Following the banned made of the United Kingdom to giant telecommunication company Huawei as part of its 5G mobile network, Prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to announce changes on extradition treaties with Hong Kong today.
"The government has decided to suspend the extradition treaty immediately and indefinitely"— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) July 20, 2020
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says the UK will suspend extradition to Hong Kong until there are "safeguards to prevent extradition from the UK being misused"https://t.co/En9uecGyeA pic.twitter.com/qVBjPxeQDE
In an interview with Independent UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that they will continue its engagements with geopolitics giant China but will be tough on things. The Prime Minister acknowledges the impact it will make to the economy if the UK decides to completely abandon policies with China. Their main concern is the human rights violations on the enacted National Security Law Beijing imposed on Hong Kong that includes new crimes with severe penalties and the reported detention and abuse that the Uighurs, minority group in China’s far western region Xinjiang, are facing in camps that China referred to as vocational skills centers.
In response to the National Security Law that the people of the former British colony is living with, Britain offered three million Hongkongers residency and UK citizenship.
In 1997, Britain handed Hong Kong back to China under a Joint Declaration and it enjoys some freedoms that are not present in the mainland but as the political and economic relationship between UK and China has soured in the recent months due to various economic changes and laws imposed is the glory days over for both countries? Since the UK finalizes its plans to suspend its agreement with China, it joins the US, Australia, and Canada. As of the announcement today, UK extends its arms embargo to Hong Kong.
A Chinese government spokeswoman accused the UK of colluding with Washington to discriminate suppress and exclude Chinese companies in line with the banned of Huawei technologies on its mobile networks. China’s UK ambassador Liu Xiaoming said in an interview that China will respond to the sanctions Britain will impose on Chinese officials concerning police brutality and human rights offenses and denied rumors of unjust treatment of the Uighurs.