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Beijing to ban use of government vehicles during B&R Forum

By Deng Xiaoci (Global Times)    09:04, May 12, 2017

Beijing is taking measures to reduce traffic during the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on Sunday and Monday, including the use of local government vehicles and urging Party, government and State-owned enterprise (SOE) employees to avoid driving their vehicles.

The use of all Beijing government vehicles, except those used for emergencies or for "extremely necessary" trips, will be suspended on Sunday and Monday. All government, Party and SOE employees are also being told to "travel green" and use public transport on those days, the Beijing Morning Post reported on Thursday. Government and Party offices have also been told not to hold meetings on Monday.

Beijing transportation authorities said they will implement temporary traffic restrictions in key areas and certain periods, especially around the China National Convention Center in Chaoyang district and in suburban Huairou district, the main site of the forum.

The Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport vowed that during the forum, public transportation will be enhanced to meet the greater demand, including more subway trains, public buses and taxis.

Beijing also tightened security measures. A Yunda Express courier told the Global Times that the Beijing Municipal Postal Administration has enhanced package inspections, and places special pass stamps on confirmed items.

Those traveling by train to Beijing are made to go through double security checks when they check in, said a traveler surnamed Shan, who took a train from Shanxi to Beijing in May.

"Since the Belt and Road Forum is just around the corner, we have been conducting stricter checks on Beijing subways, including checks on passengers' ID cards from 9 am every morning," a security guard at the Xingong subway station said.

"We always provide strict checks for safety purposes on the Beijing subway. This includes inspecting bags to see whether they have liquids or knives," said a security guard named Ye, who works at Beijing Jintai Xilu station.

Li Xuanyi, a student at the Yanqi campus of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told the Global Times that the enhanced security measures are also a little inconvenient since even intra-campus trips require strict student ID checks.

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