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China:

  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Visits China
  • Premier Li Keqiang’s warning on the state of China’s Economy
  • China’s Economy in Trouble
  • Zero Covid policy is being discreetly criticized

Japan:

  • 2nd Physical Quad Meeting held in Tokyo
  • Indo – Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) for Prosperity launched at Tokyo

South Korea:

  • Yoon Suk-yeol sworn in as new President of the Republic of Korea
  • President Biden visits South Korea

North Korea: 

  • Upsurge in Covid cases in North Kore
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China:

  • Serious outbreak of Covid in Shanghai
  • Chinese Provinces and Cities discourage travel during May-day holidays
  • Three Chinese nationals killed in terrorist attack in Karachi

Japan:

  • PM Kishida to embark on major foreign tour
  • Japanese Government unveils Yen 6.2 trillion economic package
  • US President Biden expected to visit Japan on 22-24 May

South Korea:

  • US President Biden to visit South Korea on 20-22 May
  • Samsung Electronics profit jumps 51% in Q1
  • LG Electronics reports recor
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China:

  • Government Work Report presented at Two Sessions
  • Foreign Minister Wang Yi holds press conference during the Two Sessions. Talks about India – China Relations
  • China’s Military Budget to reach $229 billion in 2022
  • China’s position on Ukraine issue

Japan:

  • Japan expresses concern about China’s military build up
  • Japan imposes more sanctions on Russia
  • Former PM Shinzo Abe makes some critical suggestions post Ukraine crisis
  • Japan PM Kishida visited India on 19 – 20 March

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China:

  • U.S. announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics
  • China launches 2 satellites into space
  • Income Tax Department launches investigations into several Chinese firms
  • Central Economic Work Conference held
  • China’s aircraft carriers conduct drills and training simultaneously

Japan:

  • Japan’s Cabinet passes 107.60 trillion Yen budget for fiscal 2022
  • Japan – U.S. 2+2 dialogue on 7 January
  • Japan too endorses diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

South Korea:

  • Presid
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China:

  • Communist Party of China holds the 6th Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee 
  • India – China trade crosses US $ 100 billion in 2021
  • China does not attend Delhi Meet on Afghanistan
  • Russia – India – China (RIC) Foreign Ministers Meeting
  • President Biden and President Xi hold a virtual Summit

Japan:

  • PM Kishida calls for 3% pay hikes
  • Japan to increase military spending by US $ 7 billion
  • Japan weighs release of oil reserves to tame prices
  • Japan establishes an Economic Secu
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China:

  • 6th Plenary Session to be held 8 – 11 November 2021 
  • New Provincial Party chiefs appointed
  • China’s Q3 GDP grows at 4.9%
  • 13th round of India – China Corps Commanders talks on disengagement do not produce any result
  • China protests Vice President Naidu’s visit to Arunachal
  • Bhutan – China MOU on 3-step Road Map to Advance Boundary Negotiations
  • China tests a nuclear hypersonic missile

Japan:

  • PM Fumio Kishida wins majority in Diet
  • Kishida pledges to double Japan’s defense spendin
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China:

  • 13th BRICS Summit held 
  • SCO Leaders Summit held in Dushanbe
  • Newly promoted General given charge of Western Theatre Command
  • China to protect rights of gig workers
  • EAM Jaishankar met Chinese FM Wang Yi on sidelines of SCO Summit at Dushanbe

Japan:

  • Kishida wins LDP leadership race
  • Princess Mako to marry on 26 October
  • Japan’s Q2 GDP grows 1.3%
  • Japan – Europe space mission captures first photos of Mercury

South Korea:

  • South Korea tests a SLBM
  • Korea’s global battery market shar
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China:

  • Xi Jinping’s focus on “common prosperity” and attack on Chinese firms
  • Indian and Chinese Troops Disengage at Gogra
  • China Backs Afghanistan’s Taliban Government
  • Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Dasu Attack

Japan:

  • PM Suga announces he will not seek leadership of LDP
  • Japan successfully hosts the Olympic Games
  • Japan – Vietnam sign defense transfer deal
  • Japan plans a 2.6 % increase in defense spending

South Korea:

  • South Korea establishes Task Force to expand space capa
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China:

  • Xi Jinping’s Address on the 100th Anniversary of the Communist Party of China
  • EAM Jaishankar meets Chinese FM Wang Yi in Dushanbe on sidelines of a SCO meeting
  • General Secretary Xi Jinping Visits Tibet
  • PM Modi greets Dalai Lama on his 86th birthday
  • China Rejects WHO attempts to re-open investigation into Chinese laboratories
  • What do Didi Chuxing’s troubles indicate?
  • China’s GDP grows well in H1 but underlying slowdown in growth is apparent
  • 9 Chinese workers killed in Pakistan
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China:

  • ​New Museum of the Communist Party of China inaugurated for Centenary Celebrations
  • Rumors of a defection from China’s Ministry of State Security
  • Bytedance revenues double in 2020
  • China criticizes G-7 statements and comments
  • Anniversary of Galwan marked in India
  • China gives 1 billion doses of vaccine against Covid-19

Japan:

  • Japan ratifies RCEP
  • Japan reached target of 1 million vaccine doses in a day
  • Japan’s population falls to 126.22 million in 2020
  • Japanese household assets
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China:

