Beijing warned London of “corresponding countermeasures” over its plan to give Hong Kong residents British citizen rights. UK PM Boris Johnson accused Beijing of a “clear and serious breach” of its treaty with Britain by imposing its security law on the territory and said he would introduce a route for people with British National (Overseas) (BNO) status to apply for visas to live and work in the UK and apply for citizenship.
He was reacting to the imposition of the Chinese security law on Hong Kong on Tuesday night, making activities deemed “subversive or secessionist” punishable by imprisonment. On Wednesday, 370 protesters against the law were arrested in Hong Kong. The UK accused China of breaching their “One Country, Two Systems” agreement, made ahead of the 1997 handover and supposed to remain in force until 2047.