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China and US Sign the Travel Cooperation Letter of Intent
2009-11-02 08:40:40

On October 29, the 20th China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade co-chaired by Vice Premier Wang Qishan a...

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On October 29, the 20th China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade co-chaired by Vice Premier Wang Qishan and Gary Locke, U.S. Secretary of Commerce was held in Hangzhou; Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr., current United States Ambassador to China, and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and other persons attended the meeting.

 

Shao Qiwei, Chairman of China National Tourism Administration attended the meeting and made a report on the work of tourism working group of joint commission on behalf of the Chinese side. Shao Qiwei and Michelle O'Neill, Acting Under Secretary for International Trade of US Department of Commerce also signed the Travel Cooperation Letter of Intent. The two sides agreed to convene the 3rd meeting of the tourism working group of China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in January 2010, by which, such issues as the establishment of Sino-US tourists security mechanism, tourism promotion, talent training, enhancing the quality of tourism, tourism policy and information exchange would be discussed and the 2010-2011 working plan for tourism working group would be made.

 

At present, the Sino-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade has 12 industry cooperation working groups including trade and investment, agriculture, energy resources and tourism. The implementation scope for Chinese citizens organizing groups to travel in US increases 12 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities), i.e. Shanxi, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Anhui, Shandong, Guangxi, Hainan, Chongqing, Sichuan, Yunnan and Shaanxi, and the establishment of Sino-US Tourism Directors 31 +50 dialogue mechanism is listed as an important result of the Joint Commission.

 

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