HK democracy activist granted asylum by Britain

A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist who fled to Britain says he has been granted political asylum by the country.

Nathan Law posted on Twitter on Wednesday that he submitted his asylum application to the British government in December.

Law was a leader of the 2014 Umbrella protest movement. He fled to Britain after Beijing imposed the national security law for Hong Kong at the end of June last year. He has continued to call for international support for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong authorities have reportedly put Law on a wanted list for allegedly colluding with foreign forces and threatening national security.

The British government has expressed support for Hong Kong residents who want to move to the UK. In January, it began accepting applications for special visas for people born in Hong Kong before the territory's return to China.

Beijing has strongly opposed the move, saying that Britain was interfering in China's internal affairs.

The British government's decision to grant asylum to a prominent pro-democracy activist reflects its firm stance against China over Hong Kong.