Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

China warns citizens against travelling to US

China warns citizens against travelling to US

"Recently, U.S. law enforcement agencies have repeatedly harassed Chinese citizens visiting the United States through exit and entry inspections, door-to-door interviews and other means", state-run China Central Television reported Tuesday, citing the foreign ministry.

The move comes as the trade war between the two countries continues to heat up, with U.S. companies ending all business with telecommunications giant Huawei after legislation meant companies needed permission to do deals.

Chinese tourists are urged to learn about the public security situation and related laws and regulations of tourist destinations, to raise their safety awareness and step up precautions to stay safe.

In a separate warning, China's foreign ministry said U.S. law enforcement agencies have "repeatedly" used methods such as immigration and on-site interviews to "harass" Chinese citizens in the US.

"China would not have done so were it not necessary", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters Tuesday.

The two advisories come just a day after the Chinese Ministry of Education warned Washington had begun restricting visa access to the country for Chinese students.

Chinese visitors to the USA, including tourists and global students, contribute more money to the US economy than any other group of foreign travelers, spending $36.4 billion a year ago, according to the National Tourism and Travel Office. In an apparent response, the Chinese regime said it would create an "unreliable entity list" of foreign companies, individuals, and organizations that harm Chinese businesses.

Last week, China was preparing to respond to the US's decision to blacklist Huawei, according to the editor of one of the country's state media outlets.

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.

"We welcome Chinese students and scholars to the United States to conduct legitimate academic activities", a State Department spokeswoman said.

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".

China on Sunday issued a government policy paper on the U.S.

The US Treasury says the "United States is disappointed" that China has pursued what it perceives to be a "blame game" that misrepresents the negotiations. "That, I believe, is what a responsible government should do".

The statement posted on the USTR website accused Beijing of "unfair trade practices" that it said have cost the USA hundreds of billions of dollars and accused Beijing of pursuing "a blame game".

"The trade war has not made America great again", said the paper, adding that tariff measures have ballooned production costs for U.S. companies, made goods in the United States more expensive, and hit USA exporters to China.

Trump has said he will meet President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Osaka at the end of the month, though China has not confirmed the meeting.

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