Cheng made the feedback in a weblog submit on the eve of modifications to the UK’s visa utility program that can permit Hong Kong residents who maintain a British National Overseas (BNO) passport to reside, research and work in Britain for 5 years and finally apply for citizenship.

Reuters

PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2021 12:58 PM IST

Hong Kong Secretary of Justice Teresa Cheng reiterated on Saturday that Britain had no rights over town beneath the joint declaration that laid the blueprint for the way town can be dominated after its 1997 reunification with China.

Cheng made the feedback in a weblog submit on the eve of modifications to the UK’s visa utility program that can permit Hong Kong residents who maintain a British National Overseas (BNO) passport to reside, research and work in Britain for 5 years and finally apply for citizenship.

BNO standing was created by Britain in 1987 particularly for Hong Kong residents.

Cheng cited former Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in Hong Kong, Xie Feng, as saying “the UK has no sovereignty, jurisdiction or right of ‘supervision’ over Hong Kong whatsoever after the latter returned to China” beneath the Joint Declaration.

Beijing’s imposition of a nationwide safety legislation in Hong Kong in June final yr prompted Britain to supply refuge to nearly three million Hong Kong residents eligible for the BNO passport from Jan. 31.

China and the Hong Kong authorities had already hit again on the visa change, by saying they might not recognise the BNO passport as a legitimate journey doc from Sunday, January 31.

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