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US CONSIDERS EASING OF VISA POLICY FOR CHINESE

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
SOURCE: 
China Daily

The United States may further ease its visa policy for Chinese tourists, a move welcomed by tourists and travel agencies in China and the US.

Arne Sorenson, a member of the President Barack Obama's Export Council, said recently that the US is considering a more progressive visa policy for Chinese tourists, including a possible visa waiver for the second time a Chinese visits the US.

"I think it is a wise decision for the US government because such changes will greatly encourage more Chinese to visit the US," said Xu Nan, an official in Beijing, adding that the complicated visa application process caused her to give up traveling to the US.

"It's overall a friendly gesture," Xu said. "The strict visa policy used to block a lot of Chinese from traveling to the US; it is unfair for them. If the US government can actually provide a visa waiver for frequent visitors like me, Chinese citizens can better understand a real image of the US through their own eyes."

More than 1.8 million Chinese visited the US in 2013 and spent about $9.8 billion, a 12 percent increase from 2012, according to a recent US Commerce Department report.