« That is why China has decided that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will suspend its agreements on the release of offenders on the run and mutual criminal assistance with Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. » In November 2018, Yao Jinqi, former deputy head of Xinchang district in eastern China`s Zhejiang province, was extradited from Bulgaria under the China-Bulgaria extradition treaty for the first time China extradited a suspect from a European Union member state. The Hong Kong local government said it had informed the governments of Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom of the suspension of extradition treaties and the mutual legal assistance agreement in criminal matters « in response to their unilateral suspension of extradition agreements with Hong Kong. » At a press conference in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Wenbin said: « China`s Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong, is suspending extradition agreements and legal aid contracts with Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom in response to their past interference in China`s internal affairs, » CGTN said. The right of extradition in China is the formal procedure by which a refugee found outside Chinese jurisdiction is, under Chinese law, handed over to the jurisdiction in which an alleged offence has been committed in court or with a view to punishment. China does not allow the extradition of its own nationals. China on Tuesday announced the suspension of Hong Kong`s extradition agreements with Britain, Canada and Australia, local media reported. The United States decided to lift Hong Kong`s trade privileges, while Washington`s intelligence partners, « Five Eyes, » suspended their extradition agreements with the city, with New Zealand joining Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia on Tuesday. The United States has indicated that it is preparing to do the same. Beijing introduced the Security Act at the end of June, creating new crimes that could send Hong Kong residents to mainland China for trial. Updated information on travel to New Zealand indicated that the security law had resulted in an increased risk of arrest for activities such as demonstrations, with the possibility of being deported to mainland China to expect a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. « The suspension of New Zealand`s extradition agreement with Hong Kong is based on a misinterpretation of Hong Kong`s national security law and China reserves the right to continue to react, » Wang said.