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Cablegate: U.S.-China Bilateral On Margins of Seventh North Pacific

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 GUANGZHOU 032146

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USCG FOR ADMIRAL THAD ALLEN AND VICE ADMIRAL CHARLES WURSTER
STATE FOR CHINA DESK NOAH ZARING

SENSITIVE
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PHSA MARR CH
SUBJECT: U.S.-China Bilateral on Margins of Seventh North Pacific
Coast Guard Forum, Sanya, China, October 25: Commandant Thad Allen
and PRC Vice Minister Meng Hongwei

(U) This document is sensitive but unclassified. Please protect
accordingly.

1. (SBU) Summary: Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen and PRC Vice
Minister of Public Security Meng Hongwei exchanged views October 25
on a variety of maritime safety and security topics, including
`border security, search-and-rescue and disaster relief issues. The
Admiral said that the U.S. was prepared to send another cutter for a
visit in the near future and indicated the U.S. would be prepared to
receive a Chinese vessel at an appropriate time. VM Meng asked the
USCG to send experts to China to lecture on various aspects of
maritime safety, security and disaster relief. End Summary.

2. (SBU) In a cordial 45-minute discussion October 25, Coast Guard
Commandant Thad Allen and Chinese Vice Minister of Public Security
Meng Hongwei reviewed the state of the bilateral relationship and
the prospect of adding disaster responses as a new area of
cooperation. VM Meng congratulated Admiral Allen, who was in Sanya
for the Seventh North Pacific Coast Guard Forum, on recently
assuming his position as Commandant and expressed his hope that
cooperation between the two would be "deepened," and develop as well
and as quickly as it had with Admiral Allen's predecessor Admiral
Collins. VM Meng took note of the recent visit to the U.S. of
Minister of Public Security Zhou Yongkang and of the good working
relationships the Ministry had developed with the Department of
Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the USCG, the
U.S. Secret Service and other USG agencies. He praised the June
visit of the cutter "Rush" to Qingdao under the leadership of Vice
Admiral Wurster.

3. (SBU) Admiral Allen congratulated VM Meng on hosting such a
successful conference, and said that the Chinese side had set the
bar quite high for the U.S. host two years hence. He told VM Meng
that he agreed with the Vice Minister's observation at dinner the
evening before about the diversity of MPS operations. The Coast
Guard, he said, was a diverse service and it appreciated the
willingness of MPS to help it in its dealings with other Chinese
ministries. The Admiral thanked VM for the courtesies that had been
extended to the "Rush" during its visit and said that the CG would
make available another cutter next year; he also said that the CG
was prepared for a port visit to the U.S. when MPS ships were ready.
The Admiral offered his sympathies for the losses suffered during a
recent typhoon off the southeast coast China. The CG and MPS had
responsibility for disaster relief, which he called an important
area for continuing and future cooperation. The Admiral asked VM
Meng for Chinese views on potential areas of cooperation.

4. (SBU) VM Meng thanked the Admiral for his expression of sympathy
and concern and took the opportunity to congratulate Admiral Allen
for the key role he had played during the Katrina hurricane relief
efforts, noting that it had left an "indelible" impression in the
minds of Chinese. China, he said, also has many disasters each year,
including typhoons, floods, and drought and was interested in
working with the U.S. on national disaster response. He praised the
Admiral's suggestion for another cutter visit and said that the two
sides could work on an appropriate location for the call. China was
building a thousand ton vessel and when it was completed, he hoped
that a visit to the U.S. could be arranged. VM Meng also said that
the Ministry of Communication was the lead for Search and Rescue
operations. The PRC was investing resources in this area, but as yet
did not have any "at-sea" (offshore) SAR resources. He said that
learning from U.S. experience would be valuable to the Chinese side
and he requested that U.S. experts come to China to lecture PRC
officials and coast guard officers.

5. (SBU) Admiral Allen designated Captain Bernard Moreland of the
U.S. Embassy in Beijing as the official contact for such requests,
noting that decisions on exchanges of this sort were handled through
the State Department. The Admiral suggested that China consider a
cruise ship disaster as a realistic scenario for sharpening its
disaster relief capabilities; an oil spill or a hazmat cleanup might
also be useful. He offered to assist the MPS with access to other
U.S. agencies. The Admiral also observed that there would be
maritime challenges for China in preparation for the Olympics.

6. (SBU) VM Meng said that the bilateral and the Admiral's visit had
established a good foundation for a future visit to China. He
expressed appreciation for the U.S. support for a safe and secure
Olympics. An offshore SAR and work on natural disaster responses
would be key parts of China's ongoing maritime work and, he said, he
would forward Admiral Allen's offers of cooperation to the

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appropriate Chinese agencies, especially those dealing with disaster
response. In closing, VM Meng said that China was ready to raise
levels of cooperation.

7. (U) Participants:

U.S.
Admiral Thad Allen
Vice Admiral Charles Wurster, Commander, CG Pacific Area
Guangzhou Consul General Robert Goldberg
Captain Bernard Moreland, CG Liaison, Embassy Beijing
Commander Manny Raras, CG Pacific Area, External Affairs Officer
Patrick Markowitz, Regional Advisor for Asia Pacific, USCG
Ronald Feng, U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou

China
Vice Minister of Public Affairs Meng Hongwei
Director-General, Border Control Department, Chen Weiming
Deputy Director-General, Border Control Department, Major General
Guo Shun
MPS Director, International Affairs, Zhang Jufeng
MPS Deputy Director, International Affairs, Feng Lanchang

8. (U) This cable was cleared by Admiral Allen's staff.

GOLDBERG

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