TOKYO (Nikkei)--Indonesia will promote the extension of democracy rather than the use of force to secure stability, the country's President Abdurrahman Wahid said here Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Zhao Qizheng, director of the Information Office of the State Council of China, called Thursday for measures to prevent the economic growth gap from widening in Asia due to delays in introducing information technology.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--U.S. President Bill Clinton and South Korean President Kim Dae-jung confirmed on Thursday evening that the U.S. and South Korea, involving Japan, will closely cooperate to achieve success in the summit between North and South Korea and stability in the Korean peninsula. The summit between the two Koreas starts in Pyongyang on Monday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Nippon Steel Corp. (5401) will build up its strategic partnership with South Korean steelmaker Pohang Iron & Steel Co. (Posco), company President Akira Chihaya said Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Japan will strengthen its cooperation with Asian economies in four fields -- information/communications, personnel training/exchange, trade/investment and currency stabilization, Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori said Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Supachai Panitchpakdi, Thai deputy prime minister and minister of commerce, suggested Friday the creation of a broader free trade zone encompassing the Asia-Pacific region to accelerate economic recovery in the area.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said here Friday that Asia should assert itself and adopt independent policies in order to seek an equal partnership with the European Union and signatories to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Information technology and the expansion of related industries hold the key to speeding up the recovery and self-sustained growth of the Asian economy. That was the consensus of government and business leaders and prominent academics from 14 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region who gathered at an international conference held by Nihon Keizai Shimbun Inc. last week in Tokyo.
The growing importance of information technology to Asian economies was stressed by participants at the Asian Science and Technology Conference in the Year 2000 hosted by Nihon Keizai Shimbun Inc. last week at Nikkei Hall.
Asian experts are finding more to be optimistic about after three years of sometimes devastating financial woes. At the 6th international conference on "The Future of Asia," sponsored by Nihon Keizai Shimbun Inc., specialists on the region stressed that renewed collaboration on the economic front seems closer to becoming a reality because of China's expected entry into the World Trade Organization, this week's summit between the two Koreas and other positive signs.

"Will East Asia's Economic Miracle Return?"

Panel Discussion: June 9, 2000
Lee Kuan Ye  Senior Minister, Singapore
Robert A. Scalapino Professor Emeritus, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley (U.S.A.)
Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.