China-US tourist exchanges should be improved, according to a Chinese diplomat

At a recent symposium, a Chinese ambassador in the US stated that tourism exchanges have long been a significant part of China-US relations and urged the two nations to increase and strengthen their cultural and people-to-people contacts. At the China-US Tourism Symposium on February 29, Jing Quan, charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in the US, made a speech emphasizing the necessity for both nations to vigorously carry out the agreement that their leaders struck during their summit meeting in San Francisco.


Jing told more than 40 participants from the two countries at the symposium that China has recently taken effective steps to simplify visa application for foreigners traveling to China and promote the facilitation of foreign payments in China. With joint efforts of both China and the United States, the number of direct flights will increase to 100 per week by the end of March. The symposium is expected to thoroughly discuss the current difficulties and challenges affecting mutual visits between Chinese and US tourists and promote the swift recovery of bilateral tourism to pre-pandemic levels, the diplomat said.


In addition to introducing China’s perspectives on fostering tourism cooperation between the two nations and outlining the plans for the 14th China-US Tourism Leadership Summit, Gao Zheng, director-general of the Bureau of International Exchanges and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, also addressed questions posed by US tourism industry representatives. The participants actively worked toward an early implementation of the goal put forth by US and Chinese officials in San Francisco, exchanging ideas, brainstorming, and cooperatively exploring the opportunities for future tourism cooperation.

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