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I. Multilateral - Governmental/Track I Meetings

  1. Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group (TCOG) Meeting
  2. US-ROK-Japan Policy Coordination
  3. Shanghai-Five Meeting
  4. ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Expert Group Meeting on Transnational Crime
  5. 2nd Meeting of the ARF Intersessional Support Group on Confidence-Building Measures (ISG on CBMs)
  6. International Conference of All Maritime Related Concerns, Both Governmental and Private, on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships
  7. 4th ARF Intersessional Meeting on Disaster Relief (ISM on DR)
  8. Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group (TCOG) Meeting
  9. Five Power Defense Arrangements (FPDA) Ministerial Meeting
  10. PRC-Russian-Central Asian Meeting
  11. 33rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM)
  12. 33rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting Post Ministerial Conference (AMM PMC)
  13. 7th Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF Foreign Ministers Meeting)
  14. ARF Experts Group Meeting on Transnational Crime
  15. Chiefs of Defense Conference: The Confluence of Politics, Economics and Security
  16. ARF Intersessional Support Group on Confidence-Building Measures (ISG on CBMs)
  17. Quadrilateral Security Policy Planning Talks

  1. Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group (TCOG) Meeting. Seoul, February 1, 2000. The talks were attended by US State Department Counselor Wendy Sherman, ROK Deputy Foreign Minister Jang Jai-ryong and Japan's Deputy Vice Minister for Foreign Policy Yukio Takeuchi. Officials urged the DPRK to continue to improve relations with their respective countries. A joint statement hailed progress made in improving relations between the DPRK and the US, as well as Japan. Delegates welcomed the DPRK's agreement to meet again toward the end of February to finalize preparations for the high-level visit to follow. The three nations also highlighted the importance of dialogue and cooperation between both Koreas for peace on the Korean peninsula. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network [NAPSNet] Daily Report on February 1, 2000. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org website: http://nautilus.org)
  2. US-ROK-Japan Policy Coordination. Japan, March 2, 2000. The meeting was led by US State Department Counselor Wendy Sherman, ROK Deputy Foreign Minister Jang Jai-ryong and Japan's Deputy Vice Minister for Foreign Policy Yukio Takeuchi. These senior officials jointly urged the DPRK to accept ROK President Kim Dae-jung's recent call for tighter inter-Korean cooperation. A joint statement said that the three countries also agreed to continue efforts to engage the DPRK in dialogue to improve relations. Moreover, they stressed the central importance of South-North dialogue to peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, and expressed the hope that the DPRK will continue to take positive steps for the improvement of its relations with the three countries. The three delegations particularly welcomed the resumption of talks between Japan and the DPRK set for April 4-8 in Pyongyang to establish diplomatic ties. Hope was also expressed that the US and the DPRK would improve relations through dialogue, including talks on a visit to Washington by a high-level DPRK official as well as discussions concerning the DPRK's missile and nuclear development. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network [NAPSNet] Daily Report on February 1, 2000. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org website: http://nautilus.org)
  3. Shanghai-Five Meeting. Kazakhstan, March 28, 2000. An annual meeting between PRC Defence Minister Chi Haotian and counterparts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. Chi was accompanied by Kui Fulin, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army. The five central Asian military leaders have held annual meetings since a series of border troop reduction agreements were reached at a 1996 summit in Shanghai. The military meeting precedes a presidential summit of the Shanghai-Five to be held in Tajikistan in May. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network [NAPSNet] Daily Report on March 28, 2000. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org website: http://www.nautilus.org)
  4. ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Expert Group Meeting on Transnational Crime. Singapore, April 4, 2000. Contact: ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, fax: 62-21-739-8234 e-mail: mcabad@asean.or.id website: http://www.aseansec.org
  5. 2nd Meeting of the ARF Intersessional Support Group on Confidence-Building Measures (ISG on CBMs). Singapore, April 5-6, 2000. Co-chaired by Singapore and Japan. For details see the webpage: http://www.dfat.gov.au/arf/report_interses_99_00.html#2 Contact: ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, fax: 62-21-739-8234 e-mail: mcabad@asean.or.id website: http://www.aseansec.org
