In a tough blow for US tourism, the Chinese authorities have sent out a stark warning to their population about travelling abroad.
A travel advisory issued on Tuesday by the foreign ministry and the Chinese Embassy in the United States cites increased scrutiny of Chinese citizens traveling to the United States. The South China Morning Post reported that Chinese tourists were instructed by the foreign ministry to stay aware of safety risks and act “actively and appropriately” to the ways in which American law enforcement would “harass” Chinese travelers.
“Recently, U.S. law enforcement agencies have on multiple occasions used methods such as entry and exit checks, and on-site interviews to harass Chinese citizens in the U.S.,” read the advisory, which was read on the evening news by state broadcaster CCTV.
The state news also referred to the danger of “shootings, robberies, and thefts,” and told potential Chinese tourists to “fully assess the risks of traveling to the United States.”
Given the great number of Chinese tourists worldwide, the consequences of this advice could mean US tourism takes a hit.