Canadians held in China since arrest of Huawei executive

Canadians held in China since arrest of Huawei executive

The U.S. State Department issued an updated travel advisory Thursday for Americans traveling to China, warning of "exit bans" for some travelers.

The advisory also warned of the "coercive" practice of exit bans, when authorities prevent people from leaving China.

The State Department added that exit bans are used to force Americans to cooperate in Chinese government investigations, to "lure individuals back to China from overseas", and to help authorities resolve civil disputes "in favor of Chinese parties".

"US citizens under exit bans have been harassed and threatened", it said.

The US Department of State has renewed its warning over citizens travelling to China over fears of retaliation following the arrest of Huawei's CFO in Canada.

In addition, the State Department said Americans find out about these exit bans only when they try to leave China, and they aren't notified how long the bans will last. If you have Chinese heritage you may be particularly subject to additional scrutiny, it adds.

The advisory says exit bans let the Chinese government hold US citizens for long periods of time, sometimes years, and can also prevent travelers from accessing USA consular services. "We go back to the fundamentals", the New Brunswick senator said.

The advisory follows the detentions by Chinese authorities in December of Canadians Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat and an adviser with the International Crisis Group (ICG) think-tank, and businessman Michael Spavor.

The USState Department has issued a travel advisory urging Americans to "exercise increased caution" when travelling to the People's Republic of China.

Join the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program which is a free service offered to USA citizens traveling overseas that alerts the local embassy or consulate of your presence in the country. China has accused the Liu family of being "involved in economic crimes". Those detentions took place days after Canadian police arrested Huawei Technologies' chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the request of the United States.

However China is denying these claims, saying Beijing is in compliance with worldwide law.

"The travel warning issued by the U.S., frankly speaking, does not stand", he said.

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