Thai politician criticised over claim that China has barred tourists after cannabis law

The South China Post writes..

Beijing has rejected a Thai politician’s claim that Chinese citizens had been barred from visiting the Southeast Asian country after it recently legalised cannabis.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, China’s embassy in Bangkok said “the government has not resumed overseas group tours that were banned since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic”.

It added Beijing had not issued any directives requiring Chinese travellers to cancel their trips to Thailand.

Tourists queue up to buy cannabis at a cannabis truck in Bangkok. Photo: Reuters
Tourists queue up to buy cannabis at a cannabis truck in Bangkok. Photo: Reuters

The embassy’s response came after some local media outlets and the opposition Pheu Thai Party leader Chaturon Chaisang said many Chinese tour operators had to scrap trips to Thailand following the latest travel clampdown.

Chaturon said on Facebook last week that cannabis decriminalisation could turn into a negative soft power and affect foreigners’ view of Thai culture.

He also said China had cancelled a schedule to allow tourists to visit Thailand.

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https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3185915/thai-politician-criticised-over-claim-china-has-barred-tourists

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