Why ‘insecure superpower’ China barred Miss World Canada from the pageant

  • A China-born Canadian bet to Miss World gets barred from boarding the plane that would have taken her to China
  • An embassy official tells her she will not be granted visa upon arrival in China
  • But Anastasia Lin says her outspoken advocacy against human rights abuses may have been the reason

Canada’s bet to the Miss World pageant, Anastasia Lin, was barred from boarding the plane that would have taken her to China where the finals was held this week.

The 25-year-old China-born Canadian was denied permission to board the connecting flight in Hong Kong to the city of Sanya, Hainan after a Chinese official informed her on the phone she won’t be granted visa upon arrival.

But Lin said her outspoken advocacy against religious freedom repression and human rights violation in China may have played a big part in the move to deny her entry into the communist country.

Visa denied

Lin, an actress and a trained classical pianist, was declared the winner in this year’s Miss World Canada last May and was supposed to represent the country in the month-long pageant.

However, she had been denied a visa; weeks leading into the finals.

Determined, Lin packed up her bags and designer clothes and boarded a flight to Hong Kong; hoping to sneak into China on the merit that she is a Canadian citizen. She was wrong, however.

“I have every right to be at that event. It’s kind of sad. I mean, I’m just an acting student and a beauty queen. What could they possibly be so afraid of?” she told The New York Times in a phone interview. (Click here to read more)


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