China Warns its Tourists: Beware Gun Violence in America

Guns confiscated from a gang were displayed by the police during a news conference last week in New York. HONG KONG — China has warned its citizens about traveling to a foreign country with “highly frequent” gun violence. That oh-so-dangerous place? The United States. The notice , issued by the Chinese Embassy in Washington on Saturday, was China’s latest effort to warn tourists about a land where gun violence kills about as many people as car accidents — a rate that far exceeds that of any other rich nation . The notice also said robberies and burglaries were common in the United States, and warned Chinese tourists to be cautious of “suspicious” people there. “Avoid going out alone at night,” it added. “If in danger, please be calm and call 911.” Some social media users in China took the warning to heart. “Just a gentle reminder to everyone: The U.S. is not safe,” one user wrote on Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like microblogging service. “Domestic destinations are best for your summer vacation, especially Xinjiang, which is a paradise on earth,” the user added, referring to a region in China’s far west that has nonetheless been troubled by occasional ethnic violence and domestic terrorism. China, with a population of nearly 1.4 billion, has led the world since 2012 in the number of tourists who travel abroad, the United Nations reported last year. Its tourists spent $261 billion abroad in 2016, or more than twice as much as travelers from the United […]

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