Chinese embassy criticises Germany's suspension of extradition treaty with Hong Kong

China's embassy said the suspension violated international law and the basic norms of international relations.
China's embassy said the suspension violated international law and the basic norms of international relations.PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN • China's embassy in Germany has condemned Berlin's suspension of its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, a move Germany said was a response to the postponement of an election in the Chinese city.

In a statement on its website, dated Friday, China's embassy said the suspension violated international law and the basic norms of international relations, and "grossly interferes with China's internal affairs".

The embassy expressed "strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition" to a German minister's remarks, and said that China "reserves the right to respond further", without elaborating.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Friday that Berlin will suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong, after the territory's leader Carrie Lam postponed a Sept 6 election for the city's legislature by a year.

"The Hong Kong government's decision to disqualify a dozen opposition candidates for the election and postpone the elections to the legislature is another infringement on the rights of the citizens of Hong Kong," Mr Maas said.

"We have repeatedly made our expectation clear that China lives up to its legal responsibilities under international law," he said, adding that these included ensuring rights under the Basic Law, as well as the right to free and fair elections.

New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Britain all suspended extradition treaties with Hong Kong last month.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 02, 2020, with the headline 'Chinese embassy criticises Germany's suspension of extradition treaty with HK'. Print Edition | Subscribe