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Shanghai restricts business visas before Olympics

From The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

China's financial hub, Shanghai, is restricting the issue of business visas ahead of the Beijing Olympics, underlining the lengths to which authorities are going to keep out unwanted foreigners.

Business groups have already complained about tightened visa policies ahead of the August Games, which have included a ban on citizens of 33 countries applying for Chinese visas in Hong Kong.

The Shanghai Foreign Economic Relations and Trade Commission said it will postpone approval of notification letters needed for business visas until mid-September for all but essential travel, ruling out visits for market research, training or to carry out inspections.

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