The U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning Monday to Americans, asking them to reconsider visiting China and Hong Kong due to “arbitrary enforcement of local laws.”
The travel warning says the Chinese government carries out “wrongful detentions” through exit bans on U.S. citizens without due process to coerce Americans to help the Chinese government in investigations, as well as pressure Chinese family members living abroad to return.
The warning added the Chinese government detains individuals to influence Chinese authorities to “resolve civil disputes in favor of PRC citizens” and to gain bargaining power.
“U.S. citizens traveling or residing in China or Hong Kong, 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 without due process of law,” the advisory warned.
The advisory also warned that many U.S. citizens only become aware of an exit ban when they try to leave, and many are left without knowing how long the ban will last or play out in court. Further, U.S. citizens may be detained without being informed of their alleged crime and can be detained for sending any