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Perseus: What does being Chinese mean?

4 mn read 1 July 2021 saw the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) celebrate its 100th birthday, as well as being the 24th anniversary of the end of British Sovereignty over Hong Kong as a Crown colony, and the beginning of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region under CCP’s rule. The anniversary raises many questions in relation to the perceived identities of Hongkongers, and whether Hongkongers see themselves as Chinese, Hongkongers, or a mix of both.

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Perseus: Could the computers of Hong Kong’s Immigration Department be saying “no” to people emigrating to the United Kingdom?

3 mn read From today (22 December 2020), Hong Kong has banned all passenger flights from the UK. The Hong Kong Government banned flights from the UK for reasons of public health, due to a new strain of Coronavirus having been discovered in the UK. Despite Hongkongers having demanded that the Hong Kong Government close its borders in the beginning of 2020 in order to prevent the import of COVID-19 form Mainland China, after the virus was first reported in Wuhan, many are questioning why the Hong Kong Government now seems so eager to close its borders. Many of those questioning the Hong Kong Government’s motives take a rather cynical view of its actions, which, in a way, is understandable judging from the actions of the Hong Kong and Beijing Governments since the pro-democracy protests started in Hong Kong in June 2019.

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Perseus: The Trump card

3 mn read It is not unfair to describe Donald Trump as a divisive figure. Since his election as President of the United States in 2016, his policies have seen very public and outspoken support and condemnation from both sides of the political spectrum in the United States. Like those in the United States, Hongkongers seem to also have a love or hate relationship with Donald Trump.

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Perseus: Hongkongers find themselves as inadvertent victims of the UK’s “hostile environment” towards migrants

3 mn read Since the Chinese Communist Party announced its intentions to enact a National Security Law for Hong Kong, the international community has been seeking to dissuade the Chinese Government from such a draconian course of action, breaching the guarantees offered to the peoples of Hong Kong of “one country, two systems”. As the National Security Law […]

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Exclusive: The Eat News interview with Hong Kong human rights defenders in the United Nations

4 mn read From 6 October to 14 November 2020, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has been held in Geneva Switzerland. NGOs with Special Consultative Status from throughout the world and state parties gathered in this council meeting. Among those NGOs, there was a young human rights activist named Wai-Tong Lee from Japan demanding Hong Kong’s freedom.

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Can these young people save Hong Kong’s dying food industry from COVID-19?

3 mn read The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an economic slump in Hong Kong, with the Hong Kong government even banning people from eating in restaurants on July 29, leading to the shutdown of the city’s proud restaurant industry. One food and beverage marketing consultancy founded by two young Hong Kongers in the wake of the pandemic decided to use its expertise to save Hong Kong’s crumbling restaurant industry, as they couldn’t bear to see their favorite restaurants in financial ruin.

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Hong Kong democracy activists have written a letter to Korean Foreign Minister for requesting suspension of extradition treaties with the Chinese regimes

2 mn read Simon Cheng, a former trade and investment officer at the British Consulate-General Hong Kong, and Honcques Laus, an independent politician in Hong Kong, wanted under draconian China’s National Security Law, have written a letter to Kang Kyung-wha(강경화), the Korean foreign minister, for requesting suspension of extraction treaties with the Hong Kong and Chinese regimes. They explained that the Hong Kong regime has unceasingly persecuted the Hong Kong democratic protesters because of political opinions, and the Hong Kong and Chinese regimes have blatantly violated human rights, so the political dissents would face trumped-up prosecutions.

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Exiled pro-democracy activist writes to UK Foreign Secretary requesting further sanctions on Hong Kong and Chinese governments

4 mn read Honcques Laus (19) was exiled from Hong Kong after becoming aware that he was wanted under China’s National Security Law. Despite being exiled to the United Kingdom, Laus is keen to emphasise that he is still fighting for the civil liberty of Hongkongers. He has now written to Dominic Raab requesting the United Kingdom to apply Magnitsky sanctions to officials within the governments of Hong Kong and China. The new sanctions would be imposed on the likes of Carrie Lam for her involvement in the infringement on the rights of Hongkongers.

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Perseus: Hongkongers’ thoughts on the UK Government’s BNO visa scheme

5 mn read With the United Kingdom Government having set out at the end of July details of its policy for Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) (“BNOs”), more and more Hongkongers are starting to arrive in the United Kingdom, wishing to take advantage of the United Kingdom Government’s scheme for BNO status holders and their dependants.