China said Hong Kong would suspend extradition agreements with Britain, Canada and Australia after taking similar steps on the controversial new homeland security law. All extradition requests must be made diplomatically, with a handwritten request.  In addition to the application, foreign states must also include an arrest warrant, the evidence necessary to convict that person, as well as photos, fingerprints or other documents that could be used to verify the identity of these individuals. In cases of extradition for the purpose of carrying out a sentence as set out in the provision (2), foreign states must also provide a copy of the written judgment that that person has convicted.  In addition, all copies of the aforementioned materials must be accompanied by transliterations to Chinese. Updated information on travel to New Zealand indicated that the security law had resulted in an increased risk of arrest for activities such as demonstrations, with the possibility of being deported to mainland China to expect a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. China signed 59 extradition agreements with 25 countries following the recent signing of the treaty with Belgium and Cyprus at a meeting of the NPC Standing Committee. Canada and Australia said in early July that they were suspending their extradition agreements with Hong Kong. The UK announced its decision last week. Britain suspended its extradition treaty last week following actions by Australia and Canada and said the security law had “significantly changed key assumptions,” including a provision to try certain cases in mainland China.
In previous cases of Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, China responded by immediately suspending extradition agreements and “criminal justice cooperation agreements” between Hong Kong and its former partners. The U.S. action provoked a similar reaction: China also suspended the aforementioned agreements. “The suspension of New Zealand`s extradition agreement with Hong Kong is based on a misinterpretation of Hong Kong`s national security law and China reserves the right to continue to react,” Wang said. China has suspended Hong Kong`s extradition agreements with Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom as part of a “for Tat” initiative after china made similar decisions on its controversial new security law. This morning, New Zealand also suspended the extradition treaty with Hong Kong. China`s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that the Hong Kong government would suspend mutual assistance agreements in criminal matters, including extradition, with Britain, Canada and Australia. New Zealand`s relations with China recently broke down after the Pacific Nation supported Taiwan`s participation in the World Health Organization (WHO).