Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

20 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Fake news causes expat panic in Nanjing

Expats in Nanjing and along the East Coast are in a state of panic due to fake news on an internet chat room. An article on Expatlife’s WeChat page has caused expats living in Nanjing to panic in case the restrictions described were true. Rumourmongering targeting China’s expat communities is a fairly new phenomenon, but it’s always hard to define what’s true and what’s false in China. The WeChat page quickly went viral with its extreme claims of action against foreign residents in the region, with expats in various, sectors...
19 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Decline in disposable incomes causing expat concern

Relocation is often seen as the answer to stagnant wages and stalled career opportunities, but expat professionals nowadays are often struggling to make ends meet. For several decades, accepting relocation overseas was synonymous with a vast increase in salary, a luxury lifestyle and a boost in career prospects. Nowadays, worldwide economic instability and fewer opportunities in desirable locations are causing concerns about diminishing salaries, fewer benefits and the rising costs of living in the majority of expat hubs. Expat...
13 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expat dog rescue charity in Spain finds homes for abandoned pets

A group of female expats in Alhama de Granada are working hard to find new homes for abandoned dogs in their area. One shock for dog-loving expats is to find the citizens of their new country don’t exactly mirror the attachment Brits have for their furry family members. Caring for dogs as an important part of our lives is the norm in the UK, whereas in Europe and especially in Asia the issue can be controversial, to say the least. It’s not easy to ignore the fact that dogs’ lives aren’t considered important, that they can be...
16 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Violent American wrecks British family dream of living in Spain

A British family planning to move to Spain for a better quality of life have reversed their decision after being attacked in Marbella by a maniacal American expat wielding a baseball bat. Property developer Julian Higgins, his Chinese wife Lydia and their two children Leo and Jasmine were all set to move to a new, more peaceful life somewhere on Spain’s Costa del Sol. Having noted the increasing spiral of violence in London, the couple decided the best way to keep their children safe and happy was to leave the UK, settle in Spain and...
7 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Australian PM plans evacuation for Oz expats in Asia

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is planning to evacuate 200,000 Australian expats living and working in Asia should the threat of war become imminent. Australia’s federal government is closely monitoring the escalating tensions between North Korea and the USA and is planning a mass evacuation of 200,000 Australian expats working and living in Asia. The Australian PM is urging all Oz expats in South Korea, Japan and China to register their names and addresses with his government’s Smart Traveller website in order to be...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Expats in South Korea believe nuclear threat is smoke and mirrors

As international tension caused by the war of words between Trump and Kim Jong Un escalates, expats in South Korea are still refusing to panic. The vast majority of foreign residents in South Korea’s capital Seoul are staying calm as tensions between the North and the USA escalate, with most believing they’ve heard it all before. Most believe the chance of large scale military conflict is minimal, despite Trump’s rhetoric and Kim Jon Un’s replies. Even Sunday’s massive earthquake and aftershock, caused by a hydrogen bomb...
4 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Cambodia English language newspaper closed down for political reasons

Expats in Cambodia are mourning the politically motivated loss of the English language Cambodia Daily newspaper. The demise of the Cambodia Daily comes after 24 years of publishing English language news, views and opinions aimed at the country’s expat community. As with many such media outlets, it was never a financial success but spurned fake news and became much-loved for its service to the foreign community in Cambodia. The country’s ruler, PM Hun Sen, isn’t known as a fan of either freedom of the press or free speech in...
7 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Mongolia mining sector boom spurs luxury developments for expat professionals

Expat professionals in the mining sector are flocking to Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, fuelling demand for high quality apartments. Due to vastly increased financial commitments by international mining conglomerates, Ulaanbaatar is becoming the latest boom-town destination for expat professionals in the sector. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and during the last 10 years, Mongolia’s capital city has witnessed seemingly endless boom-bust scenarios of frantic construction followed by stark recession, but the present...
2 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Russia and China crack down on VPNs and social media sites

In yet another crackdown on internet freedom, both China and Russia are banning the use of VPNs. The hundreds of thousands of expats in Russia and China who use virtual private networks for business, to ensure reliable internet access or to keep in contact with their friends and family back home on social media are about to be banned from using the efficient services. The bad news was broken via popular Express VPN, used by tourists, business visitors and expats to access social media and ensure a stable internet connection....
1 Aug at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand on the up as a preferred expat destination

Traditionally, New Zealand has always welcomed large numbers of expats looking to start a new life, with British expats making up a strong percentage of its annual arrival statistics. A recent analysis of the country’s immigration data has revealed a five per cent increase in arrivals for the 12 months from June 2016. Out of the total of 131,400, leaving aside the 25 per cent comprising New Zealand citizens returning from overseas, the trend in immigration is still on the up. Australia continued to be the largest source of arrivals,...