China con­sid­ers dual na­tion­al­ity

Shanghai Daily - - TOP NEWS - Wang Yan­lin

CHINA is study­ing the fea­si­bil­ity of dual na­tion­al­ity for over­seas Chi­nese, and will im­prove the mech­a­nism of the coun­try’s “green card” equiv­a­lent in a bid to at­tract more high-level pro­fes­sion­als back home, a se­nior of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

“It is a po­lit­i­cally sen­si­tive is­sue, but I can say re­lated min­istries are con­sid­er­ing the fea­si­bil­ity of dual na­tion­al­ity,” Wang Xiaochu, deputy min­is­ter of hu­man re­sources and so­cial se­cu­rity, said at the CHINAOCS In­ter­na­tional Tal­ents Fair in Dalian in north­east­ern Liaon­ing Province.

Wang was asked how to make it eas­ier for over­seas Chi­nese who have ob­tained other na­tion­al­i­ties to seek ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in China.

It was also re­vealed yes­ter­day that China may lower the thresh­old re­quire­ment for per­ma­nent res­i­dence, the equiv­a­lent of the United States green card, to make it more con­ve­nient for over­seas Chi­nese to live and work in the coun­try of their birth.

“China is in ur­gent need of se­nior pro­fes­sion­als to con­trib­ute to the coun­try’s eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment and re­form,” said Wang Zhi­gang, a deputy sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy min­is­ter.

Visa is­sues, so­cial se­cu­rity cov­er­age, ed­u­ca­tion, seed money and pol­icy am­bi­gu­i­ties were among the ma­jor chal­lenges fac­ing over­seas Chi­nese want­ing to re­turn and start a busi­ness, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple tak­ing part in the fair yes­ter­day.

In 2008, the cen­tral govern­ment launched the “Thou­sand Peo­ple Plan” to at­tract high­level per­son­nel back to China.

The plan promised im­por­tant po­si­tions and govern­ment fund­ing for pro­fes­sion­als in ar­eas such as sci­ence, fi­nance, art and busi­ness man­age­ment. There were also var­i­ous pref­er­en­tial poli­cies at pro­vin­cial and city level.

So far, more than 1,100 peo­ple have ben­e­fited from the pro­gram.

But for lower-level per­son­nel with for­eign ex­pe­ri­ence, do­ing their home­work be­fore con­sid­er­ing a busi­ness back home was im­por­tant, said Wang Huiyao, chair­man of the West­ern Re­turned Schol­ars As­so­ci­a­tion Cham­ber of Com­merce, an or­ga­ni­za­tion for Chi­nese re­turnees.

“China now of­fers more sup­port poli­cies for the newly re­turned, but you have to no­tice mar­ket com­pe­ti­tion in China is much more fierce than not long ago, and busi­ness cul­ture is quite dif­fer­ent here,” Wang said, adding that own­er­ship of tech­nol­ogy was the key to suc­cess for many over­seas Chi­nese.

An in­creas­ing num­ber of over­seas Chi­nese are choos­ing to re­turn af­ter ex­pe­ri­ence abroad. Ac­cord­ing to the hu­man re­sources and so­cial se­cu­rity min­istry, about 630,000 over­seas Chi­nese have re­turned among the 1.9 mil­lion who went abroad in the past three decades.

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