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East Asia Digest | March 2020

MARCH 2020 | VOL 02 ISSUE 02 | MONTHLY


H I G H L I G H T S
 


• Overview 
• Developments in China
• Developments in Japan

• Developments in South Korea

• Developments in Hong Kong
 

 

I Overview

China:

• President Xi visits Wuhan
• China’s Propaganda Machinery in full swing on Corona Virus
• Xi Jinping speaks on telephone with UN Secretary General
• China issues Report on Human Rights Situation in the U.S.


Japan:

• Latest statistics on Corona Virus
• Tokyo Olympic Games

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I Overview

China:

• Outbreak of the Corona Virus
• President Xi Jinping visits Myanmar
• India – China Trade down in 2019 as compared with 2018
• China’s Great Wall Motors to buy GM plant
• Huawei permitted to participate in 5G trials in India


Japan:

• Japan confirms 3 new cases of corona virus
• PM Abe considering Moscow visit in May
• Former Emperor Akihito Collapses and Loses Consciousness


Hong Kong:

• 10 cases of corona virus in HK


The US – China Trade and Technology War:
 
• Phase – 1 Deal ma

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East Asia Digest | July 2019

Overview

Japan:

G-20 Summit
• Japan-USA-India (JAI) interaction at Osaka

China:

• Russia-India-China (RIC) Trilateral Summit Meeting at Osaka
• BRICS Leaders Meeting at Osaka
• Hong Kong
• Next India-China Informal Summit

DPR Korea (North Korea)

Chinese President Xi visits Pyongyang
• President Trump meets Kim Jong-un at the DMZ

The US – China Trade and Technology War

Negotiations Resume

 

Developments in Japan 

G-20 Summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hosted the 14th G-20 Summit at Osaka

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East Asia Digest | December 2019

I Overview

Japan:

• India – Japan Annual Summit Postponed
• PM Abe to visit China for Trilateral Summit
• PM Abe to meet South Korean President Moon


China:

• 22nd Round of Special Representatives meeting on Boundary Issues held
• China’s attempt to raise Kashmir again at UN Security Council thwarted
• Macau marks 20th anniversary of return to China
• Annual Central Economic Work Conference held


Hong Kong:

• HK protests continue


The US – China Trade and Technology War:
 
• Phase – 1 Trade Deal in s

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East Asia Digest | November 2019

I Overview

Japan:

• Japanese PM Abe to visit India in December for Annual Summit
• Japan-South Korea decode to continue with their bilateral GSOMIA
• Japan hosts G-20 Foreign Ministers Meeting

China:

• Fourth Plenum of 19th Central Committee held at Beijing
• US Vice President Spence elaborates on US Policy towards China
• India and China announce 70 activities to mark the 70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations

Hong Kong:

• Huge victory for pro-democracy candidates in District Council Elections

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East Asia Digest | October 2019

I Overview

Japan:

• Enthronement of Japanese Emperor Naruhito
• Typhoon Hagibis hits Japan

China:

• 2nd India-China Informal Summit at Mamallapuram
• Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s visit to China
• Chinese President Xi visits Nepal

  • 9th Xiangshan Forum held at Beijing


Hong Kong:

• Protest and Violence continue in Hong Kong
• HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam visited Japan for the Enthronement Ceremony

The US – China Trade and Technology War

• A ray of light in the trade and technology war


II Developments in

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East Asia Digest | September 2019

I Overview
 

Japan:

• Malabar Naval Exercise 2019
• Meeting of Quad Foreign Ministers
• Consumption Tax Hike Comes into effect

China:

• China celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic
• Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi refers to Kashmir in his UNGA speech
• President Xi Jinping of China slated to visit India for 2nd Informal Summit

North Korea:

• North Korea tests an apparent SLBM

Hong Kong:

• Protests continue and mar Chinese National Day

The US – China Trade W

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East Asia Digest | August 2019

Overview

Japan:

• Japan-South Korea Relations Deteriorate

China:

• China's Reaction to Revocation of Article 370
• Visit to China of EAM Dr. Jaishankar
• Hong Kong
• Taiwan

The US – China Trade and Technology War


• Differences Persist Despite Discussions

 

Developments in Japan 

Japan- South Korea Relations Deteriorate

Over the past few months, relations between Japan and South Korea have taken a sharp downturn and last week the South Korean government announced that it was withdrawing from an

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East Asia Digest | June 2019

Overview

China:

• China hosts Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations
• President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia
• Protests in Hong Kong
• PM Modi and President Xi meet in Bishkek

Japan:

• US President Trump visits Japan
• PM Abe visits Iran

The US – China Trade War

Developments in China 

China hosts Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations

In the backdrop of the US-China trade and technology conflict, with a view to negating the Huntington theory of a ‘clash of civilizations’, China

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East Asia Digest | May 2019

Overview

China:

• 2nd Belt and Road Forum
• Listing of Masood Azhar at the UN
• US-China Trade War Shifts into Higher Gear
• Indian Navy Participates in the 70th Anniversary Celebrations of PLA Navy (PLAN) at Qingdao

Japan:

• New Reiwa Era Begins
• Navies of Japan, India, US and Philippines Demonstrate Joint Presence in the South China Sea

DPR Korea (North Korea):

• North Korea Launches Two Short-Range Missiles

Developments in China 

2nd Belt and Road Forum

China hosted the 2nd Belt and Road For

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About the Author

Ambassador Gautam Bambawale

Former Ambassador of India to China and Distinguished Fellow, Ananta Centre

Ambassador (Retd) Gautam Bambawale was a member of the Indian Foreign Service from 1984 to 2018. He was India’s Ambassador to Bhutan, Pakistan and China.

Bambawale was stationed in Washington DC in 2004-07 during the Indo-US nuclear deal which transformed ties between the two countries. He has been India’s first Consul General in Guangzhou (China) 2007-09. He was Director of the Indian Cultural Centre, Berlin 1994-98.

Ambassador Bambawale worked in the Prime Minister’s Office 2002-04. At the Ministry of External Affairs he was Joint Secretary for East Asia from 2009-2014. Bambawale has dealt with China for 15 years of his 34 year diplomatic career. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and German.

Ambassador Bambawale is currently Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Symbiosis International University, Pune and teaches a course on Diplomacy and International Governance at the Symbiosis School of International Studies. He has an M.Phil. in Economics from the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune.