They feared that those Beijing-resident American kids under the age of 10 could cause political trouble – read the story on Danwei.org. Brainless, but I'm not that surprised. It seems the thinking of those officials remains unchanged from feudal times. China might have some more open-minded and educated national leaders now, but the quality of those local officials has little warranting flattery. Bad governance, whether from corruption or incompetence, has been a problem with local officials in China for thousands of years, under a good emperor or bad.