The US and China agreed to promote a bilateral dialogue on visas for journalists.

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source: theasiatoday.org

The US and China agreed to promote a bilateral dialogue on visas for journalists.

Communicators from both countries will be able to enter and leave freely, respecting the security protocols imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed that they would allow journalists from both countries to enter and exit freely while respecting the security protocols imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, following tensions over this matter of the last few months.

According to sources from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, quoted by the 'China Daily' newspaper, the United States will issue multiple visas annually for Chinese journalists and immediately address the "validity period of the status."

For its part, China, based on the principle of reciprocity, has pledged to ensure that American journalists are afforded equitable treatment in the Asian country as soon as the US measures take effect.

The sources quoted by the Chinese newspaper have specified that the consensus reached results from more than a year of "difficult negotiations" on the treatment of the media in both countries. However, describing the agreement as "good" for both parties, they have stressed that it reflects the normality of relations between Washington and Beijing.

In this regard, a State Department spokesman confirmed on Tuesday that China had agreed to issue visas to a group of American reporters. It would allow journalists in the country to leave and return whenever they want, Washington doing the same. The American news agency Bloomberg.

Likewise, according to the White House national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, during the virtual summit held by both presidents and lasted for more than three hours, they agreed to promote a bilateral dialogue on arms control.

"The two leaders agreed that we would seek to advance talks on strategic stability," Sullivan said, using a term common in diplomatic circles to describe arms control.

Biden's adviser responded this way during a conference Tuesday at the Brookings think tank to a question about China's potential to significantly expand its nuclear arsenal and about Beijing's recent launch of a hypersonic missile, capable of bypassing the Earth.

Sullivan, who was present at the virtual meeting that took place on Monday (Tuesday in Beijing), assured that Biden raised with Xi the "need" to hold talks about these kinds of arms advances by China, which he described as "transcendental issues that have a profound importance for the national security of the United States."

Biden indicated that those conversations should be "led by leaders and led by high-level teams," who have decision-making power and are experts in "security, technology, and diplomacy," Sullivan explained.

"Now it is up to us (Biden and Xi's advisers) to think about the most productive way to do this," he added.

The adviser acknowledged that this possible dialogue will probably not be as "mature" as the one that the United States has shared for years with Russia, the other great nuclear power, because the talks with Moscow are more "entrenched."

The United States is locked in an arms race with China and Russia in the field of hypersonic weapons, which are more difficult to detect by missile defense systems due to their speed.