China says it is suspending Hong Kong's extradition agreement with New Zealand

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks during a news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens Greece

China says it is suspending Hong Kong's extradition agreement with New Zealand

Condemning the delay in legislative elections in Hong Kong, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday said the only reason for the postponement is Beijing's fear that Chinese Communist Party candidates would be crushed.

On 28 July, the Council of the European Union adopted conclusions expressing its deep concern and reaffirming EU support for Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy, in accordance with the "one country, two systems" principle, as well as the EU's solidarity with Hong Kong's population. For the seven days ending August 3, there were a total of 811 new cases recorded.

The territory's government denied the claims, saying virus testing would only be conducted in the city and samples would not be transported to the mainland.

The Chinese Embassy said the actions were justified and consistent with the "one country, two systems" framework under which Hong Kong, a former British colony, was handed over to Chinese control in 1997.

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One of them, Samuel Chu, head of the Washington-based Hong Kong Democracy Council, wrote on Twitter that he has been a U.S. citizen for 25 years.

The body of lawyers said there were "serious doubts about the legal and evidential basis of the government's decision".

"When violence swept across through Hong Kong [last year], many residents choked with silent fury".

The association has also questioned why the election was postponed for a year, instead of weeks or months. On Twitter, he added "if he is targeted, any American who speaks out for Hong Kong can and will be too".

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According to the Herald, the adverts, which have been appearing regularly in the Christchurch Star, push the Chinese regime's stance on a range of issues including COVID-19 and the recent persecution of Uyghur Muslims in China's Xinjiang area. Lam's government also disqualified Joshua Wong, iconic figure from the 2014 Umbrella Movement.

The government said it was a necessary move amid the rise in infections but the opposition has accused it of using Covid-19 as a pretext to stop people from voting.

The spokesman stressed that the HKSAR government will as always uphold the principle of mutual assistance and reciprocity, and carry out law enforcement cooperation with other members of the global community in accordance with the law.

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