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"Government statistics suggest that there are more than 600,000 foreigners currently residing in major Chinese cities" according to the cover story of China Business International (November 2003).

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Other stats in the article:

Number of Japanese working in Shanghai: between 30,000 and 40,000
Number of foreigners who applied for work permits in Shanghai in 2002: 8,600
Number of foreigners whose Shanghai work permits were not renewed in 2002: 4,000
Average salary of junior Japanese executives working in China: RMB10,000 to 20,000 (USD1,234 - 2,468)

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