  • ​2020 Census shows China’s population growth close to Zero
  • State Council releases a new White Paper on Tibet​​​​​
  • Bytedance founder Zhang Yiming to step down as CEO
  • Xi Jinping’s “New Development Stage” contribution to Marxist Thought
  • Yuan Longping, Father of Hybrid Rice Passes Away

Japan:

  • Different views in Japan on holding Olympics
  • Japan administers Moderna vaccine for the first time
  • Japan considers halting economic aid to Myanmar

South Korea:

  • South Korean President Moon
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China:

  • ​71st Anniversary of Establishment of India – China Diplomatic Relations
  • National Security Education Day marked in China​​​​​
  • Xi Jinping inaugurates the Boao Conference
  • China’s Economy Expands

Japan:

  • ​PM Suga visits The White House
  • Few domestic travelers in Japan’s Golden Week
  • Japan’s Opposition Speaks Up Against Holding Olympics
  • Japan to approve Moderna Vaccine soon

South Korea:

  • President Moon Jae-in to visit U.S. on May 21
  • Cardinal Cheong passes away
  • Lee Jae-yong inheri
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China:

  • ​Main Developments at the “Two Sessions”
  • FM Wang Yi’s response to question on India – China Relations​​​​​
  • China’s Reaction to the Quad Summit
  • China – U.S. 2+2 at Anchorage, Alaska
  • China’s Economy Performing Well

Japan:

  • ​U.S. – Japan 2+2 dialogue held at Tokyo
  • Japan – Indonesia 2+2 Dialogue 
  • Japan joins the U.S. in Expressing Dissatisfaction on WHO Report on Covid Origins
  • Japan’s Economy Shrinks in 2020

South Korea:

  • U.S. – South Korea 2+2 Meeting
  • South Korean Defense Mini
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China:

  • India – China begin disengaging in one sector of Ladakh
  • China publicly admits that 4 soldiers including an officer of the PLA died at Galwan on 15 June 2020
  • Biden has telephone conversation with Xi but meeting of Quad Foreign Ministers also takes place
  • China prepares for its annual Parliament meeting or “Two Sessions”
  • US Navy ship sails through Taiwan Strait; China says this undermines stability

Japan:

  • Japan appoints a Minister for Loneliness
  • Seiko Hashimoto takes charge of
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China:

• CPC Politburo Meets
• President Xi’s speech at Davos
• WHO Team in China to Study the New Corona Virus
• EAM Jaishankar says India – China Relations are at a Crossroad
• India – China Standoff at Ladakh Continues

Japan:

• Flurry of phone conversations between senior leaders of Japan and US
• PM Suga addresses the World Economic Forum at Davos
• Unemployment increased significantly in 2020 in Japan
• Japan urges China to ensure new Coast Guard Law does not violate intern

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China:

• Politburo meets on economic work for 2021
• Central Economic Work Conference Held
• Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng clarifies on “Wolf Warrior Diplomacy”
• FM Wang Yi takes stock of China’s Diplomacy for 2021
• EAM Jaishankar says India – China ties have been “significantly damaged”
• India issues a National Security Directive on Telecom Sector

Japan:

• Japan sets record US $ 52 billion military budget
• Quad consultations take place to further decisions taken at FM le

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China:

• 5th Plenary Session of Central Committee of CPC held
• China’s Reaction to Malabar Naval Exercises
• India – China Border Imbroglio Continues
• G-20, SCO and BRICS Summits held virtually – PM Modi and Xi both attend

Japan:

• Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Tokyo
• Japanese start-up Ispace Inc. to design lunar landers for NASA
• Japan’s Consumer Prices fall at fastest rate in October 2020
• Australia and Japan conclude Reciprocal Access Agreement

South Korea:

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China:

• China’s Politburo holds Study Session on Quantum Science and Technology
• China posts good economic results for Q3
• China to impose sanctions on US firms selling arms to Taiwan
• 5th Plenary Session of Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee meeting in Beijing
• India – China border faceoff continues

Japan:

• Quad Foreign Ministers meet at Tokyo
• External Affairs Minister Jaishankar meets his Japanese counterpart
• PM Suga delivers policy speech at opening of spec

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China:

• Foreign Ministers meet at Moscow
• Local Commanders meet at Chushul/Moldo
• China – EU Summit held
• TikTok arrives at agreement with Oracle

Japan:

• PM Abe steps down; Suga takes over as new PM
• PM Modi speaks telephonically with PM Suga
• Senior Officials of Quad meet virtually
• PM Suga holds telephone conversation with Chinese President Xi
• PM Suga addresses the UN General Assembly

Hong Kong:

• Human rights situation in HK comes up at UN Human Rights Council

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China:

• Industrial output rises in July
• India – China border situation continues to fester
• Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign against the police in China
• Pakistan FM Qureshi visits counterpart Wang Yi in China

Japan:

• Japan is warned by China not to ban TikTok
• Japan marks 75th Anniversary of atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
• Japanese shipping firm considers compensation for Mauritius oil spill
• Shinzo Abe becomes Japan’s longest continuously serving PM

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About the Author

Ambassador Gautam Bambawale

Former Ambassador of India to Bhutan,
China and High Commissioner to Pakistan and Distinguished Visiting Fellow- AC

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.