I knew if I waited someone else would make the same points as I was planning on making.
Last week Beijing announced a “cleaning up” of unregistered foreign workers. Is China turning against foreigners?
I have seen many articles describing this situation. The reality here is that we are going thru an especially painful power struggle leading up to this year’s Party Congress. Programs such as this new-found need to root out the evil foreign bastards is simply meant to deflect criticism and attention from the issues facing China and its leadership during this crucial time period. China Digital Times and China Geek have this topic well discussed.
This is not to say I do not recommend being more cautious and careful if you travel to China, (I DO!). I however, do not think we have reached a stage of modern era Boxer rebellion tactics.