1/ OMG. I flew Dubai-Beijing to get a flight to N-Korea only to be refused entrance to China “because you have Turkish stamps in your passport.”
2/ Clearly shows how worried China is about 1000s of Chinese jihadists (Uyghurs) who travel via Turkey to/from AlQaeda territory in N-Syria.
3/ Chinese- &Turkish presidents also discussed the topic of Al-Qaeda Uyghurs in N-Syria y’day during #BeltandRoadForum.
4/ EU nationals get 72-hrs visa-free access to China. Today I was to pick up my N-Korean press visa in Beijing &fly to Pyongyang on Tuesday.
5/ As I arrived at Beijing airport, customs checked my (Dutch) passport &asked: “Why you visited Turkey? Why you have Turkish stamps?”
6/ I explained to Chinese customs I visit Turkey often to do stories on refugees, political situation, etc. >
7/ I also explained I only would stay 40 hrs in Bejing (72-hrs visa-free allowed) and fly to Pyongyang. This is the only way to get to N-Korea.