Published: January 3, 2019  Updated: May 14, 2019 at 9:57 am EST

The State Department of the United States has issued a Level Two travel advisory for persons seeking to travel to and from China.

The State Department issued such warning because of the arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals.

Further, Chinese authorities have asserted broad authority to prohibit U.S. citizens from leaving China by using ‘exit bans,’ sometimes keeping U.S. citizens in China for years. China uses exit bans coercively:

  • to compel U.S. citizens to participate in Chinese government investigations,
  • to lure individuals back to China from abroad, and
  • to aid Chinese authorities in resolving civil disputes in favor of Chinese parties.

In the majority of cases, U.S citizens only becomes aware of the ban as they attempt to exit the Communist Nation, in addition, there is no particular way to determine how long the exit bans will be enacted.

Furthermore, according to the State Department’s website;

U.S. citizens may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime. U.S. citizens may be subjected to prolonged interrogations and extended detention for reasons related to “state security.” Security personnel may detain and/or deport U.S. citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the Chinese government.

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Extra security measures, such as security checks and increased levels of police presence, are common in the Xinjiang Uighur and Tibet Autonomous Regions. Authorities may impose curfews and travel restrictions on short notice.

China does not recognize dual nationality. U.S.-Chinese citizens and U.S. citizens of Chinese heritage may be subject to additional scrutiny and harassment, and China may prevent the U.S. Embassy from providing consular services.

The issuance of said warning by the State Department invokes the reality of the ongoing tension between the two nation states.


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