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Al Jazeera 9 Jul 2020

Australia steps up Hong Kong action in wake of China security law

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Diplomatic tensions between Australia and China are escalating after Canberra suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong.
The decision comes in the wake of Beijing imposing a controversial new security law on the territory.
Australia is also extending visas for Hong Kong students and workers - a move that has angered its biggest trade partner.
Al Jazeera's Nicola Gage reports from Sydney, Australia.


The UK has suspended an extradition treaty with Hong Kong following the imposition of controversial new security laws on the territory by China.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced the "necessary and proportionate" measure in a statement to the House of Commons on Monday.

The UK will also extend to Hong Kong the arms embargo it has applied to mainland China since 1989, Mr Raab said.
There's been a sharp rise in diplomatic tension between China and the UK, following a warning from Beijing that it won't tolerate any interference in the affairs of Hong Kong.

Boris Johnson has offered a path to British citizenship for up to 3 million Hong Kong residents, following the imposition by China of new security laws.

China says the British offer amounts to "gross interference" and has warned the UK not to treat China as an enemy.

The UK argues that China has gone back on the agreement signed in 1997, which offered certain freedoms to Hong Kong people for 50 years.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Diplomatic Correspondent James Robbins.
Protesters were arrested by riot police the day after contentious security legislation was passed by Beijing and on the 23rd anniversary of the territory's handover to China.
ABC's Ian Pannell reports on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and a Beijing security bill that threatens Hong Kong's autonomy.

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