Previously, both Australia and Hong Kong could request the extradition of anyone wanted in their jurisdiction for prosecution or criminal punishment. This process has only taken place twice in the last ten years. Countries concerned about the law that strengthened the power of Beijing`s security forces in the former British colony have given a number of reactions. Last week, Canada suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, while the United Kingdom offers citizenship to three million Hong Kong residents. New Zealand said on Thursday it was reviewing its relations with the city, including delivery agreements, export controls for strategic goods and travel instructions. Australia is suspending its extradition agreement with Hong Kong and will grant five years of visas to qualified migrants in the city, with a means of permanent residence, following China`s adoption of wide-sea national security legislation for the financial centre. Canada announced last week that it was suspending its extradition agreement with Hong Kong as part of the legislation and would encourage immigration from the former British colony. Australia has suspended its extradition agreement with Hong Kong because of China`s new security law. The country updated the travel warning of its nationals in Hong Kong and asked them to “reconsider” their stay. The national security law came after months of protests in Hong Kong last year against a step toward legalizing the extradition of defendants to mainland China. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that the National Security Act was “a fundamental change in the circumstances of our extradition agreement with Hong Kong” and that Australia had formally communicated the decision to Hong Kong and the Chinese authorities. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new national security law, introduced last week in Hong Kong, was a fundamental change in circumstances and that Australia was suspending the extradition agreement. The change in extradition policy marks the latest in a long-running dispute between China and Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who said: “Our decision to suspend the extradition agreement with Hong Kong is an acknowledgement of the fundamental change in circumstances regarding Hong Kong as a result of the new security law.” 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.
SYDNEY – Australia is suspending its extradition contract with Hong Kong and giving the city`s residents a way to stay sustainable in response to China`s decision to introduce new national security laws, which should fuel tensions with Beijing. Australia on Thursday suspended its extradition agreement with Hong Kong over China`s controversial new national security law imposed on the region. “With every extradition agreement, there must be trust between the two legal systems,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a press conference in Canberra, the capital, as ABC News reported. New Zealand also announced on Thursday that it would review all of its “political attitudes regarding Hong Kong,” including extradition agreements, trade and travel. Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters that the new law – which came into force last week – marked a “fundamental change” that led Australia to suspend the agreement. Other Western governments have taken similar steps in response to the National Security Act. Canada also suspended its extradition agreement with Hong Kong. Britain has proposed allowing up to 3 million Hong Kongers to live in Britain for a long time if they are entitled to British national overseas passports.