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Australia suspends extradition agreement with Hong Kong amid new law

Australia is suspending its extradition agreement with Hong Kong amid “concerns” about China’s imposition of the new national security law on the city, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced.

“The national security law constitutes a fundamental change of circumstances in respect to our extradition agreement with Hong Kong,’’ Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

Morrison said that Australia had “formally notified Hong Kong and advised the Chinese authorities’’ of the decision to suspend the extradition agreement.

The government has also updated its travel advice for Hong Kong.

Morrison also said Hong Kong residents, who fear persecution will be offered safe haven visas, and “a pathway to permanent residency’’ in Australia. (dpa/NAN)

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