Special report: 2008 Olympic Games
BEIJING, March 23 (Xinhua) -- China on Sunday refuted
a warning that U.S. visitors to Beijing for the Olympic Games would be under
surveillance, saying the privacy of foreign visitors would be protected.
"There's no special arrangement which is beyond the
security measures widely employed in accordance with international rules at
public locations, hotels and offices in China," said Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokesman Qin Gang.
Qin was responding to a question concerning a warning
released by the U.S. department's Bureau of Consular Affairs last Thursday,
which said hotel rooms and offices in Beijing are considered to be subject to
remote technical monitoring and may be accessed at any time without the
occupant's consent or knowledge, making U.S. visitors' privacy hard to be
"Privacy in China is always under protection
according to the law, and there's no need for foreign visitors to worry about
that," Qin said.
"The warning by the U.S. bureau is irresponsible," he