Hong Kong democracy: Beijing and London at loggerheads over UK residency offer

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The Chinese embassy in London has hit back at the UK, calling its offer of safe haven to Hong Kong residents “irresponsible” and a “gross interference in China’s internal affairs.”

The spat follows Beijing’s approval of a new national security bill that cracks down on protest and dissent in the semi-autonomous territory. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he’ll extend residency rights for up to 3 million Hong Kongers eligible for the British National Overseas passport. Australia says it’s also considering an similar offer.

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