China to Fully Open Borders to Foreigners Amid Ongoing Coverup of COVID Situation

China is setting up to fully open its borders to foreign tourists on March 15 for the first time since the pandemic, even as certain regions are battling with the spread of what officials claim is the flu.
On Wednesday, Beijing will resume issuing all types of visas. Visa-free destinations like Hainan Island, popular among Russians, will open up to foreigners. Visa-free entry for foreigners to enter Guangdong from Macau and Hong Kong will also be resumed, which is expected to be a positive development for the province’s high-end hotels. With the relaxation of visa rules, Beijing removed the last cross-border control measure it had imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Foreigners who received visas before March 28, 2020, can still use them to enter the country.
The updated visa rules come months after the Chinese regime abandoned its draconian zero-COVID policy and amid Beijing’s ongoing coverup of the pandemic death toll.
The COVID-19 situation in some places in China still remains troubling. In Xi’an, the capital of southwest China’s Shaanxi Province, cases of flu are popping up, with people worried about a resurgence of COVID-19.
Residents believe the Chinese regime is deceiving them regarding the truth about the infection. “We all suspect that they have changed the name from COVID-19,” Mr. Zhao, a resident of Zhumadian city in Henan Province, told The Epoch Times on March 9.
“People who have died recently may have been infected with COVID-19 because my aunt died after her lungs turned white. During the funeral, I saw that the crematorium was running 24 hours a day, with too many corpses to burn.”
During a March 10 press conference, Dr. Zhang Wenhong, China’s top virologist, said that the next wave of COVID-19 infections in China might arrive soon. He also warned that the next infection wave will not be as uniform as the previous one.
Testing For COVID-19, Unfavorable View of China
It is unclear whether foreign visitors will have to provide negative COVID-19 tests or vaccination certificates to enter China.
Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson from the Chinese foreign ministry, said that China had “optimized measures for remote testing of people coming to China from relevant countries,” including allowing pre-boarding antigen testing instead of nucleic acid testing
Despite China relaxing its visa regulations, potential tourists may not visit the county in droves as expected. This is because the global view of China has suffered a blow during the pandemic period, with Beijing’s secrecy over COVID-19’s origin creating an unfavorable view of the country internationally.
“It’s common to use tourist visas to come to China on business, but I don’t know how enthusiastic institutional investors will be to do so, after all the drumbeat of scary news,” said Duncan Clark, founder of BDA, a Beijing-based investment consultancy, according to Reuters.
In January, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised questions about China’s death toll. “WHO still believes that deaths are heavily underreported from China, and this is in relation to the definitions that are used but also to the need for doctors and those reporting in the public health system to be encouraged to report these cases and not discouraged,” Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO executive director, said on Jan. 11.
Holding China Accountable
Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are pushing forward policies aimed at holding China accountable for the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 10, Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Michael Burgess (R-Texas) introduced legislation that will hold the Chinese communist regime legally liable for misrepresenting the “seriousness and nature” of COVID-19 to the World Health Organization (WHO) which ultimately led to the “loss of life, injury, and damage to property and commercial interests” of people worldwide.
Of the more than 6.8 million recorded individuals who have died due to COVID-19 around the world, the United States alone accounts for almost a million of these deaths. However, the total deaths do not reflect the actual death toll from China.
On Friday, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Chinese leader Xi Jinping, asking that he reveal information about the origins of the coronavirus.
The letter came after Congress passed the COVID-19 Origin Act that asks the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to declassify any potential links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China and the origin of COVID-19.
The number of trips undertaken during this year’s Chinese Lunar New Year was found to have dropped by 924 million compared to pre-pandemic 2019. The massive drop in travel numbers, according to analysts, suggests a significant decline in population on the mainland.

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