China Issues US Travel Warning Amid Trade Tensions

China commerce vice-minister Wang Shouwen vigorously defended China over accusations of backtracking intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer calling them groundless

Chinese social media has been abuzz with talk of US visa and green card denials and other travel, education and employment woes under Trump, who has sought to restrict the numbers of foreign visitors and others coming to the USA for what he claims are security and economic reasons.

China warned students and academics on Monday about risks involved in studying in the United States, pointing to limits on the duration of visas and visa refusals, amid a bitter trade war and other tension between the two countries.

The new guidance comes amid a surge in commercial tensions between the world's two largest economies, with the United States cracking down on premier Chinese tech company Huawei, citing security concerns due to its cozy ties with the government.

Students shield themselves from the sun as they line up at a job fair at a university in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China November 29, 2018.

On Tuesday, China rebuked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his remarks on China's human rights records ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protest, during which communist authorities killed an unknown number of student demonstrators. China is the biggest source of global students on United States campuses, with 360,000 attending previous year - and many pay costly full tuition. Many pay costly full tuition.

The Ministry of Education, in a short statement, said that recently some students seeking to study in the United States had encountered problems with the duration of their visas being limited and an increase in visa refusals. Chinese students overseas were urged on Monday to assess the risks involved given tightened visa restrictions.

From January to March, more than 1,350 Chinese students had applied for U.S. student visas but 182 were "unable to make the trip as planned" due to visa issues, accounting for 13.5% of all applicants, Xu told state broadcaster CCTV.

"The white paper has made it very clear that every twist and turn in the China-US. trade consultations were caused by the U.S.'s flip-flops, violations of consensus, and bad faith", Geng said.

China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the U.S. had been setting "unnecessary obstacles" to people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

China's export volumes to the U.S. fell by 9.7% year-on-year in the first four months of 2019 due to the U.S. tariff measures.

Asked whether the measure which could hit USA travel industry is part of the escalating trade war between the two countries, Geng said, "Chinese people travelling to the United States encountered various difficulties during the entry and after entry".

"China has pioneered a societal approach to stealing innovation in any way it can from a wide array of businesses, universities and organisations", Wray said.

The Chinese Ministry of Education has warned students to be careful if studying in the United States - the latest sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries.

Last month, Republicans in the US Congress introduced legislation aimed at barring Chinese military scientists from obtaining visas to study or work in the United States.