Troubled waters

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 May, 2008, 12:00am

Ups and downs in the Sino-Japanese relationship during the past decade

November 1998

Then-president Jiang Zemin pays state visit to Japan - the first Chinese head of state to do so - and signs joint declaration with then-Japanese prime minister Keizo Obuchi on establishment of 'friendly and cooperative partnership devoted to peace and development'

July 1999

Obuchi visits China

April 2001

Then-Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi comes to power, and his repeated visits to controversial Yasukuni Shrine push Sino-Japanese relations to historic low since normalisation of ties in 1972

October 2001

Koizumi visits Anti-Japanese War Museum in Beijing and apologises for suffering of Chinese victims during second world war

Summer 2004

Japanese soccer players face angry jeers and physical confrontations at Chinese stadiums during Asian Cup finals, prompting foreign ministers to call for restraint

October 2004

First round of Sino-Japanese talks on disputed East China gas fields start in Beijing

March, April 2005

Japanese government?s approval of textbook that whitewashes Japan's involvement in war sparks widespread anti-Japan student protests in cities across mainland

October 2006

Then-Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe makes 'ice-breaking trip' to China

December 2006

First meeting of Sino-Japanese Joint History Research Commission held in Beijing

April 2007

Premier Wen Jiabao visits Japan, and goal of establishing 'mutually beneficial relationship based on common strategic interests' announced

July 2007

The Shenzhen becomes first Chinese warship to visit Japan

December 2007

News of Japanese poisoned by Chinese dumplings laced with pesticide sparks public outcry in Japan over safety and quality of mainland-made goods

December 2007

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda visits China