Office of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong: Stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs with the BNO visa issue
In response to the British government's expansion of the scope of application of the "BNO visa", the Office of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong accused the British side of violating international law and basic norms of international relations, interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs, hyping up political issues, and seizing economic self-interest.
The official website of the Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong issued an announcement on Wednesday (October 19) saying that the British side "seriously violated international law and basic norms of international relations, and brazenly interfered in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs." A spokesperson for the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition.The
spokesperson said that people are not trustworthy, and they do not know what to do. The British side disregarded China's firm opposition and countermeasures, blatantly violated the relevant agreements between China and the UK, and repeatedly tried to use BNO to dig a "corner" in Hong Kong and smear the Hong Kong SAR government. Once again, it exposed the British side's "dark psychology that Hong Kong is not good and cannot be used to the governance of Hong Kong, and its perfidy will only be in vain!"The
spokesperson pointed out that the British side's expansion of the scope of application of the BNO visa is not to "stand with the people of Hong Kong", but to play its own "small abacus" and try to pass on its own domestic conflicts, which will only turn more Hong Kong people into "second-class citizens" in the "immigration trap". "This kind of political manipulation of self-control has long been seen through, and it will only harm others and ourselves!"The
spokesperson emphasized that with the firm support of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Hong Kong is currently in a new stage from "chaos to governance" to "governance and prosperity", with unlimited opportunities. The new SAR government is uniting and leading all sectors of society to open a new chapter of good governance and good governance. The majority of Hong Kong citizens are full of confidence in the practice of "one country, two systems" and look forward to a bright future for Hong Kong.The
spokesperson reiterated that no small tricks by external forces can change the good situation of Hong Kong, nor can they stop the stable and far-reaching implementation of "one country, two systems". The Chinese side urges the British side to recognize the reality, abide by international law and basic norms of international relations, and immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs through the BNO issue.
According to previous reports, the British government officially introduced amendments to the entry rules on Tuesday (18th) to expand the British National (Overseas) visa program referred to as "BNO visa", allowing young Hong Kongers born after the handover of sovereignty in 1997 and one of their parents has BNO nationality to directly apply for a BNO visa to move to the UK. According to the amendments, the relevant parts of the expansion of the BNO visa will take effect on November 30th.