China Says UK Sheltering 'wanted Criminals' After HK Asylum Ruling
Muhammad Irfan 7 days ago Thu 08th April 2021 | 06:33 PM
China on Thursday accused Britain of sheltering "wanted criminals" after prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law said he had been granted political asylum there
Beijing, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Apr, 2021 ) :China on Thursday accused Britain of sheltering "wanted criminals" after prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law said he had been granted political asylum there.
Law said Wednesday he had been granted asylum in Britain, after fleeing semi-autonomous Hong Kong following the introduction of a sweeping new security law.
That provoked an angry response in Beijing.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab hit back in a tweet later Thursday, saying Britain "has a proud history of providing protection to those who need it".
He also confirmed that Law was granted asylum.
Law wrote on Twitter that he had been granted asylum after several interviews over a period of four months.
"The fact that I am wanted under the National Security Law shows that I am exposed to severe political persecution and am unlikely to return to Hong Kong without risk," he wrote.
"I hope that my case can help the Home Office understand more about the complicated situation in Hong Kong," he added.
"To free more protesters from Beijing's authoritarian oppression, the Home Office could consider more comprehensive evidence." - Strained ties - The fate of potentially millions of Hong Kongers who Britain has offered an escape route has become a point of bitter diplomatic contention between Beijing and London, which ceded the former colony in 1997.
China said earlier this year it will not recognise the British National (Overseas) passport for Hong Kongers because of a new visa scheme introduced in January offering a pathway to full British citizenship for those who want to leave the territory.
Beijing and London have in recent weeks also clashed over Chinese sanctions against four British entities and nine individuals including lawmakers that have spoken out in defence of China's Uyghur Muslim minority.
Candidates for public office will have their entire history vetted as Beijing seeks to ensure "patriots" run the city.