Chinese officials bar Miss World Canada from flight to Hainan pageant

Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada

Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada

Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada, has been prevented from boarding a flight from Hong Kong to Sanya, Hainan, to attend the Miss World pageant, the AP reports.

Lin had not received the necessary letter of invitation from Chinese immigration authorities to obtain her visa, but she attempted to fly in China anyway. Hong Kong is administered separately from the mainland and does not require visas for Canadian citizens.

The preliminary activities of the pageant began Monday.

Lin, a follower of Falun Gong spirituality, is an outspoken critic of China’s poor human rights record. The Beijing government considers Falun Gong a dangerous cult, and has banned the organization within China.

The 25-year-old theater student was born in China, but emigrated to Canada with her mother at age 13. Her father still lives near Changsha, Hunan.

More details at The Guardian.

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