China warns UK not to offer citizenship to residents of Hong Kong margin: Calc (0.5rem / 2);

The offer was made in July, when Beijing imposed a strict national security law in the former British colony.

Critics say undermines civil liberties that China undertook to respect when Hong Kong returned to hand in 1997.

Beijing has previously warned the UK not interfere in "internal affairs ".

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  • What's behind the offer of citizenship of Hong Kong

    The British offer is not for all residents? Hong Kong, but only holders of a British National Overseas passport (BNO). Only those born before delivery of the territory to China 1997 are entitled to a winery.

    Around 300,000 people currently have a BNO passport while an estimated 2.9 million people are eligible to do so, according to the British Consulate General in Hong Kong.

    UK government analysts estimate that up to one million people could accept the offer of living in the UK when the new visa becomes available in January.

    However, critics say the new visa law will not protect young pro-democracy demonstrators who were born after 1997 and are aimed mainly security law.

    The law aimed at secession, subversion and terrorism punishable by up to life imprisonment, was introduced in July, in response to repeated protests in Hong Kong demanding more democracy and less Chinese influence. copyrightAFPimage captionHong Kong has seen waves of protests and discontent

    That same month, the minister of the British Interior Priti Patel Hong National Kong British Overseas (BNO) passport holders and their immediate dependents said they would be entitled to apply for a special visa for UK January.

    BNO holders already have the right to visit the UK without a visa for six months.

    The new offer yet allow them to remain in the UK for a longer period, and then eventually become full British citizens. Related topics

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