The Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism has warned its citizens warning them not to travel to Australia because of a "significant increase" in racist attacks on "Chinese and Asian people".

The travel alert issued on Friday said the alleged attacks came in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

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"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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Last month, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) reported that one in four people who lodged racial discrimination complaints in the past two months were targeted because of Covid-19.

In April, reported on a shocking video that showed a gang allegedly attacking a pair of Chinese students as they were on their way home in Melbourne.

A Hong Kong student was also reportedly punched in the face in Hobart for wearing a mask during the early stages of the pandemic.

The travel warning comes after China's state-run tabloid Global Times published an editorial warning Chinese students to "be cautious about studying in Australia".

International students make up a huge part of Australia's economy, and some wonder whether the measures are to punish Australia for its call for an independent inquiry into the global pandemic.

The WHO has been called into question with its ties to China. Photo / AP
The WHO has been called into question with its ties to China. Photo / AP

Last month, China announced an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley, and blacklisted four major beef exporters because of labelling violations.

But Beijing denied the new trade measures were a retaliation.


Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan said Covid-19-related discrimination against people of Asian backgrounds must be condemned.

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"Coronavirus has nothing to do with race or nationality — and neither fear of the virus, nor frustration at the difficulties we all face, are excuses for discrimination.

"People of all backgrounds are dealing with this crisis. No group can be singled out, and we must all work collectively to defeat it."