World Hong Kong leader confirms no consular protection for dual nationals
Hong Kong leader defends 'ambush lockdown' tactics
Hong Kong's leader defended her administration's use of "ambush lockdowns" on Tuesday after a spate of overnight operations to conduct surprise mandatory coronavirus tests uncovered no new cases. On Tuesday, city leader Carrie Lam said the ambush lockdowns were "not a waste of manpower and money but instead well worth" the resources.The new tactic involves authorities giving no warning of an impending lockdown, sealing off buildings where cases are detected and then ensuring everyone inside is tested, usually overnight.
Hong Kongers with dual nationality are not entitled to foreign consular assistance, the city's leader said Tuesday, confirming warnings by western diplomats that authorities have begun strictly enforcing Chinese nationality regulations in the finance hub.
Canada's foreign affairs department announced last week that a dual-national in prison in Hong Kong was required to make a declaration choosing a single nationality.
China strips licence from second lawyer for ‘Hong Kong 12’
US urges China to reinstate licences for Ren Quanniu and Lu Siwei, who represented pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.Ren Quanniu, who represented one of 12 Hong Kong activists who allegedly tried to flee by boat to Taiwan, said on Tuesday that he had had his licence revoked by the Henan Provincial Justice Department.
The revelation sent diplomats from Britain, Canada and the United States scrambling given the potential implications for hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers in the city with dual nationality -- and those who travel there for business and tourism.
On Tuesday, chief executive Carrie Lam confirmed that while residents could own multiple passports, dual nationality was not recognised in Hong Kong under China's nationality law.
"That (law) has a very specific provision that where people (who) have foreign nationality or right of abode elsewhere... are regarded as Chinese nationals in Hong Kong," Lam told reporters.
"So likewise they will not be eligible for consular protection, including consular visits," she added, unless they have received permission to renounce their Chinese nationality
‘No room for debate’: Hong Kong outlines security law for schools
Teaching guidelines for children from six years old suggest Beijing wants to remould Hong Kong society.Beijing imposed the security law in June last year after tens of thousands of people took to the streets in opposition to a proposed extradition bill in 2019 in protests that evolved into calls for democracy and sometimes descended into violence.
Beijing's top-lawmaking body set the rules for implementing national in Hong Kong back in 1996 -- the year before Hong Kong's handover by Britain.
As a result Hong Kong officials have described the move to reject consular assistance for dual nationals as nothing new.
But western diplomats say there has been a concrete policy change because they had previously had no problem visiting dual nationals in custody.
No Hong Kong official, including Lam, has publicly addressed whether any order has been made to more strictly enforce nationality rules.
But on Monday night, Britain's consulate changed its travel advice after it said it had been informed that "Hong Kong, like other parts of China, does not recognise dual nationality".
"If you have both British and Chinese nationality you may be treated as a Chinese citizen by local authorities, even if you enter Hong Kong on your British passport," the consulate warned.
Tears, guilt and hope for Hong Kongers seeking new life in Britain
As the clock counts down to her finally leaving Hong Kong, Judy is riddled with self-doubt and guilt over the gut-wrenching decision to move her family to the other side of the world for a new life in Britain. Back in Hong Kong, he said, his family used to take regular holidays to Japan and Thailand. His current salary is around 30-40 percent of what he used to earn.But he says he has no regrets."I also told my friends to leave if they can," he said. "Hong Kong is no longer the place we loved.
"If this is the case, the British consulate may not be able to offer you consular assistance."
The apparent change comes as Beijing clashes with Western nations over its crackdown in the finance hub following 2019's huge and often violent democracy protests.
The change is most likely to effect ethnic Chinese dual citizens in Hong Kong.
Mainland China has even stricter dual citizenship laws where people are not allowed to own another country's passport -- although many, especially wealthy elites, simply keep that ownership secret.
Last month, the UK began offering extended visas to holders of British National (Overseas) passports, which all Hong Kongers born before the 1997 handover are entitled to.
Beijing responded by announcing it would no longer recognise the passports.
Hong Kong residents seeking help to stay in Australia over fears of persecution under new national security law .
A young backpacker is sharing her fears of being persecuted if she returns to her hometown Hong Kong, and calls for the federal government to provide more help to dozens of temporary visa holders from the city.Emily Chan, 32, first arrived in Australia as an international student in 2013.