Wednesday, January 26

China Relaxes Rules for US Business Travelers

China will reduce the time required for approval of travel by US business executives to no more than 10 days, its ambassador said in USA (USA), promising to pay “attention” to concerns raised by companies.

Qin Gang, who arrived in the U.S. in July, said at an event organized by the China-US Business Council that Beijing would also work to make testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) more convenient and allow executives to work during the quarantine.

Qin said Beijing was adopting the president’s leadership Xi Jinping on improving “fast track” travel arrangements, a response to US concerns about the resumption of business travel announced after Xi met with the US president, Joe Biden, last month.

With the updated arrangement, the time required for approval of the trip will be shorter, no more than 10 business days, “he said.

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

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

Qin called for strengthened cooperation in manufacturing, financial services and the energy sector.

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

Marc Allen, Chief Strategy Officer at Boeing Co, welcomed the announcement of fast-track travel and a separate decision by China’s aviation authority to issue an airworthiness directive in the Boeing 737 MAX, which will pave the way for the model’s return to service in China after more than two years.

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

He reiterated 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 to keep in mind that “they are not bystanders in the broader economic and strategic relationship.”

“Above all, keep in mind how your activities may affect US national security and core values ​​that we all hold dear,” he said.

Voice of america