It seems that even in China, Americans cannot escape the strong arm of Osama bin Laden. According to the US Embassy in Beijing, “Chinese police advised hotels that Islamic extremist elements could be planning to attack four and five star hotels in China sometime over the course of the next week.” And Shanghaiist thought that the local Xinjiangren only pawned assorted dried fruits and yangrou chuan down on the street corner. How can we have been so naive?
Even if you do not share the paranoia of the Bush administration, you might be relieved to learn the Chinese police are hot on the case. “Chinese authorities have assured the Embassy that they are taking appropriate security measures and investigating the possible threat thoroughly. American citizens visiting Chinese four and five star hotels should review their plans carefully, remain vigilant with regard to their personal security, and exercise caution.” And those who needed an excuse to save money, Shanghai’s fabulous three star hotels are completely terror-free and eager to please.
Should you observe suspicious activities in the vicinity of your favorite four or five star hotel, you are advised to contact the local police.
UPDATE: Suicide bombers kill 53 at Jordan hotels (AP)