China condemns France's decision of halting ratification extradition treaty with Hong Kong

WION Web Team Beijing, China Aug 04, 2020, 02.59 PM(IST)

Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron Photograph:( Reuters )

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France said on Monday it would not ratify a 2017 extradition treaty with Hong Kong after China introduced a controversial national security law for the global financial hub.

Chinese foreign ministry criticized France on Tuesday after Paris announced the suspension of extradition treaty with Hong Kong.

"The erroneous remarks and actions concerning Hong Kong made by France are interfering with China's internal affairs. China firmly opposes to this," said Wang Wenbin, the spokesman of Chinese foreign ministry in a daily news briefing.

France said on Monday it would not ratify a 2017 extradition treaty with Hong Kong after China introduced a controversial national security law for the global financial hub.

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"In view of the latest developments, France will not proceed as it stands with the ratification of the extradition agreement signed on May 4, 2017 between France and the Hong Kong Special Administrative region," a French Foreign Ministry statement said.

It said the national security law for Hong Kong was "a change that compromises the inherited framework of the 1997 handover" to China from British rule, and also challenged the “one country, two systems” principle, respect for Hong Kong’s “high degree of autonomy” and "related fundamental freedoms".

New Zealand, Canada, Britain, Australia and Germany have already suspended extradition treaties with Hong Kong since the security law was introduced in June.