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Chinese Communist Party officials have been accused of using a crackdown on drug abuse to target foreigners for eviction.
Since it relaxed trade and migration restrictions China has seen a growing drugs problem, particularly through artificial drugs like a crystal meth which are they claim are being imported with the help of European and American contacts.
In a bid to crack down on the abuse, the party has ordered random drug tests in bars and clubs that were carried out in major cities including the capital Beijing in recent weeks.
An Australian journalist who was present during one of the raids tweeted that he had been forced to provide a urine sample which was then tested instantly.
Stephen McDonell, an Australian Broadcasting Corporation correspondent, said that those who failed the test had been taken away, and he added that the police seem to be particularly interested in targeting the foreign guests at the "2 Kolegas" bar in Beijing. He later tweeted that one foreigner who failed the urine drug test had by the next day been taken home to get their things and deported.
There are also reports that in order to qualify for a visa in future, foreign expatriates will also have to undergo a drug test.
China has admitted having around 12 million registered drug users but that the real number is probably far larger, with crystal meth usage rapidly increasing particularly among Chinese youth.
But the fear among ex-patriots is that the battle against the drug dealers might turn into an anti-foreigner witch hunt, being used as a way of evicting people who are often seen as subversive elements in the communist state.
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