Kathmandu : China has for the first time provided “green cards”, or immigration permits, to more than 100 Nepalese nationals residing in Tibet for various business-related purposes, a media report here has said.

Chinese authorities handed over “green cards” to at least 118 Nepalese nationals residing in Lhasa, the administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, and engaged in various occupations there amidst a public function, Govinda Bahadur Karki, Consulate-General of Nepal in Tibet, told the Annapurna Post daily.

This is for the first time China has provided the permits to Nepalese nationals. The “green cards” will be valid for 10 years and the recipients get all facilities, including medical and insurance, entitled to Chinese nationals.     This is the first time China has provided “green cards” to foreign nationals in such a large number, the official said.

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