Ministry of Public Security will set up an immigration office by the end of 2016, reports Beijing News, to be built on top of existing customs and border control authorities.

China has granted only 7,300 green cards in the last decade. An immigration agency will provide the government with a chance to change its mindset from blocking to welcoming foreigners, says Wang Huiyao 王辉耀 Centre for China and Globalisation director. ‘As China is losing its demographic dividend, attracting overseas talent is important to support economic development’, says Wang. Beijing News