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LinkAsia | Apr 10
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Hi. Welcome to LinkAsia. I'm Yul Kwon. Beijing is telling illegal aliens to get out. The city has launched a 100-day campaign to "Clean Up" illegal foreigners. Anyone in Beijing caught without the proper papers could be fined up to USD$1,500. Our Chinese broadcast partner CCTV has this report.
As China's economy booms, so does the number of foreigners. On Tuesday, Beijing started a hundred-day campaign to clamp down on foreigners illegally entering, residing or working in the capital.
According to regulations, foreigners working in China without relevant paperwork will be identified as illegally employed and fined 1,000 yuan. If a foreigner enters Beijing illegally, he or she must pay a fine ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 yuan and face at least three days of administrative custody. For foreigners who illegally stay, a fine ranging from 500 to 5,000 yuan and an administrative detention of less than ten days will be given to them.
Prof. Qu Xinjiu, China University of Political Science and Law:
Illegal stay means they entered illegally by staying in China longer than allowed. Illegal stay is a violation, but it is not regarded as a crime in China.
An official has dismissed any suggestion that the move is linked to the arrest last week of a British tourist suspected of assaulting a Chinese woman. A report from Sky News, a local news broadcaster in the UK, says a spokesperson from the British Foreign Office responded to the case, "We are aware of the detention of a British national in China. We have offered and are ready to provide consular assistance." Another example took place in 2009. More than 100 Africans protested in Guangzhou. This came after one of their compatriots jumped out of a building to escape police who were checking passports. The recent campaign plans to focus on areas popular among foreigners, including the Sanlitun bar district and Haidian, where many of the city's universities are located, and will continue until the end of August.
Recently, a foreign journalist was expelled from the country, raising speculation as to why her visa renewal request had been denied.