Chinese get tough on visas ahead of Olympic Games

Tough new visa regulations introduced by the Chinese government in advance of next month’s Olympic Games are angering Beijing’s foreign community and businesses which depend on international custom.

5th July, 2008

Tough new visa regulations introduced by the Chinese government in advance of next month’s Olympic Games are angering Beijing’s foreign community and businesses which depend on international custom.

However, officials are adamant that the beefed-up restrictions - which follow concerns over protests and possible terrorist attacks - should not deter foreign visitors. ‘‘The purpose is to guarantee that the Beijing Olympics is held safely,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wei Wei told a...

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