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I. Track 1—Governmental Meetings

  1. 5th AMM +3, ASEAN +3 SOM, ASEAN+3 DGs Meeting
  2. ASEAN+1 PMC Sessions, ASEAN PMC+10 Retreat
  3. 11th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), Meeting of ARF Defence and Military Officials
  4. Conference on Terrorism
  5. The Second Asia-Pacific Ministerial Meeting on HIV/AIDS (APMM2)
  6. The 4th Meeting of the APEC Counter Terrorism Task Force (CTTF)
  7. 8th ASEAN-Japan Committee on Closer Economic Partnership (AJCCEP)
  8. ASEAN Plus 3 Emerging Infectious Disease (EID) Regional Harmonisation Workshop
  9. 35th Pacific Islands Forum and 16th Post-Forum Dialogue
  10. ASEAN Special Senior Official Meeting on Vientiane Action Programme
  11. 7th High Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration
  12. ASEAN Plus Three Director Generals Informal Meeting
  13. ASEAN-Korea Consultations on the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Cooperation Partnership
  14. Sino-ASEAN Seminar on China's Criminal Justice System and Law Enforcement
  15. 24th ASEANAPOL (ASEAN Chiefs of Police) Conference
  16. Senior Economic Officials Meeting (SEOM) Consultations with Plus 3 (China, Japan, Korea), CER, India and EU
  17. ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) Brainstorming Session on East Asian Summit (EAS)
  18. 2nd ASEAN-Japan High Level Officials Meeting on Caring Societies
  19. 8th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Heads of Defense Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions Meeting
  20. The Eighteenth Meeting of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) Council
  21. 36th ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting (AEM)
  22. Informal Consultation with Dialogue Partners on the Vientiane Integration Agenda (VIA); 9th AEM-CER Consultation; 5th AEM-EU Consultation
  23. Informal meeting of army chiefs of ASEAN
  24. 16th ASEAN-New Zealand Dialogue Meeting and 9th ASEAN-New Zealand Joint Management Meeting
  25. 20th ASEAN-Australia Forum
  26. Sixth ASEM Economic Ministers Meeting Cancelled
  27. Special ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on the Implementation of the DOC [Declaration on the Conduct of Parties (DoC) in the South China Sea], Brainstorming Session on a Strategy for ASEAN-China Relations and ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on the Plan of Action for the ASCC
  28. First Annual Meeting of ASEAN Plus 3 Emerging Infections Disease Programme
  29. Second Regional Meeting of National Authorities in Asia on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction (CWC)
  30. ASEAN-China Seminar on Counter Terrorism
  31. 16th ASEAN-China Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC)
  32. ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Seminar on Regional Maritime Security
  33. Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council Meeting and Third Meeting of Prime Ministers of Member States
  34. 4th Annual Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC), 2nd Annual SOMTC Plus Three, 2nd Annual SOMTC + China, 1st Annual SOMTC + Japan
  35. Informal Meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers
  36. ASEAN-China Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) Working Group Meeting on the Plan of Action for the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership
  37. The 5th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)-"Further Revitalizing and Substantiating the Asia-Europe Partnership"
  38. Seventh Annual Chiefs of Defense Conference
  39. ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Seminar on Cyber Terrorism
  40. Meeting of the ASEAN Plus Three Directors-General
  41. ASEM Conference on Anti-Terrorism
  42. 9th Tokyo Defense Forum
  43. ASEAN Regional Forum Intersessional Group on Confidence Building Measures (ISG on CBMs)
  44. 1st ARF Security Policy Conference (ASPC)
  45. Asia-Pacific Nuclear Safeguards and Security Conference: Protecting Against Nuclear Terrorism
  46. Asia Cultural Cooperation Forum (ACCF)
  47. 12th ASEAN Task Force on AIDS (ATFOA)
  48. 12th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) and 9th Ministerial Meeting for Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA)
  49. ASEAN+3 Health Ministers Meeting on Avian Influenza
  50. ASEAN Senior Economic Officials Meeting
  51. ASEAN SOM, ASEAN+3 SOM, ASEAN + China SOM, ASEAN + Japan SOM, ASEAN + Korea SOM, ASEAN-India SOM
  52. ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting (AEM), ASEAN+China, ASEAN+Japan, ASEAN+RoK, ASEAN+India Ministerial Meetings
  53. ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting
  54. The Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam (CLMV) Summit
  55. ASEAN + Russia Ministerial Meeting
  56. Trilateral Meeting of the Leaders of China, Japan and Korea
  57. 10th ASEAN Summit, ASEAN Plus Three Summit, ASEAN + China Summit, ASEAN + Japan Summit, ASEAN + Korea Summit, 3rd ASEAN-India Summit
  58. ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Commemorative Summit
  59. Seminar on the Promotion of Accession to the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism
  60. Workshop on Combating Sea Piracy
  61. ASEAN SOM and ASEAN-China SOM on the Implementation of DOC (Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea)
  62. 1st Task Force Meeting on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

  1. 5th AMM +3, ASEAN +3 SOM, ASEAN+3 DGs Meeting
    Jakarta, July 1
