Travel to China – An Explanation of the Recent Chinese Government Restrictions
The rector in chief of the Chinese communist party, Generalissimo Kim Jong il, has decreed that travel to China will now be limited to citizens of his country only. He has also imposed an entry ban on all travelers from outside of China and will tighten security at all Chinese-occupied territories. These decisions were announced today during a meeting between Kim Jong il and his top officials. This is expected to cause massive chaos and turmoil in both Koreas, and will be a major embarrassment for the United States.
According to the rector in chief, the new policy which was announced today will go into effect on the first day of next February. It is not immediately obvious what this new rule will say, or who will have the power to enforce it, or what impact it might have on the millions of citizens traveling out of China every year. However, the new rules are reported to have been drafted after thorough consultation with top officials in the Chinese communist party, and with the blessing of Kim Jong il himself.
The new regulations will affect all tourists entering into China via another country, whether by land, sea, or air. Citizens of China who wish to visit another country will need to have a valid passport. They may also need to have evidence of immunization for illness, and will need to have their nationality verified before they are allowed to enter the country. This may result in a heavy penalty, or a long-term restriction on traveling. If caught within two months of the trip, a citizen could face a prison sentence. In the case of a flight, passengers may face immediate detention.
The Chinese government is claiming that the measures are necessary to prevent “ungentlemen” from “misusing” the valuable resources of China. Reports are beginning to emerge of citizens being detained and harassed at airports while en route. Some have been detained simply because they did not have the correct documentation. There are concerns that the travel restrictions may be related to Beijing’s desire to strengthen its control over the western world. As tensions rise between North Korea and the United States, the likelihood of trade relations souring due to disputes over human rights and territorial issues may increase.
It is not clear why the Chinese communist party decided to impose these restrictions on travelers. Many speculate that the reason may be to prevent the spread of contagious diseases, especially swine flu, which has recently killed tens of thousands of people in China. It is also believed that some of the measures are being imposed on Uighurs, a Turkic speaking group that is also a widely documented immigrant community in China. Some reports suggest that members of the public may be restricted to enter the cities of Beijing and Shanghai, and that foreigners will only be permitted entry into the most populated cities.
The new exit ban may have been imposed to reduce the risk of tourists travelling to China and bringing in illicit goods and services. Reports have indicated that authorities are now monitoring the public movements of people trying to leave the country for tourism and business purposes. Chinese citizens have also been banned from entering into any other country that is not one of the six republic member states. This exit ban has caused chaos in the booking systems of the largest airlines, with many airlines denying to serve customers who have booked flights to China using overseas airlines. This may cause a further decrease in tourism and result in a further decline in the global economy.
One of the reasons why China has been implementing this kind of strict ban is that the international media has been highlighting the issue of forced removals and illegal border crossings. The United States State Department has criticized China for not complying with its obligations regarding the control of the movement of persons across the border. The latest tightening of controls comes just weeks after the detention of a group of Chinese tourists who attempted to cross into Hong Kong from China. The incident sparked fierce debate in the US between the government and the opposition, with both blaming the other for causing the rift.
In reaction to the latest developments in China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a strongly worded statement against the actions of the Chinese government, warning that “such actions will only strengthen resentment against the government in the international community”. According to the ministry, the recent decision to impose an entry ban on foreign nationals who have already obtained Chinese nationality, including those from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea, is a move to protect China’s national security. The Ministry added that it was examining all aspects of the recent security developments, including the reasons for the travel ban. However, the Chinese government has yet to release details of the reasons behind its decision to implement the new policy.