JR’s China Backgrounder

Urumqi If you are wondering why visiting leaders from Beijing rarely stay in Xinjiang for longer than 24 hours these days, it may actually be for security reasons. Le Courrier du Vietnam reports that Xinjiang Train Station Police announced baggage controls on train stations for the security of passengers and cargo. The following measures took effect on July 30, and will remain in force until the end of the national holidays in October:

– instruments containing flat springs (if JR translated des lames correctly) are banned
– the amount of nail polish will be limited to 20 milliliters
– the amount of hair dyeing lotion will be limited to the same quantity
– and the same applies for any other kind of cosmetic liquid.

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