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China rearms Beijing beat police after series of stabbing attacks
China rearms Beijing beat police after series of stabbing attacks

The guns are back in China. Armed police patrols started rolling on the streets of Beijing on Monday, the Ministry of Public Security announced, in order to protect the city from "armed mobs, sexual violence and terrorist attacks." The special patrols, which consist of 150 vehicles with 1,950 police, were launched at a time when police around China are picking up arms again. Shanghai last month handed out revolvers to 1,000 beat cops, the first time they have had firearms in 60 years. "The Chinese police will be more like the U.S. It is a long-term trend," said Xu Jianhua, a former police officer who teaches criminology at the University of Macao. China has some...

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