U.S. issues new travel warning to its citizens visiting China

by Garry Watts January 7, 2019, 0:05
U.S. issues new travel warning to its citizens visiting China

A delegation of Canadian legislators is now en route to China to discuss the incarceration of Kovrig and Spavor, along with other factors in the strained relationship between Beijing and Ottawa.

In a recent high-profile case, Victor and Cynthia Liu, and their mother, Sandra Han, are believed to have been prevented from leaving China. where they have been held since June.

MacKay said China's government does not respect the rule of law nor do they have due process.

The united message, being delivered publicly and privately to China, is that the continued detentions are harmful to China because they will discourage businesspeople, academics and others from travelling to the country, said Malley. "One has to be detained for a reason".

"I think we have to take a bit of an appetizer suppressant on that front", he said.

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. -Chinese nationals, from exiting the country in an updated travel advisory.

The Trudeau government has demanded the release of Kovrig and Spavor, and call the arrests arbitrary.

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"Without a doubt, these two Canadian citizens in China violated our country's laws and regulations, and are now undergoing investigation according to procedure", Zhang Jun, China's prosecutor general, said.

Beijing has only given vague details about the detention of the two Canadians, and hasn't drawn a direct link to Meng's arrest.

United States national security adviser John Bolton said in a Twitter post in November that "these Americans need to be allowed to return home".

Canadian authorities detained Meng at the request of the U.S, which accuses Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment to Iran in violation of USA sanctions.

"I think this figure speaks volumes for the security condition in China", Lu said, adding that it far outnumbers the number of Chinese people visiting the U.S. You can check them out here. "Until you do that, you don't get beyond the diplomatic niceties".

The Edmonton-area MP is joining three Liberal MPs, a Liberal senator and Conservative senator on the previously scheduled trip that is being funded by Canadian taxpayers. Michael Kovrig, who was on leave from Global Affairs Canada, and entrepreneur Michael Spavor. The next day, China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says the Canadian woman, Sarah McIver, received an administrative penalty for illegal employment.

The Conservative opposition has criticized the Liberal government for not doing enough to secure the release of the two Canadians, and has targeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for not calling his counterpart directly.

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