Police Stop U.S. Boy's Peace Protest
A 13-year-old U.S boy,
Jonathan Lee, who is campaigning for a peace park, was released from Chinese
detention along with his mother, after staging a brief protest near Tiananmen
Square in Beijing.
He is asking the China to support:
1.The end of the Korean War with the signing of a peace treaty between the two
Koreas and the U.S.
2.A nuclear free Korean peninsula.
3.The creation of a Children's Peace Forest in the DMZ. It's motto is Above
Politics, Above Borders, Above Conflicts, Above Ideology. It's all about giving
hope to people and children around the world. More......
China's WTO entry, Olympics boost Korean industry
9-11-01 Korea Herald
Despite Korean pop culture winning wider acceptance in China in recent years, a
recent report suggests that it has yet to hit its peak as China is set to
witness an explosive market expansion in line with the country gaining a WTO
membership and winning the rights to host the 2008 Olympics.
Gov't to designate Busan as duty-free zone
9-11-01 Korea Herald
President Kim Dae-jung said yesterday that the government will designate Busan
as a duty-free zone by the end of this year to help develop the southern port
city into a hub of distribution in Northeast Asia.
17-year-old Filipina a midshipman at Annapolis
Annapolis, Maryland—This Filipina weighs only 95 pounds, but Rea Dacanay, a
4th-class midshipman at the United States Naval Academy here, can do 60 push-ups
in under two minutes, and follow it up with 65 sit-ups.
Korea Kim wants Japan to ease tension for World Cup
9-10-01 China Daily
South Korean President Kim Dae-jung said on Monday he hoped Japan would take
responsible steps to resolve issues such as the controversy over Japanese
history textbooks ahead of the 2002 World Cup. South Korea and Japan are
co-hosting the soccer finals, the world's biggest sporting event, but relations
between the two countries have frayed because of the textbooks and the visit
last month by Japan's prime minister to a war shrine.
Negotiations for Chinese kidnap victims ongoing: military chief
9-10-01 China Daily
Passage of no-confidence bill set to wreak havoc in Korean
politics 9-04-01 Kore Herald
Negotiations are underway to win the release of a Chinese engineer and a
Filipino guide held captive by Muslim gunmen in the southern Philippines, armed
forces chief General Diomedio Villanueva confirmed on Monday.
The passage of a parliamentary no-confidence vote on Unification Minister Lim
Dong-won is expected to have a huge impact on Korean politics, including the
possible breakup of President Kim Dae-jung's three-way ruling coalition, party
officials and analysts said yesterday.
Unification Minister Lim hit with no-confidence motion
9-04-01 Korea Herald
The National Assembly yesterday passed a no-confidence bill on Unification
Minister Lim Dong-won, dealing a serious blow to President Kim Dae-jung's
"sunshine" policy toward North Korea and casting a cloud over domestic politics.
Friendly ties with DPRK to intensify
9-04-01 China Daily
President Jiang Zemin Monday started his three-day official goodwill visit to
the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), expressing support for
reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula.
Gas pipes ruled out as cause of Kabukicho blaze 9-04-01 Japan Times
An inspection of the gas pipes in the Meisei 56 Building in Shinjuku where 44
people died in a Saturday morning fire has ruled out the possibility the blaze
was triggered by a gas explosion stemming from corroded pipes, Tokyo Gas Co.
acquiesce to build-up of China's missiles 9-03-01 Taipei Times
The Bush administration, seeking to overcome Chinese opposition to its missile
defense program, intends to tell leaders in Beijing that it has no objections to
the country's plans to build up its small fleet of nuclear missiles, according
to senior administration officials.
U.S. agree to new auto talks
MEXICO CITY (Kyodo) Japanese trade minister Takeo Hiranuma and U.S. Trade
Representative Robert Zoellick agreed Saturday to start a new round of auto
trade talks, a Japanese official said.
Minister Lim's fate set to have impact on N. Korea ties, politics
9-03-01 Korea Herald
The result of today's parliamentary no-confidence vote on Unification Minister
Lim Dong-won will have significant repercussions not only on inter-Korean
relations but on domestic politics also, analysts said yesterday.
