USA issues new China travel warning amid heightened tensions

China insists detained Canadians ‘without a doubt’ broke security laws

China insists detained Canadians ‘without a doubt’ broke security laws

The US Department of State is urging those traveling to China to "exercise increased caution", warning that US citizens could be prevented from leaving China due to its "coercive" use of exit bans. "Chinese nationals." However, it expanded upon the potential risks posed to United States citizens by the country's exit bans.

The latest advice also warns of "special restrictions" on those who hold dual US-Chinese citizenship.

The guidance warned that authorities in Beijing have used so-called "exit bans" to keep US citizens from leaving China, sometimes holding them "for years".

"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 State Department advisory read.

"Security personnel may detain and/or deport United States citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the Chinese government", it continued.

According to the warning, United States citizens subject to the exit bans rarely know of the restriction until the moment they attempt to leave, and such citizens have been harassed, threatened and detained without access to consular services.

Additionally, the State Department warned extra security measures, such as security checks and increased levels of police presence, are common in the Xinjiang Uighur and Tibet autonomous regions and authorities may impose curfews and travel restrictions on short notice.




The advisory noted China doesn't recognize dual nationality and U.S.

"US citizens may be detained without access to. consular services or information about their alleged crime", the advisory reads.

China last month detained two Canadians, a former diplomat and a businessman, on charges of activities that 'endanger China's security'.

It also adds that U.S. citizens have been detained for years and subjected to harassment while under an exit ban.

Travelers to China should enter with a United States passport or valid Chinese visa and keep it at hand.

A Level 1 advisory asks the "Exercise of Normal Precautions.' Level 3 on the advisor rankings is 'Reconsider Travel" and the highest Level 4, 'Do Not Travel, ' is reserved for nations in chaos like Yemen or Syria, or adversarial nations to the U.S. like Iran or North Korea.

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