The Chinese government has threatened to take action against the United Kingdom because Hong Kong citizens have the passport that was issued to residents of former colonies, who are now able to apply for British citizenship after a few years.
Boris Johnson’s executive took this step in response to the introduction of a national security law in Hong Kong. For the Chinese authorities, however, this is a breach of the commitments previously made, so that they do not rule out retaliation.
“The Chinese side strongly condemns (the British gesture) and reserves the right to accept new answers,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in statements gathered by the Asian giant’s official press.
Hong Kong Overseas Territories Passport (BNO) holders are entitled to a five-year period during which they can study or work in the UK. After this period, they could apply for a new status and apply for citizenship of the old metropolis twelve months later.