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This article sources from the National Immigration Administration () official account's recent article:

https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/yR-VOkHR231mtaQ0Q2NX_A


The below common questions and answers apply to most nationalities. A few nationalities, such as South Korean, are much more flexible, and many more types of visas are being issued due to the bilateral agreement with China.
Q1. According to the new policy effective September 28, 2020, who can return to China?
A: Individuals with a currently valid residence permit for work, family reunion, or personal affairs. Note that the notice specifically refers to residence permits, not visas. Business and tourist visas are not and do not provide residence permits. This does not include student residence permits or residence permits for other reasons. The initial work visa (e.g., "z visa") is currently not issued by most consulates or embassies at the moment and does not apply under the recent policy. The only visa used for entry is the related visa given from submitting a PU invitation letter and other documents to the consulate or embassy.

Q2. Assuming my residence permit is still valid, can I automatically come back to China, or do I need to apply for an entry visa at the consulate or embassy? 
A: If your residence permit is still valid and is for one of the above purposes, then yes.

Q3. If I hold an expired work permit or residence permit, can I return to China?
A: Generally speaking, if the work permit or residence permit has expired, then you will need a PU invitation letter and the related visa. It is best to check with your consulate or embassy to confirm. This is what they mean by "relevant materials" in the official source.

Q4. If I hold a canceled work permit, but the residence permit has not officially been revoked, and the expiration date has not passed, is the residence permit still valid to enter? 
A: No, because the residence permit, while not officially canceled, is invalid after ten days from the work permit cancellation. Please see our relating article about transferring to another employer, which details this. 

Q5. What if I am changing employers? I have been officially released with the work permit cancellation receipt and release letter. 

A: Whether or not your new work permit has been issued does not matter because, as mentioned in the previous question, as the residence permit you hold is invalid, you would not be able to use it to enter China. Your only way to enter is via a PU invitation letter and obtaining the  corresponding visa.

Q6. What if I am a student?
A: International students (except for Koreans) are not included in the above announcement; therefore, they are not eligible to return at this time.

Q7. What if I registered and own a company in China? 
A: Being the legal representative or investor of a company that you established gives no specific benefits. You would fall into one of the already mentioned situations.

Q8. Is the COVID test and quarantine still required? 
AYes! The COVID test is required before and after arrival, and the quarantine is also still needed. These exact procedures have not changed.

Common quarantines:-14 days in the quarantine facility-14 days in the quarantine hotel-Seven days at quarantine facility or hotel + 7 days at home quarantine (Originally available in Shanghai and now also possible in Shenzhen)-Other (especially if you arrived from a different place than where you live, you might have additional quarantine).

Considerations for the type of quarantine:-Personal: age, traveling with young kids-Where are you coming from-Where you live in China (e.g., if you live in another city or province than your arrival)-If others from the flight had the virus-Other factors

It is also essential to keep in mind that flights remain expensive and limited, and in all situations, you need to pay for the quarantine accommodation.
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More than 300 stranded Filipino teachers may soon be able to return to work as English teachers in China as the Labor department is set to charter a flight for them, an official said Friday.


International Labor Affairs Bureau Director Alice Visperas says the teachers are bound for Guangzhou, and hopefully this month. she said


We are helping our returning workers who are going to China, Visperas said in an online press briefing.


Some of them went home last December for a vacation or have finished their contracts. They were not able to return because of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. But because of the easing of the lockdown, they will be able to return.


Visperas says the Labor department is coordinating with an airline company to have the chartered flight, adding the plane fare will be shouldered by the Filipinos.


Now that the lockdown has been eased, they can now return to work, Visperas said " Vito Barcelo ".


More than 260,000 Filipino workers abroad had been repatriated since the start of the pandemic, Visperas said.



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English teachers set to go back to China



URUMQI, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region reported 22 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 19 asymptomatic ones on Tuesday, the regional health commission said Wednesday.


All the cases were reported in Shufu County of south Xinjiang's Kashgar Prefecture.


Xinjiang had a total of 22 existing confirmed cases and 161 asymptomatic ones as of Tuesday, all in Shufu County.


Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has completed COVID-19 testing for all 4.75 million people in its southern prefecture of Kashgar following the recent new local cases, local officials said Tuesday.


