Australia Suspends Extradition Agreement With Hong Kong

Hong Kong`s new security law punishes secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with life imprisonment. “China strongly deplores and opposes the unsurable accusations and measures announced by the Australian government against Hong Kong,” said a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Canberra. Since the law was passed last week, Canada has also suspended its extradition treaty, while the United Kingdom has offered citizenship options to Hong Kong residents. After months of mass protests, which have sometimes led to violent clashes between police and supporters of democracy, Hong Kong`s new security law punishes secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, up to life in prison. “We will continue to monitor the impact of the law on the people of Hong Kong, with whom we have close ties,” he said. SYDNEY (Reuters) — Australia said on Thursday it was suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and announced measures to attract people and businesses from the Asian financial centre after Beijing passed a new security law. Australia has also created a pitch for international financial services, consulting and media companies, headquartered in Hong Kong, to relocate to Australia. “There may be vaguely defined national security reasons that present an increased risk of detention. They could break the law without the intention. If you are concerned about the new law, you will reconsider your need to stay in Hong Kong,” said the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne held a conference call overnight with her counterparts on the five-eyed security agreement, which includes Britain, the United States, New Zealand and Canada, on Hong Kong and the new security law, Payne and British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on Twitter. New Zealand also said it was reviewing its relations with Hong Kong under the new security law, meaning Hong Kong suspects can be brought to justice in Chinese courts controlled by the Communist Party. “We advise the Australian side to treat Hong Kong`s national security legislation in a correct and objective light, to stop interfering in China`s internal affairs with Hong Kong as a pretext and not to continue on the wrong path,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on 2 July.

, in response to a question about the possibility of Australia offering refuge to hong Kong citizens. The new law came after massive and often violent democratic protests in Hong Kong last year.