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The British Prime Minister Announces The Adjustment Of The Visa System To Accommodate Hong Kong People


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised Hong Kong people "one of the biggest changes in our visa system in British history" if Beijing enacted an expanded national security law, according to The Times of London.

In his first direct message to the former British colony in the recent political context, Johnson acknowledged that "many people in Hong Kong fear their way of life is threatened" because since the Great People's Congress Nationwide people proposed legislation last month.

Under a new British government plan which will be launched when Beijing officially enacts the law, one in every 3 million Hong Kong people is eligible to receive a British national passport (overseas) British National (Overseas) abbreviated to BN (O)  and their dependents can move to the UK to stay and work or study for a period of 12 months, creating a path to citizenship.

According to Johnson, Beijing's actions towards Hong Kong are contrary to what makes the city successful and fail to meet the expected standards of China's increasingly important role in the international community.

Amid loud requests to re-adjust Anglo-Chinese relations among his Conservative Party members, Mr. Johnson tried to convey a message of calm and reassurance to Beijing.

Johnson said:
 “I am not seeking to prevent the rise of China. On the contrary, we will side by side in all the issues that our interests converge, from trade to climate change. We want a modern and mature relationship, based on mutual respect and recognition of China's position in the world. ”
Earlier on June 2, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab told Parliament that Britain had discussed sharing the burden with the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand to handle a Hong Kong migration. 

Raab's revelation, came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States would consider ways to greet Hong Kong people after Beijing formally applies national security laws.

Raab also said the proposal on "principles and generosity" would create a "road to civil rights", although he did not give details on how many years they would need to stay a British nationality.

Raab said Interior Minister Priti Patel had worked with him on the plan since September 2019. At the time, protests were escalating in Hong Kong against an extradition bill now withdrawn.

Raab also told Parliament that he is working with other like-minded countries in the Five Eyes security alliance, including the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, to build "a national support platform" for action on Hong Kong. He said he still hoped Beijing would change its decision, but added that Britain would not give up its historical and ethical duties.

Members of Parliament from the ruling Conservative Party, as well as the Scottish Labor and National parties, all support the government's plan to expand BN (O) rights.

Raab said the British action was in response to the Chinese government's violation of the Sino-British joint declaration in 1984 that laid down the rights and freedoms for Hong Kong. 

Meanwhile, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee in parliament Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand wrote to Antonio Guterres, the secretary general of the United Nations, calling for the establishment of the United Nations special envoy to Hong Kong. 

On June 1, Chinese Ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming emphasized the need for national security law in Hong Kong and rejected the claim that China is persecuting Hong Kong protesters with the law. 

Liu told Sky News: 
"What is happening in Hong Kong is violence. This is a risk to national security. Any government has a responsibility to take measures.”

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