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Zhang Shuchi is a researcher and practitioner at Beijing Yilian Legal Aid and Research Center of Labor, a labour NGO in the Chinese capital. He is currently reading a masters in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex.

My Rights Have Been Left behind in Papua New Guinea: The Predicament of Chinese Overseas Workers

Increasing numbers of Chinese companies are sending employees abroad as part of China’s global push. Still, Chinese workers abroad often find themselves vulnerable. By tracking the case of one employee in a Chinese enterprise in Papua New Guinea, this essay reveals the plight of China’s relatively powerless overseas workers, an image that stands in stark contrast to the widespread depiction of an increasingly assertive and powerful Chinese global presence.

Beijing Evictions, a Winter’s Tale

In response to a deadly fire in a Beijing neighbourhood inhabited mostly by migrant workers, the authorities of the Chinese capital launched an unprecedented wave of evictions. Without any notice, migrants who often had spent years in the capital were told to leave their habitations and relocate elsewhere in the midst of the freezing north-China winter. While foreign media widely reported on the unfolding of the crisis, they often overlooked the outpouring of outrage in Chinese public discourse. This essay seeks to fill this gap.

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