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Cablegate: Chinese Taipei Supports U.S. On Apec Counter

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O 050829Z SEP 06
FM AIT TAIPEI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1928
INFO RUEHZU/ASIAN PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION PRIORITY

UNCLAS TAIPEI 003036

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STATE PASS USTR
STATE FOR EAP/TC, EAP/MLS,
USTR FOR ALTBACH

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON ETRD PTER TW APECO
SUBJECT: CHINESE TAIPEI SUPPORTS U.S. ON APEC COUNTER
TERRORISM

REF: SECSTATE 139460

AIT Econoffs delivered reftel points to the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs Department of International Organizations
Chief WANG Liang-Yu on September 1. Ms. Wang stated that
Chinese Taipei will support extending the mandate of the
Counter Terrorism Task Force for another two years at SOM
III, noting, however, that on many APEC issues their low
profile support of U.S. positions are most effective.
Econoffs urged that, even with a low profile approach,
Chinese Taipei should take the opportunity to express its
support for the U.S. position in bilateral discussions. Ms.
Wang noted that China is seeking to split APEC issues into
two tiers: pure trade issues that are dealt with by all
member economies and other broader issues, such as security,
that should only be discussed between sovereign economies,
thus excluding Taiwan. She expressed appreciation that the
USG did not support this approach.
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