U.S. warns citizens about China travel risks

U.S. State Department Issues Travel Advisory for China Due to ‘Exit Bans’		AFP  Getty 3 Jan 2019

The advisory follows the detentions by Chinese authorities in December of Canadians Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat and an adviser with the International Crisis Group (ICG) think-tank, and businessman Michael Spavor.

"Sometimes little expressions like "rule of law" take on different meaning for different people".

"I do not have information to provide you here", Lu said about, who previously worked as a Canadian diplomat in and elsewhere.

"Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor remain unjustly detained".

A delegation of MPs and senators is heading to China this week, and the detention of two Canadians in the Asian nation is expected to be a major topic of discussion. They were barred from leaving China in November. "We go back to the fundamentals", the New Brunswick senator said.

The Canadian group of two senators and four MPs will arrive in China on Saturday.

The United States, Australia and the European Union, including Germany and France, have all issued support for Canada, which is perhaps why China released these statements Thursday, attempting to clear the air'.

The parliamentarians will meet with policy-makers, legislators and local citizens' organizations in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

The December arrest in Canada of Chinese tech giant Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on Washington's request also raised the spectre of potential retaliatory arrests of Americans or Canadians in China.

Meng was granted bail by a Vancouver court last month, is confined under curfew to her residence in the city, and must wear an electronic Global Positioning System tag at all times.

Huawei has been accused of using a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment to Iran in violation of American sanctions.

The 13 Canadians detained include Mr Michael Kovrig, Mr Michael Spavor and Ms Sarah McIver, said a Canadian government official who declined to be identified on Thursday.

The day ends with U.S. President Donald Trump telling Reuters in an interview that he would "certainly intervene" in Meng's case "if I thought it was necessary" to help forge a trade deal with China.

There's been little movement from either side on the detentions in recent weeks.

The Canadian government has said several times it sees no explicit link between the arrest of Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder, and the detentions of Canadian citizens. The source says the number of detainees has remained relatively the same over the past few years.

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