Regional Overview

Chronology from Jul 2007 to Oct 2007

: Japan announces that economic sanctions on North Korea will be extended for six months to mid-April 2008 because there has been no progress made on the abduction of Japanese by North Korean agents.

: Thailand Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin retires from the military and steps down as head of the junta, but two days later was appointed as Deputy PM. Air Chief Marshal Chalit Pukbhasuk is named as his successor.

: UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari arrives in Burma on what the UN secretary general calls an “urgent mission” to broker negotiations between the military government and the pro-democracy opposition.

: President Bush approves $25 million to send 50,000 metric tons of heavy fuel oil to North Korea.

: Second Session of the Sixth Round of the Six Party Talks is held in Beijing. Delegates agree to a joint statement that requires North Korea to report and disable three nuclear facilities by Dec. 31, 2007.

: The U.S. hosts a one-day summit in Washington DC on climate change attended at the ministerial level by the 16 largest polluting nations.

: Japan’s PM Fukuda appoints a new Cabinet including Komura Masashiko as foreign minister and Ishiba Shigeru as defense minister.

: Myanmar government violently responds to ongoing protests. The government reports nine casualties, others report hundreds of casualties.

: Fukuda is installed as the new prime minister in Japan.

: President Bush announces in an address to the UN General Assembly new economic and diplomatic sanctions against Burma’s military junta and its financial supporters. He also calls on others to join the U.S. in forcing change in Burma.

: The UN hosts a one-day summit attended by leaders from 150 countries on climate change.

: Japanese observers attend military exercises in northeast China as guests of the Chinese military.

: Indonesia’s top court rejects final appeals by Islamic militants convicted of the 2002 Bali bombings.

: Kim Kye Gwan denounced reports of North Korean nuclear assistance to Syria as “baseless allegations fabricated by lunatics.”

: At least 30,000 (with some estimates as high as 100,000) protesters including 15,000 monks march through Rangoon in an anti-junta rally. The junta warns the government would respond militarily if senior monks did not restrain the protesters.

: Fukuda Yasuo is chosen as the new leader of the LDP in Japan.

: China announces Six-Party Talks will resume in Beijing on Sept. 27.

: The Alliance of All Burmese Monks issues a statement saying they will continue peaceful protests until the military government collapses.

: Nuon Chea, former deputy to Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot from 1975-1979, is arrested and charged with crimes against humanity as part of UN-sponsored genocide investigation in Cambodia.

: UN General Assembly’s general committee officially rejects Taiwan’s application to join the United Nations.

: Several news sources report that a Sept. 6 Israeli attack inside Syria was on what Israeli intelligence believes was a nuclear-related facility that North Korea was helping to equip.

: China announces that the Six-Party Talks scheduled to start Sept. 19 would be delayed indefinitely. Reports reveal the delay was requested by North Korea.

: Large demonstrations in Kaoshung, Taiwan back a referendum to approve a proposal to apply for entry into the United Nations under the name of Taiwan.

: Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada is convicted of plunder.

: Japan PM Abe resigns.

: Nuclear experts from Russia, China, and the U.S. visit North Korea to survey nuclear facilities and recommend ways to disable them.

: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum senior leaders meet in Sydney. Side meetings include Bush, Howard, Abe trilateral, plus Bush bilaterals with Abe, Roh, Putin, Hu, and ASEAN leaders.

: Russian President Putin visits Indonesia and signs an agreement to extend a $1 billion credit for the purchase of military equipment.

: The U.S. House of Representatives passes H.R. 508 “recognizing the strong security alliance between the Government of Japan and the United States and expressing appreciation to Japan for its role in enhancing stability in the Asia-Pacific region and its efforts in the global war against terrorism.”

: The Six-Party Talks Working Group on Japan-North Korea bilateral relations meets in Ulaanbaatar.

: The 13th annual Malabar naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal is conducted with participation by the U.S., India, Australia, Japan, and Singapore.

: Six-Party Talks Working Group on U.S.-North Korea bilateral relations meets in Geneva.

