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Washington Post correspondent in China Gerry Shih assaulted for walking with Caucasian European

Gerry Shih, a China-based correspondent for the Washington Post, was assaulted on a Beijing street for "walking with a Caucasian European," according to a Tweet he posted on November 29. The assailants allegedly shouted at them: "F*** your American embassy!"




In recent years the Chinese Communist regime has intensified its anti-foreign rhetoric as Xi Jinping has sought to consolidate the power of the Party and rid China of perceived "foreign influence".

Foreigners in China have been targeted by the government and anti-foreign sentiment has been enouraged.

This year arrests and deportations of foreign teachers in China have increased amid a government campaign to promote "patriotic education."

An increasing number of foreign nationals has been detained by the authorities over the last few years, including American, Canadian, Japanese and Australian citizens, as well as about 150 Taiwanese.

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