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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MANILA1153 2007-04-12 09:00 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manila
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O 120900Z APR 07
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RUEHGZ/AMCONSUL GUANGZHOU IMMEDIATE 4319
RUEHHK/AMCONSUL HONG KONG IMMEDIATE 4569
RUEHGH/AMCONSUL SHANGHAI IMMEDIATE 0046
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RUEHIN/AIT TAIPEI IMMEDIATE 1471
RHHMUNA/CDRUSPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC IMMEDIATE
C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 001153

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STATE FOR EAP/MTS AND EAP/CM

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/12/2017
TAGS: PREL PHUM CH RP
SUBJECT: CHINESE OPEN SECOND CONSULATE IN PHILIPPINES

REF: MANILA 1020

Classified By: Pol/C Scott Bellard for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

¶1. (SBU) The People’s Republic of China officially opened
its consulate in San Nicholas/Laoag City (reftel) in the
north Luzon province of Ilocos Norte on April 11. The PRC
also has an existing consulate in Cebu City (Central
Visayas), as well as consular property (inherited from
Taiwan) in Davao City (Mindanao). According to Judylin Cruz
of the Ilocos Norte Tourism, Trade and Investment Council,
over 300 people attended the high profile ceremony, including
Ilocos Norte Governor Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and former First
Lady Imelda Marcos (son and wife of the late dictator), PRC
Ambassador Li Jinjun, Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs
Francisco Benedicto, and Philippine National Police Director
General Oscar Calderon. In his speech, Ambassador Li
highlighted the new consulate’s objectives of promoting PRC
investment and tourism in north Luzon and strengthening the
relationship between China and the Philippines.

¶2. (C) According to Renato Cruz De Castro, Professor of
International Studies at De La Salle University and expert on
Sino-Philippine ties, the opening of this consulate had
encountered many delays due to the concerns of some
Department of Foreign Affairs officials, who had privately
expressed to him their suspicion that the consulate’s real
purpose would be “surveillance.” De Castro added that the
PRC had held up the issuance of visas to Philippine diplomats
in order to “pressure” the Philippine Government to give a
final blessing to the consulate’s opening. Daniel Espiritu,
Director of the DFA’s China and North Asia Division and the
PRC Embassy’s DCM have separately claimed to poloffs that the
delay since the formal agreement on the consulate in 2005 had
been due primarily to the PRC’s inability to identify
appropriate staff. (The Philippines maintains consulates in
Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Xiamen; Espiritu noted
that the Philippines very much needed to increase its staff
throughout China, but that PRC limitations so far did not
enable it to do so.)

¶3. (SBU) Comment: The PRC’s newest diplomatic outpost will
contrast unfavorably in many Philippine eyes with the U.S.
diplomatic presence, with the Embassy in Manila and only a
consular agent in Cebu since the closure of our own consulate
there in the 1990s. Nonetheless, our active public diplomacy
programs and vigorous nationwide travel schedule by Embassy
officials from the Ambassador on down to advance U.S. policy
goals and to highlight our developmental and relief
assistance as well as robust bilateral counterterrorism
cooperation, continue to ensure that we receive vastly
greater — and better — media coverage and public
recognition among the Philippine public than our Chinese
counterparts.

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