One in three death cases reported about Chinese nationals abroad have occurred in North America, according to analysis by Beijing-based Legal Evening News, making it ‘the most dangerous’ destination for Chinese.
According to the study, around 233 Chinese died abroad in 491 incidents reported by Chinese press last year ranging from car accidents to robberies (it was not specified if the reports included local ethnic Chinese). One-third of these incidents happened in North America.
Cases like that of the “Chinese-looking” 20-year-old student from northeastern India who was killed in New Delhi earlier this week have led to concern among Chinese tourists and emigrants who fear that they might be targeted abroad.
SCMP expands on the findings:
Some 60 per cent of reported incidents involved some form of violence, the report said. Car accidents remain the single highest reason for casualties, resulting in 80 deaths in 52 reported accidents. In 24 of these accidents, the victims were crossing a street.
While the number of incidents is more than two times higher in North America compared to Asia, the latter accounted for most deaths last year. Last year, 92 were reported, according to the Beijing paper, followed by 23 in Europe and 20 in Oceania. Only 16 deaths were reported in Africa, 65 per cent of which occurred in South Africa.
The number of mainland travelers planning to go abroad is predicted to go up to 200 million in 2020, and two out of three of the travelers surveyed said they expected to travel overseas.
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