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Ottawa, Jul 4 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said July 3 during his news conference that Canada is suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong after studying responses to the new security law and also updating Canada's travel advisory for Hong Kong.
Justin Trudeau. Image credit: Facebook page
Canada will also treat sensitive goods being exported to Hong Kong as if they were being sent to mainland China.
"Effective immediately, Canada will not permit the export of sensitive military items to Hong Kong," Trudeau said in a news conference.
With the new security laws imposed by China on Hong Kong this week, Beijing has more power to police anti-government protests and other activities.
Canada is a firm believer in "one country, two systems", said Trudeau and added the new law is a threat to the "one country, two systems" philosophy that was supposed to last 50 years after Britain returned Hong Kong to China in 1997.
Canada's relationship with Hong Kong, including freer trade and travel than is allowed between Canada and mainland China, depends on that principle, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said in a separate statement.
"This process demonstrated disregard for Hong Kong's basic law and the high degree of autonomy promised for Hong Kong under the 'one country, two systems' framework," Champagne said.
"Hong Kong's role as a global hub was built on that foundation. Without it, Canada is forced to reassess existing agreements."
"We will continue to support the many connections between Canada and Hong Kong while also standing up for its people," Trudeau said.
About 300,000 Canadians live in Hong Kong.
"In the days and weeks to come, we're also looking at additional measures, including around immigration," Trudeau said.