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  1. Zugzwang
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    30 Mar '17 21:311 edit
    Originally posted by twhitehead to Vivify
    So you do support discrimination by nationality? On what basis is it an 'unrealistic ideal'? The same sort of 'unrealistic ideal' as expecting China to treat North Korean refugees humanely? Or different in some way? Why are we discussing anything given that almost anything other than the status quo is an 'unrealistic ideal'?
    Although I may disagree with China's government, I note how easy it is for Westerners
    to condemn poorer non-Western societies for not welcoming many more non-Western
    refugees when wealthier Western societies tend to be unwilling to accept these refugees.
    (How many Syrian refugees has the USA welcomed? Extremely few.)

    http://thediplomat.com/2012/03/a-north-korean-refugee-dilemma/

    "A North Korean Refugee Dilemma"

    "“Of course, China won’t budge, because it does not want to create a dangerous precedent,”
    says Lankov, the professor. “Chinese authorities don’t want China to become an easy
    transit route for the North Korean refugees whose numbers will increase dramatically if
    the Chinese lifts numerous restrictions on their travel to the South. China generally
    turns a blind eye to the North Korean refugees, as long as they keep a low profile.
    But it does not want to make their transit too easy."

    That's a concise summary of China's position. Many Chinese may be sympathetic to
    North Korean refugees on an individual human level. China's authorities generally turn
    a blind eye toward North Korean refugees as long as they don't draw too much attention.
    But if China declared an 'open door' policy for North Korean refugees, then a flood of
    them would pour across the border and the DPRK regime could retaliate against China.
    (Would the USA declare an 'open door' policy for Mexicans? Of course not.)
    That's why China prefers *not* to make transit 'too easy' for North Korean refugees.
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