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Frozen accounts: Beijing urges Spain to protect legitimate rights of Chinese nationals

China on Monday urged Spain to take “effective measures” to ensure that the “legitimate rights” of Chinese citizens are not violated after reports emerged that Spanish banks have frozen accounts of thousands of Chinese citizens without prior notice.

“The Embassy of China in Spain has received complaints from Chinese citizens including students there that their bank accounts have been arbitrarily frozen. The Chinese Embassy has expressed its concern to the Spanish side and offered assistance to the relevant Chinese citizens within its scope of duties,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang told reporters in Beijing.

“A senior official from the Department of Consular Affairs of China's Foreign Ministry has also met with the Minister of the Spanish Embassy in Beijing to make representations over this matter,” he added.



Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang addresses a press conference in Beijing, February 18, 2019. /Photo via China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs




Geng reiterated that “the Chinese government attaches great importance to protecting the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens overseas and hopes that the Spanish side will take effective measures to earnestly guarantee the legitimate rights of Chinese citizens in Spain.”

The matter came to the fore last Friday after hundreds of furious Chinese citizens took to the streets in Madrid to protest against their accounts being frozen, accusing Spanish banks such as BBVA of indulging in “racism.”

The protesters complained that the bank, after arbitrarily blocking their accounts, told them that the action was taken under Spain's money laundering regulations. The Chinese nationals vehemently deny laundering money.



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Following the rare protest by Chinese nationals in Madrid, Chen Xiongfeng, deputy director-general of China's Department of Consular Affairs, on Friday summoned the Spanish envoy over the matter, as reported by CGTN.

Chen said he expected the Spanish embassy in Beijing to deliver the message to its government in Madrid that local authorities should not take discriminatory action against Chinese citizens and to maintain the friendship and business exchanges between the two countries.

The Spanish diplomat stated that Madrid is highly concerned about the matter while reiterating that Spain does not support law or policies that discriminate against Chinese citizens. He informed that Spain's foreign ministry has sought an explanation from the Central Bank of Spain and other related financial institutions over the concern raised by China.

(Cover: Chinese protesters carry flags and placards against Spanish bank BBVA in Madrid, Spain, February 15, 2019. /Reuters Photo)









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Post time 2019-2-20 16:10:24 |Display all floors
Why go to such a country for either business or study in the first place?

It is a place whose only 'glory' is the gold stolen from the Americas mostly in the 16th century, and then got slapped around by the Brits after the 1588 war with England.

It still owes China a lot of money -- I remember Premier Li Ke-qiang visited Madrid in the early 2010s and offering them loans when they were in a financial crisis.

I also remember there was a riot in which poor and destitute Spaniards burned warehouses where shoes imported from China were temporarily stored.

Spain nearly followed the steps of Greece and went bankrupt.

And now they have the temerity to close the accounts of thousands of Chinese nationals whose daily lives depended on the money in those accounts?

It's time for the Spaniards to repay the huge loans borrowed from Premier Li and unfreeze the accounts of the Chinese nationals, ore else we'll call on the spirits of Queen Elizabeth 1 and Walter Raleigh to return and deal them a fatal blow again.

What exactly is the cause that they dared to do this in the first place -- never heard of such treatment of bank account holders anywhere -- not even during the financial downturn of 2008.

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Post time 2019-2-20 16:16:33 |Display all floors
This is what happens to you when you appear weak as a nation.

We can go to the back of the Moon without too many problems, and we have DF 21 which can kill American aircraft carriers, and yet our overseas nationals are mistreated openly on the pretext of preventing money laundering.

If money can be 'laundered' by thousands of Chinese nationals including students, then it is no longer money laundering but misunderstanding of the banking policies of the Spanish government.

Would any Spaniard dare to do this to the Americans or the Russians?

You can answer that question yourself.

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Post time 2019-2-20 16:55:41 |Display all floors
Last time I go to spain there are many chinese.

So many restaurant and cheap item china shops

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Post time 2019-2-20 16:57:35 |Display all floors
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This post was edited by wchao37 at 2019-2-26 01:13

As we are muddling through the trade talks with Trump declaring his 'great respect' for our leader, we are witnessing the eerie spectacle of a pauper nation like Spain closing the accounts of thousands of Chinese nationals under the pretext of punishing money-launderers.

This is happening while Huawei is being pounded almost daily by the likes of Mike Pence and Pompeo while Meng -- Huawei's CFO -- is still under house arrest in Vancouver. Add this to the fact that Trump has been gloating over the progress of the trade talks while declaring his everlasting respect for our leader, and the aggregate actual display of total disrespect is worrisome to say the least.

Why go to a country like Spain for either business or study in the first place?

It's a place whose only 'glory' is the gold stolen from the Americas mostly in the 16th century, and then got slapped around by the Brits after the 1588 Spanish Armada war with England.

It still owes China a lot of money -- I remember Premier Li Ke-qiang visited Madrid in the early 2010s and offering them loans when they were in a financial crisis.

I also remember there was a riot in which poor and destitute Spaniards burned warehouses where shoes imported from China were temporarily stored.

At one time not too long ago Spain nearly followed the steps of Greece and went bankrupt.

And now they have the temerity to close the accounts of thousands of Chinese nationals whose daily lives depend on the hard-earned money in those accounts?

It's time for the Spaniards to repay the huge loans borrowed from Premier Li and unfreeze the accounts of the Chinese nationals, or else we'll call on the spirits of Queen Elizabeth 1 and Walter Raleigh to return and deal them a fatal blow again.

What exactly was the igniting cause that they dared to do this to us in the first place? -- I've never heard of such treatment of bank account holders anywhere -- not even during the financial downturn of 2008, except on suspicion of gross criminal misconduct like massive money laundering.

So this is what happens to you when you appear weak as a nation.

We can go to the back of the Moon without too many problems, and we have DF 21 or DF 26 which can wipe out American aircraft carriers, and yet our overseas nationals are mistreated and molested openly on the pretext of punishing money launderers by European pauper nations.

If money can be 'laundered' by thousands of Chinese nationals including students, then it is no longer money laundering but misunderstanding of the banking policies of the Spanish government.

Would any Spaniard dare to do this to the Americans or the Russians?

You can answer that question yourself.

Trump's insincere behavior is like that of a scoundrel who goes up to a man and repeatedly declares his great respect for him while simultaneously plotting to steal his wife from him.

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Post time 2019-2-21 00:11:20 |Display all floors
In a statement, it said it had frozen accounts to comply with measures to fight money-laundering, adding it was working to resolve the problem.   

Sounds about right, we have Chinese criminals in Canada. To launder their money from organized crime, the crooks use B.C. casinos.

A few were just rounded up.
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. Mark Twain

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