Ethnic Chinese activists march in a pro-China demonstration on the streets of Sydney in August. Photo: AFP Ethnic Chinese activists march in a pro-China demonstration on the streets of Sydney in August. Photo: AFP
Ethnic Chinese activists march in a pro-China demonstration on the streets of Sydney in August. Photo: AFP
Wu Xiaoan
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Wu Xiaoan

Huaren or huaqiao? Beijing respects the difference and is not coercing foreigners to toe its line

  • Beijing has taken great care to tailor distinct policies for both its citizens overseas and Chinese descendants of foreign nationality
  • The former are subject to China’s domestic policies while the latter come under foreign affairs, and Beijing is careful not to blur the distinction

Ethnic Chinese activists march in a pro-China demonstration on the streets of Sydney in August. Photo: AFP Ethnic Chinese activists march in a pro-China demonstration on the streets of Sydney in August. Photo: AFP
Ethnic Chinese activists march in a pro-China demonstration on the streets of Sydney in August. Photo: AFP
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Wu Xiaoan

Wu Xiaoan

Wu Xiaoan is a professor of history at Peking University and director of its Centre for the Study of Chinese Overseas.