Policymakers and business leaders from the U.S. and China took part in the first-ever Chicago meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) this week, with both groups agreeing that tourism to each country is a top priority and laying out plans to facilitate visitation. Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang co-chaired the sessions with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Chicago trade representative Michael Froman. China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) Chairman Li Jinzao led the Chinese tourism delegations, with other tourism industry attendees including Zhou Yuelong, Chen Qinghua from Air China, Han Jiang from China Eastern Airlines, and Cai Zhuosi from China Southern Airlines. The number of tourists traveling between the U.S. and China continues to grow exponentially, and is project to do so into 2015. China is launching new efforts to make visiting easier, including visa validity extensions, 72-hour visa-free policies in many cities in China, and additional flights from North America to China.Click for Photo Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang speaks at an investment luncheon on the first day the JCCT.
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