22,000 Taiwanese seek mainland residency

China | 12 Sep 2018 8:14 pm

Over 22,000 residents of Taiwan who have lived in China for longer than six months applied for mainland residency between September 1 and September 10, An Fengshan, the spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said today, citing unofficial statistics.

Effective September 1, China began issuing residence permits for Taiwanese living, working and studying in China, according to China's State Council.

The new residence permits for Taiwanese are different from China's resident identity cards, An said at a regular press conference, adding that the permits serve as "identity cards" to increase the convenience for Taiwanese living, working and studying in China and are unrelated to any adjustments to political rights and obligations.

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