Lawyer Wang Yu’s Son Blocked Again From Leaving China

China Change, November 13, 2017




Today in Tianjin, lawyer Wang Yu’s 18-year-old son Bao Zhuoxuan (包卓轩) was again blocked from leaving China. He was due to fly to Tokyo. The border control in Tianjing told him and his parents that he is “a national security threat,” and mutilated his passport on spot (see photo above).

According to Wang Yu, her son has passed IELTS and is awaiting admission from the University of Melbourne. 

On July 9, 2015, Bao Zhuoxuan, on route to Australia to study, was stopped and detained in Beijing Capital Airport along with his father who accompanied him. That same night, his mother was abducted from home, marking the beginning of the 709 Crackdown.

The community of Chinese human rights lawyers responded to Bao Zhuoxuan’s situation  with anger. Wang Yu says she is not going to be silent anymore on the future of her son.

Over the past two years, this young man has endured detention, beating, harassment, house arrest, and disruption of schooling, all because he is Wang Yu’s son. When he was allowed to resume high school hundreds miles away from home, his classroom was surveilled with three cameras, according to Wang Yu.

Wang Yu’s account of her 709 ordeal is included in a book that just came out on Amazon. China Change will be publishing an excerpt momentarily.

China Change calls on the diplomatic community in Beijing to respond, helping Bao Zhuoxuan realize his plans to study abroad. Such barbaric, inhumane behaviors against an innocent child should not be tolerated.




Teen bound for Melbourne school stranded after Chinese authorities arrest parents, The Sydney Morning Herald, August 2, 2015.

Bao Zhuoxuan, Son of Detained Rights Lawyer, Is Said to Disappear in Myanmar, The New York Times, October 9, 2015.

Bao Zhuoxuan, teenage son of Chinese rights lawyer, back under surveillance in China, The Sydney Morning Herald, October 12, 2015.

No way out for Bao: US chides China detention of lawyer’s son, The Christian Science Monitor, October 18, 2015.

China’s long and punishing arm, Washington Post editorial, October 18, 2015.


4 responses to “Lawyer Wang Yu’s Son Blocked Again From Leaving China”

  1. Marcia says:

    I don’t think any news report can more successfully convey the duplicity with which the CCP operates than this one. There in black and white, at the top of Bao Zhuoxuan’s passport, the People’s Republic of China’s explicitly requests foreign governments to allow the bearer free passage and assistance in case of need. And there below, in the passport’s mutilation, we see the PRC’s contempt for the very liberties it is requesting other countries to honour.

    When an increasingly assertive and globally dominant government has become this flagrant in its insincerity and abuse of power, it really is time for the rest of world to wake up and recognize they have a problem they need to deal with.

  2. Marcia says:

    edit: “the People’s Republic of China explicitly…”

  3. China Change says:

    China Blocks Son of Human Rights Lawyer From Leaving Country

  4. Renton says:

    I live in Seattle, WA and i have been studying this problem for a while now and i understand that the police arrested him because of his mothers problems, but i dont understand why they are chasing and going after his mother.

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