As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Kashgar had five confirmed COVID-19 cases and 178 asymptomatic ones, all in Shufu County.


Apart from the 183 cases, all the remaining population tested negative in Kashgar, said Li Linyu, Party chief of the Kashgar prefectural health commission at a press conference.


Li said investigations have shown the new cases have no relation to the cluster in the regional capital of Urumqi in July and source tracing for the new cases in Shufu is underway.



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China reports 22 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

 

  

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A new career in a new town

How Berlin has become a centre for European venture capital




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FOR BRITS of a certain age and inclination, Berlin is a city that is forever linked with David Bowie. When he lived there in the late 1970s, Bowies life was in flux. He was estranged from his wife, splitting from his management and trying to slough off rock-star excess. Berlin was similarly unsettled: a refuge for artists, misfits and draft-dodgers on the front line of the Cold War. Bowie lived anonymously above a car-parts store. He did some of his best work there.

 

The block of flats where Bowie lived with Iggy Pop, another celebrated rock star, still stands. Berlin remains an edgy, in-between sort of placeit is Germanys capital, but is not quite German. And it remains a place where people go to try something new. It now vies with London and Paris as Europes leading hub for technology startups.

 

That seemed unlikely a decade ago. Berlin had no real industrial base. Its early venture-backed successes were often knock-offs of American e-commerce firms. Risk capital was scarce. Berlin had no vast ranks of home-grown techies. In a strange way, these and other deficiencies have been strengths. For Berlin has no competing hierarchy for all-important status. Paris has fashion and food. London has famous musicians. In Berlin, the venture capitalists (VCs) and entrepreneurs are the rock stars.

 

Berlins VC scene emerged in the years following the global financial crisis of 2007-09. The city had three things to recommend it. First, it was cheap. Berlin was a poor capital city by the standards of Western Europe. The only competing industry was government. So housing and office space were plentiful. If you were part of the early wave of startups that settled in the city, you might be offered office space rent-free for several months. Second, it was hip. There were lots of cheap, cool places to eat and to meet others. Part of the allure was Berlins history as a bolthole for creative types, such as Bowie and Iggy.

 

A third factor is that Germany is welcoming to migrants. Berlin has always been a cultural melting pot. High youth unemployment in southern Europe in the wake of the euro areas debt crisis was a spur to migration. A lot of engineers came from Eastern Europe. The Swedish founders of SoundCloud, a music-streaming site to which independent artists upload their output, based their company in Berlin, despite a vibrant scene in Stockholm. Often the working language is English; but it might be Russian or Portuguese. Plenty of people have poured in from other German cities, too. That reflects a cultural shift. A talented engineer who used to go to work for BMW or Mercedes now thinks about starting a company, says Ciaran OLeary of BlueYard, a Berlin-based venture-capital firm.

 

The idea that one capital will dominate Europe is seen as old hat. Berlins VC firms typically invest in startups in other European cities, which are all a short hop away. A lot of the money they deploy comes from outside Europefrom America or Asia. In Berlin this is mostly seen as a strength, an external validation. Another outdated notion is that Berlin is a location for shallow tech, rather than original ideas. That is in part the legacy of Rocket Internet, a Berlin-based clone factory, an incubator that aped the business models of Americas online firms. But Berlin had to start somewhere, and there has since been a shift from consumer clones to tech startups that serve businesses.

 

The pandemic may be a kind of coming of age for Berlins tech scene. Two of its listed graduatesHelloFresh, which sells meal kits, and Delivery Hero, a food-delivery firmhave been bolstered by it. Tech looks more than ever a better bet than Germanys old industries, such as carmaking. Even the government has taken notice. Its stimulus package included tailored support for startups. It was the first time the government listened to us and heard what we need to do to build a strong ecosystem, says Christian Miele of the German Startup Association. There are hopes of a change to the tax treatment of share options, a bugbear of VCs. From a frayed and frazzled San Francisco, though, the stodgier bits of the German model (its bureaucracy, health care and social-safety-net) might now seem rather enviable.

 

With time, the hip becomes conventional. Bowies Berlin-period recordings were not universally embraced on their release. But by the 1980s every other pop group in Britain claimed them as a big influence. Similarly, Berlins VC hipsters no longer look like misfits. Its tech scene is in danger of going mainstream.