: An aircraft with relief goods chartered by U.S. aid organization, Samaritan’s Purse, lands in Pyongyang, the first direct flight from the U.S to North Korea since the end of the Korean War.

: Malaysia celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence.

: President Chen transits Anchorage on his return to Taiwan from Central America.

: Chinese DM Cao Gangchuan visits Japan and the Philippines.

: South Korea and Taliban insurgents reach agreement on the release of 19 Koreans held hostage in Afghanistan. The agreement calls for the release of all hostages beginning Aug. 29 in return for removal of all South Korean military forces by the end of 2007, ending all missionary work in Afghanistan, and banning all travel by Koreans to the country.

: In an interview with Phoenix TV, Deputy Secretary Negroponte urges Taipei to act in a responsible manner and avoid provocative actions that would raise tensions across the Taiwan Strait.

: Thailand’s election commission sets Dec. 23, 2007 for elections.

: Fifty pro-democracy advocates protesting increased fuel prices are arrested in Rangoon.

: The UN appeals for $14 million worth of emergency relief funds to assist nearly 1 million North Koreans affected by recent floods.

: Japan and ASEAN agree to a preliminary free trade agreement that could be signed as early as November 2007 and cut tariffs on 90 percent of ASEAN products.

: South Korea announces it will send an additional $40 million in emergency flood assistance aid in response to a request from North Korea.

: ASEAN economic ministers meet in Manila and finalize the blueprint for establishing a free trade zone in the region by 2015.

: South Korea starts shipping $7.1 million in relief aid to North Korea.

: PACOM Commander Adm. Keating visits India to meet military leaders and Defense Secretary Vijay Singh.

:   Taiwan President Chen transits Anchorage on his way to Central America, stays on plane to express discontent with the U.S.

: Public protests by democracy advocates occur in Rangoon over large increases in fuel prices despite the arrest and detention of several protesters.

: The Six-Party Talks working group on peace and security in Northeast Asia meets in Moscow.

: PACOM Commander Adm. Keating visits Cambodia and meets Prime Minister Hun Sen and senior defense leaders.

: Japanese PM Abe visits Indonesia, India, and Malaysia.

: The U.S. and South Korea conduct 33rd annual Ulchi Focus Lens command post exercise.

: A referendum to approve a new constitution for Thailand, which paves the way for elections in December, is passed with 57.8 percent of the votes in favor.

: South and North Korea announce that the summit between the two countries will be delayed due to heavy flood damage in the North, which reportedly killed more than 300 people and left about 300,000 homeless.

: Navies from the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States conduct the sixth annual edition of Southeast Asia Cooperation against Terrorism (SEACAT).

: The Six-Party Talks working group on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula meets in Shenyang, China.

: SCO meets in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Leaders of the six member nations (China, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan) are joined by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinijad as invited guests. Representatives of India, Pakistan, Mongolia and Turkmenistan are also present as observers.

: Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visits Burma where he meets Senior Gen. Than Shwe.

: Papua New Guinea’s Parliament elects Michael Somare as prime minister for a second consecutive term following nationwide polls that began on June 30, 2007. This is the fourth time he has been chosen for the post.

: PACOM Commander Adm. Timothy Keating visits China to meet with senior military and civilian leaders.

: Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visits the Philippines.

: Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) conducts a joint antiterrorism exercise, Peace Mission 2007, in Russia.

: South and North Korea simultaneously announce that Kim Jong-il and Roh Moo-hyun will hold a summit meeting Aug. 28-30, 2007 in Pyongyang.

: Independence hero Xanana Gusmao sworn in as prime minister of Timor Leste.

: Economic and Energy Working Group of the Six-Party Talks meets in Panmunjom.

: Violence in Timor Leste following the announcement that Xanana Gusmao will be appointed prime minister.

: U.S. signs into law the visa waiver program with South Korea.

: China temporarily bans aquatic products from Indonesia after finding excessive amounts of bacteria and chemicals in some imports.

