China has issued a travel alert to the US warning its visitors had been subjected to interrogations and harassment by law enforcement agencies.
The warning urges Chinese citizens and Chinese-funded bodies in the US to step up their safety awareness and preventative measures and respond “appropriately and actively”.
It was issued by the foreign ministry, as well as the Chinese embassy and consulates in the US.
China’s ministry of culture and tourism issued its own travel alert for the US, citing crime rates including shootings, robberies and theft in the country.
Chinese students abroad have also been told to assess the risks involved given tightened visa restrictions.
The announcements come amid an increasingly bitter trade dispute between Beijing and Washington and tougher immigration enforcement by the Trump administration.
Commenting on the warning issued to students, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said: “For some time, the US has politicised normal China-US educational exchanges using the China threat and Chinese infiltration as excuses.”
During his presidency, Donald Trump has sought to restrict the numbers of foreign visitors and others coming to the US for what he claims are security and economic reasons.
This has seen a rapid decline in Chinese travel to the country after more than a decade of rapid growth.
Travel from China to the US fell 5.7% in 2018 to 2.9 million visitors, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office, which collects data from US customs forms.
Source: SKY NEWS