Chronology from Apr 2002 to Jul 2002
: An inter-Korean firefight in the Yellow Sea sinks an ROK patrol boat, killing five. Northern casualties are estimated at 30. Each accuses the other of shooting first.
: G-8 summit is held at the Kananaskis retreat in the Canadian Rockies.
: PM Mahathir announces intention to retire immediately, later agrees to remain for 16 more months.
: The U.S.-Malaysia “CARAT 2002” joint military exercise.
: Trade Minister Shi warns countries not to enter FTAs with Taiwan.
: Asst. Secretary Kelly says the U.S. will hold talks with DPRK soon.
: Thai troops and Burma troops exchange fire.
: The Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) in Cha-am, Thailand.
: U.S. and Philippine forces exchange fire with guerillas in the Philippines.
: TCOG meets in San Francisco.
: Russia announces it is no longer bound by the 1993 Start II accords that outlaw multiple-warhead missiles and other destabilizing strategic weapons.
: U.S. coordinator on North Korea Jack Pritchard meets with North Korean Ambassador to the UN Pak Gil-yon in New York.
: Australian PM John Howard meets President Bush at the White House.
: U.S. formally abandons the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
: U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft meets with Russian Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov in Moscow.
: U.S. and South Korea draw 1-1 in World Cup match.
: Secretary Powell’s address to Asia Society outlines U.S. Asia policy.
: U.S.-North Korea MIA talks in Thailand. Negotiators agree to hold three 30-day searches in North Korea starting July 20.
: Bush administration grants Russia status as a “market economy.”
: President Jiang visits St. Petersburg for the SCO summit.
: The first Conference on Interaction and Confidence building measures in Asia (CICA) held in Kazakhstan; Presidents Jiang, Putin, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, and Indian PM Vajpayee participate.
: Secretary Wolfowitz meets President Macapagal-Arroyo in Manila.
: PM Koizumi attends World Cup opening ceremony in Seoul, meets President Kim Dae-jung.
: DM Djalil and Secretary Wolfowitz meet in Singapore.
: Russian DM Sergei Ivanov visits Beijing to meet Chinese counterpart Chi Haotian and other leaders.
: DM Ivanov meets President Jiang in Beijing.
: Shangri-la dialogue on Asian security is held in Singapore. Ministers and security officials from 20 countries participate, including Secretary Wolfowitz.
: Secretary Wolfowitz states that the U.S. “opposes” Taiwan independence.
: APEC Trade ministerial meeting held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
: Bush and Putin both arrive in Italy to formally sign the NATO protocol on the NATO-Russia Council.
: SCO holds first economic ministerial meeting in Shanghai.
: U.S. joint military exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) held in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.
: Australian FM Alexander Downer meets with Indonesia FM Hassan Wirajuda in Jakarta.
: President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin sign a treaty that slashes long-range nuclear warheads by two-thirds by the year 2012, in Russia.
: PM Mahathir meets President Kim in Seoul.
: DPRK FM Paek Nam-sum meets with FM Ivanov in Russia.
: PRC FM Tang Jiaxuan meets with PM Goh in Singapore.
: East Timor achieves independence; President Megawati attends ceremony.
: President Macapagal-Arroyo and PM Mahathir in Tokyo.
: A DPRK team visits the South to inspect a nuclear power plant.
: Burma’s military junta signs agreement with Russia to build a nuclear research reactor.
: New USCINCPAC Adm. Thomas Fargo meets President Macapagal-Arroyo in the Philippines.
: SCO defense ministers meet in Moscow.
: The U.S., Thai, and Singapore forces joint military exercise “Cobra Gold” is held in Thailand.
: Indonesian DM Matori Abdul Djalil hold talks with Secretary Rumsfeld and NSC Rice in D.C.
: President Kim quits the Millennium Democratic Party
: PM Mahathir visits the U.S. and signs antiterrorism treaty.
: South Korean Representative Park Geun-hye visits DPRK, meets with Kim Jong-il.
: ASEAN Plus Three hold fifth finance ministers’ meeting in Shanghai.
: Two PRC naval ships pay the first visit to the ROK.
: North Korean asylum-seekers forcibly taken from Japan’s consulate in Shenyang by Chinese police.
: Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines sign pact to coordinate security operations to fight terrorism.
: North Korea cancels participation in new round of inter-Korean economic talks.
: Burma’s democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi is released from 19 months’ house arrest.
: East Timor President Gusmao meets President Megawati in Indonesia, invites her to East Timor’s independence ceremony on May 20.
: PM Koizumi visits New Zealand.
: Singaporean Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew meets President Bush in the U.S.
