The Chinese Foreign Minister, Huang Hua, arrived in Hong Kong on Friday (3 October) to discuss the Chinese refugee problem.
GV ZOOM INTO CU Hong Kong Airport
GV Chinese Foreign Minister, Huang Hua, arriving and escorted by Hong Kong Governor Maclehose and photographers (2 shots)
GV Motorcade leaves airport
CU I'VIEW With Maclehose speaking in English
GV Border area between China and Hong Kong
SV Illegal immigrants crossing barbed wire fence (2 shots)
SV Immigrants being captured by Gurkha soldiers
SV soldiers check border through infra-red night-sight telescope
SV Captured illegal immigrants being moved into truck by soldiers and driven away (4 shots)
GV Illegal immigrants being searched and sent back by lorry to Chines border (3 shots)
GV Trucks arrive at border where drivers change trucks with those returning and their trucks are driven on by Chinese military
AV Sea search by marine police showing shots of Chinese boats upside down in water
AV Body outstretched in water
MACLEHOSE: "But I think that the important thing to bear in mind is firstly that our own interceptive measures are improving all the time, I tried to make this point in my speech, and probably can be improved further. The Chinese are certainly doing more all the time and this can be improved further. But I don't think, at this point in time, one wants to focus on what we should do. The important thing after these talks is what we can both do together. And I think together we can solve this problem."
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Background: The Chinese Foreign Minister, Huang Hua, arrived in Hong Kong on Friday (3 October) to discuss the Chinese refugee problem. Nearly half a million Chinese have attempted to cross into Hong Kong in the past year.
SYNOPSIS: Foreign Minister Huang flew into Hong Kong for discussions on the problem with the Governor of the British Colony, Sir Murray Maclehse. The two men held brief talks but officials declined to disclose details.
Last week, Mr Huang held talks in London with the British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, and Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington. Those talks gave rise to speculation that Britain and China were discussing new tougher measures to try to curb the flood of illegal Chinese immigrants into Hong Kong. But officials were again unwilling to comment on the subject of the talks. In Hong Kong, Sir Murrary Machlehose has spoken about the increasing border problems.
More than one hundred thousand Chinese refugees successfully crossed into Hong Kong last year. And though a much greater number are apprehended by increased surveillance at the border areas, successful border crossings look like considerably increasing this year.
Figures indicate that only one in every five who attempts to leave China actually gets into the Colony. The Chinese arrested three people for every one picked up by a British. But even to keep matters as they are, Hong Kong had to deploy, every night, some one hundred and ninety Army patrols, 150 police road blocks, a fleet of thirty five small launches and three Naval craft, all supported by helicopters and spotter planes. And even this backup appears to be making little difference to the Chinese refugees resolve to enter, somehow, into Hong Kong. The situation appears to be deteriorating monthly. In August this year Hong Kong security guards arrested and repatriated over twelve thousand illegal entrants. This compares with only two thousand the same month last year.
The Hong Kong authorities still maintain that there would be less pressure on the borders if the Chinese government were to take a stronger line with illegal immigrants, such as these, after they have been tracked back to their homeland. One the Hong Kong and Chinese derivers exchange vehicles at this point near the border the refugees are once again the responsibility of China. But Hong Kong wants its neighbour to increase prison sentences to deter others from attempting the trip.
Sea searches by the marine police show ample evidence of the considerable risks that, at present, don't deter the refugees.
It is estimated that thousands of Chinese disappear each year, unaccounted for, during their perilous trip in search of a new future.