On Thursday, the US State Department issued a new travel advisory urging Americans to "exercise increased caution" when traveling to the People's Republic of China.

China may issue exit or travel bans in instances where there are business disputes or legal issues.

However, people not directly connected with or even aware of the dispute may still be subject to the ban.

Thursday's advisory is based on concerns that the Chinese government may arbitrarily enforce local law and prevent US citizens from leaving the country.

Here's what you need to know if you're going to China.

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