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Over 900 foreigners get "green cards" in Beijing


08:46, December 14, 2012

BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Beijing has so far granted permanent Chinese residency to a total of 911 foreigners, the city's Municipal Public Security Bureau revealed on Thursday.

Foreigners who have permanent residency in China share the same rights and responsibilities as Chinese nationals with the exception of politics and those aspects specifically excluded by law, said a spokesman with the bureau's exit and entry management department.

A press release quoted an unnamed official as saying that, like other Beijing citizens, these individuals enjoy medical insurance, endowment insurance and other treatment as Chinese nationals.

The release of the figure comes after an announcement on Tuesday that China's 25 ministerial-level departments have jointly created a regulation calling for permanent foreign residents to be granted largely the same rights as Chinese nationals.

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