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By: Billy Perrigo
The US State Department urged travelers to China to ‘exercise increased caution’ on Jan. 3.
China hit back on Friday against a new U.S. advisory that warns citizens to “exercise increased caution” there when traveling.
Lu Kang, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said the advice “cannot stand up to scrutiny,” according to the Associated Press.
Credit: DepositphotosA plane flies over Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
The Jan. 3 travel advisory, issued by the State Department, warned of the “arbitrary enforcement of local laws” and “special restrictions” on people with dual U.S. and Chinese citizenship. It came days before talks on the U.S.-China trade war were set to start.
The advisory also warned of the “coercive” practice of exit bans, when authorities prevent people from leaving China. The State Department said these practices have been used to force people to cooperate with Chinese government investigations. [FULL STORY]