China is once again issuing a warning to Canada after Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland put out a statement outlining concerns over Beijing’s planned extradition law.
Violent protests in Hong Kong this week are in opposition to a government-sponsored bill that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China to face charges.
If approved, the legislation would cover Hong Kong residents and foreign and Chinese nationals living or travelling through the city, sparking concerns it may threaten the rule of law that underpins Hong Kong’s international financial status.
Canada remains concerned about the potential effect these proposals may have on the large number of Canadian citizens in Hong Kong, on business confidence and on Hong Kong’s international reputation,” said Freeland in a written statement Wednesday.
“Freedom of expression and assembly are the bedrock of Hong Kong’s free society. It is vital that any legislation preserve Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, rule of law and independent judiciary.”
A few hours later, the Chinese Embassy in Canada put out its own statement.