China to allow visa-free entry for 6 countries, but not Japan

NHK -- Nov 26

China will soon allow visa-free entry for citizens of six countries, in a move widely seen as an attempt to spur the faltering domestic economy.

On Friday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said the measure applies to ordinary passport holders from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Malaysia.

They will be able to stay for up to 15 days for purposes such as business, tourism and visiting family. The measure will run for one year starting December 1.

Analysts say the move is likely aimed at attracting investment amid growing uncertainty about China's economy.

Mao described the plan as part of the country's "high-standard opening up."

China suspended short-term visa exemptions for Japanese citizens three years ago in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Leaders in Tokyo have been calling on Beijing to reinstate the measure.

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