Drones and pigeons banned: in China, reinforced security in view of the annual session of Parliament

In China, Beijing is preparing to receive the country's political elite for the annual session of the Chinese Parliament which begins next week.

More than 3,000 delegates will meet at the Great People's Palace in a capital, as always, placed under close surveillance.

Room preparation before a session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Saturday, March 11, 2023. AP - Andy Wong

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With our correspondent in Beijing,

Stéphane Lagarde

From March 1 to 12, on the occasion of the National People's Congress, the use of "

small, low altitude and low speed

" aircraft, in other words drones, are prohibited in Beijing and its region, including for sporting and advertising purposes,

state media

warned .

Drones banned, like everything else that flies – remote-controlled toys, pigeons –, 

reinforced control of travelers

on trains, these bans coming back

at each high mass of the party in the capital


With, in the streets, the deployment of volunteers who came to reinforce the eye of the cameras, and the police and arteries which disappear from GPS near places of power and, in each work unit, in each sector, increased vigilance.


Don’t forget to bring your ID




“second security check”

was thus put in place by the national postal administration for express deliveries arriving in Beijing, explains this delivery man busy taping his packages.

You now have to register your real name when sending packages,”

he explains.

You need to leave your Chinese name and ID number.

This is because of the "two sessions" that will begin soon.

And next time, don't forget to bring your ID!


To “

create a good safety environment for the Lianghui

” – the two Chinese assemblies – the national mining administration has passed


 to avoid any major accident that would disrupt the plenary sessions.

After the

dramatic series of fires

 that made


in recent months, the Ministry of

Emergency Management

is asking residence offices to monitor the risk of fires linked to the charging of electric batteries for bicycles and scooters. the interior of buildings.

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