Waiting for the clampdown

An old friend is coming to visit me this weekend, whilst in China on a business trip. Fluent in Chinese, it’s her first trip here in a couple of years. She writes: “Every time I go to China Mobile, they tell me that foreigners cannot buy SIM cards without a Chinese sponsor. Is this true? I can’t believe it myself but three different places told me that this is a new rule.“.

I’ve started withdrawing my cash from the ATM, and am transmitting it to Singapore. I’ve written before now that I’ve sensed that China seems less welcoming to foreigners, and now my spider-sense is telling me to run… It may be just fatigue and paranoia, who knows… Anyway, I’ll check up on this phone card issue.

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