China warns citizens about travelling to Canada

China has issued a travel advisory to its citizens, urging them to “fully assess the risks of travel” to Canada after a Chinese executive was arrested in the North American country.

China’s Foreign Ministry said Canada recently “arbitrarily detained” a Chinese national, a reference to Chinese executive Meng Wanzhou. Meng, the chief financial officer at Huawei, a global telecommunications conglomerate, was arrested on December 1 at the request of the United States. Similarly, two Canadian citizens were detained in China after Meng’s arrest. However, China has denied the trials are linked to Meng’s situation.

The travel advisory can be seen as one of the latest signs of escalating tensions between Canada and China.

The retrial prompted Canada to update its travel advisory for China, warning citizens to “exercise a high degree of caution in China due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws.”