Hong Kong to limit mainland China maternity services

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  1. nitesh

    nitesh Mob Control Manager Stars and Ambassadors

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    BBC News - Hong Kong to limit mainland China maternity services

    Hong Kong hospitals will limit maternity services to most pregnant women from mainland China from next year, under new proposals from its incoming chief executive.

    Mainland women will be prevented from giving birth in Hong Kong unless they have a Hong Kong husband.:confused:

    While the proposal would only apply to public hospitals, private hospitals have also agreed to follow suit.

    Increasing "birth tourism" from the mainland has caused tensions.

    Soaring numbers of mainland women have sought to give birth in Hong Kong to ensure that their child receives Hong Kong citizenship.

    Almost half of all babies born in Hong Kong in 2010 were the children of mainland couples, according to government figures.

    The "zero quota" proposals were made by Chief Executive-elect CY Leung, who takes office on 1 July.

    Under the proposals, pregnant women from mainland China will not be eligible for obstetrics services from next year, unless their husband is from Hong Kong.

    Furthermore, children born to mainland parents will not be guaranteed residency unless one of their parents is a Hong Kong resident.

    The new proposals are likely to be popular in Hong Kong, whose residents have said that "birth tourism" from mainland China has strained resources and put lives at risk.

    'No choice'

    Ethnic Chinese babies born in Hong Kong currently automatically receive the right to live and work there, as well as the right to carry a Hong Kong passport, which makes international travel easier.:p

    Some mainlanders also choose to give birth in Hong Kong to skirt the one-child policy, which can result in heavy fines for violators.

    Mr Leung, who was elected with the weakest mandate of any chief executive to date, has been trying to rally political support with populist policies, says the BBC's Hong Kong correspondent Juliana Liu.

    The Hong Kong government has already imposed quotas on the number of mainland mothers allowed to give birth in local hospitals, but residents say the quotas do not go far enough.

    Alan Lau, head of Hong Kong's Private Hospitals Association, told the BBC that its members felt they had no choice but to comply with Mr Leung's wishes.

    He confirmed that the hospitals would stop taking bookings from mainland mothers from 2013.

    Many private hospital chiefs had initially opposed the proposals, citing financial and ethical issues.

    Hong Kong has seen a surge in anti-China sentiment in recent months, due to resentment over "birth tourism" and claims that tourists from mainland China get preferential treatment.
     
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  3. s002wjh

    s002wjh Senior Member Senior Member

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    yea same happen in US. mexican, chinese and other foreigner come to US for anchor baby
     
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    Old news which has been discussed here already
     
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    Blackwater Veteran Member Veteran Member

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    I thought hang kang is still part of china:shocked::shocked::shocked::confused:
     
  6. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    What has mainland China to say of this?

    And why should one want Hong Kong citizenship when the Mainland is thriving?
     
  7. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    I am surprised that I missed it if it has been discussed.

    Where and when?
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    I thought Hong Kong was a part of China and they all spoke the same language and had the same culture and they were all Hans.

    So, where is the hassle?
     
  10. s002wjh

    s002wjh Senior Member Senior Member

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    problem is chinese mother take advantage of hong kong welware system by having their baby there. its a loophole in hong kong system that can be exploited
     
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    so it means hong kong welfare system is better than chinese?

    hong kong is separate from china?

    does hong kong has different currency or govt?

    does chinese people need visa to go hong kong??


    do they share same passport???
     
  12. s002wjh

    s002wjh Senior Member Senior Member

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    yea hong kong has better welfare than china. china is more of a capitalist with authoritarian government. back in the old day china actually has a decent welfare system.

    hk is not separate from china, belong to china but with different political system.

    not sure about currency. but hong kong can elect their official even though majority of them are CCP ally.

    mainland chinese does require some type paperwork to goto HK

    i do believe they share same passport, could be wrong though.

    the political system in HK has much more freedom than mainland. people allow to protest, speech on sensitive issues such as tiannmen square, etc etc.
     
  13. ice berg

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    They use different passports as I recall. You get more freedom with Hongkong passports. With chinese passports you will need visas almost everywhere.
     
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    then how hong kong part of china ?????
     
  15. mayfair

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    Yes

    It is a Special administrative region, but governed by one-country-two-systems principles till 2047. This was a part of the Sino-British deal (1982) to return HK to China in 1997

    Yes. Hong Kong Dollar. The government is different but quite a few lawmakers take their cue from CCP. The reason being many of them are themselves enterpreneurs or backed by one. For them China is a huge investment destination.

    They need special permits akin to visa and must undergo customs checks.

    No.
     
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    Because PLA is deployed in Hong Kong.

    Hong Kong has no independent military and diplomatic policy.

    Most important, Hong Kong's economic policy is actually controlled by Mainland.
     
  17. no smoking

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    It is not about political freedom or culture right, it is all about economic benefit.

    With the rising of mainland economy, Hong Kong is losing its unique role as the financial and international trading centre for whole mainland. Before 1993, HongKong was the only window which allows China to do business with the world. After the whole china was opened to the world, they become the middle man in foreign investment in China. But this role was also eroded after 2000 because more and more mainland chineses got their education and career trainning in overseas. Hong kong is losing its advange over mainland in economic competition which reflects in their daily life is shreding economic benefit:
    stall income growth and lower social benefit. Worst of worse, many small business went bankrupt due the competition from mainland.

    I think this pressure and the uncertainty about the future cause the conflict between mainland and hongkong. Either Hongkong can figure out how to re-build its advantage over mainland or Hongkong has to become a part of mainland economic system. But problem is either way won't be easy.
     
  18. amoy

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    HKSAR passport holders have been granted visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to visit the following countries/territories (updated on 20 April 2012)
    GovHK: Visa-free Access for HKSAR Passports

    Many are after HK (over 140+ destinations) or Macau passports for that travel convenience. Some (overseas Chinese) even try to get Taiwan (ROC) passports.

    Of course to skip Mainland's family planning is also a consideration.
     
  19. asianobserve

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    Plain and simple, Hongkongers do not like their spit-anywhere siblings from the mainland... :laugh:
     
  20. huaxia rox

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    what u thought is right but in accod with what has been negotiated with the former colonizers aka brits HK has its own political and economic system after 1997......as u know billions of money spent in HK by mainland cousumers every year can only be counted on HK peoples heads.....GDP of HK(not a small one for u info) would not be added in prcs GDP figure.....billionares we have on fobes list belong to prc and HK(not a small number as well) respectively leave alone macao.........but after 2047 (50 years after the takeover)....HK will no longer have this special 'rights'....
     
  21. s002wjh

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    who knows whats gonna happen in 30+ years. china might change to different form of government etc
     

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