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Re: US Embassies and announcements.
« Reply #30 on: September 29, 2017, 10:07:10 PM »
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in the People's Republic of China who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact the SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) located in the Philippines, rather than China.

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Re: US Embassies and announcements.
« Reply #31 on: October 27, 2017, 10:05:45 AM »
Message for U.S. Citizens:
23 OCT 2017
 
THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES IN GUANGZHOU IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE CONSULATE WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO AMERICAN CITIZENS IN CHINA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD.
 
Taxis are typically a safe means of transportation in China.  However, recently there has been an increase in reports of some taxi drivers attempting to charge inflated fares for relatively inexpensive trips, in some cases resulting in verbal or physical confrontations when customers refused to pay these fares.  When using taxis, please avoid any altercations with the driver.  Rather, attempt to remove yourself from the situation.  If a driver refuses to use the meter, take another taxi.  Should you feel threatened, please make note of the driver’s name and license number and report the incident to the taxi company and/or police.  Likewise, avoid unlicensed cabs.
 
Whom to Contact
If you are a victim of a confrontation with a taxi driver, call the local police at “110” which is roughly equivalent to “911” in the United States.  Be aware, however, that very few English speakers staff this hotline.  Or you can file a complaint by calling the Mayor hotline at 12345 (press option 3 for English).  The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General have no law enforcement authority in China.
 
For Further Information
·         Visit Country Information for Chinafor additional travel & transportation safety tips (for pedestrians and drivers) for China
·         Find useful tips on packing and planning with our Traveler's Checklist
·         See our webpage on Help for U.S. Victims of Crime Overseas
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