"Shooting And Robbery Are Frequent": China Warns Its Citizens About Risks Of Travel To The US

The Chinese Embassy in Washington issued a security advisory last week, warning Chinese citizens traveling to the US that "shooting, robbery, and theft are frequent." Tourists were also warned to “be alert to suspicious people around you, avoid going out alone at night."

In addition to getting killed and mugged, the embassy warned Chinese tourists to be aware of issues including expensive medical bills, searches and seizures by customs agents, telecommunications fraud and natural disasters.

Further trolling the US, the alert published on the embassy's website last Thursday said that "public security in the United States is not sufficient. Cases of shootings, robberies, and theft are frequent."

Commenting on the notice, China's Foreign Ministry said summer is usually the peak season for Chinese citizens to visit the US and that it was the Chinese Embassy's duty to warn tourists about potential risks in the country, in response to questions over if the warning is related to the tensions between China and the US.

“This kind of reminder from the Chinese embassy in the relevant country, I think this is absolutely a matter that is in the scope of our duty,” ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular news briefing quoted by Reuters.  There was little mention of the latest embassy alert on Chinese social media.

While China frequently issues travel warnings for Chinese abroad - generally in war-afflicted regions - some foreign governments have argued that Beijing uses other means, such as curtailing outbound tourism, to settle political or trade scores, though the Chinese government typically denies such issues are linked. Still, for much of 2017, China banned all group tours to South Korea in the wake of Seoul’s decision to install the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), which has a powerful radar Beijing worries can penetrate Chinese territory.

To be sure, China has been warning its citizens about gun violence in the U.S. for years. In 2016, after a Chinese student was shot and killed in Arizona, the embassy told travelers to avoid “crime scenes and tough neighborhoods.” Just a few months ago, the Chinese Foreign Ministry sent a notice via WeChat: “Be careful and prepare for the possibility that gun crimes may occur at workplaces, schools, at home and at tourist sites.”

China may be right: according to a 2015 University of Alabama study, Yemen is the only other country in the world with a higher rate of mass shootings, adjusted for population.

More ominous, however, is that tourists seem to believe the heightened risks, and are putting their US trips on hold: the U.S. has experienced a drop in foreign tourist arrivals, which some have dubbed the “Trump Slump.” Critics are attributing the decline to current political rhetoric and the travel ban, which was upheld by the Supreme Court last week. Travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries — including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen — are currently barred from entering the U.S.

In 2016, nearly 3 million Chinese tourists visited the U.S. According to Travel and Leisure, not only are there more Chinese tourists around the world than any other nationality, they’re the most likely to spend money while traveling. In one year, Chinese travelers are estimated to have spent $261 billion abroad.

Comments

El Vaquero rrrr Tue, 07/03/2018 - 10:03 Permalink

The Chinese government is correct about potentially overbearing CBP enforcement and high medical costs.  For the rest, it shows that it completely misunderstands the United States.  You can do a pretty damned good job of predicting homicide rates, state to state, in the US using race and ethnicity alone.  As in you can get a correlation of 0.85-0.9 from that kind of multiple regression.  For a social phenomena, that's pretty damned high.

 

If you want to avoid getting shot or robbed, stay from inner city black neighborhoods first and foremost. 

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SWRichmond D503 Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:19 Permalink

Cases of shootings, robberies, and theft are frequent

Yes, it's the liberal cities.  Shootings, robberies and theft are infrequent everywhere else.

But we have a lovely "Democratic Socialist" who's trying to get elected to CONgress from one of our cities...

Why are the problem-prone areas the problem?

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El Vaquero Government nee… Tue, 07/03/2018 - 11:24 Permalink

I know you're being facetious, but if you wish *deliberately* reduce the homicide rate in the US, my maff be necessary.  Some states consistently have a higher homicide rate than expected and others consistently have a lower rate than expected.  Understanding why could lead to changes that reduce homicide.  But, since the single largest group affected by homicide is blacks, or more specifically black males, not taking this issue up means more dead blacks.  That's another way of saying that the left shouting this issue down leads to dead blacks, and is, in fact, rayciss. 

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greasyknees ParkAveFlasher Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:36 Permalink

It's just common sense. Chinese (Also, Japanese, Korean) tourists definitely need to be careful in the U.S. otherwise they WILL get robbed in many areas, just like anyone else that obviously shouldn't be there. Tiny people who don't know where they are make perfect targets. The U.S. State Department gives similar advice to Americans visiting places like Colombia.

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StreetObserver Handful of Dust Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:51 Permalink

http://www.unz.com/article/the-color-of-gun-crime-in-americas-big-citie…

Then there's this. The San Francisco Chronicle actually shows a picture of a black breaking into a Chinese tourist's car! Maybe the honeymoon of tolerance is over in that department?

https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Gone-in-5-seconds-SF-neighborh…

If you are a white family living in the sewer that is Sanctuary Francisco, consider moving to Marin. Safer, far better local schools, better weather than the city, third healthiest county in America...a long list of reasons not to spend the rest of your life living in political Shithole Francisco.

Yeah, Marin's "too white", "lacks diversity" and "excludes people of color" according to the few loudmouth SJW's. Sounds great to me.

 

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Antifaschistische IridiumRebel Tue, 07/03/2018 - 09:30 Permalink

I like their comment about siezures by customs agents.

At this exact time....I have a package that I sent to China (a few toys) STUCK in "customs" because they are insisting on knowing the "value" of these toys before they will release it.   The reason, is THEIR custom crooks want to tax EVERY DAMN thing going into their country even if it's in a little box.

Yet...1/2 of Amazon's crap is now coming out of Southern China and it sails through our customs with ZERO problems.

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Superlat silverer Wed, 07/04/2018 - 05:37 Permalink

It just makes it easier to see the world with no accountability doesn't it? Red state idiots like you manufactured and dumped millions of guns into everyone's hands, you killed unions and shipped middle class jobs overseas, and your country club masters sell violent racist lies to the sucker yokels so they blame someone other than the perpetrators. You've been suckered since Reagan. Welfare money all goes back in to the economy, especially all that red state food stamp and section 8 cash. You're pathetically malinformed.

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