  6. International Conference of All Maritime Related Concerns, Both Governmental and Private, on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships. Tokyo, April 28-30, 2000. Organized by the Japanese Transport Ministry. Maritime security officials from 15 Asian economies participated in the forum. The overarching theme of the gathering was a search for better ways to combat armed robbery at sea. A main focus was how to build communication networks between maritime security authorities in different economies in the region to deal with crimes that cross national borders. Participants endorsed the "Tokyo Appeal" to express their resolve to fight against these crimes and to set up a framework of countermeasures including the reinforcement of self-protection measures and the promotion of international exchange of information and international coordination. Moreover, as a further step for implementing concrete actions, the "Model Action Plan" was adopted as a series of actions to be taken by maritime policy authorities, shipping companies and all other private maritime-related concerns. The "Tokyo Appeal" and "Model Action Plan" are available at the webpage: http://www.motnet.go.jp/KOHO00/KAIZOKU428.htm Contact: Japanese Ministry of Transport, e-mail: WEBMASTER@so.motnet.go.jp website: http://www.motnet.go.jp/mthome.htm
  7. 4th ARF Intersessional Meeting on Disaster Relief (ISM on DR). Hanoi, May 4-6, 2000. Co-chaired by Vietnam and Russia. Contact: ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, fax: 62-21-739-8234 e-mail: mcabad@asean.or.id website: http://www.aseansec.org
  8. Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group (TCOG) Meeting. Honolulu, Hawaii, June 29-30, 2000. A meeting of senior officials from Japan, ROK and the United States. The delegations were led by US Ambassador Wendy Sherman, ROK Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Jang Jai-ryong and Japanese Deputy Vice Minister for Foreign Policy Yukio Takeuchi. In a joint statement released following the meeting, the officials welcomed the recent agreement between the US and DPRK on plans for future Joint Recovery Operations, and the announcement of US-DPRK missile negotiations to be held July 10-12. The statement also strongly endorsed the Joint Declaration issued by ROK President Kim Dae-jung and DPRK leader Kim Jong-il. Officials were hopeful that Japan-DPRK normalization talks would be held at an early date, anticipated prospective DPRK participation in the ASEAN Regional Forum, and reaffirmed commitment to implement the 1994 Agreed Framework. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network [NAPSNet] Daily Report on June 26 and July 5, 2000. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org website: http://www.nautilus.org)
  9. Five Power Defense Arrangements (FPDA) Ministerial Meeting. Singapore, July 3, 2000. Attended by Defence Ministers from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK. The ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the FPDA and its ongoing relevance to member countries and regional security. They ratified the trend toward more joint exercises of the air, naval and land forces, which has already been occurring by consensus among the five members. The member nations agreed to consult on what steps to take in the event of any external threat to Malaysia or Singapore. According to the ministers, the current headquarters of the Integrated Air Defence System would be redesignated as the HQ Integrated Area Defence System to reflect the indivisibility of Malaysia and Singapore's external defence and the changes in its role and functions. The meeting was followed on July 4 by a major international defence exercise near Singapore known as Exercise Flying Fish 2000 (FF2000). Involving more than 5000 military personnel from FPDA countries, FF2000 was the second in a series of exercises to be held under the auspices of the FPDA. It combined elements of a maritime exercise and an air defence exercise. The exercise is conducted on a triennial basis, and was first hosted by Malaysia in 1997. FF2000 is intended to further enhance the inter-operability of FPDA forces and to strengthen their defence relations. (As noted in the daily Asia-Pacific Media Brief prepared by the Office of the Special Advisor [Policy], Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters, Canadian Navy on July 4 and 5, 2000. Contact: Navy Public Affairs, Maritime Forces Pacific, fax: 250-363-5202, e-mail: npao01@direct.ca website: http://www.marpac.dnd.ca )
  10. PRC-Russian-Central Asian Meeting. July 4, 2000. A trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of the PRC, Russia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. The ministers called for strict compliance with the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. In a joint communique, the parties indicated that the establishment of bloc and confining missile defense systems would destroy the peace and stability in the Asian Pacific region. They agreed that the establishment of a cooperative mechanism would promote regional stability and development and have decided to hold a regular annual meeting. The five ministers proposed that the nations continue to work together to guarantee regional security, discourage religious extremism and ethnic separatism, and combat international terrorist activities. The parties expressed their concern over the revival of hegemony and power politics, emphasizing the importance of upholding the authority of the UN and promoting the establishment of a just international political and economic order. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network [NAPSNet] Daily Report on July 5, 2000. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org website: http://www.nautilus.org)
