Why do westerners live in Beijing voluntarily?

Unpopular with foreigners - China is becoming less attractive with expats

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Because of the pandemic, Beijing has massively tightened the entry requirements. The practice against foreigners borders on harassment.

China is becoming less and less attractive for foreign workers - so-called expats. It is becoming increasingly difficult for international companies to find staff willing to travel to China, as the European Chamber of Commerce in China warns.

Westerners feel discriminated against

Its president, Jörg Wuttke, remembers that a few years ago China was still extremely popular with many expats. “It used to be a great personal enrichment and career-enhancing work in China,” he says. But in the meantime the country has become “much” more expensive, and traveling in China has become more difficult.

Chinese people get up and leave when you get closer.
Author: Jörg WuttkePresident of the European Chamber of Commerce in China

In addition, Europeans and Westerners in China are increasingly discriminated against - something that the government in Beijing is not aware of. "The Chinese get up and leave when you get closer - that has got around," said Wuttke. The current tense political situation between the EU and China is likely to further unsettle potential employees.

Massive quarantine measures

In addition, many foreigners are currently locked out of China due to the global corona pandemic. New entry visas are rare exceptions, often even entire families have been separated from each other for months. Wuttke says he has not seen his own children for a year.

And those few foreigners who are allowed to re-enter China have to undergo a strict quarantine regime. This is three weeks in Beijing and two weeks in Shanghai. In addition: "In Beijing you have to endure three anal swaps during quarantine - each time with a stick in the back." Hardly anyone can go through that voluntarily, said Wuttke.

Facilitation for vaccinated people

After all: China's embassies recently announced in several countries that vaccinated people would soon be able to obtain entry visas more easily. But they must have been vaccinated with a Chinese vaccine. However, this is unrealistic, because the Chinese Covid vaccines have not yet been approved in most western countries.

SRF 4 News, TodayMorning, 25.3.2021, 6:00 a.m.; srf / aldm / snep; rehm

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  • Comment from Reto Blatter (against mainstream)
    First cause an incredible pandemic and then spread racism against those affected. And all of this without a worldwide outcry. Hats off:(
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  • Comment from Reto Blatter (against mainstream)
    Incredible when you consider that this pandemic originated in China.
    Agree agree to the comment
  • Comment from Marco D'Ercole (Marco D)
    The following facts will hinder their progress in the future:
    1. China's population is already aging. (1 child politics) A shortage of skilled workers is already an issue. 2. China is currently angering its most important customer markets. (Without customers, no sales.) 3. It is becoming increasingly uninteresting for high potentials as it seems. (Innovation w. Hindered.) 4. Environmental pollution, transport routes and human rights do the rest.
    Facit: Reorganizes the supply chains and offers the customer alternatives.
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    1. answer from Astrid Meier (Swissmiss)
      No sales without a customer? Buy a pan, an apparatus, a pair of scissors that don't come from China. That'll keep you busy for days as you scour stores and probably give in at the end of the day. Conclusion: bring production back to our countries and make high quality products that you can keep for a lifetime. Then the higher production costs are no longer significant.
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    2. answer from Marco D'Ercole (Marco D)
      @ Meier: You are of course right. That is why we have to ask importers to provide proof of origin. Demand determines supply. Of course, that doesn't happen quickly. But if we consumers make ourselves noticeable accordingly, things will get moving.
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    3. answer from Anita Mannhart (lupus)
      a society that does not care to buy pears from Australia and apples from South Africa will not pay attention to where our pans, tshirts and all the other junk come from, human rights violations or not.
      Agree agree to the comment
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