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Cablegate: Exbs: Taiwan Monthly Reporting Cable - November 2008

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P 050938Z DEC 08
FM AIT TAIPEI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0509
RHMFIUU/USCBP WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS AIT TAIPEI 001693

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STATE FOR ISN/ECC - YWONG, ACHURCH, NJOHANSON, AND ROWEN
STATE FOR EAP/TC - MTOYRYLA, DPARKER
STATE FOR ISN/MTR - PDURHAM, SBOYER, JMAYES, AND RPALMIERO
DHS/CBP/INA FOR MAWATT
DOE/NNSA/INECP FOR TPERRY AND SJONES

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC MNUC PARM PREL KSTC KNNP TW
SUBJECT: EXBS: TAIWAN MONTHLY REPORTING CABLE - NOVEMBER 2008

I. BROAD ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY MANAGERS:

None.

II. COMPLETED ACTIONS FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD

A. SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS DURING REPORTING PERIOD:

1. (SBU) On November 3, the Advisor spoke at an Export
Administration Regulations Seminar organized by the Ministry of
Knowledge Economy of the Republic of Korea. Over 150
representatives of Korean and foreign subsidiary companies attended
the Seminar. The Seminar was followed by one-on-one counseling
sessions on November 4. The Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) of the
Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs is considering organizing a
similar program for Taiwan companies so that they can become
familiar and comply with U.S. export control rules.

2. (SBU) on November 13 and 26, the Advisor met with BOFT to review
the progress of Internal Control Program (ICP) software development
and the train-the-trainer course materials for the software. The
software is slated to be completed by the end of December and the
train-the-trainer program to take place during January 2009.

3. (SBU) on November 25, the Advisor met with officials of the
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) of the Executive Yuan to get a status
report on Taiwan's plans to liberalize semiconductor equipment
exports to China. The MAC official stated that the liberalization
plan is still under discussion. He added that, currently, Taiwan
authorities at all levels are focused on economic development
vis-a-vis China, not on national security or nonproliferation
issues.

B. BLUE LANTERN:

(SBU) No checks were conducted by the Advisor during the reporting
period.

III. TRAINING CONDUCTED DURING REPORTING PERIOD:

(SBU) No training was conducted during the reporting period.

IV. UPCOMING TRAINING:

(SBU) On December 10-11, an Industry-Government Outreach Program,
implemented by the Department of Energy, will be held in Taichung.
Approximately 15 Taiwan officials and 60 company representatives are
expected to attend. The goal of the program is to increase
industry's awareness of its export control responsibilities. A full
day will be devoted to presentations and demonstration of the ICP
software, a tool that companies can use to comply with export
control laws and regulations.

V. DECEMBER MEETINGS:

The Advisor will be in Washington for consultations and annual leave
beginning December 22. She will return to AIT at the end of
January, after the Chinese New Year.

VI. RED FLAG ISSUES:

None.

POC for this report is Mi-Yong Kim, EXBS Advisor. Telephone +886 2
2162 2347.

YOUNG

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