Fort Santo Domingo, Tamsui, Formosa (Taiwan): decommissioning as British consulate

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Could you please provide any correspondence, dating from 1970 to 1984, relating to the decommissioning of the estate of Fort Santo Domingo, Tamsui, Formosa (Taiwan) as a British consulate.

In particular, I am requesting correspondence on this matter:

1 between your Office and the governments of Australia and of the United States of America,

2 between your Office and the authorities with claim of jurisdiction over Taiwan at that time, and

3 between your Office and the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan.

Sincerely,

Dr Kaihsu Tai

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Dear Mr Tai

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. It has been passed to
the relevant section within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to deal
with. They will be in touch with you should your request need
clarification.

We received your request on 23 July 2008 and will aim to respond within 20
working days.

Yours

Samuel Osei-Wusu
Information Management Group
Information Rights Team

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Dear Dr Tai,

Please find attached a letter referring to your recent FOI request.

Kind Regards,

Patrick Hopkins

Deputy Open Government Liaison Officer

Far Eastern Group

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

King Charles Street

London SW1A 2AH

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Dear Madam or Sir,

Thank you for your message indicating that you plan to give me a response on this matter by 18 September. I look forward to receiving it.

Sincerely,

Kaihsu Tai

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Dear Dr Tai

Please find attached a letter referring to your recent FOI request.

Regards

Tan
Case Manager, Information Rights Team
Information Management Group
FCO
Old Admiralty Building
London
SW1A 2PA

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Dear Madam or Sir,

Thank you for your message indicating that you plan to give me a response on this matter by 2 October 2008. I look forward to receiving it.

Sincerely,

Kaihsu Tai

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Dear Dr Kaihsu Tai

Please find attached a letter in response to your FOI request.

Kind regards

Patrick Hopkins
Deputy Open Government Liaison Officer
Far Eastern Group
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
WH2.301 King Charles Street
Whitehall London
SW1A 2AH

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Kaihsu Tai left an annotation ()

‘I can confirm the FCO does hold information relevant to your request. The information is in the form of paper hard copies – could you please provide us with your postal address so that they may be sent to you.

‘We understood your request relates to correspondence on the decommissioning of the estate property, and have therefore chosen material which relates to this. We have redacted information which is not relevant to this request.

‘Some information has been withheld under section 27(1) (c) of the Act – the interests of the United Kingdom abroad. This exemption requires the application of a public interest test. The effective conduct of international relations depends upon maintaining trust and confidence between Administrations. If the United Kingdom does not maintain this trust and confidence, its ability to protect and promote UK interests through international relations will be hampered.

‘There is a public interest in transparent and open government, and releasing information that would inform public debate on foreign policy issues. However, we have to balance this with the need for strong trust and co-operation from the countries on a range of issues on the UK's foreign policy agenda. This relationship of trust allows for the free and frank exchange of information on the understanding that it will be treated in confidence. If the United Kingdom does not respect such confidences, its ability to protect and promote UK interests through international relations will be hampered. Other Governments may be more reluctant to share sensitive information with the UK Government in future and may be less likely to respect confidentiality of information supplied by the UK Government to them, to the detriment of UK interests. For these reasons, we consider that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining this exemption outweighs the public interest in its disclosure.’

Dear Mr Hopkins,

Would you please indicate the size of the paper hard copies containing the information: I wonder whether it is convenient for you to scan them and transmit electronically (using the WhatDoTheyKnow mechanism, by email or over the web) please.

If this is not appropriate, I am happy to provide a postal address.

I thank you for your careful consideration.

Sincerely,

Kaihsu Tai

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Dear Dr Tai

I'm afraid there are too many paper documents for us to scan in, and we
just don't have the resource or time to do this. I have checked with our
FOI team and they agree. I would be grateful if you could therefore
provide a postal address, and I will ensure they are sent through by
return.

Many thanks

Patrick Hopkins

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Kaihsu Tai left an annotation ()

I have sent my postal address to Mr Hopkins, and am now expecting a response by post.

Kaihsu Tai left an annotation ()

I received about 48 pages of relevant documents from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by post this morning.

Dear Mr Hopkins,

I am pleased to confirm that this morning I received the documents you sent by post yesterday.

Many thanks to you and your colleagues for your kind assistance on this matter over the last few weeks.

Sincerely,

Kaihsu Tai

Kaihsu Tai left an annotation ()

The released documents did not contain the following two (perhaps interesting) items: a copy of the original 1867 lease with the Emperor of China (outwith the scope of my request), and the teleletter of 6 February 1980 from the Head of Chancery at the British Embassy in Peking. The last sentence of the latter prompted this curious comment from the Far Eastern Department: ‘Incidentally, while we respect the infallible theology of ——[’s] last sentence, we do not intend to take up the suggestion!’ (FCO letter FET 406/1 of 13 February 1980 to Political Advisor, Hong Kong). Ostensibly it suggested ‘to return it to the Government of China (in Peking) as the terms of the lease require’ (FCO letter FET 406/1 of 23 April 1980 to T J B George Esq., Peking); perhaps the rest of the letter was too sensitive to be released.

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Scanned file received & uploaded by whatdotheyknow.com team

John Cross left an annotation ()

At the time of writing a link to this request is used as a reference for the following Wikipedia Article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Santo_...

John Cross left an annotation ()

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