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I. Multilateral - Governmental/Track I Meetings

  1. 30th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting
  2. 30th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting
  3. 4th ASEAN Regional Forum
  4. 30th ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (AMM/PMC)
  5. 1st Northeast Asia Military-to-Military Security Dialogue
  6. Meeting of Heads of Defence Colleges of ASEAN-ARF Member Countries on Asia-Pacific Security Issues
  7. ARF Intersessional Group on CBMs (ISG on CBMs)
  8. 2nd ASEAN Informal Summit
  9. East Asian Summit Meeting
  10. ARF Search and Rescue Coordination and Cooperation Planners and Officials Conference

  1. 30th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting. Subang Jaya, Malaysia, July 21-22.
  2. 30th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting. Subang Jaya, Malaysia, July 24-25. The ASEAN Foreign Ministers implemented the decisions of the First ASEAN Informal Summit held in Jakarta on November 30, 1996 and welcomed the admission of Laos and Myanmar into ASEAN. Areas of discussion included political and security cooperation; regional and international issues; economic cooperation; international economic issues; functional cooperation; external relations.
  3. 4th ASEAN Regional Forum. Subang Jaya, Malaysia, July 27. Attended by all 21 ARF participants and the Secretary General of ASEAN. Issues discussed included the overall security environment in the Asia Pacific region; confidence building arrangements; expansion of ASEAN membership; developing positive relations among China, Japan, Russia and USA; SEANWFZ Treaty; Chemical Weapons Convention; anti-personnel landmines; CTBT; nuclear non-proliferation; disarmament; managing potential conflict in South China Sea; situation in Cambodia; developments in the Korean Peninsula; transboundary movement of nuclear waste. Reports of Track I and Track II activities for the inter-sessional year were presented and the program of work for the inter-sessional year of July 1997 - July 1998 were discussed. The Ministers exchanged views on the future direction of the ARF process and on the relationship between confidence building and preventive diplomacy. The 5th ARF will be held on July 27, 1998 in Manila, Philippines.
  4. 30th ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (AMM/PMC). Subang Jaya, Malaysia, July 28-29. This 9+10 meeting was attended by the ASEAN countries and Australia, Canada, China, EU, India, Japan, New Zealand, ROK, Russia and USA.
  5. 1st Northeast Asia Military-to-Military Security Dialogue. Moscow, October 4. Jointly organized by the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies. Attended by senior military officers from China, Japan, ROK, Russia and USA. Topics of discussion included cooperative regional security, military transparency, information accessibility, CBMs, security concerns of the participant nations. Contact: John Endicott, CISTP, e-mail: john.endicott@inta.gatech.edu, web site: http://www.inta.gatech.edu/cistp/main.html
  6. Meeting of Heads of Defence Colleges of ASEAN-ARF Member Countries on Asia-Pacific Security Issues. Manila, October 7-8. Attended by the national defence colleges representatives and defence ministry officials in the absence of a defence college. Contact: Colonel Igilacto Illenberger, fax: 632-911-1052.
  7. ARF Intersessional Group on CBMs (ISG on CBMs). Brunei, November 4-6.
  8. 2nd ASEAN Informal Summit. Malaysia, December 14-16. This informal summit was an occasion to commemorate ASEANÕs 30th Anniversary. The meeting reviewed the decisions taken at the 1st ASEAN Informal Summit held in November 1996 which include the ASEAN Vision 2020, the ASEAN Foundation, ASEAN Mekong Basin Development Cooperation. Other discussion topics included the realization of ASEAN-10, Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone Treaty, Intra-ASEAN trade, ASEAN cooperation on the facilitation of goods in transit, globalization, ASIATOM, water, transnational crime.
  9. East Asian Summit Meeting. Kuala Lumpur, December 15-16. Hosted by ASEAN. This first-ever summit meeting among the 9-member ASEAN, China, Japan and ROK. A joint statement was issued. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Daily Report on November 13, December 3, December 19. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org, web site: http://www.nautilus.org/)
  10. ARF Search and Rescue Coordination and Cooperation Planners and Officials Conference. Singapore, December 15-17.