Criminal Chinaman Drives Jet Ski Hundreds of Miles Across Open Ocean to South Korea

Jet skis are awesome.

This individual is clearly insane, and certainly involved in various criminal activities beyond simple “dissent.”

However – driving a jet ski hundreds of miles across open ocean is pretty sweet.

Some might take issue with calling the Yellow Sea “open ocean.”


In the actual “open ocean,” he wouldn’t be able to refuel, even if he could somehow control the craft.

This is by far the most hardcore thing I’ve ever heard of anyone doing on a jet ski.

NBC News:

A jet ski rider who has been detained since washing up on South Korea’s coast is believed to be a Chinese dissident who feared for his safety and fled by crossing hundreds of miles of sea, trailing barrels of fuel behind him.

The coast guard in the western South Korean port city of Incheon said in a statement Sunday that a Chinese man in his 30s tried to illegally enter the country Aug. 16 by riding a jet ski from the Shandong area of China, an eastern province that lies around 200 miles away across the Yellow Sea.

He was detained and being investigated for breaching immigration law, the statement said.

The coast guard quoted the man as saying that he left China on his own jet ski, wearing a life vest and a helmet, and carrying a navigator and binoculars. The man also carried five fuel containers, weighing 25 liters (about 6.6 gallons) each, according to the statement, tying them to the jet ski to make sure he had enough fuel to reach South Korea.

The agency said it had to rescue the man from the muddy shore in Incheon late at night after getting a request from the South Korean navy to track a jet ski stuck in the area.

The man, who lived in South Korea before, had visited the Incheon area several times, the statement added.

His name has not been released by South Korean authorities, and official statements have referred to him as “Mr. A.”

The coast guard told NBC News by phone Wednesday that he had been handed to Incheon police authorities the previous day.

Lee Dae-seon, a pro-democracy activist based in South Korea, identified the man as a Chinese dissident called Kwon Pyong.

He told NBC News that Kwon had been trying to leave China ever since the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in 2019.

This whole idea of there not being any “dissent” in China is misguided.

Probably, the Chinese value free speech a lot less than white people, as a general matter. That said, China has a lot more free speech than white countries, and the things you are not allowed to say are enumerated clearly. You can compare that to the United States, where the speech laws are utterly opaque, and prosecutions for speech crimes come in the form of persecutions based on hoaxes.

You may take a glance at this writer’s experience as an example of what happens when you speak out against the US regime. I have been totally smeared by a mass campaign, accused of all sorts of things, and so on and on.

In China, you really have to be advocating for the overthrow of the government to fall afoul of their speech rules. You’re allowed to disagree with government policy. And even if you are agitating for the overthrow of the government, it’s unlikely anything will even happen to you, other than something with your social credit score maybe. Laws in Asia are rarely enforced in a serious manner (though Xi has tried to make “the law” something more solid, China will never have “law” in the sense we think about it in the West).

My guess would be that this guy was involved in other criminal activity, and then claimed he was being persecuted for his politics. This is the case with Steve Bannon’s backer, Guo Wengui – he was involved in all of this corruption and fraud, and wanted for these crimes, and then said he was a political dissident. Of course, he could claim the same thing that US dissidents claim: that he’s wrongly persecuted for fake crimes under false pretenses. But that would make less sense in China, given that it is actually against the law to agitate for overthrowing the government, so the Chinese government could just charge him with that, rather than invent a pretext.

In general, China is much freer than the US. That is simply a matter of fact. Nowhere has absolute freedom, because absolute freedom necessarily impinges on the freedoms of others. So it’s a matter of where you draw the line. The line can be in several different places, I think. There are various systems that work, and that allow for freedom.

Here’s the bottom line: you know a tyranny when you see it, and the United States is a tyranny. Western European countries are tyrannies. China is not a tyranny.

Still, I think this guy definitely just broke a world record on his jet ski trip, and he deserves props for that.