China to Stop Recognizing Special U.K. Passports for Hong Kongers
By Vivian Wang
The move was in retaliation for Britain’s offer to grant potentially millions of Hong Kong residents a path to citizenship, amid Beijing’s crackdown on the city.
HONG KONG — China announced on Friday that it would no longer recognize certain British travel documents, in retaliation for Britain’s decision last year to grant potentially millions of Hong Kong residents visas and eventually a path to citizenship.
The announcement, which came hours after Britain declared a formal start date for its new visa program, was the latest escalation of tensions between the two countries over the fate of Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese control in 1997.