|Wang Jingyu and Wu Huan
(Netherlands—May 17, 2022) The Chinese Chongqing refugees Wang Jingyu and his wife, who applied for political asylum in the Netherlands, have successfully obtained residence permits. Wang Jingyu expressed his gratitude to ChinaAid Association and its founder and president Bob Fu.
On April 12, Wang Jingyu informed ChinaAid that he had just received a notice that the Dutch Immigration Service had officially granted him and his wife residence permits. “I would like to thank Rev. Bob Fu and ChinaAid Association for dispatching emergency rescue teams several times to save us from danger,” Wang Jingyu said.
Wang Jingyu condemned those who spread rumors and slandered Rev. Bob Fu for no reason and said that “they will eventually bear legal responsibility.”
“In the process of helping me, Rev. Bob Fu gave his all and exhausted all efforts, and I am deeply moved. Especially when I was just beginning the application process for asylum, Rev. Fu talked to me every day and cared greatly about the situation! There is no such thing as receiving financial benefits to rescue people. Those people, who have no acquaintance with Rev. Fu, fabricated rumors for no reason and carried out unprovoked attacks and smears with ulterior motives,” Mr. Wang continued.
On April 6 of last year, Wang Jingyu was arrested by Dubai Police without probable cause while transiting at Dubai International Airport. He was arbitrarily thrown into a local prison and faced the threat of deportation to China. Wang Jingyu insists that the Chinese regime colluded with the Dubai Police and manipulated the situation.
Wang Jingyu, a native of Chongqing, China, raised questions regarding the facts behind the Sino-Indian border dispute during an overseas trip. Chinese authorities then subsequently threatened him to self-surrender within a specific time frame. When Dubai Police detained Wang Jingyu, Chinese diplomats in the United Arab Emirates tried three times to force him to sign a document to get the United Arab Emirates to deport him. Wang Jingyu refused to sign the document.
ChinaAid Association then made known Wang Jingyu’s situation to the United States. Under pressure from the U.S. authorities, the United Arab Emirates then let go of Wang Jingyu. On May 27, 2021, Wang Jingyu’s head was covered in a hood by the Dubai Police, and his hands and legs were cuffed in the transfer to another prison. The next day, he was taken to the airport wearing a prison uniform; authorities had confiscated his wallet, laptop, and other personal items. He was then put on a flight to Istanbul.
During his time in Turkey, Wang Jingyu was still faced with the risk of being deported to China. His passport was stolen while he was out for a meal. Mr. Wang claimed that Chinese agents hired a hotel attendant to steal his passport. Pressured by the media exposure of Wang Jingyu’s story, the hotel returned his passport privately.
From the end of May to the beginning of June, Ms. Wu Huan, Wang Jingyu’s fiancée who went to Dubai in an attempt to rescue Mr. Wang, was detained by the CCP authorities in the United Arab Emirates in a “black prison” somewhere in Dubai set up by the Chinese government. The “black hands” of the CCP “tied her up with plastic handcuffs and took her to an illegal prison converted from a villa to keep her in detention.”
The torture and illegal detention of Wu Huan by the Chinese Consulate in Dubai continued until June 8, 2021. Wu Huan was on the verge of a mental breakdown, and she went on a hunger strike for several days. Under the organization and coordination of Rev. Bob Fu, a rescue team arrived in the United Arab Emirates on June 8, and Wang Jingyu was rescued from Turkey on June 9. On June 11, Mr. Wang’s wife, Wu Huan, escaped from Dubai and was reunited with Wang Jingyu in Ukraine.
On July 19, ChinaAid Association organized a special rescue team that flew from Texas to Ukraine. On the same day, the Chinese authorities sent an email to Wang Jingyu, coercing him to sign the China-Ukrainian extradition agreement concerning him.
Under the emergency rescue efforts of ChinaAid and Freedom Seekers International, Wang Jingyu and Wu Huan were successfully transferred to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where they applied for asylum. However, in early August, Wang Jingyu and Wu Huan were suddenly detained in isolation and asked to withdraw their asylum applications. On August 9, through the assistance of Rev. Bob Fu, Wang Jingyu urgently sought the attention of the international community. Dr. Bob Fu. disclosed that a Dutch refugee protection NGO (Vluchtelingen Werk Nederland) had requested Wang Jingyu and Wu Huan to sign a document in Dutch. The document was a request to withdraw their refugee applications in the Netherlands, which Wang Jingyu and Wu Huan refused to sign.
The stories of Wang Jingyu and Wu Huan’s escape underscore the CCP’s extensive global reach; as it seeks to expand its domestic form of tyranny abroad, repatriating and punishing Chinese residents living overseas. This poses a serious threat to other States’ sovereignty, national security, and judicial independence.
~Gao Zhensai, Special Correspondent of ChinaAid
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