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Other Meetings of Interest

I. Governmental/Track I Meetings

II. Nongovernmental/Track 2 Meetings

  1. Rethinking Indonesia: A Conference on Contemporary Indonesia
  2. UK-China Discussion on Ballistic Missile Defence
  3. 4th France-Korea Forum
  4. G-8 Preparatory Conference
  5. China and the United States: Long-Term Visions of Regional Security
  6. Many Faces of Asian Security: Beyond 2000
  7. Project Strait Talk
  8. North-South Korea Summit Meeting: A Symposium
  9. Japan-Europe Cooperation Toward the 21st Century
  10. 3rd Meeting of the IFRI-China Reform Forum

I. Governmental/Track I Meetings

    N.B. The Northeast Asia peace and Security Network (NAPSNet) group at the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, Berkeley, California, provides comprehensive and timely coverage of bilateral Track I events in the Asia Pacific, particularly in Northeast Asia. Interested parties can subscribe to a daily NAPSNet e-mail report of regional events or access the report at the NAPSNet webpage. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org website: http://www.nautilus.org/

II. Nongovernmental/Track 2 Meetings

  1. Rethinking Indonesia: A Conference on Contemporary Indonesia. Melbourne, March 4-5, 2000. Jointly sponsored by Monash, Melbourne, LaTrobe, Deakin, Swinburne and Victoria Universities, with sponsorship support from Radio Australia, Jakarta Post Daily, Indonesia Forum and Harian Kompas. Attended primarily by Indonesian and Australian academics. Presentations included: "Civil and Military Relations in the Future;" "TNI in Transition;" "Separatism and Civil Conflict: Aceh, Irian Jaya, Ambon, West Kalimantan;" "Indonesia-Australia Relations;" and "East Timor and Indonesia in the Future." Contact: Ms. Colleen Claudius, Conference Coordinator, Monash Asia Institute, Monash University (Australia), fax: 61-3-99055370, e-mail: monash.asia.institute@adm.monash.edu.au website: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/mai
  2. UK-China Discussion on Ballistic Missile Defence. Beijing, March 13-16, 2000. A joint seminar organized by the Oxford Research Group (ORG), UK, under the auspices of the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD), Beijing. This continues a tradition of exchange visits between Chinese and British delegations which ORG and CPAPD have organized jointly over the past 12 years. ORG assembled a delegation which included the top military and civilian advisers on nuclear weapons policy to the British Government, as well as a French and a German official both of whom carry senior responsibility for nuclear and strategic issues at the French Ministry of Defence and the German Foreign Ministry respectively. The Chinese delegation was composed of their leading scholars and government officials, representing the most prestigious institutes in Beijing, including the Institute for Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, the PLA National Defence University, the China Institute for International Strategic Studies, the China Academy of Engineering Physics, the Chinese Foreign Policy Research Centre of the Institute for Contemporary International Relations, and the Chinese Association of Space Navigation. The agenda focused, at the request of the Chinese, on ballistic missile defences and the future of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. The seminar was followed by visits to several institutes in Beijing, including the PLA National Defence University and the China Institute for International Strategic Studies, and a lengthy private discussion with Ambassador Sha Zukang, the Director General of Arms Control and Disarmament at the Foreign Ministry. A report incorporating papers delivered at the seminar is available at the ORG website. Contact: Oxford Research Group, fax: 44-0-1865-794652, e-mail: org@oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk website: http://www.oxfrg.demon.co.uk
  3. 4th France-Korea Forum. Paris, March 16-17, 2000. Organized and funded by the Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI) and the Korea Foundation. A bilateral event with 15 Korean and 30 French participants. Participants discussed Europe-Asia dialogue (globalism and regionalism in East Asia, institutional reforms and enlargement issues in the EU; 3rd ASEM summit); French and Korean security issues; and cooperation issues and prospects (economic, financial and cultural). Contact: Regine Serra, IFRI, fax: 33-1-40-61-60-60, e-mail: serra@ifri.org website: http://www.ifri.org
  4. G-8 Preparatory Conference. Tokyo, April 10-11, 2000. Sponsored by the Tokyo Foundation (Japan); Institute for International Economics (IIE), US; and the Nippon Foundation (Japan). A group of private-sector experts (many former government finance officials) from G-8 member countries came together to make recommendations for the G-8 Okinawa Summit in July 2000. There were 17 participants; from Canada (1), France (2), Germany (2), Italy (2), Japan (3), Russia (1), UK (2) and the United States (4). Participants unanimously adopted a set of recommendations they called "Strategies for the New Century: A Report to the Leaders of the G-8 Member Countries." A summary of the proposal was submitted to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, and detailed proposals will be sent to all G-8 leaders. The proposals place emphasis on the need for G-8 leaders to address 6 major issues, including security in Asia - particularly across the Taiwan Strait. Participants explained that the Preparatory Conference was based on the premise that recent G-8 summits have not fulfilled their potential. They sought to encourage reform of the methodology of the summits and to encourage the adoption of an agenda for Okinawa that addresses effectively a series of sweeping changes in global economic and security affairs. The Preparatory Conference is intended to be an annual event. This year's chairs were Fred Bergsten, Director, IIE; and Heizo Takenaka, President, Nippon Foundation. The full text of the report is available at the webpage: http://www.iie.com/HOTOPICS/G8report.pdf Contact: Institute for International Economics, Washington, fax: 202-328-5432, website: http://www.iie.com
