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US Embassy warns of security threat in Beijing
December 24, 2015, 7:44 am

Officials say China faces a growing threat from militants and separatists, especially in its unruly Western region of Xinjiang, where hundreds have died in violence in the past few years [Image: US Embassy, China]

Officials say China faces a growing threat from militants and separatists, especially in its unruly Western region of Xinjiang, where hundreds have died in violence in the past few years [Image: US Embassy, China]

The US embassy in Beijing has issued a warning Thursday of “possible threats against Westerners” in the city’s Sanlitun commercial district, “on or around Christmas Day.”

Security has been beefed up across shopping hotspots in the city, according to state media.

Global Times quoted Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau as saying they have issued a yellow alert for shopping malls and supermarkets “to safeguard security and social order during the Christmas period”.

Every medium or large supermarket and shopping mall in Beijing will have police stationed inside, said the bureau.

“The U.S. Embassy has received information of possible threats against Westerners in the Sanlitun area of Beijing, on or around Christmas Day.  U.S. citizens are urged to exercise heightened vigilance.  The U.S. Embassy has issued the same guidance to U.S. government personnel,” an Embassy statement said on Thursday.

China needs to improve its intelligence gathering abilities and intelligence sharing between different departments it if wants to better deal with the threat of terrorism, its domestic security chief Meng Jianzhu said earlier this month.

Jianzhu said while some success had been achieved in the fight against terrorism, the situation remained serious.

 

TBP and Agencies

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