China supports suspension of Hong Kong extradition bill

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Shanghai: China said it supported suspension of Hong Kong Extradition Bill. China’s response came hours after Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the bill’s suspension.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang called the decision an attempt to “listen more widely to the views of the community and restore calm to the community as soon as possible”.

Reports said critics have feared that the proposed law would subject people to China’s notoriously opaque and politicized courts.

The latest move by Beijing is being seen by critics to weaken freedom promised to the former British colony when it was handed back over to China in 1997.

The Chinese foreign ministry statement said:”The rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong residents are fully protected in accordance with the law”.

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