    At the ASEAN +3 Summit, participants reaffirmed the central role of ASEAN in advancing the ASEAN+3 process towards reaching the establishment of the East Asia community. The Ministers discussed the possibility of the formation of a community that might result from the intensifying cooperation of ASEAN+3 and agreed that the establishment of an East Asia community is a long-term objective, that would be achieved through a building-bloc and step-by-step approach. They agreed to the value of an East Asian Summit and also for the need of discussion on its modalities. They commended the progress in the implementation of the short-term measures recommended by the East Asia Study Group (EASG), especially with regard to Human Resources Development. They discussed the possibility of an East Asian Free Trade Area (EAFTA) as well as the rapid progress made towards creating an Asian Bond Market. Foreign ministers discussed regional and international issues of common concern, especially the recent six-party talks over the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula and the power transfer in Iraq.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/16212.htm
  2. ASEAN+1 PMC Sessions, ASEAN PMC+10 Retreat
    Jakarta, July 1
    PMC +1 sessions held with Australia, Canada, EU, New Zealand, Russia, and U.S. They welcomed the signing of the ASEAN-Australia Joint Declaration for Cooperation to Combat International Terrorism. The PMC+10 retreat included the foreign ministers from all ASEAN nations plus the ASEAN Dialogue Partners Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia U.S., and representatives of the EC and EU. They expressed their support for and wish to be involved in the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan and the implementation of the Vientiane Integration Agenda (VIA), to be adopted at the 10th ASEAN Summit in Vientiane next November. During the PMC 10+10 Retreat, the Ministers discussed two important topics—ASEAN Community and the outcomes of the G8 Summit—especially with regard to the roles of private sectors in alleviating poverty. The dialogue partner ministers expressed their support for the three pillars of the ASEAN Community.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/16209.htm
  3. 11th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), Meeting of ARF Defence and Military Officials
    Jakarta, July 1-2
    Foreign Ministers as well as about 400 officials from the 23 ARF member countries—Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, DPRK, EU, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, U.S. and Vietnam. The members admitted Pakistan as a new member after India dropped its objections. The Ministers recognized the ARF as the central political and security forum in the Asia-Pacific forum, supported ASEAN's role as the driver of that and therefore supported the ASEAN Security Community concept. Participants condemned terrorism as a worldwide threat. They signed the Statement on Strengthening Transport Security against International Terrorism, agreeing to work together for better maritime security, with special attention to the Strait of Malacca. They also signed a Statement on Non-Proliferation. They spoke about the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula and the need for progress in the six-party talks format as well as the importance of a step-by-step process. U.S. and DPRK foreign ministers met bilaterally to clarify their respective positions and the proposals put forward in the most recent talks. The U.S. sought action from ASEAN states to take action to ensure democratic reforms are implemented in Myanmar. The EU continued to push for democratic reforms in Myanmar and indicated that it might cancel an ASEM summit scheduled for October if the Asian nations insisted Myanmar should take part. Japan and Pakistan both acceded to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) during these sessions, following China and India who did so in 2003. During the meeting the ASEAN-Russia Joint Declaration for Cooperation to Combat International Terrorism was signed.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/arf11.pdf
  4. Conference on Terrorism
    Kuala Lumpur, July 5, 2004
    Jointly organized by the Japanese government and the Kuala Lumpur-based Southeast Asia Regional Center for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT). Security experts warned Asian countries to be on guard against chemical and bioterrorism threats from the al Qaeda and the Jemaah Islamiyah. Attended by more than 70 chemical weapons experts, security officials and policy-makers from 12 countries including Canada, China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and U.S.
  5. The Second Asia-Pacific Ministerial Meeting on HIV/AIDS (APMM2)
    Bangkok, July 11, 2004
    Jointly hosted by Thailand in co-operation with Australia (AusAID) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Held in conjunction with XV International AIDS Conference. Leaders deliberated ways and means in which the AIDS pandemic can be controlled and patients can be provided with adequate treatment. They emphasized the important role of Asia-Pacific region in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in order to reinvigorate political commitment to the global struggle, and to identify areas of work on which to focus further individual and common efforts by regional countries. They focussed on resource mobilization, policy and legislative preparedness and community engagement. Attended by ministers from more than 30 countries—Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, DPRK, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Vietnam—as well as representatives of various International organizations, including the UN Secretary General.