 

 

 







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Economist | A new career in a new town

The first mission to officially carry astronauts to the International Space Station for a standard crew rotation is now tentatively set for November 14. NASA provided an updated date for the mission this week, after it shifted from an original planned timeframe of sometime in October. This is the first time that Crew Dragon, SpaceX's  human-rated capsule, will be flown in for an operational 'shift-change' mission at the ISS, after its historic Demo-2 mission earlier this year officially concluded its testing phase and certified it for NASA use.


This launch will carry three NASA astronauts, including Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins,  as well as JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi of Japan to the ISS, where they'll join the crew and carry out regular station operations, including upkeep and upgrades, as well as conducting experiments in partnership with researchers on Earth.


They'll join the existing ISS crew, including Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins. Once they arrive, the full crew size will be seven astronauts, which is up from the usual six, but this will help ensure that more time is spent on research and experimentation vs. the regular duties that the crew takes on just to ensure continued smooth operation of the station.


Crew-1 is set to launch aboard a Falcon  9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, and is targeting a 7:49 PM EST liftoff. That's subject to change, of course, but for now, mark your calendars.


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NASA & SpaceX set November 14 target date for Crew Dragon launch

Apple is working on next-generation AirPods and AirPods Pro, and we might see new models as soon as next year. 


This is according to a new report by Bloomberg, which cites people familiar with Apple's plans. The new AirPods will reportedly actually be similar to the current version of AirPods Pro, with a shorter stem and replaceable ear tips. The "standard" AirPods aren't however getting more advanced features, such as noise cancellation, reads the report.


As for the new AirPods Pro, they should be more compact, perhaps with a more rounded shape that fills more of your ear, though it's still early days and the design could change before the final version. 


We don't know when the new AirPods Pro might hit the stores, but Bloomberg says Apple is thinking about launching the AirPods in the first half of 2021. 


That's not all, though. Apple is also considering launching a new HomePod that sits between the current HomePod mini and the HomePod, both in terms of price, size, and sound quality. Apple launched the $99 HomePod mini earlier this month; the original HomePod was originally launched in February 2018 for $349, but its price was later reduced to $299.


And the company is also planning to announce Apple-branded, over-the-ear headphones with noise cancellation. We've heard reports about those launching as early as March 2020, but Bloomberg says they've been delayed several times, the last of which happened just weeks ago. 


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Apple will launch a bunch of new audio products next year

What's most remarkable about the push for 5G is how quickly the prices came down on handsets sporting the next-gen wireless technology. The push toward affordable 5G devices is clearly as much an indicator as the current state of the smartphone space as anything people just aren't upgrading devices as quickly as the used to. And even more to the point, they're reluctant to pay $1,000 when they do.


Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G has been a piece of that puzzle. And unsurprisingly, the mid-tier chip in found in TCL's new $400 5G handset. Of course, TCL is positioning it as "under-$400" with that $399.99 price tag, which is technically correct the best kind of correct.


It's also not really right to say that the TCL 10 5G UW's a "premium blend of performance, power, stylish design and 5G connectivity that until now has only been available on more expensive flagship smartphones." Affordable 5G handsets isn't an entirely new phenomenon nor are affordable 5G handsets with decent specs and design. But even so, the price point is still notable at this stage in the 5G upgrade cycle which, frankly, is why we're writing about it here.


The price/5G combo is the main thing to like here, coming in at even less than, say, the OnePlus Nord, a recent high water mark in the 5G/price point combo. And there are a few other things that should appeal to potential buyers, as well, including a 4,500mAh battery coupled with reverse charging for other devices. There are three rear-facing cameras: a 48-megapixel main, an eight-megapixel ultra wide and a five-megapixel macro, the latter of of which is starting to appear on more phones.


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TCL announces a $400 5G handset

Cyberpunk 2077 is being delayed yet again, this time until December 10th. Developer CD Projekt Red says it's still working on a launch day patch for the game, which was previously slated for November 19th. It attributes the delay partly to its multiplatform release which will see the game launch across two generations of console hardware, PC, and Google Stadia.


