US-China Business Council Welcomes Decision To Ease Visa Regime For Journalists
Muhammad Irfan 15 days ago Thu 18th November 2021 | 01:40 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 18th November, 2021) The decision reached by the United States and China to ease the visa regime for journalists will allow the two countries to better understand each other, US-China business Council (USCBC) spokesman Douglas Barry told Sputnik on Wednesday.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the two countries had reached a deal on the issuance of one-year multiple entry visas to reporters. The State Department has confirmed that the US and China mutually committed to increase visa validity for each other's journalists to one year. It welcomed the progress, but noted that the US sees it simply as initial steps.
"The agreement to accommodate journalists is important because both countries need to know what's going on in the other," Barry said.
Current rules allow Chinese journalists to perform their duties in the United States with the existing "I visa" given to foreign reporters during a period not more than 90 days, according to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.