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09 July 2020

National security law: Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty

Australia has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in response to fears over a new national security law imposed by China.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new law undermined Hong Kong’s own basic law and the territory’s current level of autonomy from Beijing.

Australia also offered to extend visas by five years for Hong Kong residents currently in the country.

This would enable a pathway to permanent residency for up to ten thousand people working and studying in Australia, Mr. Morrison said.

Canada and the UK have also recently suspended extradition agreements.

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