State Department issues new China travel warning

05 January, 2019, 07:47 | Author: Kevin Carter
  • Diplomat Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were seized separately last month by China's spy agency

In its previous travel advisory for China issued on January 22 past year, the State Department urged Americans to "exercise increased caution" in the country because of "the arbitrary enforcement of local laws and special restrictions on dual U.S".

Its updated advice warns that U.S. citizens have been arbitrarily prevented from leaving the country.

The plight of two Canadians detained in China following the arrest of a Chinese tech mogul in Vancouver is "not on [the] agenda" for an upcoming parliamentary mission to Shanghai, says the senator heading the delegation - but "it may well come up". He added that he'd hoped to see the diplomatic friction between Ottawa and Beijing over detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig sorted out by now.

The State Department took a break from the federal government's shutdown to warn people who are planning to visit China that they may never be able to return home. All three are American citizens, as China doesn't recognize dual citizenship.

Victor and Cynthia Liu, who are the children of a fugitive businessman, and their mother, Sandra Han, have reportedly been detained since June.

"Chinese authorities have asserted broad authority to prohibit USA citizens from leaving China by using 'exit bans, ' sometimes keeping US citizens in China for years", the advisory said.

"I think it's important that they raise this case and that they make clear that China understands that even though they're going, others are not going, and over time, still others will decide not to go if they feel that the atmosphere and the environment in China is not safe for this kind of travel", Malley said in an interview. "Chinese nationals." The advisory seems to advise extra caution for those with dual nationality and USA citizens of Chinese heritage. They have only been granted limited access to Canadian consular services.

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"Frankly speaking, the travel advisory issued by the United States does not hold water", Lu said.

The first line of the advisory cites the "arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S".

The three family members, all American citizens, arrived in China in June under USA passports to visit the ailing father of Liu's wife.

A delegation of Canadian legislators is now en route to China to discuss the incarceration of Kovrig and Spavor, along with other factors in the strained relationship between Beijing and Ottawa.

She faces extradition to the USA to face fraud charges, which she denies, that are linked to allegations of avoiding United States sanctions on Iran.

We are learning more about the number of Canadians detained in China since the arrest of a tech executive in Vancouver last month.

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