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Cablegate: Canadian Views On Iea Membership for China And

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DEPARTMENT FOR EEB AND WHA
DOE FOR POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ENRG IEA CA
SUBJECT: CANADIAN VIEWS ON IEA MEMBERSHIP FOR CHINA AND
INDIA

REF: STATE 14271

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1. (SBU) Using reftel points, ESTH Counselor demarched both
the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
(DFAIT) and Natural Resources Canada, urging Canada to
support eventual International Energy Agency membership for
China and India. The growing role and impact of China and
India in world energy markets and the need for them to be
responsible participants in the global energy system, coupled
with present requirements for IEA membership, made it
necessary to begin planning for their participation in the
IEA as early as possible.

2. (SBU) DFAIT officials advised on February 25 that they
were considering the question of IEA membership for China and
India, including what sorts of institutional changes might be
required to bring them into the IEA. In considering these
matters, DFAIT will have an intra-departmental meeting on
February 28. DFAIT officials expect an inter-agency meeting
following that will be needed to reach a coordinated
Government of Canada position.

3. (SBU) Embassy understands that the two main agencies
involved in Canada's IEA participation -- DFAIT and Natural
Resources Canada -- do not hold the identical view on IEA
membership for China and India. Natural Resources Assistant
Deputy Minister for Energy Policy Sue Kirby told EEB A/S
Sullivan a month ago that IEA membership for China and India
could pose some difficulties for Canada. Canada and other
IEA members believed that only open market principles could
underpin a well functioning global energy system, and that
Canada would not agree to changing this founding principle of
the Agency. The fundamental question of where China and
India stand on open market principles for energy would have
to be resolved before Canada could support their membership
in the Agency. DFAIT officials, on the other hand, told A/S
Sullivan they were open to considering the question
positively. The noted that within the Government of Canada,
DFAIT leads on questions of outreach in the IEA.

4. (SBU) Embassy will advise as soon as we learn of a
coordinated Canadian government position on membership in the
IEA for China and India, but this is unlikely before the
second week of March.

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