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If I write something and leave things alone long enough, you guys will answer yourselves and come up with the correct answer.
China has been incredibly lax with her immigration laws and allowed even guys like seneca-dear to live in China illegally. China has always been - since I came here in 1988 - very patient and accommodating with foreigners.
What? You think the China govt. didn't and doesn't know that many thousands of foreigners are living in China and working in China illegally? Of course they know! The law has stated for decades that every foreigner entering China must either stay at and register at a hotel or register at the paichusuo in the district where they live and provide copies of their temporary resident permit and employment contract.
The China govt of course knows that many foreigners do not operate within those legal restrictions that require them to obtain and provide a contract and working visa and Temporary Resident card...but they have let it slide both as an assistance to China companies and to the foreigners themselves.
Hey! WE do stand out a bit you know! Not to hard to notice that I'm not Chinese...but then again, I do pay taxes and have the requisite documents.
Mighty Duck, with all due respect to any HK people you know, it is easy for HK people to come to Shenzhen or anyplace else in China...as tourists. All they have to do is present their HK ID card and they can come in and go shopping or travel etc. As for working, being employed or running a company, the law states that they have to register, get the requisite permission and etc. Not a big deal and far easier for a "legal" HK worker to do than for a truly foreign person. The ones that emulate the average foreign worker and try and avoid paying taxes by running what is essentially an unlicensed company...well, I find it difficult to fault the China govt for any criminal activity by anyone.
This, to, will blow over, and rather than tying the China govt to the pillory, better to cast the blame for this where it belongs...the terrorists and morons that caused the problem, the idiots in places such as London and Paris - and Canberra - and the govt stooges from those places who, along with the vacuous so-called media - feel it incumbent on them to insult China and Chinese people on a daily basis for the last month or so to try and ruin if they can, the Beijing Olympics.
If those retards had not seen the Olympics as an opportunity to insult China and Chinese people then none of the current situation would be taking place.