MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the Beijing police statement, a yellow (second lowest) security alert has been issued for Christmas and New Year in order to maintain good social order, particularly in large shopping areas.
According to BBC, there was an increased police presence in Beijing’s Sanlitun diplomatic and entertainment district on Thursday.
Earlier, it was reported that the UK and US embassies in Beijing had urged their citizens to be vigilant while visiting the Sanlitun area due to possible threats on or around Christmas.
The French and Australian embassies have also sent out similar warnings.
The Sanlitun district is a popular shopping and entertainment district for Westerners.