UK suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong over security law

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Britain is among a growing number of countries to denounce the Hong Kong Security Act, which was introduced after months of pro-democracy protests. He suddenly transformed the city by effectively criminalizing a whole range of political activities, including many tactics used by protesters.

But Britain has particular concerns and sees the new law as a violation of the terms of a joint declaration that defines Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous status after the colony’s return to Chinese rule in 1997.

In response, the London government offered a pathway to citizenship for many Hong Kong residents.

Under the measure, 350,000 people with UK national passports (overseas) – and an additional 2.5 million who are eligible – would be granted 12-month renewable visas that would allow them to work in Britain with the UK. possibility of obtaining citizenship.

Chinese anger over the move escalated last week when the UK government reversed its decision to allow Chinese tech firm Huawei to play a limited role in setting up the 5G broadband wireless network. British.

The United States pressured Britain to exclude Huawei and, through its own measures against the Chinese tech company, forced the British government to reconsider its original decision to allow Huawei to participate in the British network. 5G.

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