In preparation for the Hangzhou G20 summit, scheduled to begin on September 4th, all train stations and airports in the surrounding areas have been instructed to heighten security measures — this includes Shanghai.
Even though China has not been a major target for terrorism in the past, the most important leaders from all around the world will soon be gracing the country with their presence; thus raising concerns for the safety of the event.
Two major security breaches have already occurred this year at the Pudong airport: one being the detonation of a homemade beer bottle bomb in the terminal and the other incident being a teenage boy somehow managing to evade security and sneak on board a departing flight to Dubai.
These two major slip-ups have given reason for some to question the ability of Chinese officials to uphold a level of security that is necessary for an international event of such magnitude.
As of January, China’s new anti-terror law states that leading up to any major event, all transportation ports will install tighter security checks and practice caution when screening suspicious individuals. In preparation for the summit, China has asked other countries to provide lists with the names of possible terrorists or terrorist groups, Shanghai Daily reports.
Considering the aforementioned precautions being taken, transportation time is predicted to double, so officials advise travelers to make sure to leave themselves plenty of extra time.
While you are waiting, you can take that time to brush up on your English with this helpful pronunciation guide provided by the Hangzhou government.
And, sure long lines are annoying, but we’d like to thank the G20 summit for some of the blue sky days we’ve been enjoying lately.
By Robin Winship
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