Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that it was suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong as China implements new national security law last week in Hong Kong that was a fundamental change for the region.
Extradition is an act where one jurisdiction (in this case, country) delivers a person accused or convicted of committing a crime in another jurisdiction, over to their law enforcement. It is a cooperative law enforcement process between the two jurisdictions and depends on the arrangements made between them.
Australia also extending VISA support to Hong Kong citizens and students to attract people and businesses from the Asian financial hub.
“There will be citizens of Hong Kong who may be looking to move elsewhere, to start a new life somewhere else, to take their skills, their businesses,” Morrison said.
Morrison said Hong Kong students, graduates and workers in Australia on temporary visas will have the opportunity to stay and work for an extra five years and apply for permanent residency after that time.
There are currently 10,000 Hong Kong citizens are staying in Australia on student visas or temporary work visas.
In order to attract businesses from Hong Kong Morrison said, “If there are businesses that wish to relocate to Australia, creating jobs, bringing investment, creating opportunities for Australia then we will be very proactive in seeking to encourage that,”
The measures would be accommodated within Australia’s existing caps on permanent resident visas, and Hong Kong citizens could also apply to the humanitarian and refugee visa programme, he said.
The relationship between China and Australia is continuosly deteriorating in between last couple of months.
From seeking probe on Coronavirus spread to tightening Foreign investment to increasing tariffs, Australia continuosly taking stance against Communist Party of China.
New Zealand also reviewing its relations with Hong Kong and would include a review of the extradition arrangements, controls on exports of strategic goods and travel advice.
“New Zealand remains deeply concerned at the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong. We will continue to monitor the law’s impact on the people of Hong Kong, with whom we share close links,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters said.