Chinese police station’s arresting message to unregistered foreigners has desired effect

An ultimatum issued by police to unregistered foreign residents in southern China last week has gone viral on the country’s social media, being dubbed by some internet users as “the strongest wording by Chinese government to foreigners ever”, a news website Thepaper.cn reported.

The announcement, issued by police on Thursday at Shekou in Shenzhen, next to Hong Kong, reiterated a long-standing government regulation all foreign visitors staying in China must register with local police.

But it was the particulary strong tone by authorities – as well as grammar glitches and typos – that captured attention.

The statement said, word for word: “No Matter who you are no matter where are you come from, you are in China now, so,obey [sic] our law do the register in the [shekou police station] or you will be fine up to 2000 rmb.

“We will give you one week to do the register. One week later we will have a big operation against those foreigners who have not register in police station. Thank you.”

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