I wonder if the Chinese communist authorities factored in the amount of international media coverage they’d get by not allowing Anastasia Lin, the winner of Miss World Canada, to attend the beauty competition’s final on Hainan Island, China.
Probably not, and if you’re a China watcher, then you would have seen her plight sure did gain plenty of media attention.
But, still, maybe the Chinese regime would even prefer that outcome instead of having Lin advocating for human rights and freedom inside China proper itself.
Here is Lin’s Miss World Canada 2015 contestant introduction:
You can add to the mix the fact that the Chinese-Canadian is also a practitioner of the Falun Gong spiritual practice, which has been brutally persecuted in China since 1999 by the communist authorities.
The current situation that the 25-year-old actress finds herself in now is that she didn’t — unlike all the other contestants — get an invitation by the Chinese host to be a part of the final. That makes her unable to apply for a visa to attend the event, which is being held on December 19.
“Your government has failed to issue her an invitation letter, effectively withholding the visa Ms. Lin needs to travel to China, and thus barring her from attending the Miss World competition,” read the letter, which ends by demanding that the Chinese regime abandons attempts to intimidate her family members.
That’s mainly in reference to Lin’s father, who was initially very proud that his daughter has won the Miss World Canada title, but within days was forced by Chinese state security to ask his daughter to halt her advocacy or he would sever contact with her.
Lin refused to be intimidated into silence or to be manipulated.
In one of her most recent interviews, Lin was asked by a BBC radio journalist that if she was to attend the final event in China, would she speak as freely about human rights?
“I’m going to participate in a beauty pageant, so I will do things with rationality and peacefully, but I will not self-censor,” Lin told the BBC.
To understand what Lin will not self-censor herself about, see this episode of China Uncensored below on the persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual practice by the Chinese Communist Party: