Over the past two days, overseas social networks have spread rumors and attracted attention. The stories reflect the Chinese people’s desire to escape this great prison of China.
According to Sound of Hope, rumors say: First, if overseas Chinese want to renew their passports, they may not be able to apply at the Chinese embassy or Chinese consulate abroad. The passport renewal must be done in China. Second, fearing that many Chinese people will go abroad in massive numbers, the domestic immigration procedures can be assigned to the administrative unit in the neighborhood for approval, which means that low-level cadres in the area can also block your way out.
In unconfirmed news, it is suggested that, after three years of a strict “zero-COVID” policy, China’s foreign exchange reserves are depleted, but many Chinese want to go abroad to settle down. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) can earn foreign exchange in two ways: by restricting people from going abroad and by tricking overseas Chinese into returning home.
The implementation of the “zero-COVID” policy and city lockdowns have made it difficult to get out of China. As a result, people of different social classes in China are planning to flee, “Escape from Guangzhou” and “Escape from Zhengzhou” have become famous words on Weibo.
Radio Free Asia (RFA) released an article on December 7 saying that Xu Xiangcheng, working in education, decided to emigrate in early 2019 after the “anti-extradition” movement in Hong Kong. At the time, he was in the minority, but recently he discovered that many of his friends around him had similar thoughts.
Xu Xiangcheng told Radio Free Asia, “In my 40s, although I have been educated in communism since I was a child, people like us have very deep feelings for Hong Kong and Taiwan. Hong Kong means a lot to us, when Hong Kong was forcibly occupied by the CCP, I was very agitated. One last point of illusion in me was that I could still do something in China to make the society and the country better. After these ideas were suppressed in Hong Kong, my last illusion was shattered. I never wanted my child to receive such an education in such an environment, and I came up with the idea of emigrating 3 years ago. Some of my friends in Shanghai said that they wanted to leave, and they made up their mind this year. Because the situation was getting worse, I felt this place was hopeless and wanted to leave.”
However, the lockdown makes it challenging to carry out all procedures. Xu Xiangcheng said the lockdown had eased a bit more recently, and he will take the time to complete the procedures as soon as possible. He hoped to get his family out of China next year.
The middle class is fleeing China, and the lowest class is also fleeing, but they can only run from city to city or city to countryside.
According to RFA, Li Fatian, a commentator on current affairs in Henan, said that the bankruptcy of Henan banks and the departure of Foxconn employees had affected the local economy in Zhengzhou. As a result, not only do many migrant workers want to flee, but many local people also want to leave.
Li Fatian said that although the CCP has begun to ease the pandemic prevention requirements, the zero-COVID policy has destroyed the economic momentum of Zhengzhou. Beijing and the local CCP officials have not taken any measures to appease the people. He believed the leaders were happy to see urban populations move to the countryside.
News commentator Fang Yuan said that excessive pandemic prevention and control had exceeded people’s tolerance, leading to the mentality of blind collective escape. This displacement of urban residents will disrupt the rate of production and economic development.
Fang Yuan said: “In many places, the main form of escape is from large, medium and small cities to the countryside, and people flee to places where pandemic prevention work is relatively lax. For example, basic industrial workers and some skilled workers fled; the result of this exodus was the disruption of the orderly flow of industrial workers, the breakdown of industrial structures and the order of the economy”.
Fang Yuan believed this situation would increase downward pressure on the Chinese economy and affect social stability.