New Zealand suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty


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New Zealand says Hong Kong’s ‘unique status’ is at stake

New Zealand suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in response to China’s new national security law.

The widely criticized law facilitates the punishment of demonstrators and reduces the autonomy of the city.

The travel advice has also been updated to alert New Zealanders to the risks presented by the law.

The Chinese Embassy in New Zealand said the suspension was “blatant interference in China’s internal affairs.”

“The decision of the New Zealand government is a serious violation of international law and fundamental standards governing international relations,” said a statement.

Canada, Australia and the UK have previously suspended their extradition treaties with Hong Kong.

New Zealand’s exports of military and dual-use goods and technology to Hong Kong will now be treated in the same way that New Zealand treats such exports to China.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters said China has “eroded the principles of the rule of law, undermined the ‘one country, two systems’ framework that underpins Hong Kong’s unique status and went against the commitments made by China to the international community ”.

The Hong Kong government says the law is needed to bring order to a city that witnessed mass pro-democracy protests last year that often turned violent.

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Media captionHong Kong residents fear new law will end ‘one country, two systems’ principle


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