A Boeing 757 freighter loaded with cargo by SF Airlines arrives at Nantong Airport in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. Photo: CFP
China’s foreign ministry has approved an accelerated travel program between the US and China, AmCham China said in a statement to the Global Times on Wednesday.
“We are currently working with several local Foreign Office offices (FAOs) in locations where our members are based to confirm and finalize PU letter and visa details,” the Chamber said, noting that the aim is to to be operational by early 2022.
The goal of the accelerated scheme is to provide a more efficient, predictable and reliable channel for key US business leaders, technical personnel and their dependent family members to come to China. It also ensures that those living in China who have left the country for family or business reasons are eligible to return to China under the program.
“Restrictions on business travel have been a top priority for many of our members and AmCham China has been working hard on this issue over the past two years to alleviate the challenges of international travel to and from China,” the Chamber said.
AmCham China said it is working with AmCham Shanghai and the US-China Business Council (USCBC) on the program.
At the top leaders’ summit between China and the US in November, China agreed to upgrade an accelerated arrangement to make it easier for corporate America to travel to China, prompting positive response from corporate America.
Setting up an accelerated track could alleviate the practical difficulties the two countries face in investment and trade cooperation, facilitate exchanges between Chinese and American businessmen, and help boost the two countries’ economic recovery, said Xu Chen, chairman of the China General Chamber of Commerce-USA (CGCCUSA), who is also president and CEO of Bank of China USA, told the Global Times in an early interview.