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  • Ambassador Baucus on Longer Visa Validity

    Ambassador Baucus on Longer Visa Validity

    On November 18, Ambassador Baucus announced the number of Chinese students in the U.S. has once again set a new record! He hopes that the newly announced longer-validity visas will encourage even more exchanges among American and Chinese students.

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  • Obama and Xi Jinping on Joint Press Conference

    Obama and Xi Jinping on Joint Press Conference

    U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, speak during a joint news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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  • Secretary Kerry on U.S. Visa Event

    Secretary Kerry on U.S. Visa Event

    Secretary Kerry speaks to Peng Ye, a teacher in China, and the group of fourth-graders she wants to take to the United States to study English, before presenting the children with a 10-year business and tourism visa during a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, on November 12, 2014. [State Department photo]

  • Consulate Community Engages in Volunteerism

    Consulate Community Engages in Volunteerism

    On 9/11, America’s National Day of Service and Remembrance, Consulate staff participated in community service events, such as cleaning local parks and the social service center pictured above.

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  • Human Rights Day Statement by Ambassador Max Baucus

    Today we celebrate International Human Rights Day and commemorate the 66th anniversary of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the United States, we use this day to reflect on the importance of human rights, as outlined in the Universal Declaration. We Americans know from our own national experience that promoting justice and respect for human dignity is difficult, never-ending work. We have made progress. More must be done.  

  • Asst. Secretary Russel Testimony: Evaluating the Impact of the “Umbrella Movement”

    Today’s hearing is timely given the debate taking place in Hong Kong over electoral reforms and the implementation of universal suffrage for the 2017 selection of Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive. I welcome this opportunity to share with the Committee the Administration’s views and response to political developments in Hong Kong, particularly with regard to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s (NPCSC) August 31 decision and the Hong Kong Government’s response to the protests. I would also like to touch on the importance of our relationship with Hong Kong under the “One Country, Two Systems” framework.  

  • Ambassador Baucus’s Remarks at Tsinghua University

    Thank you very much, Dean Yan. That was very generous, your introduction. It’s wonderful to be here at Tsinghua University. This is a wonderful room here. I wish I had such a wonderful lecture hall when I went to college. This is very nice. I’m very envious of all of you.  

  • Obama Proclamation on World AIDS Day 2014

    In a presidential proclamation on World AIDS Day, President Obama honors all those who have been touched by HIV/AIDS and celebrates the promising public health and scientific advances that have brought us closer to our goal of an AIDS-free generation. 

  • Ambassador Baucus Press Conference on Visas and Open Doors

    AMBASSADOR BAUCUS: This afternoon I am very pleased to announce that the number of Chinese students in the United States has once again set a new record. According to the 2014 Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange, almost 275,000 Chinese students studied in the United States last year. That’s an increase of almost 39,000 students from the year before.  

  • President Obama’s Interview with Xinhua News Agency

    Thanks to the hard work of both our peoples, Chinese and Americans, we see ties and cooperation between our countries that would have been unthinkable 35 years ago. Our workers, entrepreneurs and businesses are the backbone of a massive trade relationship that supports jobs in both our nations and helps power the global economy.  

  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: The United States and China Agree to Extending Visas for Short-term Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students

    Q: What are the benefits of the visa validity extension?

    U.S. and Chinese citizens who regularly travel back and forth between the U.S. and China will benefit from the longer validity by not having to apply and pay the application fee every year. Businesses in both countries, including the tourism industry, will benefit from increased travel, investment, and business development opportunities between the two countries. Longer visa validity will allow students and exchange visitors to return to their home countries during school and work holidays more easily.  

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