Anastasia did not procure a visa but flew to China to participate in the pageant to which she has been denied travel to the venue.
Anastasia Lin, the winner of the Canadian Miss World contest made her travels to China to participate in the final contest for the title in Sanya on the southern Chinese resort island of Hainan. There was however a problem with Lin’s travel plans to China. She was travelling without a visa.
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The beauty queen is a Canadian-Chinese citizen. She recently spoke out on Chinese unfair treatment of the religion that she and her family practices, Falun Gong, a religious group that says it is repressed in China.
Her father was recently abused for practicing the religion and Lin said that he has spoken very formally on the phone with her. She testified at a U.S. congressional hearing on religious persecution in China in July.
When denied for a visa to the country, Lin opted to travel under the rule that allows Canadian citizens to obtain a landing visa upon arrival in Sanya. She made her travels to the international city of Hong Kong.
It was upon reaching there that Lin found out that she was a persona non grata which meant that she was not welcome in the country anymore. Not only was she not welcome anymore, she was not able to travel further to Sanya to participate in the competition.
Lin herself is furious. She urged the media to ask Beijing whether if they would keep barring everyone who had a different opinion. She said that the Chinese authorities were not considering the future events that could be held in China and face detriment because of conservative Chinese policies.
She said that she was a part of the new world and new generation so she would not give up on hope that things will change in her homeland.
"There's no comment from the Chinese embassy ... so I realize that's the tactics they're using, they just want to let it die down," said Lin, who was wheeling a silver suitcase and dressed in a long brown trench coat.
"It's very difficult to stand up for what you believe in," she said, adding: "I need to figure out what to do next."
The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa said that Lin was not welcome in China, Reuters reported today via a Canadian newspaper.
"China does not allow any persona non grata to come to China," Yundong Yang, an embassy spokesman, told the Globe and Mail. "I simply do not understand why some people pay special attention to this matter and have raised it repeatedly."
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The pageant’s authorities issued a statement saying that they were surprised about why Lin had not been granted a visa. They invited the 25 years old beauty queen to participate in the pageant next year.