On Dec. 11, Huawei Vice Chairman Meng Wanzhou was detained in Canada, allegedly holding three HKSAR passports and not the latest entry-exit copy. In response, Hong Kong Chief Executive Lin Zheng Yue-e said that Meng Wanzhou only holds a valid HKSAR passport at any time.
According to the Hong Kong Economic Daily, Lin Zheng Yue-e responded before attending the Executive Council today (11). After reviewing the relevant cases, the Immigration Department concluded that the issuance of the HKSAR passport by Meng Wanzhou was in line with Hong Kongs entry policy. She explained that Mengs repeated applications for passport replacement were acceptable for reasons such as passport damage, personal data changes, etc. Every time a new passport was issued, the old passport was cancelled, and Mengs late boat held only one valid HKSAR passport at any time.
Lin Zhengyue-e said that the incident had become a diplomatic incident and entered the judicial process. It should not have been commented on. However, in view of public concern and fears that some people with ulterior motives would use this political hype to cause harm to Hong Kong, it was an exception to clarify. She said that the HKSAR passport has been widely recognized in the world, and more than 160 countries and regions have given visa-free entry preferential treatment. If foreign countries have doubts about the HKSAR passport issued by the Immigration Department, it will affect millions of people in Hong Kong to travel. Therefore, it is necessary to clarify and dispel some doubts. Lin also stressed that the governments principles remain unchanged and that the authorities should not be expected to review individual cases every time.
Earlier, foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang answered, how many passport holders do you have? How many passports are Chinese citizens allowed to hold? I noticed that the media were talking about this issue. My colleague here last week told you very clearly that according to the Nationality Law of the Peoples Republic of China, Ms. Meng Wanzhou is a Chinese citizen. And I can add that now, including the Canadian side, through its first court hearing, it has been clearly recognized that Ms. Meng Wanzhou is a Chinese citizen. I would like to remind you that while both China and Canada have confirmed that Ms. Meng is a Chinese citizen, it is meaningless for some people to speculate on the Internet. This is not the core and fundamental issue of the incident.