The Daily Beast has this strange tale of a Chinese American businessman who found himself arrested by police in Guangdong province on (trumped-up? fake?) charges of being a Triad member:
But Wu’s American dream would soon become a Chinese nightmare. For years, he had been embroiled in a legal fight with a former Chinese police official who tried to steal Wu’s lucrative wholesale-produce market business in the southern province of Guangdong. After a decade of litigation, China’s supreme court ruled in Wu’s favor in February. Little did he know, Chinese law was again going to be used against him.
In June, Wu, 54, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested not far from the wholesale market, along with 40 other people who worked there, including janitors and security guards. As they led him away in handcuffs, the police made a shocking accusation: Wu was not just a successful businessman, but a member of a notorious Chinese mafia known as the Triads.
Torture follows. And why can’t the US Consulate do a single thing to help this American citizen?
And yet the terrible irony of this case is that Wu’s American citizenship offers him no protection because he entered China using his Hong Kong ID rather than his U.S. passport. That fateful decision has allowed the Chinese government to ban all access from U.S. consular officials, since China does not recognize dual-nationality.
Go give the article a read and see if you don’t also come away with more questions than answers.
U.S. Businessman’s Chinese Legal Nightmare Includes Torture, Lawyers Say (The Daily Beast)