The news of foreigners leaving China in droves has recently become familiar in the international media. 

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported that the number of foreigners in Beijing has decreased by 40%. In Shanghai, the number dropped by 45,000 people from 2010 to 2020.

But it’s thought that those figures have fallen much more sharply since 2020, as the COVID pandemic broke out.

The report said that large-scale prevention and control measures are only one of the reasons. Their common concern is that China is facing an economic slowdown, sluggish business, and increasing isolation.

According to the ABC, being hated is also critical in foreigners’ decision not to love China. 

Matthew Bossons is the executive editor of RADii China, headquartered in Shanghai. He traveled to Guangdong and other places with a few friends in August.

During his trip, he was disappointed to be shunned by the Chinese, who blamed foreigners for infectious diseases like COVID and monkeypox.

He said that even his 5-year-old daughter, although of half-Chinese descent, was still ridiculed as a foreigner when she went to kindergarten. As a result, he decided to leave China with his wife and daughter.

The report also points to another geopolitical problem foreigners are worried about: Increasing tension over Taiwan. Some analysts note the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China hopes to speed up the timetable for reunification with Taiwan and may reunify by force.

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