Raab said he would announce the outcome of a review of the extradition agreements with Hong Kong on Monday as the situation became more and more worrying.Nathan Law, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent young democracy activists who recently fled to London, said the extradition proposal had gained ground in Westminster. He wrote on Twitter: “Met with many members of parliament on this issue and got very strong support for the idea of suspending the extradition treaty with Hong Kong. Change is happening. ”
Iain Duncan Smith, co-founder of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, also supported the proposal by tweeting, “It is the right thing to do in response to the Chinese government’s crackdown on the people of Hong Kong.”
Raab told Sophy Ridge on Sky News on Sunday: “I will be heading to the House of Commons tomorrow to make a new statement on the work we have done with our government partners. I said we would be looking at a whole host of other considerations. One of the things we have looked at is our extradition arrangements and I will inform the House of the conclusion of that review, as well as other things we have looked at tomorrow, “he said. declared during an interview.
The UK has already pledged that up to 3 million Hong Kong residents will be offered the opportunity to settle in the UK, and a path to permanent citizenship, following Beijing’s imposition of ‘a sweeping and ill-defined national security law in Hong Kong. .
However, in what appeared to be a clue that the UK is not preparing to impose unilateral sanctions on China like the US has done, Raab said: “We said there was would be no business as usual after Covid-19 and we are working with our international partners to get an appropriate independent review of what happened, but we also want to make sure we don’t slip into an outdated dogmatic approach.
China will be high on the agenda when Raab meets with his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo, in London this week.
Beijing remains angry at the UK government’s decision last week to exclude Huawei from the 5G network, overturning a January decision giving it a limited role.
Chinese Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming said Beijing is still evaluating its response to Huawei’s decision.
Raab threatened to add fuel to the flames, accusing the communist regime of committing “gross and gross human rights violations” against the Uighur population of the country in northwest Xinjiang province.
The Chinese ambassador to the United Kingdom categorically denied the allegations of abuse by Beijing on Sunday, insisting that the Uyghur people live in “peaceful and harmonious coexistence with other ethnic groups”, while he was faced with images of chained prisoners penned on trains in Xinjiang.
Liu warned Britain not to get caught up in a “piecemeal” confrontation like the United States, imposing sanctions on Chinese officials for alleged abuse in Xinjiang, prompting Beijing to sanction a number of US senators and officials.
Raab played down suggestions that such action was imminent under the UK’s new independent sanctions regime, saying it had taken a long time to build a case against any suspected abuser.
He also insisted that Britain wanted a “positive relationship” with China, working with it on issues such as climate change as well as trade and investment.
However, Communist Party officials have reportedly warned British companies operating in China, including Jaguar Land Rover, BP and GlaxoSmithKline, that they could now face retaliation.
It was also reported over the weekend that Chinese social media company TikTok had halted talks to open a world headquarters in Britain.
The government claims that Hong Kong’s new national security law violates the Sino-British Joint Declaration that was supposed to guarantee Hong Kong’s way of life for 50 years after the former British colony was ceded in 1997.
Pompeo is scheduled to meet with Boris Johnson and Raab on Tuesday, as well as lawmakers urging the government to take a tougher line on China.