China to abolish temporary residence permits: Xinhua

February 15, 2015 2:12 PM

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China plans to abolish temporary residence permits as part of a broader reform of the country's household registration system, the official Xinhua news agency reported, in a move that could boost consumer spending.

Citing a public security reform plan released on Sunday, Xinhua said that temporary permits for migrant workers will be replaced by permanent residency, which offers many of the same privileges as those enjoyed by locals, such as permission to buy flats and cars as well as social security.

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