China will not recognise UK passport for HK residents

China will not recognise British passport for Hong Kong residents from Sunday

Britain is offering refuge to almost 3 million Hong Kong residents eligible for BNO passport from Jan. 31

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China said on Friday that it would not recognise the British National Overseas (BNO) passport as a valid travel document or for identification starting from Jan. 31.

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian was speaking at a regular news briefing.

Beijing's move to impose a national security law in June last year prompted Britain to offer refuge to almost 3 million Hong Kong residents eligible for BNO passport from Jan. 31.