United States warns citizens about China travel risks

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"These 13 include Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Sarah McIver", Berube said.

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, was arrested December 1 in Vancouver at the request of United States officials who accused her of violating financial sanctions against Iran.

A total of 13 Canadians have been detained since Meng's arrest, although eight have since been released.

McIver, a school teacher, was also detained over a visa matter but then subsequently released by the Chinese authority.

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.

Neither China nor Canada have directly linked the two men's cases, but they led to speculation of retaliation for Meng's arrest.

Michael Kovrig, a diplomat on a leave from Global Affairs Canada and employed in Beijing by the International Crisis Group, and the entrepreneur Michael Spavor were arrested last month in China.

The pair face accusations of harming national security.

China meanwhile has reiterated their demands for Canada to drop its arrest warrant on Ms. Meng. "They are more concerned than before", said the Canadian, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

"It's very hard to predict whether they will drop this hostage mentality at the moment. We go back to the fundamentals", the New Brunswick senator said.

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December 1: Canadian authorities arrest Meng at Vancouver's airport while she is en route from Hong Kong to Mexico, after an extradition request from the Americans.

Deputy U.S. trade representative Jeffrey Gerrish will lead the U.S. delegation, according to the report.

Rights groups say conditions in Chinese detention facilities are often basic and can be harsh, with lack of legal representation and due process compounding worries about treatment.

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

The Globe and Mail quoted David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, as saying that the detentions will have a chilling effect on other foreigners living and working in China. "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". "Chinese nationals." The advisory seems to advise extra caution for those with dual nationality and USA citizens of Chinese heritage.

USA officials warn visitors under the ban can be detained for years, without access to the embassy and without any information about the crime they allegedly committed.

China has demanded that Canada release Meng, who faces possible extradition to the USA on suspicions of trying to evade American sanctions on trade with Iran.

But Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang denied the warnings were necessary. "The previous Travel Advisory for China was issued in January 2018; the new Advisory was updated as part of the regular annual review and reaffirms China at a Level 2", the official said. "US-Chinese citizens and US citizens of Chinese heritage may be subject to additional scrutiny and harassment, and China may prevent the US Embassy from providing consular services".

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

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