China says U.S. travel advisory ‘cannot stand up to scrutiny’

China says U.S. travel advisory ‘cannot stand up to scrutiny’

China says U.S. travel advisory ‘cannot stand up to scrutiny’

Washington D.C., Jan 4: Amid escaltaing tensions, the United States Department of State has appealed to those traveling to China to exercise increased caution as they may be prohibited from exiting China due to the latter's coercive use of exit bans.

"People who do go to China, I'm hoping they will raise this with their interlocutors to make clear that it is hurting China's image in the world, and it's going to make it harder for some people who want to travel to China", Robert Malley, the Crisis Group's president and a former member of the US national security council under president Barack Obama, said in an interview Thursday. They could also face "prolonged interrogations and extended detention for reasons related to "state security".

In an official statement, spokesperson Guillaume Bérubé said: "We can confirm that at least eight have been released".

Kovrig and Spavor were detained shortly after Canadian police arrested Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer, on December 1 in Vancouver at the request of the United States. USA prosecutors have blamed her for misdirecting banks about transactions connected to Iran, putting the banks in danger of violating US sanctions.

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.

"The message from Global Affairs Canada. was that it would be better for us to go rather than to cancel", said Cooper.

Lu's briefing, posted in English translation to the ministry's website, was one of two cryptic Chinese government media events that deepened the mystery surrounding the arrests of Kovrig and Spavor.

The advisory also noted that China does not recognise dual nationality, and "U.S". Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she takes her "extradition responsibilities and obligations very seriously" and that the final decision on extraditions lies with her. Freeland warns any comments made in the United States could be used by Meng's lawyers before Canadian courts, which would have to judge their relevance in deciding whether to follow through on the American extradition request. "Chinese nationals", CNN reported.

The rights of foreign nationals in China have received renewed focus because of public concern over the fate of three United States citizens accused of committing "economic crimes" in the country.

"China's economy is facing some headwinds and so is going to want to attract businesspeople, is going to want to show it's open for normal business", he said. Since then two Canadian citizens have been detained by Chinese authorities, pending investigation.

Kang said: "We have said here that these two Canadian citizens are under investigation in accordance with law for engaging in activities that undermine China's national security".

While Meng has had full access to lawyers and is able to see her family, Kovrig is being denied legal representation, isn't allowed to see family, and is limited to one consular visit a month, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters. He said such figures could answer the question of whether China was safe for foreigners.

He reiterated Canada's call for the release of the two men.

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