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China: Guangzhou police tell budget hotels not to take in visitors from 5 Muslim countries

The South China Morning Post reported that the move might be a?security measure since a development forum is being held in Guangzhou this week. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Beijing, China Aug 26, 2016, 02.05 PM (IST)
Police in Guangzhou district of China have ordered budget hotels not to take in visitors from five Muslim-majority countries, Reuters reports 

The five countries are Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Afghanistan.

"I'm not clear of the reason. We just can't take them," one hotel worker told Reuters.

Three budget hotels told Reuters they had received the orders in March. China's Foreign Ministry, on the contrary, said it was aware of no such policy.

"I've never heard that there is this policy being followed in China," Reuters reported China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang as saying at a daily news briefing.

"Moreover, as far as China is concerned, our policy in principle is that we encourage people from China and other countries to have friendly exchanges and are willing to provide various convenient policies in this regard."

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reported that the move might be a security measure since a development forum is being held in Guangzhou this week, followed by the G20 summit in Hangzhou next week.

Reuters said teh order seems to have been issued only to relatively cheaper hotels.

Two high-end hotels told Reuters they had not been told to turn away guests from the five countries.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)
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