Australian Government issues warning to its citizens in Hong Kong

The Australian Government has suspended its extradition agreement with Hong Kong and appealed to Australian citizens who are in the city to consider whether they should remain there.

Australia is taking these decisions in the light of new laws on national security which China introduced last week, and which Western countries believe are intended to prevent freedom of expression and any criticism against the Chinese Government.

In fact, countries such as Canada and the UK have also suspended the extradition agreements they had with Hong Kong.

The Australian Government also announced that it would be extending the visas of around 10,000 Hong Kong residents who study and work in Australia by five years.

At the same time, the Government warned its citizens who currently reside in Hong Kong, which amount to around 100,000, that they can be arrested on vague charges related to national security or end up breaking the law without even knowing it.

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