State Department has issued a warning to the US citizens traveling to China to exercise increase caution accusing Beijing of "arbitrary enforcement of local laws."
The new advisory says that China could use 'exit bans' to make Americans participate in 'investigations.'
U.S. State Department issues travel advisory for China, warning citizens to 'exercise increased caution ... due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals.' pic.twitter.com/skYYpFQ1O3
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The alert also states that Chinese authorities might deny citizens access to US consular services, or subject detainees to “prolonged interrogations and extended detention.” They suggest that sending electronic messages which criticize the Chinese government could be enough to provoke detention or deportation.
The US authorities recommend people carry their passports with them at all times, register their trip with the government’s smart travel program.
The advisory comes amid increased tensions between Washington and Beijing over trade and after a China detained two Canadian nationals following the arrest of a top executive of Huawei in Vancouver at US's request.
The US State Department introduced a color-coded, four-level travel warning system in 2018. Level 1 advises travelers to “exercise normal precautions,” and applies to countries like Austria, Belgium and Estonia. Level 2 recommends travelers “exercise increased caution,” as is the case with China. Level three asks Americans to “reconsider travel” to countries like Haiti and Pakistan, while Level 4 simply warns “do not travel,” and applies to 11 countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, and North Korea.'
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