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U.S. and China conform to ease visa restrictions for journalists

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U.S. and China agree to ease visa restrictions for journalists

The U.S. and China have agreed to ease Trump-era visa restrictions for journalists on a reciprocal foundation, following a sequence of expulsions by each governments throughout heightened tensions final yr, a State Division spokesperson has revealed.

It is a vital breakthrough in a dispute that had performed a distinguished position within the total improve of tensions between Washington and Beijing towards the top of the Trump administration.

The settlement was reached throughout US President Joe Biden’s digital assembly with Chinese language President Xi Jinping, on Tuesday, November 16, in accordance with Chinese language state media.

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“In latest months, now we have pressed the Individuals’s Republic of China by way of working-level channels on particular bilateral points the place we’ve confronted longstanding roadblocks and had longstanding considerations,” the State Division spokesperson mentioned to Axios.

 

“This consists of media entry and visa points. In a couple of areas, we’ve been capable of make some preliminary progress.”

 

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The Chinese language authorities has dedicated to issuing visas for a “group of U.S. reporters, supplied they’re eligible beneath all relevant legal guidelines and laws.”

 

China has additionally dedicated to rising the validity of visas for journalists to at least one yr, and the U.S. will do the identical.

 

The US and China will enable journalists already in one another’s respective nations to freely depart and return, which they’d beforehand not been capable of do.

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“We welcome this progress however see it merely as preliminary steps,” the State Division spokesperson pressured.

 

President Biden and Chinese language President Xi Jinping held a wide-ranging dialogue in a digital assembly that lasted for about three and half hours.

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