- The Washington Times - Friday, September 28, 2001

Japan reviewing its aid to China

TOKYO Japan's economic aid to China, an often-touchy subject in two-way ties, could fall "considerably" under a five-year plan being drafted by the Japanese government, a Foreign Ministry official said yesterday.

"We used to decide on a total amount and then pick projects, but from now on, we will decide on projects and the total will be the result of that," the official said. "As a result, there could be a considerable decrease."

Japan, the world's top donor of official development assistance (ODA) for the 10th straight year in 2000, has already decided to target a 10 percent cut in total aid for the fiscal year from April 2002 owing to its huge public debt.


Dead soldier's widow, child and mother slain

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia At least six persons including the widow, child and mother of a soldier who shot was dead in January have been killed by rebels in the restive province of Aceh, police and residents said.

Elsewhere in the same district, a rebel was shot dead during a military raid on a suspected rebel base at Idi Rayeuk in East Aceh yesterday, said Aceh police spokesman Adjunct Senior Commissioner Agus Dwiyanto.

A civilian was badly wounded by a stray bullet, and trails of blood showed that rebels were apparently wounded, he added.


Taiwan may boycott Shanghai APEC summit

TAIPEI Taiwan has threatened to boycott next month's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in Shanghai to protest what it said was China's unfair treatment, a report said.

Taiwan had said Beijing violated APEC protocol by faxing its May invitation rather than delivering it by special envoy. Taiwan has been waiting for China's response after it protested.

The Presidential Office has asked the appropriate government agencies to file a protest to Beijing over its "attempt to suppress Taiwan" by not giving it a formal invitation to the APEC summit, the Commercial Times said.


Weekly note

Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said yesterday he seeks "sincere" exchanges with China and South Korea to improve relations strained by his Aug. 13 visit to Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japan's military war dead since 1868. "With China and South Korea, we must squarely look into history and present our national principles that value peace and reject war," Mr. Koizumi told the Diet in a policy speech opening its 72-day parliamentary session. Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo promised yesterday to go after the bank deposits of Abu Sayyaf, a Muslim guerrilla group based on the islands of Basilan and Sulu, which was named this week on a list of terror group whose assets were frozen in the United States. King Norodom Sihanouk defended yesterday his stewardship of Cambodia after independence in 1953 in his latest salvo against a biography of his son that he claims is inaccurate. It was his third statement denouncing what he called "untruths" in the book "Warrior Prince," published in Bangkok last week by Indian journalist Harish Mehta.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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