China has urged its travellers not to visit Australia over claims of widespread racism in the wake of the coronavirus.
The Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism said in a statement on Friday that Asian people were being targeted with racial discrimination and violence.
'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,' the statement said.
'The Ministry of Culture and Tourism reminds Chinese tourists to enhance their safety awareness and do not travel to Australia.'
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