Cablegate: (S) Shield S06-08/S18-05/S26-06: China Urged To
O 030916Z APR 08
FM AMEMBASSY BEIJING
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6263
INFO AMEMBASSY SEOUL
S E C R E T BEIJING 001263
DEPT FOR EAP AND ISN
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/03/2033
TAGS: PARM PREL ETTC CH KN
SUBJECT: (S) SHIELD S06-08/S18-05/S26-06: CHINA URGED TO
INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE CHEMICAL WEAPONS PRECURSOR EXPORT TO
NORTH KOREA; ZIBO CHEMET REPORTEDLY FINED REF: A. STATE 32705 B. 07 BEIJING 5361 C. 07 BEIJING 5848 D. 07 BEIJING 748 E. 07 STATE 11396 Classified By: Political Minister Counselor Aubrey Carlson. Reasons
1.(S) PolOff delivered ref A message concerning a Chinese firm's offer to provide a chemical weapons precursor chemical to North Korea to MFA Arms Control and Disarmament Department Chemical and Biological Weapons Division Director Chen Kai on April 3. Chen said China takes the U.S. information seriously and will investigate the firm's activities. He noted that China has punished Chinese companies for violating PRC chemical export control laws.
2.(S) PolOff asked Chen for an update on the PRC investigation of two other Chinese firms: Zibo Chemet (refs B and C) and Dalian Liaosin Trading Company (refs D and E). Chen said Ministry of Commerce officials investigating Zibo Chemet recently told him that Zibo was fined RMB 450,000 (approximately USD 64,285) for export control violations. Stressing that China continues to investigate the firm's export activities, Chen promised to share with us a report of the PRC investigation in the near future. Chen did not have information to share on Dalian Liaosin Trading Company.