October 24, 2021

China travel: Americans and other Westerners are increasingly scared of traveling there as threat of detention rises

China travel: Americans and other Westerners are increasingly scared of traveling there as threat of detention rises

China travel: Americans and other Westerners are increasingly scared of traveling there as threat of detention rises

By Jenni Marsh
09 March 2021

Jeff Wasserstrom is a self-proclaimed China specialist who is seriously considering never returning to China — at least, he says, not while President Xi Jinping is in power.

The American professor, who for decades made multiple trips a year to China and was last there in 2018, hasn’t focused his career on Tibet or Taiwan — lightning-rod issues which attract Beijing’s ire at lightning-quick speed — but he has written about cultural diversity and student protests in mainland China, and appeared on panels with people he says the Communist Party is “clearly upset with.”

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