China Ministry of Culture and Tourism has cautioned its citizen to be aware of the risks of traveling to the United States following tension between the two nations. The citizens face threats such as robbery and gun violence.
The conflict between the two countries was highlighted when the US blacklisted Chinese tech giant Huawei and reignited the trade war with tariff hikes in May. Trump’s administration accused China of reneging on its promises and more than doubled tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods. It also added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a license.
Chinese refute this and increasingly see US moves as an attempt to curb China’s growing global influence. Both sides have imposed tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods over the past year, disrupting trade and hurting the economy globally.
According to China Foreign Ministry, US agency has been putting its citizens on the edge with interrogations
“Recently there have been shootings, robberies, and thefts happening frequently in the US. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism reminds Chinese tourists to fully assess the risks of going to the US for travel,” said an anchor on Chinese broadcaster
In line with the prevailing situation China Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the warning was necessary for a press conference.
“For some time, US law enforcement agencies have been harassing Chinese citizens with interrogation upon entry or exit, and on-site interviews, among other forms. Therefore the Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued the tourism reminder, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy and consulates in the US decided to issue the safety reminder to raise safety awareness. That, I believe, is what a responsible government should do,” he said, according to China’s foreign ministry website.
As at now, there are no known talks scheduled between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump.