If you know anything about smog, PM2.5, and/or got a 5 on your AP Environmental Studies exam, China wants YOU. The national government is issuing a new set of policies that will give ‘swift and convenient’ permanent residency to China-loving environmentalists who can please, for the love of god, fix everything.
China has had a Green Card (permanent residency) program since 2004, but due to the wildly complicated and convoluted bureaucratic procedures required to obtain one, only a few thousand have been issued in the past decade. That’s all about to change, as the China Daily states, the new policy “puts priority on courting more high-level foreign talent to speed up [China’s] economic and social development, including those with expertise in the environmental pollution and pollution treatment sectors.”
The Daily also interviewed Zhang Jianguo, head of “Foreign Experts Affairs,” whose envy for, say, German trash management, led him to say:
For example, China’s low-level trash disposal has left pollution problems, but in some developed countries such as Germany, trash can be recycled as resources to generate electricity, turning itself into a profitable industry […]
We can learn from them the advanced technology and mechanism. [sic.]
So, no, your dreams of permanent free-lance English teaching without a visa are not in the immediate future, but for the more scientifically-inclined, China welcomes you with open arms and smoggy breath.