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Beijing Advises Chinese Nationals of the Dangers of U.S. Travel

Beijing Advises Chinese Nationals of the Dangers of U.S. Travel
Jackie Reddy

From violent crime to fraud, Beijing has issued a stark warning to nationals of the risks they may face while traveling in the U.S. The advisory comes as the White House prepares to place heavy tariffs on Chinese goods. Beijing says that this kind of warning “is in the scope of our duty”.

Chinese citizens traveling to the United States have been warned that a visit to the country could result in nationals having to contend with steep medical bills, violent crime, natural disasters and poor public security, The Hill reports.

The advisory was issued on the website of the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. late last month.

A translation of the text, as provided by Reutersstates, “Public security in the United States is not good. Cases of shootings, robberies, and theft are frequent. Travelers in the United States should be alert to their surroundings and suspicious individuals, and avoid going out alone at night.”

The notice also advised Chinese citizens visiting the United States of the potential dangers of telecommunications fraud. Additionally, the warning cautions that nationals could be liable to seizures and searches by U.S. customs officials.

The warning was issued just as the White House prepares to place heavy tariffs on Chinese goods and products. Beijing has said that it is prepared to issue similar tariffs and duties on American agricultural goods imported into China.

Commenting on the timing of the advisory warning during a news briefing earlier this week, Lu Kang, spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry, said that China is responsible for advising nationals of any potential dangers and risks they may face while overseas.

“This kind of reminder from the Chinese Embassy in the relevant country, I think this is absolutely a matter that is in the scope of our duty,” he is quoted by Reuters as saying.

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  1. dogcanyon

    July 5, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Well, the truth hurts, but what it says is absolutely true – particularly in Washington DC and many other large US cities. I don’t begrudge them the right to warn their citizens, who are not used to dealing with the armed criminals we have in the US.

  2. Red259

    July 5, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    @dogcanyon “Cases of shootings, robberies, and theft are frequent.” Nonsense. These things are not frequent when you consider the number of people and they are extremely uncommon to happen in tourist areas. I’m much more concerned with having my stuff stolen in like a dozen different european cities than I am in the US.

  3. ezefllying

    July 5, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    To be fair, I think one of the few categories of theft that’s displayed a marked increase in the U.S. recently is the stealing of trade secrets and intellectual property from U.S. companies and research institutions by Chinese agents and informants. It’s certainly caused more harm in the U.S. than whatever the embassy pretends to be concerned about.

  4. travelinmanS

    July 5, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    This warning is 100% related to Trump’s trade war. The Chinese are great at retaliating whilst looking like they aren’t. A bit more subtle than the Donald.

  5. FairDinkumMate

    July 5, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Red & ezefllying are obviously feeling a bit put out by the deficiencies in their country being pointed out.

    The odds of dying in a gun homicide in China is roughly 1.6 per million inhabitants, In the US, it’s 31 per million inhabitants. So YES the odds of being murdered with a gun are 16 times higher in the US than China. You don’t think it’s fair that the Chinese Government warns its citizens of that?

  6. LukeO9

    July 5, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    I lived in the US for over 10 years and I had to be constantly vigilant against financial attack. For consumers in the US, there is a sense of lawlessness.

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