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World The UK is reportedly granting a record '5 passports a minute' to Hong Kong residents

19:40  05 december  2020
19:40  05 december  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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U . K . Grants Five Passports a Minute to Hongkongers as China Tightens Grip. Some 216,398 Hong Kong residents received British National (Overseas) passports during the first 10 months of the year, higher than any annual figure stretching back to 1997, according to data provided by the U . K .’s

The United Kingdom said Wednesday it would offer a path to citizenship for eligible Hong Kong residents and condemned China's new security law as a threat to the city's freedom.

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  • The UK Passport Office has issued a record number of British National (Overseas) passports to residents of Hong Kong this year, says a Bloomberg News report.
  • With about 200,000 such passports issued in the first 10 months of the year, they're being issued at a rate of about five a minute, the report said.
  • A representative of China's Foreign Ministry accused Britain of violating its commitments to the international community.
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As China has strengthened its control over Hong Kong's government this year, Hong Kong citizens have sought out a record number of UK passports, says a report.

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When the news broke that BNO passport holders were eligible for British citizenship after living and working in the UK for five years, and after spending another year of being granted settled status, many of my Will the UK be ready to take in so many Hong Kong residents ? Will there be enough jobs?

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The UK Passport Office issued more than 200,000 British National (Overseas), or BN(O), passports to Hongkongers in the first 10 months of the year, a rate that roughly equaled five every minute, according to Bloomberg News, which got the data from the UK Passport Office with a Freedom of Information Act request.

In October, about 60,000 such passports were issued, a more than 50% jump from the same month a year earlier, according to Bloomberg. The UK has issued more passports to Hong Kong residents than any year since 1997, when it handed the country back to China.

At a briefing on Friday, Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry, said her country has "made clear its position on the BN(O) passport issue." She accused the UK of interfering with political affairs in China and Hong Kong.

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HONG KONG — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Wednesday to overhaul immigration rules to grant almost 3 million Hong Kong residents a pathway to British These passports , a holdover from British rule issued to people born before 1997, currently allow holders to stay in Britain

The UK government has opened a path to citizenship for more than 300,000 Hong Kong residents About 315,000 people hold valid BNO passports , a document issued to Hong Kong residents born Some called for him to grant automatic citizenship to the BNOs. Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the

According to an official transcript, she said: "It is the British side that has been violating its commitments and repeatedly exploiting the BN(O) passport issue to interfere in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs. The British side broke its promise first. China will consider not recognizing BNO passport as valid traveling document, and China reserves the right to take further measures."

a group of people holding a sign: A group of Hong Kong citizens protest outside London's Houses of Parliament against the limited rights of British National (Overseas) passport holders. Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images © Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images A group of Hong Kong citizens protest outside London's Houses of Parliament against the limited rights of British National (Overseas) passport holders. Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The number of passports issued to Hongkongers so far this year is shy of the total 3 million offered by the UK's prime minister, Boris Johnson, who announced the country would issue the passports in July. China responded by threatening to stop recognizing BN(O) passports.

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Relations between the United Kingdom and the People's Republic of China are turning increasingly sour, as London has introduced new eased routes to citizenship for nearly three million residents of Hong Kong .

Many people in Hong Kong fear it could end their unique freedoms, which the rest of China does not Asked whether the UK was entering a new Cold War with China, Lord Patten told the BBC's World at One BNO passports were granted to all Hong Kong citizens born before the Chinese handover in

Johnson's announcement came amid months-long protests in Hong Kong, which since 1997 has been a special administrative region of China. Pro-democracy advocates and demonstrators there have said China's restrictive new security law is stripping away freedoms.

Since the security law passed in June, the US has increased sanctions on banks doing business in Hong Kong. The latter's leader, Carrie Lam, told an interviewer late last month that she's unable to open a bank account, and her $56,000 monthly salary is piled up in cash in her apartment.

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, on Wednesday issued a statement condemning "political persecution" of pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong.

"The use of courts to silence peaceful dissent is a hallmark of authoritarian regimes and underscores once again that the Chinese Communist Party's greatest fear is the free speech and free thinking of its own people," he said.

China responded by saying it was "a country under the rule of law."

Chunying said: "We urge certain US politicians to stop meddling in China's Hong Kong affairs and deliberately smearing and blaming China in the name of so-called freedom and democracy. In fact, the more they did so, the more people will see through their double standards and hypocrisy."

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