Ottawa urged to open its doors to people fleeing Hong Kong

Passengers arrive at Hong Kong International Airport on March 18

Hong Kong authorities effectively barred the annual commemoration of the bloody 1989 crackdown - a major gathering in contrast to the imposed silence on the mainland - by extending a ban on gatherings to prevent spread of the coronavirus.

In her comments, Lam appeared to agree, saying she was operating under Hong Kong's Basic Law, its mini-constitution, despite critics saying China's legislature used highly dubious legal grounds to circumvent Hong Kong's legislature in moving forward with the security legislation. But colonial Hong Kong enjoyed political liberalism - with freedom of expression, the rule of law and an impartial justice system. Analysts say that would increase liquidity in the Hong Kong stock market and improve shares' upsides.

Earlier this week, seven former United Kingdom foreign secretaries urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to form a global alliance to co-ordinate a response to the China-Hong Kong crisis.

Wednesday's rise will further cement Meituan Dianping, whose market value stands at HK$785.06 billion, as the third-most-valuable Chinese internet company after Alibaba and Tencent Holdings.

"China hopes that the British side will objectively and fairly view the national security legislation for Hong Kong, respect China's position and concerns, refrain from interfering in Hong Kong affairs in any way, and do more to promote Hong Kong's prosperity and stability and China-UK relations", the official said.

Though they are British passports that allow a holder to visit Britain for six months, they do not come with an automatic right to live and work there.

Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has been rocked by months of huge and often violent pro-democracy protests over the past year.

Britain would then have no choice but to uphold our profound ties of history and friendship with the people of Hong Kong.

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They're also asking that Canada grant more temporary resident visas for qualified Hongkongers who wish to work and study here - even if the applicants face charges connected to demonstrations back in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam sharply criticized the United States on Tuesday for applying a "double standard" to the city's new national security law being drafted by Beijing, as the U.S. has seen widespread police repression and violence against Black Lives Matter protesters.

Under the plan, more than 300,000 holders of British National (Overseas) passports would be able to spend 12 months in the United Kingdom without a visa.

"They broke their word to the world on ensuring the autonomy of Hong Kong", Trump said on May 29.

Hong Kong's government did not immediately respond Wednesday to a request for comment on Johnson's plan.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that Washington was "considering" welcoming the "entrepreneurial creativity" of Hong Kongers in his country. It is a risk to the national security.

Despite Britain's relatively weak hand - with little ability to defend a territory located right next to mainland China - Thatcher secured China's agreement to a "high degree of autonomy" for Hong Kong after the handover, with its "social and economic systems" remaining "unchanged" and its laws "basically unchanged".

Contributing to simmering anti-government tension, Hong Kong lawmakers are set to resume debate on a bill that would criminalise disrespect of China's national anthem, following scuffles in the legislature in recent weeks.

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