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Cablegate: China: 2000 Annual Terrorism Report

R 300927Z NOV 00
FM AMEMBASSY BEIJING
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 1052
INFO AMEMBASSY SEOUL
AMEMBASSY TOKYO
AMEMBASSY ULAANBAATAR
AMCONSUL GUANGZHOU
AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA
AMCONSUL SHANGHAI
AMCONSUL SHENYANG
AMCONSUL CHENGDU
AMCONSUL HONG KONG
USCINCPAC HONOLULU HI
JICPAC HONOLULU HI

UNCLAS BEIJING 011790

S/CT FOR REAP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER CH
SUBJECT: CHINA: 2000 ANNUAL TERRORISM REPORT

REF: STATE 217248

1. BELOW IS THE 2000 TERRORISM REPORT FOR CHINA.
RESPONSES ARE KEYED TO REFTEL PARAGRAPH THREE
REQUIREMENTS.

2. A) THERE WERE NO ACTS OF TERRORISM COMMITTED
AGAINST U.S. CITIZENS OR INTERESTS IN CHINA THIS YEAR.
CHINESE MAINLAND AND HONG KONG MEDIA OCCASIONALLY REPORT
ACTS OF TERRORISM BY INDEPENDENCE ACTIVISTS IN CHINA'S
WESTERN PROVINCE OF XINJIANG AND, LESS FREQUENTLY, IN
THE TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION. PUBLICLY, THE PRC TENDS TO
DOWNPLAY THESE INCIDENTS AS THE ISOLATED ACTIONS OF A
NEGLIBLE NUMBER OF PEOPLE, OR ATTRIBUTES THEM TO
AMORPHOUS "FOREIGN FORCES BENT ON UNDERMINING CHINA."
PRESS REPORTS INDICATE THAT THE JUDICIAL RESPONSE TO
THESE TERRORISTS IS HARSH, RANGING FROM LENGTHY PRISON
SENTENCES TO EXECUTION.

B,C) THERE IS NO EXTRADITION TREATY IN FORCE BETWEEN
THE UNITED STATES AND CHINA. IN JUNE, 2000, THE U.S.
AND PRC SIGNED A MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE AGREEMENT THAT
WOULD ALLOW FOR ENHANCED COOPERATION IN THE APPREHENSION
AND PROSECUTION OF CRIMINALS; CHINA, HOWEVER, HAS NOT
TAKEN THE STEPS NECESSARY TO PUT THE AGREEMENT INTO
FORCE.

IN AUGUST, CHINA SUCCESSFULLY OBTAINED FROM KAZAKHSTAN
THE EXTRADITION OF TWO ETHNIC UIGHUR SEPARATISTS WHO
WERE CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL TRANSPORTATION OF WEAPONS.

D) THE PRC GOVERNMENT DOES NOT SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL
TERRORISM, TERRORISTS, OR TERRORIST GROUPS, AND HAS
REPEATEDLY VOICED ITS OPPOSITION TO TERRORISM IN PUBLIC
FORA. WHEN ASKED, GOVERNMENT SPOKESMEN CONSISTENTLY
VOICE CONCERN ABOUT, OR OPPOSITION TO, ACTS OF TERRORISM
IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

E) ALONG WITH RUSSIA AND SEVERAL CENTRAL ASIAN
COUNTRIES, CHINA IS AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN THE
SHANGHAI FORUM, WHICH ATTEMPTS TO PROMOTE
COUNTERTERRORISM COOPERATION IN CENTRAL ASIA. CHINA
ALSO DISCUSSES COUNTERTERRORISM COOPERATION IN BILATERAL
DIPLOMATIC DISCUSSIONS.

F) ALTHOUGH CHINA DOES NOT SUPPORT TERRORISM,
TERRORISTS, OR TERRORIST GROUPS, IT DOES MAINTAIN
DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH ALL THOSE COUNTRIES DESIGNATED
BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE AS STATE SPONSORS OF
TERRORISM.

G) CHINA HAS NOT MADE ANY PUBLIC STATEMENTS IN SUPPORT
OF A TERRORIST-SUPPORTING COUNTRY ON A TERRORISM ISSUE.

H) THERE HAVE BEEN NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES SINCE 1999 IN
CHINA'S ATTITUDE TOWARD TERRORISM.

I) THE UNITED STATES HAS NO COUNTERTERRORISM
INITIATIVES WITH CHINA.

J) N/A

K) N/A

MARINE

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