Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

AUS: President Of The Republic Of Korea To Visit

Visit By The President Of The Republic Of Korea

Release from the Prime Minister

I am pleased to announce that the President of the Republic of Korea, Mr Kim Dae-jung, will visit Australia from 15 to 18 September. It will be his first visit to Australia as President.

The President will be doubly welcome. He will be welcome because of the inspiration his career provides to all who value democracy and freedom. His steadfast commitment to his principles despite the great personal cost and his election to his country's highest post have won him respect and admiration around the world.

He will be welcome also because he is the leader of a country and people that have become increasingly close and important partners for Australia. Australia and Korea are both members of APEC. We are both allies of the United States. We share a commitment to security in the Asia-Pacific region.

Korea is Australia's third most important trading partner. Trade between us in 1998 was valued at $A10.3 billion. Korea is one of our largest markets for raw commodities such as coal, iron ore, and aluminium and petroleum products. Our people to people ties have grown stronger in recent years. Australia is now the third most important destination for Korean higher education students.

Since the Korean War, Australia has given strong support to efforts to maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula. We have made substantial contributions to the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organisation (KEDO) as an important element of international attempts to stop the North Korean nuclear weapons programme.

I look forward to President Kim's visit as an opportunity for Australia and the Republic of Korea to strengthen our links and for discussions between us on how we can best cooperate in promoting the prosperity and stability of our region.

25 August 1999

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

ALSO:

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC