Boris Johnson confirms HK extradition pact will be changed

Local | 20 Jul 2020 9:09 pm

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed the UK will change its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, but said the UK will take a "calibrated response" towards China.

He said the UK will not abandon its policy of engagement with China.

He pledged to be  "tough" on China, saying he has “serious concerns” about  human rights abuses of the Uighur Muslims and the national security law imposed on Hong Kong.

Johnson said the UK will strike a balance.

"I’m not going to be pushed into a position of becoming a knee-jerk Sinophobe on every issue, somebody who is automatically anti-China.

But we do have serious concerns. We have concerns about the treatment of the Uighur minority obviously, about the human rights abuses.

“We obviously have concerns about what’s happening in Hong Kong and you will be hearing a bit later on from the Foreign Secretary about how we are going to change our extradition arrangements to reflect our concerns about what’s happening with the security law in Hong Kong.”


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