Beijing envisions a future with no more than 23 million residents by 2020. Photo: AP

Second-class citizens: Beijing offers residency certificate to migrants, but equality is still far away

New system is meant to help put the capital’s public services within reach of about eight million non-citizens, but observers say it is only a first step

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Beijing envisions a future with no more than 23 million residents by 2020. Photo: AP
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