    Web site: http://www.aids2004.org/admin/images/upload/573.pdf
  6. The 4th Meeting of the APEC Counter Terrorism Task Force (CTTF)
    Singapore, July 30-31, 2004
    The task force was created by senior officials in February 2003 to coordinate the implementation of the Leaders' Statement on Fighting Terrorism and Promoting Growth agreed to in October 2002. They believe terrorism is a direct challenge to APEC's goals of free, open and prosperous economies and an affront to the fundamental values that APEC Member Economies share. The CTTF assists economies to identify and assess counter-terrorism needs, co-ordinates capacity building and technical assistance programs, cooperates with international and regional organizations and facilitates cooperation between APEC fora on counter-terrorism issues. Contact Mr. Julio Bravo, Director (Program), email:
    jab@apec.org. Web site: http://www.apecsec.org.sg/apec/apec_groups/som_special_task_groups/
    counter_terrorism.html
  7. 8th ASEAN-Japan Committee on Closer Economic Partnership (AJCCEP)
    Hue, Vietnam, August 2, 2004
  8. ASEAN Plus 3 Emerging Infectious Disease (EID) Regional Harmonisation Workshop
    Bangkok, August 4-6, 2004
    Participants made progress in harmonizing three different action plans into a single workplan, allocating responsibilities and identifying activities.
    Web site: http://www.asean-disease-surveillance.net/ASNEvent_Detail.
    asp?ID=81
  9. 35th Pacific Islands Forum and 16th Post-Forum Dialogue
    Apia, Samoa, August 5-10, 2004
    Annual forum. Leaders of Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Leaders convened to devise strategies for economic growth and better governance. They signed a plan that aims to ensure a sustainable economic system for all members, incorporating economic growth, sustainable development, governance and security. The Post-Forum Dialogue is held at the ministerial level and this year included Dialogue Partners Canada, China, European Union, France, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, U.K., and U.S.
    Web site: http://www.forumsec.org.fj/
  10. ASEAN Special Senior Official Meeting on Vientiane Action Programme
    Vientiane, August 9-11, 2004
  11. 7th High Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration
    Kuala Lumpur, August 14-15, 2004
    Recommendations made previously by the task force, which have been added as an annex to the Bali Accord concluded in 2003, can be found at: http://www.aseansec.org/hltf.htm
  12. ASEAN Plus Three Director Generals Informal Meeting
    Bangkok, August 15, 2004
  13. ASEAN-Korea Consultations on the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Cooperation Partnership
    Bangkok, August 15, 2004
  14. Sino-ASEAN Seminar on China's Criminal Justice System and Law Enforcement
    Beijing, August 16, 2004
    Hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security. 30 officials from law enforcement departments of 10 ASEAN nations and China and the ASEAN Secretariat. Ministry presented information on China's fight against organized crime, illegal migration and drugs, and international cooperation for fighting transnational crime. China and ASEAN signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperating to fight nontraditional crimes, such as drug, arms and human trafficking, piracy, terrorism and cyber crimes in January 2004. At this meeting they agreed to share information, exchange personnel and training and cooperate in law enforcement. China has set aside funds to implement the program over 5 years.
    Web site: http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/xw/t150789.htm
  15. 24th ASEANAPOL (ASEAN Chiefs of Police) Conference
    Chiang Mai, August 16-20, 2004
    The objectives of the Conference were to further enhance police professionalism, forge stronger regional cooperation on police work, and promote lasting friendship among police officers of ASEAN countries. The Conference was attended by delegates from all 10 ASEAN nations, as well as observers from ASEAN Secretariat, ICPO-INTERPOL and guests from Australian Federal Police and New Zealand Police. The following were the key topics: Illicit Drug Trafficking, Progress of ASEANAPOL Database System, Mutual Assistance on Criminal Matters, Terrorism, Arms Smuggling, Commercial Crimes, Bank Offences and Credit Cards Fraud, Cyber Crime, Fraudulent Travel Documents, Transnational Fraud, Human Trafficking, and the Exchange of Personnel and Training Program. Resolutions were largely concerned with the sharing of information, cooperation, and encouragement for active participation by member countries in the strengthening of law enforcement. With regards to human trafficking they expressed a commitment to create a common understanding of the issues and to develop a framework around which relevant laws can be created.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/16326.htm
  16. Senior Economic Officials Meeting (SEOM) Consultations with Plus 3 (China, Japan, Korea), CER, India and EU
    Hue, Vietnam, August 27-31, 2004
  17. ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) Brainstorming Session on East Asian Summit (EAS)
    Kuala Lumpur, August 27-28, 2004
  18. 2nd ASEAN-Japan High Level Officials Meeting on Caring Societies
    Tokyo, August 30-September 2, 2004
    Follow-up to the first meeting of its kind held in November 2003. The meeting focused on the development of human resources and implications of aging societies. Participated in by government officials from various health, welfare, foreign and development ministries, as well as representatives of international organizations from the 10 ASEAN countries plus Japan (also non-governmental participants), Mongolia, and Sri Lanka, providing both cross-border and cross-ministry cooperation on medical and health issues.