"The biggest challenge for us right now is shipping the game on current-gen, next-gen, and PC at the same time, which requires us to prepare and test nine versions of it," the company said in a tweet. "We need to make sure everything works well and every version runs smoothly. We're aware it might seem unrealistic when someone says 21 days can make any difference in such a massive and complex game, but they really do."

Cyberpunk 2077 officially went gold (i.e. locked a release version of the game) in early October, and the developers promised via Twitter that "no more delays are happening." The release version is still finished, but CD Projekt Red has been developing further updates for the day of the game's release. "This is the time period we under-calculated," the tweet says even after an unanticipated crunch period that's seen developers working overtime.


Cyberpunk 2077 has been one of the most highly anticipated games of 2020. But with the latest delay, it's going to be just squeaking in at the end of this year.


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Cyberpunk 2077 is delayed again to December 10th

NVIDIA isn't the only chip giant making game-changing acquisitions these days. AMD is acquiring chip designer Xilinx for $35 billion in stock to "significantly" expand the range of products it makes and customers it reaches, particularly in high performance computing. As the Wall Street Journal noted, Xilinx's easily customizable FPGA (field-programmable gate array) chips are used in a variety of places AMD wouldn't have even considered before, from 5G systems to the F-35 to self-driving cars.


The newly-bought company also specializes in adaptive systems-on-chip, accelerators and smart networking devices found in data centers, edge computing and end devices.


AMD expects the Xilinx deal to take a while to wrap up. It should close by the end of 2021, the company said. It's expected to immediately add to AMD's profits and cash, however, and the firm expects to save $300 million within 18 months of closing through shared costs, infrastructure and "streamlining common areas." It's not certain that job cuts will follow, but they wouldnt be surprising.


The buyout gives AMD another major weapon in its fight against Intel, which was already involved in FPGAs thanks to its Altera deal. AMD was already gaining ground on Intel through its rapidly developing CPU lineup, particularly the Ryzen chips found in PCs and the semi-custom processors found in consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Now, it has the potential to muscle Intel out of other areas and provide chips across entire pipelines.


This is also about redefining AMD's future. It has largely been associated with conventional computing and graphics, and its fortunes have been shaky as a result. With Xilinx, AMD could supply a wider range of customers and achieve a stability that just wasn't an option in the past. What money AMD spends now could easily pay dividends if it keeps the company healthy and growing for many years to come.


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AMD grabs Xilinx for $35 billion



China's national observatory on Monday renewed a blue alert for Typhoon Molave, which is expected to bring torrential downpours and strong winds to parts of the South China Sea.


Molave, the 18th typhoon of the year, was observed some 750 km southeast of Yongxing Island, in south China's Hainan Province, at 5 p.m., packing a gale of 136.8 km per hour near its center, according to the National Meteorological Center.


The typhoon is moving westward at a speed of 25 km per hour and gradually strengthens, the center said, urging island residents and vessels to take shelter from the typhoon.


The center also said, due to a cold front, northern and northeastern parts of China will see temperatures fall by 4 to 6 degrees Celsius from Monday night to Tuesday night, accompanied by gusts.


China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe weather, followed by orange, yellow and blue. 



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China renews blue alert for Typhoon Molave


Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region identified 26 new asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 between 4 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. Monday, a local health official said at a press conference on Monday.


All the new cases were reported in Shufu County, south Xinjiang's Kashgar Prefecture.


Until 4 p.m. Monday, Shufu had completed taking samples from 245,200 people for nucleic acid testing, and except for five mixed samples to be re-examined, all tested negative, Wang Xijiang, deputy director of Kashgar's disease control and prevention center, told the press briefing.


Kashgar has started free nucleic acid tests for all residents after a 17-year-old female villager from Shufu was confirmed as an asymptomatic carrier of the virus on Saturday.


Nearly 14,000 medical workers from and outside the prefecture have been dispatched to assist with the testing, making the prefecture capable of dealing with samples from 610,000 more people every day.


From Saturday to 4 p.m. on Monday, Kashgar had taken samples from over 4.47 million residents, with test results obtained for over 2.13 million. The prefecture vowed to test about 4.75 million people including 245,000 in Shufu. 



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China reports 26 asymptomatic COVID-19 cases