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China signs visa exemption agreements with 99 countries

(People's Daily Online)    13:17, June 25, 2015

China's passport has a higher 'gold content', Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular press conference on June 24, 2015.

At present, China has concluded visa exemption agreements covering different types of passports with 99 countries. China has signed 59 agreements to simplify visa procedures or arrangements with 37 countries. 36 countries and regions unilaterally give convenience to Chinese citizens' visa on arrival. Chinese citizens could enjoy unilaterally visa-free entry of 11 countries and regions.

The United Kingdom and Belgium recently announced that one-stop visa service will be provided to Chinese citizens in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou from July 1.

Lu Kang pointed out that in recent years, a substantial increase appeared in the number of outbound Chinese citizens. Over 100 million Chinese citizens went aboard last year. In the first five months of this year, the number of Chinese citizens visiting the United States for business and travel increased by 31 percent.

Through unremitting efforts, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs achieved great progress in visa facilitation, which brings more benefits to the public.

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Wang Ao,Gao Yinan)

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