New Zealand suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty
New Zealand suspended the extradition treaty with Hong Kong on Tuesday (28) due to “deep concern” about the new security law that China imposed in the territory, a measure previously adopted by Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.
“China’s adoption of the new law on national security has eroded the rule of law” and “violated China’s commitments to the international community,” said New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters.
The suspension, which may irritate Beijing, Wellington’s main trading partner, is justified because “New Zealand cannot rely more on the independence of the Hong Kong judicial system from China,” added the minister.
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