Beijing Tightens Security as Embassies Warn of Threats

BEIJING (AP) -
Pedestrians walk by as armed policemen of the Snow Leopard Commando Unit (L) stand guard near a police van at the Sanlitun area, a fashionable location for shopping and dining, in Beijing, China, December 24, 2015. U.S. Embassy in China issued a notice on its website on Thursday warning people about possible threads against westerners in this area on or around Christmas Day. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Pedestrians walk by as armed policemen of the Snow Leopard Commando Unit (L.) stand guard near a police van in the Sanlitun area in Beijing, China, Thursday. (Reuters/Jason Lee)

Security has been tightened around a Beijing shopping area popular with foreigners as embassies issued warnings that foreigners should be on guard for possible threats against them.

The American, British, French and other embassies said they had received information of possible threats against Westerners in the Sanlitun area on or around the end of this week. They urged their citizens to be vigilant.

Armed police were standing on guard in the area, which has many big name-brand stores and some embassies.

Beijing police announced Thursday that they had issued a yellow security alert to ensure safety during the end-of-year period. According to Beijing’s security regulations, the alert is issued in the case of the receipt of threats to safety or finding suspected explosives. Police commonly issue a yellow alert during the end-of-year period.