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New postal restrictions in Tibet ahead of anniversaries

August 17, 2015

Press Trust of India, August 13, 2015 - China will strictly scrutinise all mails and parcels to be sent to Tibet as part of the stringent scrutiny measures ahead of the 70th anniversary of its victory in the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression on September 3.

China’s State Post Bureau (SPB) said that between August 20 and September 12 the real names of both receiver and sender must be submitted before packages and mails can be sent to the Tibet Autonomous Region.

A series of celebrations will be held from August to mid-September to mark the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II and the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression besides events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Tibet Autonomous Region which will be held in Tibet in early September.

The authorities need to step up checks for illegal packages, especially for guns, flammable materials and explosives, illegal knives, hazardous chemicals and banned political publications, state-run Global Times reported.

China is also turning capital Beijing into a veritable fortress ahead of the parade by shutting down airports, roads and close subway stations for night rehearsals.

Streets surrounding Tiananmen Square and Chang’an Avenue, where soldiers will march, will be closed during the rehearsal. Night parking will also be banned on several roads.

Officials have already announced that the international and domestic airport here will be closed for several hours every day during the day time from August 20 to September 3.

Beijing will also ban half the cars from the road by temporarily implementing an odd-even license plate scheme from August 20 to September 3 as part of its measures to guarantee good air quality during the parade.

Eighty per cent of government vehicles in Beijing will be kept off the road during that period, according to an official announcement.

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