USA warns citizens they could be prevented from leaving China

USA warns citizens they could be prevented from leaving China

USA warns citizens they could be prevented from leaving China

Amid heightened tensions, the United States of America has issued a new travel warning to its citizens taking trips to China.

Zeng Yuan, a university student in, was among those who believe 's case is related to Meng's, which has touched off an uproar among the three countries and complicated high-stakes US - trade talks.

The US advisory notice followed the detention last month of two Canadians in China, accused of harming the country's security.

Separately, three USA citizens were accused of committing "economic crimes" and barred from leaving China in November.

The December arrest in Canada of Chinese tech giant Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on Washington's request also raised the spectre of potential retaliatory arrests of Americans or Canadians in China.

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The department also warns China doesn't recognize dual nationality, meaning U.S.

China meanwhile has reiterated their demands for Canada to drop its arrest warrant on Ms. Meng.

This after a Huawei CFO, who awaits extradition to the USA for misleading banks about transactions linked to Iran violating sanctions against that country, is out on bail and living in her Vancouver mansion. However, the Level 2 warning is not as severe as Level 3 "Reconsider travel", or Level 4 "Do not travel".

The detentions were confirmed by a Canadian government official, according to the newspaper. Canadian consular officials saw them once each in mid-December.

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"China always welcomes foreign citizens, including US citizens, to visit China, and protects their security and legal rights, including freedom of entry and exit", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told a press briefing.

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