Back Away from the Demonstrators

Apparently U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman got a little too close to pro-democracy gathering in Beijing on Sunday. U.S. officials say he was shopping in the city and accidentally came across the demonstrators. Even so, as the country ramps up Internet censorship to head off the spread of popular uprising, China blocked microblog searches for Huntsman’s name—along with Egypt, jasmine, jasmine revolution and Hillary Clinton.

Back at home, President Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the world it shouldn’t be worried about rising oil prices. Chaos in Libya has interrupted supplies and oil futures have skyrocketed. Obama said, “We actually think that we'll be able to ride out the Libya situation and it will stabilize.” Geithner added that “we have substantial capacity across the major economies in the strategic reserves.” The two were speaking before a panel of business leaders that met to discuss economic issues.

Yesterday, Wi Sung-Lac, South Korea’s lead nuclear negotiator, met with Stephen Bosworth, the U.S. special envoy for North Korea, and Robert Einhorn, State’s special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control. He’ll sit down with Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell today. The focus will be on the UN Security Council and the actions the body can take to deal with Pyongyang’s uranium-enrichment program.

And as protests in the Middle East continued, with violence erupting in Iraq, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon called Bahrain’s crown prince to call on the government to continue to exercise restraint when dealing with demonstrators.