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World to China, “We Don’t Want Your Tourists!”

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 18, 2014


This is pretty funny. Chinese newspapers are complaining that other countries do not want Chinese tourists. I fail to see why civilized people would not whole-heartedly welcome one half a billion, shrieking, spitting and crapping foreigners into their land.

Excerpt

Many Chinese tourists want to visit foreign countries during the ongoing Spring Festival holidays but face difficulties due to lengthy visa systems at some embassies, it adds.

In response, Chinese foreign ministry official Huang Ping tells the paper that certain countries are prejudiced against Chinese citizens and do not welcome them.

He adds that more time is needed to achieve visa-free status for Chinese tourists from other countries.

According to the South China Morning Post, currently there are 20 countries which grant Chinese passport-holders visa-free entries, with Bahamas and Thailand expected to be added to the list soon.

Zhang Hong, editor of People’s Daily Overseas Edition, writes that complaints about the “low value of Chinese passports” could be seen as a lack of recognition of China’s rise from the rest of the world.

Echoing similar sentiments, the Global Times says the visa policy of many countries towards China is hurting the dignity of the citizens.

The paper suggests that Western countries refuse visa-free service to Chinese nationals to avoid illegal immigration.

“Getting visa-free treatment from developed countries is not an easy job, but it is still possible. China is now at the critical moment when many breakthroughs are waiting to be made,” says the paper.

Link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25755134

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