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Trade war

China returns to familiar playbook in discouraging travel to US

Beijing has throttled outbound tourism to other countries when relations cool

Chinese tourists shop in Tokyo's Akihabara district. Beijing has occasionally put pressure on tour companies to bring fewer travelers to countries with which it has political disputes.

TOKYO -- On June 4, the Chinese government issued a travel warning to citizens visiting the U.S. Citing deteriorating public security and frequent incidents of robbery, theft and gun crime, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism warned travelers to take safety precautions.

The same day, the Foreign Ministry also issued an advisory to Chinese students in the U.S., warning of possible discriminatory treatment by U.S. immigration authorities and encouraging them to contact the Chinese embassy in case of emergency.

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