Residency deal snub

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 January, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 January, 1997, 12:00am

A Chinese official yesterday rejected the need for a Sino-British deal over the definition of permanent residency for Hong Kong people after 1997, despite talks in the Joint Liaison Group.

Chen Zuo'er, a Chinese team member of the group, said the matter would be dealt with by the provisional legislature and take effect on July 1.

'The Special Administrative Region's definitions of permanent residency and freedom of travel for its residents should be decided by the SAR's legislature,' he said.

But a government spokesman disagreed, saying that the Government was expecting some kind of agreement with the Chinese.