in Ise, Japan and issue statement on maritime security.

: Ambassador Yokoi Yutaka arrives in Beijing.

: Ambassador Kitera Masato holds farewell press conference; expresses hope for future oriented Japan-China relationship.

: LDP-Komeito delegation of Parliamentary Union for Japan-China Friendship visits Beijing.

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