China blast: Thailand orders close watch on Chinese Embassy in Bangkok

A damaged building is seen after explosions hit Liucheng, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
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NATIONAL POLICE Commissioner Pol General Jakthip Chaijinda has ordered a close watch over the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok and major tourist sites after several explosions hit China on Wednesday.

Millions of Chinese people visit Thailand each year. The number of Chinese tourists in the country looks set to increase during the National Day holidays that began yesterday and run until next Wednesday. "We must be on alert," Jakthip said yesterday. "We need to ensure safety."

He said strict surveillance had not detected any suspicious activity to date. There is no report that terrorists have entered Thailand either.

In August, two blasts hit Bangkok. The one at the Erawan Shrine caused 20 deaths and injured more than 100. Several of them were Chinese.

Police are still investigating the Bangkok bombings.

In the border province of Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen immigration chief Pol Colonel Natcharit Pinpak said he had deployed more officials at the immigration checkpoint to facilitate the inflow of people, which is set to increase during the Chinese holidays.

"Many tourists have entered Thailand via Chiang Rai. They travel along the road from China to Laos and then to Chiang Rai," he said. He added that screening measures were strict as officials were committed to preventing criminals and terrorists from trying to sneak in by posing as holidaymakers.

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