    Web site: http://www.jicwels.or.jp/ASEAN+JAPAN/2nd%20ASEAN+JAPAN/
    summary/Summary.pdf
  19. 8th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Heads of Defense Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions Meeting
    Singapore, September 1-3
    ARF member countries can be represented by the head and others of a designated defense university or institution. This year the conference was attended by representatives from Australia, Canada, China, European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, U.S., and Vietnam, and the ASEAN Secretariat. This forum aims to improve confidence building amongst ARF defence officials by networking its defence universities and colleges. It provides an opportunity for senior defence and military officers from the ARF countries to exchange views on matters of concern and to explore proposals on co-operation. The main theme of the conference was "Security Challenges in the 21st Century: National/Regional Perspectives" and participants also discussed enhancing strategic and security studies to meet those challenges. At this meeting, there were proposals to improve defence interaction and exchanges amongst the participants, including a proposal to exchange publications amongst the ARF defence universities, colleges and institutions and the compilation and dissemination of a directory of experts to conference participants.
    Web site: http://www.mindef.gov.sg/8arfmeet/
  20. The Eighteenth Meeting of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) Council
    Jakarta, September 2, 2004
    The Ministers from all 10 ASEAN countries discussed, among others, the progress made in the implementation of the Common Effective Preferential Tariff (CEPT) Scheme; the status of the various requests made under the Protocol Regarding the Implementation of the CEPT Scheme Temporary Exclusion List; the ASEAN Integration System of Preference (AISP); the liberalization of ICT goods under the e-ASEAN Framework Agreement; work on the elimination of non-tariff barriers; and the developments in the work on Rules of Origin. They reiterated the importance they attach to the elimination of non-tariff barriers, welcomed the establishment of the Database on ASEAN Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs), and renewed their call for greater business sector involvement in the process so that unknown or unlisted NTMs can be notified and cross-notified within the region and those posing as barriers to trade subsequently eliminated.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/16349.htm
  21. 36th ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting (AEM)
    Jakarta, September 2-5, 2004
    ASEAN Economic Ministers laid out a "road map" for integration and opening doors to wider global trade, which will they announce at the ASEAN Summit in Laos in November. Tariffs in 11 industry sectors (rubber, electronics, autos, textiles, air travel, tourism, agriculture, e-commerce, fisheries, wood and healthcare) will be abolished by 2007 between ASEAN's six more developed members—Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, and by 2012 by Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, forming a common market (ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA)) covering 530 million people. The Southeast Asians were urged to tighten controls, improve protection of intellectual property and increase openness to stamp out rampant counterfeiting and to harmonize links. At a summit in Bali last October ASEAN leaders endorsed a plan to achieve a single production base and market by 2020, with a free flow of goods, services and investments in the region. They agree that economic integration is crucial for ASEAN to better compete with fast-growing economies like China and India, but it remains a major problem due to uneven economic and political development.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/afp/71.htm
  22. Informal Consultation with Dialogue Partners on the Vientiane Integration Agenda (VIA); 9th AEM-CER Consultation; 5th AEM-EU Consultation
    Jakarta, September 4-5, 2004
    ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand agreed to launch negotiations on a free trade agreement, with talks starting in January and expected to be completed within two years. ASEAN economic ministers also held free-trade talks with Indian representatives, discussing possible tariff reductions. ASEAN is also to start free-trade negotiations with Japan and South Korea in 2005, to be completed within two years. Free trade arrangements with Japan should be in place by 2012 and with South Korea by 2009 for ASEAN's six more developed members—Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, with ASEAN's four other members—Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam—will following five years later. ASEAN economic ministers and their Chinese counterpart agreed that pacts on trade in goods and services, inked in Bali last year, will be ready for signing at the ASEAN summit in November. In meetings with the EU Trade Commissioner, progress on integration within ASEAN was reviewed as were steps taken towards trans-regional ASEAN-EU trade (through the TREATI agreement).
