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Visa complexity vexes parents of dual nationality Chinese children

Russian academic Maria Gromakova's recent visit home to Moscow was bittersweet. The professor at Xiamen University in southern China took her 5-year-old son, Kay, along. But when she returned to Xiamen in early March, she was forced to leave the boy in Russia with her mother because China would not issue a visa for him. "I miss him so much every day," said Gromakova, 37. "I have never left him like this since he was born." The reason Kay, who has a Russian passport, cannot get a Chinese visa is that his father is Chinese. The family's predicament is not just some random bureaucratic snafu. A Chinese law on citizenship in place since 1980 is causing big...