According to a Radio Free Asia report, China is closely monitoring citizens who are attempting to take a trip abroad.

Tourist Lu Ping, a Chinese national, has just arrived in Japan. She recalled that when she was in Chengdu city’s airport, border officials were exceptionally attentive to Chinese passport holders.

Ping said the officials would ask many questions: why are you going abroad, where are you heading to, are you going there to work. They also asked for documents. 

Ping visits Japan regularly, so the officials only flip through the documents. This was not the case for those whose traveling records were empty. They would be moved to a special room for further vetting.

He Peirong landed in Japan a week ago from Nanjing city. She had to present customs officials with her medical records over the past years to prove that she was seeking health treatment overseas.

Not many were as lucky as Peirong and Ping. A person identified as Dai said an employer had retrieved her friend’s passport on November 11. The friend worked for a Shanghai foreign affairs service company.

Since the 20th National Congress, more Chinese have sought to leave the country. 

As the South China Morning Post reported on November 9, a citizen named Fang Li said, “I was hesitant about emigration in the past, but recently I finally made up my mind. Some close friends around me think the same way.”

For many Chinese, zero-Covid, a fall in the real estate market, and China’s slow economy are getting on their nerves.

Fang said she wanted to leave the mainland for two reasons. One, she is concerned about her children’s life under zero COVID. Second, is her fear of China’s changing economic environment.

Fang told the news agency, “We are so worried because we don’t know how a socialist market economy in the new era will change society and impact what we own today and into the future.”

For wealthy Chinese who managed to flee the country, the Financial Times reports that Beijing has made it harder to transfer capital. 

A Chinese tech entrepreneur says he has funding, but the transfer approval process at the Chinese bank is taking an extended  time.

The person, who moved to the U.S. in September, says, “Everyone is saying it’s hard to get money out of China right now. Banks are cautious about big amounts of funds being transferred abroad.”

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