    Web site: CER* http://www.aseansec.org/afp/70.htm, http://www.aseansec.org/16381.htm; China: http://www.aseansec.org/16367.htm; Japan: http://www.aseansec.org/16371.htm; Korea: http://www.aseansec.org/16373.htm; AEM+3: http://www.aseansec.org/16375.htm; India: http://www.aseansec.org/16379.htm; EU: http://www.aseansec.org/16383.htm
  23. Informal meeting of army chiefs of ASEAN
    Jakarta, September 7, 2004
    An annual informal consultation, the army chiefs from the 10 ASEAN nations agreed to the need to strengthen military ties to halt cross-border terrorism and prevent carnage, in light of the previous week's hostage killings in Russia. They specifically discussed trying to stop training of terrorists in certain countries for attacks on others.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/afp/73.htm
  24. 16th ASEAN-New Zealand Dialogue Meeting and 9th ASEAN-New Zealand Joint Management Meeting
    Wellington, September 13-14, 2004
  25. 20th ASEAN-Australia Forum
    Canberra, September 16-17, 2004
    This forum marked 30 years of dialogue and cooperation between Australia and ASEAN. They welcomed the agreement for further economic integration through negotiation on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the ASEAN-Australia Joint Declaration for Cooperation to Combat International Terrorism signed in Jakarta on 1 July 2004, as well as a number of bilateral arrangements signed in recent years, and pledged to continue working closely together. They also discussed transnational crime and non-traditional security challenges, including people smuggling, narcotics, health, environment and communicable diseases, and agreed that combating these matters was a shared responsibility. Both sides reiterated their commitment to cooperate with each other in these areas.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/16406.htm
  26. Sixth ASEM Economic Ministers Meeting—Cancelled
    Rotterdam, Netherlands, September 16-17, 2004
  27. Special ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on the Implementation of the DOC [Declaration on the Conduct of Parties (DoC) in the South China Sea], Brainstorming Session on a Strategy for ASEAN-China Relations and ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on the Plan of Action for the ASCC
    Makati City, Philippines, September 18-19, 2004
  28. First Annual Meeting of ASEAN Plus 3 Emerging Infections Disease Programme
    Bangkok, September 20-21, 2004
  29. Second Regional Meeting of National Authorities in Asia on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction (CWC)
    Beijing, September 20-22, 2004
    Jointly organized by the Chinese Government and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), following an initial meeting in Singapore in March 2003. 130 delegates, individuals who are actually involved in the implementation of the legislation, from 32 countries gathered to discuss implementation-related legislation, improvement of the quality of declarations, experience in receiving inspection tours, management of import and export of chemicals and international cooperation.
    Web site: http://www.chinaembassy.ie/eng/NewsPress/t160257.htm
  30. ASEAN-China Seminar on Counter Terrorism
    Suzhu, Jiangsu Province, China, September 20-24, 2004
  31. 16th ASEAN-China Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC)
    Bangkok, September 22-23, 2004
  32. ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Seminar on Regional Maritime Security
    Kuala Lumpur, September 22-24, 2004
    Co-organized by the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and the U.S. Contact Policy Planning Division, Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, fax: +603 8889 5921.
  33. Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council Meeting and Third Meeting of Prime Ministers of Member States
    Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, September 23, 2004
    The group was formed in 1996 as a confidence-building measure between China and the bordering CIS states and now is taking on other priorities aimed at regional development. Prime Ministers and officials from each member state—China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan—discussed plans to develop regional economic cooperation and signed an economic agreement to cooperate on trade, science, technology, humanitarian projects, and terrorism.
    Web site: http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/display.article?id=4586
  34. 4th Annual Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC), 2nd Annual SOMTC Plus Three, 2nd Annual SOMTC + China, 1st Annual SOMTC + Japan
    Bandar Seri Begawan, September 26-30, 2004
    100 delegates from ASEAN countries. The first ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime Plus Three was held on 10 January 2004 in Bangkok, where the ministers adopted the concept plan to address transnational crimes in eight areas: terrorism, illicit drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, sea piracy, arms smuggling, money laundering, international economic crime, and cyber crime. They officials convene prior to the ministerial meeting and they aim to implement policies and plans adopted by the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Trans-national Crime and develop a five-year work programme to implement the ASEAN Plan of Action in Trans-national Crime. The SOMTC+3 leaders agreed to develop specific work programmes in the eight areas of the concept plan for joint cooperation. Each of the areas will be led by an engine country from ASEAN and supported by the Plus Three Countries. Japan and ASEAN continued discussions on their draft Joint Declaration for Cooperation on the Fight Against International Terrorism to be issued at the ASEAN-Japan Summit on 30 November 2004.
