In August last year, the central government set a goal of attracting at least 500,000 overseas Chinese scholars from 2011 to 2015 to assist in the country's development.
These accusations are nothing new. In 2008, movie star Gong Li gained Singaporean citizenship, which caused an online debate over her past role as a CPPCC member.
The FAO said that its monthly Food Price Index averaged 228 points in 2011, the highest level since records began in 1990, although prices did slide by some 2.4 percent in December. The previous high was in 2008 at 200 points.
SNC members, when meeting with Annan, listed three demands for a ceasefire, namely, releasing imprisoned rebels, withdrawing Syrian troops and ending repression on the Syrian people, the dissident said.