"We have little illusion about our chance of success ... but we simply refuse to let Hong Kong succumb to tyranny".
China's decision to impose a new national security law on Hong Kong lies in direct conflict with its worldwide obligations under the principles of the legally-binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration.
They have the right to visit the United Kingdom for up to six months without a visa.
China's decision to impose the new national security law on Hong Kong lies in direct conflict with its worldwide obligations under the principles of the legally-binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration. But the Communist Party's encroachment into Hong Kong, especially its sometimes-violent crackdowns on pro-democracy demonstrators, has confirmed to Taiwan's "born independent" generation that they do not want to be part of the People's Republic of China. "Freedom of opinion and of assembly, and also the democratic debate in Hong Kong, must also be respected in future", Mass said.
The Basic Law requires the Hong Kong government to enact laws "on its own" to prohibit treason, secession, sedition, subversion, theft of state secrets, and to ban foreign political organizations from conducting political activities in Hong Kong.
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Deliberations on the visa move have been in the works for months, the sources said.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told reporters that the UK would change its rules around the rights of "British National Overseas" (BNO) passport holders if Beijing went ahead with the bill.
Since Taiwan's independence-leaning president Tsai Ing-wen came to power four years ago, Beijing has sought to isolate Taiwan from the worldwide community, peeling away its remaining diplomatic allies and exerting diplomatic pressure to ensure its exclusion from global bodies such as the World Health Organization.
BNO holders can not pass this status on to their children.
The arrangement turned Hong Kong into a world-class financial centre on a par with London and NY. I very much hope the administration will strike the right balance between exerting economic pressure on China and defending Hong Kongers' rights.
The UK, US, Australia and Canada said the new legislation would "curtail the Hong Kong people's liberties, and in doing so, dramatically erode Hong Kong's autonomy and the system that made it so prosperous".
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Hours before the bill was passed in China, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said developments in Hong Kong meant it could no longer be considered to have "a high degree of autonomy" from mainland China. "I visited Causeway Bay Books in Taipei to welcome Lam Wing-kee on behalf of the people of #Taiwan, & thank the people of #HongKong for their commitment to freedom & democracy", she said.
He told the BBC: "This is definitely the most unsafe period there has ever been in terms of that agreement".
That meant that Hong Kong no longer merited being treated differently from the mainland under USA law.
On Thursday Prime Minister Boris Johnson's official spokesman told a Westminster briefing: "We are deeply concerned about China's legislation related to national security in Hong Kong".
But critics claim it has effectively ended the "one country, two systems" principle agreed in the 1997 handover treaty with Britain.
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