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Cablegate: New Zealand Supports China, India Outreach Within

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TAGS: ENRG PREL AORC NZ
SUBJECT: NEW ZEALAND SUPPORTS CHINA, INDIA OUTREACH WITHIN
IEA

REF: STATE 14271

1. (SBU) On February 28, MFAT economic policy staff
official John Ballingall spoke with A/DCM regarding demarche
points (reftel), which post had forwarded to MFAT for review.
While Ballingall underscored that his remarks constituted an
initial reaction, he said that like many IEA members, New
Zealand supports outreach efforts to China and India. It is
important to lift the level of engagement with both
countries, he continued, due to their growing economies,
energy consumption, and role in the developing world. The
MFAT official observed that the IEA Governing Board must
think carefully about the level of engagement and the form
that greater cooperation might take. He added that there
were legal considerations as well, and care must taken when
considering the ramifications on broadening OECD membership.
He finished by saying that the Governing Board must ensure
that the IEA and the OECD processes are "appropriately
aligned," and that New Zealand was looking forward to
discussions on this issue next month.

2. (SBU) Ballingall did not raise Russia or voting rights.

MCCORMICK

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