New Zealand Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong, Slams China-Imposed New National Security LawNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (Wikimedia Commons)

New Zealand has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, as the new national security law imposed by China in the city was not consistent with the country's "principles", Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday (28 July).

Addressing the media in the city of Wellington, Ardern said those principals are "basic freedom of association and the right to take a political view", reports The New Zealand Herald newspaper.

When asked if New Zealand should expect repercussions from China, Ardern said the two countries have a "mature" relationship.

"There have been occasions where we have taken different positions (with China) - this obviously will be one of them.

"We have been very consistent, we will be open where there are areas we have to adjust our position," she added.

Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said New Zealand could no longer trust that Hong Kong's criminal justice system was independent from China.

"China's passage of its new national security legislation 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.

"In light of this, it is important that New Zealand responds proportionately and deliberately to the passage of the national security law.

"As part of that response, Cabinet has decided to suspend New Zealand's extradition treaty with Hong Kong," he was quoted as saying by The New Zealand Herald newspaper.

New Zealand's decision follows similar moves by Australia, Canada and the UK against Hong Kong due to the law, that targets acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, with punishments of up to life in prison for the most serious offences, which came into effect on 2 July.

Responding to Ardern's announcement, Beijing accused New Zealand of "gross interference in China's internal affairs".

Ambassador Wu Xi said, "The New Zealand government's decision is a serious violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations."

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber