MENACE OR MISUNDERSTOOD?
The four American nuclear monitors have now also been expelled from North Korea and tension remains high over what its true nuclear ambitions really are.
Their departure - follows in the path of the UN inspectors who were also expelled - and now leaves no on-site means to monitor North Korea's nuclear facilities.
North Korea has vowed to resume work on its nuclear program inspite of UN condemnation of its launch of a long-range rocket which it claims was carrying a communications satellite. Critics say the launch was a missile test. Washington has joined China, Russia, Japan and other countries in urging Pyongyang to resume negotiations. Pyongyang carried out a nuclear test in October 2006.
The White House has called on North Korea "to cease its provocative threats and to respect the will of the international community and to honour its international commitments and obligations". US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described North Korea's reaction as "an unnecessary response to the legitimate statement put out of concern by the Security Council".
China and Russia have already urged North Korea to reconsider its decision, with Beijing - Pyongyang's closest ally - calling for "calm and restraint".
Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency went to North Korea following a landmark deal in February, under which it agreed to end its nuclear ambitions in return for aid and political incentives. Some progress was made - last year North Korea partially disabled its Yongbyon reactor and handed over what it said was a complete declaration of its nuclear activities.
In return, the US removed North Korea from the list of countries it says sponsors terrorism. But talks have stalled in recent months, as Washington and Pyongyang accused each other of failing to meet obligations.
NORTH KOREA -
H.E. SHAUKAT AZIZ FORMER PRIME MINISTER and FINANCE MINISTER of PAKISTAN TALKS OF REBUILDING GLOBAL MARKET CONFIDENCE
at GEMS 2009
One of the most profound comments made at the Global Emerging Markets Summit this year was that the World was currently lacking "good leaders", that there were plenty of good ex-leaders but no one seemed to be emerging as a forerunner to lead the rest of the World out of the current financial turmoil. Shuakat Aziz must surely qualify as a lost opportunity for his eloquent delivery was the first to captivate the audience at GEMS this year. This obviously modern thinker presented the case for Pakistan as a nation with much to offer in terms of economic opportunity and the resources for enterprise. He paid little attention to the troubles that dominate Pakistan's World Press coverage, currently seen by many as a seedbed for terrorism. Instead he focused on a future of international cooperation and prosperity in a World developing a new and re-focused attitude to finance.
PROFESSOR LORD MEGHNAD DESAI of the LSE
& DATO' MICHAEL YEOH OF ASIAN STRATERGY & LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE AT GEMS 2009
CHINA REMAINS DEDICATED TO TRADE NOT LEADERSHIP
STEPHEN KING, CHIEF ECONOMIST HSBC HOLDINGS PLC & RONNIE CHAN CHAIRMAN
HANG LUNG PROPERTIES HONG KONG
& VICE CHAIRMAN THE ASIA SOCIETY
The heading for the session was "China after the Olympics - What now for the rising dragon?"
This was an instantly emotive proposition for Ronnie Chan who wasted no time in dismissing the recent Olympics as being insignificant so far as affecting Chinas place in the World. He asked if the World expected China to collapse at the cost of hosting the games? How could this be so when its cost was a tiny percentage of Beijing's total economy which in turn was a small percentage to the overall turnover of China as a whole. His indignance was a very firm assertion of the fact that China is no light weight when it come to national economies and that China's reserves dwarfed the debts of the USA.
Stephen King spoke of China as a historical trader, its roots deep set in international commerce and productivity.
Ronnie Chan added that China had no wish to be seen as a World Leader, the heads of state preferring to maintain a low profile and to get on with the job of running the country. But he could not deny that even though China had no wish to dominate activity in the global economy it has no choice than to accept its influence, along with India, is inevitable.
MALAYSIAS MINISTER FOR TOURISM
YB. Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen
VISITS LONDON TO SELL FUN AND SUNSHINE WITH GREAT FOOD AND KARAOKE
YB. Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen came to London on a mission, to open her arms to the UK to welcome and invite us all to visit Malaysia - and welcome us she did, as a breath of fresh air and through unbridled enthusiasm for her country.
