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Boris Johnson Offers 3 Million Hong Kong Residents Haven in U.K.

  • China warns U.K. interference in former colony will ‘backfire’
  • British policy on China heading for re-set after coronavirus
A demonstrator shows a British National (Overseas) passport during a protest at the International Finance Center shopping mall in Hong Kong, on May 29.

A demonstrator shows a British National (Overseas) passport during a protest at the International Finance Center shopping mall in Hong Kong, on May 29.

Photographer: Lam Yik/Bloomberg
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he will give as many as three million Hong Kong residents the chance to seek refuge and a new life in the U.K. if China presses ahead with plans to impose a new security law on the former British colony.

The premier’s intervention marks an escalation in London’s pressure on Beijing over its proposals for a law that democracy advocates say will erode the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong. China warned that it would “backfire.”