American journalists have been banned from China and vice versa since early 2020. President Biden and President Xi Jinping met this week to overturn the ban and make traveling and reporting between the two countries more accessible for reporters. It was determined that three publications will be able to have journalists in China. These organizations are The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.
In the past, Chinese journalists were able to apply for a yearlong visa in the US, but in the last year, the visa time was cut down to 90 days. What isn’t clear in this agreement, is if the reporters who were stationed there prior to the ban and asked to leave will be able to return. This seems to be a step in the right direction when it comes to mollifying the tensions between China And US, especially since the inception of COVID-19. China has different rules about media and its limitations and has been making effort to keep American reporters from writing about the government poorly for years. It is no secret that recent administrations have butted heads with China over other economic issues in the past, but this agreement is progress or foreign media.
“We will continue to work toward expanding access and improving conditions for U.S. and other foreign media, and we will continue to advocate for media freedom as a reflection of our democratic values,”https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/16/us/politics/us-china-journalists.html