WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand has actually suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other modifications following China’s choice to pass a national security law for the area, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said 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’ framework then we might reassess this choice.”
Beijing imposed new legislation on the former British nest earlier this month in spite of the demonstrations of Hong Kong residents and Western nations, setting the monetary hub on a more authoritarian track.
Australia, Canada and Britain all suspended extradition treaties with Hong Kong earlier this month. U.S. President Donald Trump has actually ended preferential economic treatment for Hong Kong.
Peters stated New Zealand will treat military and dual-use items and technology exports to Hong Kong in the very same way as it deals with such exports to China as part of a review of its overall relationship with Hong Kong.
Travel recommendations has been updated to signal New Zealanders to the dangers presented by the brand-new security law, he added.
In a website declaration, the Chinese embassy in New Zealand called the decision a violation of worldwide law and gross disturbance in China’s internal affairs.
” The Chinese side has actually lodged its severe issue and strong opposition,” an embassy agent said in the statement.
FILE PICTURE: New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters comes to a news conference after he attended an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey, March 22,2019 REUTERS/Murad Sezer
China reserves the right to make a more reaction, said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin at an everyday news conference in Beijing on Tuesday.
China is New Zealand’s biggest trading partner, with yearly two-way trade recently going beyond NZ$32 billion ($21 billion).
New Zealand’s ties with China have frayed just recently after the Pacific country backed Taiwan’s involvement at the World Health Company (WHO).
Editing by Sam Holmes and Clarence Fernandez