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Passport decision from China for Hong Kong

China announced that Britain may not recognize passports issued for Hong Kong residents. China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lician said that the UK did not keep its promises. He stated that Britain acted on its own head and raised the issue of the British National Overseas passport repeatedly.

China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Cao Lician said at the daily press conference that Britain “did not keep its promises, acted on its own mind and repeatedly raised the issue of the British National Overseas (BNO) passport”.

Cao noted that since the UK is the first to break its promise, China will review not recognizing these passports as valid travel documents and reserves the right to take further action. The Guardian newspaper wrote that Hong Kong residents with BNO passports can apply for a new type of visa that will be able to live and work in the UK from January next year.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that if China insists on implementing the National Security Act, it can issue work visas to about 3 million Hong Kong residents.

Thousands of people living in British overseas territories linked to Hong Kong had registered as British citizens (overseas) before 1 July 1997.

According to the records of the British Interior Ministry, there are 314 thousand BNO holders in Hong Kong. They only have the right to stay in the UK for 6 months according to the current legislation. Although the status of BNO holders allows for easier consular assistance from the UK, this is not equivalent to citizenship.

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