Viewing cable 09BEIJING1247, BEIJING-BASED G-5 CHIEFS OF MISSION ON DPRK, GTMO
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|09BEIJING1247||2009-05-08 10:10||2010-11-29 21:09||CONFIDENTIAL||Embassy Beijing|
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 BEIJING 001247 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/08/2029 TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM KIRF ECON CH FR JA GM UK SUBJECT: BEIJING-BASED G-5 CHIEFS OF MISSION ON DPRK, GTMO UIGHURS, SINO-JAPAN RELATIONS, DALAI LAMA Classified By: Acting DCM William Weinstein. Reasons 1.4 (b/d). Summary ------- ¶1. (C) At the regular meeting of G-5 Ambassadors in Beijing May 8, French DCM Nicholas Chapuis reported that State Councilor Dai Bingguo told visiting former French President Chirac that the West would not gain from more sanctions on North Korea. Dai reportedly said that "the lever of economic development" had not been used effectively in Six-Party Talks and that a U.S.-DPRK dialogue was "the only way to make progress." German Ambassador Michael Schaefer reported that Germany had informed China of the U.S. request to accept some Uighur detainees held at Guantanamo and had been subsequently warned by China of "a heavy burden on bilateral relations" if Germany were to accept any detainees. Japanese DCM Kunio Umeda reported that Premier Wen Jiabao was "tired and seemed under a lot of pressure" during his meeting with visiting Prime Minister Taro Aso, while President Hu Jintao was "relaxed and confident." According to UK DCM Chris Wood, China had requested the UK not allow the Dalai Lama to transit London or meet with any government officials. Wood reported that local authorities in Gansu Province had detained a British Consul, reflecting the authorities' angst over foreigners traveling to the Tibetan regions of the province. End Summary. Participants ------------ ¶2. (C) French DCM Nicholas Chapuis hosted German Ambassador Dr. Michael Schaefer, Japanese DCM Kunio Umeda, UK DCM Chris Wood and Acting DCM May 8 for the regular gathering of Beijing-based G-5 Chiefs of Mission. Chirac's Visit to China, DPRK, Africa ------------------------------------- ¶3. (C) French DCM Nicholas Chapuis reported that President Hu had not mentioned Tibet in his meeting with visiting former French President Jacques Chirac. State Councilor Dai Bingguo had told Chirac that the West would not gain from more sanctions on North Korea and that a U.S.-DPRK dialogue was "the only way to make progress" in Six-Party Talks. Dai reportedly said that North Korea wanted to open up economically and that the "lever of economic development" had not been used effectively in Six-Party Talks. Dai suggested to Chirac that, given China and France's "conflict of interests" in Africa, the two countries should have a dialogue on Africa. Germany and Guantanamo Uighurs ------------------------------ ¶4. (C) German Ambassador Schaefer said the German State Secretary had informed China of the U.S. request to accept some Uighur detainees held at Guantanamo, noting that Germany had not made a decision regarding the Uighurs. He noted that no German state had yet agreed to accept the detainees. Ambassador Schaefer said China had not officially demarched Germany but had warned Germany that accepting any Uighur detainees would "put enormous pressure on Beijing and a heavy burden on bilateral relations." Sino-Japanese Relations ----------------------- ¶5. (C) Japanese DCM Kunio Umeda reported that PM Taro Aso, who had visited Beijing April 29-30, had said Premier Wen Jiabao was "very tired and seemed under a lot of pressure" from dealing with the economic crisis, while President Hu Jintao had seemed "confident and relaxed." PM Aso had requested China not implement its planned compulsory certification of IT products in China, while Premier Wen had insisted the law was consistent with China's WTO commitments. Dalai Lama ---------- ¶6. (C) UK DCM Chris Wood reported that China had requested the UK not allow the Dalai Lama to transit London but softened the demarche by requesting that government officials not meet the Dalai Lama if he were to transit the country. French DCM Nicholas Chapuis said China's demarche was part of BEIJING 00001247 002 OF 002 a campaign to limit the Dalai Lama's travel and noted that the Beijing city government had threatened to break its sister-city relationship with Paris if the Dalai Lama were to receive an honorary citizen award from the French capital. Ambassador Schaefer said Germany had not received such demands from the Chinese, in spite of the Dalai Lama's frequent trips to Germany. Harassment of UK Embassy Staff in Gansu --------------------------------------- ¶7. (C) UK DCM Wood said UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband had recently visited Gansu Province and had been accompanied by a British journalist from "The Guardian." According to Woodward, local Chinese authorities had briefly detained a British Consul to express displeasure with the accompanying journalist, who had stayed in Gansu without the authorities' permission after Secretary Miliband had departed. "Local goons" had come to the traveling delegation's hotel and threatened to follow a UK Embassy female staffer (but did not). In addition, a British "Financial Times" reporter in Sichuan had been harassed by local authorities who were apparently upset by the journalist's interest in reporting on schools destroyed during the Sichuan earthquake. Climate Change -------------- ¶8. (C) UK DCM Wood said the UK Environment and Science Minister had recently had talks with Chinese officials on climate change. In the lead up to Copenhagen, China would not agree to targets on emissions but was willing to be constructive and would come to Copenhagen with a package of action items related to nuclear power, renewable energy and reforestation. Wood said his impression was that China could be induced to do more on climate change. Rule of Law ----------- ¶9. (C) Ambassador Schaefer reported that German Minister of Justice Brigitte Zypries recently had visited China to attend a three-day rule of law dialogue on social security and pensions that was attended by 45 Chinese lawyers and judges. Schaefer said Germany and China would have another dialogue on a proposed law on regulating lawyers, noting that the Chinese Government was looking to give lawyers "more space" without giving up control. PICCUTA