Regional Overview

Chronology from Jan 2002 to Mar 2002

: Jack Pritchard, U.S. special envoy to the inter-Korean peace talks, meets with Pak Gil-yon, DPRK ambassador to the UN in New York.

: The U.S. and ROK sign memorandum of understanding on land swapping.  Under the Land Partnership Plan, the U.S. will close 31 U.S. military facilities over next 10 years.

: India and PRC open their first direct air route.

: The PRC and Japan sign yuan-yen swap agreement.

: ROK FM Choi meets PRC FM Tang in Beijing.

: President Megawati meets with DPRK leader Kim Jong-il; urges DPRK to resume inter Korean dialogue.

: Indian FM Jaswant Singh visits China.

: Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov visits Vietnam, announces Russia’s early withdrawal from the naval base of Cam Ranh Bay by July 2002.

: Seoul announces that DPRK will resume dialogue with the ROK in April.

: President Megawati meets President Jiang in Beijing, President Jiang offers $400 million loans.

: Under Secretary Bolton and Russian Deputy FM Mamedov hold nuclear arms control talks in Geneva.

: PM Koizumi visits Seoul, discusses a possible joint working group to develop an FTA.

: The U.S. and the ROK conduct the biggest joint military exercise, Foal Eagle, since the end of Korean War.

: Taiwan Economic Minister Christine Tsung resigns.

: Chinese Ambassador to Seoul Li Bin warns that NGO activities to help North Korean defectors undermine bilateral relationship between Seoul and Beijing.

: PRC declines the request for the USS Curtis Wilbur, a U.S. Navy destroyer, to make a routine port call in Hong Kong April 5-9.

: Twenty-five DPRK defectors arrive in Seoul after seeking asylum in Beijing.

: PRC Vice FM Wang Yi and Japanese Deputy FM Takano Toshiyuki hold the first vice-ministerial security meeting in Tokyo.

: PRC Vice FM Li Zhaoxing summons U.S. Ambassador to PRC Clark Randt and delivers “solemn representations” on Taiwan delegation’s visit to the U.S.

: Jack Pritchard, U.S. special envoy to the inter-Korean peace talks, meets with Pak Gil-yon, DPRK ambassador to the UN in New York.

: PM Koizumi and President Musharraf hold their first summit in Tokyo.

: DPRK Deputy FM Kim Young-il visits Beijing, meets with PRC Vice Premier Qian Qichen.

: Russian DM Igor Ivanov in Washington, D.C., meets with President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

: U.S.-Taiwan nongovernmental business meeting in Florida.  U.S. Deputy Sec. of Defense Wolfowitz and Asst. Sec. of State James Kelly meet informally with Taiwan’s Defense Minister Tang Yiau-ming and Chief of the General Staff Li Chieh.

: PRC Finance Minister Xiang Huaicheng proposes 17.6 percent increase in defense spending.

: Philippines Foreign Minister Teofisto Guingona announces Philippine plans to buy 24 F-5 fighter jets from Taiwan.

: Kim Yong-nam in Malaysia.

: Russian President Vladimir Putin expresses support for the U.S.-led antiterrorism war in Georgia.

: PRC-Russia Friendship Treaty ratified in Russia.

: Regional Ministerial Conference on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crimes is held in Indonesia.

: PRC President Jiang in Vietnam, frameworks agreement on the provision of preferential loans by China to Vietnam and an agreement on economic and technical cooperation signed.

: DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly Executive Committee Chairman Kim Yong-nam visits Thailand to improve investment cooperation and signs bilateral agreements on business, culture, and media exchanges.

: Indonesia, East Timor, Australia trilateral ministerial meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali.

: Indonesia and East Timor hold the first ministerial level meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali.

: Secretary Powell says Beijing’s export of missile technology remains an obstacle to the bilateral relationship.

: A U.S. Army helicopter goes down off the island of Mindanao, killing all 12 U.S. military personnel on board.

: Under Secretary Bolton indicates that U.S. might use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states, saying “we would do whatever is necessary to defend America’s innocent civilian population.”

: Thai Deputy PM Nguyen Tan Dung meets with Vietnamese counterpart in Ha Noi; the two agree on the establishment of communication channels and joint sea patrols.

: President Bush in the PRC.

: U.S. Under Secretary of State John Bolton and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Georgii Mamedov hold arms control talks in Moscow.

