U.S. citizens traveling or residing in the PRC, including Hong Kong SAR, may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crimes. Without proper legal process, U.S. citizens could face lengthy interrogation and extended detention. ”
The U.S. State Department issued a warning to its citizens on Friday, urging them to reconsider their travel to China because of the Chinese government’s “intensive enforcement” restrictions in response to the country’s COVID-19 outbreak.
The State Department said in a statement that “the PRC government arbitrarily enforces local laws, including arbitrary and unjust detention and the use of travel bans on U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries without due process of law.”
According to the United States, China will impose sanctions in order to influence negotiations with foreign governments, pressure family members to return home, or even force scientists to take part in research conducted by the Chinese government.
In addition, the U.S. government has warned that “most Americans are only aware of the exit ban when they try to leave the PRC, and there is no reliable mechanism or legal process to challenge how long the ban will last or not.”
U.S. citizens traveling or residing in the People’s Republic of China, including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, may be detained without access to U.S. diplomatic services or information about their alleged crimes. Without due process of law, U.S. citizens could face lengthy interrogation and imprisonment.
On the other hand, due to the escalation of COVID-19 cases and the impact of restrictions on the Chinese government’s response, the United States on Friday allowed non-emergency workers to leave its consulate general in Shanghai voluntarily.
About 25 million people in Shanghai are currently under lockdown since last week, with some sections of the population complaining of food shortages. However, Beijing continues to adopt the “Zero Tolerance” strategy and is determined to “suppress the outbreak” in the city. As such, it has sent more than 38,000 personnel and 2,000 troops to the area.
Authorities announced the decision to extend indefinitely the detention imposed by the rebound in the coronavirus case after conducting tests on 26 million residents earlier this week.
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