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Chinese envoy accuses UK of gross interference over citizenship offer to Hongkongers

Christian Fernsby |
China’s ambassador to London accused Britain on Monday of gross interference and of making irresponsible remarks since Beijing introduced new security legislation in the former British colony of Hong Kong.

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Topics: CHINESE    UK   

Britain has said that China’s imposition of a security law on Hong Kong was a “clear and serious” violation of the 1984 Joint Declaration and that London would offer around 3 million residents of the former colony a path to British citizenship.

“The UK government keeps making irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong affairs,” ambassador Liu Xiaoming told reporters in an online media conference, saying it had made unwarranted accusations about the security law.

On London’s offer to give British National Overseas BN (O) passport-holders in Hong Kong a path to British citizenship, he said: “This move constitutes gross interference in China’s internal affairs.”

“We hope that they will reconsider their position. With regard to what the response China is going to make, we have to wait and see what will be the specific actions of the British side.”

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