New Zealand reviews ties with HK

Local | 9 Jul 2020 1:10 pm

New Zealand said it was reviewing settings of its relationship with Hong Kong, which would include extradition arrangements, controls on exports of strategic goods and travel advice.

The foreign ministers of Five Eyes security alliance countries – which includes New Zealand, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada – held a conference call on Wednesday to discuss the national security law that has threatened democracy in Hong Kong.

"China's decision to pass a new national security law for Hong Kong has fundamentally changed the environment for international engagement there," Foreign Minister Winston Peters said in a statement.
The announcement comes shortly after neighboring Australia suspended an extradition agreement with Hong Kong.

Peters is also New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First Leader.

Following a recent hospital visit, Peters, 75, is due to have a post-operative period of recuperation at home, a statement said.-Reuters/local media reports


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