2003 Photo Contest, Spot News, 1st prize

Tomohisa Kato

Kyodo News

08 May, 2002

Chinese police grapple with a North Korean woman at the gate to the Japanese consulate, as her daughter looks on. The family of five were attempting to seek political asylum at the consulate in May, in order to be able to move to South Korea. China is bound by treaty with North Korea to repatriate asylum seekers, who are regarded as traitors, but it has sometimes granted them passage to Seoul via third countries. This incident caused some diplomatic tension between the governments concerned. After being held by the Chinese authorities for two weeks, the family was released and allowed to go to South Korea.

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Tomohisa Kato

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