Chinese travelers are back, and with them, a chance to ease tensions

Posted on AllSides April 7th, 2023
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Bridging Divides, China, United States
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While human connection alone can’t prevent conflict, an enduring peace is unlikely without it. As Chinese citizens begin to venture abroad again, can what some dub “revenge travel” play a mitigating role and foster compassion?

When a retired IT professional from Chengdu traveled to the United States last week for the first time after years of pandemic-related isolation in China, he worried how U.S. border authorities might scrutinize a Chinese traveler.

To his relief, the American officers greeted him not with suspicion, but with a welcome.

“The border officials were...

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