Beijing issues travel warnings in retaliation for the arrest of Huawei’s CFO, damaging Canada’s tourism sector
In January 2019, China’s Foreign Ministry issued a travel advisory concerning Canada, citing risks of “arbitrary detention.” The advisory was part of the CCP’s retaliation over the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. As of 2018, Chinese tourism in Canada represented approximately $1.6 billion in revenue from nearly 700,000 annual visitors. Visa requests from Chinese tourists declined in 2019, and the Canadian tourist industry had seen significant declines in business even before the travel limitations resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. On July 6, 2020, a new travel advisory from the Chinese government cautioned against visiting Canada and cited “frequent violent actions” by Canadian law enforcement,” while a government spokesman said that Canada “grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs,” referencing Canada’s statements about Hong Kong’s loss of autonomy under Beijing’s new national security law.