Korean businesspeople could visit China again as early as May under an agreement between the two countries to lift strict coronavirus curbs for them. 

China’s Ambassador to Korea Xing Haiming said at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Federation of Korean Industries on Tuesday that the two governments will soon announce a mutual fast-track entry program for businesspeople.






Xing Haiming

He said Seoul and Beijing agreed “in principle” and are now only fine-tuning the details. “I expect the announcement to be made possibly this week,” Xing said.

China has banned all foreign arrivals since March 28 but made exceptions, including for some 200 Samsung Electronics semiconductor technicians who arrived on a chartered flight.

Xing said China has issued only 108 visas since the ban, and “a significant number” of them were for Koreans. “China considers bilateral economic exchanges with Korea very important,” he added.

Korean businesspeople have called for an urgent easing of entry barriers to China. 

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