With a trade war effectively in place between the United States and China, the US State Department has now released a travel advisory, warning American citizens to exercise caution when traveling to China.

China Travel Warning

The advisory has stated “Chinese authorities have asserted broad authority to prohibit U.S. citizens from leaving China by using ‘exit bans,’ sometimes keeping U.S. citizens in China for years.”

The travel advisory is a Level 2 advisory, meaning that it has now been escalated. “Exercise increased caution in China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals.” as stated on the Government website.

The warning comes a month after the Canadian government had apprehended a high level official of the largest cell phone provider in China, Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei.

Recently the Chinese government arrested two Canadian citizens for what they are calling a violation of their laws.

A spokesman for the Chinese government “Without a doubt, these two Canadian citizens in China violated our country’s laws and regulations, and are currently undergoing investigation according to procedure,” Zhang Jun, China’s prosecutor general, said.

For those of you wondering about the levels of travel advisory. A level-one advisory suggests travelers “exercise normal precautions,” while a level-three advisory urges Americans to “reconsider travel.” A level-four advisory recommends that Americans avoid traveling to a particular country.