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Britain Moves To Suspend Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong, Angering The Chicoms

Britain Moves To Suspend Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong, Angering The Chicoms
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The United Kingdom will be suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong over fears the agreement could be used to persecute refugees in Britain. Canada and Australia have done the same. An announcement is expected today from British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on the issue.

Beijing was not happy and threatened ‘retaliation’.

“It is a serious violation of China’s domestic affairs. We express strong condemnation and opposition,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin. “We call on the UK [United Kingdom] not to go further down the wrong path to avoid further damage to Sino-UK relations. China will take resolute countermeasures for moves that interfere in its domestic affairs.”

Wang also rejected remarks by British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on human rights in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, saying it was a smear against China.

The US was preparing a similar move last week, while New Zealand was reassessing the legal instrument as part of a “deliberate, considered review” of its relations with Hong Kong, reported SCMP.

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