China: Safe to Travel Despite Media Attention

Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Many of our clients have been asking us lately, “Is it still safe to travel to China now with everything that’s going on?” So I thought, since so many people are asking, this might be a good time to tackle this topic.
The short answer: Yes.
But the long answer goes something like this. First, I should back up a bit and explain why there’s all this recent media attention on China in the first place for those of you who aren’t following foreign politics too closely. Back in early December 2018, following a request from the American government, Canadian police arrested and detained Meng Wanzhou. Wanzhou is the current CFO of Huawei Technologies Co. Oh, and she just happens to be the daughter of the company’s founder. If you’re unfamiliar with Huawei, well, they are like the Apple of China and the second biggest tech producer in Asia next to Samsung. You can imagine the uproar if the Chinese tried to detain Tim Cook.

To summarize, it’s a big deal.
In the US, Huawei is in hot water for allegedly stealing tech breakthroughs from an American telecommunications company. As well, the reason the US wanted Wanzhou detained is that they allege she defrauded financial institutions into circumventing trade restrictions with Iran. Wanzhou is now facing extradition to the US to face formal charges.
As a result, relations between China and Canada have heated up, and it goes without saying that the whole situation will impact US/China relations as well. It’s been a severe game of ego hardball being played by both sides, having much to lose in thwarted trade negotiations.
So that’s the backstory. As a result, the media is giving this a ton of attention and rumors have begun to surface that travel to China could be viewed as dangerous. I’m only assuming that my counterpart, sitting in an office in Beijing, is fielding similar questions concerning the safety of travel to North America.
Due to this high-profile diplomatic spat, many people have been scared off of China and chosen to defer their travel plans until things stabilize. But from my point of view, it’s a perfect time to go to avoid crowds.

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