Consulates in Hong Kong refused access to dual nationals needing assistance: Canada

By Jessie Pang and Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong has denied access to foreign consulates seeking to provide assistance to detained dual nationals in the global financial hub, the Canadian foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has traditionally accepted dual nationals unlike its Chinese sovereign, but it has the right to deny consular access under treaties signed when the former British colony returned to China in 1997. Five diplomats say, however, that consular access to dual nationals had largely been granted by local authorities since Hong Kong returned …

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