United States cautions travellers on China's 'coercive use of exit bans'

United States cautions travellers on China's 'coercive use of exit bans'

United States cautions travellers on China's 'coercive use of exit bans'

The U.S. has also renewed a travel advisory, quoting the Huawei case, warning China can use "arbitrary enforcement of local laws" and an "exit ban" to detain foreigners.

Ottawa has yet to update its travel advisory for Canadians heading to, or who are already in, China, though the current instruction is to "exercise a high degree of caution". "Chinese nationals", CNN reported.

"Frankly speaking, the travel advisory issued by the United States does not hold water", Lu said.

"At least" eight of those 13 had since been released, the Canadian government said in a statement, without disclosing what charges if any have been laid.

"Chinese authorities have asserted broad authority to prohibit USA citizens from leaving China by using 'exit bans, ' sometimes keeping US citizens in China for years".

It said that the Chinese government "uses exit bans coercively: To compel USA citizens to participate in Chinese government investigations, to lure individuals back to China from overseas and to aid Chinese authorities in resolving civil disputes in favour of Chinese parties".

The State Department warning suggested that USA citizens of Chinese descent face higher risks. Under Chinese criminal procedure law, special forms of detention and interrogation can be used for state security suspects.

As evidence, Malley says that analysts with Crisis Group were being invited to meet with Chinese officials up until the day Kovrig was arrested.

"Beijing hopes that Washington would contribute more towards building mutual trust and exchanges between two countries, instead of doing the opposite", he added.

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.

"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.

Victor and Cynthia Liu, who are the children of a fugitive businessman, and their mother, Sandra Han, have reportedly been detained since June.

Their detentions came nine days after Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested at the Vancouver International Airport and accused of sidestepping U.S sanctions against Iran.

What is odd is that the Canadian government has issued no such travel warning for Canadians despite the tourism minister cancelling her visit there last month, and it is our citizens who are being detained.

December 10: Chinese authorities arrest two Canadian men.

The pair face accusations of harming national security.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang did not provide details about the other detained Canadians at a news briefing in Beijing on Friday, but said that China was ruled by law and it protected the legal rights of foreigners.

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