As we all know, Ministers can be stuffy, serious and officious at times and that may even have been Dr. Ng Yen Yen's demeanor when she was Finance Minister, but now she has a whole new viewpoint and portfolio. The evening she presented at London's Hyatt Hotel began with a fine introduction to the splendours of Malaysia and a commitment to listen to the needs of the tourism industry and media and provide accordingly. She gave the impression of a lady totally immersed in her brief and uncompromising in ensuring she had personally experienced all that she came to promote, even going as far as gaining her diving licence through one of the many adventurous holiday packages available. Finally, when the big sell was over, she tied the knot on our new relationship with what else but - Karaoke! Taking the mic herself and even teaching us Brit's a few Malaysian songs to sing on our way home.
Now is that evidence of a lady who knows how to promote a good time? I think so!
TASTE OF ASIA 2009
A SELECTION OF PHOTOS FROM OUR MOST SUCCESFULL AND VERY SUNNY 3 DAYS
MALAYSIA'S NEW MINISTER FOR TOURISM
YB. Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen
KICKS OFF HER TIME IN OFFICE WITH A ROUSING LONDON SEMINAR
Cherie Blair invites Taste of Asia Magazine to feature her charity activity for the malnourished children of India
After cooking up a storm in the Kitchen Theatre with TV Chefs Ross Burden and Anjum Anand at our Taste of Asia event in London's Potters Field Park in June, Mrs Blair came over for a chat with me about our magazine. Naturally she was most interested in what we are trying to achieve in terms of promoting communication between Asia and the West. She suggested we might organise a special cooking feature at her home at some point to promote her activities in reducing child poverty in India. Well, of course we would love to do that! Watch this site for developments - but don't expect to come to dinner, this will be a most exclusive affair indeed!
A most successful and sunny weekend for Taste of Asia in London's Potters Field Park.
THE ALTERNATIVE G20 AGENDA
TUN DR. MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD
FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
There are days in your life you will always remember for they are either important to you personally or one of the privileged events that anyone, respectful of life's "achievers", would equally consider a momentous occasion. Meeting Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad, one of Malaysia most respected statesmen and a former Prime Minister for 22 years, certainly qualifies on both counts.
Listening to this great man giving his perspective on the current World economic crisis, its causes and obstacles in the way of a solution, was fascinating. Dr Maharthir may carry the weight and the wisdom of a seasoned politician but his delivery of straight forward common sense lends more to that of a wise uncle than a man of politics. Sadly, the camera caught me here with my eyes closed - I can only blame that on my probable dreaming of filling the shoes of the man whose hand I was shaking.
KLMCC VISIT FOR TALKS WITH OMEC AND BESTOW HONOURARY MEMBERSHIPS
On a recent visit to London the Kuala Lumpur Malay Chamber of Commerce met with myself and fellow members of OMEC to find out more about what we do here in the UK and, most importantly, how we can assist each other and work together to develop trading relations and opportunities. There are naturally many common areas of interest and our union will undoubtedly result in many productive initiatives.
However, top of the KLMCC shopping list was access to quality training modules designed to assist the upcoming business talent in Malaysia and encourage entrepreneurs to interact with the UK market. Naturally, OMEC are delighted to assist in this respect.
If you or your company offer training of any kind and would like to investigate potential markets in Malaysia, please contact me and I will assist you in reaching the right individuals in Kuala Lumpur.
RADZIAH OMAR (OMEC) RECIEVES A
COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE FROM KLMCC PRESIDENT
ADJ. PROF. DATO SYED AMIN ALJEFFRI
FORMER PRIME MINISTER of PAKISTAN, MR SHAUKAT AZIZ
SPEAKING AT GEMS April 2009
Trevor C. Krueger
Entrepreneur - Writer - Publisher
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