Canada is the First Country to Break Treaty With Hong Kong

Mish

Hong Kong has extradition pacts with 30 countries including the US, EU, and Australia. Canada is no longer in the group.

Rising Tensions Over Crackdown

Tensions between Canada and China reached a breaking point over China's Crackdown on Hong Kong Dissidents.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is required by law to deliver an annual opinion on Hong Kong’s autonomy, told Congress that “no reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China.” 

Canada Suspends Extradition Treaty

Today Canada's Primer Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada will Will Suspend its Extradition Treaty with Hong Kong along with other measures. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is suspending Canada’s extradition treaty with Hong Kong, making it the first country to break law enforcement links with the former British colony since China tightened its control over the territory.

Steps will include a ban on the export of sensitive military equipment to Hong Kong and a new travel advisory warning of the impacts of new security legislation. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a landmark national security law for Hong Kong earlier this week, a sweeping attempt to quell dissent that drew fresh retaliation and condemnation from around the world. On Friday, Hong Kong filed its first charges under the new law while declaring illegal a key slogan chanted by hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters over months of rallies.

The move by Trudeau will only heighten tensions between the two countries after the arrest of Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver in 2018. Beijing subsequently arrested two Canadians and charged them with espionage in June.

U.K. Offers Home to Hong Kong Citizens

On July 1, U.K. Offers Home to Hong Kong Citizens After China Crackdown.

Boris Johnson’s government will allow almost 3 million Hong Kong citizens to move to the U.K., risking a further escalation of tensions with China after it enforced a sweeping security law on the former British colony.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday, the British prime minister said the new legislation contravenes the 1984 treaty between London and Beijing, which set out the “one country, two systems” approach to protect Hong Kong’s autonomy when it returned to Chinese control in 1997.

Under the U.K. plan, the status of British National (Overseas) passport holders will be upgraded to offer them a path to U.K. citizenship. BNO passports are held by 350,000 people in Hong Kong, with a further 2.5 million eligible for them. China accused the U.K. of meddling in its internal affairs after the proposal was first put forward in May.

Johnson said he’d made clear “that if China continued down this path, we would introduce a new route for those with British National Overseas status to enter the U.K., granting them limited leave to remain, with the ability to live and work in the U.K. and thereafter to apply for citizenship -- and that is is precisely what we will do now.”

Hong Kong Activist Nathan Law Flees 

On July 2, NPR reported Hong Kong Activist Nathan Law Says He Has Fled Abroad Amid Beijing-Backed Crackdown.

Prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Nathan Law says he has fled the city following the enactment of a new Beijing-sponsored crackdown on free expression, telling NPR that the new national security legislation amounts to a "complete destruction" of Hong Kong's autonomy.

Hours after testifying online to a U.S. congressional hearing about the new law — which comes after a year of anti-Beijing protests and is aimed at punishing acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion — Law announced in a Facebook post late Wednesday that he had fled.

"Hi this is Nathan. I have already left Hong Kong and continue the advocacy work on the international level. Based on risk assessment, I shall not reveal too much about my personal whereabouts and situation now," he said, according to a translation published in the South China Morning Post.

"I think we need to understand that the national security law is tailor-made to target any person" advocating for Hong Kong, Law told NPR from an undisclosed location.

US Cancels Defense Exports to Hong Kong 

On June 29, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced U.S. Government Ending Controlled Defense Exports to Hong Kong.

The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to eviscerate Hong Kong’s freedoms has forced the Trump Administration to re-evaluate its policies toward the territory. As Beijing moves forward with passing the national security law, the United States will today end exports of U.S.-origin defense equipment and will take steps toward imposing the same restrictions on U.S. defense and dual-use technologies to Hong Kong as it does for China.

The United States is forced to take this action to protect U.S. national security. We can no longer distinguish between the export of controlled items to Hong Kong or to mainland China. We cannot risk these items falling into the hands of the People’s Liberation Army, whose primary purpose is to uphold the dictatorship of the CCP by any means necessary.

It gives us no pleasure to take this action, which is a direct consequence of Beijing’s decision to violate its own commitments under the U.N.-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration. Our actions target the regime, not the Chinese people. But given Beijing now treats Hong Kong as “One Country, One System,” so must we. The United States is reviewing other authorities and will take additional measures to reflect the reality on the ground in Hong Kong.

Global Tensions With China On the Rise

1984 treaty between London and Beijing is the controlling factor. China broke that treaty with the UK as Boris Johnson and others have noted.

The US, Canada, and the UK have now all taken actions against China.

Those actions are reasonable and measured in these eyes. But the casualty will be global trade.

