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I. Governmental/Track I Meetings

  1. ROK-Japan Defense Talks
  2. DPRK-US Talks
  3. Japan-DPRK Talks
  4. Indo-Chinese Joint Working Group Meeting
  5. Japan-US Summit meeting
  6. Russia-PRC Talks

II. Nongovernmental Meetings

  1. Seoul Forum
  2. Problems of Security and Progress
  3. Asia in Transition: Beyond the Miracle
  4. Taiwan in the Asia-Pacific Region
  5. 3rd Franco-Korean Forum
  6. "Recovery from Financial Crisis: Macroeconomic Policy Alternatives for Socially Equitable Growth" Seminar
  7. South Asia: How Can Greater Economic and Other Cooperation be Achieved
  8. ROK-US Marine Forum
  9. ROK-Japan Forum
  10. Meeting with the Seoul Forum

I. Governmental/Track I Meetings

  1. ROK-Japan Defense Talks. Seoul, December 30, 1998-January 1, 1999. Attended by Japanese Defense Minister Hosei Norota and ROK Defense Minister Chun Yong-Taek. Discussion centered on cooperation against the DPRK military threat, with topics including the DPRK rocket launch last August. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Daily Report on January 6, 1999. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org, web site: http://www.nautilus.org/)
  2. DPRK-US Talks. New York, February 27-March 15. Attended by US and DPRK officials. Ambassador Charles Kartman, US Special Envoy for the Korean Peace Talks led the US delegation, and Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan led the DPRK delegation. On the agenda was the Kumchang-ri underground construction site. The two countries reached an agreement on allowing US inspectors to make several visits to the suspected underground site, in return for US aid to the DPRK in increasing potato yields and improvement of political and economic ties between the two countries. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Daily Report on February 26, March 16, 1999. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org, web site: http://www.nautilus.org/)
  3. Japan-DPRK Talks. Singapore, March. The informal talks were attended by senior officials at the Japanese Foreign Ministry and the DPRK's Asia-Pacific Peace Committee. According to a senior Japanese official, the meeting focused on ways to resume negotiations between the two countries on normalization of diplomatic ties, as well as issues related to the DPRK's missile development program. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Daily Report on March 11, 1999. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org, web site: http://www.nautilus.org/)
  4. Indo-Chinese Joint Working Group Meeting. April 26-28. The confidence building talks between India and the PRC are an effort to facilitate better ties between the two nations.
  5. Japan-US Summit meeting. Washington, May 3. Attended by Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi and US President Bill Clinton. The 2 leaders discussed a number of issues, including defense cooperation, reviving the Japanese economy, policy towards the DPRK, and the admittance of the PRC into the WTO. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Daily Report on May 3, 4, 7, 1999. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org, web site: http://www.nautilus.org/)
  6. Russia-PRC Talks. Beijing, May 10. Attended by Russian special presidential representative Viktor Chrnomyrdin, PRC President Jiang Zemin and PRC State Council Chairman Zhu Rongji. The two sides discussed the situation in Kosovo, with Russia seeking PRC support for the Russian position on Yugoslavia. The parties concluded that the US is using NATO in order to subjugate the European Bodies and the UN, and agreed to hold a Russia-PRC summit, possibly in October. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Daily Report on May 18, 1999. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org, web site: http://www.nautilus.org/)

