TORONTO: Canada has “strong concern” over China’s new national security legislation in Hong Kong and updated advisory warning citizens from travelling to the special administrative region citing potential impacts of the new legislation.
Canada’s foreign minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said in a statement posted on his official Twitter page that “This legislation was enacted in a secretive process, without the participation of Hong Kong’s legislature, judiciary or people and in violation of international obligations.”
“Effective immediately, Canada will treat exports of sensitive goods to Hong Kong in the same way as those designated for China. Canada will not permit the export of sensitive military items to Hong Kong,” the Canadian minister added.
Canada has also suspended the Canada-Hong Kong extradition treaty.
“The Government of Canada will continue to work with partners to protect human rights and the rule of law around the world,” Champagne said.