Agreement between US and China: Restrictions on journalist visas eased

Agreement between US and China: Restrictions on journalist visas eased
Agreement between US and China: Restrictions on journalist visas eased

The United States and China have agreed to ease visa bans following a long-awaited virtual summit between their two leaders. Beijing on Wednesday hailed the move as a “significant achievement.” Washington has consistently condemned China’s treatment of members of the US media and has taken action against Chinese media on US soil. In 2020, Beijing expelled Americans working for several major newspapers, including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, as tensions between the two countries escalated. But after a virtual summit between US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, officials in both countries agreed to issue new journalist visas. Beijing has promised to allow American journalists already in the PRC (People’s Republic of China) to leave and return freely. Agreement between US and China.

A spokesman for the State Department said on Tuesday that discussions in recent months had led to “initial progress” in some areas of the media. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters on Wednesday that “this difficult achievement is in the interest of the media on both sides and is valuable.” The United States has said in a statement that Washington will continue to push for “expanding access to American and other foreign media and improving the situation” and for greater freedom of the press in general. Agreement between US and China.

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