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Cablegate: Cwc: U.S.-China November Consultations Discussed

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TAGS: PARM PREL OPCW CWC CH JA
SUBJECT: CWC: U.S.-CHINA NOVEMBER CONSULTATIONS DISCUSSED
ON MARGINS OF EC-58

REF: A. STATE 107316
B. STATE 106330
C. THE HAGUE 632

This is CWC-64-09

1. (SBU) Delreps met separately with members of the
Chinese and Japanese delegations in an effort to
seek further clarification on the scope of the
scheduled visit to Beijing (November 4-7, 2009) for
CWC bilateral consultations on implementation and
compliance issues (refs A and B). In an effort to
clarify the availability of Japanese experts, U.S.
Rep Mikulak consulted with Tokyo MFA Office
Director Yosei Umetsu, who was heading the Japanese
del, on whether they had received an invitation by
China to participate in a trilateral visit to the
Nanjing chemical weapons storage facility in China.
Japanese reps were aware of the planned visit but
were unable to send any representation either from
Tokyo or from their Beijing embassy during the
dates proposed. (Umetsu also indicated that
experts would be available if the visit took place
in early 2010 and undertook to provide further
detail in the near future.)

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2. (SBU) In a separate meeting with the Chinese
delegation, including a MFA representative from
Beijing, Delreps reiterated that participation of
Japanese experts was an integral part of the
Nanjing visit and that since Japanese experts would
not be available in early November, the visit would
need to be postponed to another time. Delrep
further recommended that China consider dropping a
November visit to the commercial chemical facility
in Shanghai as well, stating that spending
additional resources for visiting just one site did
not seem appropriate. Delreps made clear that the
U.S. is still prepared to hold consultations on
implementation and compliance issues but briefly
highlighted the benefits of perhaps postponing
until after the first of the year to make one trip
that would cover our full agenda to include site
visits, Japanese participation at Nanjing and our
bilateral discussions.

3. (SBU) Delreps handed over both non-papers
agreeing to the additional agenda items and
providing the U.S. delegation list (ref A) as well
as handing over U.S. compliance questions outlined
for discussion (ref B). Chinese representatives
agreed that postponing has its benefits to include
ensuring proper planning and a more productive
visit to Nanjing where they acknowledged not a lot
of activity is occurring now, but noted that this
may change early in 2010 as construction of the
destruction facility gets underway, and having
adequate time to review U.S. compliance questions.
Although Chinese rep agreed to postponing the
November dialogue, he made it clear that Beijing
views the U.S.-China bilateral consultation and
overall relationship as very important, citing a
number of upcoming meetings with U.S. officials in
the area of nonproliferation.

4. (U) BEIK SENDS.

LEVIN

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