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January 30, 1999 | From Associated Press
People with one parent from Hong Kong have the right to live in the territory and do not need permission from mainland China to do so, Hong Kong's highest court ruled Friday in a landmark immigration case. The territory's Court of Final Appeal said Beijing was violating the constitutional rights of emigrants with Hong Kong ancestry by insisting on its own screening process. China requires people to gain exit permits before they move out.
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January 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
China's top immigration official has been detained for questioning in a $10-billion smuggling scandal, government sources said. Xu Ganlu, 37, is a protege of Li Jizhou, the vice minister of public security who, sources say, was detained last year on corruption charges linked to the scandal. Meanwhile, Lin Youfang, the wife of Beijing's Communist Party boss, Jia Qinglin, denied involvement in the scandal.
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May 25, 1990 | JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush made it clear Thursday that when it comes to linking human rights to most-favored-nation trade benefits, his Administration has two vastly different approaches: one for China and another for the Soviet Union. With China, the Administration considers these trade benefits to be largely a matter of economics, not politics.
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February 13, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Elsie Leung, Hong Kong's justice secretary, said Chinese officials she had met in Beijing told her that a controversial court ruling on immigration violated the territory's Basic Law and should be rectified. China has challenged the court ruling that opens the door to tens of thousands of potential immigrants from the mainland. Outraged Hong Kong politicians have accused Beijing of meddling.
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February 15, 1992 | GRETA BEIGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's Friday night and 17 emigres from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong are gathered in Monterey Park where, as members of the new West Coast Chamber Orchestra, they are rehearsing a varied repertory under the baton of Liu Dunnan. They plan to play some Bach and Grieg before getting down to their true mission: performing traditional Chinese music scored for chamber orchestra.
NEWS
May 22, 1990 | Associated Press
More than 200 scientists asked the Chinese government Monday to allow Fang Lizhi and his wife, Li Shuxian, to leave China and threatened to boycott scientific conferences there until the human rights activists are free to emigrate. The scientists, led by Soviet physicist Yuri Orlov, also urged the U.S. government to put more pressure on China to permit the two to leave their refuge at the U.S. Embassy without threat of arrest.
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October 26, 1989 | SARA FRITZ and JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The House voted Wednesday to suspend for three years the deportation of illegal immigrants from three nations recently torn by civil strife--China, El Salvador and Nicaragua. It is estimated by the government that there are as many as 800,000 Salvadoran immigrants, 200,000 Nicaraguans and 45,000 Chinese nationals currently living in the United States, either on temporary visas or illegally. About half of the immigrants from El Salvador are believed to be living in California.
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September 3, 1989 | DAVID HOLLEY, Times Staff Writer
The Chinese government has made a "preliminary decision" to reduce the number of graduate students sent for study abroad, an official newspaper reported Saturday. In place of the young graduate students, an increased number of older scholars will be sent overseas for shorter visits on non-degree programs and exchanges, according to He Dongchang, vice minister of the State Education Commission, who was quoted by the China Daily.
NEWS
October 10, 1989
China for the first time has refused to accept Chinese illegal immigrants being returned from Hong Kong, a Hong Kong government spokesman said. A total of 70 were scheduled to be repatriated to the neighboring Chinese province of Guandong, but Chinese officials refused to accept them at the border. The Hong Kong spokesman said that talks are being conducted on the incident. Under a 1982 accord, China has routinely accepted illegal immigrants returned by Hong Kong.
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December 21, 1989 | From The Washington Post
The Japanese government has announced it will begin repatriating Chinese "boat people" and said the first 301 will be sent back today. Foreign Ministry spokesman Taizo Watanabe said the 301 are among 1,668 Chinese who illegally entered Japan this year by posing as Vietnamese "boat people." Most came seeking employment in prosperous Japan and cannot be considered genuine political refugees, Japanese officials said.
