28.4 C
Delhi
Monday, September 28, 2020

Beijing threatens action against UK for offering residency to Hongkongers

- Advertisement -

Beijing threatens action against UK for offering residency to HongkongersLondon, July 3 (IANS) China says the UK will “bear all consequences” if it grants residency to Hongkongers fleeing a harsh new national security law.

On Thursday, at a regular press briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian said: “China strongly condemns this and reserves the right to take further measures. The British side will bear all the consequences”.

Zhao”s comments came after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, both said UK would honour a promise to offer nearly 3 million residents of the former British colony, those with British national overseas status (BNO), the right to settle in the UK.

China”s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, also said any move to grant residency to BNO holders would be a violation of agreements between the two countries. He added: “All Chinese compatriots residing in Hong Kong are Chinese nationals, whether or not they are holders of the British dependent territories citizens passport or the British national (overseas) passport.”

In a statement posted on the Chinese embassy”s website on Thursday, Liu said, “If the British side makes unilateral changes to the relevant practice, it will breach its own position and pledges as well as international law. We firmly oppose this and reserve the right to take corresponding measures. The UK has no sovereignty, jurisdiction or right of ”supervision” over Hong Kong.”

UK”s Foreign Office permanent secretary Sir Simon McDonald summoned Liu and told him Beijing”s imposition of the new security law on Hong Kong breached the Sino-British joint declaration.

Following his visit, Liu tweeted: “After turbulent months in the latter half of last year, the national security law will bring the order in stability to Hong Kong and get its economy back on track.”

Fearing that Beijing”s new security law will be used to arrest pro-democracy protestors and activists, human rights advocates from all over the world have called on other countries to give asylum to fleeing Hongkongers.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his country is “prepared to step up and provide support”, and is working on a scheme to provide a safe haven to Hong Kong residents after China”s “very concerning” decision.

After the sedition law came into effect, a 15-year-old girl, who waved a Hong Kong independence flag was arrested.

As thousands protested against the new law, more than 400 people were detained on Wednesday, on unlawful assembly and national security related charges.

Breaching the Sino-British joint declaration which aimed to smooth the transition when the territory was handed back to China in 1997, the UK government believes Beijing”s new law gives authorities sweeping powers to crack down on dissent, and a new level of Chinese control over the semi-autonomous territory.

Boris Johnson has said he will honour a promise to change immigration rules to allow holders of BNO passports, as well as those eligible for the passport, to reside in the UK and ultimately apply for citizenship. As of February 2020, there were nearly 350,000 BNO passport holders, while the government estimated there were around 2.9 million BNOs living in Hong Kong.

–IANS

India Updates
India Updates is an independent news & Information website. Follow us for regular updates on News and Information.

Follow Us On

Related News

Former Defence Minister Jaswant Singh passes away

New Delhi, Sep 27 (IANS) Former Defence Minister Jaswant Singh passed away early Sunday, said an official statement from the R&R Hospital here. He...

BJP’s oldest ally Akali Dal quits NDA over ‘black laws’

Chandigarh, Sep 26 (IANS) The highest decision making body of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) core committee at its emergency meeting held here on...

Gill stars as clinical KKR thrash SRH by 7 wkts

Abu Dhabi, Sep 27 (IANS/GloFans) Opener Shubhman Gill's unbeaten 70-run knock along with Eoin Morgan's 42 not out guided Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to...

RBI to retain lending rates, accommodative stance, say experts

By Rohit Vaid (IANS) Persistently high inflation fanned in part due to supply side disruptions along with seasonal factors will deter the Reserve Bank...

Amazon Echo devices to automatically delete your recordings

New Delhi, Sep 27 (IANS) After launching new Alexa and Echo devices, Amazon has introduced additional privacy controls and easier ways for the customers....

Uma Bharti, Ram Madhav among key leaders dropped from BJP’s office-bearers list

New Delhi, Sep 26 (PTI) With several BJP leaders making way for fresh faces in the new list of the party''s national office-bearers announced...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Topics In India

Covid 19 India Updates

Will Govt have 80,000 crores available over the next one year?, saks Adar Poonawalla

New Delhi, Sep 26 (IANS) Rs 80,000 crore will be the cost of vaccinating everyone in India with the Covid-19 vaccine whenever it is...

Will Govt have 80,000 crores available over the next one year?, saks Adar Poonawalla

New Delhi, Sep 26 (IANS) Rs 80,000 crore will be the cost of vaccinating everyone in India with the Covid-19 vaccine whenever it is...

Centre puts price caps on medical oxygen after shortage reports

New Delhi, Sep 26 (IANS) In order to deal with shortage of medical oxygen and the resultant increase in prices in the country, the...

Huge infrastructure build-up helped India recovery rate: Dr Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi, September 26 (ANI): Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Friday said that huge infrastructure build-up to counter the COVID -19 situation...

Aarogya Setu loses sheen as downloads drop

New Delhi/Noida, Sep 25 (IANS) Prashant Kumar who lives in Noida sector 143 often goes to a nearby mall-cum-office complex with his family for...

