The police are introducing the e-passport Xinhua News Agency reporter Chen Fei.
For some time, the passport “gold content” has become a hot word in the streets. Some people complain that the mainland China passports have a low amount of gold, and they are all poor countries. They want to travel to developed countries. Visa depends on people’s faces, and sometimes they are more nervous than job interviews. Far from saying that, compared with the SAR passports in Hong Kong and Macao, there seems to be a big gap.
Then, the “gold content” of Chinese passports is really so low, as some people have said, “Is it far worse?” The author believes that it is a little one-sided to measure the “gold content” of a country’s passport only from the number of visa-free countries. The “gold content” of Chinese passports is exactly where, how to improve the “gold content” of Chinese passports? We may wish to find the answer from the following aspects.
Chinese passport was born with the founding of New China However, at that time, the passport was only used by diplomats in foreign countries or when the leaders visited, and had little to do with the lives of ordinary people. Before the reform and opening up, going abroad was still an enviable thing. Most of the users of Chinese passports were government officials and state-owned enterprises who went abroad.
After the reform and opening up, more and more mainland residents began to take their ordinary passports for private departure. In recent years, with the improvement of people’s living standards, outbound self-help travel has changed from a distant dream to a way for many people to take a leisure vacation. People “surprised” found that the footprints of Chinese tourists have spread all over the world. . According to statistics, in the past 30 years from the founding of New China to the reform and opening up, the cumulative number of mainland Chinese residents has only about 280,000. In 2013, the number of mainland residents leaving the country has reached 98 million.
As a witness and promoter of reform and opening up, Chinese passports have flown into the homes of ordinary people from the height of the past temples, and have been used by hundreds of millions of people to benefit the people.
Since the international financial crisis, developed countries have generally The downturn, the recovery is weak, and China has maintained a strong momentum of development. More and more countries are hoping to take advantage of the Chinese economy’s “smoothing” and also value China’s huge tourism market. When the Chinese tourists with strong consumption became the “sweet” in the eyes of all countries, the “gold content” of Chinese passports is also constantly improving.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said that he should sign an agreement with more countries to simplify visa procedures as much as possible until the signing of the mutual visa exemption agreement. At present, China has signed agreements on visa exemption with 81 countries. The visa exemption agreement with San Marino, Seychelles, Mauritius, Bahamas and other countries applies to Chinese citizens with ordinary passports. In addition, 35 countries and regions are allowed to apply for a visa on arrival at the time of arrival at the port of entry. In recent years, some developed countries have also continually simplified the procedures for Chinese citizens to apply for visas, and also issued visas for Chinese citizens with longer validity and more entry times.
Of course, the work of improving the convenience of Chinese passports has a long way to go, from easy to difficult, step by step. It is foreseeable that Chinese passports will be familiar and welcome to more and more countries, and it will certainly bring more “surprise” to licensees. In addition, in October last year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chinese embassies and consulates abroad introduced eight measures to improve the travel documents, including the adjustment of passports and other travel documents, and simplified the passport application materials, which was welcomed by overseas Chinese citizens. And is the Chinese government’s work to improve the level of passport services not only to effectively improve the convenience index of Chinese passports?
Passport is not only a travel document, but also a nationality Proof of identity. In other words, judging the “gold content” of a national passport is not only convenient and convenient to see if the passport is out of the country, but also depends on whether the licensee is in trouble and danger outside the country, and can get timely protection and assistance.
In recent years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has coordinated and instructed foreign embassies and consulates to dispose of tens of thousands of insured cases every year, to solve problems for overseas Chinese citizens and to protect overseas Chinese interests. The Chinese government upholds the concept of “people-oriented”, which is unmatched by many countries in the world in mobilizing the resources and assistance of Chinese citizens including Taiwan compatriots and Hong Kong and Macao compatriots. For example, in 2011, during the Libya Great Evacuation, the Chinese government used 12 days to attack the sea, land and air, mobilizing resources of more than 40 countries, and evacuating and transporting 35,860 compatriots without a casualty to the motherland! In the process, China also helps other countries withdrawMore than 2,000 refugees. At that critical juncture, the Chinese passport is a guarantee of peace. As far as its safety index is concerned, the “gold content” of the Chinese passport is full of color.
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In the past, due to China’s economic development The level is low, and some mainland residents go to the developed countries to make a living through illegal channels such as smuggling, or illegally stay in the receiving country after legally leaving the country, and become unintentional “illegal immigrants”. There are still some countries that set higher thresholds when issuing visas to Chinese citizens because of the above unpleasant memories and prejudices.
Today’s China is strong, and more compatriots are going abroad. However, some people bring foreigners who are rich, uncivilized, and informal, to foreign countries. Very few people are engaged in illegal activities in foreign countries. This not only greatly damages the overall image of the Chinese, but also artificially reduces the “gold content” of the Chinese passport.
The author recently heard that a Chinese tourist traveled in Tokyo, Japan, and several times in the subway, he heard someone shouting loudly, even speaking Chinese. The author also found a reminder in Chinese on the cable car of a scenic spot in Cape Town, South Africa: Please keep quiet. Similar examples of shame, the image of Chinese people overseas is not perfect.
When you complain about the Chinese passport, “the amount of gold” is not high, can you ask yourself, we are calling for “walking away” when there is no overseas Chinese for the maintenance of Chinese people. Image, in order to improve the reputation of Chinese passports, do more than one heart, add a little more points?
Therefore, the so-called passport “gold content” is not only a simple travel convenience problem, but also not only the number of visa-free countries. The “gold content” of the passport is actually the “opening amount” of the state’s opening to the outside world. “It is the amount of gold in the country’s comprehensive strength”, and it is the overall quality of the national “gold content”. As long as China continues to deepen reforms, China’s overall national strength and international status continue to improve, and Chinese people will appear on the international stage with a more open, civilized and confident image. Chinese passports will become heavy, loud, and “golden”. Travel & ldquo;hard currency”.
Responsible Editor: Zhao Yanlong