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China launches reform of its ‘green cards’

By Xinhua

China launches reform of its ‘green cards’
In this July 24, 2009 photo, Eunice Moe Brock from the US shows off her Chinese permanent resident card, or "Green Card", during a ceremony in Liancheng, in northeast China's Shandong province. (China Out AFP Photo)

BEIJING – China has launched a reform of permanent residence certificates for foreigners, according to a reform plan issued by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS).

In 2016, 1,576 foreigners became permanent Chinese residents, an increase of 163 percent over the previous year

Ministry of Public Security, China

As per the plan, the "foreigner's permanent residence card," known as the Chinese "green card," will be renamed the "foreigner's permanent residence identity card."

Like the identity cards used by Chinese citizens, the foreigners' identity information will be embedded in the chips of the machine-readable cards, which will be shared by railway and airline departments, hotels and banks.

Approved by the Central Leading Group for Deepening Overall Reform, the reform plan serves the nation's talent development strategy and responds to social concerns.

for foreigners, according to a reform plan issued by the Ministry of Public Security.

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The reform also aims to provide foreigners easier access to public services in China, and the work is expected to be finished before June.

In 2016, 1,576 foreigners became permanent Chinese residents, an increase of 163 percent over the previous year, according to the MPS.

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China has made huge progress in easing its residence and entry policies for foreigners since September 2015, which has helped attract more talents from overseas and boosted international exchanges.

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