Security around Qingdao port has been stepped up for tomorrow’s People’s Liberation Army’s Navy (PLA Navy) parade, with sailors guarding the entrance, the South China Morning Post reported. A taxi driver, who refused to be named, said the authorities had ordered cab drivers in the city not to take foreigners to areas outside downtown Qingdao, in an effort to “protect their safety”. The driver said they had been told either not to agree to such a request or to call 110, the police hotline, after foreigners had been taken to such destinations. Media access is also tight, with only credentialed journalists being allowed into the port. Qingdao is embracing an international naval review, with 21 vessels from around the world gathering in the city for a three-day celebration of the PLA Navy’s 60th birthday.
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