News World China warns state firms to avoid travel to U.S. - Bloomberg

China warns state firms to avoid travel to U.S. – Bloomberg

China has asked some of the country’s state-run companies to avoid business trips to the United States and its allies, and to take extra care to protect their devices if they need to travel, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

The State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC), which oversees about 100 government-run companies, has told some firms in recent weeks to only take secure, company-issued laptops meant for overseas use if travelling is necessary, according to the report https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-15/china-said-to-ask-state-firms-to-avoid-travel-to-u-s-allies, citing people familiar with the request.

China‘s travel advice also included warning on travelling to the other countries in the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing pact – Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Bloomberg said.

SASAC did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

One state-owned Chinese energy firm had recently tightened information technology security protocols for employees travelling to the United States, a company source told Reuters on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

Some employees at the company were not allowed to take laptops on such trips and were ordered to delete all work-related data and information from their personal phones before travelling, the person said.

Approved business trips to the United States had not been cancelled, the person told Reuters.

At the centre of growing strains between China and the United States was the recent arrest of a top executive at Chinese technology giant Huawei in Canada at the request of U.S. authorities.

The detention has raised concerns over a potential backlash on U.S. firms operating in China, amid an already tense war between the two countries on the trade front.

China‘s ties with Canada have also turned frosty since the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer and “heiress” of Huawei.

China has warned of unspecified consequences unless Meng was released, and has detained Michael Kovrig, a Canadian diplomat on unpaid leave from the embassy in Beijing, and Michael Spavor, a Canadian consultant, on suspicion of endangering state security.

Beijing has not drawn a direct link between the detentions and the arrest of Meng, wanted by U.S. authorities for allegedly misleading multinational banks about Iran-linked transactions. Western diplomats say the cases are a tit-for-tat reprisal.

On Monday, Canada’s foreign ministry updated its travel advisory for China to warn citizens about “the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws.”

(Reuters)

Top Stories

Partly cloudy on Wednesday with local rain, isolated thunderstorms

Partly cloudy on Wednesday with local rain and isolated thunderstorms as well as light snowfall in high mountains. Winds will initially be light to moderate,...

Coronavirus: 109 new cases, two deaths on Tuesday

The Health Ministry on Tuesday announced the death of two people in Cyprus due to Covid-19. This raises the Mediterranean island’s death toll from the...

Health Minister to announce process of covid measures relaxation on Wednesday

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou on Wednesday will announce the way the strict coronavirus measures now in effect in Cyprus will be gradually relaxed after...

Scientists in Greece find 20 million year-old petrified tree

Greek scientists on the volcanic island of Lesbos say they have found a rare fossilized tree whose branches and roots are still intact after...

Turkey bans parties at ski resorts after Covid curfew backlash

Turkey has banned music and parties at ski resorts after footage of crowded party scenes provoked anger in a country which has endured two months...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...