U.S. issues new China travel warning amid detentions

Posted January 07, 2019

In an updated travel advisory, the department said Americans should "exercise increased caution" in China. The ban specifically targets U.S.

Travel to China is getting risky for USA citizens - especially those with dual U.S.

December 13: Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer accuses Trudeau of taking a "naive approach" to China, leaving Canada without "the leverage that we might otherwise have" to resolve the situation. 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.

"There is no doubt that the two Canadian citizens have violated China's laws and regulations", Zhang Jun, head of the Supreme People's Procuratorate, said Thursday during a briefing in Beijing.

Ms McIver, a teacher, has since been released and returned to Canada. The Washington Post on Thursday quoted experts struggling to read the signals from China, which has been unusually adamant and outspoken about prosecuting the two Canadians, but also seems determined to give them what passes for a fair trial in China, as opposed to the sinister "extralegal" methods it frequently employs in national security cases. Ambassador Lu Shaye has called Meng's detention "a miscarriage of justice" and said it has "no basis in global law".

"I think that we are in a completely different place than we were just a year ago when it comes to our aspirations for China", MacKay said.

China insists the detention of both men is not linked to Ms Meng's arrest, but many analysts believe it was a tit-for-tat action.

The new State Department warning also follows the arrest of several Chinese nationals in the U.S. on charges of espionage.

If the detention of the two Canadians is discussed while they are in China, the six parliamentarians have been advised to only say the two detained Canadians should have access to a lawyer, access to Canada's ambassador to China, and should the need arise, they should be provided medical care. The U.S. alleges Meng misled American banks in a bid to get around American sanctions on Iran.

The State Department has issued a number of level 2 travel advisories in recent weeks.

"I think there is undeniably a greater risk factor now for certain Canadians who are there and as we've seen with Mr. Korvig, Mr. [Spavor], that Canadians can be detained", MacKay said. "U.S. citizens may be subjected to prolonged interrogations and extended detention for reasons related to "state security".

Meng was released on a C$10m ($7.4m) bail on 11 December and is living in one of her two Vancouver homes as she fights extradition to the US.