US State Department Issues Travel Warning to China, Urging 'Increased Caution'

However, Thursday's statement revealed that out of total 13 detainees, eight have been released.

The United States, Australia and the European Union, including Germany and France, have all issued support for Canada, which is perhaps why China released these statements Thursday, attempting to clear the air'.

January 3: In a press conference, China's prosecutor general Zhang Jun says Kovrig and Spavor "without a doubt" violated Chinese law.

The two highest-profile Canadians China arrested - former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor - are still in detention. "I am confident that the investigation will continue according to those processes".

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"I think there is undeniably a greater risk factor now for certain Canadians who are there and as we've seen with Mr. Korvig, Mr. [Spavor], that Canadians can be detained", MacKay said.

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She has since been released on bail and is residing at her home in the western city of Vancouver.

December 22: During a visit to Canadian peacekeepers in Mali, Trudeau says countries around the world are "extremely disturbed" by China's detention of Spavor and Kovrig.

"Who ordered the detention of the two [Canadian nationals] on spying charges is highly significant".

December 7: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada's envoy to China has briefed Chinese officials about Meng's case.

"China very much stands on protocol and puts a great deal of weight on who is making the request". "It's sending a chill through that broad community-diplomats, journalists, academics, [non-governmental organization] workers, and business people-who try [to] understand and interpret China".

The warning adds: "China does not recognize dual nationality".

Last week, the State Department also issued a Level 2 advisory for Myanmar, calling on travelers to exercise increased caution "due to areas of civil unrest and armed conflict".

Meng faces extradition to the USA to face fraud charges, which she denies, linked to allegations of avoiding the USA sanctions on Iran.

But Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang denied the warnings were necessary. However, the Level 2 warning is not as severe as Level 3 "Reconsider travel", or Level 4 "Do not travel".

Cynthia and Victor Liu, the children of a former executive at a Chinese state-owned bank who is accused of fraud, were prevented from leaving China a year ago despite being American citizens.

While Beijing touts the rule of law, its judicial system is tightly controlled by the ruling Communist Party.

  • Joey Payne