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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

23 agreements sign between India and Malaysia during Prime Minister's visit to Malaysia 05-18-01 IndiaDaily

16 dead in India election hotspots 05-11-01 CNN

India decides to lodge strong protest against Bangladesh over torture of BSF men 
04-22-01 IndiaDaily
New Delhi : India decided to lodge a strong protest against Bangladesh over the torture of the BSF (Border Security Force) men and the mutilation of the bodies handed over to Indian authorities.  

India's most prestigious satellite launch vehicle GSLV-D1 launched successfully today 04-19-01 IndiaDaily
Sriharikota : India's most prestigious satellite launch vehicle, GSLV-D1, successfully soared into the sky on its maiden developmental flight today.

Pakistani diplomat arrested with 16 kg of RDX in Nepal 04-16-01 IndiaDaily
The Pakistani diplomat, Mohammed Arshad Cheema, was arrested with 16 kg of RDX in Kathmandu.  

India and Iran sign Tehran Declaration for enhanced bilateral co-operation
04-12-01 Indiadaily
The declaration signed by the Indian Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and the Iranian President, Syed Mohammad Khatami.

Prime Minister starts official visit to Iran from today 04-11-01 IndiaDaily
Tehran : The Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, started a four-day official visit to Iran from today with the aim of further expanding multi-faceted bilateral ties.

US President accepts invitation from Indian Prime Minister to visit India
04-08-01 IndiaDaily
The US President, George W. Bush, accepted an invitation from the Indian Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, to visit India.

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.

Former US President Bill Clinton will meet NCP leader Sharad Pawar today
04-05-01 IndiaDaily
The former US President, Bill Clinton, would have a breakfast meeting with NCP leader Sharad Pawar.

11 people killed and 200 injured in an explosion at a music concert in Sri Lanka 
04-03-01 IndianDaily
At least eleven people were killed and over 200 injured when a bomb ripped through a crowded open-air stadium in Sri Lanka's northwestern Kurunegala town where two Mumbai singers and a host of local artists were performing at a carnival.

GSLV likely to be re-launched in May, says Union Minister for Science and Technology 04-02-01 IndiaDaily 
New Delhi : After its aborted launch Wednesday, the Union Minister for Science and Technology, Murli Manohar Joshi, said the aborted GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) is likely to be re-launched "sometime in May".

GSLV fails to take off after a mishap in Sriharikota  03-29-01 IndiaDaily
India's first GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) failed to take off after a mishap at the launch site in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh today.

First batch of Russia's T-90C tanks will be delivered to India this year
03-27-01 IndiaDaily
India had signed an agreement for the purchase of 310 T-90 tanks in February. India had signed an agreement to boost its military potential with what is rated one of the best tanks in the world.  

More Falun Gong Followers Die After Refusing Medical Treatment 
03-27-01 PeopleDaily
Two more followers of the Falun Gong cult, both female, have died of ordinary diseases this year in China after refusing medical treatment.

President puts off his visits to Ireland and Greece 03-26-01 IndiaDaily
New Delhi : The President, K R Narayanan, is suffering from gall bladder stones.

Canada resumes full ties with India 03-21-01 ExpressIndia.com
OTTAWA: Canada announced Tuesday that it was resuming full cooperation with India despite Ottawa's lingering concern about nuclear proliferation in South Asia. 

Jaswant Singh appointed as new Defence Minister 03-20-01 IndiaDaily
New Delhi : The external affairs minister, Jaswant Singh, has been appointed the new defence minister in place of George Fernandes.  


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