WASHINGTON, April 25, 2008 (AFP) – The United States and Britain issued new travel alerts warning of an increased terrorist threat in China Friday, as Interpol said Beijing must prepare for a possible Al-Qaeda attack at the Olympics. The US State Department warned Americans travelling to the Asian country of a “heightened risk that extremist groups will conduct terrorist acts within China in the near future.”
It said any large-scale public event, such as the Olympic Games in Beijing in August, “may present an attractive target for terrorists,” and warned its citizens travelling in China to be alert.
The statement updated March travel advice which said the threat of terrorism against Americans in China “remains low.”
It was issued as Britain also upgraded its terror assessment for China, where it had previously said the risk was “low.”
“There is an underlying threat from terrorism in China,” the Foreign Office said on its travel advice web site, although it said it was not discouraging travel there.
The change “reflects both the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks and the possibility of terrorist attacks by groups opposed to the Chinese government,” it said.
“Particularly in the run-up to the