China has issued a new warning to its citizens - dont travel to Australia.


The countrys Ministry of Culture and Tourism has advised the public to avoid travel to the country, citing racial discrimination and violence against Chinese people following the global COVID-19 outbreak.


There has been an alarming increase recently in acts of racial discrimination and violence against Chinese and Asians in Australia, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry said in a statement on Friday (local time).


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.


It did not give any specific examples of such discrimination or violence.


There have been reports of people of Asian appearance experiencing harassment and increased racism since the outbreak of the coronavirus began at the end of 2019, including in the United States.


China issued a warning to tourists travelling to the US earlier this year after some said they were mistreated in connection with the outbreak.


The warning also comes despite Australias travel ban remaining in place so no foreign visitors are allowed to enter the borders.


It comes as foreign relations between China and Australia turned increasingly sour following Scott Morrisons call for an independent inquiry into the origins of COVID-19.


Chinas Ambassador to Australia then suggested trade retribution, before the country slapped a crippling 80 per cent tariff on Australias $2 billion-a-year barley export industry and suspended beef imports from four major Australian meatworks.



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China warns citizens not to travel to Australia



China has issued a new warning to its citizens - dont travel to Australia.


The countrys Ministry of Culture and Tourism has advised the public to avoid travel to the country, citing racial discrimination and violence against Chinese people following the global COVID-19 outbreak.


There has been an alarming increase recently in acts of racial discrimination and violence against Chinese and Asians in Australia, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry said in a statement on Friday (local time).


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.


It did not give any specific examples of such discrimination or violence.


There have been reports of people of Asian appearance experiencing harassment and increased racism since the outbreak of the coronavirus began at the end of 2019, including in the United States.


China issued a warning to tourists travelling to the US earlier this year after some said they were mistreated in connection with the outbreak.


The warning also comes despite Australias travel ban remaining in place so no foreign visitors are allowed to enter the borders.


It comes as foreign relations between China and Australia turned increasingly sour following Scott Morrisons call for an independent inquiry into the origins of COVID-19.


Chinas Ambassador to Australia then suggested trade retribution, before the country slapped a crippling 80 per cent tariff on Australias $2 billion-a-year barley export industry and suspended beef imports from four major Australian meatworks.



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