The 17th CPC Congress started today in Beijing and instead of writing about who is going to be the successor to Hu Jintao — lots of other people are already doing that. Instead I’d like to draw your attention to two interesting blog posts about the crackdown on foreigners who overstay their visas in the run-up to the Congress.
Jonathan Ansfield outlines the sometimes colorful stories of people who overstay their visas whereas Josh Gartner outlines his problems of harassment by his local PSB in Beijing — even though he’s here legally.
I don’t know if I agree with the methods the PSBs used. But I’ve — so far — never encountered a problem with my local PSB in Shanghai. I haven’t overstayed my visa and my office helps me to renew my visa since I am here with a work permit, so I’ve never missed renewing either.
I hope I stay problem free.