Viewing cable 06MUSCAT298
Title: TAIWAN REP ON WHO, OMAN TIES

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06MUSCAT2982006-03-01 15:39:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Muscat
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C O N F I D E N T I A L MUSCAT 000298 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR INR/B, EAP/TC, NEA/ARPI, IO/T 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/28/2016 
TAGS: PREL PINR EFIS EPET TW MU
SUBJECT: TAIWAN REP ON WHO, OMAN TIES 
 
REF: 04 STATE 102782 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Richard L. Baltimore III. 
Reason: 1.4 (b, d). 
 
¶1. (U) See bio notes in para 4. 
 
¶2. (C)  In a February 28 meeting in a neutral location, Paul 
Yung-feng Hsu, head of the local "Taipei Economic and 
Cultural Office," solicited Pol/Econ Chief's help to 
encourage Oman to support Taiwan's bid for observer status at 
the World Health Assembly in May.  P/E Chief replied that no 
action could be undertaken without instruction from 
Washington (e.g., reftel).  Hsu did not indicate whether 
Taipei was determined to seek a formal vote on the matter, 
unlike in 2005 when it stepped back following the 2004 
defeat.  Hsu noted that Oman has been largely silent 
regarding its position, though Kuwait is a vocal opponent of 
Taiwan's position. 
 
¶3. (C) Hsu generally described Oman's attitude toward Taiwan 
in negative terms.  Taiwan, he said, ranks fifth among 
importers of Omani petroleum (the PRC ranks first), but the 
tonnage pales in comparison to oil imports from Saudi Arabia 
and others.  Taiwan, he said, considered buying Omani LNG, 
but reached a long-term offtake agreement with Qatar instead. 
 There is little Taiwanese investment in Oman, as UAE, India 
and other nearby states have proven far more "hospitable." 
He said a fleet of 70 Taiwanese fishing vessels regularly buy 
Omani permits to catch tuna.  Hsu said he has very little 
access or engagement with the Omani government, and knew the 
titles but not names of key MFA officials. 
 
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Bio Notes 
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¶4. (C) Hsu has a decent command of English.  Born in 1946, he 
is nearing retirement age.  He previously served in the U.S. 
and Nigeria, among other postings.  His wife is a dual U.S. 
citizen; he has two sons living in Kansas and a daughter 
pursuing an MBA at the University of Rochester (New York 
state).  Hsu appeared sympathetic to Taiwanese President 
Chen's ruling party. 
BALTIMORE