France: We will not ratify extradition treaty with Hong Kong

Above, customers browse in a bookstore in Hong Kong that stocks books with sensitive political titles that could potentially contravene the new national security law. (AFP)
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Updated 04 August 2020

France: We will not ratify extradition treaty with Hong Kong

  • ‘In view of the latest developments, France will not proceed as it stands with the ratification of the extradition agreement’

PARIS: France said on Monday it would not ratify a 2017 extradition treaty with Hong Kong after China introduced a controversial national security law for the global financial hub.
“In view of the latest developments, France will not proceed as it stands with the ratification of the extradition agreement signed on May 4, 2017 between France and the Hong Kong Special Administrative region,” a French Foreign Ministry statement said.
It said the national security law for Hong Kong was “a change that compromises the inherited framework of the 1997 handover” to China from British rule, and also challenged the “one country, two systems” principle, respect for Hong Kong’s “high degree of autonomy” and “related fundamental freedoms.”
China rejected France’s interpretation.
“Not only does the national security law for Hong Kong follow the principle of ‘one country, two systems’, it furthers ensure this principle can be sustained in a stable manner,” Wang Wenbin, a foreign ministry spokesman, told a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday.
New Zealand, Canada, Britain, Australia and Germany have already suspended extradition treaties with Hong Kong since the security law was introduced in June.


Czech Republic reports 2,309 new coronavirus cases in slight dip

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Czech Republic reports 2,309 new coronavirus cases in slight dip

  • In the past two weeks, Czech infections have been rising at the second fastest rate in Europe

PRAGUE: The Czech Republic recorded 2,309 new infections in its third highest daily rise since the coronavirus pandemic began, but the figure was down slightly from 2,392 the previous day, health ministry data showed on Thursday.
In the past two weeks, Czech infections have been rising at the second fastest rate in Europe, for a tally of 55,464 cases since the first infections were detected in March.
Authorities have reinstated some measures to rein in the virus, such as mask-wearing and, from Thursday, stricter limits on opening hours for bars.