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The US State Department has issued an update to its travel warning about China, urging Americans to "exercise increased caution" when traveling to the country "due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S".

Updating a travel advisory, the State Department maintained its previous guidance that Americans should "exercise increased caution" in China but stopped short of discouraging visits. "Chinese nationals" and Chinese authorities asserting broad authority to prohibit USA citizens from leaving and using the exit bans "coercively".

The State Department added that exit bans are used to force Americans to cooperate in Chinese government investigations, to "lure individuals back to China from overseas", and to help authorities resolve civil disputes "in favor of Chinese parties".

According to the State Department, China may issue exit or travel bans in instances where there are business disputes and court orders to pay a settlement. "This warning will just stir up anti-Chinese sentiments in the U.S., since many Americans [already] feel threatened about China's growing power", said Neumann, adding that American visitors to China should not feel at risk.

A chorus of experts and worldwide groups have condemned the detentions, calling them clearly politically motivated, with the intention of pressuring Ottawa to release Mong Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei who is awaiting possible extradition to the USA on fraud charges.

The Chinese government has been observed enforcing "exit bans" on USA citizens.

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Make sure your U.S. passport has a valid Chinese visa and keep it with you.

The advisory also warned that China does not recognize dual nationality, and "U.S".

China is confident that two Canadian citizens detained since mid-December on counts of threatening China's state security have violated the law, a top prosecutor said Thursday. China has accused the Liu family of being "involved in economic crimes".

United States citizens may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime, it said.

Kovrig is a diplomat on leave from Global Affairs Canada and is employed by the International Crisis Group; Spavor is an entrepreneur who organized travel to North Korea.

In comments to US talk show host Sean Hannity, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US didn't change the level of the warning for China.

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