Why Does China Want Expat Names?

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Ronald Reagan

And though the word count varies by language, the idea remains the same.

Beginning in November, China will be undertaking its most comprehensive census ever. And this time, it will include expats/foreigners. I have already received three emails asking me what this is going to mean for those in China illegally and my response is that I do not know, but that it cannot be good. Though the questioning will be to calculate who is in China, I do not have any confidence the information recorded will not also be used for other purposes, including, potentially, removing those in the country illegally.

What do you think?

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