Children of Chinese Companies’ Management Eligible to be HK Permanaet Residents

Apple Daily

27th April 2013

<Children of Chinese Companies’ Management Eligible to be HK Permanent Residents>

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Hong Kong’s sovereignty has been handed over for almost 16 years. Despite exhausting all their best efforts and schemes, Communist China has not managed to make the people of Hong Kong “return” wholeheartedly to China. In order to speed up the Chinafication (editor’s note: the term “red-dify” is used in the original text as red is the colour that symbolise Communist China) of Hong Kong, Peking recently added another “back door” channel for Mainland Chinese to immigrate to Hong Kong, allowing representatives of China enterprises and institutions in Hong Kong to extend their stay in Hong Kong and their children to study in Hong Kong. This in turn means tens of thousands of China government officials and their families can immigrate to Hong Kong and become Hong Kong permanent residents. Some lawmakers said this is a scheme the Communist China intends to us to change the make-up of Hong Kong’s population, and “colonise” Hong Kong.

According to sources, The Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR (Liaison Office) called the management of China enterprises in Hong Kong for a meeting at its Sai Wan office on 19th April, to brief them about the China government’s new policy. During the meeting, the Liaison Office demanded the management of these China enterprises to count the number of their representatives in Hong Kong, in light of the recent situation in Hong Kong. The Liaison Office said to them that the China government now allows and encourages their children to study in Hong Kong and apply for Hong Kong permanent residency. Management representatives from dozens of major large scale China enterprises, including Bank of China (HK), China Merchants Group and China Resources, attended this meeting, and many were very pleased with this new policy from the China government.

Set for Vote-rigging in Future

Sources said that China government has always been very strict on China institutions’ representatives who work in Hong Kong, in order to comply with One-Country-Two-Systems. However, earlier this year the China government advanced a new slogan (editor’s note: leaders of the China government often us slogans as part of their political propaganda and they always become the backbone of future policies) which says “continue to rotate, keep the core figures, long or short stay depend on needs”. This means that representatives from China who work in Hong Kong can stay as long as they please. According to Peking’s policy during the transition period and after “the handover”, China representatives who were stationed in Hong Kong were not allowed to stay in Hong Kong for over seven years, in order to prevent them from applying for Hong Kong permanent residency.

There are over 4,000 China enterprises of all scales and sizes. Almost 100% of the middle to senior management members of these companies are from China. An individual from the management of a China enterprise said that the new policy eases their worry about their children’s future and allows them to unite with their families. Many families of these China representatives have been living apart, some in Peking, some in Hong Kong and some in the US. Children of these families who have studied in the US could choose to work in Hong Kong. Given the number of China enterprises’ representatives in Hong Kong, based on a conservative estimation, the number of their children would amount to tens of thousands. Lawmakers in Hong Kong were shocked by China’s new policy. Gary Fan Kwok-wai from Neo Democrats denounced Peking’s policy is “a blatant interference of Hong Kong’s internal affairs”, “diluting” the population of genuine Hong Kongers via “colonisation” policy, in order to “Chinafy” Hong Kong.

“The Liaison Office is encouraging Chinese enterprises to take advantage of a loophole in the system, which will create a major problem to Hong Kong’s population. A large number of Chinese immigrating to Hong Kong will change the constitution of Hong Kong’s population, which is a way of colonising Hong Kong. This worries the people of Hong Kong.” Fan added that Hong Kong’s public sentiment against national and moral education and people’s refusal to donate for the latest Sichuan earthquake, have caused Peking to worry about Hong Kong being “out of its control”. He worries this new policy is a “restructuring of Hong Kong’s population”, which may be the first step for Peking’s goal of vote-rigging in future elections.*

Editor’s Note:
* compare to “south Xinjiang”

HKSAR Government Cannot Control Approval Process

James To Kun-sun from Democratic Party pointed out that prior to the 1997 handover, the China government set restrictions prohibiting all representations from China enterprises and institutions who are stationed in Hong Kong from living in Hong Kong for over seven years, in order to better control these individuals. Cancelling this restriction is basically opening the “back door” for Chinese to immigrate to Hong Kong, the results could be devastating. “We all knew about the 150 one-way permit quota. However, the public is still debating whether the quota needs to be cut back and if Hong Kong should take back the approval right. This new policy is in fact allowing more China immigrants on top of the existing quota. In any case, the Hong Kong SAR government has absolutely no right to review and process these applications.” He criticised that once this new policy takes effect, jobs at Chinese enterprises and institutions would be even more valuable, which would trigger more corruption problems.

