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China clamps down on expats working in China – but which visa type is required?

Posted on December 30, 2011 by China Briefing

chinese-visaDec. 30 – China currently issues nine different types of visa for various purposes, however for foreign nationals working in China, only the Z visa is valid. Here we provide details on all of the different types of visas and their applications and permitted uses as follows. A summary on the Z visa situation and the required supporting documentation is provided at the end.

The nine types of Chinese visas fall into two categories, namely, ordinary and diplomatic visas. The ordinary visa consists of eight types, which are respectively marked with Chinese phonetic letters F, L, Z, X, C, J-1, J-2 and G. The diplomatic visa is marked D.

USTR and USDA welcome concrete results in trade negotiations, reiterate need to achieve greater market access for U.S. exporters

Chengdu, China – [Nov. 21, 2011] marked the conclusion of the 22nd session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Chengdu, China. United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson co-chaired the JCCT along with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack also participated in the discussions.

Editor's note: The Information Office of the State Council issued a white paper on China's peaceful development on Sept. 6, 2011. Following is the full text:

Situated in the East, China, a country with an ancient civilization and a population of more than 1.3 billion, is making big strides in its advance toward modernization. What path of development has China chosen? What will China's development bring to the rest of the world? These issues are the focus of the whole world.

China has declared to the rest of the world on many occasions that it takes a path of peaceful development and is committed to upholding world peace and promoting common development and prosperity for all countries. At the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century and on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), China declared solemnly again to the world that peaceful development is a strategic choice made by China to realize modernization, [to] make itself strong and prosperous, and [to] make more contribution[s] to the progress of human civilization. China will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development.


By Christine Wong Yap, New America Media, Posted: Apr 17, 2011

Ever since international artist Ai Weiwei’s arrest by Chinese security forces, I’ve felt compelled to speak out against China’s human rights abuses. I am a Chinese-American artist whose deepening sense of pride in my parents’ homeland prompted me to identify as an overseas Chinese. Now that pride is superceded by a deeper moral imperative—to demand Ai’s release. If such a high-profile figure can be "disappeared" despite pressure from officials and major art institutions, then it follows that the Chinese government can perpetrate countless other human rights violations without consequence.

By Adam Livermore

The social security system in China is based upon guidelines issued by the central government, although the specifics and administration of the system is managed at the local level. This is the only practical method in a country as diverse as China, as any rigid system defining specific contributions to be made and benefits receivable could not be expected to meet the needs of citizens in cities as diverse as Lhasa, Harbin, Shanghai or Zhongshan for instance.

By Chung-yue Chang, China Daily

The just-concluded annual sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee were especially important for two reasons. First, they signaled the beginning of the 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015). Second, the new plan signals the formal restructuring of China's economy to focus on domestic development. Many believe that the end result will be momentous, in large part because of China's pivotal role in helping the world economy recover.

NEW YORK - China is looking toward creating a balanced economy not just allowing some people to get rich, but the entire country to prosper in a more even manner, a U.S. scholar said in New York on [Oct. 26].

WASHINGTON – The nation's Asian population became the fastest growing race over the past decade, experiencing a 43 percent increase from 2000 to 2010, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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