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World: China, US to ease restrictions on journalists

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China and the United States will ease restrictions on access for journalists from each other's countries, Chinese state media and the U . S . State Department said on Tuesday. Both countries will issue visas to journalists based on applicable laws and regulations, it said, adding that journalists will be able to depart freely and return under strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols. A spokesperson for the U . S . State Department gave similar details, saying China had committed to permit U . S . journalists already in the country to depart freely and return, which they had previously been unable

WASHINGTON — The United States and China announced an agreement on Tuesday to ease restrictions on foreign journalists operating in the two countries, tempering a diplomatic confrontation that led to the expulsion of some American reporters from China during the last year of the Trump “ We are gratified their correspondents will be able to return to the PRC to continue their important work,” the State Department said in a statement, referring to the People’s Republic of China . “ We welcome this progress but see it simply as initial steps.” The United States , which had limited visas for

The US and China have agreed to ease travel and visa restrictions on each others' journalists.

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The agreement comes after highly-anticipated talks between Chinese Premier Xi Jinping and US president Joe Biden on Tuesday.

The move will allow journalists to enter and depart more freely from the other's country.

State media outlet China Daily said the agreement was the result of "more than a year of difficult negotiations".

Under this, both governments will increase the validity of journalist visas from three months to one year, provided they are eligible under all applicable laws and regulations.

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The U . S . and China are easing visa restrictions on each other's reporters, a State Department spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday. The spokesperson said the countries have been collaborating for months and have agreed to give journalists who are eligible under the countries' laws yearlong visas that can be renewed. The two countries will also let the foreign journalists travel internationally without fear they won’t be able to get back in the U . S . or China .

China and the United States will ease restrictions on access for journalists from each other's countries, the official China Daily reports citing unnamed Chinese foreign ministry sources. A consensus on journalist visas, among other points, was reached before the virtual summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US counterpart Joe Biden earlier on Tuesday, the newspaper said. Tensions between the world's top two economies, on issues ranging from tech and trade to human rights and the coronavirus, spilled over into the media sector last year.

Both countries have also pledged to allow journalists to freely depart and return, which they had previously been unable to do.

The US state department spokesperson said they welcomed the move as "progress" but saw them simply as "initial steps."

They added that they would "continue to work toward expanding access and improving conditions for U.S. and other foreign media".

In February last year, the US decided to classify Chinese state media organizations as "foreign missions", which allowed for tighter control to be exercised over them.

Five outlets including Xinhua news agency and the China Global Television Network were told they would need to seek approval to buy any property and would be required to submit lists of all employees on the staffs, in a move China lambasted as "politically motivated oppression."

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China and the U . S . agreed to ease visa restrictions imposed during the Trump administration on each other’s journalists , Chinese state media reported, a development that would remove one of the irritants in the relationship between the nations. After the U . S . begins to issue one-year multiple entry visas for Chinese journalists , China will reciprocate, outlets including China Daily reported Tuesday, hours after Presidents Xi Jinping and Joe Biden spoke via video conference.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States will ease restrictions on access for journalists from each other's countries, the official China Daily reported late on Tuesday, citing unnamed Chinese foreign ministry sources. A consensus on journalist visas, among other points, was reached before the virtual summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U . S . counterpart Joe Biden earlier on Tuesday, the newspaper said. Tensions between the world's top two economies, on issues ranging from tech and trade to human rights and the coronavirus, spilled over into the media sector last year.

A month later, China expelled 13 US journalists from major US publications like the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal in March.

It is not clear if journalists that have been previously expelled will be allowed to return to China under the new agreement.

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Tuesday's meeting, which was held virtually, is only the second time the two leaders have met face to face since Mr Biden took the presidency.

The meeting was seen as a rare opportunity for both countries to stem rising tensions surrounding trade, cybersecurity, climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.

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