1988: Peking Opera Crew Defected and Sought Asylum in the United States

The White House.

'It’s the responsibility of China to live up to its own obligations to maintain a safe environment for all athletes at these Games. The world will be watching. But we leave it up to individuals. We certainly support the right to peaceful protest,' said White House press secretary Jen Psaki. (Image: via The White House)

China Arrests Hong Kong Activist Who Sought Asylum at US Embassy

Activist Tony Chung.

Tony Chung has been arrested on charges of secession. (Image: via Wikimedia Commons)