  5. China and the United States: Long-Term Visions of Regional Security. Honolulu, Hawaii, April 19-21, 2000. Hosted by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (Honolulu) and Pacific Forum/CSIS (Honolulu). Attended by 42 participants from China and the US (also 1 from Australia). Attendees participated in the following sessions: 1) "Major Power Relationships: Alliance or Partnership?" 2) "Managing Differing Views over Taiwan;" 3) "Future Visions for the Korean Peninsula;" 4) "Military-to-Military Cooperation;" 5) "Arms Control and Non-proliferation;" and 6) "Building Toward a Strategic Partnership?" Co-chaired by Ralph A. Cossa, Executive Director, Pacific Forum/CSIS; and Wu Xinbo, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution, Associate Professor, Center for American Studies, Fudan University (Shanghai). Conference details available at the webpage: http://webu6102.ntx.net/pacfor/annual/appendix2000.html Contact: Pacific Forum/CSIS, fax: 202-775-3199, website: http://webu6102.ntx.net/pacfor
  6. Many Faces of Asian Security: Beyond 2000. Phoenix, April 27, 2000. Organized by the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and funded by the Goldwater Chair of American Institutions, the Program for Southeast Asian Studies at Arizona State University (ASU), and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. Leading experts on Asian issues presented their views on various aspects of security in the region including military issues, the environment, human rights, sovereignty, economic and financial issues, and transnational crime. Over 80 Asia specialists, students and government officials attended the event, almost all from the United States. Richard H. Solomon, President, United States Institute of Peace, presented the keynote address, entitled "East Asia's New Security Agenda." The results of the conference will lead to an edited book for both policy makers and the academic community. Sheldon Simon, Director, NBR Southeast Asia Studies Program, Professor of Political Science, ASU, will edit the volume. Conference details available at the webpage: http://www.nbr.org/regional_studies/Many_Faces/Conference_info.htm Contact: Eiko Ikegaya, Co-Director, Japanese and Southeast Asian Studies, NBR, fax: 206-632-7487, e-mail: ikegaya@nbr.org website: http://www.nbr.org
  7. Project Strait Talk. Monterey, US, May 12-13, 2000. An East Asia Nonproliferation Program Seminar hosted by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS). Included participants from mainland China, Taiwan and the US. A retired senior military officer (the PRC was represented by an active duty PLAN Senior Captain participating in a personal capacity) and two academics from each side met to identify and discuss military, political and economic events and trends that might destabilize the security environment in the Taiwan Strait. The group identified nine key events that might trigger a military confrontation: 1) indicators that the PRC was preparing for an invasion of Taiwan, 2) decision by Taiwan to develop weapons of mass destruction, 3) US decision to sell theater missile defence systems to Taiwan, 4) PRC announcement of a timetable for reunification, 5) economic meltdown/chaos in mainland China, 6) trend toward "creeping independence" for Taiwan, 7) trend toward overt American support for Taiwan, 8) trend toward increasing "Taiwan identity" and indefinite delay of reunification, and 9) trends in overall military balance across the Taiwan Strait. Seminar details available at the webpage: http://www.cns.miis.edu/cns/projects/eanp/conf/strait/exec.htm Contact: Center for Nonproliferation Studies, MIIS (US), fax: 831-647-3519, e-mail: cns@miis.edu website: http://cns.miis.edu
  8. North-South Korea Summit Meeting: A Symposium. Washington, DC, May 22, 2000. Coordinated by The Asia Foundation (US), and the Asian Studies Program - School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (US), and underwritten by the Korean Embassy. More than 80 Americans and Koreans attended the event, including many journalists, especially from the Korean print and broadcast media. Guests focused on the ramifications of the summit for affairs on the Korean Peninsula and East Asia in general. The seminar featured The Honorable Han Sung-Joo, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, as the keynote speaker. The event also included two panel discussions with a number of leading US experts on Korea and a luncheon address by H.E. Lee Hong-koo, Korean Ambassador to the US. Contact: The Asia Foundation, San Francisco (US), fax: 415-392-8863, website: http://www.asiafoundation.org
  9. Japan-Europe Cooperation Toward the 21st Century. Paris, September 25-26, 2000. A joint conference of the Institut français des relations internationales and the Japan Institute of International Affairs. A bilateral event with approximately 25 French participants and a Japanese delegation headed by Ambassador Owada. Participants discussed energy issues and security; economic issues and security; the issue of integration and mutual dependence revisited; and security issues in Asia and Europe. Proceedings to be published by IFRI. Contact: Regine Serra, IFRI, fax: 33-1-40-61-60-60, e-mail: serra@ifri.org website: http://www.ifri.org
  10. 3rd Meeting of the IFRI-China Reform Forum. Beijing, October 13-14, 2000. A bilateral event organized by the Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI) and the China Reform Forum. Included 15 Chinese participants from academic and official circles and 10 French participants from academic, administrative, official and business circles. Topics discussed included: economic globalisation and economic relations between France, Europe and China; strategic issues in Asia; and globalisation, regionalisation and multipolarity. Funded by IFRI, the French Policy Planning Staff and the Caisse des depots et consignations. Contact: Regine Serra, IFRI, fax: 33-1-40-61-60-60, e-mail: serra@ifri.org website: http://www.ifri.org