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U.S. State Department issues travel warning for China

May 10, 1999
Web posted at: 1:18 a.m. EDT (0518 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. State Department has issued a safety advisory for U.S. citizens and business representatives traveling to China.

Following is the text of that advisory:

"Following the accidental bombing of the People's Republic of China's embassy in Belgrade by NATO-coalition forces, there have been on-going, large-scale demonstrations, incidents of harassment of private Americans and damage to U.S. businesses in the PRC.

Conditions remain volatile as a result of the extremely high anti-NATO and anti-American sentiment, and the potential exists for further demonstrations and reactions against American citizens and interests.

Circumstances in Hong Kong are relatively quiet, but the possibility of further demonstrations cannot be excluded.

The Department of State strongly urges American citizens to defer travel to the PRC until the situation stabilizes.

U.S. citizens in the PRC should remain in or very close to their homes or hotels, review their security practices, stay alert to the changing situation, and avoid crowds and demonstrations. Airports remain open and Americans wishing to leave should be able to do so.

Official travel by U.S. government employees to the PRC has been temporarily suspended and all official U.S. government personnel in the PRC have been instructed to remain at home until the situation calms.

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the US consulates general in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang and Chengdu will be closed on Monday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 11, and similar action may be taken in the future as necessary.

The U.S. consulate general in Hong Kong is scheduled to remain open May 10 and May 11.

American citizens seeking emergency assistance while the embassy and consulates general are closed may not be able to reach these offices by telephone.

In such an event, they may contact the Department of State at 202-667-0900. Persons with business to conduct at the embassy or one of the consulates are advised to check in advance.

For further information on travel to the PRC, please consult the Department of State's latest consular information sheet for the People's Republic of China.

This travel warning supercedes the May 8 public announcement on the People's Republic of China, to update the current security situation, to urge Americans to defer travel to the PRC, and to reflect the temporary suspension of travel to the PRC by U.S. government employees."



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