The travel guidance issued by the USA which maintained the warning at "Level 2" also warned about extra security checks and increased police presence in Xinjiang and Tibet.
December 9: China summons the American ambassador to China to lodge similar complaints about Meng's case and demand the USA rescind the order for her arrest. Under Chinese criminal procedure law, special forms of detention and interrogation can be used for state security suspects. "From January to December, the American people that travelled to China reached 2.3 million, higher than the number of Chinese people travelling to the USA", said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang.
As evidence, Malley says that analysts with Crisis Group were being invited to meet with Chinese officials up until the day Kovrig was arrested.
"China's economy is facing some headwinds and so is going to want to attract businesspeople, is going to want to show it's open for normal business", he said.
Some observers believe the detentions of Kovrig, who works for the International Crisis Group, and Spavor, who is frequently consulted on matters linked to North Korea, were retaliatory actions following the arrest in Vancouver of Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who faces extradition to the United States. The U.S. alleges Meng misled American banks in a bid to get around American sanctions on Iran.
The diplomatic trip, scheduled before last month's detentions, is being taken by members of the Canada-China Legislative Association, a bipartisan group of four MPs and two Senators with a shared interest in Canada-China relations.
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Beijing has only given vague details about the detention of the two Canadians, and hasn't drawn a direct link to Meng's arrest. - A second Canadian who had gone missing in China is under investigation on suspicion of "engaging in activities that harm China's national security", state media reported on December 13.
"The message from Global Affairs Canada. was that it would be better for us to go rather than to cancel", said Cooper.
The warning adds: "China does not recognize dual nationality". He said such figures could answer the question of whether China was safe for foreigners.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has repeatedly called on China to release the men.
"Without a doubt, these two Canadian citizens in China violated our country's laws and regulations, and are now undergoing investigation according to procedure", Zhang Jun, China's prosecutor general, said.