China issues US travel alert warning of official harassment

Larry Hoffman
June 6, 2019

In an unusual move, China on Tuesday issued a travel alert for its citizens visiting the U.S., warning them of harassment and public security issues in the country as bilateral ties touched a new low amid a spiralling trade war.

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in one alert that USA authorities had used customs inspections and drop-in interviews to harass Chinese nationals.

Beijing on Tuesday issued a travel alert for Chinese citizens planning to travel to the U.S., warning them of frequent shootings, robberies and thefts.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters that the United States was "singing the same old tune", and urged Washington to read China's white papers and stop telling itself it is infallible.

But 2018 also marked the first decline in Chinese tourists in 15 years due, in part, to the recent spike in tensions between Washington and Beijing.

He said China had issued a similar warning to students and scholars.

China has issued a pair of travel warnings for the United States, warning its citizens that they could be subjected to police harassment and fall victim to criminals.

China issued a pair of travel warnings for the USA on Tuesday and slammed what it called "interference" in its internal affairs.

Beijing has issued a travel warning to citizens planning to visit the U.S., amid complaints that trade war tensions have seen Washington using its powers to "harass" Chinese travelers.

"It's irresponsible for the USA to smear China".

China's state-run Global times has published accounts from several Chinese academics saying their 10-year visas to the U.S. were canceled, with officials citing concerns about links to Chinese intelligence.

China on Monday warned students and academics on the "risk" of studying in the United States, citing an uptick in visa denials and delays.

It said, "President Trump is committed to taking action to address the unfair trade practices that China has engaged in for decades, which have contributed to persistent and unsustainable trade deficits".

With trade talks stalled, the dispute has intensified in recent weeks with US President Donald Trump imposing fresh tariffs on imports from China and moving to blacklist Chinese tech titan Huawei over national security concerns.

The United States can not use pressure to force a trade deal on China, a senior Chinese official and trade negotiator said on Sunday, refusing to be drawn on whether the leaders of the two countries would meet at the G20 summit to bash out an agreement.

The white paper cited three instances of the USA backtracking on its commitments, adding that Washington was reponsible for setbacks in the talks.

After U.S. officials accused the communist regime of backtracking on commitments negotiated over months of trade talks, Beijing hit back, increasing tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods.

Chinese and American delegations are expected to meet for potential talks during the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan late this month.

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