New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong in light of national security law

New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong in light of national security law

  • Country will also treat military and dual-use goods and technology exports to city in same way it treats those exports to China
  • In response, China said New Zealand’s move is a ‘gross interference in China’s internal affairs’

New Zealand has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other changes following China’s decision to pass a national security law for the city, 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 shows adherence to the ‘one country, two systems’ framework then we could reconsider this decision.”

Beijing imposed new legislation on the former British colony earlier this month despite the protests of Hong Kong residents and Western nations, setting the financial hub on a more authoritarian track.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Chinese embassy in New Zealand called the decision a “serious violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations”.

“It is a gross interference in China’s internal affairs. The Chinese side has lodged its grave concern and strong opposition,” a spokesperson said in a statement.