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Canada suspends its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, eyes immigration boost

Move is in response to China's new national security law covering territory

Canadian and Chinese flags prior to a meeting between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in December 2017.   © Reuters

OTTAWA (Reuters) -- Canada is suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in the wake of new Chinese national security legislation and could boost immigration from the former British colony, top officials said on Friday.

China imposed the legislation this week despite protests from Hong Kongers and Western nations, setting what is a major financial hub on a more authoritarian track.

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