many thanks. However this is a very expensive solution, and I still won't know it does what KIES fails to do until after I haev purchased it. It's really "buying a cat in the bag".
Any other solutions?
I have downloaded the programme and synced. The result is a nightmare: everything is messed up again: many non-appoinment events (birthdays, anniversaries) get their settings changed: the PRIVATE box gets unticked, the event gets changed from FREE to BUSY, and sometimes the recurrence gets changed to an end date. Time zone settings of events (such as meetings in different countries) get changed. No events with Lunar Calendar settings (such as birthdays of Chinese people, who celebrate according to the lunar year) don't get synchronized at all.
So I am back to square one; in fact even worse, because I spent hours to correct entries before syncing ...
see my comments from Jan 09