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Foreign residents in China used to be able to get away with murder (literally). Not any more

By Mark Kitto   December 2010

Of all the changes brought about by the Beijing Olympics, a less obvious one is that foreign residents in China can no longer get away with breaking so many bylaws. The urban police have discovered that if you tell foreigners what to do, they do it. We used to be able to get away with murder. (You may think I speak figuratively, but I once knew someone who did just that.)

Take getting on a domestic flight without ID. It used to be easy: a photocopy of a passport and a good excuse and you were in the departure lounge.…

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