The Unied States State Department has warned Americans traveling to China for the upcoming Olympic Games they may discover while in the supposed privacy of a hotel room, people are listening into their conversations. The State Department warning suggests tourists can be under surveillance even when resting in a hotel bed. The State Department comment drew angry responses from the Chinese government. Foreign Minister spokesperson, Qin Gang, said: “There is no special arrangement which is beyond the security measures widely employed in accordance with international rules at public locations, hotels, and offices in China.” However, the State Department insists there is rmote technical monitoring of hotel rooms which might be directed at specific people.
Qin insists “the warning by the US bureau is irresponsible.” On the other hand, it might pay to whisper or keep the water running when engaged in a conversation about anything political in China. I wonder if public toilets are under long range surveilance.