Biden breaks China even more – .

Biden breaks China even more – .

The sad reality for any president who watches Beijing dismantle a free and vibrant Hong Kong is that the outside world has few options to stop it. So kudos to President Biden for finding one that at least relieves those in personal danger.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday announced that the United States would offer Hong Kong people “refuge” for 18 months after their forced departure from the United States if they feared returning to the city. He says the move is a response to China’s “radical national security law”, which has “fundamentally changed the foundation of Hong Kong’s institutions.” Hong Kong people have many reasons to be afraid, given that police are now arresting people even for booing the Chinese national anthem.
In January, the British did their part for the Hong Kong people by giving holders of British (overseas) national passports the opportunity to resettle in the UK and apply for citizenship. A Home Office fact sheet estimates that there are 2.9 million BN (O) holders in Hong Kong, with an additional 2.3 million eligible dependents, impressive numbers considering the city’s total population of 7.5 million.
The Biden administration’s suspension of evictions follows its business advisory last month warning US companies that doing business in territory where Beijing has a new national security law carries “potential reputational, regulatory, financial risks. and, in some cases, legal associated with their Hong Kong operations.
GOP Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska highlighted US bipartisan support for Hong Kong by applauding the president’s decision as “a solid step,” but he wants the US to go further. He said Washington should “offer full asylum to Hong Kong people fleeing President Xi’s brutal oppression.” Mr. Sasse is right. Mr Biden is also expected to pressure Beijing to release Hong Kongers such as publisher Jimmy Lai and others who have been jailed simply for supporting freedom and democracy.


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