China has pledged to reduce waiting times for businessmen seeking approval to travel to the country from the United States, its ambassador to the US, Qin Gang, said Thursday.
The Asian nation will fast-track the process to a maximum wait time of 10 days, while making Covid-19 testing more convenient and allowing executives to work during quarantine, Qin said at an annual US-China Business Council gala in Washington, DC.
China is one of the few countries still pursuing a strict zero-Covid strategy and has some of the toughest travel restrictions — and longest quarantine measures — in the world.
Qin said China is willing to address concerns US companies may have over market access and the general business environment in the world's second-largest economy.
He also repeated Beijing's appeal to Washington to abolish additional tariffs imposed on Chinese goods, calling on the US to abandon its "Cold War mentality."
“We should regain the confidence in China-US relations,” Qin said. “China-US economic and trade relations are mutually beneficial in nature and should not be politicized.”
Last month, two dozen US business groups called on the Biden administration to work toward removing tariffs on China to help ease historic inflation. In a letter to Biden officials, the groups warned tariffs on China and retaliatory levies are hurting US companies and families by raising costs.