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In Depth: What China’s Naturalized Athletes Reveal About Its Immigration Policy

2019年09月25日 16:49 来源于 财新网
A recent string of foreign athletes becoming Chinese citizens has renewed the debate around the country’s tough immigration restrictions and its privileged ‘green card’
Nico Yennaris, or Li Ke as he is known in China, drapes himself in the Chinese flag on Sept. 10 during a World Cup qualifier match in the Maldives. Photo: VC

Wearing a crimson jersey featuring No. 25 alongside a Chinese flag, soccer player Nico Yennaris, or Li Ke as he is known in China, sang the national anthem. When he was 20, Yennaris had declared that were he not a professional athlete, he’d be a singer. These days, besides listening to Beyoncé, Drake and Miley Cyrus, he also had a recently downloaded copy of “March of the Volunteers,” the Chinese national anthem, on his phone. Yennaris had been studying it in-between practices, waiting for this exact moment.

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