On Tuesday, New Zealand has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong by following the leads of its intelligence allies.
New Zealand has taken this step in the response to China passing an extensive new security law for the semi-autonomous territory (uncontrolled territory).
After the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK, New Zealand has finally announced the suspension of this treaty. These five countries are the member “Five-eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance. World Nature Conservation Day Significance
Currently, China is the largest trading partner of New Zealand. China has previously tried to evade the political dispute before. Every year, China trades billion dollars deals with New Zealand in exchange for their agriculture goods, its milk powder that China uses in the baby food formula.
According to New Zealand, foreign minister, Winston Peters New Zealand has to take such measures because China has gone against its commitment that they made in the international community.
Winston Peters further added, “New Zealand can no longer trust that Hong Kong’s criminal justice system is sufficiently independent of China”.
He also said, from now on New Zealand is going to handle Hong Kong Military and technology export in the same way as they do with China. Also, Kiwi has also updated its travel guidelines for the New Zealanders who are going to Hong Kong.
Peters also stated, “New Zealand remains deeply concerned at the imposition of this legislation, and we will continue to monitor the situation in Hong Kong as the law is applied” and “As a result, the review of our cooperation settings with Hong Kong will be ongoing”.
In his defense, China said, it was necessary to implement this law in order to fight against terrorism and separatism. And also, block the Chinese state power so they can’t create their base in Hong Kong.
On Tuesday, Wu Xi, the ambassador of the Chinese embassy in Wellington, New Zealand still due to a response to New Zealand’s action. When New Zealand was preparing for such action earlier this month, the embassy appealed to the nation “stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs, and refrain from going any further down the wrong path”.