US travel warn­ing for China ‘can­not stand close in­spec­tion’: FM

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China’s For­eign Min­istry re­sponded strongly to the US travel warn­ing on China by say­ing that Wash­ing­ton has of­ten set ob­sta­cles in the path of Chi­nese na­tion­als trav­el­ing to the US, not the other way around.

US trav­el­ers made 2.3 mil­lion trips to China dur­ing the first 11 months of 2018, which means 70 out of 10,000 peo­ple in the US trav­eled to China dur­ing the pe­riod, Lu Kang, a spokesper­son for the Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry, told a Fri­day press brief­ing.

The num­ber far ex­ceeds peo­ple who trav­eled from China to the US, which is the best proof to show whether China is safe or not, said Lu, not­ing he hopes the US can do some­thing to boost two peo­ples’ mu­tual trust.

His com­ments came af­ter the US State De­part­ment on Thurs­day up­dated its travel warn­ing about China, urg­ing Amer­i­cans to “ex­er­cise in­creased cau­tion” in the coun­try “due to ar­bi­trary en­force­ment of lo­cal laws as well as special re­stric­tions on dual US-Chi­nese na­tion­als.”

It said that China uses exit bans co­er­cively “to com­pel US cit­i­zens to par­tic­i­pate in Chi­nese gov­ern­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tions, to lure in­di­vid­u­als back to China from abroad, and to aid Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties in re­solv­ing civil dis­putes in fa­vor of Chi­nese par­ties.”

China wel­comes for­eign cit­i­zens, in­clud­ing US cit­i­zens to visit, and will pro­tect their safety, le­gal rights and free­dom of en­try and exit from the coun­try, said Lu, not­ing that at the same time, China hopes for­eign­ers can re­spect and obey Chi­nese law.

Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties will deal with for­eign cit­i­zens who com­mit crime in China ac­cord­ing to the law, and pro­tect their le­gal rights, Lu said.

The US ac­tion is very “ab­surd” to some ex­tent, be­cause it aims to add to ten­sions when Sino-US re­la­tions are at a crit­i­cal junc­ture, Shi Yin­hong, di­rec­tor of Ren­min Univer­sity of China’s Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Stud­ies, told the Global Times on Fri­day.

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