China warns students: Be careful if studying in the US

In a statement cited in Chinese media on Tuesday, the country's foreign ministry and its U.S. embassy claimed Washington used the powers of its agencies - like home interviews and immigration checks - to "harass" Chinese travelers.

"This warning is a response to recent series of discriminatory measures the USA took against Chinese students and can also be seen as a response to the US -initiated trade war", Hu wrote on his Twitter account in English.

The tourism ministry also warned Chinese tourists of potential threats such as robbery and gun violence while visiting the United States, state media said.

Beijing reiterated this week that "cooperation" was "the only right choice" in revolving the trade conflict between the U.S. and China which has taken a toll on tens of billions of dollars' worth of products amid tit-for-tat escalations between the two economic superpowers.

The agencies, which have taken the lead in negotiations for the United States, said that the impetus for the negotiations was China's "long history of unfair trade practices" and United States negotiating positions have been consistent throughout the talks.

China warned its companies operating in the United States on Tuesday they could face harassment from US law enforcement agencies, as it also rebuffed USA criticism of a trade white paper as "singing the same old tune".

The statement urged Chinese tourists to "fully assess the risk" and "improve their awareness of safety and security".

"I believe it is only necessary in light of current circumstances".

U.S. universities such as Stanford are popular with Chinese students, who contributed US$14 billion to the USA economy in 2017.

In March, a group of Republican congressmen introduced a bill into the US Congress which would ban any individuals employed or sponsored by the Chinese military from receiving student or research visas to the US.

The statement says. the U.S.is disappointed by China's decision to blame the Trump administration.

It did not include any new actions against China.

"They're doing it through Chinese intelligence services, through state-owned enterprises, through ostensibly private companies, through graduate students and researchers, through a variety of actors all working on behalf of China".

"The impetus for the discussions was China's long history of unfair trade practices".

Last year, the number of Chinese tourists visiting the U.S. fell for the first time in 15 years, after more than a decade of rapid growth, amid the trade friction between the two countries.

The two sides have held 11 rounds of talks over trade and technology issues and raised tariffs on hundreds of billions of each other's goods, among other retaliatory measures.

Beijing's broadside is the latest act in a bruising conflict between the world's top two economies that has spooked markets and sparked fears about the global economy.

It cited the trade war as one of many problems that China's economy has confronted in recent decades.

Last year, the US and China exchanged tariffs on around 360 billion USA dollars worth of each other's goods.


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