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Cablegate: Guangdong Vice Governor Wan Advised of Visits by Commerce

Published: Fri 4 Sep 2009 08:41 AM
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SUBJECT: Guangdong Vice Governor Wan Advised of Visits by Commerce
Secretary and Ambassador
1. (SBU) SUMMARY: On September 2, the Consul General informed
Guangdong Vice Governor Wan Qingliang that U.S. Commerce Secretary
Locke and the Ambassador would visit Guangzhou to attend the Pearl
River Delta (PRD) Forum on Innovation and Intellectual Property (IP)
October 26-27 and that the Ambassador also plans to break ground for
the new consulate compound (NCC). Vice Governor Wan promised
assistance in preparing for the visits and in setting up a meeting
with Guangdong Party Secretary Wang Yang. END SUMMARY.
Further Cooperation Built on Solid Ground
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2. (SBU) Consul General Goldbeck used his initial courtesy call with
Vice Governor Wan on September 2 to confirm the Commerce Secretary
and Ambassador's intention to visit for the PRD Forum on Innovation
and IP jointly sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the South
China American Chamber of Commerce, and the Guangdong Intellectual
Property Office. The CG requested assistance from the Guangdong
Foreign Affairs Office to help with visit preparations and to
arrange a meeting with Guangdong Party Secretary Wang Yang. The CG
noted that during his visit the Ambassador also plans to break
ground for the NCC, reflecting the USG's commitment to the bilateral
relationship.
3. (SBU) The CG and Wan then both expressed a desire to increase
cooperation and build on the already strong relationship shared by
the United States and Guangdong province, and to further the solid
relationship developed by the Consul General's predecessor, then CG
and now DCM Goldberg. Wan several times noted that he had enjoyed
very close ties with the CG and Consulate, and he hoped to build on
this solid foundation.
4. (SBU) The CG stressed that the Consulate will work hard to expand
cooperation in south China. This will mean continued facilitation
of people-to-people exchanges through travel to the United States as
well as closer economic ties. He noted that the Consulate officers
accompanying him reflected the range of areas in which the Consulate
hopes to develop closer ties, from trade, investment and travel to
education and culture.
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