Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

5 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Sihanoukville Chinese invasion sends expats packing

The Chinese invasion of Sihanoukville feels like a rape of Cambodia’s culture and history. Once upon a time in a land far away, a beachside town was home not only to its local residents but also to expatriates of all shapes, sizes and nationalities, drawn by its charm and friendliness as well as its history as a favourite summer holiday destination for city folk from Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. Sadly, fast-forwarding to 2019 reveals a totally different story due to the ambitions of a totally different neighbouring country....
2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Thailand visa renewals by Scandinavian expats are shrinking

Numbers of Nordic expatriates in Thailand on business, in retirement or with Thai families are shrinking fast, according to a local English language online newspaper. According to reports based on info from the Thai Immigration Authority, the numbers of expats from Scandinavia looking to renew their visas has fallen by 10 per cent, the first decline since 2007. Should the rate of decline continue, by the end of this year there will be just 861 expatriates of Scandinavian origin still living in the country. The figures back up other...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Technology for expat digital nomads in Vietnam

Vietnam is becoming ever more popular for digital nomads, but what happens when their devices break down? Nowadays, laptops, smartphones and their screens, keyboards, mice, cables, voltage adapters and the entire paraphernalia of internet access don’t last like they used to, and reliable internet speeds are rarely found outside first world countries. In the popular digital nomad hub of Vietnam, the above applies in spades, as most of the available kit is Chinese knock-off copies with predictably brief lives. Another issue driving...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Cyprus property market now exclusively for ultra-rich expats buying into citizenship

Official monthly reports show Cyprus real estate is booming. The housing market in Cyprus would seem to be enjoying a spurt in the right direction after a drop in sales earlier this year. Cyprus has been a favourite British expat destination for several decades, with its long-established foreign community living, working and retiring on the historic Mediterranean island. This year, it seems to be more popular than ever, with property sales across the entire region up by 60 per cent on last year’s figures. Of all the purchase...
17 Jun at 6 PM 2019

US navy veteran wrongly accused of financial crime in China

In August last year, US navy veteran Derrick Keller was arrested just after he and his wife had arrived in Bangkok as tourists. He was accused of running a Ponzi scheme which caused investors to lose millions of dollars, but has strenuously denied the charge. Originally from Texas, Derrick, his wife and their two children moved to China in 2015 after his wife was offered a position as lead dance instructor at the Shenzhen Dance Academy. Whilst his wife continued with her career, Derrick took a few odd jobs, coached a baseball team and...
14 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Kiwi female expat in Hong Kong determined to keep protesting

A female expat from New Zealand is in the front line of the massive Hong Kong protests as she feels Kiwis are especially at risk from the proposed extradition law. Tarsh Smyth has been living and working as an English teacher in Hong Kong for the past year, and decided to join in the protest as she feels New Zealanders may be at more risk from the new law than expatriates from other world countries. The controversial law, at present being debated in Hong Kong’s parliament, would allow the government to extradite expats as well as...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Canadian pundits expect expat exodus from Hong Kong

As the Hong Kong protests against China’s extradition bill continue, China watchers in Canada are predicting an expat exodus. At the present time, some 300,000 Canadian expats are living and working in Hong Kong and are becoming increasingly worried about China’s long-term intent for the colony. The extradition bill would seem to have been a step too far for Hong Kong’s population in general, bringing a million onto the streets in protest. It’s being assumed that orders from Beijing provoked the Hong Kong government’s...
11 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Kampot concerned about Chinese military intentions

Just as Cambodia becomes more popular as an expat destination, concerns over the possibility of a Chinese military base is causing genuine concern amongst foreign communities. In spite of assurances from the Chinese Defence Minister, expats on the ground in various popular regions are putting two and two together and distrusting Chinese reassurances. Social media reports on a so-called Chinese-financed eco-tourism development in coastal Koh Kong province are suggesting it’s actually a military naval base in disguise. It seems...
10 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Irish expat couple in Oz facing deportation due to son’s illness

An Irish expat couple who first emigrated to Australia 10 years ago are about to be deported because their three-year old son has cystic fibrosis. Anthony and Christine Hyde came to Australia in 2009 and settled in Seymour, Victoria, where their son Darragh was born. At the time of his diagnosis of cystic fibrosis, the couple were applying for permanent residency, but were refused as his potential treatment would represent a burden for the state’s taxpayers. His parents appealed the decision, with a hearing last month finding the...
28 May at 6 PM 2019

Reasons to start a blog as an expat in China

Blogging is a great way to record your daily expat grind and its highs and lows as well as keeping track of things to do and things you’ve done. Starting a blog isn’t rocket science, but it can be obsessive, especially if you’ve just arrived in your new expat destination and would love your friends back in the home country to read about the good, the bad and the not yet discovered. Blogging is especially fascinating if it covers arrival, settling in and the process of becoming an expat in a country as fascinating as China,...