China Says UK Citizenship Pathway For Hong Kong Residents Violates Law: China accuses Britain of interfering in Hong Kong and Chinese language affairs. (File)

China Says UK Citizenship Pathway For Hong Kong Residents Violates Law

SHANGHAI:

A brand new British coverage permitting Hong Kong residents to assert British citizenship is a violation of worldwide regulation and interferes with China’s inner affairs, China’s embassy in London stated on Thursday.

British Inside Minister Priti Patel stated on Wednesday that Hong Kong folks with British Nationwide Abroad or BN(O) standing would have the ability to apply for particular visas to dwell in Britain that would ultimately lead in the direction of citizenship, ranging from January 2021.

Britain had made that call regardless of opposition from Beijing and China would reply strongly if it was not reversed, the Chinese language embassy stated in a press release.

The transfer “severely violated (Britain’s) personal commitments, significantly interfered with the inner affairs of China and significantly violated worldwide regulation and the fundamental norms of worldwide relations,” it stated.

London’s choice, which might permit almost three million Hong Kong residents to settle in Britain, got here after Beijing imposed new safety laws on the previous British colony that democracy activists stated would finish the freedoms promised in 1997 when the territory was returned to Chinese language rule.

The British Consulate Basic of Hong Kong stated in a press launch on Thursday that the immigration route presents BN(O) residents the correct to dwell, work or research in Britain, and was made “following the Chinese language authorities’s choice to impose a brand new Nationwide Safety Regulation on Hong Kong”.

Britain says the regulation breaches the phrases of the handover treaty agreed in 1984. China accuses Britain of interfering in Hong Kong and Chinese language affairs.

“The Chinese language facet urges the British facet to recognise the truth that Hong Kong has returned to China, to have a look at the Hong Kong nationwide safety regulation objectively and instantly appropriate its errors,” the embassy stated.

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