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Australia ends Hong Kong extradition treaty, extends visas

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extended visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China’s imposition of a tough national security law...

7/9/2020 7:02:00 AM

Australia ’s prime minister says his country has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extended visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China ’s imposition of a tough national security law on the semi-autonomous territory.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extended visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China ’s imposition of a tough national security law...

July 9, 2020 GMTJournalists take picture and video over the water-filled barriers after an opening ceremony for China's new Office for Safeguarding National Security in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. China's new national security office in Hong Kong got off to an early start on Wednesday with an official opening amidst heavy police presence. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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Journalists take picture and video over the water-filled barriers after an opening ceremony for China's new Office for Safeguarding National Security in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. China's new national security office in Hong Kong got off to an early start on Wednesday with an official opening amidst heavy police presence. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extended visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China’s imposition of a tough national security law on the semi-autonomous territory, the prime minister said Thursday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a range of visas that will be extended from two to five years and offers of pathways to permanent residency visas. It is not clear how many Hong Kongers are expected to get the extensions.The move comes after China bypassed Hong Kong’s Legislative Council to impose the sweeping security legislation without public consultation. Critics view it as a further deterioration of freedoms promised to the former British colony.

ADVERTISEMENTThe national security law prohibits what Beijing views as secessionist, subversive or terrorist activities or as foreign intervention in Hong Kong affairs. Under the law, police now have sweeping powers to conduct searches without warrants and order internet service providers and platforms to remove messages deemed to be in violation of the legislation.

“Our government, together with other governments around the world, have been very consistent in expressing our concerns about the imposition of the national security law on Hong Kong,” Morrison told reporters.“That national security law constitutes a fundamental change of circumstances in respect to our extradition agreement with Hong Kong,” Morrison said.

Britain, too, is extending residency rights for up to 3 million Hong Kongers eligible for British National Overseas passports, allowing them to live and work in the U.K. for five years.Canada has suspected its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and is looking at other options including migration.

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In Australia, the most likely Hong Kongers to benefit from the new policies are the 10,000 already in the country on student and other temporary visas.Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said he expected the numbers of Kong Hongers who would come to Australia under the new arrangements would be “in the hundreds or low thousands.”

Australia last offered “safe haven” visas to Chinese after the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. More than 27,000 Chinese students in Australia at the time were allowed to stay permanently.China last week warned Australia against “interfering in China’s internal affairs with Hong Kong.”

Global Times, a Chinese Communist Party mouthpieces, this week warned that “no one should underestimate the repercussions to the Australian economy from a further deterioration of bilateral ties.”ADVERTISEMENT“If the Australian government chooses to continue to interfere in China’s internal affairs, it should be expected that the ‘safe haven’ offer will result in a huge negative impact on the Australian economy, making the issue much more serious than many people would have anticipated,” the newspaper said.

Australia had negotiated an extradition treaty with China, but shelved it in 2017 when it became clear that the Australian Senate would vote it down. The separate Hong Kong treaty has been in place since 1993. Read more: The Associated Press »

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Good for Australia for the Hong Kong people because they are under China thumb the Hong Kong people are talented people there entrepreneur they believe capitalismBetween Hong Kong and Ghana have The most middle-class then US combine Chinese mainlanders get more oppression, why does Australia cares about Hongkongers only? Give Chinese mainlanders the same treatment. No discrimination!

Great stuff. But can we just strengthen ties with other countries instead of poking china with a stick over and over before they declare war with us? Austrailia comes through big time here. Congrats on a beautiful gesture. Now to the next question....are you guys accepting Americans?(and one American Bulldog) I'd like to seek asylum due to a pisspoor government who has us drowning in Covid. I'm willing to quarantine 28 days.

Hong Kongers, what a absurd term you are using. When the red neck shouting at you and ask you to go back where you come from, it really doesn’t matter if you are from HK, Taiwan or Mainland. They just don’t give a damn. 🤷‍♀️ Why does Australia interfere in China's internal affairs? Why not spend your time rescuing animals?The incompetence of the Australian government, the forests are burning, the earth is crying and the animals are dying.The Australian government is disgusting

Nice Proud to be Australian today, as our Government swiftly executed this correct and necessary step. Some on the left caution about nationalistic culture wars but PRC deals no-questions death to dissidents. HongKong As a Hong Kong citizen, i really appreciate Morrison and AUS gov’s policies. This is the 1st step we made together to fight against evil Commie china ! Everyone should value freedom, democracy and HumanRights

MrJonCryer Well done Australia!! Its about time your prime minister has done something positive as he was pretty poor during the massive wild fires (away on his holidays) and also slow off the mark and somewhat in denial over Covid-19. manzhou19320301 good job MrJonCryer Yes...Scott Morrison is making 'all the right moves' with China, (yes being facetious), but I agree it's the correct course.

☑ If I go to China and start a business does a Chinese local still have to own 51% of it Do you think we should implement that in Australia so, it is the Australians who take the initiative to provoke and interfere with China👏 See? What in the hell can't the United States be like this? Oh wait, I know.. It's because we have a real bad cold. TrumpVirus

Right on, Australia (spacewise) is in better condition than UK to help the Hong Kongers. Too bad out president is an ass and won't do that. Nice move by our PM Very good Australians Hong Kong is the act of oppressing the freedoms of Hong Kong people, especially when it comes to establishing that she is the Hong Kong security room she created while she is now pursuing security laws in China.

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