torsdag 18. juli 2019

Tourists in China May Need to Be Aware of Hostage Diplomacy

If you’re planning a trip to China in the near future, you may need to make extra considerations for your safety inside the Communist nation.The recent string of arrests of Western individuals in China have sparked concern among observers who believe the Chinese regime is engaging in hostage diplomacy.

In addition, Chinese media outlets have begun portraying Westerners inside China in an increasing negative light. Popular comments online suggested Westerners deserve punishment. A post writen by user “Deep Pony” on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, received over 20,000 likes: “Recently a lot of things are happening related to foreigners, this proves that the people of China are already rising up.” The mention of rising up is a reference to China’s communist national anthem.