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 Reuters, states, “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.