Regional Overview

Chronology from Jul 2001 to Oct 2001

: President Megawati and PM Koizumi meet in Tokyo.

: PM Koizumi meets President Bush in Washington.

: President Bush cancels his visits to Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing, but still plan’s to attend October APEC Leader’s Meeting in Shanghai.

: FM Tanaka and DM Ivanov meet.

: Indian National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra visits Washington.

: Russian DM Ivanov meets President Bush and Secretary Powell in Washington.

: President Megawati meets with President Bush in Washington.

: South and North Korea agree to resume family reunions.

: Deputy Secretary of State Armitage visits Moscow.

Sept. 20-21, 2001: FM Tang meets President Bush and Secretary Powell in Washington.

: Taiwan wins WTO approval.

: FM Han Seung-soo meets Secretary Powell in Washington.

: WTO approves terms of PRC entry.

: Undersecretary Bolton arrives in Moscow for ABM withdrawal talks; meets with Deputy FM Georgii Mamedov.

: Inter-Korean ministerial level meeting in Seoul.

: Shanghai Cooperation Organization prime ministers’ meeting in Kazakhstan.

: President Macapagal-Arroyo and PM Koizumi meet in Tokyo.

: North Korea issues statement denouncing terrorist attack on the U.S.

: High-level U.S. and PRC military officers meet for the Military Maritime Consultative Agreement (MMCA) in Guam to discuss ways to avoid incidents like EP-3 collision.

: ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Hanoi.

: Terrorists attack the U.S., destroying the World Trade Center in New York and damaging Pentagon; President Putin is first to call President Bush to offer condolences and support.

: Russian DM Ivanov meets FM Tang in Moscow.

: Chinese Vice Premier Qian offers Hong Kong-style unification plan under which Taiwan will maintain its currency, customs, military, and government structures.

: Premier Zhu meets with President Putin in Moscow.

: Australian Prime Minister Howard meets with President Bush in Washington.

: The 50th anniversary of U.S.-Japan alliance.  Secretary Powell and FM Tanaka meet in San Francisco.

: Premier Zhu and Russian PM Mikhail Kasyanov sign the contract for oil pipeline and delivery of 203 civilian planes during his visit to Moscow.

: APEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Suzhou, China; ROK Deputy PM Jin Nyun meets U.S. Treasury Secretary O’Neill.

: KEDO Executive Director Charles Kartman in Seoul.

: FM Tanaka meets with Adm. Thomas Fargo, commander in chief U.S. Pacific Fleet, in Hawaii.

: ROK FM Han Seung-soo expresses objection to possible attendance at APEC by DPRK leader Kim.

: TCOG meets in Tokyo.

: ROK Cabinet resigns.

: The Kuomintang Party (KMT) expels former President Lee Teng-hui in response to his support for new Taiwan Solidarity Union.

: ROK National Assembly passes no-confidence motion against Unification Minister Lim.

: President Jiang meets DRRK leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang.

: North Korea proposes resumption of inter-Korean high-level dialogue, after a half of year silence.

: Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) Hiranuma Takeo and USTR Zoellick meet in Washington.

: East Timor’s first ballot to chose 88 member assembly to write the nation’s constitution occurs; no reports of violence.

: U.S. Assistant Secretary James Kelly in East Timor for talks.

: PM Thaksin meets PRC Premier Zhu Rongji in Beijing.

: President Megawati visits Malaysia, the last stop of her eight-day nine-nation tour. She visited Philippine, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Singapore before Malaysia.

: Indonesia reaches an agreement with IMF over $5 billion loan program.

: U.S.-ROK annual joint military exercises Ulchi Focus Lens begins.

: Undersecretary Bolton and DM Ivanov meet to discuss ABM Treaty.

: APEC Finance Minister’s Meeting in Hanoi.

: The Kyoto District Court rules that the central government must pay $375,000 to 15 Koreans who survived an explosion aboard the Imperial Japanese Navy transport ship during WWII.

: U.S. and China begin missile talks.

: South Korea detains 16 members of a delegation that visited North Korea.

: The PLA launches military exercises around Dongshan Island near Taiwan, the largest ever in terms of scale, duration, and the number of personnel committed (100,000 troops).

: President Macapagal-Arroyo visits Brunei to ask Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah for financial aid.

: U.S. Assistant Defense Secretary for International Security Affairs Peter Rodman says that the Defense Department is resuming limited military exchanges with PRC.

: Russia rejects U.S. proposal to withdraw from the ABM Treaty.

: Indonesian President Megawati meets with President Macapagal-Arroyo in Manila.

Aug. 21, 2001: Undersecretary of State Bolton meets with Russian Deputy FM Georgii Mamedov in Moscow.

