Nicholas Tse announces renouncing of Canadian citizenship amidst CCTV interview

Hong Kong actor Nicholas Tse (pictured middle) said he has plans to give up his Canadian citizenship. According to multiple reports including the South China Morning PostChinese state-run CCTV broadcaster released an interview with Tse, who shared about his career and expressed his goal to “spread Chinese characteristics, cultures and stories" to the world.

During the interview, Hong Kong born Tse said that his sense of belonging and pride in his Chinese nationality grew stronger as he got older. Tse, who was was born to actor Patrick Tse and actress Deborah Lee, shared that  being born in Hong Kong, he has always seen himself as Chinese. 

He expressed that when looking at comments over his recent movie Raging Fire online, he was asked whether he is a Canadian. He then shared his plans to renounce his Canadian citizenship which was already in process.

Dual citizenship is not allowed in China and individuals are required to renounce their foreign citizenships if they hope to become a Chinese citizen. In the same report, Tse said he sang a song Huang Zhong Ren released in 2005 which showed how patriotic he has always been.

Tse's announcement of the renouncement of his Canadian citizenship comes amidst a slew of crackdowns by Chinese authorities within the entertainment industry. A prevelant rumour said to be making rounds is regarding stars who hold foreign citizenships, who might then be blacklisted.

According to reports, Tse's management agency, Emperor Entertainment Group, said that it supported his decision.


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