Australia: PM Morrison suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty and extends visas

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced in Canberra on Thursday that Australia will be suspending its extradition agreement with Hong Kong amid the new national security law imposed by China, and extending visas for skilled and graduate visa holders by five years. «The national security law constitutes a fundamental change of circumstances in respect to our extradition agreement with Hong Kong,» Morrison said. «Our travel advice for Hong Kong has been updated, and we'd encourage Australians to refer to that travel advice,» he added. Morrison went on to say that Australia's visa extension for people from Hong Kong who are already in the country would allow them to stay for an additional five years and «open a path to permanent residency.» «Australia has always been a very welcoming country to such people from all around the world, and our immigration system is the best in the world.» Earlier on July 3, Canada also announced the suspension of its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and the UK government said it plans to reconsider its agreement with the former British colony in the wake of the controversial legislation.

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