: President Bush in the ROK.

: U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers and Indian DM George Fernandes hold talks on arms sales in India.

: President Bush visits Japan.

: President Bush meets Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in Washington, D.C.

: DPRK releases Japanese journalist Sugishima Takashi after two years of detention.

: East Timor adopts a Constitution draft, to be finalized in early March and effective in May.

: FM Kawaguchi speaks via phone with FM Tang and ROK FM Choi Sung-hong.

: North Korea officials call off U.S. delegations’ visit scheduled on Feb. 19-22.

: G-7 meeting in Ottawa.

: DPRK Ambassador to UN Pak Gil-yon indicates DPRK is ready to resume talks with U.S.

: CIA Director George Tenet says that the DPRK continues to export missiles.

: ROK President Kim replaces FM Han Seung-soo with Choi Sung-hong.

: ROK and Japanese high-level officials hold security talks in Tokyo.

: Citizens of Japan and the ROK launch nongovernmental organization “History Education Asia Network” in Tokyo.

: Yu Shyi-kun is sworn in as Taiwanese premier.

: Kawaguchi Yoriko is sworn in as Japanese foreign minister.

: Russian Foreign Minister Ivanov meets with PM Koizumi and FM Kawaguchi in Japan.

: UN Security Council votes to extend UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) until May.

: U.S. and the Philippines begin six-month joint anti-terrorism exercise “Balikatan 2002.”

: New ROK Minister of Unification Jeong Se-hyun takes office.

: Cambodia successfully holds the first elections for local level officials.

: Indonesian and Singaporean agree to include Indonesia’s Batam and Bintan Islands in the U.S.-Singapore free trade area.

: Russian PM Mikhail Kasyanov in Washington, D.C. and New York.

: Japanese FM Tanaka resigns.

: President Bush names North Korea, Iran, and Iraq as “axis of evil” in his State of the Union address.

: Philippine President Macapagal-Arroyo in the UK, Canada, and the U.S.

: USCINCPAC Adm. Blair in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, and South Korea, invites Vietnamese officials to observe “Cobra Gold,” the biggest wargame in Southeast Asia, in May.

: Australian PM Howard visits the U.S., Singapore, and Indonesia.

: ROK FM Han meets with Secretary Powell and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice in Washington, D.C.

: Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group (TCOG) meeting in Seoul.

: Seoul and Tokyo agree on extradition treaty.

: U.S. and DPRK fail to reach an agreement at the talks on U.S. MIA held in Thailand.

: Russian Navy Chief Adm. Indroko Sastrowiryono visits Japan.

: Lee Hoi-chang, leader of the Grand National Party and leading ROK presidential candidate, visits U.S. and meets with President Bush.

: The Commission for Reception, Truth, and Reconciliation is installed in East Timor to address reconciliation and justice issues.

: Taiwan Premier Chang Chun-hsiung resigns.

: Afghanistan reconstruction international meeting in Tokyo.

: Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. visits Seoul.

: ROK Foreign Minister Han Seung-soo meets with FM Tanaka in Tokyo.

: Secretary Powell visits Japan to attend the Afghanistan reconstruction meetings, meets with PM Koizumi and FM Tanaka Makiko.

: ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) ministerial meeting in Beijing.

: Secretary Powell in India.

: UN announces East Timor’s first presidential election date, April 14.

: Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra meets with Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri in Indonesia.

: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell visits Pakistan.

: First contingent of about 100 U.S. forces, including Special Forces, deploy to southern Philippines to train Philippine forces fighting against the Abu Sayyaf.

: U.S. and Russian defense officials meet to discuss nuclear arm cuts in Washington.

: IAEA inspection team visits nuclear facilities in Yongbyon, North Korea.

: PRC Premier Zhu Rongji visits India.

: U.S. Pacific Command Third Multinational Planning Augmentation Team (MPAT) meeting is held in Seoul; 150 military officials from 30 nations attend, including Japan, the PRC, and Russia.

: Jack Pritchard, U.S. special envoy to the inter-Korean peace talks, meets with Pak Gil-yon, DPRK ambassador to the UN.

: Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro visits Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines, proposes a “Comprehensive Economic Partnership.”

: U.S. Congressional delegation meets with PRC President Jiang Zemin.

: Foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meet in Beijing for a “non-regular” meeting to coordinate a regional counterterrorism agency and a mechanism for emergency response.

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