The rope continues to tighten between China and the United Kingdom: due to the approval of the national security law for Hong Kong, London will announce on Monday the suspension of its extradition treaty with the former British colony, reported the local press.
According to “The Daily Telegraph”, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab is expected to announce the temporary suspension of the treaty in Parliament, as it is unlikely to be broken completely. According to sources, if China continues to fail to meet its international commitments it could be suspended altogether. Asked about this, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin urged the UK “not to go further down the wrong path”.
The announcement comes after Raab accused China of “serious and egregious human rights abuses” against the Uighur population on Sunday, and some sources say the UK is preparing to impose heavy sanctions on China. “It is clear that serious human rights abuses are occurring. We are working with our international partners on this. It’s very, very worrying,” said Raab, who said reports of forced sterilizations and concentration camps “remind us of something we haven’t seen in a long, long time.
The escalation of tension between London and Beijing has been increasing in recent weeks. On the one hand, because of friction over the repression in Hong Kong and the decision by the UK to increase the rights of the three million Hong Kong people holding British overseas passports so that they can even apply for British nationality if they want to flee the island, and on the other hand, following the ban on the telecommunications giant Huawei from supplying equipment for the 5G mobile network in the UK. “I think the UK should have its own independent foreign policy instead of dancing to the tune of the Americans, as happened with Huawei,” said Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK.