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Chinese FM Spokesperson:Hong Kong SAR will suspend agreements on surrendering fugitive offenders with Canada, Australia and the UK

2020-07-29

At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on July 28, Spokesperson Wang Wenbin announced China’s decision that the Hong Kong SAR will suspend its agreements on surrendering fugitive offenders with Canada, Australia and the UK. The full text of his announcement is as follows:

Lately, Canada, Australia and the UK, citing the Law on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong SAR as an excuse, unilaterally suspended extradition agreements with the HKSAR. Such actions constitute gross interference in China's internal affairs and grave violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations. China firmly opposes that.

Under the framework of these agreements, the Hong Kong SAR, with the Central Government's assistance and mandate and in accordance with the Basic Law, has offered assistance to the Canadian, Australian and British sides. By wrongfully politicizing judicial cooperation with Hong Kong, the three countries have seriously damaged the foundation for such cooperation and deviated from its purpose of upholding justice and rule of law. Therefore, China has decided that the Hong Kong SAR will suspend its agreements on surrendering fugitive offenders with Canada, Australia and the UK. At the same time, China has decided that the Hong Kong SAR will suspend its agreements on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters with Canada, Australia and the UK.

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