In the News – China eases repatriating policy
South Korean government ministries say they have received no confirmation China has stopped, at least temporarily, repatriating North Koreans.
A Japanese newspaper, Yomiuri, says an unnamed Chinese official in Liaoning province told its reporter such forced returns of North Koreans to their home country had stopped.
The newspaper says the suspension reflects China’s displeasure with North Korea for the controversial rocket launch.
Ahead of the launch, China permitted five North Korean defectors to leave for South Korea. The North Koreans had long been holed up in South Korea’s Embassy in Beijing to avoid arrest.
South Korea and international rights groups have called on China to alter its policy, saying those sent back to North Korea face retribution, possibly including death sentences.
The two Koreas have no diplomatic relations. They technically remain at war as they never signed a peace treaty following a devastating three-year conflict in the early 1950s.
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