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British and U.S. embassies warn of threats against Westerners in Beijing

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Threats against Westerners visiting a popular shopping district in Beijing around Christmas has been sent to British, American and French embassies in China.

The embassies sent out warnings to their citizens and staff, urging extra vigilance if they are in the Sanlitun district. The Australian embassy soon followed suit.

The district is home to a popular open-plan mall that boasts high-end brands like Mango, Reiss, and Lacoste, and some of Beijing’s best Western dining.

In August, a woman was stabbed to death in broad daylight by a sword-wielding man there. The attacker also injured a French man. Beijing police said the man stabbed the two passerby “without cause or reason.”

China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei said authorities are familiar with the reports.

“Relevant Chinese departments have always attached great importance to social security work, and spared no effort in protecting the safety of Chinese citizens and foreign institutes and their staff in China,” Hong said.

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