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Chinese Police Detain 60 North Korean Asylum Seekers - 2004-10-27


Chinese authorities are reported to have detained at least 60 people, believed to be North Korean asylum seekers, in a raid on two houses in Beijing.

Two South Korean activists who were helping the asylum seekers were among those detained in the raid Wednesday.

The detentions come amid a surge in North Korean asylum bids. Tuesday, China criticized foreign embassies and diplomatic missions for giving shelter to North Korean asylum-seekers.

Hundreds of North Koreans have broken into foreign embassies and consulates in China in recent years.

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