China is tightening security even more ahead of the anniversary of the end of World War II, known in China as the war of resistance against Japanese aggression, with mail being the latest target. Beijing is so concerned about security that all packages mailed to the capital will be checked and require signatures for delivery in the lead-up to the massive parade planned on September 3.
Director of the national mail department, Ma Junsheng, explains that like other recent announcements, such as the closing of Beijing airport and the mandatory implementation of strict car restrictions, the security measures are to prevent any potential attacks on the day of the parade.
Across the country, Chinese residents will get three days off work to celebrate: September 3, 4 and 5. As a result, Sunday, September 6 will be a regular work day.