China, US to ease restrictions on each other's journalists

FILE - Wall Street Journal reporters, from right, Stephanie Yang, Julie Wernau, and Stu Woo embrace colleagues before their departure at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing on March 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

BEIJING (AP) - China and the U.S. have agreed to ease restrictions on each other's journalists amid a slight relaxation of tensions between the two sides.

The official China Daily newspaper on Wednesday said the agreement was reached ahead of Tuesday's virtual summit between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden.

The agreement represents a degree of progress on an issue that has long aggravated relations, but details remain to be ironed out. COVID-19 travel restrictions and long-standing obstacles faced by foreign media within China are also factors standing in the way of a major breakthrough in media relations.

Under the agreement, the U.S. will issue one-year multiple-entry visas to Chinese journalists and will immediately initiate a process to address "duration of status" issues, China Daily said. China will reciprocate by granting equal treatment to U.S.