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Cablegate: Beijing Welcomes Codel Murray January 10-16, 2010

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TAGS: AFIN AMGT ASEC CH OREP
SUBJECT: BEIJING WELCOMES CODEL MURRAY JANUARY 10-16, 2010

REF: SECSTATE 123908

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1. (U) Embassy Beijing and Consulate General Shanghai warmly
welcome Senator Murray and delegation to China January 10-16,
2010, for consultations with Chinese officials.

2. (U) Control Officer:
Greg May, Political Officer
Home: (86-10)8046-5023
Office: (86-10)8531-4062
Cell: (86)139-1056-6053
Fax: (86-10)8531-3525
Unclass E-mail: MayGC@state.gov

(U) Deputy Control Officer:
Eugene Yi, Political Officer
Home: (86-10) 6532-2855
Tel: (86-10)8531-3827
Cell: (86) 135-0109-9283
Fax: (86-10) 8531-3525
Unclass E-mail: YiEX@state.gov

(U) Consulate General Shanghai Control Officer:
Matthew Murray, Political Officer
Home: (86-21) 6261-3068
Tel: (86-21)6433-6880 x2277
Cell: (86) 159-0166-9028
Unclass E-mail: MurrayMD@state.gov

(U) The Delegation will be met at the Beijing airport by POL
Officers Greg May and Eugene Yi, after which they will be
taken to their hotel.

(U) The Delegation will be met at the Shanghai airport by POL
Officer Matthew Murray, after which they will be taken to
their hotel.

3. (U) Hotel reservations are to be determined.

4. (U) Post will transmit a scenesetter by front channel
cable
before December 21, 2009.

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NEW SCREENING PROCEDURES FOR POSSIBLE H1N1 INFLUENZA
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5. (U) Effective May 11, 2009, Chinese Health and
Quarantine (H&Q) 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.

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Security and Threat Assessment
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6. (U) The threat level for all China posts is considered low
for crime and medium for terrorism.

7. (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.

8. (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.

9. (U) Visitors are reminded to take necessary precautions
in safeguarding sensitive material and information. All
non-USG facilities must be considered technically compromised

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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) 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
GormanB2@state.gov or MooreBM@state.gov, for information and
guidelines.

11. (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.

12. (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.
HUNTSMAN

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