: FM Ivanov meets with President Bush and hold arms talks with Secretary Powell in Washington.
: PM Koizumi visits Australia and agrees to open working level talks on a free trade area.
: KEDO-DPRK talks resume in Hyangsan, North Korea.
: Malaysian DM Najib Tun Razak meets Secretary Rumsfeld and members of Congress.
: PM Koizumi visits East Timor.
: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld meets with Russian DM Sergei Ivanov and FM Ivanov in Moscow.
: Officials from the DPRK and Japan meet in Beijing to discuss abduction issue.
: Laotian PM Boun Nhang Vorachith meets with President Macapagal-Arroyo in the Philippines.
: PM Koizumi visits Vietnam.
: VP Hu meets with President Bush and other senior officials in Washington.
: Shanghai Cooperative Organization (SCO) holds foreign ministers’ meeting in Moscow.
: FM Ivanov meets Chinese FM Tang Jiaxuan.
: Secretary Powell says U.S. is ready to resume dialogue with North Korea.
: U.S. Joint Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Myers visits the Philippines, Japan, and the ROK.
: Under Secretary of State John Bolton and Russian Deputy FM Mamedov hold arms talks in Moscow.
: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Peter Brookes visits Jakarta to initiate a new U.S.-Indonesian security dialogue.
: PRC Vice President Hu Jintao visits Malaysia and Singapore.
: “Balikatan 2002” military exercises held on Luzon island, Philippines.
: PM Koizumi unexpectedly visits Yasukuni Shrine.
: China cancels April 27-30 visit of JDA chief Nakatani and scheduled May port call in Tokyo by PLA Navy.
: G-7 financial ministers’ meeting in Washington.
: Japanese Defense Agency (JDA) chief Nakatani Gen visits the ROK.
: Xanana Gusmao wins East Timor’s first presidential election.
: U.S.-Japan working-level security meetings held in Washington, D.C. Asahi reports U.S. officials informally request Japan to dispatch Aegis-equipped warship to Indian Ocean.
: ROK FM Choi Sung-hong meets President George W. Bush, Secretary Powell, and National Security Council Advisor Condoleezza Rice in the U.S.
: USCINCPAC Adm. Dennis Blair visits the Philippines.
: Japan and the ROK hold the first bilateral history panel attended by high-level officials.
: Air China Flight 129 from Beijing to Pusan crashes in bad weather on approach to Pusan’s Kimhae Airport.
: Asst. Secretary Kelly meets Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad in Malaysia.
: Secretary of State Colin Powell meets with Russian FM Igor Ivanov for talks on nuclear arms at Madrid conference on Middle East security.
: USTR Zoellick meets with Japanese Trade Minister Hiranuma Takeo and FM Kawaguchi Yoriko in Tokyo.
: The first Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan, China; PRC Premier Zhu Rongji, PM Koizumi, and PM Thaksin among attendees.
: Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group (TCOG) meeting in Tokyo.
: U.S. Congressional Taiwan Caucus is inaugurated by Co-Founders and Co-Chairs: Representatives Robert Wexler, Steve Chabot, Sherrod Brown, and Dana Rohrabacher. Ambassador C.J. Chen, Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, and a 14-member delegation from the Legislative Yuan, led by the Honorable Trong R. Chai, also attend.
: Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Donald Gregg visits Pyongyang in a private capacity.
: Japanese and ROK Justice Ministers sign an extradition treaty in Seoul.
: USTR Zoellick visits China.
: Indian PM Atal Behari Vajapayee meets with Singapore PM Goh Chok Tong in Singapore.
: ROK PM Lee Han-dong meets with Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong and PM Phan Van Khai in Vietnam.
: Liberal Party leader Ozawa Ichiro suggests Japan could “produce nuclear warheads” if threatened by China “arrogance.”
: India-Burma-Thailand foreign ministerial meeting is held in Rangoon, Burma.
: Douglas Paal appointed director of the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan.
: Asst. State Secretary James Kelly lays out the U.S. ASEAN and North Korea policy in a speech at Asia Society in Washington, D.C.
: President Bush calls Taiwan “Republic of Taiwan” in a State Department speech.
: USTR Robert Zoellick meets with Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in Bangkok.
: DPRK Deputy PM Cho Chan-dok visits Russia.
: Ex-ROK Unification Minister Lim Dong-won visits Pyongyang as ROK President Kim Dae-jung’s special envoy. After talks with DPRK Leader Kim Jong-il and others, he returns with a commitment to resume inter-Korean cooperation, including a new offer of a second cross-DMZ rail link.
: ROK special envoy Lim Dong-won meets with DPRK leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang.
: Li Peng, chairman of China’s National People’s Congress, visits Japan.