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The warning comes just over a week before U.S. President George W. Bush visits China.

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BEIJING, China (CNN) -- The U.S. Embassy in Beijing has withdrawn an advisory telling Americans to be wary of a possible terror threat involving hotels in China.

The move came just hours after Beijing cast doubt on the warning on Thursday, calling the threat "a sham fabricated by some foreign citizen."

In a statement on Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy said Chinese police had warned that Islamic extremist elements could be planning to attack luxury hotels in China over the course of the next week.

That advisory came just a week and a half before U.S. President George W. Bush is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing.

The possible threat apparently did not target any specific area of China, but the U.S. warning advised hotels "that Islamic extremist elements could be planning to attack four and five-star hotels in China sometime over the course of the next week."

"Chinese authorities have assured the embassy that they are taking appropriate security measures and investigating the possible threat thoroughly."

Refuting the U.S. advisory, China said in a statement faxed to CNN that "the recent mentioning of a so-called 'future attack on four and five-star hotels in China' is a sham fabricated by some foreign citizen."

China provided no additional details and did not identify the "foreign citizen."

The U.S. embassy advised American citizens visiting China and staying in four- or five-star hotels to "review their plans carefully, remain vigilant with regard to their personal security and exercise caution."

It added that "reports should be made to local police if one notices unusual activities in or around these areas."

The U.S. warning also included hotels in Hong Kong, a special administrative region on China's southern coast, the American consulate general in the city said.

CNN's Tara Duffy contributed to this report.

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