Don’t go to China: Australians are given a chilling warning that they can be locked up in the Hellhole Detention Center just to set foot in the communist nation
- DFAT said that Australians are at risk of “arbitrary detention” if they travel to China
- Warning said China detained foreigners for ‘endangering national security’
- Australians have been urged not to travel abroad at all due to the coronavirus
- The threatening message comes amid mounting tensions between the two nations
- Last week, China said it is “not afraid” of Australia’s plans to strengthen its military
Australians have been warned that they may be given ‘arbitrary detention’ in China if they travel to the communist country.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade released a travel advice update on Tuesday with a chilling message for travelers planning to head to mainland China.
Australians have already been told not to travel abroad during the coronavirus pandemic.
But the update went further, stating that the Chinese government has detained foreigners it accused of “endangering national security.”
“China does not allow most foreigners to enter China because of COVID-19,” DFAT said. Direct flights between China and Australia have decreased significantly.
The State Department and Trade said Australians are at risk of “arbitrary detention” if they travel to China. Pictured: A man wears a Chinese flag during the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong at the City City shopping mall in Hong Kong in December 2019
‘If you travel to China despite our advice, you will be quarantined for 14 days. Quarantine requirements can change in the short term.
“If you are already in China and want to return to Australia, we recommend that you do this by commercial means as soon as possible.
Authorities have detained foreigners for “endangering national security.” Australians may also be at risk of arbitrary detention. ‘
A 2019 report by Amnesty International said that China had legalized ‘arbitrary and secret detention’, which prevented long-term contact with detainees, and increased the risk of torture and other ill-treatment and forced ‘confessions’.
The DFAT warning said that the Chinese authorities had arrested foreigners for “endangering national security.” Depicted: Democratic Party politician Hui Chi-fung is being held by riot police during a protest at Causeway Bay in Hong Kong on June 12
The UN working group on forced or involuntary disappearances continues to seek permission to visit China to receive an initial report on the situation.
It is amid mounting tensions between the two nations after Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an investigation into China’s approach to the coronavirus outbreak.
China responded by calling Australia “chronically racist,” with accusations of spying on nationals and spreading fake news, while boycotting local industries and urging its students and citizens to study and travel elsewhere.
In Hong Kong, controversial Chinese national security laws that threaten life imprisonment for plotting against the communist government have been implemented.
Morrison said Australia is “actively considering” providing a safe haven for Hong Kong residents to provide support in light of the sanctions.
Scott Morrison said Australia would consider providing a safe haven to Hong Kong residents after controversial Chinese national security laws were enacted in Hong Kong. Pictured: Riot police hold banner during protest at Causeway Bay in Hong Kong on June 12
China said it is “not afraid” of Australia’s plans to strengthen its military after Morrison revealed a $ 270 billion boost to national defense last week.
The Prime Minister announced that Australia will spend $ 75 billion on the Navy, $ 65 billion on the Air Force, $ 55 billion on the military, $ 15 billion on cybersecurity, and $ 7 billion on space.
The state media of China responded on Friday with the statement that the communist nation will not shrink from “provocations” and could counteract this by improving its powers.
“These weapons procurement plans are widely interpreted as targeting China,” said an article published Friday in The Global Times.
The English-language newspaper is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party and recently published another article claiming that Australia is sending spies to China.
The Global Times article, entitled “China prepared for military provocation from Australia,” quotes “Chinese experts” as saying that Australia is a “follower of the US.”
“Chinese experts said on Thursday that the Chinese military has no intention of provoking Australia, nor is it afraid of Australian provocations.” the report reads.
Police rush through smoke to detain protesters during a demonstration at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in November 2019