China’s disappeared: Some of the people who vanished at the hands of the Chinese state in 2018

Canadian citizens, a famous actress, a security insider and a student Marxist disappeared in China this year

CBC News
Date: Dec 30, 2018
By: The Associated Press

Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig briefly disappeared this month before it was revealed they were taken into custody by Chinese officials. The two men’s detention followed the arrest and detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou by Canadian authorities. (Associated Press/ International Crisis Group/Canadian Press)

It’s not uncommon for individuals who speak out against the government to disappear in China, but the scope of the “disappeared” has expanded since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2013.

Not only dissidents and activists, but also high-level officials, Marxists, foreigners and even a movie star — people who never publicly opposed the ruling Communist Party — have been whisked away by police to unknown destinations.

China accuses Canada of having ‘different’ human rights standards when it comes to Meng Wanzhou arrest
The widening dragnet throws into stark relief the lengths to which Xi’s administration is willing to go to maintain its control and authority.    [FULL  STORY]