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Australians May Face Arbitrary Detention in China, Government Advises Against Travel

The Australian federal governments travel advisory site, SmartTraveller, has updated its travel advice on July 7, telling Aussies not to travel to China or they may face “arbitrary detention.”

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trades advisory site stated that authorities in the communist nation have detained foreigners for allegedly “endangering national security.”

Chinas strict national security laws can be interpreted broadly. This means that a traveller could break the law without realising it, the site warned.

The government advised Australians to research local laws in China as they are much harsher than they are in Australia.

Some of the existing government advice warns Australians that the Chinese regime strictly controls demonstrations and tells travellers to avoid them.

“Dont photograph or video protests,” the advice reads.

Travellers were also advised to note that the Australian government cant intervene in the Chinese regimes justice process.

“We also cant help if youre a dual national and you dont travel on your Australian passport,” the advice reads.

According to the government travel advisory, China has suspended all visas on arrival, including transit visas. Travellers who are transiting onto international flights should double-check whether their transit visa is still valid.

Foreign Minister Says the Eyes of the World Remain on Hong Kong

On July 1, the foreign affairs minister, Senator Marise Payne, issued a statement expressing Australias concern for the “judicial process and the rights and freedoms enjoyed by the people of Hong Kong” after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) legislated a new National Security Law.

Senator Payne noted with concern that Beijing imposed the law without the direct participation of Hong Kongs people, legislature, or the judiciary.

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