British Prime Minister offers naturalization to almost 3 million Hong Kong residents

Boris Johnson

In the dispute over the planned security law of China for Hong Kong, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised naturalization in Great Britain to a large part of the population of the Chinese special administrative region.

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The British prime minister wants to defend the principle for the former British crown colony of “one country, two systems” against China.

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It is not just the British Prime Minister who is concerned that the security law proposed by Beijing will restrict the freedoms guaranteed when Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 and undermine autonomy.

It is not just the British Prime Minister who is concerned that the security law proposed by Beijing will restrict the freedoms guaranteed when Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 and undermine autonomy.

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The laws and “enforcement mechanisms” for Hong Kong include, for example, the possibility of transferring Chinese security authorities to the special administrative zone – something that the Beijing leadership has not been able to do with its own police officers.

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  • The British Prime Minister has offered Hong Kong to facilitate naturalization in the UK.
  • The background to this is the security law planned by Beijing for the former British crown colony.
  • China has sharply criticized Johnson’s considerations and threatened “countermeasures”.

In a guest post in Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, Johnson wrote that if China passed the law, Britain would “have no choice” but to make major changes to its immigration law.

Today’s 350,000 Hong Kong holders of a passport from British citizens abroad (BNO), to whom an additional 2.5 million would be entitled, could clear the way to naturalization. Instead of the previous six, they could be granted twelve months’ stay in the UK – with the option of renewal. They were also supposed to get work permits and extended immigration rights, which brought them to citizenship.

China threatens “countermeasures”

China has already sharply criticized the considerations and threatened “countermeasures”. “All compatriots who live in Hong Kong are Chinese citizens,” said a foreign ministry spokesman. The British prime minister, on the other hand, argued that the security law would limit the freedoms guaranteed when the British Crown Colony was returned to China in 1997 and undermine autonomy.

“If China goes ahead with this, it would be a direct violation of the Joint Declaration, a legally binding contract that is registered with the United Nations,” Johnson said of the return agreement.

China threatens “countermeasures”

It states that the “one country, two systems” principle does not affect the social and economic system in Hong Kong – as does the lifestyle and essential rights and freedoms of the seven million Hong Kong citizens.

Given the protests in Hong Kong that had been going on last summer, the Beijing People’s Congress on Thursday approved the plans for the National Security Protection Law and instructed the Parliament’s Standing Committee to adopt it. The law bypasses Hong Kong’s parliament. It targets activities that Beijing sees as subversive or separatist. It also opposes foreign interference. The pro-democratic forces in Hong Kong fear that they will be targeted.

(SDA)

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