Friday, 22 November, 2019

Hong Kong Legislators Formally Kill Controversial Extradition Bill

Chan Tong Kai a Hong Kong resident was accused of murdering his girlfriend in Taiwan last year before fleeing back to the financial hub Update: Hong Kong Protests Continue With Increasing Violence at Unauthorized Rally
Travis Berry | 25 October, 2019, 00:27

Pence said that United States is "not seeking to contain China's development" "We want a constructive relationship with China's leaders", he said, calling on China to "seize this unique moment in history to start anew by ending the trade practices that have taken advantage of the American people for far too long".

Chan Tong-kai, who completed a separate sentence for money laundering, told reporters after his release that he wished to turn himself in to authorities in Taiwan, where he's wanted for killing his pregnant girlfriend, Poon Hiu-wing.

Chan has offered to voluntarily surrender himself to Taiwan, but both Hong Kong and Taiwan have clashed over the next steps.

"I am willing to surrender myself. and go back to Taiwan to face the trial and serve the sentence", he said. "Its name is street violence", said Xie Feng, commissioner of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Hong Kong, referring to the 2003 outbreak of the SARS disease that killed about 300 people.

The proposed bill would have allowed for Hong Kong to extradite criminal suspects to places it doesn't have an extradition treaty with, including mainland China, Taiwan and Macau.

Additionally, authorities could not send him back to Taiwan because Hong Kong does not have an extradition agreement with the island.

Secretary for Security John Lee has criticised Taiwan for "disrespecting Hong Kong's jurisdiction" over a controversial murder case, and said the responsibility would lie with Taipei if the suspect was not brought to justice.

Pence took China to task over its handling of pro-democracy protests that have rocked Hong Kong for more than four months.

Meanwhile, the murder case that triggered the beginnings of Lam's undoing will promise more diplomatic headaches across the Taiwan Strait.

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"We needed a big bang but this government doesn't have any imagination", said a senior executive at one of Hong Kong's largest companies.

In an effort to quell the demonstrations, the government formally withdrew the bill on Wednesday.

But Beijing had prepared all kinds of contingency plans for different scenarios in Hong Kong, including Lam's administration losing total control of the situation, the official said.

Independence is also a highly divisive issue in Catalonia, which, like Hong Kong, has more than 7 million inhabitants, its own language, parliament and flag.

On Tuesday, Kuomintang presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu, who is Tsai's main opponent in the country's upcoming elections in January, criticized Tsai over her initial unwillingness to accept Chan.

As the unrest intensified, Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam said last month the bill would be withdrawn when the legislature reconvened.

Moreover, the vice president said how opioids like fentanyl are still flowing across Chinese borders into America despite promises made by Beijing to restrict its access and clamp down on production. Opposition to the move triggered Hong Kong's worst weekend of violence since the protests began, resulting in the closure of the territory's entire rail network for nearly 48 hours.

Hong Kong has been protesting the ruling Chinese government for months.

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