LONDON—Britain will on Monday suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in a further escalation of its dispute with China over the introduction of a security law in the former colony, The Times reported.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who on Sunday accused China of “gross” human rights violations, will announce the suspension of the treaty in parliament, the Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers said, citing sources.
Britains foreign office declined to comment.
Such a move would be another nail in the coffin of what former Prime Minister David Cameron has cast as a “golden era” of ties with the worlds second largest economy.
But London has been dismayed by a crackdown in Hong Kong and the perception that China did not tell the whole truth over the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Last week Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered Huawei Technologies equipment to be purged completely from Britains 5G network by the end of 2027.
China has accused Britain of pandering to the United States.
Earlier on Sunday, Chinas ambassador to Britain warned of a tough response if London attempted to sanction any of its officials, as some lawmakers in Johnsons Conservative Party have demanded.
“If UK government goes that far to impose sanctions on any individual in China, China will certainly make a resolute response to it,” Liu Xiaoming told the BBCs Andrew Marr Show.
“Youve seen what happens in the United States—they sanction Chinese officials, we sanction their senators, their officials. I do not want to see this tit-for-tat happen in… China-UK relations.”
Raab told the same programme Read More – Source