PM Modi asks states to focus on micro-containment zones

New Delhi, Sep 23 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked states to reassess if lockdowns of one or two days are effective...

Trending News In India

NCB seizes phones of Deepika, Rakul, Simone, Karishma in drugs case

Mumbai, Sep 26 (IANS) The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which quizzed Bollywood actors Rakul Preet Singh, Deepika Padukone, her former manager Karishma Prakash, and...

Self-sufficient in defence linked to ‘self-respect’, ‘sovereignty’ of country: Rajnath

New Delhi, Sep 27 (PTI) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said a country that depends on imports for its military equipment can never...

BJP’s oldest ally Akali Dal quits NDA over ‘black laws’

Chandigarh, Sep 26 (IANS) The highest decision making body of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) core committee at its emergency meeting held here on...

NCB seizes phones of Deepika, Rakul, Simone, Karishma in drugs case

Mumbai, Sep 26 (IANS) The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which quizzed Bollywood actors Rakul Preet Singh, Deepika Padukone, her former manager Karishma Prakash, and...

Gill stars as clinical KKR thrash SRH by 7 wkts

Abu Dhabi, Sep 27 (IANS/GloFans) Opener Shubhman Gill's unbeaten 70-run knock along with Eoin Morgan's 42 not out guided Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to...

RBI to retain lending rates, accommodative stance, say experts

By Rohit Vaid (IANS) Persistently high inflation fanned in part due to supply side disruptions along with seasonal factors will deter the Reserve Bank...

Trending Showbiz

NCB seizes phones of Deepika, Rakul, Simone, Karishma in drugs case

Mumbai, Sep 26 (IANS) The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which quizzed Bollywood actors Rakul Preet Singh, Deepika Padukone, her former manager Karishma Prakash, and...

NCB quizzes Deepika, Sara, Shraddha in drug case related to SSR death

Mumbai, Sep 26 (IANS) The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Saturday questioned Bollywood divas Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor for several hours...

‘CBI delay in converting abetment to suicide to murder frustrating’

Mumbai, Sep 25 (IANS) Vikas Singh, family lawyer of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, on Friday stated that the delay being by Central Bureau...

NCB questions Rakul, Deepika’s ex-manager, Dharma Productions honcho

Mumbai, Sep 25 (IANS) The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday is questioning Bollywood actor Rakul Preet Singh, Dharma Productions executive producer Kshitij Ravi...

Famed singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam succumbs to Covid-19

Chennai, Sep 25 (IANS) Famed playback singer and Padma awardee S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, or popularly SPB or Balu in the movie world and who has...

WhatsApp clarifies after probe agencies retrieve chats

New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) cloned the mobile phones of Rhea Chakraborty and others, which gave them access to the WhatsApp chats...

Trending Sports

I am surprised Sanju Samson is not representing India in all formats, says Warne

Dubai, Sep 27 (PTI) Spin legend Shane Warne on Saturday expressed his "surprise" that wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson is not playing for India across formats.Samson...

I am surprised Sanju Samson is not representing India in all formats, says Warne

Dubai, Sep 27 (PTI) Spin legend Shane Warne on Saturday expressed his "surprise" that wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson is not playing for India across formats.Samson...

Shaw and Rabada propel Delhi to big win over Dhoni’s CSK

Dubai, Sep 26 (IANS/GloFans) In yet another dismal show, three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) suffered a 44-run defeat against a charged-up Delhi Capitals (DC) here on...

KL Rahul’s record-breaking ton blows RCB away

Dubai, Sep 25 (IANS/GloFans) Captain K.L. Rahul on Thursday shattered a few IPL records with a blistering 69-ball 132 not out -- the highest individual...

Sat on bench for hours after losing in 1992 Oly quarters, reveals Paes

New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) Eighteen-time Grand Slam champion Leander Paes made history in 1996 when he became the first Indian tennis player to...

Ex-Australian cricketer Dean Jones dies of cardiac arrest in Mumbai

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones passed away in Mumbai on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest. The 59-year-old was...

Latest Trending News In India

Former Defence Minister Jaswant Singh passes away

New Delhi, Sep 27 (IANS) Former Defence Minister Jaswant Singh passed away early Sunday, said an official statement from the R&R Hospital here. He...

Self-sufficient in defence linked to ‘self-respect’, ‘sovereignty’ of country: Rajnath

New Delhi, Sep 27 (PTI) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said a country that depends on imports for its military equipment can never...

BJP’s oldest ally Akali Dal quits NDA over ‘black laws’

Chandigarh, Sep 26 (IANS) The highest decision making body of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) core committee at its emergency meeting held here on...

NCB seizes phones of Deepika, Rakul, Simone, Karishma in drugs case

Mumbai, Sep 26 (IANS) The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which quizzed Bollywood actors Rakul Preet Singh, Deepika Padukone, her former manager Karishma Prakash, and...

Gill stars as clinical KKR thrash SRH by 7 wkts

Abu Dhabi, Sep 27 (IANS/GloFans) Opener Shubhman Gill's unbeaten 70-run knock along with Eoin Morgan's 42 not out guided Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to...