Johnson vows cit­i­zen path for Hong Kongers

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

HONG KONG — Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Boris Johnson pledged Wed­nes­day to over­haul im­mi­gra­tion rules to grant al­most 3 mil­lion Hong Kong res­i­dents a path­way to Bri­tish cit­i­zen­ship, a re­sponse to Bei­jing’s move to im­pose a far-reach­ing se­cu­rity law that many fear will dis­man­tle the city’s po­lit­i­cal free­doms.

Johnson’s vow comes as the United States, Canada, Aus­tralia and other na­tions face pres­sure to of­fer res­i­dency to Hong Kong peo­ple flee­ing de­te­ri­o­rat­ing po­lit­i­cal cir­cum­stances in the for­mer Bri­tish colony.

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