    Web site: http://www.brudirect.com/DailyInfo/News/Archive/Sept04/
    280904/nite02.htm
  35. Informal Meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers
    New York, September 28, 2004
    Ministers commended the Philippines for developing and elaborating the ASEAN Socio-cultural Community (AScC) Plan of Action and endorsed the basic principles embodied in the Plan of Action. It contains the four elements: building a community of caring societies, managing the social impact of economic integration, promoting environmental sustainability and strengthening regional identity. Intend to approve the plan in time for the ASEAN Leaders to adopt it during the 10th ASEAN Summit in November 2004 to be annexed to the Bali Concord II.
  36. ASEAN-China Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) Working Group Meeting on the Plan of Action for the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership
    Siem Reap, October 7-8, 2004
  37. The 5th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)—"Further Revitalizing and Substantiating the Asia-Europe Partnership"
    Hanoi, October 7-9, 2004
    ASEM was formed in 1996 to create a forum for political and economic dialogue between Asia and Europe. It comprised 25 countries—the fifteen original EU nations, 7 ASEAN nations and China, Japan and Korea. At this meeting it expanded to include the 10 new Central and Eastern European countries (admitted to the EU in May 2004) and Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. The Heads of State meet every 2 years; economic and foreign ministers meet more regularly. There was potential for this 5th forum to be postponed or even cancelled due to a stalemate over the admission of Myanmar. Leaders agreed to the need for more cooperative relations, especially on terrorism, transnational crime and weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and for a multilateral approach for this, which also led to a common understanding that the UN must be strengthened for these purposes. They also adopted the Hanoi Declaration on Closer ASEM Economic Partnership and the ASEM Declaration on Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations. They recommended that a framework for issuing bonds denominated in a basket of currencies be developed.
    Web site: http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/asem/asem_summits/
    asem5/index.htm
    ; http://www.asem5.gov.vn/
  38. Seventh Annual Chiefs of Defense Conference
    Tokyo, October 11-13, 2004
    Organized annually by the U.S. Pacific Command (U.S. PACOM) and co-hosted this year by the Japan Self Defense Forces. Only the second time it was held outside of the U.S. The previous occasion was in Singapore in 2002. The purpose of the conference is to bring together the senior military leaders from nations in the Asia-Pacific region to meet and discuss mutual security challenges, improve mutual relationships and foster security cooperation. The conference theme this year is Cooperative Approaches to Meeting Security Challenges. The chiefs of defense of 27 nations are scheduled to attend—the largest number of participants in the history of the conference.
    Web site: http://www.pacom.mil/news/news2004/041006chod.shtml
  39. ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Seminar on Cyber Terrorism
    Jeju Island, Korea, October 13-15, 2004
    Almost 100 diplomats and security officials from 20 of the 24 ARF member-countries attended this meeting co-chaired by Korea and the Philippines, and organized by the Korean Foreign Ministry and the National Cyber Security Center. ASEAN leaders agreed to strengthen the region's capabilities to combat cyber-terrorism by establishing an international cyber-security network system and holding regular training on computer-related crimes for law enforcement officials in member countries. They also called for the holding of regular forums to discuss cyber-terrorism issues, identification of ways to enhance both private and government-level cooperation, and the creation of special emergency bodies in each country. The proposal to establish joint measures against cyber-related threats was first approved during the 5th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) held in early October this year in Hanoi,
    Vietnam. Web site: http://www.itnetcentral.com/computerworld/article.asp?
    amp;id=14077&info=Computerworld&leveli=0
  40. Meeting of the ASEAN Plus Three Directors-General
    Vientiane, October 14, 2004
  41. ASEM Conference on Anti-Terrorism
    Berlin, October 18-20, 2004
    Co-sponsored by China, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain. This conference was a follow up to implement the "ASEM Co-operation Programme on the Fight against Terrorism" endorsed at the 4th ASEM Summit in Copenhagen in September 2002 and further discussed at an anti-terrorism meeting held in Beijing in September 2003. The results of the conference, to be presented at the 7th ASEM Foreign Ministers Meeting in Kyoto, Japan on May 7-8, included reaffirmation of the threats posed by terrorism and possibly related transnational crime, trafficking and other major issues, the need for cooperation and some concrete recommendations for what shape that cooperation should take.
    Web site: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/www/de/infoservice/
    download/pdf/asien/asem2004-chairs.pdf
  42. 9th Tokyo Defense Forum
    Tokyo, October 18-22, 2004
    Organized by the Japan Defense Agency gathering the heads of defense agencies throughout the Asia Pacific. It is designed to allow countries to explain their defense policies to each other and increase transparency, therefore increasing regional stability. They report to the biannual ARF ISG meetings.
