Viewing cable 07BEIJING5836
Title: CODEL LARSEN-KIRK DISCUSSES PRODUCT SAFETY, TRADE,

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SUBJECT: CODEL LARSEN-KIRK DISCUSSES PRODUCT SAFETY, TRADE, 
IRAN, TAIWAN, DALAI LAMA WITH AFM HE YAFEI 
 
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Classified By: Political Minister Counselor Aubrey Carlson.  Reasons 1. 
4 (b/d). 
 
Summary 
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¶1. (SBU) Representatives Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Mark Kirk 
(R-IL) strongly urged China to address U.S. concerns about 
the safety of Chinese products and the RMB exchange rate in 
an August 27 meeting with Assistant Foreign Minister (AFM) He 
Yafei.  Representative Kirk encouraged China's cooperation on 
drug trafficking and global warming, as well as on the Iran 
nuclear issue.  China values its cooperation with the United 
States on counternarcotics and energy issues, AFM He said, 
and shares U.S. concerns about nuclear proliferation, 
differing only on its specific approach to the Iran nuclear 
problem.  China is "shocked" by the U.S. decision to award 
the Dalai Lama a Congressional Gold Medal, AFM He said, 
warning that doing so may undermine bilateral cooperation in 
other areas.  China hopes the United States will affirm its 
opposition to Taiwan independence in advance of the 2008 
Taiwan elections.  China also hopes the United States will 
designate the East Turkestan Liberation Organization a 
terrorist organization and return Chinese nationals released 
from Guantanamo.  End Summary. 
 
Product Safety, Exchange Rate 
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¶2. (C) Representative Larsen urged China to address U.S. 
concerns about the safety of Chinese exports, particularly 
food products and toys.  It would be a mistake for China to 
"underestimate the passion of the American public on this 
issue."  Congress is not "spinning" this issue and is likely 
to propose product safety legislation following the summer 
recess.  Concerns over product safety issues could impact the 
larger U.S.-China relationship.  Representative Kirk also 
stressed the importance of Chinese cooperation in addressing 
product safety concerns and called for Beijing to assist with 
U.S. plans to place more Food and Drug Administration 
officials in China to inspect U.S.-bound goods.  Turning to 
the RMB exchange rate, Rep. Larsen told AFM He that Congress 
will likely consider legislation to address the exchange rate 
issue. 
 
¶3. (C) AFM He replied that China pays close attention to 
Congress' concerns.  Ninety-nine percent of Chinese products 
are safe, and China has already taken action on "the other 
one percent."  As a measure of China's seriousness about the 
product safety issue, it has placed Vice Premier Wu Yi in 
charge of efforts to address safety concerns and has 
implemented "other measures."  AFM He said he hopes that 
Congress will not "demonize" China but will instead engage in 
dialogue on this issue.  AFM He pointed out that the Renminbi 
has appreciated by 10 percent against the Dollar since China 
began adjusting the exchange rate in mid-2005. 
 
Counternarcotics, Climate Change, Iran, Hotline 
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¶4. (C) Representative Kirk, citing increased opium production 
in Afghanistan, called for continued cooperation with the 
United States in fighting drug trafficking, including opening 
additional channels for sharing information.  Rep. Kirk urged 
China to do what it can to "stay out of the way" of the 
United States on the Iran nuclear issue, noting that Congress 
will devote increasing attention to this important topic.  On 
the subject of climate change, Rep. Kirk said China should 
help transform potential conflict over greenhouse gas 
emissions into positive dialogue on how the United States can 
assist China in boosting its energy efficiency.  Rep. Kirk 
expressed support for the establishment of a telephone link 
between the U.S. and PRC militaries to avert potential crises 
in times of emergency. 
 
¶5. (C) AFM He agreed on the importance of cooperating in 
dealing with Afghan drug exports.  AFM He proposed that the 
U.S. and Chinese missions to Afghanistan take the lead in 
facilitating coordination on this issue.  Regarding Iran, AFM 
He said that China shares U.S. concerns about nuclear 
proliferation, commenting that the two countries "only have 
differences in their specific approaches."  AFM He affirmed 
that China values cooperation with the United States on 
energy issues.  AFM He said China takes the issue of climate 
change seriously and plans to reduce greenhouse emissions by 
twenty percent.  AFM He said he will pass along the Rep. 
Kirk's support for a "defense hotline" to relevant 
authorities. 
 
Dalai Lama, Taiwan, Counterterrorism 
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¶6. (C) AFM He said China is "shocked" by and "strongly 
opposes" the decision to award the Congressional Gold Medal 
to the Dalai Lama on October 17.  This issue, AFM He said, 
affects China's "core national interests," and the Chinese 
people will be "infuriated" if the United States proceeds 
with its plans.  AFM He said he could not overstate the 
impact of such an action on China's relationship with the 
United States.  "If the United States is bent on harming 
China's core national interests," He said, "this may 
undermine cooperation in other areas."  Representative Larsen 
reminded AFM He that the United States views the Dalai Lama 
as a revered religious leader, not as a political figure. 
Larsen further said that the United States recognizes Tibet 
as a part of China and encouraged Beijing to engage in direct 
discussions with the Dalai Lama. 
 
¶7. (C) AFM He said he hopes the United States will affirm its 
opposition to Taiwan independence to help avoid potential 
crises in the lead-up to the 2008 elections in Taiwan. 
(Taiwan President) Chen Shui-bian, AFM He predicted, will use 
the elections to "step up his independence activities."  AFM 
He said China is concerned about continued military 
cooperation between the United States and Taiwan. 
Representative Larsen reiterated the U.S. Government's 
adherence to its one China policy and urged that any disputes 
concerning Taiwan be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue. 
 
¶8. (C) AFM He acknowledged close cooperation between the 
United States and China in fighting terrorism, but said the 
United States sometimes uses "a double standard" in deciding 
whether to designate groups as terrorist organizations.  AFH 
He said China still hopes that the United States will 
designate the East Turkestan Liberation Organization as a 
terrorist organization and "show more political will" by 
returning Chinese nationals released from Guantanamo in the 
future to China to face "legal process."  Representative 
Larsen noted that he and Representative Kirk planned to 
travel to Xinjiang to better understand counterterrorism 
issues there (septel). 
 
¶9. (U) The CODEL did not have an opportunity to clear on this 
message. 
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