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China to improve permanent residence permit system for foreigners

BEIJING, (INP): China will optimize the rules and process for issuing certificates of permanent residence to foreigners with favorable treatments.
The reform serves the nation’s talent development strategy and responds to social concern, according to a meeting of the Central Leading Group for Deepening Overall Reform, chaired by President Xi Jinping, on Monday.
The president, who heads the leading group, was joined at the meeting by Li Keqiang, Liu Yunshan, Zhang Gaoli and other senior officials.
The meeting approved documents related to foreign affairs, proposing that Communist Party of China leadership in local governments’ foreign affairs work should be strengthened and the management and supervisory mechanism of organs stationed overseas should be reformed, according to a statement issued after the meeting.
Xi said leading officials should play key roles in pushing forward the reform related to foreign affairs, urging them to prioritize reform mission.
In 2016, 1,576 foreigners became permanent Chinese residents, an increase of 163 percent over the previous year, official figures showed.
The statement suggests that professional development of foreign affairs workers and foreign aid should be reformed.
Current recruitment and selection should be enhanced to foster a team of workers involved in foreign services who are politically steadfast, professional in work, have a fine work style and strict in following discipline.



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