The Chinese government has warned its citizens about the risks of travelling to the US, accusing US law enforcement of “repeatedly harassing” Chinese people, in a further escalation of the diplomatic crisis between the two powers, reported the Financial Times.
“Recently, US law enforcement agencies have repeatedly harassed Chinese nationals travelling to the US through border interrogations, drop-in visits and various other means,” wrote China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its official social media feed.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has also issued a travel warning that “recently, gun shootings, robberies and thefts have occurred frequently in the United States”, according to state media news agency Xinhua.
On Monday, Beijing warned Chinese students and scholars that they face ever-higher obstacles in getting US visas, while also telling parents to carefully assess the risks of visiting the US. Executives at big Chinese companies, as well as academics, have been blocked from visiting the US in recent months due to increased visa difficulties.