China appears to have stripped millions of Hong Kongers of legal protections by declaring it will no longer recognise dual British nationality. The UK Foreign Office warned Monday that citizens who enter Hong Kong on a British passport ‘may be treated as a Chinese citizen by local authorities’ and may not be entitled to consular assistance if they are arrested. It comes amid a crackdown on pro-democracy dissenters by Beijing which has seen critics rounded up, amid fears they could be sent to mainland China for trial. It also appears to defy the Joint Declaration which governed the 1997 transfer of power from Britain to China, which says foreign travel documents will be recognised. Britain has warned that holders of overseas passports will not get consular assistance if they are arrested in Hong Kong as authorities said they no longer recognise dual nationals Beijing has long refused to recognise dual nationality of its own citizens, forcing them to renounce citizenship of China in order to acquire a foreign passport. The same law also technically applied in Hong Kong, though until now diplomats had routinely been given access to dual nationals in detention. Warnings by the Foreign Office issued on Monday… Read full this story
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