PRC Embassy Warning to International Students
Australian Red Scarf (澳洲红领巾)
15 February 2018

The following is a translation of a WeChat (微信) post by Australian Red Scarf (澳洲红领巾), a media platform which covers Australian life style issues and interesting topics for international students:

“The consulates of China in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth) issued a letter of warning to all Chinese students studying abroad in Australia just yesterday!

The complete name is [2018 Warning No. 1 for Study Abroad ] and the entire text is as follows:

There have been numerous incidents of attacks on the persons and property of Chinese students studying abroad throughout Australia recently. All Chinese students studying abroad in Australia should be vigilant, strengthen risk prevention, and pay attention to their personal protection. If you encounter a dangerous situation please report it to the police immediately and promptly contact the Chinese embassy in Australia for assistance.

Pu Xiaojun, consul of the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney, also gave a speech on the frequent recent incidents of attacks on ethnic Chinese saying: “Australia has always given the impression of peace and democracy. However, the recent frequent series of violent incidents have seriously discredited this image. As a host country, Australia should provide effective protection and assistance to international students and Chinese ethnic groups.  It should effectively guarantee the protection of the persons and property of overseas students and ethnic Chinese.”

At the same time Pu Xiaojun also said that the Chinese government has always attached importance to the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens overseas and will provide Chinese citizens with consular protection. We hope that when anyone is in danger, they will first report to the police and promptly seek help from the consulate.

It is not without reason that the Embassy is so anxious!

First of all, the recent attacks overseas are really frequent.  As of today’s Chinese New Year’s Eve, a horrible shootout took place at a school in the northern hemisphere! It was directly aimed at student groups …..

Let’s take a closer look at the scene:

Today is Chinese New Year’s Eve, which should have been celebrated all over the whole world.  But instead there was a violent attack that shocked the world: a U.S. high school was wildly shot by a masked gunmen and 17 people were killed!”

Following this was a recap of several examples of violent or racist incidents involving Chinese international students in Australia.

[Note: There were copies of the embassy warning on the websites of each of the PRC consulates in Australia – Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth – as well as on the embassy website itself.  There were slight differences on each of the websites, some attributing the warning to the PRC Ministry of Education with an effective date for the warning until 14 May 2018. At time of publication, no official English translation of the warning had been posted on the websites of the PRC embassy or consulates].

Translation by: Chris R. Lanzit, NAATI Certified Professional Translator (Chinese-English), NAATI Practitioner ID: CPN0BC84W

Date of translation: 16 February 2018

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