Beijing police promise to crack down on crime by foreigners in the capital city.
Beijing police are planning to crack down on illegal activity by foreigners living in the capital, according to an announcement yesterday. A more rigorous review of visa applications is one of several measures aimed at addressing what are termed the "three illegals:" Illegal immigrants, illegal Beijing residents, and illegal workers.
There are some 200 thousand foreigners in Beijing -- tourists and residents -- on any given day, according to Beijing Daily. British Beijing resident and author of popular Chinese current events blog Sinocism Bill Bishop suggested that foreign residents of Beijing "make sure [they] carry passports with [them] at all times."
The measures come after a highly publicized incident in which a British national on a tourism visa sexually assaulted a Chinese woman on a street near Tiananmen Square. Bystanders saved the victim and beat up the assailant. A video of the incident went viral on Sina Weibo, where micro-bloggers demanded that foreign criminals be deported.
Chinese nationals who suspect foreign nationals of illegal activity were encouraged to call a Beijing police hotline (010－64038685) in a message on Sina Weibo, where over 100,000 micro-bloggers have commented on the crackdown.