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Cablegate: Interim Reply: Foreign Minister to Lead China's

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EAP/RSP (ANTWEILER, KURZBAUER), EAP/CM (THORNTON)

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TAGS: PREL ITRA OVIP KSEP UNGA CH
SUBJECT: INTERIM REPLY: FOREIGN MINISTER TO LEAD CHINA'S
DELEGATION TO 62ND UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

REF: A. STATE 101170
B. STATE 104172

(U) Sensitive, but unclassified. Please handle accordingly.

1. (SBU) MFA Department of International Organizations Deputy
Director Yao Shaojun told PolOff informally on August 14 that
FM Yang Jiechi will almost certainly lead China's delegation
to the upcoming UN General Assembly (UNGA) session. No other
Chinese senior officials will attend. However, because the
United States and China are still working out arrangements
for Yang's trip to the United States, including a possible
visit to Washington, the MFA cannot yet make a formal reply
or yet provie formally arrival and departure dates.

2. Using reftel's prescribed format:

A. Head of State: No plans to attend.
B. Head of Government: No plans to attend.
C. Foreign Minister:
--Name and Title: YANG Jiechi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of
the People's Republic of China
--Arrival and Departure: TBD
--Spouse to accompany? No.
--Interpretation: FM Yang speaks fluent English but Yao says
"as a matter of standard practice" Yang will use
interpretation in multilateral meetings.
D. Other VIPs: No plans to attend
E. Other MFA Officials: TBD.

3. (U) Post will provide updated information as available.
RANDT

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