Cross Country Checkup

Does Canada have a moral obligation to Hong Kong?

There are 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong and many others here, at home, watching events nervously. As pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong enter the 11th week — and clashes between police and demonstrators escalate — how are the tensions affecting Canadians in both countries?

With over 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong, how should this country's government respond?

A protester is overcome by tear gas near the Shum Shui Po police station in Hong Kong. Demonstrators and police have clashed violently in recent days after protesters took over the airport, shutting down flights in and out for two days. (Vincent Yu/Associated Press)
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Our question this week: Does Canada have a moral obligation to Hong Kong?

Beijing is warning that the government will not sit on its hands and watch as protests continue in Hong Kong. It's a tense situation, made worse by reports of Chinese military vehicles situated close to the Hong Kong border. 

There are 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong and many others here, at home, watching events nervously. As the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong enter the 11th week, how are the tensions affecting Canadians in both countries?

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