The US State Department on Saturday warned Americans about the risk of unjustified detention in China and incarceration without access to consular assistance.
“Exercise increased caution in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in connection with the arbitrary application of local laws for purposes other than maintaining law and order. This unjustified coercion may include detention and the use of travel bans,” a statement on the Agency’s website reads.
The State Department points out that US citizens can be detained without explanation, and they will not be granted access to us consular services.
“US citizens may be subjected to lengthy interrogations and prolonged detention for reasons related to “state security.” Security officials (PRC) can detain and/or deport US citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the Chinese government,” the state Department warns.
In recent months, relations between the US and China have severely deteriorated for some reason, in particular, because of the situation in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Washington accuses the Chinese authorities of violating human rights and international obligations and imposes sanctions and restrictions on Chinese companies and officials. Beijing considers this policy to be interference in internal Affairs.