Adina Laura Achim
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Exit Bans elevate tensions between US and China

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A trade war between China and the US, the arrest in Canada of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s CFO, and China’s quiet but powerful retaliation against various Chinese-American citizens has brought new cracks into the intricate power balance between the two world powers.

On the one hand, Beijing needs to appease national uproar in the face of what many leading national voices see as a belligerent American foreign policy, and on the other hand, it has to preserve a diplomatic relationship with the Trump administration, avoiding further raises in tariffs.

Nationally, many were outraged by the detention of Meng Wanzhou in Canada on an American warrant, interpreting the arrest as a tactic employed by the Trump administration in its trade war against Beijing or as a desperate try to restrain China’s economic rise.

Ms. Meng faces fraud charges being accused of directly participating in a conspiracy “to trick U.S. banks into violating sanctions currently in place against Iran”.

But China has silently taken retaliatory actions against US and Canadian citizens, employing the so-called “exit bans” which prevent foreign citizens from leaving the country. According to The State Department, Chinese authorities use the “exit bans coercively”, prohibiting foreign citizens from leaving China.

Under the exit bans U.S. citizens can be kept in “China for years” or until they agree “to participate in Chinese government investigations”, or “to aid Chinese authorities in resolving civil disputes in favor of Chinese parties”. Furthermore, exit bans were used “to lure individuals back to China from abroad”.

The Department of State says that “U.S. citizens under exit bans have been harassed and threatened” or “detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime”.

According to Amy Celico of business advisory firm Albright Stonebridge Group, Canadian and American executives are alarmed by the recent arrests of former Canadian diplomat Michael Koyrig, businessman Michael Spayor, and the detention of the Liu couple and Sandra Han. As problems escalate and the US- China relation is deteriorating, it’s safe to say that retaliation instead of cooperation might bring a serious decrease in tourism and business traveling to China. In consonance with state- controlled Global Times, Chinese tourists are also disinclined to travel to the US, thus in the long- run both countries might suffer due to these new tourism trends.

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Adina Laura Achim is not only a UN Women’s Empower Women Champion for Change, but also a published author, entrepreneur, leader, human rights activist, and PR executive. Adina’s editorials appeared in The Jewish Business News, The Latin American Post, L’Officiel, Cosmopolitan, Buro 24/7, Grazia, Society Magazine, Fashion TV and ZINK Magazine, and has been translated into English, Spanish, Slovene, Bulgarian, Armenian, and Russian. Beyond her notable resume, Adina is also lauded for her political engagement and humanitarian activism. Her name is broadly associated with nonprofits that fight against human trafficking and pediatric cancer and for the rights of the refugees and Asylum seekers. With eight books published in three languages and her byline on numerous articles and reviews, Adina is happy to be living the life of a modern storyteller, while remaining faithful to her own values and her quest for authenticity.
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