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US Issues China Travel Advisory: Warns Of "Arbitrary Enforcement Of Local Laws"

Confirming what until now was merely hearsay, when three weeks ago Reuters reported that the State Department was considering a travel advisory for China following the arrest of the Huawei CFO, moments ago the State Department officially issued a travel advisory to US citizens traveling to China, warning to "exercise increased caution in China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals."

According to the advisory, "Chinese authorities have asserted broad authority to prohibit U.S. citizens from leaving China by using ‘exit bans,’ sometimes keeping U.S. citizens in China for years." It also notes that "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."

This latest escalation in diplomatic tensions between Washington and Beijing will not be lost on China, who can respond in one of two ways: by issuing a similar advisory to its own citizens traveling to the US, or by confirming US fears and becoming more aggressive in arresting US citizens on Chinese soil, both of which would make a trade war resolution by the March 1 deadline that much more unlikely.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but did President Trump not characterise the trade negotiations between the US and China as "going well", in the last couple of days?!?

Trump at the cabinet meeting sounded upbeat about negotiations to reach a trade deal with China, saying they "are coming along very well, we'll see what happens."

The United States and China are about one month into a 90-day pause in implementing higher U.S. tariffs and other measures in a trade war that dominated much of 2018, as they work on reaching a deal.

This certainly doesn't appear to be the case, as evidenced by this travel advisory.

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