Canadians held in China since arrest of Huawei executive

China insists detained Canadians ‘without a doubt’ broke security laws

China insists detained Canadians ‘without a doubt’ broke security laws

China on Friday rebutted a U.S.travel advisory that urges American nationals to "exercise increased caution" when travelling in the Communist Party-ruled country.

An updated U.S. State Department notice warns that China sometimes arbitrarily detains U.S. citizens or prevents them from leaving the country.

The department says the bans can be used to lure USA citizens back into China, or to compel them to stay in the country because of Chinese government investigations or civil disputes. "This warning will just stir up anti-Chinese sentiments in the United States, since many Americans [already] feel threatened about China's growing power", said Neumann, adding that American visitors to China should not feel at risk. Lu also chided the United States for conducting "gratuitous inspections" and creating "obstacles for Chinese citizens entering the U.S".

China, the travel advisory says, does not recognize dual nationality.

China's relations with the USA and with Canada deteriorated following the arrest in Vancouver, British Columbia, of a top executive with Huawei, (huawei) a leading Chinese electronics and telecom firm, on a US warrant.

"U.S. citizens may be detained without access to USA consular services or information about their alleged crime", the department said.

"US citizens may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime".

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Ankit Panda, a New York City-based writer, editor and worldwide affairs analyst, took to Twitter on Friday to say that he had made a decision to go ahead with a trip to China this month.

The warning comes as two Canadian citizens remain in detention in China. China is Canada's third-biggest trading partner, though dwarfed by the USA, which trades eight times that amount, and comprises 50% of all Canadian imports and exports.

A level 2 advisory urging visitors from the U.S.to exercise increased caution has been in place since previous year.

China and Canada both said the case was different to that of Mr Kovrig and Mr Spavor who stand accused of harming national security.

Canada has said 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since the Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in December in Vancouver at the request of the US.

"The travel advisory issued by the U.S., quite frankly, can not stand up to scrutiny".

"Of course, we also hope that foreign citizens in China should respect China", he added.

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