According to Apollo News, in recent years, because of difficult living conditions in China due to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) “zero-COVID” policy based on lockdown and China’s economic downturn, a wave of Chinese people migrated abroad.

Canadian human rights activist and media person Sheng Xue said, “Chinese stowaways have gone to the world, to any place that can give them freedom, democracy, human rights, dignity, a little security, and a little money.” 

Xue added, “in recent years, Xi Jinping’s cruel policy has caused many middle-class people to be suppressed and turned into poor people, and they have also given up their illusions about the CCP.”

Due to the difficulty of migrating to developed countries like the U.S., Canada, Australia, or Japan, many Chinese people have chosen to relocate to less developed countries like Cambodia.

However, trips across the border to find a brighter future for the Chinese has potential risks. Many people lost their lives on such voyages.

The Chinese embassy in Cambodia on September 22 confirmed that a boat carrying Chinese people crossing the border to Cambodia sank, killing one person, with 23 people missing. 18 people have been rescued. 

More than 40 people were on the boat when it departed from Guangzhou on September 11. Their boat sank as soon as it reached Cambodia’s Westport waters.

Apollo News cited a Chinese businessman in Cambodia named Fan, who said that in August, a boat carrying 35 Chinese crossed the border to Cambodia.

In September, another boat with 30 people from China was detained by Cambodian police. None of the people on board had passports.

In July last year, 36 Chinese crossing Fujian to Cambodia were arrested while docking at Westport.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported that in 2012 about 12,000 people in China applied for asylum abroad. By 2021 this number has reached nearly 120,000, an increase of almost 10 times within 10 years.

In addition to Cambodia, Chinese people have sought to cross the border to neighboring countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, or other countries they can reach.

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