Chinese businessmen stranded in Myanmar lament: the country does not want to take us home

Burmese military police stand guard on a road in Yangon on March 19.

The situation in Myanmar continues to deteriorate, and gunfire can be heard from Time to time in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, in broad daylight. Last weekend, several Chinese-owned factories were vandalized by unknown persons. However, Chinese Communist Party officials have so far not only failed to start the evacuation plan, but also demanded stricter anti-Epidemic testing. Local Chinese businessmen lament that the country does not want to take us Home.

Chinese businessmen find it difficult to return home

On the evening of March 14, a number of Chinese and Taiwan-invested enterprises were vandalized and burned in Yangon’s Ledaya Industrial Zone, and the Burmese military government then declared martial law in six areas of Yangon.

Mr. Chen, a Chinese businessman who has been operating import and export trade in Yangon for more than a decade, told Free Asia, “I’m afraid the bloodiest day is yet to come, and now the situation is getting more and more wrong.” “This time the military is killing like hell, and the younger generation of Burmese protesters, they are not about to back down.”

To escape the gunfire and fighting, Mr. Chen has now retreated to a friend’s home on the outskirts of Myitkyina, Burma. He described Yangon as a tidal wave of retreat, and he worried that the military would further embark on a “major cleansing operation”.

But at this critical moment, the Chinese government has not yet released its decision to evacuate. The new regulations, which came into effect on February 24, require “double negative certificates” for nucleic acid and IgM antibodies, as well as proof that the Chinese company and project personnel have completed 14 days of “closed-loop quarantine management. The company must also provide proof of completion of the 14-day “quarantine and closed-loop management”.

Yangon residents wait to withdraw money from an ATM on March 18.

Burmese military police on a blocked street on March 17.

The Myanmar-China Business Chamber of Commerce told Free Asia that for assistance related to evacuation, “we do not have a unified process, you have to ask the airline yourself”.

A check of Air China’s website showed that the nearest flight from Yangon to Beijing was on March 21.

Mr. Chen said, “Even if you grab a ticket, you may not be able to go. Now the hospitals in Yangon are full of injured people, it takes luck to do (nucleic acid) testing, and the embassy has come up with new rules.”

Taiwan rescues expatriates

Compared to the Chinese Communist government’s delayed prevarication in rescue operations, the Taiwanese authorities have been much quicker in rescuing the expatriates. Taiwan’s first “rescue flight” was flown by China Airlines on Feb. 21, picking up 82 passengers from Yangon that day, one of whom was a mainlander.

According to Taiwanese media reports, 28 passengers were unable to obtain a nucleic acid test (PCR) certificate before boarding the plane because some hospitals in Myanmar were closed, and Taiwan’s CDC took a flexible approach by allowing 28 people to enter the country first and then conduct the test later.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Myanmar also issued an announcement that China Airlines had also arranged two “rescue flights” from Yangon to Taiwan in March.

At the end of the Chinese movie “War Wolf II”, there is a scene that says, “Chinese Passport, can take you home from anywhere. In response, Mr. Chen said helplessly, “Of course the movie is just a movie, you still take it seriously?”

In fact, since the outbreak of the Chinese Communist Party virus last year, Chinese citizens overseas have faced the helplessness of having a hard time getting home.