One-year multiple-entry visas will be granted to journalists from both countries as part of the move – an extension of the currently permitted three-month stay. 
Sources from China’s Foreign Minister told China Daily the new scheme would come into effect once the US had implemented its policy.
It follows a virtual meeting between the two nations’ leaders on Tuesday where Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping discussed a range on matters which were contributing to a growing rift between China and the US.
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Mr Biden raised concerns about the People’s Republic of China’s practices in the Xinjiang province as well as underlined the US’ prioritisation of its national interests and commitment with allies to a “free, open and fair” global system, the White House confirmed in a statement. 
“President Biden also underscored the importance of managing strategic risks. He noted the need for common-sense guardrails to ensure that competition does not veer into conflict and to keep lines of communication open,” the statement added.
The joint effort to allow smoother entry for journalists into both China and the US signals an improvement in relations after both nations’ expelled foreign journalists in 2020.
The US last year introduced a cap on the number of Chinese nationals who could work domestically in Chinese state-owned media under the former Trump administration, with foreign journalists also required to apply for a visa extension after 90 days in the country.
Shortly after China expelled journalists from three major US publications reportedly in retaliation, accusing Washington of a “political crackdown”.
Visa restrictions on Chinese and American journalists will be eased in a move signalling a step towards reconciliation between the two countries. Picture: Getty Images
Confirming the latest effort to repair the relationship with China, a spokesperson for the US State Department noted the deterioration of the “media environment” in PRC over the past few years.
“We welcome this progress but see it simply as initial steps,” the spokesperson said, CNN reported.
“We have remained in close consultation with the affected outlets facing personnel shortages, and we are gratified their correspondents will be able to return to the PRC to continue their important work.
“We will continue to work toward expanding access and improving conditions for US and other foreign media, and will continue to advocate for media freedom as a reflection of our democratic values.”
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Sources from the Chinese Foreign Minstry further reported with ongoing US-China cooperation it is hoped more “good news” could be delivered to media outlets.
American journalists already in China will be allowed to “freely depart and return, which they had previously been unable to do,” the US spokesperson continued.
“We plan to facilitate similar treatment.”

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