Peoples Republic of China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin on Tuesday announced Beijing’s decision to suspend extradition treaties and judiciary assistance agreements between Hongkong and Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom over ‘wrong actions in politicizing judicial cooperation’.
The spokesman accused the three countries of using the national security law as a way to suspend their extradition treaties with Hong Kong. Washington’s five eyes opposed the introduction of the National Security Law for Hong Kong because it is an attack on the democracy of the people in Hong Kong.
China suspends Hong Kong extradition treaties with UK, Australia and Canada in tit-for-tat response https://t.co/eSD0DmMeXo— Evening Standard (@standardnews) July 29, 2020
Canada was the first country to break the treaty with Hongkong as its Prime Minister Trudeau in a statement said that Canada believes in the one country, two systems’ framework which was violated when China imposed a new law. The United States decision to end special trading privileges and sanction Chinese officials involved on Human rights violation on pro-democracy protests in Hongkong follows after Trump signed an executive order and an Act which raise tensions on the two countries bilateral relationship. Earlier this month, Australia and Britain extended visas, offered citizenship options, and encourage Hong kong business relocation as it stands against Beijing undermining the Hong kong’s basic law. New Zealand, on Tuesday, was the last country to join the three to end extradition agreements with Hong Kong; Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters in a statement said that “New Zealand can no longer trust that Hong Kong’s criminal justice system is sufficiently independent of China,” He added that if China in the future adheres to the ‘one country, two systems’ framework, then they might reconsider the decision. The United States is likely to follow this move.
Beijing fires back to Canada, Australia, and Britain by dropping extradition treaties as well as judicial assistance agreement, a retaliation against foreign meddling in Hong Kong affairs. PRC urges New Zealand to address this wrongful act and stop all forms of interference in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs to avoid any harm between their country's relationship.
In his last statement during the press conference, Wang said that no attempt to pressure China will succeed.