Assembly to cast no-confidence vote on unification minister today
9-03-01 Korea Herald
The National Assembly will cast a no-confidence vote on Unification Minister Lim
Dong-won today, with its result expected to have a major influence on Korean
Fire in Tokyo nightspot kills 44
09-01-02 China Daily
Japanese authorities are checking if a gas leak or arson could have caused an
explosion and fire that killed 44 people in a small nightclub building in
central Tokyo early on Saturday. It was the worst such tragedy in
nearly 30 years.
World Shipping Indus
Concerns Seen Over Rescues At Sea 8-30-01
Australia's refusal to accept a Norwegian cargo ship that rescued 438 Afghan
refugees from a sinking ferry endangers the time-honored practice of saving
people at sea, the shipping industry warned Wednesday.
S. Korea to introduce Asia's first privately run prison 8-30-01 Korea Herald
South Korea plans to introduce what it says will be Asia's first privately run
prison by 2004, to help ease overcrowding in state jails.
Foreign textbooks, other than Japan's contain inaccurate accounts of Korea
8-30-01 Korea Herald
School textbooks used in foreign countries other than Japan contain a great deal
of incorrect information regarding Korea, according to an Education Ministry
report submitted to lawmakers.
Bush puts China policy back into main channel 8-30-01 ChinaDaily.com
US President George W. Bush is neither slow on the uptake nor putty in the hands
of hard-right advisers when it comes to China policy, rather he appears ahead of
his predecessors in bringing ties with Beijing back to track after initial
fluctuations, a well-known China policy expert said.
Cover up or else, Kashmir women told
Indonesia Signs New
Agreement With IMF for Economic Reforms
Muslim women are rushing to buy veils in Indian Kashmir for safety's sake as a
deadline to abide by a strict Islamic dress code draws near.
Indonesia's president, Megawati Sukarnoputri,
cleared her first hurdle in rebuilding investor confidence in her troubled
country by reaching a new reform agreement with the International Monetary Fund.
President Jiang to visit North Korea early September
Chinese President Jiang Zemin will
visit North Korea from September 3 to 5, announced Yu Hongjun, spokesman of the
International Department of the CPC Central Committee. The goodwill visit
will take place at the invitation of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il, said the
U.N. to conduct nutrition survey on N. K. children in 2002 8-28-01
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and Children's Fund (UNICEF) will
conduct a joint nationwide nutrition survey of North Korean children next year,
the visiting head of WFP said in Seoul yesterday. Catherine Bertini said
she reached an agreement with senior Pyongyang officials on the survey plan
during her visit to the communist country Aug. 18-21, her fourth trip to North
Korea rules against song-sharing
A South Korean court has ordered the operator of a defunct file-sharing Web site
to pay $75,300 ($98 million won) to two local record labels for violating
Koizumi's China visit linked to conciliatory pledge 8-27-01 JapanTimes
BEIJING (Kyodo) China said Saturday its acceptance of Prime Minister Junichiro
Koizumi's proposed visit to Beijing depends on whether Japan takes real action
to restore the trust of the people of Asian countries victimized by Japanese
aggression in the last century.
Korean boxer fights for unified homeland 8-27-01 Asahi.com
For Masamori Tokuyama, there was more
at stake than just boxing when he defended his World Boxing Council Super
Flyweight title in Seoul on May 20. The ethnic Korean, born and raised in
Japan, successfully defended his title for the second time in what he
considers his real homeland. On that night in Seoul he was declared winner
under his birth name, Hong Chang Su.
IOC President looks
forward to superb Olympiad in Beijing 8-27-01 China Daily
Though thinking Beijing will face many challenges to organize an Olympiad,
Jacques Rogge, newly-elected President of the International Olympic Committee
(IOC), expressed his full confidence that the Chinese capital will put on a
successful Games in 2008.
Korean Government reacts coldly to Koizumi plan to visit Korea 8-27-01
The South Korean government has given a lukewarm response to Japanese Prime
Minister Junichiro Koizumi's plan to visit Seoul before a meeting of Asian and
Pacific leaders in Shanghai in October. "It is difficult to
anticipate a summit meeting between the two countries unless Japan takes action
to cultivate a favorable atmosphere for his visit," said a government official.
