August 24, 2001
March 20, 2001
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1. US-DPRK Talks
The DPRK said that the "unilateral" US decision to add new agenda
items is holding up the resumption of talks, and it called on US
President George W. Bush to return to an "identical" posture as
that of former President Bill Clinton.
2. Jiang Zemin's DPRK Visit
Official PRC sources said that PRC President Jiang Zemin plans to
visit the DPRK on September 3, but it was not clear how long he
3. Kim Jong-il's Russian Visit
Russian analysts Sergey Kazennov and Vladimir Kumachyov argued
that DPRK leader Kim Jong-il's recent visit to the RF
demonstrated how Russia can play an important mediating role as
an "emerging important pole of the future multipolar world." The
Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said that a series of "natural
wonders" took place during Kim's trip.
4. Kim Jong-il's ROK Visit
The Voice of Russia reported that DPRK leader Kim Jong-il is
likely to visit Seoul within this year at the earliest, but added
that preparation for the visit have not yet been made.
5. DPRK Famine
Catherine Bertini, Executive Director of the UN World Food
Program, said that while the food situation in the DPRK remains
precarious, international food aid has been successful in
preventing widespread famine. She also said that the DPRK was
unlikely to become self-sufficient in food production for years
6. ROK National Security Law
Seven ROK activists were jailed on suspicion of violating the
National Security Law by engaging in pro-communist activities
during a visit to the DPRK for a joint celebration of the
anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule.
7. US Forces in Korea
The Korean Employees Union of the U.S. Forces Korea held a rally
demanding improved working conditions and criticizing local civic
groups that demand the withdrawal of US troops. A civilian
employee of the US military was arraigned by the Seoul District
Court on charges of dumping toxic chemicals into the Han River,
but the US maintained that the Status of Forces Agreement gave
the US jurisdiction in the case.
8. Nogunri Massacre
The US publication firm Henry Holt posted declassified US
documents on its website that show that US air force planes
strafed ROK civilians on three occasions in and around Nogun-ri
during the Korean War.
9. Ukishima Maru Shipwreck
Kyoto District Court ruled Thursday that the Japanese government
must pay a total of US$375,000 to 15 Koreans who survived an
explosion aboard the Japanese ship Ukishima Maru shortly after
Japan's surrender in World War II, but rejected the plaintiffs'
demand for an official apology. The ROK film rating committee is
expected to issue approval for the screening of a DPRK film on
10. Japanese Textbook Issue
An unidentified ROK official said that the issue over a
controversial Japanese history textbook has not been solved
despite the decision of most school boards against adopting the
textbook. ROK Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Han Seung-soo
said that solving the textbook issue is a precondition for ROK-
Japan summit talks.
1. US-PRC Nonproliferation Talks
A US delegation led by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Vann
Van Diepen visited Beijing to hold talks with PRC officials on
nonproliferation of missile technology. The PRC maintained that
it had found no evidence that PRC companies were helping Pakistan
and other countries to develop missiles.
2. PRC Military Exercises
The PRC held what were described as its largest-ever military
exercises, with most of the activities concentrated around
Dongshan Island near Taiwan.
3. PRC-US Military Exchanges
Peter Rodman, US Assistant Defense Secretary for International
Security Affairs, said that the Defense Department is resuming
limited military exchanges with the PRC, but has no schedule for
resuming a high-level strategic dialogue with the PRC military.
Two US aircraft carriers visited Hong Kong following military
exercises in the South China Sea, but the PRC denied the request
for an EP-3 reconnaissance plane to also make a visit.
4. US Spy Plane in PRC
The PRC turned down the US offer to pay US$34,000 for expenses
related to storage of the spy plane that crashed on Hainan
Island, claiming that it was insufficient. William Arkin and
Robert Windrem wrote that the mission of the plane was not only
to monitor the PRC's voice communications and radar signals, but
also to gather information on PRC data codes for use in
5. US-Taiwan Relations
US Representative Henry J. Hyde called for the US to strengthen
ties with Taiwan. The Far Eastern Economic Review reported that
the US is strengthening military ties with Taiwan.
6. Taiwan Admission to WTO
Taiwan Vice Minister for Economic Affairs Steve Ruey-long Chen
said that Taiwan's application to join the World Trade
Organization (WTO) would likely be approved at a November
ministerial meeting in Qatar.
1. US-Russian Missile Defense Talks
US Under-Secretary of State John Bolton had talks with Russian
officials on US plans for missile defense. Although Bolton
warned that the US would withdraw unilaterally from the Anti-
Ballistic Missile Treaty if it could not reach an agreement with
Russia, he denied that there was a deadline.
2. ABM Treaty
US President George W. Bush said that the US would exercise its
option on its own timetable to unilaterally withdraw from the
Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty if it could not reach an
accommodation with Russia. The PRC urged the US to heed
international concerns and act cautiously. Indian scholars
debated whether or not to support US missile defense plans.
1. Indian Nuclear Policy
Nusrat Javeed argues that a recent US Defense Department report
"in a very subtle way projects India as a responsible kid on the
South Asian nuclear scene."
2. India-PRC Relations
Abanti Bhattacharya argues that the 1962 India-PRC border
conflict casts a shadow over current India-PRC relations. Indian
analysts discussed the likelihood of a future nuclear clash
between the PRC and India.
3. India-Pakistan Relations
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said that there was
already a "broad framework" for future talks with Pakistan
President Pervez Musharraf, but complained that Musharaff had
obstructed the Agra summit by focusing exclusively on Kashmir.
Pakistan Foreign Secretary Inamul Haq called on India to resume
dialog with Pakistan.
4. US-Pakistan Relations
Pakistan Foreign Secretary Inamul Haq met in Washington with US
Under Secretary of State Marc Grossman for discussions that
reportedly focused on Pakistan government plans to restoration of
democracy. Pakistani officials said that the US has requested
Pakistan help in operations inside Afghanistan against Osama bin
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