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World News January 29, 2024

China, Thailand to enter ‘visa-free era,’ says Chinese FM

China and Thailand are set to enter a “visa-free era” from March 1, according to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The announcement came after the two countries signed a mutual visa exemption agreement, facilitating increased people-to-people exchanges. Wang emphasized the significance of China-Thailand relations, considering Thailand a priority in China’s diplomacy with neighboring countries. He praised Thailand’s commitment to the one-China principle and its support for global initiatives. With 2023 marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Thailand, Wang highlighted the resilient and strengthened bilateral relationship over the past half-century. Previously, Thailand had granted temporary visa waiver status for Chinese visitors, and the move aims to boost tourism, targeting 8 million Chinese tourists in 2024. Wang is on a visit to Thailand from January 26 to 29, having also met with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Bangkok. China has mutual visa exemption agreements with 157 countries and comprehensive mutual visa exemption with 22 countries. Over 60 countries and regions provide visa-free access or visas on arrival for Chinese citizens.

Source – CGTN

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