New Zealand suspended the extradition treaty concluded with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and joined the countries that rejected the new national security law passed by the CCP to suppress Hong Kong’s autonomy.
“New Zealand can no longer be confident that Hong Kong’s criminal justice system is sufficiently independent of China,” declared New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters on July 28.
However, Peters leaves the door open for New Zealand to reconsider its decision should the CCP adhere to the legal framework and the promise of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ for Hong Kong. The CCP committed to honoring one country two systems in signing an international treaty, which it violated by issuing the controversial law.
Likewise, New Zealand suspended the privileges it granted the city regarding exports of military and dual-use goods and technology, making these transactions now subject to the same rules that apply to mainland China.
According to its response, the CCP considers that New Zealand’s action constitutes “serious interference in China’s internal affairs.”
The international treaty signed by the CCP gave Hong Kong significant autonomy and other fundamental rights that the CCP denies to the rest of China’s inhabitants.
New Zealand joins in solidarity with the five eyes intelligence-sharing alliance with this action. The United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada have also suspended extradition treaties with the CCP.
As a measure of support for the Hong Kong people, President Donald Trump terminated the preferential economic treatment that the Unites States had established with Hong Kong.
The voluminous trade between New Zealand and the Chinese Communist Party, valued at $21 billion annually, did not prevent it from holding fast to its convictions.
“We have a mature relationship with China,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She added, “There have been times when we have taken different positions. This will obviously be one of them.”
Countries such as the UK have taken other measures to protect Hong Kongers traveling in their territory, thus avoiding the restrictions implied by the new legislation imposed by the CCP.
Hong Kong was a UK colony, which granted the city’s inhabitants democratic autonomy before ceding the territory to the CCP in a signed international treaty that it was obliged to respect. It did not comply.
The new law imposed by the CCP in Hong Kong punishes the crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces with penalties that could go up to life imprisonment, described ABC News Australia.
The Chinese Communist Party is extending the application of this controversial law globally, which means that if, for example, a journalist writes something that the CCP believes incites hatred against its system, he or she would be breaking its law.
Even asking foreign countries to sanction or take any action against Hong Kong or the CCP could be considered as collusion with foreign forces, which would also result in punishment, according to the new law.