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China to ‘fight back’ as UK suspends Hong Kong extradition deal

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China to ‘fight back’ as UK suspends Hong Kong extradition deal

Embassy spokesman accuses UK gov’t of ‘interference’ over move that followed imposition of security law in Hong Kong.

 

A Chinese Navy soldier stands guard outside China's Stonecutters Island naval base in Hong Kong [File: Tyrone Siu/Reuters]
A Chinese Navy soldier stands guard outside China’s Stonecutters Island naval base in Hong Kong [File: Tyrone Siu/Reuters]

China on Tuesday accused the United Kingdom of interfering in its internal affairs and said it would “fight back” after Britain announced it would suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong as a result of China’s decision to impose a national security law on the territory.

An unnamed spokesman at the Chinese Embassy in London claimed the UK had repeatedly violated international law and the basic norms of international relations.

“The UK will bear the consequences if it insists on going down the wrong road,” the spokesman said, according to the statement that was published on the embassy’s website.

The UK announced on Monday its plan to suspend its extradition treaty with the former British colony.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told parliament the move would be effective immediately and that an arms embargo would also be extended to Hong Kong.

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