U.S. Urges ‘Increased Caution’ When Visiting China

By Anna Breuer on 3 January 2019
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A panda at the Chengdu Panda Base

A panda at the Chengdu Panda Base

The U.S. Department of State updated on Thursday its warning about travel to China, urging Americans to “exercise increased caution,” citing the “arbitrary enforcement of local laws and as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nations.”

The State Department first issued a “Level 2” warning for China last year. There are four levels of warning and Level 4 is “Do Not Travel” to the specified country.

The agency is also concerned about “exit bans” under which the Chinese government has prohibited U.S. citizens from leaving the country, sometimes for years. The reason behind these exit bans, it said, is to lure people back to China from abroad and to compel Americans to take part in Chinese investigations.

The warning does not extend to Hong Kong, which is a special administrative region in China.

“In most cases, U.S. citizens only become aware of the exit ban when they attempt to depart China, and there is no method to find out how long the ban may continue. U.S. citizens under exit bans have been harassed and threatened,” the warning said.

In recent weeks, the State Department issued Level 2 warnings for Belgium, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, citing an increase in terror activities.

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