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China warns it won't recognize Hong Kongers' British passports

Beijing retaliates after UK opens path to citizenship for BNO holders

A protester holds up a British passport during a demonstration outside the British consulate in Hong Kong last year.   © Reuters

BEIJING/LONDON -- China will consider no longer recognizing British passports issued to Hong Kong residents as valid documents for travel, Beijing said Thursday, in a move seen as retaliation for the U.K.'s decision to grant residential rights for the passport's holders.

The British government announced this month a new pathway to citizenship for the roughly 350,000 holders of a British National Overseas passport, along with 2.6 million others eligible, living in Hong Kong. On Wednesday, British officials released a statement saying the measures will go into effect in January.

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