Japan - China
Chronology from May 2016 to Aug 2016
: Foreign Minister Wang meets Foreign Minister Kishida in Tokyo.
: Foreign Minister Wang meets LDP Secretary General Nikai.
: National Security Advisor Yachi Shotaro meets Premier Li and State Councilor Yang in Beijing.
: 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.
: 200-300 Chinese fishing boats accompanied by Coast Guard ships enter Japan’s contiguous zone near the Senkakus; incursions into Japanese territorial waters ensue.
: Vice Foreign Minister Sugiyama calls in China’s Ambassador Cheng to protest.
: 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.
: China Daily (electronic edition) reports former Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio is appointed to serve on international advisory board of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
: Prime Minister Abe Shinzo meets Premier Li Keqiang during Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Ulaanbaatar.
: 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.