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The Associated Press says that “as China's leaders gather for their annual Yellow Sea retreat, the country's political waters are looking choppy.... Chinese President and ruling Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is beset by economic, foreign policy and domestic political challenges just months after clearing his way to rule for as long as he wants as China's most dominant leader since Mao Zedong.”

‘Inconceivable to Chinese people’

David Missal is a 24-year-old German student pursuing a master’s degree in journalism at Tsinghua University. He was expelled from China on Sunday after he made a film about human rights activists as part of his coursework. The nationalistic rag Global Times has responded with some choice phrases:

Western media are hyping the case of a German student told to leave China… A student researching the sensitive issue of radical lawyers sounds inconceivable to Chinese people. But Germans think it is quite normal and blame Chinese laws.

In today's Germany, it is dangerous for a Chinese student to fight against Tibetan independence forces or Xinjiang independence forces. One may be targeted if he or she searches sensitive information. Germany has its own rules and Chinese students normally won't defy them.


Well, it took about 10 seconds on Google to find a story from November 2017 (in Chinese) about a Chinese soccer team walking off the field in Germany in protest against people demonstrating for Tibetan independence.

—Jeremy Goldkorn

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