One thing I managed to (ignorantly) overlook was the Visa issue. I had always gotten double or multiple entry tourist visas when I came to
Realizing my predicament, I went back to the HK side and located the border visa center. I was told my a lot of Chinese and HK customs officials that Americans were able to obtain temporary visas there. That was OK with me because I had a flight to
Fortunately, I was able to contact friends and family in HK to help me find a hotel for the weekend. However, I wasn't able to avoid paying penalties on my flights back to the
Finally on Monday, we were able to get my visa. While waiting for it at the China Travel Service, we asked the branch manager (who we knew) about the current laws for Chinese visas for Americans. The manager explained the laws had only changed in the past couple of years. Americans were treated like citizens of every other country for the longest time. They could obtain visas quickly and freely. They only changed after Americans changed their laws. It seems that the attacks on 9/11 and the subsequent acts of legislation (ie. Patriot Acts), including immigration ones made it incredibly hard for Chinese citizens to travel to the
I recently applied for a 1 year business visa through my company. I only got a 6-month visa because the regulation for this only changed a few weeks ago. I guess
Last week, I read a NY Times entitled U.S. Toughens its Position on China Trade, regarding the recent
will do next is an open question in the administration. The answer may not be clear until Mr. Paulson’s economic meeting with the Chinese in May. China
But many Chinese experts warn that the latest steps by the administration will not help persuade
to change its reliance on a low-valued currency and other restrictions on imports and investment. The power and influence of Communist Party leaders tied to the export sector is too great, they say. China
U.S.takes more actions against China, it will harm Paulson’s dialogue with Chinaand future trade meetings,” said Chen Jianan, a professor of economics at Fudan Universityin . But he said the most recent actions could compel both sides to negotiate. Shanghai
In my understanding of
That’s the Chinese way.
Ultimately, we’ll see what happens. The NY Times already has a prediction:
All sides agree that the latest American actions portend a period of rough weather in United States-Chinese relations.