UPDATED 12:00 PM PT — Saturday, July 4, 2020
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken out on China’s new security law and signaled he may not attend the next USMCA summit. On Friday, Trudeau announced the country will no longer uphold their extradition agreement with China.
His actions came in response to China’s recent passage of a new national security law, which threatens Hong Kong’s freedom. The prime minister has also considered implementing new immigration policies for citizens of Hong Kong.
Additionally, Canada will not export any sensitive military goods to Hong Kong.
“Canada is a firm believer in the ‘one country, two system’ framework,” stated Trudeau. “We will continue to support the many connections between Canada and Hong Kong while also standing up for its people.”
Canada takes action following passage of National Security Legislation for Hong Kong.
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According to the prime minister, the new policies will go into effect immediately.
During the press conference, he also warned he may not attend next week’s meeting with President Trump and Mexico’s President Obrador.
He has said concerns over the coronavirus and potential American tariffs may prevent him from making an appearance.
“We’re still in discussion with the Americans about whether a trilateral summit next week makes sense,” said Trudeau. “We’re obviously concerned about the proposed issue of tariffs on aluminum and steel that the Americans have floated recently.”
The Trump administration may impose a 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum if the country does not decrease their exports.
Earlier this week, Trudeau argued America needs Canadian aluminum.
“If they put tariffs on Canadian aluminum, they are simply increasing the costs of necessary inputs to their manufacturing base, which will hurt the American economy,” added the prime minister.
Trudeau noted he has not decided if he will attend the meeting, but said will make a decision soon.
The summit is expected to take place on July 8th and 9th.
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