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LONDON: China warned Britain on Thursday it may retaliate with “corresponding measures” for London’s resolution to increase a broader path to citizenship for the residents of Hong Kong.
Britain’s supply got here in response to a sweeping new safety regulation that China unveiled for the previous British territory this week.
Hong Kong was beneath UK jurisdiction till its handover to China in 1997 with a assure that Beijing would protect town’s judicial and legislative autonomy for 50 years.
The Chinese language embassy in London confused that “all Chinese language compatriots residing in Hong Kong are Chinese language nationals”.
The British supply coated virtually three million Hong Kongers who both have a British Nationwide Abroad passports or are eligible to use for one.
The embassy stated these people have been Chinese language nationals as properly.
“If the British facet makes unilateral adjustments to the related apply, it’ll breach its personal place and pledges in addition to worldwide regulation and fundamental norms governing worldwide relations,” the embassy stated in a press release.
“We firmly oppose this and reserve the suitable to take corresponding measures,” it stated with out elaborating.
Beijing has by no means publically raised the potential for providing Britons both Chinese language citizenship or broader residence rights.
The Chinese language assertion concluded by urging London to reassess its resolution and “chorus from interfering in Hong Kong affairs in any manner”.
Britain had sought nearer relations with China after ending its decades-long membership within the European Union this 12 months.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s authorities additionally irritated the US administration in January by permitting the personal Chinese language telecoms group Huawei to unroll Britain’s speedy new knowledge community.
However Britain is now finding out methods it could reduce Huawei out of its system solely and construct up an alliance of European and Asian suppliers that reduces China’s dominance within the subject.
UK media stated the International Workplace summoned the Chinese language embassador on Wednesday to specific its issues in regards to the regulation.