Betty Sun Gives Birth to Second Child in Hong Kong

Legend of Zhen Huan <後宮甄嬛傳> actress Betty Sun (孫儷) welcomed her daughter into the world on May 3. Since she and her husband, actor Deng Chao (鄧超), are from Mainland China, some people wondered if Betty had deliberately chosen to give birth in Hong Kong in order to circumvent the One-Child Policy. However, an insider revealed that the couple became naturalized Hong Kong citizens earlier this year.

Betty gave birth to her first child, a son named Dengdeng, in 2011. When she announced the successful arrival of her second child, the congratulations flooded in, though they were joined by misgivings from those who wondered why she had given birth in Hong Kong, rather than mainland China. Some suspected that Betty and Deng Chao wanted to avoid the limits of the One-Child Policy, which imposes fines on parents who have two or more children.

Starting last year, Hong Kong began implementing a policy in an attempt to lower the number of “anchor babies,” or children born in Hong Kong to parents who are not Hong Kong citizens. Under this policy, no public or private hospital in Hong Kong is allowed to deliver the baby of a couple that does not hold Hong Kong citizenship.

Because of these policies, netizens wondered how Betty had gotten approval to give birth in Hong Kong. An insider later told Tencent Entertainment that Betty and Deng Chao had already applied for Hong Kong naturalization. In April, the couple was spotted handling their immigration procedures.

As a result, after informing the immigration department of her pregnancy, Betty was able to go to Hong Kong to give birth to her daughter, without fear of repercussions. Her newborn child is automatically a Hong Kong citizen, though Betty and Deng Chao must live in the area for another seven years before they become official citizens.


This article is written by Joanna for

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  1. The one child policy really does not work. I wonder when will the rules change?

  2. the one-child policy means fewer mainlanders for people to gripe about. besides, aren’t changes on the way to scrap the policy?

  3. So that’s why they’re not caught by the policy. Smart move.

  4. “Under this policy, no public or private hospital in Hong Kong is allowed to deliver the baby of a couple that does not hold Hong Kong citizenship.”

    “Her newborn child is automatically a Hong Kong citizen, though Betty and Deng Chao must live in the area for another seven years before they become official citizens.”

    But-but-but, they’re still not HK citizens yet. I don’t understand.

    1. Same with me. If they are not citizens, why was Betty Sun allowed to give birth in Hong Kong? Was it because she is a famous celebrity?

    2. And why was TVB actress Shirley Yeung allowed to give birth in the US when she was not even a legal resident? Same with Jackie Chan as Jaycee was born in the US when both Jackie and Joan Lin weren’t even permanent residents of the country.

      I am with you in terms of dealing with these country hoppers.

      1. Does US have similar policy?

        But, of course, what can people do when a woman needs to pop a baby out? haha 🙂

      2. No, it won’t be able to pass Congress as the US always has a soft spot for “immigrants”, unlike some island in Southern China that shall remain nameless.

      3. I know, I don’t get it either.
        In the U.S. even hard to control since soooooo many i have heard don’t even have legal status here, yet they have kids and purchase an apt and paid by checks.
        I know colleagues who was not even a green card holders and I can never understand since I am a citizen n do NOT know any illegal ppl until i joined the work force. In the US, I guess it’s even easier to get away cuz of too many ppl and the so called freedom country right?

      4. US is too generous with taxpayers’ $$$, which often goes to people/immigrants who have never paid taxes.

      5. Tons of these 2nd/3rd children moms from China in Canada.

        Some even get almost-immediate PR status after claiming refugee status because Western countries think China will kill the 2nd child babies or something (package deal cheaper way to get in)

      6. By law in the US, anyone that comes in the Emergency needs to be treated. Unlike some countries that expect money up front before being operated on. What happens if there was a pregnant lady who needed emergency delivery but is not a HK citizen, does she then just deliver on her own? That is a crazy law. How do you know the citizen status of Shirley, Jacky or Joan? Doesn’t matter, since the kid will be a US citizen automatically but the parents will not be.

      7. @windy – Where are you working at to know that your company hire illegal immigrants?? I have not worked in any company that has hired illegal immigrants or at least not to my knowledge. As long as someone has a work visa in the U.S. they can work. You don’t need to be a citizen or a Permanent Green card holder to work in the U.S. Just a visa that your employer is willing to sponsor.

    3. Fastest way for baby to get instant citizenship too, and if all else fails – they can pull mom and dad in when they turn 18.

  5. Another mainlander giving birth in Hong Kong … celebrity or not, I don’t like it.

    1. Didn’t your grandparents or parents come from the Mainland?


      1. I agree as long as you have Chinese blood flowing in your body your ancestor will be from China.

    2. And how many HK’ers flew to the US to give birth? I’m sure many local people didn’t like that either.

    3. well its not ur problem. u seems so selfish. ur ancestors are probably from china too

    4. @Bluehorsy – Perhaps you should think of it as one more person that will give taxes in 20 years to support your retirement. Lol.

    5. It’s fair to “at least” impose a hefty fine for such policy violators.

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