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China's MFA confirmed granting visas to US government officials to work in China during the Beijing Winter Olympics
2022-01-20 00:55

On the regular press conference on January 19, MASTV asked: According to reports, China has granted visas to 46 US government officials to work in China during the Beijing Winter Olympics. Most of them are from the Department of State. Can you confirm that? Do you think the US visa applications for these officials are contradictory to its earlier claim that it would not send official or diplomatic representation to the Games?

Zhao Lijian: I can confirm that the Chinese side has granted visas to some members of the US team composed of government officials. The US delegation for the Beijing Winter Olympics comprises a large number of government officials, including those from the Department of State, and many of them hold diplomatic or service passports. 

We hope the US side will earnestly act upon the Olympic spirit and work together with the Chinese side to create sound atmosphere for all athletes’ participation in Beijing 2022.

On your question whether the US visa applications for its diplomats and officials contradict its previous claim of not sending official or diplomatic representation to the Beijing Winter Olympics, I suggest you ask the US side.


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