Hong Kong Officials Disappointed at Canada's Move to Suspend Extradition Pact

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Anti-national security regulation protesters throw mock paper cash throughout a march against national security regulation on the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China July 1, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/Files

Senior officers in Hong Kong mentioned on Saturday they have been “very upset” at Canada’s choice to droop its extradition treaty with the Chinese-ruled city and again slammed Washington for “interfering” in its affairs.

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Beijing imposed a new national security regulation this week on the earlier British colony, regardless of protests from Hong Kong residents and Western nations, setting China’s freest city and a prime monetary hub on a more authoritarian observe.

“The Canadian govt wants to clarify to the rule of regulation, and clarify to the world, why it permits fugitives to not bear their legitimate duties,” Hong Kong’s security chief, John Lee, informed a radio programme on Saturday.

Lee was very upset and strongly opposed Canada’s move, he added, because it let politics override the rule of regulation.

The feedback adopted Canada’s assertion on Friday that it was suspending the treaty with Hong Kong in the wake of the new regulation and will increase immigration from town.

Canada would also bar the export of delicate army article to Hong Kong, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau informed reporters.

On Saturday’s programme, Hong Kong Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng mentioned she was upset and expressed excessive remorse over Canada’s move, including that she thought it may in all probability violate international regulation.

On Friday, a Hong Kong govt spokesman described as “completely unacceptable” a invoice passed by the U.S. Senate to penalize banks doing enterprise with Chinese officers who implement the new regulation.

“We reiterate that any ‘sanctions’ imposed under the act is not going to create an obligation for monetary establishments under Hong Kong regulation,” the spokesman mentioned in an announcement.

He urged the United States to instantly cease interfering in Hong Kong’s inside issues, including that Beijing, in addition to town’s govt, may take counter-measures when wanted.


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