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Cablegate: Ait Travel Clearance for Uscc: Houston, Mulloy,

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OTRA TW USCC
SUBJECT: AIT TRAVEL CLEARANCE FOR USCC: HOUSTON, MULLOY,
BUNTON - 6/27-30/2006


REF: STATE 102269

1. AIT welcomes and grants travel clearance to U.S.-China
Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) officials,
Caren (Kerri) Houston, Patrick A. Mulloy and Executive
Director T. Scott Bunton for their visit to Taipei from
6/27-30/2006, per reftel. We understand that the delegation
wishes to meet with AIT personnel and representatives from
the Taiwan political and business communities. We also
understand Mr. Blumenthal will not be traveling as originally
planned.

2. Visitors to Taiwan are reminded that they must travel on
a tourist passport and are considered AIT consultants while
conducting U.S. Government business in Taiwan. Your passport
should be valid for at least six months. No visa is required
for American citizens entering Taiwan for visits of under 30
days. Stays over thirty (30) days require a visa, which can
be obtained through AIT Washington from the Taipei Economic
and Cultural Representative office in Washington, DC.

3. AIT Political Officer Brad Parker is the control officer
for the visit. He may be reached at the office at
886-2-2162-2086; Fax 886-2-2162-2241; Cell-phone: (09)
1038-0773, and e-mail: parkerbs@state.gov. AIT is located at
#7, Lane 134, Hsin Yi Rd., Section 3, Taipei. Official hours
of business are: 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM. The after-hours and
emergency number at Post 1 is 886-2-2162-2319.

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4. Hotel Reservations for 3 nights have been made at
Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, located at Tun Hwa
South Road, Section 2, No. 201; tel. no. 886-2-2378-8888, fax
no. 886-2-2377-7777. The rooms have been reserved at the U.S.
government room rate of NT$5500 (US$172) per night, including
buffet breakfast, internet access, a ten percent service
charge, and tax.

5. Security assessment: The Department of State is deeply
concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks
against U.S. citizens and interests abroad, as well as the
potential for demonstrations and violent actions against U.S.
citizens and interests overseas. U.S. citizens are reminded
that demonstrations and rioting can occur at any time. U.S.
citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance
and to take appropriate steps to increase their security
awareness. The Department of State remains concerned by
indications that al-Qaida and affiliated groups continue to
prepare to strike U.S. interests abroad. Terrorist actions
may include, but are not limited to, suicide operations,
assassinations, hijackings, bombings or kidnappings. These
may involve aviation and other transportation and maritime
interests. Terrorists do not distinguish between official and
civilian targets. These may include facilities where U.S.
citizens and other foreigners congregate or visit, including
residential areas, business offices, clubs, restaurants,
places of worship, schools, hotels and public areas. U.S.
citizens are encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance
and to take appropriate steps to increase their security
awareness. U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at a
heightened state of alert. These facilities may temporarily
close or suspend public services from time to time to assess
their security posture. In those instances, the American
Institute in Taiwan will make every effort to provide
emergency services to U.S. citizens. Americans abroad are
urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the
nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, or the American Institute
in Taiwan. As the Department continues to develop information
on any potential security threats to U.S. citizens overseas,
it shares credible threat information through its consular
information program documents, available on the Internet at
http://travel.state.gov. In addition to information on the
Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on
security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in
the U.S. or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll
line at 1-317-472-2328.

6. Restrictions: AIT strictly controls the entry of laptop
computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and any other
electronic devices into the main office building. Travelers
desiring to bring official electronic equipment to the AIT
Office must provide the following information to the Control
Officer:

-- Type of equipment (electronic camera and/or computer).
-- Model number.
-- Serial number.
-- WPAS or NEPA barcode number.
-- Purpose of use.

Personal equipment, PDAs, cameras, cell telephones, etc. will
be checked in with the AIT main gate guards.

7. Remarks: Thank you for providing AIT with your security
clearance information. We look forward to your arrival in
Taiwan.
KEEGAN

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