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Cablegate: Psv: Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology

P 100817Z SEP 08
FM AIT TAIPEI
TO USDOC WASHDC PRIORITY
INFO SECSTATE WASHDC 9924
AMCONSUL HONG KONG

UNCLAS AIT TAIPEI 001342


USDOC FOR 532/OEA/L.HINES/G.CARDAK
USDOC FOR 3121/USFCS/OIO/EAP/ADESARRAN
USDOC FOR 3132/USFCS/OIO/EAP/REGIONAL DIRECTOR
USDOC FOR 4430/ITA/MAC/WGOLIKE/LDICKERSON
STATE FOR EB/ESP
HONG KONG FOR ICE ATTACHE

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BEXP ETRD ETTC TW
SUBJECT: PSV: CHUNG SHAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

REF: USDOC 02397

1. COMMERCIAL OFFICER ERIC CROWLEY, FN FRANCES LI, AND EXBS ADVISOR
MI-YONG KIM OF THE ECONOMIC SECTION VISITED THE CHUNG SHAN INSTITUTE
OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (CSIST) AT THE ADDRESS GIVEN AND MET WITH
BOR-RONG SONG, DIRECTOR OF THE PROCUREMENT AND CONSTRUCTION SERVICE
DIVISION AND WITH CHAN-ZHENG YANG, PROJECT DIRECTOR, TO CONDUCT A
POST-SHIPMENT VERIFICATION ON AUGUST 15, 2008.

2. THE CSIST, ESTABLISHED IN 1968, IS THE PRIMARY RESEARCH AND
DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE OF THE MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENSE (MND).
THE CSIST IS ADMINISTERED UNDER THE ARMAMENTS BUREAU OF THE MND AND
IS DIVIDED INTO SIX RESEARCH DIVISIONS AND FOUR CENTERS.

3. BECAUSE CSIST HANDLES MUCH OF TAIWAN'S SENSITIVE MILITARY
RESEARCH, GAINING ACCESS TO THE SITE HAS BEEN CUMBERSOME AND TOOK
ABOUT THREE MONTHS TO COMPLETE THEIR REQUIRED SECURITY CHECK. ONCE
CS STAFF WERE GRANTED SECURITY CLEARANCE, CSIST WAS OPEN AND
COOPERATIVE. CS TAIPEI EXPECTS A SMOOTHER AND FASTER PROCESS IN THE
FUTURE.

4. CSIST SAID THAT THEY WERE NOTIFIED BY THE US FIRM'S LOCAL
IMPORTER THAT THE PRODUCT IN QUESTION WAS A CONTROLLED ITEM AND THAT
THEY ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE RESTRICTIONS RELATED TO THE HANDLING OF
SUCH CONTROLLED TECHNOLOGY. CSIST SAID THAT THEY ARE USING
CONTROLLED ITEM, A 2 MHZ TO 5 MHZ SPECTRUM ANALYZER, FOR RADIO
FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT AND ANALYSIS. CS TAIWAN STAFF PHYSICALLY
INSPECTED THE CONTROLLED ITEM. HOWEVER, WHEN COMPARING THE MODEL
AND SERIAL NUMBERS AND ECCN NUMBER BETWEEN THE REF CABLE AND
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS, CS TAIWAN FOUND THE FOLLOWING DISCREPANCY:

REF CABLE
-- MODEL NUMBERS: MS2036A2640

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
-- MODEL NUMBERS: MS2036A

5. BASED ON CS TAIWAN'S SITE VISIT, CSIST APPEARS TO BE A BONA FIDE
AND REPUTABLE ORGANIZATION IN TAIWAN. CS TAIWAN'S VISIT DISCLOSED
NO ADVERSE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION OR ITS SUITABILITY TO
RECEIVE SENSITIVE U.S. PRODUCTS.


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