China has issued a travel warning to its citizens, warning them against travel to Australia in the wake of what it says is increased racism in Australia following the coronavirus outbreak.
The Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued a travel alert to its citizens.
The statement issued on Friday (local time) states the alleged attacks came in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, racial discrimination and violence against Chinese and Asian people in Australia have seen a significant increase,” the statement said.
“The Ministry of Culture and Tourism reminds Chinese tourists to enhance their safety awareness and do not travel to Australia.”
The warning came after China’s state-run tabloid Global Times published an editorial warning Chinese students “be cautious about studying in Australia”.
It did not give any specific examples of such discrimination or violence.
Asians of various backgrounds have said they have been harassed since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, including in the US. China issued a warning to tourists travelling there earlier this year after some said they were mistreated in connection with the outbreak.
This warning from China could further sour relations between the two trade partners.
Last month, China announced its decision to impose an 80 percent tariff on Australian barley and blacklisted four major beef exporters due to labelling violations.
But Beijing denied the new trade measures were in retaliation to Australia’s call for an independent investigation into the global pandemic.
– Reuters / ABC