On Tuesday, as New Zealand suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, China announced the cancellation of the Hong Kong extradition treaty with Canada, Australia and Britain.
China has taken this drastic step following the decision by these three countries to cancel a similar extradition treaty on this controversial new security law. Canada, Britain and Australia are part of the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance. The other members are New Zealand, which suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong earlier on Tuesday, and the United States, has indicated that it is preparing to do so.
New Zealand had suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong
Earlier New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters said on Tuesday that New Zealand had suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made several other changes following China’s decision to pass a national security law for the island. New Zealand can no longer trust that Hong Kong’s criminal justice system is sufficiently independent of China, Peters said in a statement. If China follows one country or two system in future, then we can reconsider this decision.
US also has abolished special economic facilities for Hong Kong
Despite opposition from Hong Kong residents and Western countries, Beijing enacted new legislation on the former British colony earlier this month and is moving towards establishing a more authoritarian governance apparatus at the global financial center. Australia, Canada and Britain suspended extradition treaties with Hong Kong earlier this month. US President Donald Trump has abolished special economic facilities for Hong Kong.
China is New Zealand’s largest trading partner and has often avoided direct political confrontation in the past. China buys billions of dollars’ worth of agricultural goods from New Zealand every year.