The UK suspended the extradition agreement with Hong Kong because of the Hong Kong national security law, which was adopted in China.
This was stated by the head of the British foreign office Dominic Raab in the house of Commons of Parliament, the BBC reports.
According to RAB, the agreement will be suspended until official London is sure that the law on the national security of Hong Kong will not be abused in relation to persons who are extradited from the UK to Hong Kong. The Foreign Minister stressed that China is violating its international obligations by imposing a new national security law on Hong Kong.
In response, China accused the UK of interfering in the country's internal Affairs and said that they comply with all the rules of international law.
The extradition agreement between the UK and Hong Kong has been in force for more than 30 years. According to it, if a Hong Kong resident is suspected of violating the law on British territory, the UK can request his extradition and Vice versa.
Before that, the same decisions were made by Canada and Australia. The United States and the European Union are also considering suspending extradition treaties.
On July 15, US President Donald Trump signed a law on sanctions against individuals, organizations, and companies that assist China in restricting the autonomy of Hong Kong.