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Chinese 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 9-11-01 ManilaTimes.net
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
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.

Passage of no-confidence bill set to wreak havoc in Korean politics 9-04-01 Kore Herald
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. said Monday.

US may 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.

Japan, U.S. agree to new auto talks 09-03-01 JapanTimes
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 politics.

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 Suratkabar.com
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.

US expert: 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 8-29-01 CNN.com
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 Signs New Agreement With IMF for Economic Reforms 8-28-01 suratkabar.com
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 8-28-01 chinadaily.com.cn
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 spokesman.

U.N. to conduct nutrition survey on N. K. children in 2002 8-28-01 Korea Herald
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.

Korea rules against song-sharing 8-27-01 CNN
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 copyrights.

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 Korea Herald
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
8-13-01 Suratkabar
JAKARTA, Indonesia (SuratkabarCom) - As Indonesia's new President Megawati Sukarnoputri settles into her job, there is growing evidence that she may have been underrated

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 textbook authors.

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.

China: US 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.

13 pandas 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 Commmittee said.

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

Indonesian landslide toll 'at least 100'  08-01-01 CNN
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.

Typhoon kills 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 07-30-01 CNN.com
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  07-30-2001 China Daily
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, Britain.

US Powell: US welcomes the transfer of power in Indonesia 07-24-01 Suratkabar.com
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 Tuesday.

The 34th 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  06-12-01 Suratkabar.com
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 United Kingdom...

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  
03-14-01 Suratkab.com

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 region.

October-December GDP grew 0.8% 
3-13-01 JapanTimes
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 Monday.

US Dow / Nasdaq Down  3-12-01 AsianInfo.org
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.

Indonesia's Currency, Stocks Falter,As Political Turmoil Scares Investors  
3-12-01 Suratkabar.com
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.

Conflicts 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.

Earthquake Jolts Indonesia's Java Island  
3-04-01  Suratkabar.com 
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   3-04-01BangkokPost
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.

Malaysia:Indonesia 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 CNN
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  
2-24-01 Suratkabar.com
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.

Indonesia Rupiah Lower Late On Worries Over IMF Loans  
2-21-01 Suratkabar.com
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.

Asian 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 -- widows.

Allies 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.

Evacuation efforts slow near restive Indonesian volcano   2-12-01 Suratkabar.com
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, scientists said.

One million devotees throng Batu Caves 2-08-01 thestar.com
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 Suratkabar.com
Some Southeast Asian governments are increasingly imposing restrictions on the transactions of their currencies, and this has been drying up the liquidity on the markets. 

Manila stocks, peso dive after street protests against Estrada 1-17-01 Business-times.asia1.com.
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.

8 million: The magic number for arrivals this year 1-16-01 Straitstimes.asia1.com
Expecting to set another record for the number of visitors to Singapore despite forecasted US slowdown, STB predicts 8% increase in arrivals


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