US embassy cable - 06HONGKONG947

CONUL GENERAL'S INITIAL CALL ON NEW MFA COMMISSIONE LU XINHUA

Identifier: 06HONGKONG947
Wikileaks: View 06HONGKONG947 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Consulate Hong Kong
Created: 2006-03-08 03:53:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PGOV ECON PINR HK CH
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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DE RUEHHK #0947/01 0670353
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P 080353Z MAR 06
FM AMCONSUL HONG KONG
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5350
INFO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 8206
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL 2385
RUEHGP/AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE 2738
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 3907
RUEHCN/AMCONSUL CHENGDU 0751
RUEHGZ/AMCONSUL GUANGZHOU 9559
RUESLE/AMCONSUL SHANGHAI 2350
RUEHSH/AMCONSUL SHENYANG 3242
RUEHIN/AIT TAIPEI 3681
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 HONG KONG 000947 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR EAP, EAP/CM 
NSC FOR WILDER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/08/2031 
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, ECON, PINR, HK, CH 
SUBJECT: CONUL GENERAL'S INITIAL CALL ON NEW MFA 
COMMISSIONE LU XINHUA 
 
REF: A. HONG KONG 851 
     B. 05 HNG KONG 4262 
 
Classified By: Consul General Jame b. Cunningham.  Reasons: 1.4 (b,d). 
 
Summary 
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1. (C) On March 7, Consul General Cunningam called on newly 
arrived PRC MFA Commissioner u Xinhua at the Commission. 
Agreeng on the importance of Hong Kong's successful 
implementation of "one country, two systems" to both 
countries, they both hoped to enjoy a cooperative 
relationship and to work together to resolve any problems. 
Lu noted that "almost all" of the consulates in Hong Kong 
focused on their own business, but the U.S. seemed interested 
in Hong Kong developments.  Cunningham said the U.S. has a 
variety of interests in Hong Kong, and that he would always 
be available to Lu if he had questions about U.S. views. 
While we would not always agree, China and the U.S. both had 
an interest in Hong Kong's continuing success.  Lu emphasized 
the commitment of the Central Government to Hong Kong,s 
prosperity and stability.  He delivered standard points on 
Taiwan and welcomed Cunningham,s intention to visit 
Guangdong Province in the near future.  End Summary. 
 
2. (C) On March 7, the Consul General paid an initial call on 
Lu Xinhua, the newly arrived Commissioner to Hong Kong of the 
PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Lu began with pleasantries 
in English, but switched to Chinese once all were seated. 
However, he listened to Cunningham's English without 
interpretation.  The meeting's tone was cordial, although Lu 
pointedly noted that almost all of the consulates in Hong 
Kong focused on their own business.  (In press interviews 
prior to arrival, he had criticized foreign interference in 
Hong Kong's affairs, ref a.) 
 
3.  (C) Introducing himself, Lu briefly recapped his 
biography, noting that like Cunningham, he had worked at the 
United Nations, but not at the same time.  Most recently, he 
had responsibility for administrative affairs at the PRC 
Foreign Ministry.  In that capacity he was involved in 
negotiations to build new Chinese and U.S. Embassies in the 
respective capitals, and was pleased that the last obstacles 
to beginning construction of the Chinese Embassy in 
Washington had been resolved just as he was preparing to come 
to Hong Kong.  To reach that success, both sides had dealt 
with one tough issue after another.  Although Lu had not 
worked in Hong Kong before, in his capacity as secretary to 
Vice Premier Qian Qichen, he was familiar with Hong Kong 
issues and participated in both the 1997 handover ceremony 
and the 1998 first anniversary ceremony.  However, it has 
been seven years since his last visit to Hong Kong. 
 
4.  (C) Welcoming Lu to Hong Kong, Cunningham said that he 
had enjoyed good relations with Lu's predecessor, and had 
also worked closely with his Chinese colleagues during his 
five years at the United Nations.  He had enjoyed productive 
relations with his counterparts, and even when it was not 
possible to agree, they had always been able to talk over 
issues and find the points on which agreement was still 
possible.  He hoped to enjoy the same kind of relationship 
with Lu; if Lu ever had questions about U.S. policy or issues 
to raise, he encouraged Lu to contact him. 
 
Both place great importance on Hong Kong 
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5.  (C) Lu explained that, prior to taking up his post, he 
had met with State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan, the Foreign 
Minister, and other senior officials concerned with Hong 
Kong.  They all encouraged him to pay careful attention to 
local issues, in order to ensure the success of "one country, 
two systems," and reminded him of the high value that the 
central government placed on Hong Kong's stability and 
prosperity. 
 
6.  (C) Cunningham responded that we shared an interest in 
seeing "one country, two systems" succeed.  Hong Kong is 
 
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important to us in its own right, and for the role it plays 
as a part of China.  One of the most interesting aspects of 
Hong Kong is the way it shows how China and the West can work 
together, something which the United States values.  We also 
have a close working relationship with the Hong Kong 
Government.  He recalled his meeting with PRC Vice President 
Zeng Qinghong at the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland last 
September: Zeng emphasized the central government's interest 
in Hong Kong's stability and prosperity, as well as its 
international role (ref b). 
 
Taiwan, NPC, Consul General's Guangdong Trip 
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7.  (C) Lu briefly raised Taiwan, repeating standard points 
on the recent statements by Chen Shui-bian regarding the 
National Unification Council, emphasizing China's hope that 
the U.S. avoid sending the wrong signal to Taiwan, and noting 
that arms sales could constitute such a signal.  Lu also 
described the broad goals of the 11th Five Year Plan now 
being considered by the National People's Congress (NPC) in 
Beijing. 
 
8.  (C) Cunningham told Lu that we were well aware of the 
seriousness with which the mainland viewed Taiwan; our own 
position is clear.  We are also following the NPC meetings, 
and in particular the shift in emphasis to economic 
development in the rural sector.  He told Lu he had visited 
Shanghai last month, and hoped to visit Guangzhou, Shenzhen 
and other places in the Pearl River Delta in the latter part 
of this month.  China's economic growth and ambitious goals 
were impressive.  Commissioner Lu responded that it would be 
good for the Consul General to visit the Pearl River Delta. 
Cunningham 

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