China: Asylum seeker figures surpass 600,000 citizens
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Xi Jinping’s reign of oppression in China has prompted a “great exodus” from the country. The latest data from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) shows that 613,000 Chinese nationals have applied for asylum since Mr Xi took control in 2012. WION’s Palki Sharma said that Chinese people fear that “if you are deemed a threat to the regime, the state will go after you”.
She continued: “The Chinese people are fleeing the country.
“They are seeking asylum in democratic nations. More than 600,000 Chinese citizens since Xi Jinping came to power. This is a great exodus.
“Since Xi took over, the number of annual asylum seekers from China has risen by more than six times.
“Xi Jinping has ruled over China with an iron fist.
“At least a million Uighur Muslims have been detained in mass jails, or what Beijing calls re-education camps.”
Xi Jinping’s reign of oppression in China has prompted a ‘great exodus’ from the country (Image: GETTY)
The Chinese Communist Party recently celebrated the centenary of the movement (Image: GETTY)
The WION report revealed that “no-one is immune from the state’s heavy hand, including billionaires”.
This comes after Sun Dawu, who runs one of the country’s largest private agricultural businesses, was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
The agricultural mogul was found guilty of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” – a charge often used against dissidents and activists.
The prominent Chinese billionaire’s sentence marks just the latest in a string of punishments against outspoken corporate bosses.
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Sun Dawu, who runs one of the country’s largest private agricultural businesses, was sentenced to 18 years in prison (Image: GETTY)
Major technology companies including Alibaba, Didi, and Tencent also face investigations for a range of regulatory issues.
Between 2012 and 2020, the annual number of asylum-seekers from China rose from 15,362 to 107,864, per the UNHCR.
About 70 percent of those who fled China in 2020 have sought asylum in the US.
Ms Sharma also noted that the Chinese state was “tightening its grip on the tech sector” as part of its next phase in a “sweeping crackdown on Chinese citizens”.
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China accused the US of oppressing Beijing and urged Washington to remove sanctions and tariffs in high-level talks between the two superpowers (Image: GETTY)
This comes amid growing concerns among Chinese leaders that the country’s rapidly changing population could turn on the Communist Party under Xi Jinping.
The Chinese Communist Party recently celebrated the centenary of the movement.
But, according to retired Australian Army Commander Major-General Gus McLachlan, the Chinese Government has a “voracious need” to secure natural resources in order to fuel the needs of an increasingly demanding middle-class.
Earlier this week, China accused the US of oppressing Beijing and urged Washington to remove sanctions and tariffs in high-level talks between the two superpowers.