Some High Profile China Enterprises:

  • Four Key China Enterprises with a Long History in HK:
    China National Travel Service Group, China Resources Group, China Merchants Group, China Everbright Group
  • China Provincial Companies in HK:
    Guangdong Holdings (Canton/Guangdong), Shanghai Industrial Holdings (Shanghai), Beijing Enterprises Group (Peking), Yuexiu Group (Guangzhou)
  • SOEs’ Window Companies in HK:
    Cosco (HK), Citic (HK), China Mobile (HK), China Unicom (HK)
  • Financial and Insurance Companies:
    Bank of China (HK), China Construction Bank (Asia), ICBC Asia

Over 4,000 China Enterprises in HK

There are numerous China organisations (including private enterprises) in Hong Kong, and their influence is growing day by day. According to the data available on the Liaison Office’s website, as of end of 2005, there were 2,500 China enterprises and their subsidiaries actively participate in Hong Kong’s economic activities. If we are to include other institutions that have some government functions, for example, the Liaison Office, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of PRC in HKSAR (OCMFA), and China Cultural City, the total number of China enterprises and institutions would be at least 4,000.

China National Travel Service Group, China Resources Group, China Merchants Group and China Everbright Group are the four major China institutions in Hong Kong with the longest history, which have been operating in Hong Kong for over half a century.

The one company with the longest history is China Resources Group, which was founded prior to the China Communist Party taking power. The China Communist Party wished to set up a corporation in order to help the party economically and founded Luen Woh Hong (phonetic translation only) in 1938 which was headquartered in Pedder Street.

China Resources (Cantonese name: Wah Yun) Based its Name on Mao’s Name

Luen Woh Hong changed its name to Wah Yun Company (editor’s note: Wah Yun is the phonetic translation here, but its English name has always been China Resources) in 1948. The name “Wah Yun” was from Mao’s name Yun-Ji (editor’s note: traditionally one person would have two first names: Zedong is the name Mao is known to the western world, but his “other first name” is “Runzhi” (Yun-ji in Cantonese). The two first names of one person typically complement each other’s meanings). The meaning of Wah Yun is “Earth of Great China, Nurtured by Rain and Water” (editor’s note: Yun-ji means nurture it with water). Since the establishment of Communist China, Wah Yun/China Resources has become an important window for China’s exports.

After the handover in 1997, Canton, Shanghai, Peking and other China Central Government and financial and insurance institutions have entered Hong Kong.

China Liaison Office, which has been often accused of interfering Hong Kong internal affairs, was derived from Xinhua News Agency HK, which was founded in May 1947. Before and after the handover in 1997, it remains the highest representative of China government power in Hong Kong.

Many Ways for Chinese to Immigrate to Hong Kong

Mainland Chinese can move to Hong Kong via different means, including work visa, Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals, Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates, etc. Representatives from China enterprises and institutions who are stationed in Hong Kong, have always entered Hong Kong with work visas, issued by the HK and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council or Foreign Affairs Office, which typically states that they are not allowed to apply for Hong Kong permanent residency.

According to Section 2 of the Immigration Ordinance, it states clearly that “a person shall not be treated as ordinarily resident in Hong Kong” including “as a holder of a prescribed Central People’s Government travel document”. This means these visa holders from China who come to work in Hong Kong, despite how long they stay in Hong Kong, could not become Hong Kong permanent residents. If the China government does not state on their visas that they are not eligible to apply for Hong Kong permanent residency, they might be able to do so.

Start to Work in HK Right After Graduation

Many China enterprises and institutions in Hong Kong recruit their management staff via the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals. The Immigration Department issued over 10,000 work permit last year and 9,260 in 2011 for those who entered Hong Kong via such scheme. Tertiary institutions in Hong Kong have started many self-funded programmes to attract rich Mainland Chinese, who can apply to work in Hong Kong immediately after they graduate.

According to Registration of Persons Ordinance, any persons above the age of 11, including those who have been granted permission to remain in Hong Kong for a period of not more than 180 days, are required to register or apply for a Hong Kong identity card.

Besides those who are listed in the Immigration Ordinance, including domestic helpers, consular staff, persons serving in the People’s Liberation Army and holders of prescribed China government travel document, anyone who is ordinarily resident in Hong Kong can apply for permanent residency. This means that children of senior China officials who are stationed in Hong Kong can apply for permanent residency in Hong Kong.

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