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London borough plans road name changes likely to infuriate Chinese

Tiananmen Square, Tibet Hill, and Uyghur Court could soon appear near new Chinese mission

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China's next embassy in London, the Royal Mint Court building in Tower Hamlets (Wikicommons, Julie Cookson photo)

China's next embassy in London, the Royal Mint Court building in Tower Hamlets (Wikicommons, Julie Cookson photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Tiananmen Square, Uyghur Court, and Hong Kong Road are some of the road names soon to emerge around the new Chinese embassy in the London neighborhood of Tower Hamlets following a decision by the local authorities, the Guardian reported Friday (March 19).

China has bought the Royal Mint Court building in the East End to house its new embassy. But the local council approved proposals for name changes in support of groups oppressed by the communist regime.

Other names under consideration were Tibet Hill and Xiaobo Road, after the Chinese Nobel laureate and writer Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波), who died in prison in 2017.

Tower Hamlets has officially offered a welcome to Hong Kong residents wanting to move to the United Kingdom under a new passport program to flee Chinese repression. In addition, a record 38 percent of the London borough's residents are Muslim, a sensitive element considering China’s crackdown on its Muslim Uyghur population, the Guardian pointed out.

The Liberal Democrat councilor who launched the motion for the new street names, Rabina Khan, said that while the area welcomes the Chinese embassy, residents will stand up against the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights violations.


Updated : 2021-05-11 04:10 GMT+08:00