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China, Philippines Agree to More Talks on Nansha Islands
China News Digest (Global News, No. GL98-155), 18 November 1998. Chinese President JIANG Zemin and Philippine President Joseph Estrada met in Malaysia on Tuesday during the sixth Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit meeting, and agreed to settle their territorial dispute peacefully through further negotiations.
Edward Friedman, ed., The Politics of Democratization: Generalizing East Asian Experiences
Reviewed by Eric Dowling, University of New South Wales, May 1998. This book is based on ‘pure’ versus policy-oriented research and therefore assumes the popular American conviction that it is possible to democratize governments, any time, anywhere, under any circumstances. When Asian leaders fail to share this religious enthusaism, they are traduced as dishonestly seeking to legitimate their anti-democratic cause.
U.S. Military Presence Still Rankles
By Beena Sarwar, IPS, 16 September 1998. the U.S. has been muscling its way into military base and related agreements in the region in the years following the Cold War. Here in Japan, activists have grown hoarse, to no avail, protesting the revision of the Japan-US Security Treaty under controversial new guidelines that bind the countries even tighter.
China Slams U.S.-Japan Plan For Missile Defense in Asia
CND, 6 October 1998. The United States and Japan have tentatively agreed to start the program after North Korea launched a rocket, later thought to be a satellite, that flew over part of Japan in late August [brief].
ROK View on DPRK-Philippines Relations
Press releases excerpted from NAPSNet Daily Report of 29 November 1999. ROK President Kim Dae-jung said on November 27 that he supports the Philippine move to normalize and eventually set up diplomatic relations with the DPRK.
Genghis Khan tomb find may anger Mongols
The Straits Times, 17 September 2000. Chinese archaeologists claimed to have discovered the tomb of legendary conqueror Genghis Khan, in a move likely to anger the people in Outer Mongolia who revere him.
Political instability a big worry in Asia
By Shefali Rekhi, The Straits Times, 21 February 2001. The absence of strong political leadership in many Asian countries will threaten regional prospects, and an economic slump looms. Political instability is the key area of concern for the region, and it now overshadows earlier concerns about military flashpoints.