Britain tries to atone for its past with resettlement offer for Hong Kongers

A British national (overseas) passport held aloft as a colonial-era Hong Kong flag was waved during a rally in the city on Friday. Three million residents could soon have the theoretical right to settle in Britain. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
A British national (overseas) passport held aloft as a colonial-era Hong Kong flag was waved during a rally in the city on Friday. Three million residents could soon have the theoretical right to settle in Britain. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

China has responded angrily to British criticism of its proposed Hong Kong security law, and threatened unspecified "countermeasures" after the government in London on Thursday announced its decision to offer a so-called "path to citizenship" to many of the citizens of the former British colony.

About three million Hong Kong residents - almost half the former colony's entire population - could soon have the theoretical right to go to Britain.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 31, 2020, with the headline 'Britain tries to atone for its past with resettlement offer for Hong Kongers'. Subscribe