Anti-terrorism drive

Chinese weapons maker shows off 150 new anti-terror gadgets

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 August, 2014, 7:21pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 August, 2014, 11:15pm

More than 150 counter-terrorism equipment were unveiled by a Chinese weapons maker, including cut-resistant gloves and crash-resistant guardrails meant to prevent tragedies like the Tiananmen Square suicide car bombing last year.

The gold-painted railing, made of “high-intensity” stainless steel, was exhibited on Wednesday with other counter-terror equipment at the China North Vehicle Research Institute, which is under the auspices of the country's main weapons development body, China North Industries Group.

The gloves and a multi-functional device equipped with a “tentacle”, designed to apprehend attackers, were also on display, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.

The equipment was designed in the face of China's increasingly severe anti-terror situation, officials told the newspaper, the official mouthpiece of the Beijing Communist Party’s Youth League.

More impact-proof railings like those installed on Beijing’s Chang’an Avenue in April will be installed in other major mainland cities as part of China’s crackdown on terrorism, spurred by a wave of attacks in public places in recent months.

Developed by China North Industries Group, the railings were installed from Fuxingmen to Jianguomen, part of Chang’an Avenue, along which are the Tiananmen gates and top officials’ residences.

The railing, engraved with lotus blossoms, can withstand collisions, the report said.

When a car crashed into one such railing in Beijing in July, the car was badly damaged, but the railing was almost unscathed, only moving “slightly out of place”, according to a report by the Daily.

The railings have also been installed in iconic places such as Tiananmen Square, the Great Hall of the People, the Mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong and the entrance of Zhangnanhai, where Chinese top officials reside.

On October 28 last year, a jeep smashed through the barricades in front of Tiananmen Square’s north gate and rammed into a crowd of people before exploding in flames. Five people were killed and 40 were injured.

Three people have been sentenced to death in connection with what the government called a “terrorist attack”, while five others were given prison sentences ranging from five years to life.

Authorities described the incident as “premeditated” and “carefully planned and organised”.