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Teenager’s reunion with birth parents in China ends in tragedy

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A Chinese teenager appears to have taken his own life after the story that he was sold as a baby by his birth parents and recently reunited with them went viral.

Liu Xuezhou, 17, was found dead early Monday on a beach by local authorities in Sanya city, southern China’s Hainan province, according to Chinese newspaper The Paper.

Liu, a trainee teacher from Shijiazhuang city in northeastern Hebei province, posted a video in early December calling for help in finding his biological parents, who he said sold him to his adoptive parents. in 2005.

His story quickly went viral and two weeks later he tracked down his biological father, Ding Shuangquan, with the help of police and DNA evidence.

Authorities in Datong City, Shaanxi Province, arranged for a meeting between Liu and Ding on Dec. 26.

Two weeks later, Liu met her biological mother, identified only by her surname, Zhang, in a separate location.

The couple had separated and both had new families, according to The Beijing News.

Liu posted images of the two meetings on Douyin, as TikTok in China. He described both meetings as “happy”.

But things quickly turned sour.

Screenshots posted to Liu’s Douyin account last Monday showed Zhang blocked him on WeChat, a popular messaging app in China.

In a separate message, he said, Ding had refused to let him into his home because he feared his wife would divorce. “Don’t you think about how your own son survived for over 10 years,” he said.

Two days later, Zhang told the Beijing News that Liu borrowed money from them to travel and repeatedly asked them to buy him a house in Hebei, which they could not afford.

Liu quickly denied the allegations in a post on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, saying they left him “speechless”.

“When did I ask you to buy a house in Hebei?… Please don’t deliberately choose words to make yourself blameless,” he wrote.

The story has divided opinion on Chinese social media, with some backing his parents and others saying he deserves support.

Neither Ding nor Zhang could be reached for comment.

It’s unclear how many children are being sold in China, but a traditional preference for male children and the draconian one-child policy, in place for 36 years until its end in 2015, had fueled a market black for baby boys.

Reuniting abducted children with their birth parents has become increasingly common in China, after authorities set up a dedicated task force to identify missing children in 2016.

Before her body was found on Monday, Liu posted a lengthy note on her Weibo account. He said he was inspired to find his birth parents after seeing footage of a tearful reunion between a father and his long-lost son in Shenzhen last month.

But then his post quickly took a darker turn.

“I was born worthless, when I came back I still found nothing,” he wrote.

He said his adoptive parents died in a fireworks accident when he was 4 and alleged he was sexually abused by a teacher as a child.

“The sun shines on the sea. I belong to the sky and the sea. Here I end my life, I will bring with me the most beautiful view of this world,” he wrote.

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