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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 editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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Delivery Man in Anhui Run Over by Ambulance Sent to Rescue Him

From bad to worse: this Eleme delivery man was run over by an ambulance after being hit by an SUV.

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On April 12, a delivery man in the city of Bozhou, Anhui province, was run over by an ambulance arriving at the scene of an accident where he had just been injured.

Shocking footage circulating on Chinese social media shows the delivery man lying in the middle of the road when the ambulance arrives and runs over his leg. The incident happened around 12:00 in the afternoon (link to video, viewer discretion advised).

While the delivery man already suffered injuries because he was hit by an SUV shortly before, things quickly went from bad to worse when the ambulance that was supposed to come to his rescue crushed his leg. The man is currently undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Mengcheng county.

Statement on Weibo by the official Mengcheng county account (@蒙城发布).

According to recent news reports, the ambulance driver has currently been suspended and is under investigation.

The incident received a lot of attention on Weibo today, where the hashtag page discussing the double accident received over 150 million views (#外卖员被救护车二次碾压#).

Many comments relating to this incident are focused on the role of the traffic police at the scene of the accident, with people wondering why there was no guard standing next to the victim.

Thousands of commenters also address how sorry they feel for the victim, especially because the lives of many food delivery drivers – facing long working hours and low wages – is already tough enough.

According to Toutiao News (头条新闻), the delivery man works for Chinese food delivery giant Eleme. Wang Gang (王刚, alias) is approximately 30 years old and has a wife and a child. He had only been working for Eleme for a few months and reportedly did not have any prior accidents.

In Monday’s double accident, Wang suffered a mild skull fracture, seven broken ribs, and a fractured lower leg. He is in stable condition.

By Manya Koetse

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Video Showing Suihua Female Worker Hitting Deputy Director with a Mop Goes Viral on Weibo

The Suihua deputy director was attacked with a mop after female workers accused him of harassing them.

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A video showing a woman beating the director of her work department with a mop has gone viral on Chinese social media. The woman who posted the video accuses the office leader of harassing his female subordinates.

The incident took place on April 11th in the city of Suihua, Heilongjiang province. The man who was beaten in the video is Mr. Wang, the deputy director of the poverty alleviation department of the Beilin district of Suihua.

The 14-minute video shows a woman storming into Wang’s office while another woman is behind her, filming. The first woman initially goes to Wang’s desk and throws some stuff on the ground, before she asks the other woman to give her the mop. She then proceeds to hit Wang in the face and head with the mop multiple times. The other woman yells at Wang that she cannot put up with his harassing texts anymore.

At one point in the video, Wang claims he was “just joking,” but the woman claims he is guilty of harassing multiple women in the department. Local authorities investigated the case after the video went viral.

According to Chinese news reports, Mr. Wang has now been removed from his office and Party position for “lifestyle violations of discipline” (for more information on this, China Law Translate has translated the Chapter XI of the Chinese Communist Party Disciplinary Regulations here.)

The woman hitting Wang with the mop reportedly has not been punished for her actions due to “mental illness.”

On Weibo, many people praise the women for stepping up and rebelling against the deputy director, and fighting to protect themselves. Some people call it “courageous” and a “brave revenge.”

“Harassers deserve to be hit,” one commenter writes, with another person adding: “It is good that young people nowadays come forward against older and more powerful leaders.”

There are also people on Weibo who question the reported “mental illness” condition of the woman who hit Wang, with some suggesting she could have not been a state office worker if she suffered from serious mental issues. Others also denounce the fact that the woman was labeled this way, while allegedly having been harassed and finding no help after reporting it to the police. At the same time, a majority of commenters express relief that the woman will not face punishment for hitting Wang with the mop.

Since the outcome of the investigations has not been made public, some netizens demand to see the investigation’s conclusions to know if the official was indeed guilty of sexual harassment and why nothing was done about the female worker’s alleged reports to police about his behaviour.

Over the past year, the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace has been receiving more attention on Chinese social media. In March of this year, a Shanghai court awarded approximately $15,000 to a plaintiff in a sexual harassment suit against a colleague who had sent disturbing text messages to her over a period of six months (link). In December of 2020, a landmark court case of the female scriptwriter Zhou Xiaoxuan versus Chinese famous TV host Zhu Jun attracted major attention on social media.

By Manya Koetse, with contributions by Miranda Barnes

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