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It finds that, despite China being a long-time source of refugees and an emerging destination and transit for refugees, it has not prioritised refugee protection. And even though it has consistently emphasised addressing root causes as a solution to refugee crisis, it sometimes failed to demonstrate a consistent readiness to honour the provisions and spirit of the Refugee Convention and Protocol. It recommends for the international community, especially international and regional organisations that have experience in working with China on refugee matters, to take the opportunity to further involve and integrate China.
Many people would be surprised to know that China admitted and locally settled more thanVietnamese refugees from to2 or that China was one of the first Asian States to become a party to the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees Refugee Convention and its Protocol collectively the Refugee Convention and Protocol3 having acceded to both instruments in As noted by Betts and Loescher, although China has remained on the margin of global refugee policymaking, it is one of the countries that are most potentially influential to the global refugee regime.
Section 6 makes concluding observations as well as recommendations. In the two years following its establishment, more thanMainland Chinese citizens escaped to Hong Kong, 12 which was then a British Colony. In the late s, Deng Xiaoping pointed out that the exodus was not a problem that could be solved by sending soldiers to the frontier, 17 and that the economic gap between Mainland China and Hong Kong Seeking a submissive girl 37 southeast 37 a main cause of the continuous exodus.
At various occasions where high-ranking Chinese diplomats talked about refugee issues, they consistently emphasised the need to address the root causes of refugee flows and often highlighted that poverty and underdevelopment were among the root causes. It has been ranked a top refugee-producing country every year since In comparison, except theVietnamese refugees, who arrived mainly between and and most of who were accepted and settled as Chinese nationals returning from Vietnam see Section 3 belowthe of refugees China received had been very small until the mids.
First, as mentioned above, more thandisplaced persons from Vietnam had been locally settled as Chinese nationals returning from Vietnam by the time of mid Having been treated as Chinese nationals, they generally had the same rights as other Chinese nationals. Second, in lateChina began its reform and open up gaige kaifang process. Between andChina acceded to eight international human rights treaties, which amount to almost a third of the 27 international human rights treaties China has acceded to.
Refugees should refer to persons who, due to reasons of race, politics and religion, etc. As a result of events occurring before 1 January and owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.
Inthe MPS issued a notice on handling aliens illegally entering or overstaying in China the Notice to provincial public security authorities. As of DecemberChina has incorporated few provisions of the Refugee Convention and Protocol into its domestic law and has not established a national mechanism for refugee status determination. Domestic Chinese law contains no provisions on who qualifies as a refugee, which organisation or government body is responsible for refugee status determination, or how an application for refugee status can be made. The only provisions in Chinese law which concern asylum or treatment of refugees are article 32 of the Chinese Constitution and article 46 of the Law on Exit and Entry Administration.
In theory, by acceding to the Refugee Convention and Protocol, China made a commitment to be bound by the provisions of these instruments; it also has the obligation to implement the Refugee Convention and Protocol in good faith according to the principle of pacta sunt servanda enshrined in article 26 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, 61 to which China is a party. However, generally speaking a treaty can only be enforced domestically in China after a Chinese law has transformed the treaty into domestic Chinese law or authorised the direct application of the treaty in China.
Although the Refugee Convention and Seeking a submissive girl 37 southeast 37 do not impose a legal obligation for States Parties to establish a national refugee status determination mechanism, it is in line with the spirit of these instruments for States Parties to establish a fair and effective refugee status mechanism.
The delay in the Seeking a submissive girl 37 southeast 37, however, suggests that such political willingness is still not strong enough to provide a legal guarantee for the protection and rights of refugees under Chinese law. At present, the UNHCR Beijing Office is responsible for conducting refugee status determination in China and for providing life-sustaining assistance to refugees in China, including accommodation, living allowances and access to basic health care. In and respectively, China ranked 39th and 51st in terms of the amount of annual contribution to UNHCR, while the US and Japan ranked the first and the second.
However, it participated in the process of drafting the revised text of the Bangkok Principles. At the seminar, Xue served as the moderator of the working group on asylum and treatment of refugees. In recent years, there has been emerging international interest to further involve China in the response to refugee crises.
Germany, for example, has at several occasions tried to engage China in dialogues about the refugee crisis in Europe. On the other hand, although China has provided financial assistance to Middle Eastern refugees, it has shown no of willingness to host them.
