US embassy cable - 00HANOI2580

INFORMAL VIETNAMESE RESPONSE TO U.S. QUERIES ON ASEAN SEANWFZ NON-PAPER

Identifier: 00HANOI2580
Wikileaks: View 00HANOI2580 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Hanoi
Created: 2000-11-28 08:00:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PREL PARM VM CH ASEAN
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.


2000HANOI02580 - UNCLASSIFIED
 
 
 
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FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1398
INFO AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH CITY 
ASEAN COLLECTIVE
UNCLAS HANOI 002580 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EAP/BCLTV, EAP/RSP, INR/EAP/SEA 
 
E.O. 12958:  N/A 
TAGS: PREL, PARM, VM, CH, ASEAN 
SUBJECT:  INFORMAL VIETNAMESE RESPONSE TO U.S. QUERIES ON ASEAN SEANWFZ NON-PAPER 
 
REF:  STATE 214888 
 
1.   POLOFF MET NOVEMBER 28 WITH MFA ASEAN DEPARTMENT 
SEANWFZ EXPERT TRAN DUC BINH TO DISCUSS REFTEL QUESTIONS. 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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BINH SHARED THE FOLLOWING VIEWS, KEYED TO REFTEL POINTS: 
 
2.   SOVEREIGNTY:  BINH STATED DEFINITELY THAT ASEAN'S 
REJECTION OF THE PROPOSED P-4 CLARIFICATIONS WAS NOT BASED 
ON OVERT OBJECTIONS FROM CHINA.  ASEAN DOES NOT HAVE CHINA'S 
VIEWS ON THIS POINT; IT IS THE ASEAN VIEW, HOWEVER, THAT 
ARTICLE 3 SHOULD STAND AS AGREED BETWEEN ASEAN AND CHINA FOR 
CHINA'S SAKE. (NOTE:  THE LINE BETWEEN ACTIVE CHINESE 
OPPOSITION AND ASEAN ANTICIPATION OF CHINESE OPPOSITION IS A 
VERY FINELY DRAWN ONE.  ASEAN'S APPARENT SENSITIVITIES TO 
CHINESE VIEWS MAY OBVIATE THE NEED FOR FORMAL STATEMENTS. 
END NOTE.) 
 
3.   BINH EXPLAINED THAT ASEAN'S PROPOSED ARTICLE 3 WAS 
FORMULATED TO ADDRESS CHINA'S SPECIFIC CONCERNS ABOUT 
SOVEREIGNTY OVER CONTINENTAL SHELVES AND EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC 
ZONES IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.  ASEAN AND CHINA ARRIVED AT 
THEIR AGREED TEXT BASED ON NEW PROPOSALS FROM CHINA, AND THE 
MARCH P-4 DEMARCHE ARRIVED AFTER AGREEMENT HAD ALREADY BEEN 
REACHED BASED ON THE NEW LANGUAGE.  ESSENTIALLY, ASEAN 
VIEWED THE P-4 PROPOSAL AS A RETREAT TO OLDER GROUND. 
POLOFF EMPHASIZED THAT OUR CONCERN ON THIS PORTION OF THE 
TEXT IS SIMPLY CLARITY OF LANGUAGE, A POINT BINH TOOK ON 
BOARD. 
 
3.   ZONE OF APPLICATION:  BINH BELIEVED ASEAN'S BASIC 
STANCE ON THIS ISSUE IS THAT THE PROPOSED ADDITION WOULD 
UNDERMINE THE STRENGTH OF THE SOVEREIGNTY ARTICLE AS AGREED 
BETWEEN ASEAN AND CHINA.  HE ALSO REPEATED ASEAN'S VIEW THAT 
ELIMINATION OF THE SECOND SENTENCE ON NEGATIVE SECURITY 
ASSURANCE SHOULD MEET P-4 CONCERNS OVER ZONE OF APPLICATION. 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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POLOFF ASKED FOR THE STATUS OF ASEAN DELIBERATIONS OVER 
DELETION OF THE SECOND SENTENCE, AND BINH SAID HE BELIEVED 
ASEAN IS "CONSIDERING POSITIVELY" DELETION OF THE SENTENCE - 
- AS PART OF A LARGER PACKAGE WHICH INCLUDES RETENTION OF 
THE BEIJING-APPROVED SOVEREIGNTY ARTICLE AND NO NEW LANGUAGE 
ON ZONE OF APPLICATION (ESSENTIALLY A RESTATEMENT OF THE NON- 
PAPER POSITION).  BINH DID NOTE THAT ASEAN MAY BE WILLING TO 
CONSIDER SOME ALTERNATIVE LANGUAGE FOR THE SOVEREIGNTY 
ARTICLE TO ADDRESS CLARITY CONCERNS. 
 
4.   TRANSIT RIGHTS:  BINH SAID THAT ASEAN HAS SEVERAL 
ALTERNATIVES ON THE TABLE NOW.  MEMBER STATES ARE CONSULTING 
ON THE ALTERNATIVES IN THEIR CAPITALS, TO BE FOLLOWED BY 
FURTHER CONSULATION BY ASEAN AS A WHOLE.  WHEN THE RESULTS 
ARE IN, ASEAN WILL FORWARD THEM FOR P-4 CONSIDERATION.  BINH 
EXPECTED THIS TO BE WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE PROPOSED MARCH 
GROUP CONSULTATIONS, POSSIBLY EARLY FEBRUARY.  HE DECLINED 
TO GIVE ANY VIEWS AT THIS POINT ON WHAT ALTERNATIVE LANGUAGE 
MIGHT BE. 
 
5.   RULES OF PROCEDURE:  BINH UNDERTOOK TO CONSULT WITH HIS 
OFFICE BUT EXPECTED NO DIFFICULTY IN PASSING A COPY OF THE 
RULES TO US. 
 
6.   POLOFF LEFT A COPY OF REFTEL QUESTIONS WITH BINH, AND 
HE PROMISED TO FORWARD ANY ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK HIS 
DEPARTMENT MIGHT BE ABLE TO PROVIDE.  HE UNDERTOOK TO GET 
MORE DETAILS SPECIFICALLY ON THE ISSUE OF ZONE OF 
APPLICATION, ON WHICH TOPIC HE WAS DISSATISFIED WITH HIS OWN 
EXPLANATIONS.  EMBASSY WILL ALSO FORWARD A COPY OF THE RULES 
OF PROCEDURE WHEN OBTAINED. 
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PETERSON 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 


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