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#32 No frisbees! China bans guns, roller skates from year’s biggest trade fair

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Signs promoting the upcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE) are seen in front of the Oriental Pearl Tower at Lujiazui financial district in Pudong

Visitors to China's biggest trade fair of the year can leave their frisbees at home.

The flying disc joined kites, roller skates, bats and balls on a list of items banned from the massive trade show to be held in Shanghai on Nov. 5-10.

The China International Import Expo aims to show off China's zeal for imports and ease foreign concerns about its trade practices. Skeptical foreign business leaders want to see concrete policy changes to improve market access.

The government is sparing no effort to ensure the event, announced last year by President Xi Jinping, is a success and imposing tight security on the convention center.

The state-run Shanghai Daily, the city's official English-language newspaper, said on Tuesday police banned a wide range of objects from the expo venue, including guns, explosives, daggers, fireworks, gasoline and alcohol.

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