USA issues China travel advisory amid increased tensions

USA issues China travel advisory amid increased tensions

USA issues China travel advisory amid increased tensions

December 8: Canada's ambassador to China, John McCallum, is summoned to a meeting with China's assistant foreign minister so the country can register complaints about Meng's arrest. Meng's case comes up during a meeting between Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with the two agreeing that no politics be injected into the extradition process.

Kovrig, a former diplomat and Spavor, a businessman, has been detained last month in Beijing by its authority over the suspicion of endangered Chinese national security. The arrests are widely viewed as Chinese retaliation for Canada's arrest of high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer, by the RCMP in Vancouver at the request of the United States.

"Of course, foreign citizens in China should also respect and abide by Chinese laws", Lu said. A source familiar with the conditions of Kovrig's detention says he is questioned three times a day and kept in a room with the lights on continuously. "Chinese nationals", CNN reported.

From January to November 2018, 2.3 million people traveled from the United States to China, said the spokesperson, adding that this meant 70 out of every 10,000 Americans visited China.

"But they know this as well as I do", he said.

"I and the other members of the delegation will engage with Chinese officials in as constructive way as possible, with the obvious objective of seeing these two Canadians returned safely and as soon as possible", Cooper said.

"So it's very hard to imagine that it's anything that he was doing or the organization was doing that triggered China's unhappiness". This really stands in absolute flagrant contrast to that message, and it can't be good for China.


Earlier Thursday, a Chinese government spokesman said it was not "convenient" to discuss the allegations against Kovrig and Spavor despite an assertion by the country's top prosecutor that they broke the law.

December 10: Chinese authorities arrest two Canadian men.

The new advisory warns of so-called exit bans which prohibit foreign citizens from leaving China.

China on Friday rebutted a U.S.travel advisory that urges American nationals to "exercise increased caution" when travelling in the Communist Party-ruled country. Cooper said that, if there were concerns about safety, the group would not be going. Michael Kovrig, who was on leave from Global Affairs Canada, and entrepreneur Michael Spavor.

According to the association's page on the Parliament of Canada website, the delegation will be visiting Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong.

Canada has called the detentions "deeply concerning" and "arbitrary", and demanded the immediate release of the two men.

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