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The US stance on HK protest and the Capitol insurrection [closed]

The US House has passed a resolution to formally condemn the Chinese government and the Hong Kong regional government for actions that "violate the rights and freedoms" of the region's ...
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Why hasn't the UK sanctioned Hong Kong officials, like the USA?

On August 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned 11 individuals e.g. Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu, Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng and ...
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Can I (a random person in the world) be prosecuted under the new Hong Kong security law?

According to Amnesty International, the new Hong Kong security law "applies to everyone on the planet". I quote: The wording of the Hong Kong national security law asserts jurisdiction over ...
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Why has Britain not taken action if they settled on an agreement?

I've been hearing about the conflicts in Hong Kong and that China had opened an office and Hongkongers are losing their rights they supposed to have in their democracy. From the Sino-British Joint ...
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Why did China impose the new national security law on Hong Kong now?

Beijing's "authoritarian rule" has always had issues with Hong Kong's democracy, and with this national security law it's clear that there was essentially no involvement by the Hong Kong ...
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Has China indicated how one can disapprove but not interfere?

China threatens retaliation against America after branding Trump's move to end Hong Kong's special status with the US a 'gross interference' in its domestic affairs Not so long ago the US ended Hong ...
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What is China's objection to Australia's planned offer to HK residents?

While I understand that the United Kingdom and China have a treaty with each other regarding the handover of Hong Kong (related question), as far as I'm aware, Australia was not a signatory to such a ...
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Have any polls surveyed the opinion of Brexit supporters on the recent decision on Hong Kong BN(O) passport holders?

On July 1st, the UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, & Home Secretary, Priti Patel, announced that a 'path to full British citizenship' would be opened to Hong Kong British National (Overseas) ...
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Why the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, when the US already enacted the HK Human Rights and Democracy Act?

On Nov 27 2019, Pres. Trump signed into law the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. On 25 June 2020, US Senate passes Hong Kong Autonomy Act. The Hong Kong Autonomy Act, introduced by United ...
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Why didn't UK feel capable to defend HK Island, compared to Gibraltar and Falkland Islands?

I'm referring to just Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula that was "fully ceded to the British in 1842" in perpetuity. It was New Territories that was leased for 99 years. I'm trying to ...
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Why would a grant of British citizenship to Hong Kongers be a treaty violation?

Given the recent political situation, there has been renewed interest in opening a path to citizenship for British Nationals (Overseas). The BN(O) status was conferred on some former BDTCs (...
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What did Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen actually say that it would do for "Hong Kongers"?

CNBC's Taiwan’s Tsai pledges support for people of Hong Kong after China proposes national security law begins: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said late on Sunday that the self-ruled democratic ...
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In 1997, what percentage of Hong Kong residents believed that China won't completely take over after the handover from the UK?

There's currently a lot of controversy in the media over China expanding their influence over Hong Kong: Long before the Umbrella Movement or last year's sustained political unrest, this reputation ...
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Why have the British government done less than the US government in terms of monitoring Hong Kong's situation?

For the past year the US government have (strongly) spoken out against the influence of the Chinese Communist Party on Hong Kong, and have made into law the Human Rights and Democracy Act which allows ...
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Why was Thatcher apparently unwilling to use Britain's nuclear deterrent in negotiations with China over Hong Kong's future?

Apparently during the negotiations that led to the Sino-British Joint Declaration, the British were hamstrung because they were in a much-weaker position militarily, and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ...
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Why did the UK handover the entirety of Hong Kong in '97?

The leased portion of Hong Kong due to be returned to China in 1997 was the "New Territories" section shown in this Wikipedia map: The other regions (Kowloon and Hong Kong Island), as I understand it,...
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How useful is Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 to HK protesters?

Is US's Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 "mere puff"? How much can it assist the HK protesters? Will it get them their 4 remaining Demands? Here's why I'm a whit, as China is very ...
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Why hasn't Canada legislated to assist Hong Kong protesters?

