The Government of Canada issued a travel advisory recently which warns Canadians to exercise high caution when travelling to and within China. The advisory was issued "due to the occurrence of isolated acts of violence, including bombings and protests."
"There are identifiable safety and security concerns or the safety and security situation could change with little notice," the advisory description reads. "You should exercise a high degree of caution at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities."
Currently, there are about 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong alone, with an additional 19,990 residing in other parts of China.
Recently, Canada has been the target of threats from China, following the federal government's decision to arrest and detain a Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver. Canada was complying with an order from the US Department of Justice to detain the Huwai exec for doing fraudulent business with Iran. Wanzhou's bail has been posted at $10 million.
Chinese state media is warning Canada to release Wanzhou or China will seek "revenge". China has already been accused of taking revenge on Canada by detaining two Canadian citizens this week, on the basis of "engaging in activities that endanger the national security," CTV reports.
Canada's travel advisory does not explicitly link this conflict to the safety and security of Canadian travellers in China. But, it's become clear that Chinese citizens are openly protesting by boycotting Canadian businesses, such as Canada Goose, in the wake of the Huawei scandal.
However, according to the advisory, the risk level remains high for travellers. To read the full advisory, click here.
Source: CTV News