November 4 2019
On Oct. 24, 39 irregular immigrants were found dead in the container of a truck in Essex, UK. Apparently victims of a human trafficking network, the deceased were initially identified as Chinese nationals. Upon further investigation, it became clear that they were Vietnamese holding fake Chinese passports given to them by their traffickers.
China is struggling to keep up its traditional foreign policy principles on issues that may carry implications for its domestic politics. Its stance on Turkey's military operation in Syria is a case in point.