Canada's Miss World entrant, Anastasia Lin, has been refused permission to enter China to compete in the beauty pageant, apparently in retaliation for her comments on the country's human rights record.
Lin, a Chinese-born Canadian citizen, told CNBC that she had flown from Canada to Hong Kong but was not allowed to board another plane to Sanya island in China's Hainan Province.
The Miss World pageant is being held on Sanya, a Chinese tourist hotspot that Lin said had a visa system that differed from that of the mainland.
"I have every right to be there to represent my country," she said. "Because Hainan is a special island ... upon arrival we are eligible to receive a landing visa, so that's what I was trying to do."