The path to true love never runs smoothly. But while China's darling of the diving pool almost certainly won't struggle to be with her beau Antony Leung Kam-chung in Hong Kong she may have to overcome some problems. The time mainland wives wait to be with their SAR husbands can run to years, and Hubei-born Fu Mingxia will no doubt have to follow the migration regulations laid down under 'one country, two systems'. Mainland authorities issue up to 150 one-way permits a day for mainlanders to settle in the SAR for family reunions. Thousands of couples face time apart, with the length of separation depending on their province of origin. While an average couple might wait more than 10 years, it is unlikely to happen in this case. Political analyst Lau Siu-kai of Chinese University said discretion can be applied to immigration policies whenever there are 'special cases', but an acceptable reason was often difficult to find. 'Special cases tend to have special treatment. As it is special, a very special reason is required if discretion is granted,' Professor Lau said. 'This will be a very hard thing to do, particularly for the Hong Kong side.' But Professor Lau said that the positive public images of both Ms Fu and Mr Leung would win them sympathy and respect among the mainland and Hong Kong public and smooth their union without public disapproval. The scholar warned against the possibility of Ms Fu coming to Hong Kong through the Government's mainland talent importation scheme, which he said could lead to a perception that the system was open to abuse. In the short run, the couple will not lack any means to see each other, he said, as Ms Fu could come to the SAR for charity events, performances, advertising jobs, or to train Hong Kong athletes. 'There are many ways under which she could come and see her lover. That won't be any problem at all in the short run,' Professor Lau said. Emily Lau Wai-hing, of The Frontier, said: 'What matters most is that everything will be done in a fair manner if Mr Leung were to seek to apply for Ms Fu to settle here.' 'We should not give people an impression of any unfair treatment only because it is the Financial Secretary who makes the application [for his fiancee].'