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05TAIPEI1706
2005-04-08 08:03:00
CONFIDENTIAL
American Institute Taiwan, Taipei
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TAIWAN RESPONSE TO EXPORT CONTROL DEMARCHE

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						C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 TAIPEI 001706 

SIPDIS

STATE PASS AIT/W AND USTR
STATE FOR EAP/RSP/TC, EAP/EP, EB/IFD/OIA AND NP/ECC/MCCELLAN
STATE FOR INR/EC/NKWG
USTR FOR SCOTT KI

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/09/2025
TAGS: ETTC PARM PINR PREL PTER TW
SUBJECT: TAIWAN RESPONSE TO EXPORT CONTROL DEMARCHE

REF: STATE 60730

Classified By: AIT ACTING DIRECTOR DAVID J. KEEGAN, REASON 1.5 B/D



1. (C) Summary: AIT/T Acting Director Keegan delivered
reftel demarche to Minister of Foreign Affairs Mark Chen and
to Minister of Economic Affairs Ho Mei-yueh in separate
meetings on April 7. Both Ministers expressed Taiwan's
strong commitment to strengthen Taiwan's export controls.
Minister Mark Chen said he would personally relay the
non-paper and points directly to President Chen Shui-bian
during their flight to Rome that afternoon. End summary.

Shared Values


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2. (C) Foreign Minister Mark Chen expressed his appreciation
for U.S. efforts to advance democracy and human rights,
noting that Taiwan and the United States shared these
values. ADIR Keegan noted the seriousness of the export
control issue to the U.S. Government, that Dr. David Asher
had visited Taiwan three times in the past two years to
convey the importance of this issue, that the AIT Director
had raised the issue with the Taiwan Premier and President,
and that AIT has held numerous meetings with the National
Security Council (NSC), National Security Bureau (NSB),
Bureau of Foreign Trade. (BOFT), and other agencies in
which we have urged a strengthening of Taiwan's export
control system.

Your Concerns Are Our Concerns


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3. (C) Minister Chen responded that as a result of his time
as a Chair of the Legislative Yuan Science and Technology
Committee, he knew of the security threat proliferation
posed to Taiwan, neighboring countries, and the entire
world. He said the Taiwan government took export controls
very seriously and had held high-level discussions on this
matter. Chen added that he understood how important it was
to cooperate with the U.S. on this, and he completely
understood the U.S. concerns. He noted that the seven point
statement that President Chen issued two days ago had a
message between the lines that national security problems
could be created by commercial interests in China. Minister
Chen said "your concerns are also our concerns"
unfortunately, due to the political environment and
necessary (democratic) procedures, the Chen administration
had found it hard to get all the results it wanted, but it
was still proceeding along towards these goals.

Thanks for Support on Maintaining Arms Embargo


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4. (C) Minister Chen said Taiwan had deeply appreciated
Deputy Secretary Zoellick's recent remarks against the EU
lifting the embargo on weapon sales to China. He said he
would personally bring the export control non-paper (
reftel) to the President Chen's attention and discuss the
issue with him during their 15-18 hour charter flight to
Vatican City departing Taiwan in the afternoon. He said
everyone agrees Taiwan's export controls need to be
stronger. But there were differences of opinion on how to
proceed, how to best achieve stricter controls. Chen said
Taiwan had no argument with the principle message of the
demarche. He agreed the United States and Taiwan must work
together to give the younger generation a secure world. He
noted that Taiwan had helped the U.S. in Afghanistan and
Iraq. He said that the challenge was how to achieve strict
export controls in a "beautiful, efficient way. " Chen
summed up by noting that "There is no good reason for us not
to commit to strict export control enforcement, it is good
for the United States and good for Taiwan."



5. (C) ADIR Keegan urged Minister Chen to ask why Taiwan
needed to trade anything with North Korea and noted that
virtually all export to North Korea were for military use.
Chen responded to AIT comments regarding shortcomings of the
Technology Protection Law now being considered by the
legislature by asking if the United States could help Taiwan
fix the flaws in the law by providing a model law on which
to base their draft law.

Ministry of Economic Affairs Will Make Full Effort


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6. (C) Minister of Economic Affairs Ho Mei-yueh told the
ADIR that her minister was fully committed to establishing
effective controls over Taiwan exports. She outlined
several steps that Taiwan would take to tighten export
controls (sent separately via email to EAP/TC), beginning
with a requirement for pre-shipment checks and licenses for
sensitive technologies going to sensitive countries.
However, she indicated her ministry would like U.S. help in
end-user verification and would like to establish a system
for information sharing so that when Taiwan authorities
detect suspicious export activities they could pass the
information on to the United States for further offshore
investigation.



7. (C) Minister Ho emphasized in closing that President
Chen, the Foreign Minister and she all shared a
determination to resolve the problems posed by the export of
machine tools to North Korea, China and other countries of
concern. Her obligation, and that of her ministry, was to
implement that commitment. She said they would work closely
with the United States to make that happen.
KEEGAN