Mish

Comments (21)
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JanNL
JanNL

Marc Faber dropped a few notches in my esteem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRk91byFBQY

Stuki
Stuki

What "Canada"/"We" should do, is specifically to sell defense equipment to the people of Hong Kong should they feel they need it.

The one and only thing the US has done right militarily for the past century of harebrained attempts to pretend they are protecting the world from communism, is to sell defense kit to people; specifically to the Afghan Mujaheddin. Freedom works. It's the, any, curtailment of it, which doesn't.

As for Hong Kong, they're China now. I'm sure Beijing will provide the place with some special privileges, to ensure CCP higher ups have a convenient place where they can get away with things regular Chinese can't, like easier access to hookers and blow from abroad with less scrutiny.

And, as is the case in every other dystopia, the government will prop up some half literate "property owners/tycoons" and financial "industry" half literates, by way of robbing Hong Kongers. But that's no different from any other financialized dystopia, from the US to Europe to Russia. Unsurprisingly, since there's not a lick of difference between any of them in any other way, either.

Augustthegreat
Augustthegreat

“We lied, we cheated, and we stole, and that’s the glory of american experiments!” This defines the character of Pompeo. Funny that you cite Pompeo as if he has any moral authority.

When you discuss a political issue, shouldn’t you bring up the points of view from the other sides too?

You seem to not know that Hongkong is now part of China. Hk has become a tool of the USA to strangle China. American politicians like Pelosi and Pompeo called the Hk riotings where ordinary people were burned to death “beautiful sights”. Hk legislature had 23 years to draft its security laws but failed to do so, so the central government can no longer watch the escalating riotings funded by the foreign governments, including the USA and UK.

Btw which country does not have its national security laws?

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

Look at what the CCP is doing in the round - Tibet, Indian border, threat towards Taiwan, Hong Kong, treatment of Uighurs etc.

Anda
Anda

From where I am looking Hong Kong represented a locus of understanding, or a litmus of it, between the west and China. It also acted as a buffer, because there were and are clear costs via Hong Kong for any side if disputes escalated. Now Hong Kong is de facto Chinese run, that buffer is gone along with various shared interests.

The UK by no means was perfect in its running of Hong Kong, nor in the way it disengaged from certain responsibilities as it was returned to China. It actually went out of its way to limit UK citizenship for Hong Kongers for example, as far as asking Portugal to also limit access to the Macanese . However there was oversight and participation written into the treaties with China, and those were clearly considered as weight enough to compensate the responsibility of returning Hong Kong to China. China has openly previously unilaterally stated they are void, and Hong Kongers are seeing a programmed demographic shift of mainlanders overtaking the character of the territory, not to mention mainland legislative creep.

I expect many Hong Kongers will leave now, particularly the younger generation, that is a shame. Also investment and ties with Hong Kong will be undone. There are also western elements that actually work with China on this, that think this is the right way. They range from pro China marxists right through to some who are empire minded looking to gain or maintain some influence, that actually are cutting deals with China, or stand to benefit from being on the right side of the China re. Hong Kong. The locals are caught up in the middle , as usually happens.

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

China uses force to acquire even more intellectual property. HK has some very good engineers. The UK's offer of citizenship is designed to move those highly technical people away from use by the Red Army. After WW2, the Allies did the same with Germany scientists/engineers so the Russians couldn't have them.

Maximus_Minimus
Maximus_Minimus

"Steps will include a ban on the export of sensitive military equipment to Hong Kong."
LOL. In retaliation, China suspends shipment of merchandise to Wall Mart and Amazon.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Canada ? Seriously ? I'm sure the people of HK are thrilled the country that gave up on them first was Canada. Silly. Canada must have have had a deal with the Chinese government in exchange for extraditing the Huawei CFO to the United States.

Webej
Webej

It's always action-reaction. The tactics the US etc have used abroad using NGO's and other forms of fomenting political chaos through civil unrest have caused many countries (esp. Russia and China) to adopt legislation to ban such interventions in the political process. People seem to quickly forget that this new security law is the answer to blatant interference in the political process on the part of the West, a reaction, not a spontaneous initiative. Ah, well played. It's almost as if geopolitical posturing were more important than the actual lives of the people of Hong Kong.

The degree to which the "democracy" protestors have embraced the support of foreign "enemies" was a tactical disaster, disastrously overplaying their hand and discrediting their cause.

lasttwo
lasttwo

a muddled message from the WH how can that be?

rjornd
rjornd

Wasn't there a scenario in the olden days of computer-based warfare strategies where WW3 was actually fought with the Chinese? It seems they're the bully of the playground these days and everyone has a bone of some sort to pick with him.


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