British government will implement BNO visa policy from January 31

British government will implement BNO visa policy from January 31 on January 29 according to the website of the Chinese Embassy in the UK today, a spokesman of the Chinese Embassy in the UK answered reporters’ questions on the British government’s plan to implement the British National (Overseas) visa policy.

Reporter: the British government will implement the BNO visa policy from January 31. What is the Chinese Embassy’s comment on this?

Embassy spokesman: China and the UK have exchanged Memoranda on BNO passports. In the memorandum, the UK explicitly promised not to grant the right of abode in the UK to Hong Kong Chinese citizens holding BNO passports. If the British side, regardless of China’s strong opposition and repeated negotiations, provides a path for the relevant personnel to stay and naturalize in the UK, it will seriously violate its own commitments, seriously interfere in China’s internal affairs, and seriously violate international law and the basic norms of international relations. China has repeatedly stated its solemn position and will make a strong response.

Hong Kong has returned to China. Hong Kong’s affairs are purely China’s internal affairs. No foreign country is allowed to interfere in any way. The Chinese government is unswervingly determined to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, to comprehensively and accurately implement the principle of “one country, two systems” and to safeguard Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability, to implement the Hong Kong National Security Law and to oppose any external interference in Hong Kong affairs. The Chinese side urges the British side to recognize the reality that Hong Kong has returned to China, immediately correct its own mistakes and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs in any way, otherwise it will inevitably lift a stone to its own feet.


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