The arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou could have lingering effects on Chinese tourism in the US and its allies.
China’s State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) has warned business travellers to avoid trips to the U.S. and be extra cautious with devices if travel is necessary.
The warning extends to other member countries in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, which includes New Zealand, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and the United States.
SASAC has demanded employees to verify its files with their company, and only carry files on secure USB drives.
The tension is felt on both sides of the conflict, however, with two Canadian citizens being detained in China. The Canadian government has since advised travellers to “exercise a high degree of caution in China due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws.”