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That’s like the US telling Puerto Ricans that they are not allowed to move to Florida. But the Brits did just that. Whereas anyone with a Scottish passport can freely move to England, Northern Ireland, or Wales, for example, people holding the Hong Kong British passport had no such luxury. Many of those people instead were able to move to Canada ahead of the return to China, but most couldn’t. When Margaret Thatcher failed to renegotiate to extend the lease in the mid-1980s.
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The British democratized the Legislative Council of Hong Kong by starting direct elections of council members starting 1991, about 150 years AFTER its initial formation. So it was totally ok for the Brits to govern Hong Kong with appointed governors and not holding any elections for 150 years, but when mainland China cracks down on civil protests, it’s now undemocratic. Everyone else can criticize Beijing for its anti-democratic actions against Hong Kong protesters.
But Not the UK. The UK gave Hong Kong democratic elections ONLY when they knew they couldn’t hold on to Hong Kong any longer. This is a textbook example of hypocrisy. I am no fan of communist China, but what they said about the UK this time happens to be spot on. That’s what many are in fact doing. The irony was even Beijing’s puppet HK Block Club Chicago Humboldt Park Chicago Il Gator Watch 2019 T Shirt administrators still kept their British passports. Nobody is exactly clamoring to go live inside China. The fact is nobody likes China’s government but they do love China’s money.