China city reopens after fears of fine spree pass

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Posted: Aug 09, 2012 1:38 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Commercial life in a city in northern China is returning to normal after a mass business shutdown. The closures were linked to fears that police were about to launch a blitz of health, safety and anti-piracy inspections aimed at filling city coffers with fine payments.

State media reported this week that many stores and restaurants in Shenyang had closed up shop for days at a time in a bid to avoid the campaign, reportedly aimed at padding the city budget in preparation for hosting the National Games next year.

Business was returning to normal Thursday after local officials issued statements denying the campaign.

The shutdown underscores public cynicism over China's sporadic health and safety enforcement and anger over official corruption.