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Cablegate: China: 2002 Annual Terrorism Report

R 150809Z NOV 02
FM AMEMBASSY BEIJING
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 6046
INFO AMCONSUL CHENGDU
AMCONSUL GUANGZHOU
AMCONSUL SHANGHAI
AMCONSUL SHENYANG
AMCONSUL HONG KONG
AIT TAIPEI 2536

UNCLAS BEIJING 011889

S/CT FOR REAP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER CH
SUBJECT: CHINA: 2002 ANNUAL TERRORISM REPORT

REF: STATE 201772

1. BELOW IS THE 2002 TERRORISM REPORT FOR CHINA.
RESPONSES ARE KEYED TO REFTEL PARAGRAPH TWO
REQUIREMENTS.

2. A) CHINA TREATS DESIGNATIONS OF TERRORISTS UNDER
EXECUTIVE ORDER 13224 ON AN EQUAL BASIS WITH THOSE
DESIGNATED BY THE UNITED NATIONS. THE PRC REGULARLY
INSTRUCTS ITS FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO SEARCH FOR AND
FREEZE ASSETS OF DESIGNATED TERRORIST ENTITIES. CHINA
HAS RATIFIED TEN OF THE TWELVE INTERNATIONAL
COUNTERTERRORISM CONVENTIONS. IT HAS SIGNED THE
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON THE SUPPRESSION OF TERRORIST
FINANCING, BUT THE AGREEMENT HAS NOT YET BEEN SUBMITTED
TO THE NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS FOR RATIFICATION.
CHINA HAS NOT SIGNED THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON THE
MARKING OF EXPLOSIVES FOR THE PURPOSE OF DETECTION.

B) THERE WERE NO ACTS OF TERRORISM COMMITTED IN CHINA
THIS YEAR AGAINST U.S. CITIZENS OR INTERESTS. THERE
HAVE BEEN SEVERAL REPORTS DURING THE YEAR OF BOMBINGS IN
VARIOUS PARTS OF CHINA; IT IS UNCLEAR, HOWEVER, WHETHER
THESE WERE POLITICALLY MOTIVATED ACTS OF TERRORISM OR
CRIMINAL ATTACKS.

C,D) EMBASSY IS UNAWARE OF ANY EXTRADITIONS OR REQUESTS
FOR EXTRADITIONS OF TERRORISTS TO OR FROM CHINA IN 2002.

E) CHINESE OFFICIALS AT ALL LEVELS REGULARLY DENOUNCE
TERRORISM, BOTH IN PUBLIC STATEMENTS AND IN
INTERNATIONAL FORA. IF ASKED TO DO SO, WE BELIEVE CHINA
WOULD GENERALLY COOPERATE WITH INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM
INVESTIGATIONS.

F) CHINA REGULARLY PARTICIPATES IN SECURITY COUNCIL
DISCUSSIONS ON TERRORISM AND JOINED IN STATEMENTS
DENOUNCING TERRORISM AT THE 2002 APEC MEETING, THE ASEAN
REGIONAL FORUM, AND THE ASEAN PLUS 3 MEETING. CHINA
ALSO ATTENDED THE MUNICH CONFERENCE ON SECURITY POLICY.

G,H) CHINA DOES NOT SUPPORT TERRORISM, TERRORISTS OR
TERRORIST GROUPS. IT HAS NOT MADE ANY PUBLIC STATEMENTS
IN SUPPORT OF A TERRORIST-SUPPORTING COUNTRY ON A
TERRORISM ISSUE, BUT DOES MAINTAIN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
WITH ALL OF THOSE COUNTRIES DESIGNATED BY THE SECRETARY
OF STATE AS STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM.

I) THERE HAS BEEN NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN CHINA'S
ATTITUDE TOWARD TERRORISM IN THE PAST YEAR.

J) THE UNITED STATES AND CHINA HOLD SEMI-ANNUAL
COUNTERTERRORISM CONSULTATIONS, AS WELL AS EXPERT LEVEL
CONSULTATIONS ON THE FINANCIAL ASPECTS OF TERRORISM.
CHINA ALSO ATTENDED THE SOUTHEAST ASIA COUNTERTERRORISM
CONFERENCE IN HONOLULU. AS DISCUSSED IN ITEM A, CHINA
TREATS DESIGNATIONS OF TERRORISTS UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDER
13224 ON AN EQUAL BASIS WITH THOSE DESIGNATED BY THE
UNITED NATIONS. THE PRC REGULARLY INFORMS ITS FINANCIAL
INSTITUTIONS TO SEARCH FOR AND FREEZE ASSETS OF
DESIGNATED TERRORIST ENTITIES. THE UNITED STATES AND
CHINA ALSO SHARE INFORMATION IN A NUMBER OF AREAS,
INCLUDING THROUGH LAW ENFORCEMENT CHANNELS, CONCERNING
PERSONS POSSIBLY INVOLVED WITH TERRORIST ACTIVITIES.

CHINA AGREED IN 2002 TO PERMIT THE FBI TO OPEN AN OFFICE
IN BEIJING. THAT OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AND WILL HELP
COORDINATE WITH THE PRC ON TERRORISM-RELATED ISSUES.

THE UNITED STATES HAS ALSO ASKED CHINA TO PARTICIPATE IN
THE CONTAINER SECURITY INITIATIVE (CSI). DURING HIS
MEETING WITH PRESIDENT BUSH IN CRAWFORD, TEXAS,
PRESIDENT JIANG ZEMIN ANNOUNCED ACCEPTANCE OF THE CSI.
DETAILS HAVE NOT BEEN WORKED OUT.

K) N/A

L) N/A

RANDT

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