China places great importance on the issue of media and has been doing its utmost to provide assistance, convenience and service to foreign journalists, including American journalists, in their reporting that is conducted in accordance with laws and regulations. In the meantime, we are unequivocally opposed to discriminatory practice on the US side against Chinese media in the US.
After multiple rounds of consultations, China and the United States have recently reached three consensuses on their visa policies for journalists based on the principles of mutual respect, reciprocity and mutual benefit.
The two sides agreed to ensure that journalists from either country currently based in the other country can enter and leave that country normally on the premise of strictly observing laws and consular regulations.
The two sides also agreed to issue one-year multiple entry visas to journalists from the other country, and the US side pledged to immediately initiate domestic procedures to address the "duration of status" issues for Chinese journalists. The Chinese side promised to give equal treatment to American journalists in China after the US policies enter into force.
Both parties will approve visas on an equal footing for new journalists who meet application requirements in accordance with laws and regulations.
赵立坚说，这一成果来之不易，符合双方媒体利益，值得珍惜(this achievement was hard-won, meets the interests of both sides, and is worth cherishing)。希望美方信守承诺(honor its words)，尽快将有关措施政策落实到位(implement the relevant policies as soon as possible)，同中方共同努力，为两国媒体在对方国家工作生活持续创造有利条件(work with China to continue creating favorable working and living conditions for the media of both countries)。