US Delegation to China Seeks Support Over Korea

Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
December 9, 2010
QUESTION: May I ask who Mr. Steinberg will meet in China next week?
MR. CROWLEY: I’m sure he’ll have multiple meetings. Let me see if I can get more on that for you tomorrow.
QUESTION: Is Mr. Einhorn traveling with him?
MR. CROWLEY: Not to my knowledge. I think it’s Mr. Bader, Mr. Campbell, Sung Kim.
QUESTION: Not Mr. Bosworth?
MR. CROWLEY: Not Mr. –
QUESTION: Despite the importance of North Korea to this trip?
MR. CROWLEY: Well, Sung Kim is the ambassador to the Six-Party process.
QUESTION: Secretary Clinton said on Monday that herself and the other foreign ministers are maintaining close consultations with Russia and China. So we know you’re sending a delegation to China, but are there any plans to send anyone to Russia?
MR. CROWLEY: We are in contact with Russia and will have – and will continue consultations. On this particular upcoming trip, I don’t believe the delegation is going to – what they’re going to, they’ll all go to China and then they’ll split off from there to Korea, to Japan. I don’t think that this particular trip includes Russia.
QUESTION: Still on China. A Chinese statement, Dai Bingguo met Kim Jong-il today in Pyongyang and Chinese Government announced that they reached consensus on their friendly relationship and the Korean Peninsula crisis. Do you have any reaction on that?
MR. CROWLEY: Well, actually, this is quite fortuitous. When the delegation goes to Beijing next week, we look forward to getting a readout of Chairman Dai’s meetings in Pyongyang today.
QUESTION: Also on China –
MR. CROWLEY: All right, hold on, hold on.
QUESTION: On China, too.
QUESTION: China, thanks. As far as this Nobel ceremony is –
MR. CROWLEY: Goyal, I gave a statement on that earlier.
QUESTION: No, but what I’m asking you is that U.S. law makers are comparing China with Nazi Germany and they said that President – I mean, Secretary must take this issue and it should be (inaudible) to China.
MR. CROWLEY: And my statement addressed that.