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Beijing Cracks Down on Foreigners Living in City Illegally

May 15, 2012

Beijing police will ask people to report illegal aliens as authorities start a crackdown on foreigners living and working without authorization in the city.

The campaign, which runs from today to the end of August, will see police tighten reviews of visa applications, comb areas with large numbers of foreigners and “mobilize the public to report them,” the Xinhua News Agency said yesterday.

Police will check passports and housing registrations in areas where foreigners gather, China Daily reported today, citing Lin Song, the police officer in charge of the campaign. Beijing has set up a hot line for people to report on people who don’t have proper documents, China Central Television reported today.

China’s vice minister of public security, Yang Huanning said in April that China will strengthen management of foreigners who live or work illegally in China.

Today’s campaign also comes after a British man was detained after allegedly trying to sexually assault a woman in Beijing on May 8, Xinhua reported. Video posted online showed the man standing over the woman and then being beaten up as he lay in a road.

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