US embassy cable - 06TOKYO397

TECRO ASKS FOR US SUPPORT FOR TAIWAN OBSERVER STATUS AT WHA

Identifier: 06TOKYO397
Wikileaks: View 06TOKYO397 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Tokyo
Created: 2006-01-25 08:56:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: TBIO SOCI WHO JA KFLU
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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R 250856Z JAN 06
FM AMEMBASSY TOKYO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7775
INFO RUEHZN/ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLECTIVE
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 0166
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C O N F I D E N T I A L TOKYO 000397 
 
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DEPT FOR EAP/J ALBRIGHT AND MIDHA 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/25/2016 
TAGS: TBIO, SOCI, WHO, JA, KFLU 
SUBJECT: TECRO ASKS FOR US SUPPORT FOR TAIWAN OBSERVER 
STATUS AT WHA 
 
Classified By: EST Minister-Counselor Joyce Rabens for 1.4 b and d 
 
1. (C) USAID Counselor and ESToff met with three officials 
from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office 
(TECRO) in Japan on January 25.  TECRO Liaison Division 
Director Peter M. Y. Tsai, Deputy Director Juei-hu Hsu and 
Political Division Second Secretary Joe Ting-Chang Hsu 
requested the meeting, during which they raised the issue of 
Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA) 
meeting that is scheduled for this upcoming May.  Tsai asked 
for the United States' assistance in helping Taipei obtain 
observer status at the World Health Organization prior to the 
WHA.  He said that if the United States and Japan supported 
Taipei, Taiwan would more likely be able to participate at 
the May Assembly. 
 
2. (C) The TECRO officials were also interested in learning 
more on whether the U.S. Embassy assisted in getting 
agreement for three Taiwan representatives to attend 
(backbench) the recent Japan-WHO Joint Meeting on Early 
Response to a Potential Influenza Pandemic held in Tokyo on 
January 12-13 and asked for assistance with such requests in 
the future.  ESToff responded by saying that experts around 
the world understood that avian influenza and other 
infectious diseases were global health threats and that it 
would be important to ensure that the global community's 
efforts were coordinated and efficient because such diseases 
did not stop at borders.  In response to a question from 
ESToff, Joe Hsu said that TECRO Tokyo does not have direct 
contact with Japanese government ministries such as the 
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) to discuss avian 
influenza preparedness because they "could not", but said 
that Taiwan had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with 
Japan's National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) to 
share virus samples.  Hsu explained that Taiwan had shared 
SARS samples using the MOU in the past before sending reports 
in to the WHO.  He inferred in his subsequent comments that 
it was frustrating for Taipei to be unable to work with the 
WHO directly. 
 
3.  (C) The TECRO officials discussed with AID Counselor some 
of Taipei's overseas aid activities, which focus primarily on 
Asia through loan assistance.  Hsu said that Taiwan's ODA 
efforts now reached 0.13 percent of GDP.  Taiwan works 
closely with the Asian Development Bank.  In addition, Taiwan 
has provided grant aid to Vietnam and Malaysia on pandemic 
flu preparedness, but not much to other Southeast Asian 
countries.  There was interest in discussing the potential 
for closer aid coordination on the ground between Taiwan aid 
authorities and USAID. 
SCHIEFFER 

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