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How do people feel about HSBC supporting China's new Hong Kong national security law?

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It has come to my attention that HSBC has publicly backed the new Chinese national security law in Hong Kong. The law from what I understand, means anyone who opposes China in Hong Kong, would be breaking this new law. This is at odds with the agreement that was made in the past with the UK. (I understand it made provisions for a national law at some point, but not to this meaning) Even mocking the national anthem would be illegal. I find it is leaving a bad taste in my mouth that HSBC is supporting this, considering it is based in the UK, and while the UK government and I suspect most HSBC UK customers  (mainly because this law is against the British way of life) would not support this act. 
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HSBC has openly supported the national security law China is imposing on Hong Kong, breaking the bank’s silence on the legislation opposed by the UK government. Following similar moves by Swire and Jardine Matheson, two British colonial-era trading houses, the bank signalled its favourable public position on the laws in a carefully worded post on Chinese social media platform WeChat. It said that Peter Wong, chief executive of the lender’s Asian businesses, had signed a petition in support of the laws. The post said: “We reiterate that we respect and support laws and regulations that will enable Hong Kong to recover and rebuild the economy and, at the same time, maintain the principle of ‘one country two systems’.” HSBC confirmed the contents of the post and declined to comment further.

I was just curious to hear other people's feelings about it. I am considering closing my accounts with the bank, but wonder if I am in a minority and most people don't really care? 



  • SpeculatorSpeculator Forumite
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    Standard Chartered too. 
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  • gc747gc747 Forumite
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    I bank with them, always have done. Although I side with HongKong in this awful dispute I’m afraid it wouldn’t make me change my account. 
    There is too much going on in the world above our control and even if most UK customers closed their accounts I still think HSBC would stick with their decision. 
    As a side note, aside from all the unsettlement in HongKong/China, I believe that HSBC is very anti brexit and depending upon how we leave I think HSBC could well turn their back on the UK altogether.. 

    anyway, that’s just my very humble opinion.. great question though, OP 👍
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    edited 3 June at 11:47PM
    Had a HK$ HSBC account but closed it last summer when I returned to Hong Kong.
    Doubt many Brits will close their accounts over this.
    In Hong Kong, most of their account holders are elderly and keep their life savings in accounts earning 0.001% because there is no alternative. I am sure most of these are "Blue" or don't care so they will keep their accounts.

  • ThrugelmirThrugelmir Forumite
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    Requires walking a fine line. Impossible to do business without approval from the Peoples Party.
    Likewise Apple, to name just one, that manufactures in China because it's cheap to do so. 

    There's lots of flag waving which is insincere when one digs deeper. 

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  • atlantis187atlantis187 Forumite
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    Same as the hundreds of companies who side with India over the Kasmir issue. Revoking previous agreements without a care in the world.
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    edited 4 June at 11:13AM
    I couldn’t care less. China is an authoritarian, nominally communist state. You either toe the line or get your assets expropriated in one way or another. Hopefully in the future China will change but both HSBC, Standard Chartered and the companies that went into forming them as we know them today have seen centuries of change and laws that we’d now consider repulsive or unfair come and go. If feel you feel so strongly about this you should boycott anything made in China and every business that has any dealings there. Good luck.
  • jasdevjasdev Forumite
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    Getting in before this dissolves into a quagmire of politics.
    I switched my bank account this morning. I have been as happy as can be banking with first direct, their customer service has always been top notch. However, I explained to them that it was this that has led me to switch after nearly a decade.
    To slightly respond to some of the comments above, yes, there is a lot going on in the world and yes, being 100% ethical is near-enough impossible. And of course, HSBC will likely not miss me.
    But then that misses the point. To be ethical, baby steps are good. Do what you can. Recycle to the extent that you can, and don't make it painful on yourself. I boycott Amazon, Uber, and now HSBC, but that does not mean I must boycott every single organisation worldwide that is unethical in some way.
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  • gsmhgsmh Forumite
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    When it comes to money the majority of people seem to have little concern for ethics and if they gained financially they would stay with a bank regardless. I have seen forum members here derided for having an ethical agenda.
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