Asylum-seekers, from left, Dong Junming, Li Mingwei, Li Shaojun, Song Zhiyu, Li Yusheng, Li Xiaolong, Gu Qiao, Li Weimin and Zhang Wei pose in front of the yacht they used in a failed attempt to reach New Zealand from Thailand. Photo: AP Asylum-seekers, from left, Dong Junming, Li Mingwei, Li Shaojun, Song Zhiyu, Li Yusheng, Li Xiaolong, Gu Qiao, Li Weimin and Zhang Wei pose in front of the yacht they used in a failed attempt to reach New Zealand from Thailand. Photo: AP
Asylum-seekers, from left, Dong Junming, Li Mingwei, Li Shaojun, Song Zhiyu, Li Yusheng, Li Xiaolong, Gu Qiao, Li Weimin and Zhang Wei pose in front of the yacht they used in a failed attempt to reach New Zealand from Thailand. Photo: AP

Fearful of China's reach abroad, dissidents try risky voyage

Asylum seekers languish in poverty and fear in Thailand, not knowing who to trust nor when they can be interviewed by UN refugee officials

Asylum-seekers, from left, Dong Junming, Li Mingwei, Li Shaojun, Song Zhiyu, Li Yusheng, Li Xiaolong, Gu Qiao, Li Weimin and Zhang Wei pose in front of the yacht they used in a failed attempt to reach New Zealand from Thailand. Photo: AP Asylum-seekers, from left, Dong Junming, Li Mingwei, Li Shaojun, Song Zhiyu, Li Yusheng, Li Xiaolong, Gu Qiao, Li Weimin and Zhang Wei pose in front of the yacht they used in a failed attempt to reach New Zealand from Thailand. Photo: AP
Asylum-seekers, from left, Dong Junming, Li Mingwei, Li Shaojun, Song Zhiyu, Li Yusheng, Li Xiaolong, Gu Qiao, Li Weimin and Zhang Wei pose in front of the yacht they used in a failed attempt to reach New Zealand from Thailand. Photo: AP
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