30 Apr '17, 12am

China's 'one big family' policy raises concerns

China's 'one big family' policy raises concerns

When Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a new economic strategy - One Belt, One Road (Obor) - in late 2013, he did so hot on the heels of a big change in Beijing's policy towards all foreigners of Chinese descent. From 2000, Beijing began blurring its distinction between huaqiao, or mainland Chinese living overseas, and huaren, or those of Chinese origin who were born or settled overseas, by lumping both together as one big China family. This recent blurring is a source of pride for some huaren, especially the elderly among them, who like the thought of being in the fold of a now-strong China. To such huaren, Jakarta-born Singaporean academic Leo Suryadinata says: "I think they should not dream and think, 'Wow, China is there to protect us immediately'. The ethnic Chinese overseas can be safe only if they know how to protect themselves." Beijing's apparent change of he...

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