Update, 9 am, 18 Oct: On the eve of the Congress, WeChat stopped users from changing their profile picture, alias, or status until the end of the month, citing maintenance. Weibo users are experiencing similar issues.

Beijing is likely to see bluer skies and quieter streets this week as the Communist Party’s 19th Congress is due to take place on October 18th. To ensure the twice-a-decade party reshuffle goes without a hitch, China has ordered security measures across a wide spectrum. Here’s a roundup of the latest policies that are sending shockwaves across China’s tech industry ahead of the key meeting.

Beijing residents are reporting widespread interruptions in courier express services via China’s Twitter-like Weibo. Some packages are delayed, others completely suspended. A staff from SF Express, one of the country’s biggest express services, told TechNode that packages going to the capital from Henan and Hainan Provinces have already been suspended, and vice versa.

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Rita Liao

Telling the uncommon China stories through tech. I can be reached at ritacyliao [at] gmail [dot] com.