March 7, 2021

China likely to retaliate against UK citizenship offer for Hong Kong residents: report

February 07, 2021 10:31 There is

Hong Kong, Feb 7 (ANI): China will retaliate in March against a UK plan to grant citizenship to millions of Hong Kong people with a British national (foreign) (PNO) passport, the Asia Times reported.
According to the Asia Times, Hong Kong residents are required to declare if they hold British citizenship under the PNO Passport Scheme.
Since last July, analysts have suggested that Beijing could eliminate Chinese citizenship and permanent residence for Hong Kong PNO passport holders.
From January 29, China will recognize the PNO as a travel and identity document for the people of Hong Kong from January 31 and set aside the right to take further action against the UK citizenship program.
The UK eventually paved the way for citizenship in Hong Kong. After Beijing imposed tough national security legislation, London unveiled a plan in July last year to deport eligible Hong Kongers.
Tian Phylong, an associate professor at Beijing University Law School in Beijing and director of the Chinese Association for Studies in Hong Kong and Macau, told the DVP on Wednesday that the Standing Committee would explain China’s national law for a second time in March if necessary. .
“If the number of PNO visa applicants goes from 20,000 to 30,000 this month, I think it will touch alarming levels,” Tian said.
“After the granting of British citizenship to PNO status holders, their permanent residence in Hong Kong should be deprived of their voting rights and social benefits. he said.
In May 1996, the Standing Committee explained the implementation of China’s National Law in Hong Kong. Since July 1, 1997, people in pro-British territories in Hong Kong have been able to continue to use citizens’ or PNO passports as travel documents, but they are not entitled to British embassy security in the mainland of Hong Kong and China.
By reviewing national law, it is widely believed that Beijing could easily remove Chinese nationality from those granted British citizenship under the PNO citizenship program, the Asia Times reported.
However, the newspaper said the removal of the Hong Kong person’s permanent residence was too complicated, as such an action could violate Section 24 of the Basic Law, which clearly defines the city’s definition of permanent residents.
Also, last year, Tian suggested that the National People’s Congress (NBC) Standing Committee should explain Section 24 of the Basic Law. After the presentation, he said, PNOs who had been granted British citizenship would lose their right to vote and stand for election. These rights are stated in Section 26 of the Basic Law.
Many Hong Kong netizens have pointed out that a Hong Kong person cannot be distinguished from being granted British citizenship under the PNO scheme or by any other scheme, which includes 50,000 families in Hong Kong, the British National Selection Program launched in 1990, Asia Times News.
However, Lao Xiu-kai, vice president of the Chinese Hong Kong and Macau Research Association, said Hong Kong residents should notify the government if they are granted British citizenship under the PNO scheme.
“People granted British citizenship under the PNO program will enjoy fewer jobs in Hong Kong because they will face more challenges when applying for a visa to enter China. These people will then have to return to the UK as second-class citizens,” Lau said. .
The Asia Times reported that those who decided to get out of these “penalties” were not immediately aware that Beijing’s move to stop recognizing the PNO as a travel and identity document had hit hundreds of innocent people.
“Minorities from India, Pakistan and Nepal will only have to deal with having PNO passports. They will not be able to apply for Hong Kong SAR passports and Mainland travel permits. These people used to apply for China visas with their PNO passports, but they We can not do that now, “said Mohan Sukani, former president of the India Association of Hong Kong.
According to the last census in 2016, there were about 36,000 Indians, 18,000 Pakistanis and 25,000 Nepalese in Hong Kong, according to the Asia Times. Many of these hold foreign or Hong Kong SAR passports.
From 2009 to 2018, 14,645 non-Chinese people applied to China in Hong Kong, according to Immigration Department data. Of those who applied, only 75 percent were successful. The rest were rejected or withdrawn. (ANI)

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