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

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

Still, the Department is not recommending against travel to China - its Level 2 warnings are just one step above its "exercise normal precautions" message in its Level 1 warnings. China is Canada's third-biggest trading partner, though dwarfed by the USA, which trades eight times that amount, and comprises 50% of all Canadian imports and exports.

Reports say the travel guidance issued by the USA comes after the detentions of two Canadians in China last month and came amid heightened diplomatic tensions in the wake of the arrest in Canada of a top executive in Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

US officials further warned that "China does not recognize dual nationality", adding that "U.S".

All 13 Canadians were detained after the ruling Chinese Communist Party vowed to retaliate for the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, wanted for questioning by investigators in the USA over alleged bank fraud linked to the breach of sanctions against Iran.

China's chief prosecutor, Zhang Jun, told a separate briefing Thursday that "without a doubt" Kovrig and Spavor broke the country's laws and are being investigated.

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China has said that Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are being held on grounds of threatening national security. -Chinese nationals, from exiting the country in an updated travel advisory.

The US and other allies have also called on China to release the pair, and those who know the men reject allegations against them. Diplomatic tension between Canada and China has intensified since Meng's arrest on December 1. Nor did the State Department say what triggered the updated travel advisory.

The Canadian government has said several times that it sees no explicit link between the arrest of Ms Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder, and the detentions of Canadian citizens. China's Ministry of Justice said Friday that the arrests were in compliance with the law and gave no details on the detainees' identities or charges.

December 14: Canadian officials are granted consular access to Kovrig, and McCallum meets with him in Beijing. -Chinese citizens and US citizens of Chinese heritage may be subject to additional scrutiny and harassment, and China may prevent the USA embassy from providing consular services. "This warning will just stir up anti-Chinese sentiments in the United States, since many Americans [already] feel threatened about China's growing power", said Neumann, adding that American visitors to China should not feel at risk. She has been released on bail and is living in an upscale Vancouver home in advance of her extradition hearing.

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