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Published on : Monday, August 29, 2016
Reasonably priced hotels in Guangzhou said that they have received noticed from Chinese police that orders them to reject guests who belong to the nations Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan.
The spokesperson for foreign ministry of China, Lu Kang asserted that it is yet to learn about any such policy. However, numerous hotel workers have communicated about the reports of a ban.
A hotel worker told the media that the police had ordered their staff members to keep avoiding guests from all the five countries with Muslim majority population till 10th September. However, the police have not provided any explanation about such a notice.
But then, the ban has not been issued to luxury hotels, or budget hotels that are a part of domestic or international chains. Three of the hotels that have received the notice were independent and known to charge about $23 per night.
This rule comes at a time when a development forum had been held on 25th and 26th August in Guangzhou. And, this rule would extend till after the G20 summit that is scheduled to occur on 4th and 5th September in Hangzhou. Hangzhou is located at a distance of 620 miles from Guangzhou.
Though the distance between these cities is large, Chinese media thinks that the new rule is actually a security measure linked to the summit that would be attended by world leaders, including Barack Obama, the US president.
The Chinese media believes that police officials are really anxious about terrorism activities during this crucial event and they might fear attacks by Islamic extremists.
Hangzhou has resorted to security measures, issuing controls on traffic leading to traffic snarls and checks on post delaying deliveries. The government has decided to shut the city down for the week of the summit and citizens are being motivated to leave the city for a few days and close all local businesses.
Since Guangzhou is an entry point for Hangzhou, certain delegates would visit Guangzhou prior to visiting Hangzhou. Moreover, Guangzhou is home to a significant amount of foreign population and is an industrial hub.