Hong Kong to suspend deals on extradition and mutual legal assistance with Australia, Britain and Canada

Beijing announced on Tuesday that Hong Kong would suspend agreements on extradition and mutual legal assistance with Australia, Britain and Canada, following the three countries’ earlier decisions to suspend extradition deals with Hong Kong.
But the announcement by the Chinese foreign ministry did not cover New Zealand, which just hours earlier also announced the suspension of an extradition treatment with Hong Kong.
Earlier in the day, Winston Peters, New Zealand’s foreign affairs minister, said his country could “no longer trust that Hong Kong’s criminal system was sufficiently independent from China”.
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“If China in future shows adherence to the ‘one country, two systems’ framework then we could reconsider this decision,” he said, referring to the principle that guarantees Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy.
Beijing has recently imposed a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong to criminalise acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, following months of social unrest in the city.
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