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An Intellectual Dialogue on Building Asia's Tomorrow

The Asian Crisis: Meeting the Challenges to Human Security

Conference roomThe Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) in Tokyo and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore convened a major conference on the theme of "The Asian Crisis: Meeting the Challenges to Human Security" on December 2-3, 1998, at the Hotel Okura in Tokyo.

This conference followed up on Mr. Keizo Obuchi's speech in Singapore on May 4, 1998, when he was still Foreign Minister of Japan, pointing out that promotion of "intellectual interaction" is a critical element in forging a new partnership among countries in East Asia. The purpose of the conference was to strengthen the network among intellectual communities in this region through discussing the challenges of the Asian crisis threatening human security and how to meet them.

Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi made the opening remarks, and H.E. Surin Pitsuwan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, gave the keynote speech. The active discussion among 30 intellectuals from ASEAN countries, China, South Korea, and Japan and observers from Oceania, Europe, and the United States focused on two interrelated issues: (1) Joint Strategy for Enhancement of Human Security in East Asia, and (2) Roles of Intellectual Exchange in Achieving Common Aspirations in East Asia.

Background

Summary of Discussions

Agenda

Participants

Remarks by Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi

Speech by H.E. Surin Pitsuwan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand: "The Future of Asia"

Background Papers