TREATIES AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ACTS SERIES 12969
Agreement Between the
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
and the PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Signed at Beijing June 29, 1998
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PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Agreement signed at Beijing June 29, 1998;
Entered into force June 29, 1998.
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
CONCERNING THE UNITED STATES VOLUNTEER
PROGRAM IN CHINA
The Government of the United States of America and the Government of the People's Republic
of China (hereinafter referred to as "Party" or "Parties"), recognizing the importance of
developing friendship and cooperation between their countries, have agreed as follows:
1. The Government of the United States will send to China such Volunteers through the
Peace Corps Program (to be known in China as the U.S. - China Friendship Volunteers
and hereinafter referred to as "Volunteers" or the "Program") as may be mutually agreed
by the two Parties to perform mutually agreed tasks in China.
2. The Volunteers will work under the immediate supervision of governmental and private
organizations in China designated by our two governments. For these purposes, the
Ministry of Education has responsibility for matters affecting the Program that involve
the national or local governments, including taking administrative action, policy
decisions, interagency cooperation, consultation with other ministries regarding
programming outside the education sector, or national coordination. The Chinese
Education Association for International Exchange, acting under the general guidance and
supervision of the Ministry of Education, has primary responsibility for helping to
facilitate and coordinate Program operations at the local level.
3. The Government of the United States will provide training to enable the Volunteers to
perform their tasks in the most effective manner.
4. The Government of China will facilitate matters for the Program and bear such share of
the costs of the Program incurred in China as the two Parties may agree.
1. The Volunteers should obey the laws of China and the rules and regulations of their
Program site work unit. The Government of China, as the host country, will accord
equitable treatment to the Volunteers and their property; accord them all necessary aid
and protection, including treatment no less favorable than that accorded generally to
nationals of the United States residing in China; and fully inform, consult, and cooperate
with representatives of the United States with respect to all such matters.
2. The Government of China will exempt the Volunteers and persons performing functions
under contract with the Program who are not citizens of China from all taxes on
payments that they receive to defray their living costs, on income derived from their work
for the Program, and on income from other sources outside China; and from all customs
duties or other charges on their personal property introduced into China for their own use.
The Government of China will issue, without fee, residence permits, health certificates,
visas, including multiple-entry visas, to Volunteers and persons performing functions
under contract with the Program and will absorb any other charges or fees required for
such persons to serve in China, except license fees.
1. The Government of the United States will provide the Volunteers with such
limited quantities of equipment and supplies as the two Parties may consider necessary to
enable the Volunteers to perform their tasks effectively.
2. The Government of China will exempt from all taxes (including the value-added
tax on vehicles), customs duties, and other charges all Program equipment and supplies
introduced into or acquired in China by the Government of the United States, or any
contractor financed by it, for use hereunder.
1. For effective implementation of the Program in China, the Government of China
will receive an official Program Representative of the United States to serve as Program
Director in China (hereinafter referred to as "Director") and such staff to work with the
Director (including employees and contractor personnel as designated by the Director),
and members of their families forming part of their households, as are acceptable to the
Government of China. The Government of China will exempt such persons who are not
citizens of China from all taxes on income derived from their work for the Program or
other sources outside China; and from all customs duties or other charges on their
personal property introduced into China for their own use.
2. The Director, staff, and members of their families forming part of their
households, who are not citizens of China, shall be accorded status equivalent to that
accorded administrative and technical staff personnel of the diplomatic mission of the
United States, except they will not be accorded immunities.
3. The Government of China will issue, without fee, residence permits, health
certificates, and visas, including multiple-entry visas, to the Director, staff, and
individuals performing functions under this Agreement, and members of their families
forming part of their household, except that a fee will be charged for visas issued to
accompanying spouses who are engaged in other work in China and to children who are
more than 18 years of age. The Chinese Party will absorb any other charges or fees
required for such persons to serve in China, except license fees.
The Government of China will exempt from investment and deposit requirements and
currency controls or restrictions all funds introduced into China to pay for Program costs,
operations, or activities under this Agreement by the Government of the United States or
contractors financed by it. Such funds shall be convertible into the currency of China at
the highest rate that is not unlawful in China.
1. Appropriate representatives of the two Parties may make such arrangements with respect
to the Volunteers and the Program in China as appear necessary or appropriate for the
purpose of implementing this Agreement.
2. Any disputes arising under this Agreement will be resolved amicably by the two Parties.
The activities of each Party under this Agreement are subject to the availability of
This agreement may be amended by mutual consent of the two Parties.
This Agreement shall enter into force on the date of signature and shall remain in force
until ninety days after the date of the written notification from either Party to the other of
its intention to terminate the Agreement.
Signed in Beijing on the 29th day of June 1998, in duplicate, in the English and Chinese
languages, each text being equally authentic.
For the Government of the For the Government of the
United States of America
Ambassador of the United States
People's Republic of China
Vice Minister of Education