United States issues new travel warning to its citizens visiting China

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The travel guidance issued by the U.S. which maintained the warning at "Level 2" also warned about extra security checks and increased police presence in Xinjiang and Tibet.

"Without a doubt, these two Canadian citizens in China violated our country's laws and regulations, and are now undergoing investigation according to procedure", the regime's prosecutor general, Zhang Jun, said. Under Chinese criminal procedure law, special forms of detention and interrogation can be used for state security suspects.

Kovrig and Spavor are among 13 Canadians who have been detained in China since Meng's arrest on December 1, eight of whom have since been released.

"This number has remained relatively stable", the official said.

In November Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was taken into custody at a Canadian airport on a USA arrest warrant for alleged banking fraud linked to illegal trading arrangements with Iran.

US prosecutors have accused her of misleading banks about transactions linked to Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating USA sanctions.

Canadian newspaper, the Globe and Mail, reported that China had detained 13 Canadians since Meng's arrest.

Lu's briefing, posted in English translation to the ministry's website, was one of two cryptic Chinese government media events that deepened the mystery surrounding the arrests of Kovrig and Spavor.

"The message from Global Affairs Canada was that it was better that we go than not go", Cooper said.

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The warning adds: "China does not recognize dual nationality".

"This outnumbers the proportion of Chinese people visiting the United States", Lu said.

The warning did not mention Meng or the Chinese nationals arrested in the United States on espionage allegations.

Reports say the travel guidance issued by the USA comes after the detentions of two Canadians in China last month and came amid heightened diplomatic tensions in the wake of the arrest in Canada of a top executive in Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

"China's economy is facing some headwinds and so is going to want to attract businesspeople, is going to want to show it's open for normal business", he said.

The two detained Canadians have only had one consular visit since their arrests.

According to news reports, the global affairs Canada on Thursday, said the most of its citizens detained in China since December 1 were no longer in custody. He said such figures could answer the question of whether China was safe for foreigners.

McIver, a teacher, has since been released and returned to Canada.

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