  11. 33rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM). Bangkok, July 24-25, 2000. Chaired by Surin Pitsuwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand. Attended by the foreign ministers of the ten ASEAN member countries and Papua New Guinea. The ASEAN Secretary-General was also in attendance. Representatives of the Southern African Development Community and the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor were invited as guests of the host country. The ministers reviewed the situation in Southeast Asia, concluding that ASEAN had emerged from the global and financial difficulties of 1997 and 1998 stronger and more cohesive than before. ASEAN continued to be an effective force for regional peace and stability. At the same time, the ministers acknowledged that the regional and national measures being undertaken to make the region's economic recovery possible needed to be sustained if the recovery was to endure. The Chairman's Statement, Opening Addresses of the Foreign Ministers, Ministerial Joint Communiqué and a selection of press releases are available at the ASEAN Secretariat website. Contact: ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, fax: 62-21-739-8234 e-mail: mcabad@asean.or.id website: http://www.aseansec.org
  12. 33rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting Post Ministerial Conference (AMM PMC). Bangkok, July 26, 2000. An annual ASEAN+10 meeting between the ASEAN foreign ministers and the foreign ministers of ASEAN's 10 Dialogue Partners (Australia, Canada, China, European Union, India, Japan, ROK, New Zealand, Russia and the US). The United Nations Development Programme has also been accorded Dialogue Partner status. The first ASEAN+3 Foreign Ministers Meeting; in which ASEAN ministers and their counterparts from China, Japan and ROK met; took place on the margins of this year's AMM PMC. This group reviewed the progress of the implementation of the Joint Statement on East Asia Cooperation adopted at the ASEAN+3 Summit in Manila, November 1999. Contact: ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, fax: 62-21-739-8234 e-mail: mcabad@asean.or.id website: http://www.aseansec.org
  13. 7th Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF Foreign Ministers Meeting). Bangkok, July 27, 2000. Chaired by Surin Pitsuwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand. Attended by the foreign ministers of all ARF participating countries or their representatives. The Secretary-General of ASEAN was also present. The ministers welcomed the participation for the first time of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). With regard to the issue of membership, the ministers reaffirmed the decision taken by at the 5th ARF and agreed that with the current 23 participants, the focus should now be on consolidating the process of dialogue and cooperation among the present participants of the ARF. For a selection of ministerial statements see the webpage: http://www.dfat.gov.au/arf/arfhome3.html Further details and statements available at the ASEAN Secretariat website. Contact: ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, fax: 62-21-739-8234 e-mail: mcabad@asean.or.id, website: http://www.aseansec.org
  14. ARF Experts Group Meeting on Transnational Crime. Seoul, October 30-31, 2000. Co-chaired by Malaysia and ROK. Contact: ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, fax: 62-21-739-8234 e-mail: mcabad@asean.or.id website: http://www.aseansec.org
  15. Chiefs of Defense Conference: The Confluence of Politics, Economics and Security. Honolulu, Hawaii, October 31-November 2, 2000. The third in an annual series hosted by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS). Sponsored by the US Pacific Command. Attended by senior officers from 18 Asia Pacific nations. Discussions focused primarily on enhancing dialogue in the region, building confidence and developing standard procedures to increase the ability of regional forces to cooperate. Contact: S.Sgt. Billy Sahli, APCSS, fax: 808-971-8989, e-mail: sahliw@apcss.org website: http://www.apcss.org
  16. ARF Intersessional Support Group on Confidence-Building Measures (ISG on CBMs). Seoul, November 1-3, 2000. Co-chaired by Malaysia and ROK. Contact: ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, fax: 62-21-739-8234 e-mail: mcabad@asean.or.id website: http://www.aseansec.org
  17. Quadrilateral Security Policy Planning Talks. Seoul, December 15-16, 2000. Government delegations from middle powers Australia, Canada, Japan and ROK met to exchange views on the regional security situation and cooperation, as well as DPRK-related issues from long-term perspectives. (As noted in the Asia-Pacific Media Brief on December 15, 2000. Contact: Office of the Special Advisor [Policy], Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters, Canada, fax: 250-363-5845, e-mail: boutilier@ampsc.com)