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China loosens rules for US business travelers, approvals in 10 days

The flags of the United States and China fly from a lamppost in the Chinatown neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., November 1, 2021.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

WASHINGTON, Dec.2 (Reuters) – China will reduce travel approval time for US business executives to a maximum of 10 days, its ambassador to the United States said Thursday, promising to “listen” to concerns by companies.

Qin Gang, who arrived in the United States in July, told a dinner hosted by the China-US Business Council that Beijing will also work to make COVID-19 testing more convenient and allow executives to work. during quarantine.

Qin said Beijing is adopting President Xi Jinping’s directive on upgrading “expedited” travel arrangements, a response to US concerns about resuming business travel announced after Xi met with the US president. Joe Biden last month.

“With the improved arrangement, the time required for travel approval will be shorter, no more than 10 working days,” he said.

Qin said Beijing would share its specific work plan “very soon” with the US Centers for Disease Control.

He said Beijing is committed to implementing the spirit of Xi and Biden’s recent virtual summit and injecting “more positive energy into our relationship.”

Qin called for enhanced cooperation in the manufacturing, financial services and energy sectors.

He also reiterated Beijing’s call for Washington to abolish additional tariffs imposed on Chinese products by the administration of former President Donald Trump.

Marc Allen, director of strategy at Boeing Co (BA.N), welcomed the announcement of expedited travel and a separate decision by the Chinese aviation authority to issue an airworthiness directive on the Boeing 737 MAX, which will pave the way for the model returned to service in China after more than 2-1 / 2 years. Read more

At the same meeting, US Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Jose Fernandez reiterated a litany of US complaints about China’s business practices and highlighted the need for a level playing field for US business.

He reiterated the US concerns about human rights, including alleged forced labor, in China’s Xinjiang region and highlighted the US government’s warnings to companies about the risks of operating in Hong Kong.

He told business leaders operating in China that they should keep in mind that they are “not bystanders in the larger economic and strategic relationship.”

“Above all, be aware of how your activities may affect US national security and the core values ​​we hold dear,” he said.

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