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Cablegate: Taiwan Dismayed Over Oie Resolution; Sees Thin

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E.O. 12958: N/A
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SUBJECT: TAIWAN DISMAYED OVER OIE RESOLUTION; SEES THIN
EDGE OF A WEDGE

REF: A. STATE 67444
B. DAS CHRISTENSEN MAY 21 E-MAIL TO AIT DIRECTOR

1. (SBU) Taiwan MOFA International Organizations (IO)
Director-General David Lin called in AIT Political Chief on
May 22 to express Taiwan's dismay over the revised
China-Taiwan resolution being circulated by World
Organization for Animal Health (OIE) President Barry O'Neil.
This resolution as revised would "seriously damage" Taiwan's
rights and interests, Lin argued. It would, moreover,
represent unprecedented politicization of OIE, with Beijing
using the OIE as a tool to settle its cross-Strait dispute
with Taiwan. Not even UN Resolution 2758, he said, had
sought to force Taiwan under PRC sovereignty.

2. (SBU) Lin argued the OIE resolution has important
implications for the future, charging that the PRC is seeking
to use the OIE as a wedge to downgrade Taiwan participation
in other international organizations. If the PRC is allowed
to set a precedent in the OIE, a functional, working
organization, he said, it will be difficult for Taiwan to
stem the tide against PRC pressure in other organizations.
Opposing PRC efforts in the OIE, thus, is a matter of
principle for Taiwan, he said, and one on which Taiwan cannot
affort to give ground.

3. (SBU) Lin told AIT that if the resolution passes, Taiwan
would make a strong public statement condemning and rejecting
the resolution. Taiwan would then consider taking subsequent
unspecified "other actions."

4. (SBU) Expressing appreciation for U.S. concern and
assistance, Lin urged the U.S. to continue its efforts to
modify or postpone the proposed resolution. If the measure
comes to vote in the OIE plenary session on May 25, he
continued, Taiwan hopes the U.S. will publicly oppose the
resolution and vote against it.

5. (SBU) AIT POL Chief promised to pass the information back
to Washington and to our OIE delegation in Paris, but urged
Taiwan to communicate directly with our team in Paris in this
fast changing process.

Comment
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6. (SBU) It is clear that MOFA/Taiwan is very concerned
about the PRC's proposed resolution at the OIE and is seeking
U.S. and other OIE member support to block it. Less certain,
however, is what "other actions" Taiwan might take in the
event of passage. We urge U.S. Del in Paris to share as much
as possible our thinking on countering this unhelpful PRC
initiative.
YOUNG

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