by Chrisopher Bodeen and Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | June 04, 2019
BEIJING (AP) - A travel warning issued by China's Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy and consulates in the U.S. said Chinese visitors have been interrogated, interviewed and subjected to other forms of what it called harassment by U.S. law enforcement agencies.

The government urged Chinese citizens and Chinese-funded bodies in the U.S. to step up their safety awareness and preventative measures and respond "appropriately and actively."

The alert, valid until Dec. 31, was "needed under the current circumstances," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.

China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism also issued a travel alert on Tuesday, noting the high frequency of shootings, robberies and theft in the country. And on Monday, Chinese people who are planning on studying in the U.S. were urged to assess the risks involved, given tightened visa restrictions.
Kurtenbach contributed from Bangkok, Thailand.