China's Hangzhou turns ghost town as G20 leaders arrive

September 4, 2016 4:20 AM

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China's Hangzhou turns ghost town as G20 leaders arrive

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - The Chinese city of Hangzhou felt like a ghost town on Saturday ahead of the arrival of leaders from the world's 20 biggest economies, after the government encouraged residents to clear out and cranked up security for the summit.

On the eve of the Group of 20 summit, roads and malls around the main venue in the center of Hangzhou, usually a bustling city of 9 million, were largely deserted, with just a smattering of cars and people around while shops were shut and locked.

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