The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong reportedly requested the Consulates General in Hong Kong to provide information on the identity, title, address and other aspects of all local employees within a period of one month.
Hong Kong Free Press reported that the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong asked all consulates general in Hong Kong to submit information on all local employees.
Online media "Hong Kong Free Press" obtained a letter from the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong on Monday, mentioning that it requires all consulates general in Hong Kong to fill in forms and declare the names, identity card numbers, nationality, job titles, residential addresses and other information of all local employees by the 18th of next month at the latest, together with a copy of their identity cards, and submit them to the Protocol Office of the Government Headquarters. If the employee is a non-Hong Kong permanent resident, travel documents are also required. New hires are required to submit documents within 15 days of hiring.
Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong. (Profile picture)
The letter did not mention the reasons for requesting information on employees from the consulates. Under Article 13 of the Basic Law, the Central People's Government is responsible for administering foreign affairs relating to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The consulates have not responded to whether they will cooperate with the request of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong.
Last year, the Office asked the consulate to provide property plans
The Financial Times reported last year that the Office of the Commissioner of the Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong asked consulates in Hong Kong to provide information on the personnel's offices and residences, including floor plans, lease or sale terms. At the time, the report quoted diplomats as fearing that the information could be used for espionage such as eavesdropping.
In February this year, Liu Guangyuan, then Commissioner of the Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong, met with US Consul General in Hong Kong, Mei Rurui, and lodged solemn representations, expressed strong dissatisfaction, and drew three red lines to urge political infiltration in response to Mei Rurui's remarks on the possibility that the "Hong Kong National Security Law" might undermine Hong Kong's judicial independence.
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