Megawati Asserts Her New
Authority, Surprising Many Critics in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (SuratkabarCom) - As Indonesia's new President Megawati
Sukarnoputri settles into her job, there is growing evidence that she may have
S. Korea vows strong action if Koizumi visits shrine 8-13-01 Korean Herald
South Korea will take strong action if Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
visits a controversial war shrine, Seoul officials said yesterday. They said it
would make little difference even if he selects a date other than the Aug. 15
anniversary of the end of World War II.
Tokyo police raid anti-textbook
HQ 8-13-01 CNN
Police have raided the headquarters of a Japanese ultra-leftist faction in
connection with last week's bomb attack on the office of nationalist history
Thai floods claim 73 as search intensifies 8-13-01 CNN
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Officials began using dogs and heavy machinery Sunday in
the grim search for further victims of a flash flood in northern Thailand which
claimed at least 73 lives.
offer on spy plane "unacceptable" 8-12-01 China Daily
China said Saturday that the "decision" made by the US side to pay $34,000 in
support costs for its spy plane is unacceptable, and China has expressed the
utmost dissatisfaction with the US side.
expected to give birth 8-12-01 China Daily
Thirteen pandas in China's southwestern province of Sichuan are likely to give
birth in the next few months, expert at China's Giant Panda Breeding Technology
Central Taiwan counting the cost of
Typhoon Toraji 8-02-01 Taipei Times
Government officials touring the worst-affected areas have promised to pull out
all the stops in an effort to help those who suffered during Taiwan's most
devastating typhoon in four decades
Japanese public schools yet to adopt rightist textbooks
8-02-01 Korea Herald
Not a single public middle school in Japan has adopted the controversial history
textbook authored by a group of rightist scholars as of the end of July, a major
Japanese daily newspaper reported yesterday.
Up to 300 may be trapped in tin mine accident
Authorities in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region yesterday
confirmed a reported water leak in a tin mine in Nandan County but refused to
say how many people were trapped inside.
Indonesian landslide toll 'at least 100' 08-01-01
Relief workers fear that at
least 100 people have been killed by floods and landslides that have crushed
several villages on a remote Indonesian island popular with surfers.
46, leaves 150 missing in Taiwan 7-31-01 China Daily
At least 46 people have
been killed and 150 are missing in Taiwan after Typhoon Toraji caused floods,
mud and rock slides, and devastated farmlands in eastern and central parts of
the island, officials said on Tuesday.
Asia's Power Women: Indonesia's Megawati and the Philippines' Arroyo
Less than twelve uncertain hours after her controversial predecessor declared a
state of emergency, Indonesia's Megawati Sukarnoputri faced the nation's top
lawmakers and swore an oath of office making her Indonesia's fourth president in
the past three years.
Chinese swimmer crosses English Channel
US Powell: US welcomes the transfer of power in Indonesia
Swimmer Zhang Jian became the first
Chinese person to swim cross the English Channel early Monday morning as he
successfully landed in Calais, France, after a 12-hour journey from Dover,
The U.S. government fully supports the economic reform agenda of Japanese Prime
Minister Junichiro Koizumi, visiting U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said
ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM-34) ended in Hanoi on July 24, after two days.
07-24-01 Nhan Dan
Bush, Singapore PM Discuss Free-Trade Pact, Security
Singapore's Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong began a
week-long visit to Washington Monday, with a White House meeting where he and
President George W. Bush discussed ongoing negotiations over a free-trade
agreement and regional security concerns...
ASIAN MARKETS: Rebalancing act 05-22-01 AsianTimes
A reshuffling of the world's most widely tracked indexes on Saturday by Morgan
Stanley Capital International (MSCI) did not adversely effect regional bourses,
in spite of playing up the importance of markets in the United States and the
U.S. Losses Hit Asian Shares
Malaysia's Index Drops 6.2%
04-05-01 Suratkabar.com - Asian-Pacific markets finished mostly lower
Wednesday following a selloff on Wall Street on Tuesday. Malaysian stocks were
the hardest hit, plunging 6.2%.
Powell sends personal letter to Chinese vice premier 04-05-01 CNN
A personal letter from U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is the latest
effort by the Bush administration to end the standoff with Beijing over the U.S.
