Expatriates settled in Shanghai are to be given a greater say in how the city is run through a newly-established 'foreign liaison group'.
Thanks to its status as one of the world's top cities in terms of finance and business, Shanghai attracts large numbers of relocating professionals each year, with new arrivals able to benefit from a solid infrastructure, excellent schools and healthcare and a strong sense of community among expats of all nationalities.
Now, the local East Day news provider is reporting, community police officers in the Pudong New Area part of the city have helped with the creation of a new 'foreign issue volunteer group'.
The new group, which is made up not only of UK nationals but also of professionals originating from Russia and South Korea, will be tasked with gathering information about foreigners' concerns or queries and passing them onto the relevant authorities.
At the same time, the group will also help the police communicate better with expats living in Shanghai, for instance by passing on information about new traffic laws or other rules and regulations.
The initiative comes on the back of recent complaints that, while expats generally enjoy the life available to them in the Chinese metropolis, many find it difficult to express any concerns they may have to the relevant authorities, with the complexity of Chinese bureaucracy as well as obvious language barriers sometimes making matters more difficult.
Situated on the east bank of the Huangpu River, the Pudong New Area is China's primary financial and commercial hub, being home to the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the Luijiazui Finance and Trade Zone, and tens of thousands of expat professionals and their employers.
Furthermore, the number of relocating professionals opting to settle in the city is only likely to grow over the coming years as Shanghai carries on expanding as a global economic hub.
When it is completed in the next 12 months, the Shanghai Tower – one of three mega-skyscrapers to be located in the heart of Pudong – will be the tallest building in China and the second-tallest in the whole world, hosting thousands of jobs as well as a luxury hotel.