II. Nongovernmental Meetings

  1. Seoul Forum. Seoul, April. Organized by Seoul Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations. Attended by US experts on Korea. The discussions were focused on the future of the DPRK, ROK responses to the DPRK's options on its future, and policy coordination between the ROK and the US on the DPRK. Contact: CRF, fax: 1-212-249-2011
  2. Problems of Security and Progress. Tashkent, Uzbekistan, May 15. Organized by the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies (Uzbekistan). The main theme was the problems of security and progress on the threshold of the twenty-first century, including regional aspects. Contact: Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, fax: 3712-406-565.
  3. Asia in Transition: Beyond the Miracle. Kuala Lumpur, May 28-31. Organized by the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) and University Putra Malaysia, with the support of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. Attended by over 200 students from 40 universities, including Harvard University, Oxford University, Tokyo University, and the National University of Singapore. 15 nations were represented, including Brunei, Canada, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, UK, US, Vietnam. Topics discussed included economic policy and globalization, regional security and the role of ASEAN, the impact of the Asian economic crisis, economic development, confidence building in ASEAN, and economic liberalization. Contact: Ahmad Zaki Zahid, HPAIR, fax: 603-948-3745, e-mail: �A HREF="mailto:hcoc@hotmail.com"�hcoc@hotmail.com�/A�
  4. Taiwan in the Asia-Pacific Region. Paris, June 22. Organized by IFRI/INPR (Institute for National Policy Research--Taipei). Funded by IFRI. About 40 participants from Taiwan and France. Participants were from academic, political and business circles. Issues discussed were The dynamics of the Washington-Beijing-Taipei relations; East-Asian financial crisis; the Performance of Taiwan, Hong Kong and the PRC; Regional security and political implications of the East-Asian financial crisis; Regional and inter-regional co-operation; the role of Taiwan. Contact: Dr. François Godement and Regine Serra, IFRI, fax: 33-1-40-61-6060, e-mail: �A HREF="mailto:serra@ifri.org"�serra@ifri.org�/A�
  5. 3rd Franco-Korean Forum. Seoul, June 25-26. Organized by IFRI/The Korea Foundation. Funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. About 60 participants from Korea and France, coming from political, business and academic circles. Main agenda items were Economy and Trade; Society and Culture; Foreign and domestic policy; Security issues. Contact: Dr. François Godement and Regine Serra, IFRI, Dr. Park Kyoun-Chul (Korean Foundation), fax: 33-1-40-61-6060, e-mail: �A HREF="mailto:serra@ifri.org"�serra@ifri.org�/A�
  6. "Recovery from Financial Crisis: Macroeconomic Policy Alternatives for Socially Equitable Growth" Seminar. Ottawa, September 29. Organized by the North-South Institute. Topics included policy alternatives to foster stabilization and growth, with perspectives on the issue provided by South Africa's Minister of Finance and Chief Economist for the World Bank. Contact: Naomi Harrison, North-South Institute, fax: 613-241-7435, e-mail: �A HREF="mailto:nharriso@nsi-ins.ca"�nharriso@nsi-ins.ca�/A�, website: �A HREF="http://www.nsi-ins.ca/index.html"�http://www.nsi-ins.ca/index.html�/A�
  7. South Asia: How Can Greater Economic and Other Cooperation be Achieved. Wilton Park, October 4-7. Organized by the Wilton Park Conference Centre. Some of the questions addressed included: Can the countries of South Asia cooperate better to maintain peace, achieve sustainable development and poverty alleviation, protect the environment, and increase trade and political links? How can progress be made on intra-regional communications, child labour, the role of women and respect for human rights? What are the prospects and challenges for the future in the light of nuclear proliferation in the region?. Contact: Fiona Fung, Wilton Park Conferences, fax: +44-1903-815931, E-mail: �A HREF="mailto:admin@wiltonpark.org.uk"�admin@wiltonpark.org.uk�/A�
  8. ROK-US Marine Forum. Seoul, October 22-23. Organized by the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI) and the University of Rhode Island (URI). Attended by scholars and researchers from the ROK and the US. The issues discussed included boundary disputes in northeast Asia.
  9. ROK-Japan Forum. Chiba, Japan, October 26-29. Sponsored by the Korea Foundation and the Japan Center for International Exchange. Attended by politicians, scholars, businessmen, and journalists from Japan and the ROK. Japan was represented by former Vice Foreign Minister, Hisashi Owada. The Korean delegation was led by former Foreign Minister, Choi Kwang Soo. The main theme was the action plan for the new ROK-Japan Partnership for the 21st century. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Special Report on October 23, 1998. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: �A HREF="mailto:nautilus@naurilus.org"�nautilus@naurilus.org�/A�, website: �A HREF="http://www.nautilus.org/"�http://www.nautilus.org/�/A�)
  10. Meeting with the Seoul Forum. Paris, November 16. Organized by IFRI and the Seoul Forum. Funded by IFRI and the Ministry of Defense. 30 participants from Korea and France, with Korean representatives from the political and academic circles, and French represetative from academic, political and business circles. Main agenda items were The Korean peninsula and its international implications; Evoluation of the Asian financial crisis and its impact. Contact: Dr. François Godement and Regine Serra, IFRI, fax: 33-1-40-61-6060, e-mail: �A HREF="mailto:serra@ifri.org"�serra@ifri.org�/A� �/OL� -->