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Chinese tourist spends 12 days in German refugee center after mistakenly submitting an asylum application instead of a stolen goods report

Red Cross official blamed German bureaucracy for the failure to communicate with the man, who spoke only Mandarin. The error was discovered after 12 days with help from a translation app and an interpreter at a Chinese restaurant.
1 year ago
Sky Canaves
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.
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