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TOKYO (Nikkei)--The 12th Future of Asia international conference, organized by Nihon Keizai Shimbun Inc., will be held on Thursday and Friday at a hotel in Tokyo.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi called for the prompt conclusion of an East Asian free trade agreement as the first step toward creating an East Asian Community, at a forum in Tokyo Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone said Thursday that before creating an East Asian Community, countries in the region must first try to establish an economic cooperation organization to promote regional trade as well as economic and financial interchanges.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--East Asian nations should participate in a broad economic cooperation bloc as a first step toward creating an East Asian Community, said former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone in a speech Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--As China and India loom ever larger over the global landscape, these teeming countries are beginning to believe they will catch up with the United States and Europe, Singaporean Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said Thursday at a symposium.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Japan will continue to do its utmost to establish meaningful economic partnership agreements that promote development in all of Asia, said Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in a speech Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad reiterated Friday that only Southeast Asian countries, Japan, China and South Korea should be allowed to join the proposed East Asian Community.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Foreign Minister Taro Aso said Friday that Japan's chilly relations with China and South Korea are showing some signs of improvement as a result of his latest meetings with counterparts from the two countries.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Thai Finance Minister Thanong Bidaya on Friday called on Asian countries to work more closely in currency and finance policies, with an eye on eventually establishing the Asian Currency Unit, or ACU.
Participating Asian leaders at the 12th International Conference on "The Future of Asia" last week in Tokyo competed to propose ideas on how an Asian Community should be formed.
Thai Finance Minister Thanong Bidaya called on Asian countries to work more closely in currency and finance policy, with an eye to eventually establishing an Asian Currency Unit, or ACU.
Japan will continue to do its utmost to establish meaningful economic partnership agreements that promote development in all of Asia, said Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
Participants at the Future of Asia conference last week voiced concerns over Japan's chilly relations with China and South Korea.
The U.S. should get involved more in the problems of North Korea's nuclear development, according to a panel discussion on the present and future issues of East Asia.
Reforms are progressing in such areas as infrastructure and agriculture, panelists stressed in the discussion focusing on the development of India.
After Vietnam enters the World Trade Organization, possibly by year-end, its companies will face fierce international competition, Vo Hong Phuc, Vietnam's minister of planning and investment said. He made the point in a dialogue with Yasuhiro Yamada, former managing director of Japan External Trade Organization's Hanoi office.
Leadership and cooperation among governments will be necessary precursors to currency integration in East Asia, according to panelists discussing Asian currency issues.
Countries that produce energy and those that consume it have to cooperate, the panelist in the session on Asia's energy crisis argued.
Japan, China and South Korea should establish a think tank to study common interests among the three countries and seek better relations between Japan and China, and Japan and South Korea, the panelists at the session on economic integration of East Asia proposed.
Asian leaders who gathered in Tokyo in May invariably called for speeding up efforts for regional economic integration toward the eventual goal of forming an East Asian Community. The occasion was the 12th International Conference on "The Future of Asia," on May 25-26, organized by Nihon Keizai Shimbun Inc. The conference also highlighted the frosty relations between Japan and China as a major regional worry needing a quick resolution.
Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.