British, US embassies in Beijing threat warning

24 December 2015
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The British and the American embassies in China say they have received information of possible threats against Westerners visiting a popular shopping district in Beijing around Christmas.

Both embassies sent out warnings to their citizens and staff, urging extra vigilance if they are in the Sanlitun district.

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.”

CNN reached out to both embassies for details but did not hear back. The offices are closed for Christmas.

Beijing police beefed up its presence at large and medium-sized malls but didn’t tie it to the warnings.

In a statement posted on its official Weibo page, the Public Security Bureau said it took the step because of increased traffic at shopping centers during Christmas.

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