China cautions visitors about security risks in Australia

Published on : Wednesday, May 2, 2018

indexRecently, China has cautioned in terms of security risks for its citizens, interested to visit Australia, the United States and nine other nations in a travel warning which can make the tourism operators quite anxious, increasingly becoming dependent on the rising Chinese visitor numbers.

The Foreign Ministry of China on the social media has issued the travel advice well before of the current long weekend in China, which is quite a popular time in terms of Chinese families travelling abroad. Over several days, in series of posts, it issued security warnings for the countries like Australia, the US, South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, South Africa, Congo, Thailand, Egypt and East Timor.

On the list, the addition of Australia and the US suggests the postings could be politically aggravated; before, Beijing has used warnings related to student safety in countries like Australia in a delicate way to put forth pressure on the government through the education sector. US president Donald Trump has declared trade tariffs against China.

Nevertheless, the suggestions in terms of Australia posted on the Consular Affairs bureau’s WeChat platform did not indicate exactly what the security concerns were about. Also, it was not picked by China’s state-run media, which says that there is no wider campaign to dishonor the Australian or US tourism industries. In 2017, China banned group tours to South Korea after a political argument between the two countries over Seoul’s deployment of a US anti-missile system.

On April 28th, the travel advice on Australia had posted it. It mentioned a seminar arranged with travel agencies at China’s Consulate in Melbourne last week.

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