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Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C), Secretary of Justice Teresa Cheng (L) and Secretary for Security John Lee (R), hold copies of the new national security legislature at a press conference in Hong Kong, China, 01 July 2020. EPA/JEROME FAVRE/CP

by Nandika Ravi

In July, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the immediate suspension of the extradition treaty with Hong Kong. This was in response to China’s implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Act.

“Effective immediately, Canada will not permit the export of sensitive military items to Hong Kong,” Trudeau said in a news conference. China imposed stringent controls on Hong Kong, meant to give Beijing more power to monitor anti-government protests and other activities, which Beijing considers the work of intimidating foreign countries.

Prime Minister Trudeau first announced the relevant decision, stating that the Hong Kong National Security Law violates the “one country, two systems system,” and Canada needs to reassess the existing arrangements for Hong Kong with its allies.

The Prime Minister reiterated that Canada will continue to support other ties with Hong Kong and its people.

Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the same statement, expressing serious concerns about the passage of the  National Security Law. The Ministry web site also raised travel warnings to Hong Kong, stating that after the passage of the National Security Law, Canadians in Hong Kong may be involved in violations of national security, increasing the risk of being detained and possibly extradited to mainland China.