Every Monday The Diplomat's Zachary Keck takes a look at the latest happenings in the Asia-Pacific region. From important meetings of heads of state, to critical trade and business gatherings to matters of culture and art, The Diplomat keeps you up to date on the latest events.
Here is this week's primer. See an event we missed or something for next week? Please post a comment below!
June 3: The 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) ends.
June 3: The Sixth China-ROK High-Level Strategic Dialogue between Foreign Ministers is held in Beijing.
June 3: International Arms Trade Treaty opens for signatures.
June 3: Canada’s Defense Minister Peter MacKay visits China.
June 3-4: 31st European Union – Russia summit is held in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
June 3-4: South Korea and the United States resume formal negotiations aimed at revising a bilateral civilian nuclear accord.
June 3-5: President of South Africa, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, visits Japan.
June 3-5: Indian Home Secretary R.K. Singh continues trip to Nepal where he will meet with his Nepalese counterpart, Navin Kumar Ghimire, on border issues.
June 3-6: Chinese President Xi Jinping travels to Costa Rica and Mexico.
June 3-6: China's Special Envoy on the Middle East peace process, Wu Sike, continues his trip to the region.
June 3-7: IAEA Board of Governors hold meeting in Vienna, Austria. Iran is supposed to figure prominently in the discussions.
June 3-11: Thomas Countryman, Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, travels to South Korea, China, Indonesia and Malaysia.
June 4: 24th anniversary of the crackdown on protestors in Tiananmen Square.
June 5: Pakistan's interim government will transfer power to the new government.
June 5-7: The 2013 World Economic Forum on East Asia will be held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. This year’s theme is “Courageous Transformation for Inclusion and Integration.”
June 5-9: Timorese Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão will visit the Philippines.
June 5-16: Sydney Film Festival.
June 5-24: The Saudi Arabian, Turkish, and Pakistan air forces hold the 'Peace Hawks 1' exercises at King Fahd Air Base in Saudi Arabia.
June 6: The 6th Heads of State Summit of IBSA [India, Brazil, and South Africa] will be held in New Delhi. The New Delhi Summit will commemorate the 10th anniversary of establishment of IBSA.
June 6-8: French President Mr. François Hollande makes a state visit to Japan with first lady, Ms.Valérie Trierweiler. They will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Emperor and Empress of Japan.
June 6-10: The first ever China-South Asia Expo will be held in Yunnan Province, China.
June 7-8: President Xi and U.S. President Barack Obama hold talks at Sunnylands, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Estate in California.
June 7-10: The Indonesian and Malaysian militaries will conduct a joint military exercise in North Sumatra, Indonesia.
Unspecified: The President of Venezuelan state-owned oil company Pdvsa, Rafael Ramírez, travels to Beijing.