"China has decided to change its immigration laws, scrapping travel restrictions," Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund, told a news conference.
"The new law, which hopefully will be passed in the coming months, will be in line with the global conventions, which recognize that travel restrictions for HIV-positive people do not have any public health value," he said.
Vice Minister of Health Huang Jiefu did not give a timeline for the change, but said China was committed to making the amendment.
"Modifying laws and regulations is quite a complicated process and it takes some time. I must be very candid with you, that this process has not been completed yet," he said.
"But I would like to ask the international community and the media to rest assured that China would honor its commitment ..." he said.
Congresswoman Lee's bill, H.R. 3337 (The HIV Nondiscrimination in Travel and Immigration Act of 2007), currently has 24 co-sponsors and is unlikely to go very far in the current session of Congress.
It would be interestng to see what current Democratic (and Republican) presidential candidates think of this legislation.