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Hong Kong exodus set to boost U.K. restaurant sector

China's security crackdown will bring new diners, ease labor shortages

A restaurant in London's Chinatown is nearly empty but for takeout customers due to the pandemic in December 2020.   © Reuters

Chinese cuisine is ever impacted by the currents of Chinese history -- wherever it is found. But for the popular TV chef and cooking writer Ching He Huang the likely exodus of hundreds of thousands of people from Hong Kong in the wake of mainland China's tightening grip on the territory is personal.

Huang, a Taiwanese raised in South Africa and London, is a culinary star in Britain, where she is widely known by the abbreviated Ching. But now, the U.K.'s Chinese community is bracing for a new wave of exiles from Hong Kong fleeing China's demolition of civil rights in the self-governing territory -- including some of Huang's own cousins.

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