- The Washington Times - Friday, October 5, 2001

Koizumi will explain military plan in China
TOKYO Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will visit China and South Korea to soothe anger over his August visit to Yasukuni Shrine honoring Japan's military war dead and explain plans to expand the role of the Japanese military, officials said yesterday.
Mr. Koizumi has scheduled a day trip to Beijing on Monday, when he is expected to meet with Chinese President Jiang Zemin, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. A separate trip to Seoul for talks with South Korean President Kim Dae-jung also is planned.
In the visits, Mr. Koizumi is expected to explain steps he is taking to allow the military to provide logistical support in U.S.-led retaliatory strikes against suspected terrorists.

Indonesia will curb anti-U.S. protests
JAKARTA, Indonesia The government announced yesterday tighter curbs on anti-U.S. protests and said it would turn back Afghanistan-bound "jihad" warriors, following near-daily demonstrations that have unnerved foreigners and pushed down the rupiah and the stock market.
Senior Security Minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said protesters would not be allowed to burn the flags of foreign countries or effigies of foreign heads of state as they have done frequently.
"The government will stop any protests that go beyond the limits of decency," Mr. Yudhoyono told reporters after a lengthy Cabinet meeting.
The minister said the government would prevent Indonesians from traveling to Afghanistan to fight against any U.S. attack on that country in retaliation for the Sept. 11 terror strikes on New York and Washington.

Investors seek safe haven in art
SINGAPORE Serious investors, stung by the pounding of global stock markets in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the United States, are turning to art as a safe investment.
Even for an economic downturn, "art markets are doing better than expected," said Sotheby's managing director for China and Southeast Asia, Henry Howard-Sneyd.
"During this time people look towards getting a solid, physical asset rather than a piece of paper." Annual Southeast Asian art auctions by Sotheby's and Christie's in Singapore this week drew fewer Asian, European and American buyers than usual, but they paid record prices.
Dealers said individuals and corporations were buying more art, particularly Asian works, instead of investing in volatile stock markets. "If the stock market is not the best place to put your money, you invest it in art," said Sophie Adam from the Paris-based Opera gallery, which has offices in New York and Singapore.

Weekly notes
Vietnam praised the U.S. Senate's passage Wednesday of a historic trade agreement that will give the small communist nation access to the world's largest market. We "consider this an encouraging point in the normalization of bilateral relations," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Phan Thuy Thanh.

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