China: Airport Transfer Could Bring Up to 2,500 New Chinese Citizens to Seoul

Seoul, South Korea — The government is seeking to make more of its foreign-born residents in the South Korean capital the first Chinese citizens in South Korea to get visas for entry to the United States, Seoul Mayor Oh Yoon-seok said Wednesday.

China’s government says it plans to give a total of 2,527 new Chinese citizens visas to South Korea this year, and Oh said the government would issue the visas by the end of the month.

He said South Korea plans to make a new round of visa applications on Thursday.

China has also announced plans to build a new U.S. embassy in the capital of Seoul.

South Korea has a population of about 60 million people.

China has offered to resettle about 400,000 Chinese citizens living in the U.K. and France, and Seoul’s government said last month it would open an embassy in London to encourage more Chinese investment.

South Korea and China have also announced an agreement on the establishment of a joint bank and financial center, a proposal that China said was in the interests of both countries.

The U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution last month urging South Korea and Beijing to open embassies in each other’s countries.