The US Congress is trying to enact the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. Canada has many Hongkongers. Why hasn't Canada tried too?
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What is preventing China from destroying Hong Kong pro-democracy movement?

Until a few days ago, the peaceful turned occasionally violent pro-democracy movement by Hong Kong's inhabitants was about securing universal adult suffrage (UAS), official withdrawal of the ...
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Who are the violent people seen in news about Hong Kong protests? [closed]

The news about the protests in Hong Kong are very mixed, and range from information about very peaceful to clearly violent events. Has there been any attempt to find out who those violent people are? ...
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Why didn't Thatcher give Hong Kong to Taiwan?

So, back in the 80s, the Prime Minister of the UK, Margaret Thatcher, negotiated the "one country, two systems" agreement with the PRC regarding the return on Hong Kong to Chinese rule, as the treaty ...
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Can Twitter actions be treated as a political censorship? [closed]

As I heard some time ago, Twitter blocked about 200k accounts of HongKong protests unsupporters (source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-protests-twitter/twitter-facebook-accuse-china-of-...
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To what extent does China control Hong Kong's highest courts and ordinary courts?

To what extent does China control Hong Kong's highest courts and ordinary courts? Some people have suggested that the chief executive of Hong Kong needs to be approved by China and thus it has some ...
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How could China have extradited people for political reason under the extradition law it wanted to pass in Hong Kong?

How could China have extradited people for political reason under the extradition law it wanted to pass in Hong Kong? According to a news outlet, the extradition law had the following clause: Once ...
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What prevents Hong Kong from punishing people who committed crimes in China in Hong Kong?

What prevents Hong Kong from punishing people who committed crimes in China in Hong Kong? As you know, there were a lot of protests against the extradition law that the government of Hong Kong wanted ...
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Does Hong Kong have the right to hold a referendum for independence?

Does Hong Kong have the right to hold a referendum for independence? I am wondering if there was some kind of legal agreement when Hong Kong was ceded to China by Britain that guaranteed that Hong ...
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Is there any ground for the concerns of Hong Kong protesters?

It is surprising how things have escalated over a few days. I learned that the reason for the protests was that some people had concerns about the central government tightening the grip on Hong Kong ...
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What is the public opinion in Hong Kong about the protests? How many of them support it?

The Hong Kong protests are widely supported by many people across the globe. This isn't surprising, since it's easy to sit at home in front of your computer and upvote posts on Facebook, but I reckon ...
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Do Hong Kong protesters want to cancel the extradition law or have they proposed any modifications?

Do the Hong Kong protesters have asked for a modification to the proposed extradition law? Do they have any proposals for which circumstances might still justify extradition to China? What are they ...
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Are gangsters hired to attack people at a train station classified as a terrorist attack?

The incidence happened in Hong Kong on 21st Jul 2019 Video footage showed dozens of men, mostly in masks, storming a mass transit station in Yuen Long late on Sunday, chasing passengers and beating ...
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What happens if the Sino-British Joint Declaration is violated?

Recently there've been mass protests in Hong Kong over a proposed bill that would allow extradition of fugitives from Hong Kong to China. The proposed bill is seen as a sign that the "One country, two ...
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Who are the police in Hong Kong?

The current protests in Hong Kong have set me wondering where the police force are recruited from. Are they people who grew up in HK, or have they been bought in from mainland China? I ask because a ...
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Why was the arrangement made for Hong Kong to have 50 years of autonomy?

Hong Kong is entitled to a "high degree of autonomy" for 50 years which will end in 2047. Why was this agreement made and what was the thought process behind it? In my view it's a ticking time bomb ...
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Why does China maintain the One Country, Two Systems principle?

A brief explanation from Wiki: "One country, two systems" is a constitutional principle formulated by Deng Xiaoping, the Paramount Leader of the People's Republic of China (PRC), for the ...
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How does the relationship between China and Hong Kong functions?

To my understanding, in order for some landmass to function as a part of a country, three items are important: a common constitutional framework collaborative revenue management military bases As a ...
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