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Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks on the UK Government Policy Statement on Hong Kong British National (Overseas) Visa

Question: On July 22nd, the UK Government issued the Hong Kong British National (Overseas) Visa Policy Statement, announcing that it will change the arrangements and extend residence rights for BNO passport holders. The relevant measures will come into force in January 2021. What is the comment of the Chinese Embassy in the UK?

Embassy Spokesperson: In an MOU exchanged between China and the UK, the UK has explicitly pledged that BNO passport holders who are Chinese citizens residing in Hong Kong shall not have the right of abode in the UK. The UK has now, in total disregard of the strong opposition and repeated representations of the Chinese side, offered a route for BNO passport holders to the right of abode and application for citizenship in the UK. This seriously goes against its own promises, interfered in China's internal affairs, and violated international law and the basic norms governing international relations. The Chinese side expresses its grave concern and strong opposition, and will certainly take effective counter-measures.

Hong Kong has been a special administrative region of China since China resumed the exercise of sovereignty. Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs and brook no external interference in any form. The Chinese Government remains unwavering in its resolve to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, to implement "One Country, Two Systems" fully and faithfully, to enforce the National Security Law for Hong Kong SAR, and to oppose any external interference in Hong Kong affairs. The Chinese side urges the UK side to recognize the fact that Hong Kong is part of China, have a right and objective understanding on the National Security Law for Hong Kong SAR, immediately correct its mistakes and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs, which are China's internal affairs, in any form. Such interference will be self-defeating.

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