Xi Jinping's reign of oppression in China has prompted a "great exodus" from the country. The latest data from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) shows that 613,000 Chinese nationals have applied for asylum since Mr Xi took control in 2012. WION's Palki Sharma said that Chinese people fear that "if you are deemed a threat to the regime, the state will go after you".
She continued: "The Chinese people are fleeing the country.
"They are seeking asylum in democratic nations. More than 600,000 Chinese citizens since Xi Jinping came to power. This is a great exodus.
"Xi Jinping has ruled over China with an iron fist.
"At least a million Uighur Muslims have been detained in mass jails, or what Beijing calls re-education camps."
The WION report revealed that "no-one is immune from the state's heavy hand, including billionaires".
This comes after Sun Dawu, who runs one of the country's largest private agricultural businesses, was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
The agricultural mogul was found guilty of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" - a charge often used against dissidents and activists.
The prominent Chinese billionaire's sentence marks just the latest in a string of punishments against outspoken corporate bosses.
Major technology companies including Alibaba, Didi, and Tencent also face investigations for a range of regulatory issues.
Between 2012 and 2020, the annual number of asylum-seekers from China rose from 15,362 to 107,864, per the UNHCR.
Ms Sharma also noted that the Chinese state was "tightening its grip on the tech sector" as part of its next phase in a "sweeping crackdown on Chinese citizens".