We’re seeing multiple reports on Twitter of strange-seeming passport examinations of foreigners in China, and we can’t help but wonder if they’re linked to the alleged US spy discovered.Here’s an email that Shanghaist posted to their Facebook page:
“Not sure if some of you already know, but 50+ policemen surrounded the apartment and yongfu lu [a bar and street in Shanghai respectively] yesterday around 11pm to check all of the foreigners that were there. they have a little machine were they input your passport number and if the light goes green, then you’re good. if it goes red….then they take you away. just make sure you’ve got a copy of your papers on you all the time. a photocopy, pic on your iphone, whatever.”
OK, now this is probably an overreaction, but we just can’t help but wonder about the timing. Regardless, given recent anti-foreigner sentiment, and the expulsion of a journalist, it does seem to be part of a trend.
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