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Terror threat puts Westerners on alert in Beijing as parts of city go on lockdown




Chinese paramilitary police officers watch over pedestrians in the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing.
Chinese paramilitary police officers watch over pedestrians in the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing.
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A Christmas terror threat has forced officials in China to put parts of the country’s capital on lockdown and to warn Westerners that the threat has targeted them.

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said it received intel about possible threats to Americans and other Westerners. Armed guard units have been placed on street corners and in public plazas, and a yellow security alert - the lowest level on a three-tiered system - that will last through the Christmas weekend.

The threat targeting Westerners could be the first of its kind for Beijing, according to Yang Shu, a counter-terrorism expert at Lanzhou University in China. Patt Morrison discusses the threat with terrorism expert, Erroll Southers, and its implications for Westerners as a growing target of terrorism.

Guest:

Erroll Southers, managing director of Counterterrorism and Infrastructure Protection at TAL Global Corporation and USC terrorism expert

Jeremy Goldkorn, Founder and director of Danwei, a research firm on Chinese media and economy, and longtime China observer