The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, cited concerns that under the sweeping new law, anyone extradited to Hong Kong from Britain — which ruled the territory as a colony until 1997 — could easily be sent to mainland China. Australia and Canada suspended their own extradition treaties with Hong Kong earlier this month.
China is expected to be high on the agenda this week when Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with Mike Pompeo, the U.S. secretary of state, who has called on allies to draw a firm line with Beijing on a number of fronts. Last week, Britain barred equipment from the Chinese tech giant Huawei from its 5G network.
Response: A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Wang Wenbin, urged Britain to “stop going further down the wrong path.”