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Cablegate: Informal Vietnamese Response to U.S. Queries On Asean Seanwfz Non-Paper

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FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1398
INFO AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH CITY
ASEAN COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS HANOI 002580

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP/BCLTV, EAP/RSP, INR/EAP/SEA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PARM VM CH ASEAN
SUBJECT: INFORMAL VIETNAMESE RESPONSE TO U.S. QUERIES ON ASEAN SEANWFZ NON-PAPER

REF: STATE 214888

1. POLOFF MET NOVEMBER 28 WITH MFA ASEAN DEPARTMENT
SEANWFZ EXPERT TRAN DUC BINH TO DISCUSS REFTEL QUESTIONS.
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BINH SHARED THE FOLLOWING VIEWS, KEYED TO REFTEL POINTS:

2. SOVEREIGNTY: BINH STATED DEFINITELY THAT ASEAN'S
REJECTION OF THE PROPOSED P-4 CLARIFICATIONS WAS NOT BASED
ON OVERT OBJECTIONS FROM CHINA. ASEAN DOES NOT HAVE CHINA'S
VIEWS ON THIS POINT; IT IS THE ASEAN VIEW, HOWEVER, THAT
ARTICLE 3 SHOULD STAND AS AGREED BETWEEN ASEAN AND CHINA FOR
CHINA'S SAKE. (NOTE: THE LINE BETWEEN ACTIVE CHINESE
OPPOSITION AND ASEAN ANTICIPATION OF CHINESE OPPOSITION IS A
VERY FINELY DRAWN ONE. ASEAN'S APPARENT SENSITIVITIES TO
CHINESE VIEWS MAY OBVIATE THE NEED FOR FORMAL STATEMENTS.
END NOTE.)

3. BINH EXPLAINED THAT ASEAN'S PROPOSED ARTICLE 3 WAS
FORMULATED TO ADDRESS CHINA'S SPECIFIC CONCERNS ABOUT
SOVEREIGNTY OVER CONTINENTAL SHELVES AND EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC
ZONES IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. ASEAN AND CHINA ARRIVED AT
THEIR AGREED TEXT BASED ON NEW PROPOSALS FROM CHINA, AND THE
MARCH P-4 DEMARCHE ARRIVED AFTER AGREEMENT HAD ALREADY BEEN
REACHED BASED ON THE NEW LANGUAGE. ESSENTIALLY, ASEAN
VIEWED THE P-4 PROPOSAL AS A RETREAT TO OLDER GROUND.
POLOFF EMPHASIZED THAT OUR CONCERN ON THIS PORTION OF THE
TEXT IS SIMPLY CLARITY OF LANGUAGE, A POINT BINH TOOK ON
BOARD.

3. ZONE OF APPLICATION: BINH BELIEVED ASEAN'S BASIC
STANCE ON THIS ISSUE IS THAT THE PROPOSED ADDITION WOULD
UNDERMINE THE STRENGTH OF THE SOVEREIGNTY ARTICLE AS AGREED
BETWEEN ASEAN AND CHINA. HE ALSO REPEATED ASEAN'S VIEW THAT
ELIMINATION OF THE SECOND SENTENCE ON NEGATIVE SECURITY
ASSURANCE SHOULD MEET P-4 CONCERNS OVER ZONE OF APPLICATION.
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POLOFF ASKED FOR THE STATUS OF ASEAN DELIBERATIONS OVER
DELETION OF THE SECOND SENTENCE, AND BINH SAID HE BELIEVED
ASEAN IS "CONSIDERING POSITIVELY" DELETION OF THE SENTENCE -
- AS PART OF A LARGER PACKAGE WHICH INCLUDES RETENTION OF
THE BEIJING-APPROVED SOVEREIGNTY ARTICLE AND NO NEW LANGUAGE
ON ZONE OF APPLICATION (ESSENTIALLY A RESTATEMENT OF THE NON-
PAPER POSITION). BINH DID NOTE THAT ASEAN MAY BE WILLING TO
CONSIDER SOME ALTERNATIVE LANGUAGE FOR THE SOVEREIGNTY
ARTICLE TO ADDRESS CLARITY CONCERNS.

4. TRANSIT RIGHTS: BINH SAID THAT ASEAN HAS SEVERAL
ALTERNATIVES ON THE TABLE NOW. MEMBER STATES ARE CONSULTING
ON THE ALTERNATIVES IN THEIR CAPITALS, TO BE FOLLOWED BY
FURTHER CONSULATION BY ASEAN AS A WHOLE. WHEN THE RESULTS
ARE IN, ASEAN WILL FORWARD THEM FOR P-4 CONSIDERATION. BINH
EXPECTED THIS TO BE WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE PROPOSED MARCH
GROUP CONSULTATIONS, POSSIBLY EARLY FEBRUARY. HE DECLINED
TO GIVE ANY VIEWS AT THIS POINT ON WHAT ALTERNATIVE LANGUAGE
MIGHT BE.

5. RULES OF PROCEDURE: BINH UNDERTOOK TO CONSULT WITH HIS
OFFICE BUT EXPECTED NO DIFFICULTY IN PASSING A COPY OF THE
RULES TO US.

6. POLOFF LEFT A COPY OF REFTEL QUESTIONS WITH BINH, AND
HE PROMISED TO FORWARD ANY ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK HIS
DEPARTMENT MIGHT BE ABLE TO PROVIDE. HE UNDERTOOK TO GET
MORE DETAILS SPECIFICALLY ON THE ISSUE OF ZONE OF
APPLICATION, ON WHICH TOPIC HE WAS DISSATISFIED WITH HIS OWN
EXPLANATIONS. EMBASSY WILL ALSO FORWARD A COPY OF THE RULES
OF PROCEDURE WHEN OBTAINED.
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