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Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photos: Courtesy of Frances Hui

Pro-democracy activists who fled Hong Kong after the passage of its harsh national security law are being careful to avoid travel to countries that might send them back at China's request, activist Frances Hui told me in an interview.

Why it matters: China's growing extraterritorial reach means that even leaving China can't guarantee safety for those targeted by Beijing.

Driving the news: Activists disrupted the Olympic torch-lighting ceremony in Greece last week, denouncing China's repressive policies in Xinjiang and Tibet.

  • Hui is part of a China human rights coalition that held a press conference the next day in Athens. But Hui, who is now living in the U.S., didn't travel to Greece for the event because the country has an extradition treaty with China.

What she's saying: "Every time when I’m looking at foreign countries to visit, I would always look at which places are safer to go."

  • Off the list: Any country that still has an extradition treaty with Hong Kong or China, and any country viewed as "close to China," Hui said, such as Singapore or Thailand.

The big picture: Hong Kong, once known for its fair judicial system and well-protected rule of law, previously had extradition treaties with numerous democratic countries around the world that did not have similar treaties with China.

  • But after the national security law gave China sweeping law enforcement powers in Hong Kong — and explicitly stated the law applied to prohibited activity occurring anywhere in the world — numerous countries suspended their treaties with the city, though some treaties remain in force, including in Portugal and the Czech Republic.
  • Numerous EU countries also have extradition treaties with China, including Belgium, Italy and France.

Go deeper: With new security law, China outlaws global activism

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JPMorgan CEO walks back joke about Chinese Communist Party

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon in Paris in June 2021. Photo: Michel Euler/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon walked back a recent critique of the Chinese Communist Party on Wednesday, saying he regrets joking that the bank will outlast the party in China.

Driving the news: Speaking at the Boston College Chief Executives Club Tuesday, Dimon noted that JPMorgan's Chinese operations and the CCP were both celebrating their 100th year anniversary in 2021 and said he would bet that the bank would outlive the party, according to Bloomberg.

Mar 18, 2020 - World

Timeline: The early days of China's coronavirus outbreak and cover-up

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios Photos: Stringer/Getty Images, Feature China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images, Peng/Xinhua via Getty via Getty Images

Axios has compiled a timeline of the earliest weeks of the coronavirus outbreak in China, highlighting when the cover-up started and ended — and showing how, during that time, the virus already started spreading around the world, including to the United States.

Why it matters: A study published in March indicated that if Chinese authorities had acted three weeks earlier than they did, the number of coronavirus cases could have been reduced by 95% and its geographic spread limited.

GOP courts anti-vaxxers with jobless aid

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Republican officials around the country are testing a creative mechanism to build loyalty with unvaccinated Americans while undermining Biden administration mandates: unemployment benefits.

Driving the news: Florida, Iowa, Kansas and Tennessee have changed their unemployment insurance rules to allow workers who are fired or quit over vaccine mandates to receive benefits.