China has delivered a strong message to its citizens, advising them against travelling to Australia amid safety concerns.
The travel warning, issued by The Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Friday, cited an increase in racist attacks on Asian people in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
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.Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism
“The Ministry of Culture and Tourism reminds Chinese tourists to enhance their safety awareness and do not travel to Australia.”
The state-run Chinese tabloid, the Global Times, also recently published an article advising Chinese students to urge caution regarding studying in Australia.
This comes as reports of racial incidents experienced by Asian people in Australia has risen during the coronavirus crisis.
Chinese students make up almost a third of Australia’s overseas student population and therefore contribute hugely to the country’s economy. Specifically, the short term rental market, which has seen a huge dip recently, particularly in major cities.
The news comes as tensions between the two nations is already tense, with recent import changes causing friction between the trade partners.
The introduction by China of an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley was viewed as a form of retaliation to the federal government’s plea for an independent review into the outbreak of coronavirus.