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Johnson offers visas for millions in Hong Kong

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What about Iraqis and afghans? UK did illegally invade and occupy their countries, give them visas too!

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Why didn’t Lord Patten and London grant HK people UK citizenship back then when it’s their colony for 100 years?

Now they’re trying to play da-kine principled saviors!

How pathetic!

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Exactly a good news fro China!  Hong Kong is a very lovely place except some Hong Kongers!

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By the way,a British Visa is not a "British Residence", maybe staying in UK up to 12 months or 18 months or even years!  This is something people should know well! They will kick these BNO passport holders out when time expired! Anyway that is a British matter!

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Hiro S Nobumasa:

Why didn’t Lord Patten and London grant HK people UK citizenship back then when it’s their colony for 100 years?

Because at the time there was the assumption that the CCP would honor an agreement and that Communist China would change and start to respect human rights.

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Hong Kong is a very lovely place except some Hong Kongers!

The people will eventually oust Lam and the rest of the Beijing aggressors, don't worry.

In the meantime, I wouldn't put too much faith in Johnson. He'll flip-flop, as he's well known to do so.

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The people will eventually oust Lam and the rest of the Beijing aggressors, don't worry.

No chance.

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WilliBToday 11:12 am JSTHiro S Nobumasa:

Why didn’t Lord Patten and London grant HK people UK citizenship back then when it’s their colony for 100 years?

Because at the time there was the assumption that the CCP would honor an agreement and that Communist China would change and start to respect human rights.

The CCP didn't exist. The treaty was made with the imperial Chinese Empire which ceased to exist in 1911. Then came the Chinese Republic which ended in 1949 when Mao took over. And we know what the CCP's word is worth! 

I gotta say, Bozo is doing good here!

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The British National Overseas(BNO) passport was nothing rather than a scam! Applicants have to send their applicating documents to UK to wait four or sixc months of this passport! Becasue Hong Kong is no longer a British colonial, these document works has to be done in UK in a very very slow pace! These  350K current BNO holders and that 2 million eligible applicants might take a life long waiting to wait for scuh a passport! The British govt. made it clear : The BNO passport has NO residenceship in UK or other British territories overseas!

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British expats across Europe abandoned by conservatives and their Brexit catastrophe lifted their fists and cheered at the news /s

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starpunk

The CCP didn't exist. The treaty was made with the imperial Chinese Empire which ceased to exist in 1911.

Oh, sorry, I thought you were talking about the HK handover. If you mean the colonial period, you gotta be kidding. Have you ever looked at the population sizes of British colonies?

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China needs to change massively if she really wants to be a leading member of the world community. Hard to see that happening anytime soon.

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So the average brit is okay with this? I thought the whole deal about Brexit was reducing immigration.

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I don't think many HK Chinese will take up the offer. Recently, hate attacks and racism against the Chinese community about the Covid-19.

Britain is in a bad way because of the pandemic.

The visa is only for 12 months with the option to work but no citizenship. Would have to apply.

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@zichi,

That was true, but its been 2 weeks, so its no longer applicable

If you havent noticed we have moved on to burning and looting

whats next? who knows but Im guessing more of that, then lots of

prosecutions, and possible corona hospitalizations and more

governors blaming Trump and screaming for ventilators and

money. Stay tuned.

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Do you... do you know the difference between Hong Kong and the US?

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Now they’re trying to play da-kine principled saviors!

What's da-kine?

How pathetic!

So you think they should do nothing?

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Reckless:

So the average brit is okay with this? I thought the whole deal about Brexit was reducing immigration.

Once again, you thought wrong.

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I think Boris is bluffing just to get China to back down.

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Imagine being thrown to the communist after a CENTURY of being loyal British subjects?

What kind of principle is the UK and Lord Patten practicing?

The UK were so effective in demonizing Imperial Japan then BUT they can't erase the facts stated below:

"Japanese special residency status allowed former Imperial subjects to to stay indefinitely in Japan and can be inherited. It was freely and automatically granted to former colonial subjects who have stayed in Japan before the war ended, or in a few cases, refugees from Jeju and Bodo as the territorial separation was completed in 1952 through the peace treaty."

Japan should be praised and London condemned!

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TheLongTermer

@zichi,

That was true, but its been 2 weeks, so its no longer applicable

If you havent noticed we have moved on to burning and looting

whats next? who knows but Im guessing more of that, then lots of

prosecutions, and possible corona hospitalizations and more

governors blaming Trump and screaming for ventilators and

money. Stay tuned.

What are you talking about? Britain isn't America. No looting and burning just peaceful protests. Chinese in Britain experienced discrimination and hate over the Covid-19 so why would HK Chinese want to move there even without citizenship?

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Both Johnson and Trump know now to do grandstanding.

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zichi

so why would HK Chinese want to move there even without citizenship?

To get away from the murderous CCP regime? Any more difficult questions?

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Brits better start learning Chinese.

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Brits better start learning Chinese.

Another one of these brilliant thoughts? In reality, Hong Kongers speak English and willing to integrate in their host nation, quite unlike other groups.

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@Zichi

I’ve met quite a few Chinese doing well in the UK.London’s Chinatown is a bustling vibrant place-Chinese do well in the UK-quite a few mainlanders too now!

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By the by, has anyone noticed that Tienanmen commemorations have pretty much disappeared today? Between Corona and the race riots, there was no space in the news for them. Winnie Pooh is pleased.

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kurisupisu

@Zichi

I’ve met quite a few Chinese doing well in the UK.London’s Chinatown is a bustling vibrant place-Chinese do well in the UK-quite a few mainlanders too now!

Me too when I first lived in my home city Liverpool, and again in London. I had Chinese friends and clients.

They are a community which has blended into the British one for more than 200 years.

But Covid-19 has caused major problems and changes. News reports of racism against the Chinese and London China Town lost all of its customers from the lockdown.

Frequented China Town weekly back then.

It will take a long time for the UK to recover.

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@willib That was a very good point about Hong Kongers and citizenship. Because yeah, China was improving at the time.

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I really hope JB can honor his words to bring in HK people when China actually push forward the said national security law.and this move will cause China big loss because the would-be applicant to UK are all highly civilised and wealthy people who will move to Britain with their value know-how and wealth.

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This is an interesting reversal for the UK. In 1997, one of the conditions of the hand-over is that England would not grant access for Hong Kong residents by default, as they were afraid at that time that there would be a mass influx from Hong Kong into England. More than 20 years later, they've apparently done an about face.

https://worldabcnews.com/boris-johnson-says-u-k-ready-to-open-door-to-hong-kong-citizens-if-needed/

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Good they are hardworking! better than some others that are entering the UK and the EU.

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