Pedestrians cross over the south side of Westminster Bridge in central London on October 21. The sight of Hongkongers leaving their vibrant, cosmopolitan city en masse for a cold, wet island could be an embarrassing one for Beijing. Photo: AP Pedestrians cross over the south side of Westminster Bridge in central London on October 21. The sight of Hongkongers leaving their vibrant, cosmopolitan city en masse for a cold, wet island could be an embarrassing one for Beijing. Photo: AP
Pedestrians cross over the south side of Westminster Bridge in central London on October 21. The sight of Hongkongers leaving their vibrant, cosmopolitan city en masse for a cold, wet island could be an embarrassing one for Beijing. Photo: AP
Michael Chugani
Opinion

Opinion

Michael Chugani

Beijing should ask itself why BN(O) passport holders want to leave Hong Kong, rather than issuing threats

  • Why does Beijing want to stop BN(O) passport holders from leaving anyway? They are likely to oppose the national security law and to have backed last year’s mass protests
  • So why not let these so-called unpatriotic troublemakers go – or would that prove too embarrassing?

Pedestrians cross over the south side of Westminster Bridge in central London on October 21. The sight of Hongkongers leaving their vibrant, cosmopolitan city en masse for a cold, wet island could be an embarrassing one for Beijing. Photo: AP Pedestrians cross over the south side of Westminster Bridge in central London on October 21. The sight of Hongkongers leaving their vibrant, cosmopolitan city en masse for a cold, wet island could be an embarrassing one for Beijing. Photo: AP
Pedestrians cross over the south side of Westminster Bridge in central London on October 21. The sight of Hongkongers leaving their vibrant, cosmopolitan city en masse for a cold, wet island could be an embarrassing one for Beijing. Photo: AP
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