by The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2017 9:43 am MDT Last Updated May 16, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email How AP collected, parsed data on China’s investor immigrants BEIJING, China – At least two dozen countries offer a new home to people willing to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a business, real estate or government bonds. And there’s no bigger market for many of them than China.By The Associated Press’ count, more than 100,000 Chinese have spent at least $24 billion in the last decade to buy residency through investment visa programs.The AP obtained the numbers of Chinese visa recipients from programs in 13 countries. To estimate total investments, the AP multiplied the yearly number of Chinese investors, excluding family members, by the minimum investment required by each country. Most of the countries in AP’s survey did not provide an official estimate of Chinese investment.The annual investment totals were converted into dollars based on the average exchange rate for that calendar year. They are not adjusted for inflation, and they don’t include investments that may have exceeded the minimum requirements or fees paid to agents and lawyers.Not all countries gave the same figures. In some cases, the AP estimated how many Chinese visa recipients were investors rather than family members with the help of government data or experts on investment migration. ADVANCE FOR USE TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017 AND THEREAFTER-In this May 7, 2017 photo, a man talks with representatives at an exhibitor booth at the Invest in America Summit held at a hotel in Beijing. The number of Chinese using investment migration programs worldwide tripled between 2010 and 2015, the AP found among the countries in its survey. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
The Royal Family have arrived at church on the Queen’s Sandringham estate for the traditional Christmas Day service. The Queen arrived accompanied by the Duke of York as the Duke of Edinburgh was not in attendance today. A spokesman for the Palace said that the Duke was “perfectly good health” and his expected to be in attendance for the rest of the festivities at Sandringham House. Well-wishers cheered as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived made their way to the… Estimated crowds of around 4,000 braved a chilly Christmas morning at Sandringham to see the Royal Family arrive for the service at the church of St Mary Magdalene on the 8,000-hectareNorfolk estate.