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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

NK Defectors Stage Sit in at UNHCR Beijing 06-27-01 DigitalChosun
Jang Kil Su, a 17 year-old North Korean defector, and his family began a sit-in Monday at the Beijing office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), demanding that they be granted refugee status and sent to South Korea.

Chinese, Russian Presidents Meet, Friendship Treaty to Be Signed
06-14-01 People'sDaily
The two leaders exchanged opinions concerning Sino-Russian relations and major issues of common concern in a sincere and friendly atmosphere...

ASIAN MARKETS: Rebalancing act 05-22-01 AsianTimes
A reshuffling of the world's most widely tracked indexes on Saturday by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) did not adversely effect regional bourses, in spite of playing up the importance of markets in the United States and the United Kingdom...

Taiwan's Chen begins New York visit 05-22-01 CNN Hundreds of people have braved bad weather to express their support for Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian...

China builds new missile platforms to deter US forces  05-07-01 TaipeiTimes
The People's Liberation Army is building ballistic missile launch sites so it can cover US military targets in the Pacific...

N.K. leader deeply concerned about U.S. stance 05-07-01 KoreaHerald
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il expressed deep concern about the U.S. administration's hard-line stance on his country during summit talks with European leaders in Pyongyang last week, a top government official in Seoul said yesterday.

China allows US inspection of stranded surveillance plane 04-30-01 ChinaDaily
The Chinese and US sides have recently held several rounds of consultations on the US EP-3 reconnaissance plane in Beijing.

Seoul to implement long-term strategy over textbook issue as review nears end 
04-24-01 KoreaHerald
The government reaffirmed its stern position on the Japanese textbook issue yesterday as experts were racing to sort out erroneous or deliberately distorted accounts which Seoul will ask Tokyo to rectify.

Bush defers destroyer sale to Taiwan 04-24-01 ChinaDaily
Despite increasingly tense US-China relations, President Bush has decided he will not let Taiwan buy super-sophisticated naval destroyers this year...

Lee snaps at China on his way to Japan 04-22-01 TaipeiTimes
The former president was in good spirits upon arrival in Osaka and described as `nonsense' Beijing's allegations of separatism

Korea, China resolve garlic dispute 04-22-01 KoreaHerald
South Korea agreed Saturday to buy 10,300 extra tons of garlic from China, ending a two-week bilateral trade dispute.

Japan sets conditions for Lee visa TaipeiTimes
The Japanese prime minister has reportedly ordered the foreign ministry to grant Lee Teng-hui a visa if he agrees to three conditions

China, US to Hold Talks on Plane Collision Incident 04-18-01 PeopleDaily

Chinese President Arrives in Cuba for State Visit 04-13-01 PeopleDaily

Taiwan's air affected by sandstorm 04-13-01 TaipeiTimes

Confusion over Lee's (Former Taiwan President) Japan visa 04-11-01 TaipeiTimes

US Spy Plane Did Violate China's Airspace 04-11-01 PeopleDaily
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has admitted that the ill-fated US EP-3 surveillance plane did violate China's airspace, and said he was sorry for that.

Asian Shares Close Mixed After Wall Street's Gains  04-11-01 Suratkabar.com
Shares closed mixed across the Asian-Pacific region Tuesday, with select markets taking cues from Wall Street's rebound Monday.

Seoul recalling ambassador in Japan over textbook  04-10-01 KoreaHerald 
In the strongest response over the Japanese textbook issue yet, the South Korean government has recalled its ambassador, officials said yesterday

Jiang: China Never Gives in to Outside Pressure  04-10-01 PeopleDaily
President Jiang Zemin said Monday in Buenos Aires that China "never gives in to any outside pressure on principle issues related to China's state sovereignty and territorial integrity.

China Airlines officials again avoid charges over 1994 crash 04-10-01 JapanTime
NAGOYA (Kyodo) The Nagoya District Public Prosecutor's Office said Monday it has again opted not to indict four senior China Airlines officials over the April 1994 crash of an Airbus A300-600R at Nagoya airport that killed 264 passengers and crew members.

Cheney says US will not apologize to China 04-08-01 ChinaDaily
US Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday the United States had no plans to apologize to China over the US spy plane collision and that he hoped the standoff with Beijing would end soon.

S. Korea officially protests Japanese history textbooks 04-05-01 KoreaHerald
Foreign Minister Han Seung-soo summoned the Japanese ambassador yesterday to convey Seoul's concerns over Tokyo's approval of school textbooks that Koreans criticize as publications that whitewash history.

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.

China Protests Against US Over Military Plane Issue 04-03-01 PeopleDaily
China has made solemn representations with and protested against the US side on US military plane's bumping into and damaging a Chinese fighter jet over the South China Sea Sunday...

Dalai Lama takes China to task over treatment of Tibet 04-03-01 TeipeiTimes
The exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, visiting Taiwan for the second time, yesterday lashed out at the Chinese government's hard line on Tibet and urged China to seek a mutually acceptable solution to the issue. 

Japanese textbook dispute sparks cyber attack 03-31-01 CNN
South Korean Internet users launched a cyber attack on the Japanese Education Ministry's website Saturday in protest against the publication of a controversial history textbook, police in Seoul say.

Politics off menu for Dalai's trip 03-31-01 TaipeiTimes 
The Dalai Lama is scheduled to arrive in Taipei this afternoon for an 11-day visit, his second such trip to Taiwan since March 1997.

COA officials accuse US of `imperialism' 03-29-01 TaipeiTimes
(Taiwan)The officials say the US is acting unfairly in expecting Taiwan to adhere to a 1998 deal signed with an expectation of swift WTO entry

Incheon International Airport makes flashy debut  03-29-01 KoreaHerald
After over eight years of construction work costing more than 7.8 trillion won, Incheon International Airport, or IIA, makes its grand debut to the public today.

Oscar shines on Lee 03-27-01 TaipeiTimes
Taiwanese film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon made history at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards yesterday.

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