    Web site: http://www.jda.go.jp/j/news/2004/10/14b.htm
  43. ASEAN Regional Forum Intersessional Group on Confidence Building Measures (ISG on CBMs)
    Phnom Penh, October 26-28, 2004
    ASEAN Regional Forum event. Co-chaired by the European Union and Cambodia. General Department of ASEAN, Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, fax: 855 23 215 541
  44. 1st ARF Security Policy Conference (ASPC)
    Beijing, November 4-6, 2004
    Hosted by China and chaired by Indonesia. This was the first security policy conference among members of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), however they have decided to meet annually to enhance defense cooperation. Attendees agreed to strengthen cooperation against threats such as terrorism, cross-border crime and drug- and small arms-trafficking. They said each country's armed forces should play an active role in preventing and fighting terrorism by strengthening coordination and cooperation in line with international laws. All 24 members of the ARF were represented by about 100 defense and security officials.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/afp/82.htm
  45. Asia-Pacific Nuclear Safeguards and Security Conference: Protecting Against Nuclear Terrorism
    Sydney, November 8, 2004
    Ministers or their representatives from Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, U.S. and Vietnam. Also attending the conference were representatives of East Timor, France, Myanmar, Russia, U.K., the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. The meeting noted that effective nuclear safeguards and security measures were vital not only for countries with nuclear power programs or research reactors, but also for those where radioactive materials are used for medical, industrial and scientific purposes. The meeting identified two types of threat to nuclear security: the proliferation of nuclear weapons among states, and the potential for terrorist acts involving nuclear facilities and nuclear and radioactive materials. Participants agreed to work together in a sustained and comprehensive effort to expand and enhance the nuclear safeguards and security framework and identified a number of priorities in a statement that will be circulated at the NPT Review Conference, to be held in New York in May 2005.
    Web site: http://www.dfat.gov.au/security/asia_pacific_nuclear_
    safeguards_conference_04.html
  46. Asia Cultural Cooperation Forum (ACCF)
    Hong Kong, November 15-17, 2004
    Organized by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government. Participants—more than 60 cultural ministers and other senior government officials from Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as personalities in the cultural and creative fields—agreed that enhanced cultural exchanges and cooperation among Asian countries and regions would bring about social harmony and economic development.
    Web site: http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200411/15/
    1115176.htm
  47. 12th ASEAN Task Force on AIDS (ATFOA)
    Kuala Lumpur, November 22-24, 2004
  48. 12th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) and 9th Ministerial Meeting for Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA)
    Balikpapan, Indonesia, November 24-26, 2004
    Hosted by the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Deputy for Investment and Public Private Partnership Development, the theme was "First Decade of BIMP-EAGA: Strengthening BIMP-EAGA Cooperation in its Second Decade of Development by Public-Private Partnership". These four ASEAN countries initiated BIMP-EAGA as a strategic step to accelerate the growth in sub-region by increasing trade, investment and tourism. The growth could be achieved by, among other things: facilitating the mobilization of people, goods and services, rationalizing the growth of vital infrastructure sector, and coordinating the management ecosystem and natural resources. They gathered this time to identify obstacles and solutions as well as opportunities to boost BIMP-EAGA cooperation and build a close relation in the field of trade and investment with ASEAN.
    Web site: http://www.eaga.or.id/firstdecade/home.asp
  49. ASEAN+3 Health Ministers Meeting on Avian Influenza
    Bangkok, November 25-26, 2004
    ASEAN+3 ministers met with international organization representatives and agreed to engage in the transparent and accessible exchange of data, working in conjunction with international organizations such as the WHO. They discussed cooperation for preparation, control and surveillance measures to fight bird flu.
    Web site: http://www.asean-disease-surveillance.net/ASNNews_
    Detail.asp?ID=2218
  50. ASEAN Senior Economic Officials Meeting
    Vientiane, November 25, 2004
  51. ASEAN SOM, ASEAN+3 SOM, ASEAN + China SOM, ASEAN + Japan SOM, ASEAN + Korea SOM, ASEAN-India SOM
    Vientiane, November 25-26, 2004
    At the plus three meeting, senior officials from the 13 countries discussed the establishment of an East Asian Community through a step-by-step approach, the East Asian Summit which Malaysia has proposed it host, and the East Asian Free Trade Area (EAFTA) as well as plans for the upcoming individual leaders summit and the plus three summit.
    Web site: http://www.10thaseansummit.gov.la/press_re2.htm
  52. ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting (AEM), ASEAN+China, ASEAN+Japan, ASEAN+RoK, ASEAN+India Ministerial Meetings
    Vientiane, November 27, 2004
  53. ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting
    Vientiane, November 27, 2004
    Japan's Foreign Minister met with his ASEAN counterparts and agreed to start negotiations in April 2005 on an economic partnership agreement in the shape of a FTA with ASEAN.