Nevertheless, in recent years, the Chinese Government has demonstrated growing interest in refugee issues, especially regarding those in the Asia Pacific Region. It probably was the first time China initiated conversations on refugee issues with another country. China has sought forced repatriation of Chinese nationals in recent years, who had been recognised as refugees individually or qualified for prima facie refugee status, from other countries such as Thailand, Nepal, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, and Albania.
The Chinese Government thanked the Cambodian Government for repatriating the Uighurs, which took place only one day before the then Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping who became the Chinese president in March visited Cambodia and ed off on a package of grants, loans, and infrastructure development deals worth more than USD one billion. Two days before the Cambodian authorities forcibly repatriated 20 Uighurs, Cambodia amended its Sub-decree on Procedures for Examination, Recognition, and Provision of Refugee or Asylum Status for Aliens in the Kingdom of Cambodia to empower the Cambodian Interior Minister to decide over the recognition of a refugee, the termination of refugee status, and the removal of refugees.
Nepal, which is not a party to the Refugee Convention, used to recognise and register Tibetans crossing the Chinese—Nepalese border as refugees between and InAlbania accepted five Uighur detainees, who were held at Guantanamo Bay by the US Government, and granted them refugee status.
China is a major source of refugees as well as an emerging transit and destination for refugees. For example, as mentioned above, China has not enacted national laws to fully implement the Refugee Convention and Protocol, although it acceded to both instruments in ; it has not substantially involved itself in refugee status determination procedures administered by UNHCR in China, although the Chinese Government agreed to cooperate in such procedures with UNHCR.
Compared to other world powers such as the US and the European Union, China has remained on the margin in the international discourse on refugee protection. In published statements and comments on refugee issues made by high-ranking Chinese diplomats and officials, there is a notable, consistent emphasis on addressing the root causes of displacement, which according to them include poverty and underdevelopment, Seeking a submissive girl 37 southeast 37 a solution to refugee crises.
China has sometimes failed to demonstrate a consistent readiness to honour the provisions and spirit of the Refugee Convention and Protocol. On the one hand, China has shown growing interest in refugee matters in recent years. At the national level, for example, it included for the first time in Chinese law an article on treatment of refugees in its Law on Exit—Entry Administration. For example, as mentioned above, Germany and Malaysia have called on China to help tackle Seeking a submissive girl 37 southeast 37 crises in Europe and Asia.
Two top refugee-producing countries, namely Myanmar and Afghanistan, border China. Second, as China furthers its One-Belt-One-Road initiative to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties with other countries, Chinese overseas investment is bound to continue to increase in volume and to expand to more areas of the world. As large-scale refugee movement is becoming a global phenomenon, more and more Chinese overseas investment will be exposed to the threat of destabilisation caused by large-scale refugee flows.
A challenge for the international community to engage China in refugee protection would be to persuade and pressure China to fully respect the provisions and spirit of the Refugee Convention and Protocol, including ensuring sufficient protection for refugees within China and refraining from actively seeking refoulement of Chinese nationals abroad who deserve the protection of the Refugee Convention and Protocol.
In the meantime, international organisations which have experience in working with China in relevant fields, such as UNHCR and the AALCO, should play a leading role in initiating high-level dialogues with the Chinese Government on refugee protection Seeking a submissive girl 37 southeast 37 to further the engagement and integration of China in the international refugee protection regime. Loescher, A. The first few decades of Communist China also saw two more waves of Chinese nationals receiving asylum overseas.
The second is the large s of Chinese students receiving asylum after the Tiananmen Square Incident. For discussion on refugees received by China aftersee L. See L. Prior toChina refused to accept United Nations aid. Japan acceded to the Convention and Protocol in and respectively. The Philippines acceded to both instruments in The Convention Definition: Universal or Obsolete?
Twomey eds. Between the s and s, due to anti-Chinese movements in Malaysia, Indonesia and India, several waves of overseas Chinese nationals returned from those countries on ships sent by the Chinese Government to collect them.
Most Indochinese refugees are ethnic Chinese and they received treatment on a par with those Chinese nationals returning from Indonesia and India. Translation by the author. For more information about historical background, see E. Margesson, E. See for example E.
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