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January 30, 1999 | From Associated Press
People with one parent from Hong Kong have the right to live in the territory and do not need permission from mainland China to do so, Hong Kong's highest court ruled Friday in a landmark immigration case. The territory's Court of Final Appeal said Beijing was violating the constitutional rights of emigrants with Hong Kong ancestry by insisting on its own screening process. China requires people to gain exit permits before they move out.
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October 23, 1995 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rocky shore and secluded coves of Fujian province have served for centuries as this nation's clandestine gateway to the West. More than 24 million overseas Chinese living in 50 countries began their voyages from here or neighboring Guangdong province on this southern coast. The Fujianese are China's wandering tribe--its Phoenicians, Vikings, Jews. Almost every household here has relatives living abroad.
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April 7, 1994 | From Associated Press
Federal agents have arrested 81 people in an investigation of a gang accused of smuggling Chinese people into this country and holding them for ransom. Agents said 63 people were taken into custody after a federal raid on a small three-bedroom home in Mitchellville, Md. Six others were seized at a Washington restaurant, and the FBI said 12 were detained in New York.
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July 23, 1993 | Reuters
Border police officers said Thursday that they have smashed the local branch of a Chinese ring known as "Snake's Head," which specializes in smuggling Chinese migrants into other countries for large sums. Police arrested 33 people in the Berlin area Wednesday, including the suspected ringleader, in an operation coordinated with police in Austria, Spain, France and Scandinavia. China has itself announced a clampdown on the smugglers, known there as "snake heads."
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June 13, 1993 | Marlowe Hood, Marlowe Hood is a writer living in New York. A visiting scholar at Columbia University's East Asia Institute, he was a correspondent in Beijing from 1985 to 1989
COMING TO AMERICA ONE DAY IN THE SUMMER OF 1991, WITHOUT WARNING OR EXPLANATION, Zhou Wei and Xiao Chen were released from an Immigration and Naturalization Service prison in Texas. They had no money, no food and no idea where they were or how to contact the relatives in New York City they had never met. And it was pouring. The two men, both just shy of 21, were overwhelmed with joy.
NEWS
June 10, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
China said it wants to cooperate with other nations to keep Chinese from illegally entering other countries, a statement from the Foreign Ministry said. U.S. officials had called for international action to stem immigrant smuggling after a refugee-laden freighter grounded Sunday off New York City. The freighter carried nearly 300 illegal Chinese immigrants, and six of them died jumping into the sea.
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August 4, 1990 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thriving but illicit sea contacts with Taiwan led to a tragedy last month that took the lives of 25 people being forcibly repatriated to the Chinese mainland, the official New China News Agency reported Friday. The 25 victims died from suffocation or lack of water after being confined inside two small cabins of their mainland fishing boat that was towed from Taiwan to waters near the Fujian province coast, the news agency said.
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June 10, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
China said it wants to cooperate with other nations to keep Chinese from illegally entering other countries, a statement from the Foreign Ministry said. U.S. officials had called for international action to stem immigrant smuggling after a refugee-laden freighter grounded Sunday off New York City. The freighter carried nearly 300 illegal Chinese immigrants, and six of them died jumping into the sea.
NEWS
February 11, 1993 | SUSAN ESSOYAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When U.S. Coast Guardsmen boarded the freighter East Wood, drifting without power in the Pacific last week, they found more than 500 Chinese would-be immigrants who had survived five weeks stowed in cargo holds with no toilets and little sustenance. The Coast Guard, which is now escorting the ship to the Marshall Islands, heard a strange tale from crew members. They said the ship had been hijacked by pirates who brought the illegal immigrants aboard after the East Wood left Hong Kong Dec. 27.
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September 20, 1992 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 150 Chinese nationals paid as much as $30,000 apiece to endure a horror-filled, 43-day boat trip to what they thought would be new homes in America, according to federal officials in Los Angeles who are investigating the alleged illegal-immigration scheme. Traveling under the care of "enforcers" who strictly rationed food and water, the immigrants were sometimes beaten, kicked and threatened before their 70-foot fishing vessel sank Sept.
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