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I checked at the China Travel Service the last time I was in HK.|
They confirmed that multi-entry visas had been suspended until after the Olympics.
They - the HK China Travel Service - can issue a 1 month, 1 entry visa or a 3 month 2 entry Business visa.
Passport with previous visas showing are necessary to obtain the 3 month type.
Businessmen already in China and with previously granted one or more multi-entry Business visas, do not have to return to their home country to renew their visa, but people who have not been to China before will need to obtain their visa before entering China: from their home country if flying right to Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou, or from HK (although there may be other restrictions for getting one in HK, I didn't ask since that doesn't impact on me or the other businessmen I know, but during the GZ Fair I ran into some old clients from Germany, Austria and Spain that obtained their visas in HK).
Not a big deal, and certainly a far sight easier than a Chinese person going through the incredible hassle of trying to get a visa to Canada, Britain, Australia or the States, but then again, if one is a criminal running away from the law in China with all the money they can steal, and if they have at least 1 million USD - and enough for a "stipend" to the "right people" in the local govt. in the destination country - they can always just legally buy landed criminal - er...um...make that landed "immigrant" - status.
I've always advocated that China operate their visa system the same way it is in other countries. You know: jump through hoops, stand in line for hours, be denied because the foreigner making the "final" decision didn't like the glasses one was wearing, be denied because the foreigner making the "final" decision "felt" that the applicant would not return to their home country as soon as the two-week visa expired, requiring the applicant to provide all manner of documentation such as: invitation letter, bank account details, guarantee of medical coverage, address of planned stay, full family details including extended family, confirmation of host's (if a business) business address, business license, etc.
Yes, China is one the most accommodating nations I have ever traveled to - countries that is, that have the requirement for Canadians to obtain a visa.
Making a law on "Temporary Adjustments to Visa Procedures" seems nothing except being prudent.