Canada Suspends Hong Kong Extradition Treaty In Response To New Security Law
“The Canadian government must explain to the rule of law and explain to the world why it allows fugitives not to assume their legal responsibilities,” Hong Kong security chief John Lee said on Saturday. radio.
Lee was very disappointed and strongly opposed Canada’s decision, he added, because it allowed politics to prevail over the rule of law.
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The comments followed Canada’s statement on Friday that it was suspending the treaty with Hong Kong as a result of the new law and could boost immigration from the city.
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Canada would also ban the export of sensitive military items to Hong Kong, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters.
In Saturday’s program, Hong Kong Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng said she was disappointed and expressed her deep regret at the Canadian decision, adding that she thought it could probably violate international law .
A Hong Kong government spokesman said on Friday that a bill passed by the United States Senate to penalize banks doing business with Chinese officials who are enforcing the new law is “completely unacceptable.”
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“We reiterate that any” penalty “imposed by law will not create an obligation for financial institutions under the law of Hong Kong,” the spokesman said in a statement.
He urged the United States to immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong’s internal affairs, adding that Beijing, as well as the city government, could take countermeasures if necessary.
(Reporting by Clare Jim; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)