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Union cabinet approves agreement on exemption from visa

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New Delhi: The union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday approved the model agreement on an exemption from visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and official passports.

This would facilitate visa-free entry, transit, and stay up to 90 days (or less) in any period of 180 days (or more) in the territory of India or a signatory country for holders of diplomatic and official passports of either country.

It said the move was part of India’s ongoing effort to expand the envelope of visa-free travel for holders of diplomatic and official passports to other countries.

Visa-free agreements have been signed with 69 countries, but there are still more than 130 countries with which India is yet to enter or sign similar agreements, an official release said. (IANS)(Picture Courtesy: NDTV)

 

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, left, chats with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He during a photograph session after their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, June 3, 2018. (VOA)

China’s economic czar, Vice Premier Liu He, will travel to the United States later this month for the second round of negotiations aimed at resolving the ongoing trade war between the global economic giants.

Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng told reporters in Beijing Thursday that Liu will visit Washington on January 30-31. He was invited by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

U.S. negotiators were optimistic after the first round of talks in Beijing last week that the two sides would be able to resolve tariff disputes that have upset global markets.

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Flags fly in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 1, 2019. VOA

The trade talks are the result of an agreement last month between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to stop the tit-for-tat tariff conflict between the two countries for 90 days starting on New Year’s Day.

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The United States has long complained about access to the vast Chinese market and Beijing’s demands U.S. companies reveal their technology advances.

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