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China's Spring Cleaning: Getting Rid Of Illegal Foreigners

XINHUA NET, FENGHUANG NET (China)

BEIJING - The Beijing Police have just announced a "Hundred Days Special Action" from May 15th to the end of August, aiming to "clean up" the foreigners who have entered, stayed, and worked in the capital illegally.

This action includes conducting a census of various communities, assaulting various key sites, and adopting a more vigorous review of entry visa applications. The police have also designated a contact phone number and encourage the public to report foreigners who are suspect.

According to Xinhua News, thanks to the economic boom, Beijing has attracted more and more foreigners in recent years. There are about 200,000 foreigners in the capital.

Although many are expatriates, some are foreign criminals looking for opportunities. According to Beijing Police data, the "triple-non" category of persons - referring to foreigners who have entered, stayed or worked legally – is made up mostly of criminals. Most such foreigners have no source of income, no stable residence, nor any proper occupation. Some even set out to come to China right from the start to engage in illegal activities.

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December 18, 2022, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentinian fans celebrating their World Cup victory.

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Ignacio Pereyra

“I’m overwhelmed and I’m not even Argentinian — happy to see people happy,” a friend who lives in Greece, where his partner is from, wrote to me. My friend, who is half-German and half-American, was moved by the jubilant images of millions of people celebrating in the streets of Argentina after Lionel Messi lifted the World Cup in Qatar.

His message came to me while I was reading about how the title might or might not affect the country and its people, but, above all, as I was also asking myself something simpler: Why are Argentine fans so happy — even weeks after winning the World Cup?

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