China’s efforts to cover foreign workers in its social security net has received a lukewarm response, with authorities conceding that only a small portion of expats have joined the system, China Daily reported Friday. The Social Insurance Law, enacted more than two years ago, extends the country’s social security program to foreign workers but only about 200,000 expats have participated in various social insurance programs, Hu Xiaoyi, vice minister of human resources and social security, was quoted as saying. That is about 20 percent of expats working in China, the report said. China has negotiated social security agreements with a dozen countries over the past three years to simplify the payment of social security contributions for foreigners in China and Chinese citizens working overseas.
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