WASHINGTON—President Biden on Thursday signed an buy enabling some Hong Kong people to stay in the U.S. alternatively than return to the Chinese territory, citing Beijing’s crackdown on political liberty there.
Hong Kong people who qualify for the method will be granted a operate permit for eighteen months and a reprieve from deportation. In the previous, U.S. administrations have prolonged very similar steps over and above their first expiration dates.
“This action demonstrates President Biden’s sturdy assistance for people in Hong Kong in the experience of ongoing repression by the People’s Republic of China, and tends to make crystal clear we will not stand idly by as the PRC breaks its claims to Hong Kong and to the international neighborhood,” White Dwelling spokeswoman Jen Psaki explained.
The White Dwelling explained that it will defer the elimination of sure Hong Kong people in the U.S. to grant them a “temporary safe haven” from Chinese repression.
The Chinese embassy in Washington didn’t react to a request for remark.