Navy plane and its crew being held by China.
Malaysia Hosted Record
10 Million Tourists In 2000 03-26-01 Suratkabar
Tourist arrivals in Malaysia surged last year to a new record of more than 10
million, the tourism board said Saturday.
Exxon Suspends Some
Work In Indonesia Due to Violence
Exxon Mobil Corp. shut down its onshore natural gas-producing operations in the
strife-torn Indonesian province of Aceh because of escalating violence in the
GDP grew 0.8%
Japan's gross domestic product expanded a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent during
the October-December period, the Cabinet Office said in a preliminary report
US Dow / Nasdaq Down
The Dow dropped 436 points to close at 10,208.62, while Nasdaq fell 128 points
dropping to 1,923.38. This caused concern among investors about future corporate
profits. This downward spiral was set off by the Nikkei in Japan dropping
a total of 3.6% at the close of trading on Monday.
Currency, Stocks Falter,As Political Turmoil Scares Investors
SINGAPORE - The Indonesian currency breached the psychologically important
barrier of 10,000 rupiah to the dollar in a sign that political chaos is sending
confidence in the country to ever deeper and more dangerous depths.
at THAI suspected 3-07-01 BangkokPost
Conflicts within Thai Airways International (THAI) could be behind
the bombing of its Boeing 737-400 plane before Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
was to board on Saturday, industry sources say.
Jolts Indonesia's Java Island
JAKARTA - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 jolted Indonesia's Java island
on Saturday, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said.
Thaksin's plane explodes
Authorities strongly suspect sabotage caused the explosion which
destroyed a Thai Airways International plane only minutes before Prime Minister
Thaksin Shinawatra was to board it yesterday.
Breaking Up Is Biggest Security Threat 2-27-01Suratkabar.com
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's defense minister warned Tuesday that Indonesia
risks "Balkanization" and breaking up into warring, splintered
territories and poses the biggest security threat in Southeast Asia.
U.S. envoy meets Myanmar pro-democracy leader 2-27-01
BANGKOK -- A U.S. State Department official has met with Myanmar's
pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and says she is "committed to
peaceful dialogue" with Myanmar's military government.
More Than 165 People
Are Killed In Ethnic Violence on Borneo Island
Indonesia : A navy landing craft and two transport ships sped Friday to a river
port on Borneo island to evacuate thousands of people caught in ethnic warfare
that has claimed at least 165 lives.
Lower Late On Worries Over IMF Loans
JAKARTA - The Indonesian rupiah was lower late Wednesday, pressured by concerns
about the release of International Monetary Fund loans, but losses were modest
as state banks came to its defense, dealers said.
Demographics: Widows Are New High-Growth Market
2-20-01 Suratkabar.com SINGAPORE -
Given the propensity of women to live longer than men, and factoring in
the overall aging of Asia, watch out for a new high-growth market --
hit Iraq with 'self-defense' strike 2-17-01 CNN
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military said a U.S.-led airstrike on Iraq Friday
was "essentially a self-defense operation." The attack, in
conjunction with British fighter aircraft, hit four targets south and
one north of Baghdad, the first strike of its kind in nearly two years.
efforts slow near restive Indonesian volcano 2-12-01
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia - Efforts to evacuate thousands of villagers
living in the shadow of Indonesia's Mount Merapi slowed Sunday with the
volcano showing signs of calming down despite fresh lava flows,
One million devotees throng Batu Caves 2-08-01
KUALA LUMPUR: An estimated one million people thronged Batu Caves here to
observe the new millennium's maiden Thaipusam celebrations yesterday.
Perspectives: Strict Rules Hit SE Asian Currency Markets 2-08-01
Some Southeast Asian governments are increasingly imposing restrictions on the
transactions of their currencies, and this has been drying up the liquidity on
stocks, peso dive after street protests against Estrada
The Philippine Stock Exchange Composite Index fell 93.16 points, or 6
percent, to 1458.63, the largest fall in two years, after thousands of
protesters took to the streets against President Joseph Estrada's likely
acquittal of corruption charges.
million: The magic number for arrivals this year 1-16-01
Expecting to set another record for the number of visitors to Singapore
despite forecasted US slowdown, STB predicts 8% increase in arrivals