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Australia moves to suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong over the city's harsh new national security law

Added 07-09-20 12:14:02am EST - “Australian joins a growing list of countries to take action to protect Hong Kong residents in response to the new national security law.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Australia moves to suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong over the city's harsh new national security law”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Australia has taken steps to suspend its extradition with Hong Kong in light of a sweeping new national security law imposed on the city by China.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday local time that Australia has formally notified Hong Kong and Chinese authorities of its decision to suspend its extradition agreement with the city.

"Our government, together with other governments around the world, have been very consistent in expressing our concerns with the imposition of the national security law on Hong Kong and today we have agreed to announce that national security constitutes a fundamental change of circumstances in respect to our extradition agreement with Hong Kong," Morrison said during a press conference." "And so Australia today has taken steps to suspend our extradition agreement."

Morrison added that Australia will also extend visas for some Hong Kong residents by five years and will create a pathway to permanent residency for them after that period. 

In addition to suspending its extradition agreement with Hong Kong, the Australian government has also updated its travel advisory for Hong Kong in response to the legislation.

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