Chinese Immigrants and the Long Arm of Beijing

April 23, 2017 Updated: July 9, 2020

With respect to the shooting death of a Chinese man in Paris recently, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman urged French officials to “get to the bottom of the incident as soon as possible.”

According to news reports, the Chinese government and Chinese mafia groups are competing for influence over the sizeable Chinese community of Paris.

The tension among those Chinese immigrants must be constant.

In recent history, Mao Zedong is credited with causing the deaths of a minimum of 30 million people. Forty years later, hundreds and possibly thousands were killed by Chinese troops in the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Today, family members of overseas Chinese living in communist China can just disappear, especially if they attempt to raise awareness about forced organ harvesting or the ongoing campaign of persecution against the Falun Gong meditation discipline.

Two young Canadian women have been warned. Toronto resident Hope Chen’s father in China apparently just disappeared. Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada, was cautioned by her father in China for calling attention to rights abuses in that country.

The Miss World pageant is largely funded by Chinese companies, so at the 2016 United States pageant, Ms. Lin was initially banned from speaking publicly or attending the premiere of “The Bleeding Edge,” a film she stars in.

These examples tell us that immigrants in similar situations must all fear the long arm of Beijing, even when they live in Canada or other Western countries. Someone is always watching.

Ronald Quick
Vancouver, Canada

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