On Monday, in a significant development, reports from the Daily Telegraph and the Times stated, Britain will be suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong today following forceful introduction of China’s national security law in the former British colony.
Accusing China of gross human rights violations, the reports said, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will announce the suspension of the treaty in parliament.
Britain’s Foreign Office declined to comment.
“We want to work with China and we always will want to work with China – it’s an important player on the world stage. But we must always, and will always, speak out where we think they’re doing things that are wrong,” said British Education Minister Gavin Williamson.
London has been especially dismayed by Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong, its handling of the Wuhan coronavirus and that it tried to hide and not tell the whole truth over the coronavirus pandemic which has not only ravaged global economies but has killed hundreds of thousands of people.
According to Britain, China;s new security law in Hong Kong is a contravention against the pillars of Hong Kong’s freedom of speech, thought and action as well as the independence of its judiciary; these have been the foundation which had helped Hong Kong become one of the world’s most important trade and financial centers since 1997.