New Zealand has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, citing concerns over the controversial national security law.
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said China’s passing of the security law “has eroded rule-of-law principles, undermined the ‘one country, two systems’ framework that underpins Hong Kong’s unique status, and gone against commitments China made to the international community.”
China is New Zealand’s largest trading partner, with annual two-way trade recently exceeding NZ$32 billion ($21 billion).
New Zealand’s ties with China have frayed recently after the pacific nation backed Taiwan’s participation at the World Health Organization (WHO).
Hongkong autonomy is in peril Many nation has asked its native to leave Hongkong asking its business giants to quit.
New Zealand 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 territory, 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