United States warns citizens about China travel risks

United States warns citizens about China travel risks

That is something all Canadian travellers to China ought to be doing, says the boss of one of the imprisoned Canadians.

August 22: A NY court issues a warrant for the arrest of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.

"China always welcomes foreign citizens, including US citizens, to visit China, and protects their security and legal rights, including freedom of entry and exit", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told a press briefing.

They were barred from leaving China in November.

December 7: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada's envoy to China has briefed Chinese officials about Meng's case.

Cooper acknowledged there was discussion about whether the trip would go ahead given the current tensions, until the leader of the delegation, Liberal Sen. Michael Kovrig, who was on leave from Global Affairs Canada, and entrepreneur Michael Spavor. "Quite frankly, if there were safety issues or if it was deemed to not be beneficial, then we wouldn't be going".

The US State Department issued a warning to Americans thinking of travelling to China that they could face "coercive" exit bans employed by Beijing as the countries continue to face off over trade, the Financial Times reports.

Canada has called the detentions "deeply concerning" and "arbitrary", and demanded the immediate release of the two men.

Chinese government officials are saying it's not "convenient" to discuss the alleged national security threats - this while the Huawei CFO is treated like royalty here in comparison. "China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained Huawei executive. or face grave consequences that the Canadian side should be held accountable for", the assistant minister, Le Yucheng, says in a statement. She declines to comment on suggestions from analysts and former diplomats that China will likely retaliate by jailing Canadians. Kovrig and Spavor remain in custody.

Beijing has only given vague details about the detention of the two Canadians, and hasn't drawn a direct link to Meng's arrest.

China's chief prosecutor, Zhang Jun, told a separate briefing Thursday that "without a doubt" Kovrig and Spavor broke the country's laws and are being investigated.

December 1: Canadian authorities arrest Meng at Vancouver's airport while she is en route from Hong Kong to Mexico, after an extradition request from the Americans. She has been released on bail and is living in an upscale Vancouver home in advance of her extradition hearing.

In comparison, there are nearly 900 Canadians in a similar situation in the United States, the official added.

Malley says the detentions undermine China's recent efforts to bill itself as open for business.

"It's not advancing any objective other than the goal of further raising doubts about China's reliability as a country that's going to follow the rule of law".

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