    Web site: http://www.10thaseansummit.gov.la/press_re3.htm;
  54. The Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam (CLMV) Summit
    Vientiane, November 27, 2004
    The leaders of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam met for their first ever summit. The goals of the summit, which will hereafter be held ever year in conjunction with the ASEAN Summit, are to determine the actual potential of CLMV and to harness their strengths; identify opportunities and challenges and to formulate policy and program responses; to raise cooperation with other ASEAN countries and the international community in enhancing economic progress in the sub-region.
    Web site: http://www.10thaseansummit.gov.la/press_re5.htm
  55. ASEAN + Russia Ministerial Meeting
    Vientiane, November 29, 2004
    At this meeting, Russia acceded to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia.
  56. Trilateral Meeting of the Leaders of China, Japan and Korea
    Vientiane, November 29, 2004
    This was the sixth time the leaders from these three countries have met. The leaders discussed North Korea, Iraq and reform of the UN. They adopted the Action Strategy on Trilateral Cooperation among the People's Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, which outlines steps for concrete cooperation in areas of economy, trade, culture and people-to-people exchange, politics, and security, in the hopes of achieving prosperity and stability in East Asia.
    Web site: http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/asean/conference/
    asean3/summary0411.html
  57. 10th ASEAN Summit, ASEAN Plus Three Summit, ASEAN + China Summit, ASEAN + Japan Summit, ASEAN + Korea Summit, 3rd ASEAN-India Summit
    Vientiane, November 29-30, 2004
    ASEAN leaders decided that Malaysia should host an inaugural East Asia Summit in 2005 and include China, Japan and South Korea, although the exact framework is still undecided. All agreed it would be an important first step towards creating an East Asian community. They also signed a declaration against trafficking, particularly of women and children. At the +3 Summit, the eighth of its kind, all agreed for a body of experts to be formed to examine the establishment of an East Asian Free Trade Agreement (EAFTA) including the 13 countries. At the Japan-ASEAN Summit, they adopted the ASEAN-Japan Joint Declaration for Cooperation in the Fight against International Terrorism. Various other declarations and action plans for partnership and cooperation were agreed upon with the dialogue partners.
    Web site: 10th ASEAN Summit: http://www.10thaseansummit.gov.la/press_re6.htm;
    http://www.aseansec.org/16631.htm; ASEAN + 3: http://www.aseansec.org/16847.htm; http://www.10thaseansummit.gov.la/press_re7.htm; China: http://www.aseansec.org/16749.htm; Japan: http://www.aseansec.org/16751.htm; Korea: http://www.aseansec.org/16743.htm; India: http://www.aseansec.org/16745.htm
  58. ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Commemorative Summit
    Vientiane, November 30, 2004
    This commemorative summit was a one-off event, covering all issues of common concern. Leaders agreed to further enhance the ASEAN-Australia and New Zealand economic partnerships by launching negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), and to commence negotiations on an ASEAN-Australia and New Zealand Free Trade Area in early 2005, to be completed within two years. Despite urgings from ASEAN, Australia continued its stance against signing the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation owing to the non-interference in another country's internal affairs clause. They agreed to enhance cooperation and linkages for dealing with non-traditional security issues and human resource development, amongst other things.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/16747.htm; http://www.aseansec.org/16796.htm
  59. Seminar on the Promotion of Accession to the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism
    Tokyo, December 2, 2004
    A seminar organized and sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, which has become the coordinator for the conclusion and implementation of all twelve Counter-Terrorism Conventions and Protocols as part of the Bali Process for Ministerial Commitment on Counter-Terrorism Issues in the Asia-Pacific Region. This seminar was a follow up to the to ensure early implementation of the protocols and to provide technical assistance to those countries which have the political will but not the capacity to do so. Participated in by about 50 officials from ASEAN and other Asia Pacific countries, as well as representatives of international organizations such as United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) and United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI).
    Web site: http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/terrorism/remark0412.html
  60. Workshop on Combating Sea Piracy
    Kuala Lumpur, December 2-4, 2004
  61. ASEAN SOM and ASEAN-China SOM on the Implementation of DOC (Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea)
    Kuala Lumpur, December 7, 2004
    The main step taken in this meeting was the establishment of the ASEAN-China Joint Working Group on the Implementation of the DOC (ASEAN-China JWG), whose is to study and recommend measures to translate the provisions of the DOC into concrete cooperative activities that will enhance mutual understanding and trust.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/16885.htm
  62. 1st Task Force Meeting on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
    Singapore, December 21, 2004
    This task force was created by ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) at their meeting in October 2004 to coordinate cooperation for the control and eradication of HPAI in the region, in recognition of the potential adverse impact of HPAI on global public health, poultry production, trade and economic development.