Chinese ambassador accuses UK of gross interference over Hong Kong
London, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The Chinese ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, on Monday accused UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson of meddling in China´s internal affairs by offering citizenship to 3 million people from Hong Kong to the UK.
In a virtual press conference, the Chinese diplomat affirmed that this decision, announced the same day Beijing put a national security law for Hong Kong into effect, constitutes gross interference and openly tramples on the basic norms governing international relations.
According to Liu, the legislation implemented by the Chinese government in the former British colony on July 1 is 'the basis and precondition for the stability and prosperity' of the UK that came under the control of China in 1997, under the constitutional principle of 'One country, two systems.'
The Chinese ambassador added that before the national security law, there was no legal framework that would guarantee this concept, and Hong Kong was defenseless against destabilized attempts by some sectors supported by 'external elements.'
Following China´s decision, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that Hong Kong holders of the so-called British National Overseas (BNO) Passport will be able to apply for a five-year residence permit in the United Kingdom, instead of the current six months, with the possibility of working there.
After that time, immigrants will be eligible to receive the permanent residence permit, and 12 months later, apply for British citizenship.
The decision covers not only the 350,000 Hong Kong people who have the BNO, but another 2,300,000 citizens of that Chinese-controlled territory, under the Sino-British Joint Declaration.
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