WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand has actually suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other changes following China’s choice to pass a nationwide security law for the territory, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters stated on Tuesday.
” New Zealand can no longer trust that Hong Kong’s criminal justice system is sufficiently independent from China,” Peters said in a statement.
” If China in future programs adherence to the ‘one nation, two systems’ structure then we could reconsider this choice.”
Beijing enforced brand-new legislation on the former British nest earlier this month despite the demonstrations of Hong Kong citizens and Western countries, setting the monetary hub on a more authoritarian track.
Australia, Canada and Britain all suspended extradition treaties with Hong Kong previously this month. U.S. President Donald Trump has actually ended preferential financial treatment for Hong Kong.
Peters stated New Zealand will treat military and dual-use products and technology exports to Hong Kong in the very same way as it treats such exports to China as part of an evaluation of its total relationship with Hong Kong.
Travel advice has been updated to inform New Zealanders to the dangers presented by the new security law, he included.
In a website statement, the Chinese embassy in New Zealand called the decision an offense of international law and gross interference in China’s internal affairs.
” The Chinese side has actually lodged its grave concern and strong opposition,” an embassy agent stated in the declaration.
FILE PHOTO: New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters comes to a press conference after he attended an emergency situation meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey, March 22,2019 REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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China reserves the right to make a further action, stated Chinese foreign ministry representative Wang Wenbin at a daily press conference in Beijing on Tuesday.
China is New Zealand’s biggest trading partner, with annual two-way trade recently going beyond NZ$32 billion ($21 billion).
New Zealand’s ties with China have torn just recently after the Pacific country backed Taiwan’s involvement at the World Health Organization (WHO).
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