: 14th ASEAN Regional Forum meeting held in Manila.

: Foreign ministers of South Korean and North Korea meet for the first time since July 2005 in Manila.

: South Korea stops shipments of U.S. beef to retail stores after bone fragments are found in a recent shipment.

: Former Thai Foreign Minister Surin Pitsuwan named next secretary general of ASEAN. He will succeed Singapore’s Ong Keng Yong Jan. 1, 2008.

: Tokyo and Seoul reach an open skies agreement.

: APEC finance ministers meet in Coolum, Australia.

: ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers Meeting held in Manila.

: U.S. House of Representatives passes a nonbinding resolution urging Japan to formally apologize for coercing thousands of young women into sexual slavery during World War II.

: The Democratic Party of Japan wins 60 of the 121 contested seats in elections putting the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a minority in the Upper House.

: 40th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting held in Manila.

:   According to the Singaporean Straits Times, a group of Vietnamese boats fishing in waters near the Spratly Islands came under fire from Chinese naval vessels in July. One fisherman was killed and several others hurt.

: ASEAN Senior Officials meet in Manila.

: Military to military talks between South and North Korea break down over a disagreement about the sea boundary between the countries.

: State Department announces that Secretary of State Rice will not attend the ARF meeting in Manila Aug. 1-2, drawing criticism from the region.

: A sixth round of general-level military talks at Panmunjom ends in rancor when the North walks out over the South’s refusal to countenance redrawing the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the de facto western sea border between the Koreas.

: The UN announces that its legal affairs office rejected Taiwan’s application for entry.

: Indonesian President Yudhoyono visits Seoul.

: First Session of the Sixth Round of Six-Party Talks resumes in Beijing after a four month recess.

: IAEA confirms that the DPRK has shut down its Yongbyon reactor.

: U.S. announces that President Bush will attend the APEC meeting in Sydney in September, but will not attend a meeting with ASEAN leaders in Singapore afterward.

: A magnitude 6.8 earthquake in northwestern Japan causes a fire and radioactive water leak at Kashiwazaki, the world’s largest nuclear plant.

: North Korea states that it has shut down its Yongbyon nuclear facility after receiving the first shipment of heavy fuel oil on July 13.

: Indonesian and Philippine foreign ministers sign agreements to improve cooperation in broad range of areas including security, trade, education and energy.

: First shipment (6,200 tons) of 50,000 metric ton heavy fuel oil as required by the Feb. 13 six-party agreement leaves South Korea for North Korea.

: Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill travels to Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing for consultations on Six-Party Talks and bilateral issues.

: China executes the former head of the Food and Drug Administration Zheng Xiaoyu for taking bribes to approve untested medicine.

: North Korea extends an official invitation to IAEA inspectors to monitor the shutdown of nuclear facilities at Yongbyon, DPRK.

: IAEA meets in Geneva and approves the return of its inspectors to North Korea where they will monitor the shutdown of the nuclear facilities at Yongbyon.

: Thailand Supreme Court accepts the first criminal corruption charges against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

: A military panel in Thailand approves the final draft of a new constitution which severely limits the power of future prime ministers.

: In conjunction with a visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Tang Dun, India and Vietnam sign a joint declaration on establishing a bilateral strategic relationship that envisages establishing a joint anti-terror mechanism and closer defense cooperation.

: APEC trade ministers meet in Queensland, Australia.

: Chinese FM Yang visits Jakarta and meets President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

: Koike Yuriko is sworn in as Japan’s defense minister.

: International Olympic Committee awards 2014 Winter Games to Sochi, Russia.

: Japan Defense Minister Kyuma Fumio resigns over comments suggesting the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were inevitable.

: Thailand announces it will extend a state of emergency in its southern provinces from July 19, 2007 to Oct. 18, 2007.

: Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi visits Pyongyang.

: The 10th anniversary of the Asian Financial Crisis.

: At a forum in Seoul, Gen. Burwell Bell, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, says that North Korea remains a threat despite its move toward dismantling their nuclear program.

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