Cablegate: Country Clearance Approval for a/S Hill and Delegation To


DE RUEHBJ #2389/01 1700916
O 180916Z JUN 08



E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 65280

1. (SBU) Embassy Beijing welcomes and grants country clearance for
EAP Assistant Secretary Christopher R. Hill and his delegation to
Beijing on June 20-27 for consultations related to the Six-Party

2. (SBU) 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 China World

China World Hotel
No. 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing 100004
Ph: (86-10)6505-2266
Fax: (86-10)6505-0828

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 DS.)

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

(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 freign entity.

(3) That national attempts to establish recurring contact or seems
to be atively seeking a close personal association, beond
professional or personal courtesies.

1. (U) Travelers should be aware that previous vsitors 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

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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