Oh here we go again ...
Wait, I forgot, I was arrested and shot. ... and you would believe that too.
Since you've made this about you, do you still have Australian (or dual) citizenship? Still have an Australian passport? If your neighbor Mr Li gets hauled off, nobody from any foreign consulate will be there to bail him out, he just conveniently goes away. And he sure can't just leave the country when he pleases.
But, we'll just pretend things in the PRC are great for Mr Li.