Chinese embassy releases videos to protect people's safety and rights

Updated 2018-03-29 11:12:04

A screenshot of the guidance video series for Chinese people living in and visiting to Britain.

The Chinese embassy in the UK released a series of guidance videos for Chinese people living in and visiting to Britain in its latest drive to boost consular protection and raise Chinese people's awareness of safety and legal rights.

Increasingly close Sino-British relationship has seen a growing number of Chinese people visiting, living and studying in the UK.

Improved people to people exchange between the two countries saw the annual exchanges exceeded 1.5 million in 2017 alone, and more than 170,000 Chinese students now study in the UK's universities, colleges, and schools.

Safety and legal rights of these Chinese people in the UK is always on top of the embassy's agenda, said Liu Xiaoming, China's ambassador to the UK, who spoke ahead of a seminar, a parallel event with the guidance videos' debut.

The embassy's consular section received 639 reports or requests for assistance in 2017, involving more than 800 Chinese people, according to Fei Mingxing, minister counsellor and consul general at the Chinese embassy.

"Many of the issues involved can be resolved or even avoided if people have more information available and take more precaution", he said.

More than one-third of the reports are related to non-threatening issues such as stolen certificates, disputes or loss of contact with somebody.

The video, a series with four episodes, gives an all-round aggregation of the knowledge and information to Chinese people who are visiting and living in the UK.

Useful information in the videos cover almost all sectors of daily life in the UK, such as how to register at a police station, how to pay tax and get visas renewed, how to dodge the loopholes in securing trustworthy landlords and even how to buy credible used vehicles.

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