Cablegate: Country Clearance Approval for Eap/K Sung Kim,


DE RUEHBJ #0721/01 0600337
O 290337Z FEB 08




E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 20266

1. (SBU) Embassy Beijing welcomes and grants country
clearance February 29 - March 2, 2008, for EAP/K
Director Sung Kim and NSC Asia Director Paul Haenle to
Beijing for consultations related to the Six-Party

2. (SBU) Political Control Officer:
Nancy Leou, Political Officer
Tel: (86-10)6532-3831 x6040
Cell: (86)139-1023-4347
Fax: (86-10)6532-6423
Unclass E-mail:


Control officer will meet travelers at the airport and
take them to their hotel.

3. (SBU) Hotel reservations have been made at the
Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Grand Hyatt Hotel
Beijing Oriental Plaza
1 Dong Changan Jie, Beijing 100738
Ph: (86-10)8518-1234
Fax: (86-10)8518-0000

Security and Threat Assessment

4. (U) The threat level for all China posts is
considered low for crime and medium for terrorism.

5. (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 coverage.

6. (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 avoided.

7. (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
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:
Travelers from DHS/CBP, DIA, FBI, DOD, and the Peace
Corp have been pre-certified by their agencies with

8. (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 required.

9. (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.

10. (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.

11. (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

12. (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, which 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 86-10-6532-
3831 ext. 6058, or or, for information and guidelines.

13. (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 pouch.

14. (U) Travelers must contact the Embassy or nearest
Consulate General upon arrival in China and provide
telephone and address information while in country.

15. (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 consulate in Hong Kong to gain re-entry
into Mainland China.


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