China Clamps Down On Business Visas

From AP:

Business travel appears to be the latest victim of China’s ever-tightening security crackdown before the Beijing Olympics.

Government officials confirmed Thursday that visas for business people will be tougher to get during the Olympic period. Authorities have repeatedly said the security measures are needed because the games, which begin in two weeks, are a target for terrorism.

In a report that appeared to underscore the threat, the official Xinhua News Agency said police in co-host city Shanghai said Thursday they had cracked a terrorist plot targeting the city’s soccer stadium.

However, authorities did not give any details or say how serious the threat had been.

Read also Shanghai restricts business visas before Olympics by Jason Subler, and China cuts business visas for Olympics by Geoff Dyer and Jamil Anderlini.

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