Zheng ruohua: there are no provisions in the Sino British joint declaration that allow the UK to assume any rights and responsibilities after the return of Hong Kong

Source Title: Zheng ruohua: there are no provisions in the Sino British joint declaration that allow the UK to assume any rights and responsibilities after the return of Hong Kong

Xinhua news agency, Hong Kong, January 30 (reporter Zhu Yuxuan) – in response to the British government’s handling of the so-called British National (Overseas) (BNO) passport issue, Zheng ruohua, director of the Department of justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government, said on the 30th that there are no provisions in the Sino British joint declaration that allow Britain to assume any rights and responsibilities after Hong Kong’s return to China. China’s foreign ministry announced on the afternoon of January 29 that since January 31, China will no longer recognize the so-called British National (Overseas) (BNO) passport as a valid travel document and proof of identity, and reserves the right to take further measures. The Hong Kong SAR government subsequently announced that it would fully cooperate with the state in taking counter measures against the British government in dealing with BNO matters. China and Britain signed the Sino British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong in 1984. Zheng ruohua said in his blog on the 30th that the key parts of the Sino British Joint Declaration include the unilateral statement of one of the two sides, the arrangements for the transitional period, and the entry into force and implementation of the document. Therefore, in terms of content and nature, there are no provisions in the Sino British joint declaration that allow the British side to assume any rights and responsibilities after Hong Kong’s return to China. Zheng ruohua pointed out that after Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, Britain has no right to claim new rights or responsibilities against Hong Kong according to the Sino British Joint Declaration, and Britain has no sovereignty, no power of governance and no power of “supervision” over Hong Kong. Zheng ruohua said that while signing the Sino British Joint Declaration, the two sides also exchanged Memoranda on nationality. The British memorandum states that the British government will not grant the right of abode in the UK to Hong Kong Chinese citizens holding British National (Overseas) passports. Zheng ruohua quoted a former British official as saying that Britain believes that the provisions of the British memorandum are binding and that if BNO passport holders automatically have full British citizenship, it will violate the commitments of China and Britain in the Sino British Joint Declaration.

Xinhua news agency, Hong Kong, January 30 (reporter Zhu Yuxuan) – in response to the British government’s handling of the so-called British National (Overseas) (BNO) passport issue, Zheng ruohua, director of the Department of justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government, said on the 30th that there are no provisions in the Sino British joint declaration that allow Britain to assume any rights and responsibilities after Hong Kong’s return to China.

China’s foreign ministry announced on the afternoon of January 29 that since January 31, China will no longer recognize the so-called British National (Overseas) (BNO) passport as a valid travel document and proof of identity, and reserves the right to take further measures. The Hong Kong SAR government subsequently announced that it would fully cooperate with the state in taking counter measures against the British government in dealing with BNO matters.

China and Britain signed the Sino British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong in 1984. Zheng ruohua said in his blog on the 30th that the key parts of the Sino British Joint Declaration include the unilateral statement of one of the two sides, the arrangements for the transitional period, and the entry into force and implementation of the document. Therefore, in terms of content and nature, there are no provisions in the Sino British joint declaration that allow the British side to assume any rights and responsibilities after Hong Kong’s return to China.

Zheng ruohua pointed out that after Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, Britain has no right to claim new rights or responsibilities against Hong Kong according to the Sino British Joint Declaration, and Britain has no sovereignty, no power of governance and no power of “supervision” over Hong Kong.

Zheng ruohua said that while signing the Sino British Joint Declaration, the two sides also exchanged Memoranda on nationality. The British memorandum states that the British government will not grant the right of abode in the UK to Hong Kong Chinese citizens holding British National (Overseas) passports.

Zheng ruohua quoted a former British official as saying that Britain believes that the provisions of the British memorandum are binding and that if BNO passport holders automatically have full British citizenship, it will violate the commitments of China and Britain in the Sino British Joint Declaration.

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