GUAM GOVERNOR MEETS WITH CHINESE MINISTER

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Oct. 1) - Gov. Felix Camacho met yesterday with Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing to discuss Guam's application for The People's Republic of China's Approved Destination Status, according to a press release from the governor's office.

The status would allow Chinese tourists, students and business people to visit Guam. Camacho hopes to secure the special status and then gain a visa waiver from the United States on travel from China to Guam to build up the island's tourism industry.

"I'm grateful for Minister Li for his enthusiasm toward our (Approved Destination Status) request," Camacho said in the press release. "Based on my meetings today, I am extremely optimistic about Guam's chances for receiving (Approved Destination Status) approval."

The press release said that Michael Morin, U.S. Deputy Ambassador to China, also attended the meeting, and that the U.S. Embassy has been supportive of Camacho's attempt to garner Approved Destination Status from China.

Before leaving on the trip, Camacho said he was confident the status would be granted within months, and that a visa waiver would be implemented in a year.

The governor also met with He Guangwei, chairman of the China National Tourism Administration, according to the press release, which also said that Guangwei will work with Camacho to facilitate the process of receiving Approved Destination Status.

October 1, 2003

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