10 January 1996
The Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator Gareth Evans will attend his third Asia-Pacific Roundtable in the United States from January 12 to 14.
The Asia-Pacific Roundtable is an informal forum chaired by US Senator Bill Bradley under the auspices of the Stanford University Asia/Pacific Research Center. Political, academic and business leaders discuss regional issues in candid, off the record meetings. Since the inaugural Roundtable in 1994, participants have developed a strong network of personal and professional relationships designed to lead to better understanding and improved policy coordination.
Participants this year are expected to include former US Secretary of State George Shultz, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Amnuay Viravan, and the Governor of the Bank of Indonesia, Soedrajad Djiwandono. They will be joined by leading political figures from the Phillipines, China, India, the Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Pakistan, Taiwan and Singapore.
On the agenda are regional security and economic issues, including the needs for air transportation, energy supply and telecommunications services in Asia over the next decade.
The Asia-Pacific Roundtable will be held at Monterey, California. Senator Evans will travel to the US after representing Australia at the memorial service for the late Francois Mitterrand in Paris on 11 January.