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Old 10.02.2021, 16:11
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BNO passport

UK offers Hong Kong residents route to citizenship, angering China

BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) - Hong Kong residents can apply from Sunday for a new visa giving them the chance to become British citizens following China's crackdown in the former colony, but Beijing said it will no longer recognise the special British passport already in use.

UK government forecasts say the new visa could attract more than 300,000 people and their dependents to Britain. Beijing said it would make them second-class citizens.

Britain and China have been arguing for months about what London and Washington say is an attempt to silence dissent in Hong Kong after huge pro-democracy protests in 2019 and 2020.

Britain says it is fulfilling a historic and moral commitment to the people of Hong Kong after Beijing imposed a new security law on the semi-autonomous city that Britain says breaches the terms of agreements under which the colony was handed back to China in 1997.

"I am immensely proud that we have brought in this new route for Hong Kong BN(O)s to live, work and make their home in our country," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, referring to a special British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders.

But China and the Hong Kong government hit back by saying they would no longer recognise the BNO passport as a valid travel document from Sunday, Jan. 31.

Britain is trying to turn large numbers of Hong Kong people into second-class British citizens. This has completely changed the original nature of BNO," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a briefing.
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Old 10.02.2021, 16:14
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Re: BNO passport

anyone affected by this? I have to admit with all the other news, this slipped by me, I have relatives and friends who are possibly affected by this, I am still trying to understand the difference if you hold BNO passport as sole or dual citizenship.
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Old 10.02.2021, 19:22
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Re: BNO passport

Maybe this will help

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britis...onal_(Overseas)
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anyone affected by this? I have to admit with all the other news, this slipped by me, I have relatives and friends who are possibly affected by this, I am still trying to understand the difference if you hold BNO passport as sole or dual citizenship.
My brother lives in HK so I follow events there with interest...
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Britain is trying to turn large numbers of Hong Kong people into second-class British citizens. This has completely changed the original nature of BNO," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a briefing.
This "second-class citizen" narrative is used way too often in nationalistic Asian countries... to shame ones who support western ideologies (like democracy, freedom of speech, etc.) that as much as they try to please western countries, they will still no longer be fully accepted by western countries and at best can only be "second-class citizen". Nonsense, patriotism is not a virtue. Especially now the world moves onward to the concept global, cosmopolitan citizen, this second-class label is not really relevant.
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Re: BNO passport

So the topic is also concerning dual citizens in HK not just those who hold BNO.


“Ottawa learned that an imprisoned Hong Kong resident with a Canadian passport was earlier this month asked to declare whether they were Chinese or Canadian... This is the first time this has occurred.”



https://www.theglobeandmail.com/poli...ens-to-choose/
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Re: BNO passport

China doesn't recognize dual citizenship and therefore a Chinese citizen with another citizenship cannot receive consular protection while in mainland China. (now perhaps also in HK?) This is what happened to Gui Minhai, a dual Chinese-Swedish citizen who was detained for publishing China-banned book in HK. He was denied access to Swedish consular service, and now is sentenced to 10 years in jail.

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China doesn't recognize dual citizenship and therefore a Chinese citizen cannot receive consular protection while in mainland China. (now perhaps also in HK?)
It works like that in most countries, not just China.

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It works like that in most countries, not just China.

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I'd agree. If in trouble here and holding a Swiss passport, that's it, you're treated like a Swiss and Swiss only. No matter how many other passports you can show.
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