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Cablegate: Demarche Delivered On Wto Services Negotiations

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SUBJECT: DEMARCHE DELIVERED ON WTO SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS

REF: STATE 18373

1. (SBU) Trade Affairs MinCons delivered reftel demarche points and
letter regarding WTO services negotiations to the Ministry of
Commerce (MOFCOM), Department of WTO Affairs Director General Zhang
Xiangchen on February 25. Per separate instructions from USTR, MC
Trade Affairs also previewed telephone call planned by Ambassador
Schwab to MOFCOM Minister Chen DeMing on this subject.

2. (SBU) DG Zhang thanked the Embassy for the letter and promised to
have it translated and promptly delivered to Minister Chen and to
report to him on the substance of the demarche and the upcoming call
by Ambassador Schwab. He said he would coordinate so that Minister
Chen is available for the call.

3. (SBU) DG Zhang also said that China would send a delegation to
Geneva in March, including for services meetings , and believes that
services should be an integral part of the undertaking of the Doha
Round negotiations. He noted that China has "offensive" interests
as well in services.

Randt

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