: Vietnamese President Truc Duc Long meets with President Kim in Seoul.

: PM Koizumi warns President Putin over Russia’s granting licenses to fish off the coast of Kurile Islands to South Korea.

: U.S. Navy holds one-day military exercise in the South China Sea.

: APEC Senior Officials Meeting at Dailan, China.

: ROK unification activists taking part in Liberation Day Ceremonies in Pyongyang visit politically contentious monument, prompting arrests and calls for Unification Minister Lim Dong-won to resign.

: PM Koizumi visits Yasukuni Shrine.

: China rejects U.S. offer of $34,000 to cover the cost of EP-3 collision.  China demands $1 million.

: Secretary Rumsfeld meets Russian DM Ivanov in Moscow for arms talks.

: Biden delegation meets with President Kim in Seoul.

: PM Koizumi re-elected as president of LDP without challenge.

Aug. 10, 2001: USTR Zoellick in Jakarta.

: Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk signs legislation to establish a genocide tribunal.

: Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malaysia.

: DPRK rejects U.S. agenda for dialogue.

: U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith and Russian Col. Gen. Yury Bauyevsky hold arms talks at the Pentagon.

: Biden delegation meets President Jiang at Beidaihe; visits Shanghai and Beijing.

: U.S. Senate delegation led by Joseph Biden, chairman of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, meets with President Chen in Taipei.

: DPRK leader Kim tours Russian satellite launching center in Korolyov.

: North Korean leader Kim meets with President Putin in Moscow; the two sign Moscow Declaration and DPRK-Russia Railway Pact.

: Constitutional Court allows Thai PM Thaksin to keep his position.

: ROK DM Kim Dong-shin and Vietnamese DM Pham Van Tra meet in Seoul.

: Australian FM Alexander Downer and Minister of Defense Peter Reith meet with Secretary Powell and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld in Australia for AUSMIN.

: Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) claims upset win in Upper House election with 64 seats.

: President Jiang and Secretary Powell meet in Beijing.

: Secretary Powell says Washington is ready for talks with Pyongyang “at the time and place of North Korea’s choice” at meeting with President Kim in ROK.

: ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference and China-ASEAN dialogue are held in Hanoi.

: North Korean leader Kim Jong-il begins Russia trip.

: Former ROK President Kim Young-sam meets with President Chen in Taiwan.

: U.S. abandons talks on 1972 Biological Weapons Convention enforcement.

: ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial Meeting is held in Hanoi; Secretary Powell meets Chinese FM Tang Jiaxuan, among others.

: National Security Adviser Rice, U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, and Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans meet with President Putin in Moscow.

: John Bolton, U.S. undersecretary for arms control and international security, says U.S. TMD could cover Taiwan.

: ASEAN Plus Three meet in Hanoi.
: U.S. Ambassador to China Clark Randt arrives in Beijing.

July 23, 2001: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Annual Ministers’ Meeting in Hanoi.

: Presidents Putin and Bush meet at G-8 summit in Genoa.

July 23, 2001: Megawati Sukarnoputri appointed as Indonesian President.

: China signs $1.8 billion deal to buy 40 Russian Su-30 MKK ground attack jets.

: FM Tanaka and Secretary Powell meet at G-8 Ministerial Meeting in Rome.

: President Jiang and Russian President Putin sign the Sino-Russian Treaty of Good Neighborliness, Friendship, and Cooperation during Jiang’s visit to Moscow.

: Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Atal  Behari Vajpayee meet in Agra, India.

: DPRK refuses IAEA inspection.

: National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice visits Moscow to discuss MD.

July 16, 2001: Secretary Powell meets with Malaysian FM Syed Hamid Albar.

: PRC is selected to host 2008 Summer Olympics.

: U.S. and North Korean officials hold talks on resuming North-South dialogue in New York.

: Seoul freezes all money transactions and cancels plans to open its market to Japanese music tapes.

: President Jiang expresses indignation over textbook issue and PM Koizumi’s Yasukuni Shrine visit in meeting with LDP Secretary General Yamasaki.

: ROK President Kim Dae-jung refuses to see LDP Secretary General Yamasaki.

: Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Taiwan’s New Party agree to engage in occasional party-to-party talks.

: Former Philippine President Estrada indicted on the capital offense of economic plunder.

: Tokyo replies to Beijing and Seoul that the newly approved history text book contains no “clear mistakes.”

: President Bush calls Chinese President Jiang Zemin to raise concerns over arrests of U.S. citizens and green card holders.

: EP-3 surveillance plane flown out of China, in pieces, aboard a Russian cargo plane.

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