Last week, 47 Chinese citizens were arrested when attempting to access Nepalese Prime Minister’s office to support repatrials in despair.
The Nepalese police spokesman said four Chinese citizen groups were accused of a lack of civilization. As the flight number to China plummeted, many of the country’s citizens were trapped around the world. They have no way to get home, or have to scramble the number of little airfare with their own fellow pilgrims.
The imcompetence to promote many Chinese overseas people to call for the embassy’s hotline, post outraged messages on social networks and organize protests in the country, in hopes Beijing will intervene to resolve the situation.
In recent years, China’s ability to protect overseas citizens has become the subject of entertainment products, such as two blockbuster films, “Battle Lang 2” and “Red Sea Service”, with scripts relating to Chinese troops rescuing citizens from dangerous overseas situations.
“Life is not like the movie”, Jack Li, Chinese students are studying in Los Angeles, USA. He paid 10,000 USD for a person on the ticket to ask for a plane ticket for water after several weeks. “I’m not saying the words and so many others,” Li expressed.
How to repatriate citizens trapped abroad, in the midst of the world paralyzed because of Covid-19, is the most difficult question to any government. However, this challenge is especially heavy with China, due to their citizens to other countries increasingly.
Since 2011, after being heavily criticized for being too sluggish in protecting China’s companies and workers trapped in the Libyan civil War, Beijing attempted to build good images in the mission of protecting citizens overseas.
When Hurricane Maria ravaged the Dominican island nation of Dominica in 2017, Xinhua’s state-of-the-water raid praised over 150 Chinese nationals from the disaster area. “Before a disaster, the country will not give up any fellow behind!”, the newspaper writes. However, this task does not always go smoothly.
At the end of May 3, in the context of nCoV began spreading globally, Beijing imposed limited orders to move, cut down on flights to and from China down to just over 100 flights per week. At the press conference on the date of the decision, a senior official of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged overseas citizens to save the local country, to avoid cross-contamination or stranded in the third country due to restrictions on travel.
This move is said to help reduce the risk of “importing viruses”, avoiding the second wave of infection, but increasing political risk by the anger of Chinese citizens abroad. Almost immediately after this decision was made public, many overseas Chinese responded violently on social networks.
“While the children are going to be on board, how can the country withdraw the board?”, an account written on WeChat and shared widely, before the post was deleted.
“To speak with an overview, overseas citizens who are trying to return home face a lot of difficulties,” the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, adding that the country’s diplomatic representatives have provided masks for overseas citizens, as well as information about flight changes, while supporting them to renew their visa.
The announcement also wrote that different from some countries cutting off all routes, governments and Chinese airlines still strive to go “to build more air corridors, help Chinese citizens to repatriate”.
There are no statistics on the number of Chinese nationals trapped outside the territory, but the previous data shows that the number is quite large. At the previous month’s press conference, an educational ministry said that more than 85% of the 1.6 million international students remained abroad as of 2/4. In addition, 744,000 workers under foreign contracts in the end of 3 months, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.
In despair, the stranded citizens pressured the embassies and consulates. The Chinese ambassador to Russia was criticized after stating that Chinese people find the “no minimum moral” repatriation, in the context of citizens returning from Russia identified as the cause of nCoV’s infection in the black dragonIang in north-eastern China rose again.
Officials at the Chinese Consulate in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), also received a series of questions and criticized poorly handled when conducting online video calls with around 500 Chinese citizens trapped last month ago. However, the officials called them to contribute to the country by their stay.
“If I don’t hear that saying, maybe I still feed the hope,” a participant calls. A few weeks later, the Chinese consulate in Dubai finally arranges a flight to Shanghai for over 200 citizens on 2/5.
Chinese officials in Nepal also arranged two flights to bring a total of 346 citizens to the 7/5 today. However, many are still left behind. The demonstration led to 47 people in Kathmandu last week due to Chinese citizens who were not able to repatrion 7/5 in progress.
In the post on WeChat last April 4, the Chinese embassy in Abu Dhabi, UAE, said the preferred repatriating flights for children, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged.
A person who took part in an online video call of the Chinese consulate in Dubai said she was stranded two months after arriving in the UAE with a tourist visa, adding that she was 6 times canceled air tickets home. By not being able to work, she only eats two meals a day to save money.
“I can’t take it any longer. I feel that I am no longer an existing Chinese citizen, “the woman hides the name.
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