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Fears over hard green card ruels for foreigners grow

By Zou Le (Global Times)

08:04, May 03, 2012

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Gilbert Van Kerckhove was one of the very first foreign businessmen to come to China in the 1980s. Having been here for over 20 years and married to a Chinese wife, he finally got his "green card" in 2008. However, the process proved to be "frustrating."

"It was extremely difficult, even ridiculous," the Belgium national said in a telephone interview.

Van Kerckhove, managing director of Beijing Global Strategy Consulting Co, not only helped China brought in the first soft loans from a foreign government but also worked as a senior economic advisor to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Over the years, he has won multiple government awards for his contributions.

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