Dominic Raab hints at imminent change to Hong Kong extradition deal | Politics News

The foreign secretary has given his strongest hint yet he may suspend the UK’s extradition treaty with Hong Kong, as relations with China sour.

Dominic Raab confirmed a review into the arrangement has been completed and he will be announcing an “update” to parliament on Monday.

He cautioned there wouldn’t be “business as usual” with the former British colony after the coronavirus pandemic ends.

TOPSHOT - Activists attend a protest in Hong Kong on April 28, 2019, against a controversial move by the government to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland. - Hong Kong's government has recently announced plans to overhaul its extradition rules, allowing the transfer of fugitives with Taiwan, Macau and mainland China on a "case-basis" for the first time. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)
China has imposed a controversial new national security law on Hong Kong

Extradition treaties are signed between countries to speed up the deportation of suspected criminals.

But after Beijing imposed a controversial new security law in Hong Kong, senior Tory MPs have called for it to be rescinded.

“We are all going to have to ask ourselves if we recognise the Chinese Communist Party’s definitions of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion, and share the interpretation of mainland judges,” the members of parliament’s Chinese Research Group wrote in a letter on Saturday.

The said countries including Canada, the US and Australia have already taken the step and others such as New Zealand are considering doing the same.

Mr Raab did not rule out the UK taking similar action when he spoke to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

“On Hong Kong, I’m going to go to the House of Commons tomorrow to make a further statement on the work we’ve been doing with our partners in government,” he said.

“I’ve said that we’d review a whole range of other considerations.

“One of the things that we reviewed is our extradition arrangements and I will be updating the House on the conclusion of that review, along with other things that we’ve been looking at, tomorrow.”

Protesters attend the annual pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong on July 1, 2019 on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. - The international financial hub has been shaken by historic demonstrations in the past three weeks, driven by demands for the withdrawal of a bill that would allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)
A pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong

Mr Raab said the UK does rely on China for issues requiring international cooperation like climate change.

But he added: “We have said there won’t be business as usual after COVID-19 and we are working with our international partners to get a proper independent review of what happened but we also want to make sure that we’re not slipping into some outdated dogmatic approach with China.”

It comes after relations with Beijing deteriorated with the news the UK will end the use of Huawei technology in its 5G network as soon as this year over security concerns.

Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK, said on Sunday it would be “totally wrong” for Britain now to impose sanctions on officials.

“If the UK goes that far to impose sanctions on any individuals in China, China will certainly make a resolute response to it,” he told the BBC.

“I think the UK should have its own independent foreign policy rather than dance to the tune of the Americans like what happened to Huawei.”

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