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US Embassy Issues Christmas “Security Warning” to Beijing Foreigners

The US Embassy in Beijing has sent an email to US citizens over possible threats to foreigners around Christmas in Beijing’s Sanlitun area.

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The US Embassy in Beijing has issued an official notice over possible threats to foreigners around Christmas in Beijing’s Sanlitun area.

The Beijing US consulate sent out an email on December 24th to US citizens residing in China’s capital about possible security threats to foreigners in Beijing’s Sanlitun shopping area around Christmas.

The news was shared on Twitter by Sinocism’s Bill Bishop (@niubi), and was later also reported by media on Weibo. The American embassy in Beijing has issued the notice on its official website and its official Weibo account.

Sina’s news outlet Weitianxia writes on Weibo: “The American Embassy issues a “security warning” for foreigners around Christmas. The American embassy has released a statement on its official website that they have received news about possible threats targeted at foreigners around Christmas time in Beijing’s Sanlitun Area, telling US citizens to take care of their safety. Sina News has contacted the embassy to verify this news, but has not received an answer yet.”

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Sanlitun is a shopping and bar district in Beijing, popular amongst foreigners.

Many Weibo netizens are responding to the news of a possible threat. “Is the terrorist threat now also coming to China’s capital?” one netizen writes: “This problem is really enormous.”

On WeChat, texts and updates are shared amongst Beijingers. Many foreigners do not know what to make of the news, and some wonder if the threat is real is not. Some netizens ask why the American embassy would post such a notice, if there is no proof of a real threat.

“The people and the government should stay vigilant no matter what,” one netizen responds: “There are always large crowds of people around Christmas time. We should make sure that foreigners in China feel warm and safe here.”

Several people on Weibo and Twitter, such as @beidaijin, share pictures of military police near the Uniqlo at Sanlitun’s Taikooli shopping center.

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Although the possible threats are against “Westerners” in general, there have been no notices yet on the official Weibo account of the French embassy* in Beijing, nor on that of the German embassy. The British embassy posted an alert from its official Twitter account.
*Update 15:30 Beijing time: the French embassy has now also put up an offical notice on its website.

By 2 pm Beijing time, the notice on the Weibo account of the US embassy was shared over 4400 times, and received thousands of comments. Read the full notice by the US government here.

Chinese state media outlet CCTV posted on Twitter that Beijing has issued a yellow alert (黄色预警) for security in the city on and around Christmas.

By Manya Koetse

Pictures by author, 2015.

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Manya Koetse is the founder and editor-in-chief of whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer, public speaker, and researcher (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends, digital developments, and new media in an ever-changing China, with a focus on Chinese society, pop culture, and gender issues. She shares her love for hotpot on hotpotambassador.com. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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Anger over Guangzhou Anti-Epidemic Staff Picking Locks, Entering Homes

While these Guangzhou homeowners were quarantined at a hotel, anti-epidemic staff broke their door locks and entered their homes.

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Dozens of homeowners in Guangzhou, Guangdong, were angered to find out the locks of their apartment doors were broken during their mandatory hotel quarantine.

The residents had gone to a quarantine location after a positive Covid case in their building. Afterward, anti-epidemic staff had entered their homes for disinfection and to check if any residents were still inside.

The incident happened earlier this month in an apartment complex in the Liwan district of the city.

The incident first gained attention on July 10 when various videos showing the broken door locks were posted online. During the morning, the property management had conducted an ’emergency inspection’ of 84 households. The doors were later sealed.

The case went trending again on July 18 when the residential district apologized to all homeowners for the break-ins and promised to compensate them.

“What’s the use of apologizing?” some Weibo commenters wondered. “Where is the law? If this even happens in Guangzhou now and people in Guangdong put up with this, what else will they dare to do in the future?”

On Chinese social media, most comments on the Guangzhou incident were about the break-ins allegedly being unlawful.

Media reporter and Toutiao author Kai Lei (@凯雷), who has over two million followers on Weibo, said the incident showed that those breaking in “had no regard for the law.”

To read more about Covid-19 in China, check our articles here.

By Manya Koetse
With contributions by Miranda Barnes

 

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Shanghai Ruijin Hospital Stabbing Incident

The police opened fire and subdued the suspect, who stabbed at least four people at Shanghai’s Ruijin Hospital on Saturday.

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On Saturday July 9, a stabbing incident that occurred at Shanghai’s renowned Ruijin Hospital (上海瑞金医院) shocked Chinese netizens as videos showing the panic and chaos at the scene circulated in Wechat groups and on Weibo.

At around 11:30 AM the police department started receiving calls that there was someone stabbing people at the hospital, which is located in the city’s Huangpu district. At the scene of the incident, at the 7th floor of the outpatient clinic, they found a knife-wielding man holding a group of people hostage.

According to police reports, the police opened fire and subdued the suspect. Four people who were injured during the knife attack are now being treated, none of them are in a life-threatening situation.

The case is currently under investigation.

According to The Paper, Ruijin Hospital resumed its outpatient services at 14:08 this afternoon.

This is the second stabbing incident in Shanghai this week. On Monday, a man was arrested after going on a random stabbing spree in Shanghai’s Jing’an District.

While some Shanghai residents say the recent incidents made them feel less safe, others praise the fast police response to the incident.

One doctor from Shanghai posted on Weibo that hospitals should have proper security checks in place in order to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening again in the future.

By Manya Koetse
With contributions by Miranda Barnes

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