Expat Warnings

China does not have “rule of law” like most western countries, and the Chinese government has a strong suspicion of anybody or anything foreign. This is based on the perceived “century of humiliation” – the hundred years that China was colonised by western powers, until “liberated” by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

In modern times, it sometimes appears to anyone non-Chinese that the Chinese are out to make “foreigners” atone for the “crimes” of their ancestors. This may or may not actually be the case, but there are things in China that expats need to be aware of.

Some of these things are listed below. Expats should be aware that Chinese courts rarely find in favour of a foreign person, business or organisation. Therefore, it is best to avoid trouble, rather than expecting legal remedy as in the west:

New Visa Laws – An analysis of the new visa laws, July 1, 2013

Dangers of Expat Websites – CCP uses expat websites to trap unsuspecting expats

Wumaos – The Chinese government employs posters on expat forums to distort or detract from opinions

China Foreign Teachers Union (CFTU) – Fake union that uses expat websites to trap unsuspecting expats

Fraudulent Schools – “Foreign partnership” education programs that are often international employment or immigration scams


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