To “upgrade” the Chinese passport, the Chinese government met with the United States, South Korea, Russia, and other 21 countries for 31 consular negotiations last year, the most consular meetings in China’s history. Negotiations achieved several breakthrough outcomes: for instance China and the U.S. will have a 10-year multiple entry visa for its citizens travel and Japan will give some Chinese citizens permission to extend their visas availability up to five years. Many people called last year a “visa year”.

From Sina Weibo: February, 16th 2015