China`s Foreign Ministry said that in response, Hong Kong would also suspend its extradition agreement with the United States. “Hong Kong is a subject that will help us for a while and in a frustrating way,” he said. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday suspended or denounced three bilateral agreements with Hong Kong on extradition and tax exemptions. The agreement, signed in 1997 before the United Kingdom returned Hong Kong to China, established that the governments of the United States and Hong Kong would assist each other in criminal cases such as the transfer of persons in detention or the confiscation of proceeds of crime. The government stated that the bilateral agreements were not preferential treatment in Hong Kong, but had been negotiated in good faith to benefit both parties. Following in the footsteps of Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, the United States submitted its extradition agreement with Hong Kong on Wednesday as well as a bilateral agreement on the revenues of international ships. On Wednesday, the United States suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, making it the youngest country to do so after Canada, Australia and Britain suspended such agreements. The United States has also established an agreement with Hong Kong on reciprocal tax exemptions on revenues from international maritime operations. The United States on Wednesday suspended or denounced three bilateral agreements with Hong Kong on extradition and tax exemptions, after China passed a controversial national security law in the Asian mall to limit democratic autonomy and freedoms.
The legislation punishes from life imprisonment anything China considers secession, subversion, terrorism or collusion with foreign forces, and has drawn criticism from Western countries who fear that the law will end the freedoms promised when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997. Beijing called on the United States to “immediately correct its mistakes” after denouncing bilateral agreements with Hong Kong. Trump said he wanted to punish China for what he called “oppressive actions” against the city. Last month, President Donald Trump also ended Hong Kong`s preferential trade and diplomatic status with the United States. President Donald Trump had already found that Hong Kong was no longer eligible for further preferential treatment from the United States. The three agreements cover the surrender of refugees, transfers and convicted prisoners, as well as mutual exemptions from income from international shipping. Other nations, such as Britain, Germany and Australia, have also suspended extradition agreements in recent weeks. In response to Washington`s decision to terminate the agreements, China`s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that Hong Kong would suspend a mutual legal aid agreement with the United States. The president announced the new agreement on August 13. It was not immediately known which agreements had been suspended and formally terminated, although other Western nations, which took similar measures, suspended their extradition agreements with Hong Kong. The United States has terminated its extradition agreement with Hong Kong, the latest step in putting pressure on Beijing after the imposition of a controversial national security law on the former British territory.
“China is asking the United States to immediately correct its mistakes,” State Department spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a news conference announcing the suspension of the mutual legal aid agreement. The end of the agreements follows US President Donald Trump`s order last month to end Hong Kong`s special status under U.S. law to punish China for what he called “oppressive actions” against the former British colony.