Cablegate: Beijing Welcomes U/S William Burns and Delegation,

Published: Fri 4 Dec 2009 07:01 AM
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E.O. 12958: N/A
DECEMBER 8-9, 2009
1. (U) Embassy Beijing warmly welcomes Under Secretary
William J. Burns and delegation to China December 8-9, 2009,
for consultations with Chinese officials.
Delegation members include:
Ms. Laura M. Rosenberger, Special Assistant to the Under
Mr. Thomas C. Reed, General Services Officer, Executive
2. (U) Control Officer:
Eric Barboriak, Political Officer
Home: (86-10)8450-7110
Office: (86-10)8531-4428
Cell: (86)139-1053-4294
Fax: (86-10)8531-3525
Unclass E-mail:
(U) Deputy Control Officer:
Rong Li, Vice Consul
Home: (86-10) 6539-3035
Tel: (86-10)8531-3725
Cell: (86) 139-1053-4294
Fax: (86-10) 8531-3525
Unclass E-mail:
The Delegation will be met at the airport by Control Officer
and taken to their hotel.
3. (U) Hotel reservations have been made at the Westin Hotel.
No. #1 Xin Yuan Nan Rd., Chaoyang District
Ph: (86-10)5922-8888
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4. (U) Effective May 11, 2009, Chinese Health and
Quarantine (H) authorities implemented new procedures to
screen for the possibility of influenza among passengers on
flights arriving from the U.S. Although you will be arriving
on U.S. MilAir, we will need to assure the Chinese
authorities that we have taken steps to confirm no passenger
has H1N1. This will consist of our having an Embassy medical
professional board the aircraft after arrival then telling
waiting Ministry of Health officials that the delegation does
not show evidence of infection.
Security and Threat Assessment
5. (U) The threat level for all China posts is considered low
for crime and medium for terrorism.
6. (U) The Regional Security Office is not aware of any
specific threat directed against any U.S. person or traveling
delegation. Should such information be developed, the
Chinese security services are committed to advise the Embassy
of pertinent information and to provide necessary security
7. (U) China experiences a moderate rate of crime, including
recent incidents ranging from petty theft to murder.
Pickpockets are particularly active in crowded markets, and
foreigners are often sought out as primary targets. Petty
theft from hotel rooms is uncommon, but visitors are advised
not to leave valuables lying loose or unattended in their
rooms. It is the policy of this Mission that employees,
their family members and official visitors to China must not
knowingly purchase counterfeit or pirated products during
their stay in China. Also, foreigners may be approached in
tourist areas by individuals seeking to exchange U.S. dollars
or to sell pirated or fake products, such as compact discs,
in violation of intellectual property rights laws. These
transactions are illegal, violate Post policy, and must be
8. (U) All U.S. citizen personnel serving under Chief of
Mission authority in a temporary duty status of 30 days or
more must complete appropriate overseas personal security
training prior to travel (04 State 66580). Employees who
have completed the Security Overseas Seminar Course at
State's Foreign Service Institute (FSI) after June 1, 2000,
meet this requirement. All other TDYers must either 1)
complete the approved four-day seminar at FSI entitled
"Serving Abroad for Families and Employees (SAFE) or 2) have
their agency certify to the State Department Bureau of
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Diplomatic Security that the employee has undergone
equivalent security training. The contact for this
certification is Assistant Director of Training, DS/T, at
telephone (703) 205-2617. Country clearance will not be
granted for any traveler with planned TDY in excess of 30
days if this information is not stated/certified. POC for
additional information is DS RSO, Beijing at:
DS RSO (Note: Travelers from DHS/CBP, DIA,
FBI, DOD and the Peace Corp have been pre-certified by their
agencies with DS.)
9. (U) All/all official visitors are required to obtain a
pre-departure, country specific counterintelligence briefing
from their parent agency before departing for China.
Visitors should contact the security office of their parent
agency. If the parent agency is unable to give the briefing
or needs assistance/guidance, the visitor should contact the
Bureau of Diplomatic Security's Division of
Counterintelligence (DS/ICI/CI) at 571-345-7641, 3966, or
3968 to schedule a briefing. HQ DS/CI is located at SA-20,
1801 Lynn St., Rosslyn, Virginia 20522-2008. Department of
State personnel should contact the DS/ICI/CI directly to
schedule a briefing. Official visitors may also be required
to attend a Post-specific security briefing upon their
arrival in country. The type of briefing is contingent on
the length of the planned visit. Upon arrival in Beijing,
all TDY personnel should contact the Regional Security Office
at 6532-3831, ext. 6036, to determine level of briefing
10. (U) Visitors are reminded to take necessary precautions
in safeguarding sensitive material and information. All
non-USG facilities must be considered technically compromised
and may not be used to discuss, process, or store classified
information. Telephone calls, e-mail, and Internet usage are
routinely monitored and hotel rooms searched.
11. (U) All TDY U.S. citizen employees of the U.S.
Government, civilian or military, who are under the authority
of the Chief of Mission are subject to the reporting
requirement stated in 12 FAM 262 regarding contact reports,
i.e. any initial (non-business related) contact with a
national from a country with a Critical threat
(counterintelligence) post, as listed on the Department's
Security Environment Threat List (SETL), must be reported.
In general, employee reporting should occur within one
business day after such contact has occurred. If unable to
report within this time frame, or unsure about the need to
report at all, employees should contact the RSO or PSO as
soon as practicable. If the RSO/PSO is unavailable, notify
the Management Officer or the Deputy Chief of Mission.
12. (U) Per 12 FAM 262, this reporting requirement generally
applies whenever:
(1) Illegal or unauthorized access is sought to classified or
otherwise sensitive information.
(2) The employee is concerned that he or she may the target
of actual or attempted exploitation by a foreign entity.
(3) That national attempts to establish recurring contact or
seems to be actively seeking a close personal association,
beyond professional or personal courtesies.
13. (U) Travelers should be aware that previous visitors have
reported that their unattended computers have been subjected
to tampering. The efforts may be directed toward obtaining
information on the computers, but problems ranging from
viruses left on their systems to hard drives, that are no
longer functional have been reported. Hotels and private
Chinese Internet providers have in some cases given hotel
guests "free" thumb drives for use with their computers. The
source and quality of these devices are unknown. Such
devices could contain malicious codes and viruses and should
not be used on government computers. Official visitors are
reminded that non-inspectable electrical/electronic
equipment, i.e., cellular telephones, laptop computers,
personal digital assistants (PDAs), etc., may not be brought
into the controlled access areas of the Chancery. If a
visitor intends to travel with USG-owned computers and
equipment for use within the Chancery, please contact the
Regional Security Officer at 86-10-8531-4111, or or, for information and
14. (U) Additionally, all classified and sensitive materials
must be secured at the Embassy upon arrival in country. All
classified material must be brought into China via diplomatic
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15. (U) Travelers must contact the Embassy or nearest
Consulate General upon arrival in China and provide telephone
and address information while in country.
16. (U) Passports and visas are required. Americans
arriving/transiting without valid passports and Chinese visas
are not permitted to enter China and may also be subject to
fines. Visas are required to transit China on the way to and
from Mongolia or North Korea. Those visitors traveling to
China on a single-entry visa should be reminded that trips to
Hong Kong or Macau Special Administrative Regions are treated
as a visit outside Mainland China. If the traveler is
planning to return to Mainland China after a visit to one of
these two destinations on the same single-entry visa, they
will be denied entry. Visitors facing this dilemma will be
required to apply for a new visa at the Chinese Ministry of
Foreign Affairs Office in Hong Kong to gain re-entry into
Mainland China.
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